Global Issues

Samantha Power, Henry Kissinger & Imperial Delusions

Quite revealingly, the self-proclaimed crusader against genocide, Samantha Power, was awarded the 2016 Henry A. Kissinger Prize in Berlin. That Power would be awarded a prize named after one of the world’s great génocidaires, and that she would happily accept it, proves what many of us have believed all along – that she is more the clever apologist for U.S. crimes than a bona fide human rights advocate… Source: Samantha Power, Henry Kissinger & Imperial Delusions Read More »

Fear and Loathing in the Levant: Turkey Changes its Syria Policy and Strategy

Turkey’s strategic position in northern Aleppo and the Manbij pocket has collapsed, forcing the Turkish government to recalibrate its Syria policy. This shift in Turkish policy began in June 2015, when Turkish officials began to speak openly about the need for a safe zone between the Euphrates River and the opposition held city of Azaz. This policy proposal differed from Turkey’s previous insistence on a comprehensive no-fly-zone over all of Syria, enforced with American, Turkish, and other allied aircraft. This ... Read More »

Turkey fails to meet criteria for visa-free EU travel

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European commission says Turkey has not met conditions of possible deal including border security and human rights issues.. Turkey has missed an EU deadline that would have allowed its citizens visa-free travel through most of Europe, amid ongoing tensions over a controversial migration deal… Source: Turkey fails to meet criteria for visa-free EU travel | World news | The Guardian Read More »

The Pentagon’s Real Strategy: Keeping the Money Flowing

These days, lamenting the apparently aimless character of Washington’s military operations in the Greater Middle East has become conventional wisdom among administration critics of every sort. Senator John McCain thunders that “this president has no strategy to successfully reverse the tide of slaughter and mayhem” in that region. Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies bemoans the “lack of a viable and public strategy.” Andrew Bacevich suggests that “there is no strategy. None. Zilch.”… Source: The Pentagon’s Real ... Read More »

Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems

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Financial meltdown, environmental disaster and even the rise of Donald Trump – neoliberalism has played its part in them all. Why has the left failed to come up with an alternative? Imagine if the people of the Soviet Union had never heard of communism. The ideology that dominates our lives has, for most of us, no name. Mention it in conversation and you’ll be rewarded with a shrug. Even if your listeners have heard the term before, they will struggle ... Read More »

Who is Sheldon Adelson and can he sway the US election?

We ask if the casino tycoon and pro-Israel mega-donor wields more cash than clout or if he will soon become king-maker.. New York, US – It is testament to his status in United States politics that Sheldon Adelson has a primary election named after him. The “Adelson primary”, as it is known informally, is not a… Source: Who is Sheldon Adelson and can he sway the US election? – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

Pakistani province allocates $2m for transgender people

Funds come after a wave of attacks on the community in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that prompted protests.. A Pakistani province has allocated nearly $2m for transgenders after a series of violent attacks, and officials say the money will be used to provide training and support for the vulnerable community… Source: Pakistani province allocates $2m for transgender people – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

Solar surge to leave large power companies in the shade

Smarter products and surging output from rooftop solar systems will keep a lid on the amount of power we buy from the grid… Source: Solar surge to leave large power companies in the shade Read More »

Chasing Asylum: A film by Eva Orner

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Reviewed by ARNOLD ZABLE Chasing Asylum is a visceral and confronting documentary which includes revealing, clandestine footage shot inside the Nauru and Manus Island detention centres. The images are reinforced by eye-witness accounts of former detention centre workers, and the observations of asylum seekers who have spent time inside the centres. Filmed by Oscar award-winning documentary maker, Eva Orner, it highlights the harsh conditions that asylum seekers have endured in offshore detention—and the punitive nature of a regime that breaks ... Read More »

The economic shock of a ‘Brexit’

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By Sebastian Mallaby Sebastian Mallaby is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Washington Post Global Opinions contributing columnist. He is an editor at InFacts.org, a website campaigning to keep Britain in the European Union. LONDON For the first time since the start of Britain’s referendum fight over Europe, the polls predict “Brexit.” The four most recent national surveys put the “Leave” side ahead with margins of between one and 10 percentage points. Most people, including ... Read More »

Sanders, the Windows 95 of Progressive Politics?

As the Democratic primaries came to an end Tuesday night, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton met. Mr. Sanders presumably made a strong case that the ideas and ideological direction of his campaign should be incorporated into her campaign and, if she wins, her presidency. Earlier in the day, in anticipation of the meeting, he said, “I think the time is now — in fact, the time is long overdue — for a fundamental transformation of the Democratic Party.”… Source: Sanders, ... Read More »

In PNG and Nauru, Australia’s immigration policy comes at the expense of democracy

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Australia’s offshore detention policy relies on the weakness of its post-colonial states, even as it weakens them further.. A regional solution for refugees. That was the liberal sweetener in the “expert panel” report of 2012, a document that endorsed the deterrent of offshore processing. Duly fortified against her left flank (one of the “experts” was Paris Aristotle, a well-respected “refugee advocate”), then prime minister Julia Gillard declared her government would “move urgently to restart offshore processing on Manus Island and ... Read More »

Donald Trump and NRA to discuss gun rights for terror suspects

Orlando nightclub shooting has has renewed debate over gun control regulations in US.. US presidential hopeful Donald Trump is to meet the National Rifle Association (NRA) to discuss ways to block people on terrorism watch lists or no-fly lists from buying guns. The presumptive Republican nominee’s meeting with the gun lobbying group comes as his party scrambles to respond in the aftermath of the worst mass shooting in modern US history… Source: Donald Trump and NRA to discuss gun rights ... Read More »

Global investors tell MSCI to give China A shares the thumbs down

NEW YORK–In what must feel like an epic smack down, MSCI denied China’s domestic equities entry into its benchmark indexes for the third time in as many years. Not that it should have… Source: Global investors tell MSCI to give China A shares the thumbs down – Asia Times Read More »

The US Navy is sending more ships to East Asia amid rising tensions with China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy’s Third Fleet will send more ships to East Asia to operate outside its normal theater alongside the Japan-based Seventh Fleet, a U.S. official said on Tuesday, a move that comes at a time of heightened tensions with China. The Third Fleet’s Pacific Surface Action Group, which includes the guided-missile destroyers USS Spruance and USS Momsen, was deployed to East Asia in April… Source: US Third Fleet expands East Asia role as tensions rise in ... Read More »

Putin’s Vision of the Future

Vladimir Putin saved Russia from the scavengers of the Yeltsin era. What’s more, he’s fundamentally re-forming the world’s biggest country in ways few understand. Unfortunately, most of this select group are bitter enemies of the notion of a Russian led world. While think tanks and “new world” evangelists in the west promise change and progress, Putin and his colleagues are at work, resolutely forging a new Russia… Source: Putin’s Vision of the Future Read More »