Global Issues

Vietnam: The War That Killed Trust

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The legacy of the war still shapes America, even if most of us are too young to remember it. Karl Marlantes The New York Times In the early spring of 1967, I was in the middle of a heated 2 a.m. hallway discussion with fellow students at Yale about the Vietnam War. I was from a… Vietnam: The War… Read More »

Ethics office: Trump nominees’ hearings schedule ‘of great concern’

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Not all of the Cabinet choices have undergone the ethics review that helps secretaries avoid conflicts of interest. By BURGESS EVERETT  Politico Senate Republicans’ confirmation hearings schedule for President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet choices is of “great concern” to the… Ethics office: Trump… Read More »

Liberia: ‘Big Boy 1’ Arrested But…

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A former minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, Dr. Eugene Shannon has been arrested by Criminal Court “C” for his alleged involvement in the Global Witness bribery scandal but later released. By Ames K. Kadi,Jr allAfrica Shannon’s arrest on Thursday comes barely a… Liberia: ‘Big Boy… Read More »

Namechecked by Obama, gay ex-Navy officer joins race to revive Democrats

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Washington; The gay, 34-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana – namechecked recently by President Obama – has entered the contest for chairman of the Democratic party, presenting himself as an alternative to the two leading candidates. Jonathan Martin Warning that beleaguered Democrats can ill afford a… Namechecked by Obama… New York Times Read More »

Lebanon set to join East Mediterranean race for oil and gas

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Lebanon will auction energy-development rights to five offshore areas and adopt production-sharing contracts to attract international investors as the tiny country seeks to join a regional race to tap oil and gas wealth in the… Written by Bloomberg Energy Voice The government may qualify more bidders for its… Lebanon set to… Read More »

On the Trump Russia intel Twitter hysteria

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Do please relax a bit. Yes, though I no longer have a security clearance, it seems abundantly clear Russia did all it could to help Donald Trump win the US election. Danielle Pletka AEI But even the intel community doesn’t say it won it for him. He won it, and… On the Trump Russia… Read More »

The Ottoman Empire and Libertarianism

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Every so often libertarians ask, in a speculative mode, whether the re-establishment of the Ottoman Empire would not be a formula for peace in the troubled Middle East. Notes On Liberty The question is interesting on several counts, one of which is that the regions affected by the… The Ottoman Empire… Read More »

Why Russia, Turkey and Iran are natural allies

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­ The ceasefire in Syria brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran has opened the way to peace talks in Kazakhstan between the Syrian government and opposition. Adrian Campbell The Conversation The Kazakh president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, will play peacemaker and the timing of the… Why Russia, Turkey… Read More »

Russia starts scaling down Syria military deployment

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Russia’s military on Jan. 6 said it has begun scaling back its deployment to Syria, with Moscow’s sole aircraft carrier ordered to leave the conflict zone first. Hurriyet MOSCOW – Agence France–Presse “In accordance with the decision of the supreme commander of the Russian armed forces Vladimir Putin, the… Russia starts scaling… Read More »

Huge Antarctic iceberg poised to break away

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An iceberg expected to be one of the 10 largest ever recorded is ready to break away from Antarctica, scientists say. Matt McGrath BBC A long-running rift in the Larson C ice shelf grew suddenly in December and now just 20km of ice is keeping the 5,000 sq km piece from floating away. Larsen C is the… Huge Antarctic iceberg… Read More »

Russian subversion of Western democracies is old news

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The media hullabaloo notwithstanding, the alleged “revelations” about the Russian hacking of the US presidential election have revealed precious little that is substantively new. Leon Aron AEI Which is precisely why we should be concerned. The hacking of the DNC was… Russian subversion of… Read More »

Obama, Kissinger and Nuland: Cyprus 1974 – Cyprus 2017

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In July 1974 the US-controlled Athens military junta organized a coup d’état in Cyprus and an assassination attempt against the President of Cyprus Archbishop Makarios. Dimitris Konstantakopoulos * Defend Democracy Press Everything was executed in exactly the same way as it had been a year before in Santiago Chile. (Cyprus is an… Obama, Kissinger and… Read More »

Why Iran Wants So Many Ballistic Missiles

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Iran and the West both see a terrifying threat on the other side. Farhad Rezaei The National Interest Unlike Iran’s nuclear program, the country’s arsenal of ballistic missiles has received only scant scholarly attention. At best… Why Iran Wants… Read More »

Being ‘Poor’ Is Nothing To Be Ashamed Of

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It’s time we recognised retirees for their holistic contribution Kasy Chambers  The Huffington Post Mahatma Ghandi famously said that the true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable… Australia, while a democratic and economically prosperous nation, is still home to many… Being ‘Poor’ Is… Read More »

Farmer on Trial Defends Smuggling Migrants: ‘I Am a Frenchman.’

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NICE, France — At times it was hard to know who was on trial, the smuggler or the state. By ADAM NOSSITER  The New York Times The defendant, Cédric Herrou, 37, a slightly built olive farmer, did not deny that for months he had illegally spirited dozens of migrants through the remote mountain valley where he lives. He would do… Farmer on Trial… Read More »

Italian banks: It’s Rome’s turn to confront Berlin’s aggressiveness

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Italy, after Greece, is now the next target of the archetypical Teutonic aggressiveness, aimed this time at making the life difficult for Paolo Gentiloni the new Prime Minister. Dennis Kefalakakos The European Sting The problems Rome has with the country’s banking system are being exaggerated and used by Berlin to either pave the road leading outside the euro area or turn the country into an impoverished, obedient and second rate euro… Italian banks: It’s Rome’s… Read More »