Politics

Putin Lucked Into The Only GOP Nominee Who Would’ve Wanted His Help

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WASHINGTON ― In an alternate universe, the Republican nominee for president holds a news conference to denounce Russian interference in the coming election. S.V. Date  The Huffington Post He calls out the long-known links between Russian spy agencies and WikiLeaks, and… Putin Lucked Into… Read More »

Stamping out political rorts requires a cultural change, not more bodies to police it

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Calls for a federal Independent Commission against Corruption-like body are growing following Health Minister Sussan Ley standing aside while several of her travel entitlement claims are investigated. Adam Graycar  The Conversation However, a federal ICAC will not solve the… Stamping out political… Read More »

Will Turkey, Iraq open new chapter in ties?

Iraqi President Fuad Masum (R) meets with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim (L) at the presidential palace in Baghdad on January 7, 2017.
Iraq and Turkey's prime ministers held talks in Baghdad which both said reflected progress in resolving a bitter row over the presence of Turkish troops in northern Iraq. / AFP / POOL / KHALID AL-MOUSILY        (Photo credit should read KHALID AL-MOUSILY/AFP/Getty Images)

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim’s visit to Iraq last week set a new tone in the ties between the two countries, which have been highly tense in recent months. Semih Idiz Al Monitor Following his talks with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad, Yildirim met with Iraqi Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani in Erbil. His contacts in Erbil… Will Turkey, Iraq open… Read More »

Legal minefield

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As the country looks to attract foreign money to boost the economy, a sketchy and opaque legal system makes investors think twice Matthieu Baudey and Carole Oudot Asia Times One year after the National League for Democracy ‘s landslide win in Myanmar’s historical elections, many were hoping the country would witness an economic boom, helped by a new international image. State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi cleaned up… Legal minefield… Read More »

Turkey’s bloody 2016 puts West’s portal to Middle East in jeopardy

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A dramatic coup attempt, 100 terror attacks that killed more than 500 people, the brazen assassination of a Russian diplomat and a shocking nightclub attack that left 39 dead in Istanbul on the final day of the year underscored the precarious status of the… FoxNews Turkey’s descent into… Turkey’s bloody 2016… Read More »

The ‘Intellectual Partition’ of Cyprus, the ‘Macmillan Doctrine’ and the talks held in Geneva in August 1974 and January 2017

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In his seminal book, Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle considers the virtues associated with justice, as well as the vices inherent in injustice. Klearchos A. Kyriakides Published in Agora Dialogue on 9 January 2017 In this context, Aristotle engages in a deep discussion as to the two types of transaction into which a party may enter. On the one hand, there are just transactions into which a party may enter voluntarily. On the other hand, there are unjust transactions, which may come ... Read More »

Reaction To Trump’s Team Proves Climate Alarmists Are The Real Deniers

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After the election, there were reports of EPA employees breaking down in tears and Energy Department staffers needing counseling. It’s not because they care about the environment. Julie Kelly The Federalist Today is the Day Against Denial, where climate change activists around the country are protesting President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet picks. Activists will supposedly… Reaction To Trump’s Team… Read More »

How Exxon, under Rex Tillerson, won Iraqi oil fields and nearly lost Iraq

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When Ashti Hawrami, the oil minister from Iraq’s largely autonomous Kurdistan region, unfurled a map of untapped oil fields for a team of ExxonMobil officials in the spring of 2011, they saw possibility and profit. By Missy Ryan and Steven Mufson The Washington Post The minister pointed to the blocks that had already been taken by other foreign firms as… How Exxon, under… Read More »

Deceased Iranian President Rafsanjani was no moderate

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Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iran’s former president and arguably the Islamic Republic’s second-most influential political figure, died of a heart attack Sunday. Michael Rubin AEI He was 82. Almost immediately, journalists and some diplomats described his death as a blow to moderation in Iran. Thomas Erdbrink, the Tehran… Deceased Iranian President… Read More »

Europe’s slow rot

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Threats to the EU and liberal democracy are developing in mundane, not dramatic, fashion. Dalibor Rohac AEI After everything that Europeans saw last year – the Brexit vote, the attack in Nice, the coup in Turkey and the Italian referendum – the default expectation is that Europe will again be in a firefighting mode in 2017. However, the expectation of… Europe’s slow… Read More »

Cyprus, the endgame

epa05432325 Cypriot soldiers stand next to the crosses marking the graves of Greek and Cypriot soldiers killed in the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus, at the Tymvos Macedonitissas military cemetery in Nicosia, Cyprus, 19 July 2016. 20 July 2016 marks the 42nd anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus. Cyprus was split into Greek Cypriot south and Turkish Cypriot north in 1974 when Turkey invaded in response to a coup by supporters of union with Greece.  EPA/KATIA CHRISTODOULOU

A deal to reunify Cyprus would give the EU a win it desperately needs. Sara Stefanini Politico It’s make-or-break week for Greek and Turkish Cypriots, as their leaders enter the toughest stretch yet of negotiations to reunify the long-divided island. It’s a make-or-break… Cyprus, the… Read More »

Phil Hogan urges Ireland to keep distance from UK on Brexit

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‘Real risk’ Ireland’s relationship with Europe could be defined by relationship with Britain Stephen Collins The Irish Times This country’s strategic interests in the Brexit negotiations could be seriously damaged by an excessive focus on the relationship with the… Phil Hogan urges… Read More »

Citizens’ juries could help build a democratic utopia

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Pessimism reigns, but if we could only reconnect then we might fall back in love with politics Zoe Williams The Guardian While in so many obvious and petrifying ways politics has never been bleaker, there is a level on which I have never felt more optimistic. And for better reasons than… Citizens’ juries could help… Read More »

Damian Green ‘unconvinced’ by prospect of universal basic income in UK

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Work and pensions secretary Damian Green has dismissed the idea of a universal basic income, saying he is “unconvinced” by such a plan. Jon Vale The Scotsman Mr Green said it would be “fantastically expensive” to guarantee a set level of income, as well as hitting low earners. Universal basic… Damian Green ‘un… Read More »

Small hands big missiles: Trump’s dangerous adolescence

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What happens when two teenage leaders get access to nuclear weapons? Marwan Bishara The Guardian When people, notably women, say “men are boys with more expensive toys”, they mean cars, boats or golf clubs. Not a university, a foundation or… Small hands big missiles… Read More »

Turkey caught in a vicious Syrian circle bringing terror and war at home

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The Turkish government, under the iron hand of the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, felt obliged to further challenge the Americans in the troubled region of the Middle East this past week. Dennis Kefalakos European Sting Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak and Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin questioned the… Turkey caught in… Read More »