Global Issues

Trump is the U.S.’s first Latin American president

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In his first week in power, President Trump has ruled by fiat and tweet, following through on many campaign promises most people had assumed were too absurd or extreme to ever… By Ishaan Tharoor The Washington Post A temporary Muslim ban of some sort is set to come into effect, and the White House is seeking funding to… Trump is the… Read More »

Why Islamists are no longer Erdogan’s favorites

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There is a new theme these days in Turkey’s hard-core pro-Erdogan media: The unreliability of opinion leaders or activists who have led Turkey’s Islamist movement for decades, and who have also been strong supporters of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Mustafa Akyol Al Monitor Lately, some prominent Islamists have raised criticism about “corruption by power” in the ruling circles. The Islamists also have criticized the… Why Islamists are no… Read More »

Astana: What talks?

Astana - Al Jazeera

With each round of peace talks, it is further clarified that Syrians under siege are not the key factor in negotiations. Malak Chabkoun Al Jazeera News Perhaps one of the biggest examples of the disconnect between Syrians inside Syria and Syrians sitting at the negotiating table in Astana this week is seen in a video produced by Shaam News Network, in which several… Astana: What… Read More »

Turkish anger as Greece rejects extradition of eight soldiers

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Turkey has reacted with anger after a Greek court ruled against extraditing eight Turkish soldiers accused of involvement in an attempted… BBC Turkey accused Greece of failing in the “fight against terrorism” and said the decision was “politically… The eight men fled in a helicopter to… Turkish anger as… Read More »

Doctors plead for pregnant refugee on Nauru to be moved to Australian hospital

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Kuwaiti is more than 35 weeks’ pregnant, her baby is in breech and she has a fibroid or benign tumour on the wall of her uterus Ben Doherty The Guardian Doctors have pleaded for a heavily pregnant refugee on Nauru facing a complex and… Doctors plead for… Read More »

Appeasing Iran will only give it more room for maneuver

Iran - Asia Times

Donald Trump must adopt a “don’t make the landlord go crazy” approach to the regime. Farhad Rezaei Asia Times And he should be prepared to punish it, writes Farhad Rezaei Ehud Barak, Israel’s Prime… Appeasing Iran will only… Read More »

Martin Schulz, the outsider insider

German Vice Chancellor, Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel (R) and former European Parliament President Martin Schulz attend a joint press conference at the Social Democratic Party (SPD) headquarters Willy-Brandt-Haus in Berlin on January 24, 2017.
The leader of Germany's Social Democrats, Sigmar Gabriel, told Die Zeit newspaper that he would recommend that former European Parliament president Martin Schulz take his place as SPD party chairman and chancellor candidate, as he made the surprise announcement on January 24, 2017 that he would not run against Chancellor Angela Merkel in a September general election. / AFP / Tobias SCHWARZ        (Photo credit should read TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

The Brussels veteran’s decision to run against Angela Merkel is good news for Germany — and Europe. Timo Lochocki Politico BERLIN — Social Democrat leader Sigmar Gabriel’s decision to bow out of the race for the chancellorship in favor of Martin Schulz is the perfect antidote to German voters’ frustrations. It will benefit his party… Martin Schulz, the outsider… Read More »

Could an Irish referendum delay or even derail Brexit?

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‘Unavoidable’ that talks on article 50 will trigger a referendum here, seminar hears Ruadhán Mac Cormaic The Irish Times Could Irish voters block a future deal to withdraw Britain from the EU by rejecting it in a referendum? With the clock counting down to… Could an Irish referendum delay… Read More »

Anti-Corruption Populists Tend to be More Corrupt, Report Says

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Is your country experiencing overwhelming social inequality? Do you and your fellow citizens think it’s because of government corruption? Ruby Mellen Foreign Policy  Congratulations! You’re likely to elect a populist leader. That, at least, is what most nations do, according to Transparency International’s 2016 Corruption… Anti-Corruption Populists… Read More »

Victory for democracy in The Gambia

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Celebrations can now begin in The Gambia, with new leader Adama Barrow set to return home on Thursday. Daily Nation President Barrow, who defeated long-serving despot Yahya Jammeh, moves into the presidential palace to complete a transition that would probably never have happened had the regional leaders and the international community… Victory for democracy in… Read More »

Australia fails to improve ranking in global corruption index amid mounting push for federal watchdog

Corruption - ABC

Australia has maintained its position in a key corruption ranking, ending a four-year slide down Transparency International’s global corruption ladder, but experts warn the reprieve may be short-lived if major reforms are not implemented. Sam Clark and Dan Oakes ABC The index ranks countries based on perceptions of corruption in the public service. Nations at the top of the… Australia fails to improve… Read More »

What next for the anti-Trump protesters?

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There are two possible outcomes from the huge anti-Trump marches the day after the new president’s inauguration. Clive Hamilton The Conversation Perhaps, having made their protest, the marchers will go home and spend the next four or even eight years stewing and posting angry comments online. Or the protests could morph into… What next for the anti-Trump… Read More »

Blasphemy laws desecrate democratic rights

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Two religious communities have shown us the cross roads for free speech at which we have arrived. Amanda Stoker On Line Opinion The Grand Mufti of Australia, leader of the Muslim faith in this country, called for section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act to be expanded to make it unlawful for a person to (among other things) offend or insult a… Blasphemy laws desecrate… Read More »

Whispers of ‘Grexit’ start again

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With Athens, EU creditors, and the IMF deadlocked on the bailout talks, some fear a renewed crisis. Simon Marks Politico ATHENS — Two years ago, Alexis Tsipras, the then 40-year-old leader of Greece’s Syriza party, swept to victory in snap elections claiming an end to the “vicious cycle of austerity” and years of “humiliation and suffering.” Now a veteran prime minister… Whispers of ‘Grexit’ start… Read More »

Trans Activists Attack Feminists For Displaying ‘Genital-Based Womanhood’

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Trans and feminist ideology are fundamentally irreconcilable, which means I hate to break it to you, trendy progressives, but intersectionalism is stillborn. Joy Pullmann The Federalist Pop some popcorn, because some bitches and fake bitches are having a catfight about pu–ies. Left Twitter is saying white… Trans Activists Attack Feminists For… Read More »

How Europe’s elections could be hacked

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Russian hackers meddled in the U.S. election campaign. Alanna Petroff CNN Now they’re turning their attention to Europe. France, Germany and the… How Europe’s elections… Read More »