Facebook Struggles to Put Out Online Fires in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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JERUSALEM — When fires raged across Israel last month, Anas Abudaabes began to type on his laptop. The New York Times Peter Baker What came out would land him behind bars and ignite a debate over whether he had tried to fan the flames of hatred, in this case literally. On his Facebook page, Mr. Abudaabes wrote that… Facebook Struggles to Put Out Online Fires in… Read More »

Erdogan’s Gritted-Teeth Peace with Israel

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Excerpt … Turkey is normalizing its relations with Israel — in theory, at least. The Gatestone Institute by Burak Bekdil Ankara and Jerusalem agreed to appoint ambassadors to each other’s country after an absence of more than six years. Two prominent career diplomats, Kemal Okem and… Erdogan’s Gritted-Teeth… Read More »

Could the European Union fall apart?

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It has been a dreadful year for the European Union. It has just got a lot worse. BBC Mark Mardell Next year could transform a looming existential threat into a terminal reality. The end of a joint 60-year project to transform the… Could the European… Read More »

Australia’s political elites are fiddling while Rome burns

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Australians are used to the vulgar antics and empty point-scoring that pass for debate in federal parliament. The Conversation Joseph Camilleri But little could have prepared them for the current descent into pure farce. Politics divorced from… Australia’s political elites are fiddling while… Read More »

Brexit: Referendum gave ministers ‘right to trigger Article 50’

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The UK’s highest court has been told the EU referendum gave ministers the right to trigger an exit from the bloc without the approval of MPs. The Scotsman By PARIS GOURTSOYANNIS The government’s attempt to trigger Article 50 is not being done on a… Brexit: Referendum gave… Read More »

Italian Voters Don’t Care What Obama Thinks

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Even a popular U.S. leader can’t make a difference by giving his seal of approval. The National Interest Eric R. Terzuolo President Obama will leave the White House with solid approval ratings. But it is… Italian Voters Don’t… Read More »

UN launches record aid appeal of $22.2bn for 2017

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Appeal comes as crises in Yemen, Iraq, Syria and South Sudan have compounded the UN’s 2016 funding shortage. Al Jazeera The United Nations needs a record $22.2bn to cover humanitarian relief projects next year, covering the… UN launches record… Read More »

Amid global anti-establishment anger, Italy may be next in line for upheaval

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ROME — Amid a global wave of anti-establishment anger, Italy may be the next in line for upheaval after a Sunday referendum that could topple Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and cast the nation into political crisis. The Washington Post By Michael Birnbaum With Britain quitting the European Union and Donald Trump headed to the… Amid global anti… Read More »

‘You’re making a TERRIBLE mistake’ Stephen Hawking slams Remain plot to keep Britain in EU

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STEPHEN HAWKING today blasted scheming Remoaner MPs who are trying to subvert the referendum result and keep Britain in the EU, telling them: “You’re making a terrible mistake.” Daily Express By Nick Gutteridge The renowned physicist, who supported staying in the ‘You’re making a… Read More »

Why Matteo Renzi should vote no in the Italy referendum

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Italian PM Matteo Renzi has perhaps not contemplated that a yes vote on the referendum can be to his detriment. Al Jazeera By Silvia Mazzini A referendum should be nothing to be worried about. It is a… Why Matteo Renzi… Read More »

Worry not: the US-Japan alliance is safe in Trump’s hands

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‘National security and foreign policy experts in Washington are unanimous: one must distinguish between campaign rhetoric and political reality’ Asia Times By Harry J. Kazianis Normally December in Washington, D.C. is filled with one thing and one thing only: unending… Worry not: the… Read More »

This is the most dangerous time for our planet

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We can’t go on ignoring inequality, because we have the means to destroy our world but not to escape it Stephen Hawking The Guardian As a theoretical physicist based in Cambridge, I have lived my life in an extraordinarily privileged bubble. Cambridge is an unusual town, centred around one of the… This is the… Read More »

Trump picks retired Marine Gen. James Mattis for secretary of defense

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President-elect Donald Trump said Thursday he has chosen retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis, who has said that responding to “political Islam” is the major security issue facing the United States, to be secretary of defense. The Washington Post By Dan Lamothe “We are going to appoint Mad… Trump picks retired… Read More »

Turkey’s Islamist president is embracing Donald Trump

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The sultan and the salesman The Economist But Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s enthusiasm may not last long  IN JUNE, a few months after Donald Trump, then a candidate for the Turkey’s Islamist president… Read More »

Greek Foreign ministry slams Erdogan comment on Cypriot flag; calls it ‘historically groundless’

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Attempts by Turkey to equate the victim with the aggressor in Cyprus is ‘historically groundless’ and “arbitrary”, the spsokesman of the foreign ministry Stratos Efthimiou said on Tuesday, responding to a question about recent statements made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Cyprus’ flag. Mignatiou “Once again, the Turkish leadership is trying to equate the aggressor with the victim by making historically groundless and arbitrary arguments that attempt to erase Turkey’s responsibilities as an occupying power,” Efthimiou told journalists. ... Read More »

Merkel does not see EU expanding membership talks with Turkey

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel does not expect the European Union to open negotiations on new policy areas with Turkey in its talks to join the bloc, her spokesman said on Wednesday. Reuters Membership talks have progressed only slowly since they began in 2005 but Merkel has said the EU, which needs Turkey to help tackle the migrant crisis, must engage with Ankara despite concern about its response to a failed coup in July. Bild newspaper ran a story under a ... Read More »