Diplomacy

Political Islam Is Today’s Anti-American ‘Long March Through The Institutions’

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Political Islam implies a constitutional order fundamentally incompatible with the U.S. Constitution and the ‘constitution of liberty’ that is the foundation of the American way of life. Ayaan Hirsi Ali The Federalist It is refreshing and heartening that President Trump acknowledges the need for an ideological campaign against “radical Islam.” This deserves to… Political Islam Is… Read More »

The humanitarian crisis: Australia fiddles while the world burns

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The Turnbull Government denies human rights to those who seek asylum while simultaneously lessening its efforts to prevent the conditions from which they wish to escape, writes Jake Watson. Jake Watson Independent Australia “We are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the United Nations.” These are the… The humanitarian crisis… Read More »

Prisoners of semantics

TOPSHOT - A Ukrainian Forces soldier fires a heavy machine gun during a battle with pro-Russian separatists at Avdeyevka, in Ukraine's Donetsk region on June 25, 2016.  / AFP / ANATOLII STEPANOV        (Photo credit should read ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP/Getty Images)

In a violent conflict neither will call a ‘war,’ Ukrainian and Russian prisoners languish in legal limbo. Lily Hyde Politico KIEV, Ukraine — Nadiya Kalyn rushed home to watch the two-minute video when it appeared on an anti-government YouTube channel in October. She hadn’t seen… Prisoners of… Read More »

Voices From Syria, “Syria does Not Surrender”, says Mark Taliano

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Mark Taliano is a former teacher, an activist and writer who visited Syria in 2016. Taliano interviewed Syrians who have lived under US bombs for years.  Heather Cottin Global Research The war in Syria is a NATO war. NATO has struck… Voices From Syria… Read More »

North Korea: Why America and China need to deal with Kim Jong-un together

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Nearly every week, Kim Jong-un seems to announce a successful test in his nuclear and missile program, edging him ever closer to his aim of striking America with a… Analysis By North Asia correspondent Matthew Carney ABC Taking the North Korean leader out with military action is now being discussed, but that could lead to much bigger problems and plunge the region into years of chaos and… Worse still, it… North Korea: Why… Read More »

EU President Tusk warns of complete breakdown of the Union after Brexit at summit to mark its 60th anniversary

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EU President Donald Tusk has warned that the European Union could break down completely after Brexit, at a summit to mark the organisation’s 60th… HANNAH AL-OTHMAN FOR MAILOLINE Tusk called for leadership to steer Europe out of crisis at the special summit in Rome, which is being held today to mark the anniversary of the bloc’s founding… ‘Prove today that you are the… EU President Tusk… Read More »

Turnbull government reverses Myanmar stance to co-sponsor UN resolution on Rohingya Muslims

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The Turnbull government has abruptly reversed its opposition to an international investigation into atrocities against Rohingya Muslims, including mass rapes, torture and the… Lindsay Murdoch The Sydney Morning Herald The government has co-sponsored a resolution at the United Nation’s top human rights body in Geneva to send a… Turnbull government reverses… Read More »

The rise(s) and fall(s) of the European Union

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Sixty years of highs and, lately, mostly… The world’s most complex democratic experiment took shape 60 years ago this week in the lingering shadow of the world’s greatest, ugliest… RYAN HEATH Politico From those early days of six members through to today’s 28 and soon to be 27 members, it’s been a rollercoaster ride all the… The rise(s) and… Read More »

UN to probe alleged crimes against Rohingya in Myanmar

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UN mission will investigate allegations of killings, rape and torture by security forces against Rohingya in… Al Jazeera The leading United Nations rights body has agreed to send a fact-finding mission to Myanmar to investigate alleged abuses by security forces against Rohingya… Tens of thousands of people have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state since the… UN to probe… Read More »

Faking It: Europe-Turkey Relations

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Relations between Europe and Turkey are tense. Michael Rubin AEI In the past weeks, Turkey has called the Netherlands “the capital of fascism” and accused Germany of “fascist actions” reminiscent of the Nazi period, after Germany cancelled political rallies aimed at gathering support for… Faking It: Europe-Turkey… Read More »

Fintan O’Toole: Ireland’s love triangle

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When the UK triggers article 50 next week, to start Brexit, Ireland will have to do the thing it hates most: pick a… Fintan O’Toole The Irish Times The map of the world is changing – literally. For 500 years the atlas has represented the globe in two dimensions by using the Mercator… It shows the… Fintan O’Toole: Ireland… Read More »

A dangerous protectionism decision

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Economic administrators for G20 countries who gathered in Germany last week have failed to make a significant decision. Cemil Ertem Daily Sabah However, even strategic issues that are not cited in decisive texts in such periods can tell us current trends. Protectionism has become… A dangerous protectionism… Read More »

What does it mean to be a Jerusalemite?

Visitors enter Shiloah Pool, part of an archaeological site known as a the City of David, still an active dig and also a tourist attraction, situated close to Silwan, a Palestinian neighbourhood next to Jerusalem's Old City June 30, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Awad - RTX2J0X4

Two contradictory, almost polar opposite events recently transpired in Jerusalem. Akiva Eldar Al Monitor The first was a unanimous ruling March 14 by three Supreme Court justices — Chief Justice Miriam Naor, Menachem Mazuz and Uzi Vogelman — determining that the right to settle in Jerusalem is not reserved only for… What does it… Read More »

A threat to globalism

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The G-20 convened its first summit during the global financial crisis in 2008, sending a signal to the world that emerging markets deserved a greater role in global finance and trade. John Defterios Arab News After the Trump administration last weekend shaped a final communique that was against free trade, many are beginning to question the future role of the G-20 and all the institutions born after World War II including the… A threat to… Read More »

The Tip Of An Iceberg: Engineered Indifference, Systematic Dehumanisation

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Bureaucracies the world over have in-built cruelties, something which Palestinians in particular know all about, writes Professor Stuart Rees. Stuart Rees New Matilda The humiliation experienced by the citizens of many countries occurs in encounters with officials who represent bureaucracies. When inquiring about… The Tip Of… Read More »

The US + Britain trivialize mainland Europe, NATO and the EU

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After the insults the German Chancellor Angela Merkel experienced in Washington last week, the Anglo-American duo last Tuesday orchestrated new assaults on mainland Europe. Dennis Kefalakos European Sting It’s not only the outrageous option of the no-deal Brexit, which gains momentum in London, possibly being encouraged by Washington. It’s also a… The US + Britain… Read More »