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Guéhenno to Trump: You Cannot ‘just crush’ ISIS

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Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Crisis Group’s President and CEO, speaks to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour about the international challenges that are likely to persist in 2017 and the growing need for robust international structures to meet the… ICG In a broad discussion with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, the… Guéhenno to Trump… Read More »

Mexico’s 500-year jungle dwellers

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The Lacandon Maya lived deep in the jungles of southern Mexico with limited outside contact until the turn of the 20th Century, when loggers and missionaries began to arrive. Susannah Rigg BBC News I first met Daniel Chankin in the highland town of San Cristobal de las Casas in the Mexican state of Chiapas. Daniel, a Lacandon Maya who… Mexico’s 500-year jungle dwellers Read More »

Patricia Cornelius is a courageous Australian playwright – why is she so neglected?

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One of our best dissenting, provocative voices has become collateral damage in a war between economics and art Wesley Enoch The Guardian Patricia Cornelius jokes that her son will make a packet when she is dead. She is one of the most awarded playwrights in the… Patricia Cornelius is… Read More »

The End of Democracy in Turkey

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Following the New Year’s Eve attack in Istanbul, democracy in Turkey is likely to enter a death spiral. The New Yorker The issue isn’t the attack itself, terrible as it was. On New Year’s Eve, a lone gunman made his way into the Reina dance club, which was jammed with revellers, and… The End of… Read More »

John Berger, art critic and author, dies aged 90

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Booker-prize-winning author of titles including Ways of Seeing, G and A Painter of our Time had been living in Paris Mark Brown, Arts correspondent The Guardian John Berger, the Booker-prize-winning novelist and visionary writer who helped transform the way a generation looked at and perceived art, has died aged 90. Berger had a… John Berger, art… Read More »

Czechs launch anti-propaganda unit with close eye on Russia

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Kremlin-friendly president Milos Zeman criticises new ‘hybrid threats’ centre Daniel McLaughlin in Prague The Irish Times The Czech Republic has launched a special government unit to counter terrorism and “hybrid” threats such as fake news and… Czechs launch anti… Read More »

Pope Francis, in year-end message, urges action on youth unemployment

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Vatican City: Pope Francis in his year-end message urged leaders on Saturday to do more to tackle youth unemployment, saying a generation was being lost to desperation, migration and joblessness. Reuters The Canberra Times At his last public event of 2016, an evening vespers service in St. Peter’s Basilica, the… Pope Francis, in… Read More »

A principled basis for a just and lasting Cyprus settlement in the light of International and European Law

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International Expert Panel Covered By The Committee For A European Solution In Cyprus Preamble 1. The purpose of this Report, prepared by an International Expert Panel, is to seek a just Cyprus settlement providing for the peaceful and prosperous future of all the people of the island. In order to do this, one must apply the key principles drawn from international and European law which apply in the settlement of international disputes, including disputes concerning members of the European Union. ... Read More »

CCTV launches global platform in Xi push to rebrand China

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‘China needs to know better about the world and the world needs to know better about China,’ Xi says. By BEN RICHARDSON Asia Times But only the good stuff. China’s leading television network, CCTV, is launching a… CCTV launches global… Read More »

Policy winners and losers across Europe in 2016

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Sugar, butter and Wolfgang Schäuble came out on top while Uber, Google and Big Tobacco had a tougher 2016. Politico The policy landscape of 2016 is littered with dead ideas and dotted with breakout stars. It was a… Policy winners and… Read More »

Try a New Year’s Revolution

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Donald J. Trump wants you on a diet. Jennifer Weiner The New York Times I hear what you’re saying. “Donald Trump doesn’t even know me!” But we know him. By now, we’re all familiar with Mr. Trump’s standards of female beauty. Thanks to tapes leaked and… Try a New Year’s… Read More »

To Make the World Better, Think Small

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There is a legend about the comedian W. C. Fields as he lay dying in his hospital bed, surrounded by family. Arthur C. Brooks The New York Times It was winter in New York City, and from outside came the sound of a newsboy shouting, “Wuxtry! Wuxtry! Stock market prices fall!” Stirred out of… To Make the… Read More »

A Peek Inside the Strange World of Fake Academia

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The caller ID on my office telephone said the number was from Las Vegas, but when I picked up the receiver I heard what sounded like a… Kevin Carey The New York Times The operator, “John,” asked if I would be interested in attending the 15th World Cardiology and Angiology Conference in Philadelphia next month. “Do I have to be a doctor?” I said, because I’m not one. I got the call because 20 minutes earlier I had entered my ... Read More »

Trump’s Extreme Oligarchy

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  WASHINGTON, DC – US President-elect Donald Trump is filling his cabinet with rich people. Simon Johnson Project Syndicate According to the latest count, his nominees include five billionaires and six multimillionaires. This is what is known as oligarchy: direct control of the… Trump’s Extreme Oligarchy… Read More »

Does Empathy Guide or Hinder Moral Action?

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After a year of surprising election results and referendums, and violence in protests, terrorism and war, the term “empathy” has been cited by many as a key component to helping groups of people that have little in common, or disagree, come together. The New York Times Jamil Zaki and Paul Bloom But does empathy actually increase the ability of opposing parties to understand each other better, or otherwise inform correct moral action? Empathy Can Lead to… Does Empathy Guide or… Read More »

The Christianophobia in the UK and in Syria are connected

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Here in the UK and across the pond the anti-Russian and anti-Christian hysteria continues to fever-pitch, signalling as it does the last mad flings of the mad regime of Obama and his neocon-liberal cabal. Robert Eastern KATEHON I have previously written that we have an almost total media blackout on the… The Christianophobia in… Read More »