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New Approach in Southern Syria

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Beirut/Brussels – ICG - Middle East Report N°163 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Syrian war rages on, its devastating civilian toll rising with no viable political solution in sight. Diplomacy is stymied by the warring parties’ uncompromising positions, reinforced by political deadlock between their external backers. The U.S. is best placed to transform the status quo. A significant but realistic policy shift ... Read More »

Nepal: Conflict Alert

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ICG - Kathmandu/Brussels Spiralling protests against a draft constitution have left 23 dead and hundreds injured in Nepal in two weeks. An over-militarised security reaction and inadequate political response from the centre threaten to fuel deep-seated ethnic, caste and regional rivalries less than a decade after the civil war’s end. The major parties should recognise the depth of discontent and ... Read More »

‘Treated like dogs': Australian Border Force raids Maribyrnong Detention Centre

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Detainees probably shifted to make room before the cancelled Operation Fortitude, refugee advocate says. The Age – Neelima Choahan The Australian Border Force removed about 30 detainees from the Maribyrnong Detention Centre in a raid early on Friday that a witness described as “brutal and intimidating”. A refugee advocate speculated the raid was undertaken to make way for any visa defaulters nabbed in the Melbourne CBD ... Read More »

Whites framing the racism debate gain the high ground

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One of the most frustrating things about being a person of colour publicly discussing racism is how often white people tell us we’re doing it wrong. The Sydney Morning Herald - Ruby Hamad * This is something American rap superstar Nicki Minaj​ is all too familiar with. Having already being chided by pop sweetheart Taylor Swift for tweeting about discrimination ... Read More »

Mr. Erdogan’s War Against the Kurds

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It’s not unusual for political leaders in trouble to use diversionary tactics to turn their fortunes around. Hollywood capitalized on this theme in a popular 1997 film called “Wag the Dog” in which, right before an election, a political spin doctor distracts voters from a presidential sex scandal by engaging a film producer to create a fake war with Albania. ... Read More »

Only the Greeks Can Put a Stop to the Looting of Greece

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Voters should dump Tsipras and elect a government of national unity with the mandate of rebuilding Greece with its own abilities and wealth The Wire – By Evaggelos Vallianatos The recent resignation of Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras opens space for a national unity government in the country. Of course, Tsipras quit not because his political failures made life unbearable or ... Read More »

Politics of farce in Turkey

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When I expressed my concerns about the signs of a move from authoritarian rule to fascist political discourse in Turkey (in daily Cumhuriyet last week), I only wanted to underline the danger of ever increasing militarization and “statization” of politics and party in the country. Hurriyet – NURAY MERT The state model, the quest for a homogenous “nation/community,” imperial nostalgia, ... Read More »