Politics

Myanmar stumbles on path to democracy under Aung San Suu Kyi

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Yangon: For decades Myanmar’s people dreamed of democracy, but a year into office Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government is struggling to revive a sluggish economy and shake off the vestiges of the still powerful military. Agence France Presse Aarab News Swept into power on a wave of optimism and hatred of the generals who ruled for 50 years, Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) vowed to boost prosperity and end decades of bloody civil war. But while “The… ... Read More »

A dramatic comeback for Europe

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The Dutch are famous for building dykes that hold back the tides and storms sweeping across the Atlantic. Anatole Kaletsky Asia Times Have the Dutch now done it again, holding back the wave of populist politics that seemed to be threatening Europe after last year’s Brexit referendum and Donald Trump’s victory in the United States? The unexpectedly weak… A dramatic comeback… Read More »

Brexit, no sector left unscathed

A photo-illustration shows a European Union (EU) flag as it burns near Manchester, northern England on March 25, 2017, ahead of the British government's planned triggering of Article 50 tomorrow.
British Prime Minister Theresa May will send a letter to EU President Donald Tusk with Britain's formal departure notification on Wednesday, opening up a two-year negotiating window before Britain actually leaves the bloc in 2019. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF        (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

How Britain’s withdrawal from the EU will affect every policy area from fisheries to transport. Politico Brexit threatens to wreak havoc in many of Europe’s biggest sectors, throwing doubt on everything from fish supplies to greenhouse gas-cutting measures to student exchange programs. While British Prime… Brexit, no sector… Read More »

A One Nation senator claims race-hate speech laws stop ‘decent’ people speaking out against Muslim criminals.

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Malcolm Roberts says Australian Islamists are the real beneficiaries of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, comparing restrictions on race-hate speech to “Stalinist… SBS Source: AAP “If your Muslim Sudanese neighbour is engaging in female genital mutilation or your Syrian Muslim cafe owner is a terrorist building a bomb or… A One Nation… Read More »

Scientists Who Want To Study Climate Engineering Shun Trump

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President Trump issued a sweeping executive order on Tuesday that will begin to undo a slew of government efforts to fight global warming. Nell Greenfieldboyce npr Among those worrying and watching to see how the executive order plays out are scientists who actually are in favor of exploring bold interventions to artificially cool the climate. Just a year ago… Scientists Who Want… Read More »

Brexit kick-off: a historic day for the EU anticlockwise

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The beginning of the two-year negotiations is about to begin as UK submits today the letter to the EU today informing the latter about the decision of the British people to leave the bloc. Chris Anyfantis European Sting However, it is still too early to say whether a deal will be reached within the timeframe that is set in Article 50 since two years is a very short time when dealing with such a very complex agreement. Financial markets haven’t… ... Read More »

The populist drift of the French election campaign

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French presidential candidates are using populist distractions to avoid discussing actual policy plans. Remi Piet Al Jazeera News So far, the French electoral season has offered nothing more than a sorry display of politics. Instead of being… The populist drift… Read More »

A negotiated threat to democracy

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The advent of devolution four years ago gave the residents of northern Kenya immense hope of development. Hassan Malik Mohamed Daily Nation The good news is that progress has begun to be felt and smelt in the expansive region through the construction of roads and improved access to health care. However, the misapplication… A negotiated threat to… Read More »

Turkey’s main Islamic human rights organization faces internal upheaval

Protesters from human rights organisation Mazlumder hold torches during a demonstration in Istanbul January 26, 2008. Students may soon be allowed to wear the Muslim headscarf in Turkish universities, a watershed for a devout, growing middle class that has long complained of discrimination against its faith. Picture taken on January 26, 2008. To match feature TURKEY-HEADSCARF  REUTERS/Fatih Saribas  (TURKEY) - RTR1WHXV

In Turkey, there are various human rights organizations dedicated to defend oppressed groups or individuals. Mustafa Akyol Al Monitor One of them, Mazlumder, is unique, because it has explicitly Islamic credentials, unlike most others that are more secular. Yet the same… Turkey’s main Islamic… Read More »

EU to give more power to national antitrust authorities in a bid to secure regulatory fines

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Last week, the European Commission has proposed a new set of rules to give national antitrust authorities more power and resources against anti-competitive practices. Carlo Motta European Sting The proposed rules, which followed a public consultation that was launched last year, are intended to make the bloc’s national competition agencies more autonomous but also more reactive against multinational firms over… EU to give… Read More »

China-Australia Extradition Treaty Collapses Amid Human Rights Concerns

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It fell apart not long after Barnaby Joyce insisted it was a “pretty safe deal”. Karen Barlow HuffPost CANBERRA – The Turnbull Government has shelved plans to enact an extradition treaty with China, under the combined opposition of Labor, the Greens, Nick Xenophon Team, former Liberal senator Cory Bernardi, and a… China-Australia Extradition… Read More »

Britain’s messy divorce from Europe isn’t going well

Asia Times

As Britain formally triggers the doleful negotiations to exclude itself from the mainstream of European politics and economics, Prime Minister Theresa May refuses to use the word “divorce” to describe what is happening. Chris Patten Asia Times My wife, a retired family lawyer and mediator, thinks May could be correct. After all, the… Britain’s messy divorce… Read More »

Larry Summers: The robots are coming, whether Trump’s Treasury secretary admits it or not

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As I learned (sometimes painfully) during my time at the Treasury Department, words spoken by Treasury secretaries can over time have enormous consequences, and… Lawrence H. Summers The Washington Post In this regard, I am very surprised by two comments made by Secretary Steven Mnuchin in his… In reference to a question about artificial intelligence… Larry Summers: The… Read More »

How French ”Intellectuals” ruined the West: Postmodernism and its impact, explained

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Postmodernism presents a threat not only to liberal democracy but to modernity… Helen Pluckrose Areo Magazine That may sound like a bold or even hyperbolic claim, but the reality is that the cluster of ideas and values at the root of postmodernism have broken the bounds of academia and… The irrational and identitarian “symptoms” of… How French ”Intellectuals… Read More »

Political Islam Is Today’s Anti-American ‘Long March Through The Institutions’

Islam - The Federalist

Political Islam implies a constitutional order fundamentally incompatible with the U.S. Constitution and the ‘constitution of liberty’ that is the foundation of the American way of life. Ayaan Hirsi Ali The Federalist It is refreshing and heartening that President Trump acknowledges the need for an ideological campaign against “radical Islam.” This deserves to… Political Islam Is… Read More »

From spy to president: the rise of Vladimir Putin

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He’s intent on pushing back against the Western world order … and it appears to be working. Sam Ellis VOX Vladimir Putin has been ruling Russia since 1999. In that time… From spy to… Read More »