Diplomacy

Jihadists to change tactics to avoid air strikes

Change of the game plan

Experts says US-led air strikes will spur shift in IS jihadists’ tactics as they are expected to return to guerrilla warfare. Jihadists who swept like an army across Iraq and Syria are expected to return to guerrilla warfare and melt into the population to avoid heavy losses from US-led air strikes, analysts say. The Islamic State group, which has captured ... Read More »

Memory and Regret: Jenny Holzer’s “Dust Paintings”

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Is an exhibition ever too beautiful for its own good? Jenny Holzer’s new show at Cheim & Read, Dust Paintings, is ravishing. But the sensuality of these text-based abstractions, done in oil on linen in mostly muted colors, runs counter to their content, which is derived from declassified government reports of brutalization and death during the Afghan War. At what point ... Read More »

Isis releases 49 hostages taken at Turkish consulate in Mosul

The Turkish prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu (left), boards his plane with the hostages near the Syrian border. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

The hostages, 46 Turks and three Iraqis, were seized on 11 June as Islamic State militants took control of swaths of Iraq and Syria Dozens of hostages captured when Islamic State (Isis) fighters seized the Turkish consulate in Mosul in June have been freed and returned to Turkey. The 49 hostages were captured in the Iraqi city on 11 June ... Read More »

France carries out first air strike in Iraq

'We will only intervene in Iraq'

PM will inform parliament about conditions of forces’ engagement to weaken Daesh. PARIS – French jets carried out their first air strike against Islamic State militants in Iraq Friday, successfully destroying their target, President Francois Hollande announced, vowing that more operations would follow. “This morning at 9:40, our Rafale planes carried out a first strike against a logistics depot of ... Read More »

Some inmates should have the right to euthanasia

After decades behind bars, Frank Van Den Bleeken has been granted the right to die under Belgium's euthanasia laws (Image: Virginie Lefour/Belga/Press Association Images)

Should convicted prisoners facing life behind bars get the right to die on the grounds of their tortured existence? Sometimes, says a doctor with experience of treating inmates who have attempted suicide In high-security prisons the world over, small numbers of prisoners are serving lifelong sentences, deprived of all but the minimum of human contact and confined for most of ... Read More »

Some Final Words on New Zealand’s Crazy Election Campaign

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The 2014 New Zealand election has been overrun by grubby scandals, mass surveillance accusations, hackers, bloggers, spies, political black ops, indigenous Maori radicals, and a larger-than-life German internet millionaire by the name of Kim Dotcom. New Zealand, with its population of just under 4.5 million, has never seen anything like it. Unsurprisingly these ructions are causing consternation among the political and media classes. The six year honeymoon ... Read More »

First French Airstrikes On IS ‘Kill Dozens’

Mr Hollande has ruled out troops on the ground

French president Francois Hollande says the jets “entirely destroyed” an Islamic State logistics depot in northern Iraq. France has destroyed an Islamic State (IS) logistics depot in its first airstrikes against the militant group in Iraq. President Francois Hollande said Rafale fighter jets, accompanied by support planes, “entirely destroyed” the depot in the north of the country. Iraq’s military spokesman ... Read More »

A NATO ally stays on sidelines of fight against Islamic State

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Few countries are in a better position than Turkey to help the United States fight Islamic State. The moderate Islamic country shares a 750 mile border with Syria, is a NATO member and a long-time ally of America. But don’t hold your breath for Turkey’s support. For a long time, Turks have resented the “curse of strategic significance” related to ... Read More »

Israel goes back 4,000 years in ‘attempt to divide and rule’ its Arab minority

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's move - at least bureaucratically – dovetails with his government’s recent efforts to treat Christians as separate from Muslims
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Hardly anyone in Israel can speak 4,000-year-old Aramaic. Now, the Israeli decision to recognise “Aramean” as a distinct nationality in the country’s population register is fuelling the ire of Israeli Arab leaders, who accuse the government of inventing a category of peoplehood to “divide and rule” the Arab minority. The Interior Minister, Gideon Saar, signed an order earlier this week ... Read More »