Analysis

On the Unbearable Lightness of Whiteness

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To be white and from money is to live a life of largely unrecognized privilege, bequeathed as it is from one’s first wet, howling breath. by ANTHONY TARRANT  In the affluent socio-economically partitioned town of Saratoga Springs, NY where I’m from there was actually a railroad track serving as the… On the Unbearable… Read More »

Russia’s different reality

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In a bit of woodland on the outskirts of Moscow, several dozen students are running around in combat fatigues, shooting one another with soft air-gun pellets. By Gabriel Gatehouse BBC Newsnight The weekend paintballing trip has been organised by an opposition party. It all looks harmless enough. But in Russia, not everything is always as it… Russia’s different… Read More »

Challenging the ‘birthright lottery’ can provide a better way to view refugees

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­ One of the great obstacles in securing more humane approaches to refugee issues is the perception on the part of politicians that harsh treatment of refugees is a vote-winner with at least some of their constituents. This way of thinking hardly points to great skills of leadership. “I must follow the… Challenging the ‘birthright… Read More »

Does America Need Rodrigo Duterte?

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Washington’s influence is not worth courting conflict with China. Doug Bandow America’s alliance structure in Europe and Asia dates back more than six decades. A few of the smaller, less viable organizations collapsed (CENTO… Does America Need… Read More »

“More Dangerous than the Cold War”: By Cooperating With Washington On Syria Russia Walked Into A Trap

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A month ago I wrote a column , “He Who Hesitates Is Lost—And Russia Hesitated.” By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts Global Research, Paul Craig Roberts Institute for Political Economy The consequences of this hesitation are now apparent: 1. A UN report orchestrated by Washington has accused Syria and Russia of war crimes in Aleppo. According to the report, “indiscriminate airstrikes across the eastern part of the city by Government forces and their allies [Russia] are responsible for the… “More Dangerous than… Read More »

Why Sectarian Violence Is Resurging in Pakistan

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Lashkar-e-Jhangvi is resurfacing in the geographical arch stretching from Balkh and Kabul in Afghanistan to Balochistan and Karachi in Pakistan. Abdul Basit After a decline in scale and casualties, the anti-Shia sectarian violence is once again resurging in Pakistan. In the… Why Sectarian Violence… Read More »

Looking for a scape-goat

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In Berlin, Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine made an effort to disentangle the Ukrainian and Syrian conflicts. by Thierry Meyssan However, from the Russian point of view, these blockages only exist because the objective of the United States is not the defence of democracy, on which they pride themselves, but the prevention of the development of Russia and China by cutting the… Looking for a… Read More »

13 Years of War: Mosul’s Frightening and Uncertain Future

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Mosul has been a dangerous place since the US-led invasion of 2003. by Patrick Cockburn It is the greatest Sunni Arab city of Iraq during an era in which the Sunni had lost their old predominance and have struggled against Shia-dominated governments in Baghdad and… 13 Years of… Read More »

Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton: How Trump Exposed Americans’ Divisions

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Trump is a seriously flawed candidate who has one great virtue: he has forced American politics to look itself in the face Daniel McCarthy What new outrage would Donald Trump serve up at the final presidential debate? For over a… Donald Trump vs… Read More »

Fishing is worth more than jobs and profits to Australia’s coastal towns

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Many of the iconic coastal villages of Australia have a close association with professional fishing. In New South Wales, towns up and down the coast historically supported fishing fleets which supplied the seafood needs of locals, Sydney and the broader state community. Michelle Voyer  Alistair McIlgorm Kate Barclay  But the NSW fishing industry has changed significantly in the past 30 years, in response to a… Fishing is worth… Read More »

Myanmar’s Peace Process: Getting to a Political Dialogue

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After almost 70 years of armed conflict, Myanmar has a rare but fading opportunity to finalise a broad-based, federal settlement. The government must adopt a more flexible approach that allays opposition concerns, and armed groups need to go beyond preliminaries and… Myanmar’s Peace Process… Read More »

Shoring Up the Status Quo at Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade

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Defusing conflict over Jerusalem’s holiest site Even the name of Jerusalem’s holiest site causes fundamental disagreement. For Jews, it is the Temple Mount, for Muslims, the Noble Sanctuary or the Al-Aqsa Mosque. So when the Holy Esplanade looked set to become an… Shoring Up the… Read More »

Ukraine’s Unlucky Town Called Happiness

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As great powers debate Russia’s place in the world, its role in eastern Ukraine’s 2-1/2-year-old war, and the Minsk peace process to end it, ordinary people living along the front line in eastern Ukraine are just as worried about many of the local leaders’ Soviet-style habits of governance, corruption and patronage. The small front-line town in eastern Ukraine is called Schastia, or Ukrainian for “Happiness”. Four grandmothers sit outside in the… Ukraine’s Unlucky Town… Read More »

America’s Assad Quandary

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An excruciating fact confronts us: it does not necessarily follow that Bashar al-Assad’s departure would improve the situation in Syria. Robert D. Kaplan A PRINCIPAL tenet of realism is that disorder is worse than injustice, since injustice merely means the world is imperfect, whereas … America’s Assad… Read More »

From Tampa to now: how reporting on asylum seekers has been a triumph of spin over substance

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This year marks the 15th anniversary of one of the most divisive national election campaigns in Australia’s recent history: the Tampa affair. Coming just weeks after the September 11 terror attacks, the pitched battle between John Howard and Kim Beazley drew heavily on fear and panic. The divisions of… From Tampa to… Read More »

The Quiet Fight for Iran’s Future

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The future direction of Iran’s foreign policy is all about internal politics. Farhad Rezaei Iran watchers have puzzled to assess whether the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that Iran and the… The Quiet Fight… Read More »