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Why is David Cameron so silent on the recapture of Palmyra from the clutches of Isis?

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The biggest military defeat that Isis has suffered in more than two years. The recapture of Palmyra, the Roman city of the Empress Zenobia. And we are silent. Yes, folks, the bad guys won, didn’t they? Otherwise, we would all be celebrating, wouldn’t we? Source: Why is David Cameron so silent on the recapture of Palmyra from the clutches of Isis? | Voices | The Independent Read More »

Brussels attacks: giving in to hate means ISIS wins, writes Karen Brooks

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In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks at Zaventem airport and the Brussels metro system that killed 31 and wounded almost 300, the world reeled and commentary from global leaders, the media and various social analysts poured forth. On the one hand, you have those exacerbating the fear and uncertainty, while on the other, you have moments of extraordinary clarity, and reports of humanity and kindness…. Source: Brussels attacks: giving in to hate means ISIS wins, writes Karen Brooks | ... Read More »

It’s Time for Hillary Clinton to Concede the Democratic Nomination to Bernie Sanders

With Bernie Sanders now slightly ahead of Clinton nationally in the latest Bloomberg poll, it’s time to reevaluate the meaning of pragmatism. Hillary Clinton might be ahead of Bernie Sanders in delegates, but Vermont’s Senator has a monopoly on political momentum. Sadly, his opponent has a monopoly on controversy, and… Source: It’s Time for Hillary Clinton to Concede the Democratic Nomination to Bernie Sanders Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

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A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens Authors condemn £4m library fund as a ‘sop’ and a ‘whitewash’ Neil Gaiman The Guardian It’s important for people to tell you what side they are on and why, and whether they might be biased. A declaration of members’ interests, of a sort. So, I am going to be talking to you about reading. I’m going to tell you that ... Read More »

Reborn

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We have always been told there is no recovery from persistent vegetative state – doctors can only make a sufferer’s last days as painless as possible. But is that really the truth? Steve Boggan The Guardian Across three continents, severely brain-damaged patients are awake and talking after taking … a sleeping pill. And no one is more baffled than the GP who made the breakthrough. Steve Boggan witnesses these ‘strange and… Reborn… Read More »