Politics

Turkish academics talk about living in fear: ‘It’s the final stage of a witch hunt’

After the coup attempt that failed to remove Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week, the government has gone on the offensive against what it says is a vast network of plotters, which it calls a “parallel state” run by exiled cleric and Erdogan enemy Fethullah Gülen.. By Alberto Riva and Asli Pelit Some of the targets of the purge are pretty obvious, with thousands of military officers… Source: Turkish academics talk about living in fear: ‘It’s the final stage ... Read More »

Xenophon and Katter’s concerns over Ausgrid sale ring hollow

Another political scare campaign has started. It’s not about negative gearing or Medicare. This time it’s the sale of the New South Wales electricity distribution network, Ausgrid. The NSW Premier, Mike Baird, staked his government’s re-election on the privatisation of 49% of the state’s electricity distribution and transmission networks. The transmission network, Transgrid, was wholly privatised for A$10.26 billion in 2015… Source: Xenophon and Katter’s concerns over Ausgrid sale ring hollow Read More »

Transcript: Donald Trump on NATO, Turkey’s Coup Attempt and the World

The Republican presidential nominee discussed his views on foreign policy with David E. Sanger and Maggie Haberman of The New York Times… Source: Transcript: Donald Trump on NATO, Turkey’s Coup Attempt and the World – The New York Times Read More »

Merkel accepts Britain’s decision to delay triggering Brexit

Germany and Britain agreed on July 20 that Prime Minister Theresa May needed time to prepare for talks to leave the EU, after London took the first step towards Brexit by giving up its presidency of the European Union.. On her first foreign trip since taking office in the wake of Britain’s seismic referendum, May told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that her government would not ask to leave the European Union before the end of 2016 in order to plan ... Read More »

The Eurasian Economic Union: Power, Politics and Trade

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Since its creation in 2015, the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) has kept only a few of its promises. Its limited economic success cannot mask the many tensions between Russia and its neighbours. Much of the EEU’s future success will depend on its members’ will to shift away from geopolitics and focus on international cooperation, governance, social welfare and migration… Source: The Eurasian Economic Union: Power, Politics and Trade – International Crisis Group Read More »

UN Debate

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Who will be the next Secretary General of the UN?.. What is the UN? Founded in 1945 after the Second World War ended, the UN is guided by the principles in its Charter – primarily maintaining international peace and security. The organisation has six official languages including Chinese and Russian, and is funded by its 193 member states. As well as striving to maintain peace, the UN promotes sustainable development, protects human rights, upholds international law and delivers humanitarian aid… ... Read More »

The Case for Kurdish Statehood

Why has the West been so supportive of Palestinian nationalism, yet so reluctant to support the Kurds, the largest nation in the world without a state? BY NOAH BECK , OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR The Kurds have been… Source: The Case for Kurdish Statehood Read More »

The U.S. tried to kill Erdogan, says editor in chief of Turkish daily

“The U.S. is the one who planned and applied this coup attempt.”… Source: The U.S. tried to kill Erdogan, says editor in chief of Turkish daily – The Washington Post Read More »

How the Clintons and the Rest of Washington Are Getting Rich From the Turkey Coup

Here’s one outcome of the Turkish coup attempt that you can bet on: Washington will be getting rich off it… The Podesta Group, a firm with close ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton, registered in May to lobby for the “Alliance for Shared Values.” That comically named organization supports Fethullah Gulen, the Pennsylvania-based imam that the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, blames, rightly or wrongly, for the coup… Source: How the Clintons and the Rest of Washington Are Getting Rich ... Read More »

Coronation in Cleveland: Republicans prepare to nominate Trump

With his running mate squared away and the Republican Party more or less behind him, Donald Trump prepares for a prime-time moment this week that few would have predicted a year ago: his anointment as the party’s presidential nominee.  The wealthy businessman’s coronation in Cleveland will come at the end of the four-day Republican National Convention that kicks off July 18. Befitting the candidate’s unrestrained nature, the convention is expected to be a more spontaneous affair this year than past ... Read More »

5 things about the man Turkey says was behind the coup

Fetullah Gülen is an influential Islamic cleric and a former close ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.. By BARBARA SURK Tanks were still trawling the streets of Istanbul and the parliament in Ankara was under bombardment when Turkish government officials pointed at self-exiled Islamic cleric Fetullah Gülen as the man behind the attempted coup, carried out by a faction of the military… Source: 5 things about the man Turkey says was behind the coup – POLITICO Read More »

How Leaders in the GOP Are Preparing for Donald Trump’s Convention in Cleveland

Excuses include “I’ve got to mow my lawn” and “I’ve got to really do my hair that week.”.. MICHELLE COTTLE There’s nothing quite like a presidential-nominating convention to turn the political establishment into a gaggle of navel-gazing, status-conscious high schoolers. Invariably, as the quadrennial, four-day schmoozefests approach, tongues cluck and wag in judgment and anticipation: Which political up-and-comers will score prime speaking slots? Are big-name celebs scheduled to appear?… Source: How Leaders in the GOP Are Preparing for Donald Trump’s ... Read More »

Turkey coup attempt could destabilize ally in region reeling from terrorism

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Middle East experts say Turkish military’s apparent attempt to seize power on Friday has sent shockwaves through Nato and across the world Live updates: Tanks open fire near Turkish parliament building The attempted coup in Turkey threatens to dangerously destabilise a western ally in a region already reeling from war, terrorism and mass migration, according to experts and analysts in the region… Source: Turkey coup attempt could destabilize ally in region reeling from terrorism | World news | The Guardian Read More »

A Muslim get-out-the-vote group plans a flag initiative

The Canadian-Muslim Vote, a group established to encourage Muslims to cast ballots in elections, now hope to put a Canadian flag in front of every mosque.. John Geddes Jawad Rathore wants to see a big Canadian flag flying from a prominently positioned flagpole in front of every mosque in the country to send the simple message that Muslims are proud Canadians… Source: A Muslim get-out-the-vote group plans a flag initiative Read More »

Nice attack brings a difficult question into sharp focus: why France?

If you live in France, you enjoy Bastille Day. There is a buzz in the air as you celebrate a day off in the middle of summer with your family and friends. You go to the fireworks. It is good to be in France and to remember the founding principles of the state – liberty, equality and fraternity. There is little mention of a bloody history of revolution and wars, colonialism and empire… Source: Nice attack brings a difficult question ... Read More »

Turkey: The sick man of Europe, once again — Spengler

The outcome of tonight’s apparent coup attempt in Turkey remains unclear, but the motivation for regime change in Turkey has been building under the surface for years. Turkey faces a perfect storm of economic, political and foreign policy problems. First, Turkey’s much-heralded economic growth spurt of the 2000’s has come to a grinding stop. The Erdogan boom, which inspired predictions that Turkey might emerge as another China, resembled the Asian experience less than it did the Latin American credidt bubbles ... Read More »