Politics of farce in Turkey

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When I expressed my concerns about the signs of a move from authoritarian rule to fascist political discourse in Turkey (in daily Cumhuriyet last week), I only wanted to underline the danger of ever increasing militarization and “statization” of politics and party in the country. Hurriyet – NURAY MERT The state model, the quest for a homogenous “nation/community,” imperial nostalgia, ... Read More »

Economic deadlock through bizonal vetoes

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No serious government can accept to be run on multiple vetoes and of an ethnic origin to boot. Someone wisely described the vetoes as “a curse the short-sighted and naïve put on their country to make sure it never prospers”. InCyprus - By Dr Aris Petasis The vetoes are designed to paralyse and incapacitate the central Cyprus government with the ... Read More »

“Turkey has never given a fig for the Turkish Cypriots”!

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I read the article “Brown’s appraisal on Turkish intentions” of 23 August 2015 by Mrs Erato Kozakou-Marcoulli, posted on www.in-cyprus.com and for a moment I wondered whether there had been a mistake. Whether the article was written by the Refugee Association “Adouloti Kyrenia” and wrongly attributed to Mrs. Marcoulli. Agora Dialogue - Fanoulla Argyrou * Mrs. E.K-Marcoulli refers to the ... Read More »

How Turkey Plays the War on Terror

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America’s reluctant ally finally offers token assistance against ISIS only as cover for a campaign against the Kurds. The American Conservative – By Philip Giraldi • The United States’s engagement in the Middle East since 2001 would be a comedy of errors but for the fact that it is not funny. It all began with the exploitation of a befuddled ... Read More »

Labour’s Roy Hattersley QUITS the House of Lords as it ‘goes against the idea of equality’

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The party’s former Deputy Leader unleashed a blistering verbal assault on the “vastly inferior institution”, 18 years after becoming peer Labour big beast Roy Hattersley is quitting the House of Lords and launched a scathing attack on the upper chamber. Mirror - By Ben Glaze The party’s former Deputy Leader unleashed a blistering verbal assault on the “vastly inferior institution”, ... Read More »

The Dyson Heydon question and Australia’s infantile disorder

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One of the busiest people in Australia this past weekend has been what is described as “a fair-minded lay observer” (FMLO), otherwise known as “the hypothetical reasonable observer” or “the hypothetical bystander”. This is the person whose judgment is being invoked to decide whether Dyson Heydon, the Royal Commissioner on Trade Union Governance and Corruption, should recuse himself or, even, ... Read More »

Iraq: Conflict Alert

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A wave of protests has brought Iraq to the edge of yet more serious conflict. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has introduced sweeping reforms to halt the deterioration but in a manner that may make things worse. An important course correction is needed if he is to survive politically and Iraq is to avoid what could become in effect a military ... Read More »

Literary Magazines for Socialists Funded by the CIA, Ranked

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In May of 1967, a former CIA officer named Tom Braden published a confession in the Saturday Evening Post under the headline, “I’m glad the CIA is ‘immoral.’” Braden confirmed what journalists had begun to uncover over the previous year or so: The CIA had been responsible for secretly financing a large number of “civil society” groups, such as the ... Read More »