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5 US Assumptions About the Middle East That Are Just Plain Wrong

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After thirteen years of the failed war on terror, it’s time to scrutinize America’s assumptions about military involvement in the Middle East. Andrew Bacevich This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com. The Nation “Iraq no longer exists.” My young friend M, sipping a ... Read More »

Shakespeare’s Globe to stage King John for 800th anniversary of Magna Carta

Mark Brown, arts correspondent
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Summer 2015 production means all 38 plays written entirely or substantially by Shakespeare will have been performed at Globe Jump to comments Shakespeare’s Globe will finally have staged every one of the Bard’s known plays when it puts on King John next year to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. “This is a very significant moment for us,” the ... Read More »

Nigeria’s Dangerous 2015 Elections: Limiting the Violence

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Dakar/Abuja/Brussels  | ICG – Nigeria’s politics is sliding dangerously towards violence before, during and after the February 2015 elections. With only three months to the polls, mitigating bloodshed requires urgent improvements in security and electoral arrangements, as well as in political mindsets. Nigeria’s February 2015 general elections, essentially between the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), ... Read More »

Chancellor haunted by deficit and £1.45 trillion debt pile

Szu Ping Chan
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Government borrowing falls in October, but tax receipts remain weak, reducing chance of big giveaways in the Autumn Statement. Comments The Government’s ability to reduce the deficit this year and tame Britain’s huge debt mountain is in doubt, despite a slight fall in borrowing last month. Public sector net borrowing, excluding public sector banks, fell to £7.7bn in October, from £7.9bn ... Read More »

Read the Full Text of President Obama’s Speech on Immigration

Gregory Krieg
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In a primetime address to the nation Thursday night, President Obama announced sweeping executive action to change U.S. immigration policy. His plan — the largest overhaul of the immigration system in five decades — will protect nearly 5 million unauthorized immigrants from deportation. Eligible immigrants can begin applying for protections in the spring. Here are the president’s remarks as prepared ... Read More »

ABC, climate change: the Coalition is drowning us in nonsense

Katharine Murphy, deputy political editor
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In opposition, authenticity and truth-telling was the focus. Now it’s all denials and broken promises Jump to comments This morning, on the wireless, I heard the finance minister, Mathias Cormann, say the government wasn’t making cuts to the ABC. The day before, I heard the communications minister, Malcolm Turnbull, say Tony Abbott hadn’t actually promised before last September’s election not ... Read More »

Erdogan’s ‘New Turkey’ drifts towards isolation

Mark Lowen
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There is an old saying in Turkish: “The Turk has no friend but the Turk.” As this country drifts towards isolation under the leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the proverb is ringing uncomfortably true. During his 11 years as prime minister, Turkey rose in prominence. It began negotiations for European Union membership. It hugely increased its diplomatic presence, particularly in ... Read More »

EU court rules UK government must clean up dangerous air pollution

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UK government must urgently improve air quality in British cities following a landmark case that could see more vehicles restricted from city centres The government will be forced to urgently clean up illegal air pollution in British cities following a ruling on Wednesday in the European court of justice. It is likely to see many diesel cars and heavy goods ... Read More »