Analysis

Can we replace politicians with robots?

If you had the opportunity to vote for a politician you totally trusted, who you were sure had no hidden agendas and who would truly represent the electorate’s views, you would, right? What if that politician was a robot? Not a human with a robotic personality but a real artificially intelligent robot. Futures like this have been… Source: Can we replace politicians with robots? Read More »

The Putins of the EU by Nina L. Khrushcheva

Hungary and Poland, once beacons of hope for liberal democracy in post-communist Europe, now have leaders who are determined to emulate Russian President Vladimir Putin, hollowing out independent democratic institutions and suppressing citizens’ fundamental freedoms. The question is whether the EU will follow through with sanctions… Source: The Putins of the EU by Nina L. Khrushcheva – Project Syndicate Read More »

Russia’s Artful Exit from Syria

Moscow entered and exited the conflict all within five months. Vladimir Putin’s surprise announcement that he is withdrawing the majority of Russian troops stationed in Syria will lead to much speculation over his true motives for doing so. Has the Russian military, as his announcement claimed, actually achieved its… Source: Russia’s Artful Exit from Syria | The National Interest Read More »

After Brussels, a new challenge for Defence

Our military is unprepared for 21st century threats and shows little sign of changing. The hellish destruction in Brussels strikes at the very heart of our conceit that government can protect us. It can’t. Not any more. The terrorists have learnt to hit, hard, the myriad of vulnerabilities that exist everywhere in modern societies. Each offers the opportunity for… Source: After Brussels, a new challenge for Defence Read More »

Can the American Right Renounce Utopianism?

The Republican masses are more conservative, in the traditional sense, than the so-called conservative intellectuals. Can the American right free itself from the utopianism of the post-Reagan era? The question would have seemed strange to mid-century American conservative thinkers like… Source: Can the American Right Renounce Utopianism? | The National Interest Read More »

Analyst: Manila vs Beijing ruling to affect nations with similar claims

Other nations with expansive maritime claims over remote islets around the globe may have to reconsider their position if the international tribunal will rule in favor of Manila, an analyst said… Source: Analyst: Manila vs Beijing ruling to affect nations with similar claims | Headlines, News, The Philippine Star | philstar.com Read More »

Why the Arabs don’t want us in Syria

They don’t hate ‘our freedoms.’ They hate that we’ve betrayed our ideals in their own countries — for oil. By ROBERT F. KENNEDY, JR In part because my father was murdered by an Arab, I’ve made an effort to understand the impact of U.S. policy in the Mideast and particularly the factors that sometimes motivate bloodthirsty responses from the… Source: Why the Arabs don’t want us in Syria – POLITICO Read More »

15 ways the world will be terrifying in 2050

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By mid-century, we’ll likely have self-driving cars, more widespread internet access, and semi-smart robots. Christina Sterbenz and Erin Brodwin But despite our technological advances, humanity has failed to solve many of its problems. The world hasn’t weaned itself off fossil fuels or… 15 ways the… Read More »

Healthy Gut, Healthy Brain

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A neurologist explains the power of your microbiome to heal and protect your brain Your brain’s health is dictated by what goes on in your gut David Perlmutter, MD Experience Life That’s right: What’s taking place in your intestines affects not only your brain’s daily functions, but also determines your risk for a number of neurological conditions in the future. Your intestinal organisms, or microbiome, participate in a wide variety of bodily systems, including immunity, detoxification, inflammation, neurotransmitter and vitamin ... Read More »

When Schools Overlook Introverts

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As the focus on group work and collaboration increases, classrooms are neglecting the needs of students who work better in quiet settings. MICHAEL GODSEY The Atlantic When Susan Cain published Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking nearly four years ago, it was immediately met with acclaim. The book criticizes schools and other key institutions for primarily accommodating extroverts and such individuals’ “need for lots of stimulation.” Much to introverts’ relief, it also seeks to raise awareness ... Read More »

The Thucydides Trap: Are the U.S. and China Headed for War?

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In 12 of 16 past cases in which a rising power has confronted a ruling power, the result has been bloodshed. The Atlantic Graham Allison When Barack Obama meets this week with Xi Jinping during the The Thucydides Trap: Are… Read More »

Is Turkey Secretly Working on Nuclear Weapons?

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While the world worries about Iran’s nuclear program, could another nation in the Middle East have atomic desires? Hans Rühle The National Interest Some months ago it became known that the German Intelligence Service (Bundesnachrichtendienst – BND) was spying on Turkey. Turkey’s political leadership was none too happy. Yet the BND has good reasons to keep a watchful eye on Ankara. It is not only the crises in Iraq and Syria, drug-smuggling, people-trafficking and the activities of the PKK that ... Read More »

Is Turkey Secretly Working on Nuclear Weapons?

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While the world worries about Iran’s nuclear program, could another nation in the Middle East have atomic desires? Hans Rühle The National Interest Some months ago it became known that the German Intelligence Service (Bundesnachrichtendienst – BND) was spying on Turkey. Turkey’s political leadership was none too happy. Yet the BND has good reasons to keep a watchful eye on Ankara. It is not only the crises in Iraq and Syria, drug-smuggling, people-trafficking and the activities of the PKK that ... Read More »

Why College Is Not a Commodity

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What is college for? We typically answer this question by citing a variety of purposes, of which liberal education is only one. Most other goals — marketable skills, moral and social development, learning how to learn — are tied to the demands of employers. Gary Gutting The Chronicle of Higher Education Yes, young people need all of those qualities. But, apart from liberal education, our best colleges — say, the top 100 major research universities and the 50 best four-year ... Read More »

The Tricks People Use to Avoid Debate

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In the art of evading meaningful policy discussions, all political camps have honed their particular styles. HANNA ROSIN The Atlantic A proper argument takes intellectual vigor, nimbleness, and sustained attention. If carried on long enough, it can push both parties to a deeper level of understanding. Oxford debaters hack away at each… The Tricks People… Read More »

In Washington, the Real Power Lies With the Spooks, Eavesdroppers and Assassins

A review of Michael Glennon’s ‘National Security and Double Government’.. by MATTHEW HARWOOD Almost two months after the first stories about whistleblower Edward Snowden appeared in June 2013, libertarian-minded Rep. Justin Amash — a Michigan Republican — and liberal Democrat Rep. John Conyers, also of Michigan, co-sponsored an amendment to the defense appropriations bill that would have defunded the National Security Agency’s call records program… Source: In Washington, the Real Power Lies With the Spooks, Eavesdroppers and Assassins — War Is Boring Read More »