Global Issues

World War III has already begun: Cyber-war underway as biggest military build-up continues

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With nations across the globe stockpiling weapons on a scale not seen for decades, 2017 could see the cold war develop into a full scale conflict costing millions of lives. Express Rebecca Flood Already largely due to Vladimir Putin’s sabre-rattling, China’s increasing belligerence and a new USA with Donald Trump at the helm a country as peace-loving as Sweden has been placed on a war footing. And internet security experts say… World War III has already… Read More »

The new untruth of political campaigns

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As a leading polling company is revealed to be behind an activist website ostensibly linked to Medicare, bipartisan support emerges for rules on disclosure. The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton Recently, an employee in the Department of Defence received a text message on what was a private, work-related mobile number. The message was political… The new untruth of… Read More »

Turkey’s alliance with the West has expired

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“America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests.” The Hill By Movses Ter-Oganesyan Henry Kissinger’s observation about United States foreign policy can, indeed, be applied to most countries. It comes to no surprise to any, that leaders of every country are expected to do… Turkey’s alliance with… Read More »

This Proposed Pipeline Would Cut Right Through The Appalachian Trail

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Conservation groups are rallying against the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The Huffington Post Hilary Hanson  Environmental groups are voicing opposition to a proposed natural gas pipeline that would cut across the Appalachian Trail in Virginia and require clearing a… This Proposed Pipeline… Read More »

Wonder and Worry, as a Syrian Child Transforms

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Canada welcomes Syrian refugees like no other country. The New York Times By CATRIN EINHORN and JODI KANTOR  But for one 10-year-old’s parents, is she leaving too much behind? TORONTO — As soon as Bayan Mohammad, a… Wonder and Worry… Read More »

Now, America, You Know How Chileans Felt

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DURHAM, N.C. — It is familiar, the outrage and alarm that many Americans are feeling at reports that Russia, according to a secret intelligence assessment, interfered in the United States election to help Donald J. Trump become president. The New York Times By ARIEL DORFMAN I have been through this before, overwhelmed by a… Now, America, You… Read More »

Are the United States and China Destined for War?

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Are Washington and Beijing fated to repeat the mistakes Britain and Germany made a century earlier? The National Interest Ali Wyne Concern about an armed confrontation between the United States and China is… Are the United… Read More »

Turkey takes another step toward despotism

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SINCE ASSUMING the nominally ceremonial position of president in 2014, Turkish ruler Recep Tayyip Erdogan has aspired to endow it with far-reaching powers, replacing the country’s parliamentary system with something more like what Vladi­mir Putin has established in Russia. The Washington Post By Editorial Board His… Turkey takes another… Read More »

Venezuela: Tough Talking

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With a collapsing health care system, sky-rocketing inflation and crippling state controls, Venezuela is beset by unprecedented social and economic crises. ICG To end the root problem of political paralysis, the Chavista government and opposition must use outside-mediated negotiation to restore democratic and… Venezuela: Tough… Read More »

Putin, Abe signal no resolution on island dispute

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin wrapped up two days of talks on Dec. 15, with numerous economic deals but no big breakthrough on a territorial row that has over-shadowed ties since World War Two. Tokyo Hurriyet Putin was heading home with promises of economic cooperation after appearing to… Putin, Abe signal… Read More »

Robots lending a helping hand on Australia’s farms

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Are robots the cost-saving innovation that will help Australia’s farmers stay in business? Al Jazeera News Smriti Daniel For a change, Kevin Sanders has decided to let someone, or more accurately, something else count the apples in his orchard. This isn’t the first time his idyllic… Robots lending a helping hand on… Read More »

DR Congo blocks social networks as Joseph Kabila’s term expires

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Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have ordered that social networks including Facebook and WhatsApp be blocked soon before President Joseph Kabila’s mandate expires, three internet providers said Thursday. Daily Nation Congo’s telecoms regulator issued an order, seen by AFP, demanding that providers cut access to social media services from 11:59 pm (2259 GMT) on Sunday. Political tensions are running high in the… DR Congo blocks social networks as… Read More »

Barack Obama vows retaliation against Russia for meddling in US elections

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President Barack Obama said Thursday the United States will retaliate against Russian hacking aimed at interfering in the US election. Daily Nation “I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections that we need to take action,” Obama told NPR radio. “And we will, at a time and place of… Barack Obama vows retaliation against… Read More »

Venezuela gate-crashes meeting with regional powers

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Venezuela’s top diplomat turned up uninvited to a meeting of the South America’s Mercosur on Dec. 14, despite Caracas’ suspension from the trade bloc for failing to meet democratic and trade standards. Hurriyet BUENOS AIRES – Agence France-Presse Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez pushed her way through a… Venezuela gate-crashes… Read More »

Denmark Takes Girl To Trial For Fighting Against ISIS

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Joanna Palani, a Danish girl of Kurdish descent who took a year off from college to fight Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, will go on trial this month for violating Denmark’s “foreign fighter” laws. The Daily Caller Jacob Bojesson Palani, who came to Denmark as a refugee when she was three years old, left her life as a politics and philosophy student in Copenhagen in November 2014 to fight for the Kurdish people. Palani had her passport confiscated upon… ... Read More »

Should the United States Wage War for Friends?

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I was honored to participate in the Soho Forum’s successful debate earlier this week in New York City concerning the question of whether, “The United States should be prepared to use force in defense of friendly nations even when not subject to the direct threat of force.” The National Interest Christopher A. Preble Arguing in the affirmative was the esteemed constitutional scholar Richard Epstein. I argued that the nation’s interest, not friendship, should guide the conduct of U.S. foreign policy, ... Read More »