Analysis

What does ‘the last chance’ really mean?

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The imperial origins and neo-imperial purposes of a misleading mantra Klearchos A. Kyriakides Published in Agora Dialogue on 4 July 2017 Introduction  On 28 June 2017, the ‘Conference on Cyprus’ was ‘reconvened’ in the luxury Alpine resort of Crans Montana in Switzerland. In common with what occurred in connection with the ‘Conference on Cyprus’ held in Geneva on 12 January 2017, the ‘reconvened’ version has been accompanied by the widespread dissemination of a simple proposition: that the ‘Conference on Cyprus’ ... Read More »

Politics podcast: Anna Krien on the climate wars

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Melbourne-born author Anna Krien’s latest Quarterly Essay explores the debates on climate change policy in Australia and the ecological effects of not acting. Michelle Grattan The Conversation She interviewed farmers, scientists, Indigenous groups, and activists from Bowen to Port Augusta. She says climate change denialism has transformed into “climate change nihilism”. Krien says the Finkel review provides another opportunity in a… Politics podcast: Anna… Read More »

China’s actions in South China Sea contradict its words

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Human civilisation would be poorer if we were more forgiving of China’s provocations in the South China Sea (China not the only one to blame in South China Sea conflict, by Mr… Toh Cheng Seong The Straits Times Beijing’s reclamation of islands for military installations violates its commitment to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos), its Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the… This is unlike the other countries, whose claims are largely in ... Read More »

The History of Fake News

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Why can’t America reliably separate out fact, falsehood, opinion and reasoned analysis? David V. Gioe The National Interest It was a clear autumn day in Washington, DC on October 27, 1941, when President Franklin Roosevelt delivered his Navy Day speech to the American people. Halloween was later that week, but Adolf Hitler and… The History of… Read More »

Donald Trump and Thucydides’ Trap – a lesson or a lure?

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Right now the single most influential historian in the world is probably Thucydides, an ancient Greek who wrote the definitive account of the Peloponnesian War between the city-states of Sparta and… Simon Caterson Daily Review But while a knowledge of the classical world is handy in discerning historical patterns and analogising international relations, how useful is it really in understanding the true nature of the… As we seek to learn all we can from the lessons of history, it is ... Read More »

What’s Behind the Syrian Chemical-Weapons Warning?

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Assad may be hoping that another chemical-weapons attack in Idlib Province could dissuade further rebel advances. Matthew RJ Brodsky The National Interest From seemingly out of nowhere, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer released a brief and ominous statement late Monday evening regarding Bashar al… The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the… What’s Behind the… Read More »

What Happened to America’s Wealth? The Rich Hid It

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If you find yourself traveling this summer, take a closer look at America’s deteriorating infrastructure — our crumbling roads, sidewalks, public parks, and train and… Chuck Collins CounterPunch Government officials will tell us “there’s no money” to repair or properly maintain our tired infrastructure. Nor do we want to raise taxes, they say. But what if billions of dollars in tax revenue have gone… What Happened to… Read More »

Turkey’s Coming Chaos

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President Donald Trump wasn’t wrong in May when he lauded Turkey as a “pillar in the Cold War against Communism” and “a bastion against Soviet… Michael Rubin AEI In a previous era, when land invasions were the great strategic worry, Turkey’s location — right between Eastern Europe and the Middle East — made its Incirlik Air Base an indispensable asset for the U.S… The nation also had a strong military of its own and an ideological willingness to… Turkey’s Coming… Read More »

Building Critical Mass for Peace in Myanmar

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Despite important progress at the 24-29 May 2017 round of peace talks, the path toward a negotiated end to Myanmar’s conflicts remains fraught with… Yangon/Brussels ICG All sides must redouble their engagement to broaden armed groups’ participation in the talks, and improve the implementation of the Nationwide Ceasefire… Myanmar’s latest peace conference, held on 24-29 May 2017, made welcome… Building Critical Mass… Read More »

Erdogan is Capable and Willing to Destabilize the Balkans And NATO Pretends Everything Is Fine

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And NATO Pretends Everything Is Fine “I expect Ankara to pour substantial resources into gaining religious and political influence in Southeast Europe,” one of America’s top experts on the Middle East told Faktor.bg. Daniel Pipes Daniel Pipes is an American historian, writer and commentator; he earned a doctorate at Harvard. In recent years, he established himself as one of the most prominent researchers and analysts of radical Islam. He is president of the Middle East Forum think tank and publisher ... Read More »

Russia quietly begins building third military base in Syria

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Moscow plans to oversee new ‘deconfliction zone’ in country’s south, charged among other things with clearing ISIS away from Jordanian border Sami Moubayed Asia Times Over the past few days, the Russian army has quietly started construction of a new military base in the countryside near Damascus, from scratch, tasked with manning and administering a “deconfliction zone” in the Syrian south, similar to four others agreed upon earlier in the year by Moscow, Ankara and… The first zones applied to Homs, ... Read More »

Four Steps to an EU-Turkey Reset

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During the past fifty years, relations between the European Union and Turkey have known many ups and… Marc Pierini Carnegie Europe From an EU standpoint, Turkey has become a strategic country in a host of areas: defense and security; trade, investment, and technology; and education and… Today, Turkey is formally still negotiating its accession to the EU, but developments in the past four years have resulted in multiple incompatibilities with… Although EU leaders have… Four Steps to… Read More »

Denialism and blindness en masse

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Somewhere in an album at Mum’s place there’s a photo of me kneeling in front of George Pell as I’m confirmed an adult in the Catholic… Damien Williams Brisbane Times It was taken in 1994, when I was 11 years old. Pell was the local regional bishop, based in Mentone. I remember him speaking to the class beforehand about footy and the Richmond Tigers, about which I knew and cared… My real interests were in history and politics. The intersection ... Read More »

Turkey, nexus of US incompetence

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Today, eastward from the Atlantic, America faces more hostility and can count on less support than ever. Angelo M. Codevilla Asia Times Although US foreign policy is not wholly responsible for this predicament, its incompetence contributes to it. US policy toward Turkey, as ever part of Europe, of the Middle East, and of Eurasia, is the prime object lesson. The geopolitical importance of whoever controls the Black Sea straits has been obvious since the… Turkey, nexus of US… Read More »

Why do politicians get away with peddling porkies and ‘alternative facts’?

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Analysis In my house, if you claim to know something, you’d better be correct. It’s become a common reflex to ask whether the dispenser of facts is 100 per cent certain of their veracity. Emma Alberici ABC Such is the quest to be first with knowledge that serious familial opprobrium rains on those who dare to insist they’re right when they are not. So when I recently declared that I was 110 per cent confident that Uluru was the town ... Read More »

The emerging Turkish-Iranian alliance

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Iran and Turkey, the two non-Arab Middle Eastern states, are among the largest and most populous in the… Manish Rai, Geopolitical Analyst  Asia Times The former occupies a strategic location on the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, while the latter controls the Bosporus Strait, the Sea of Marmara, and the Dardanelles, which links the… The two nations descend from the most ancient civilizations in the world and have strong national… Turkey and Iran have been mirror images of ... Read More »