All politicians lie but it’s better if not mentioned

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We don’t need to be relativistic about it, we don’t need to introduce knee-jerk equivalences, we just need objectivity. Larry Beinhart Al Jazeera News If you are broadcasting, reporting, writing, or just repeating a story that Donald Trump lied, or that some other public figure lied, please do not tack on the tagline, “Of course, all politicians lie”. Or anything similar… All politicians lie… Read More »

What would a wise democracy look like? We, the people, would matter

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All governments would like to overcome impasses caused by contentious issues. Janette Hartz-Karp The Conversation Particularly when they turn into a political slanging match, the result is loss of money, time and public trust. Take the decades-old… What would a… Read More »

The 18C debate: how frequent are racial discrimination complaints?

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Coalition MPs have repeatedly expressed concerns about the way the Racial Discrimination Act could affect free speech. Nick Evershed The Guardian Here is the data on the number of complaints that are actually made A parliamentary committee… The 18C debate… Read More »

Erdogan Exploits Islam For Personal And Political Gain

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Anyone who follows Turkish President Erdogan’s political career cannot escape the conclusion that he has carefully and systematically crafted policies framed in Islamic… Alon Ben-Meir Institute He uses religion to present himself and his political agenda as if it is being sanctioned by a higher authority, surreptitiously uses Islamic symbols to indoctrinate the… Erdogan Exploits Islam… Read More »

Lessons from the Greek Crisis

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The Greek crisis: the debate continues The   Greek crisis which erupted in 2009 and is still underway will undoubtedly be the subject of many analyses and studies in the years to come. Prof. Louka T. Katseli GAC  March 1, 2016 Economists, political scientists, public policy analysts and experts on European  governance and policy making will continue to debate the nature and origins  of the crisis, the effectiveness of  the policies pursued by successive  Greek governments  and the role of  the ... Read More »

A strategy for China’s imperial overstretch

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Not withstanding the facile talk of China’s “gains” from Donald Trump’s imagined withdrawal from the world, Beijing is no position to lead the world. Dan Blumenthal AEI Instead it is very close to imperial overstretch. A new U.S. strategic… A strategy for… Read More »

Donald Trump delivers a twist of optimism, dash of bipartisanship in first speech to Congress

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“The time for trivial fights is behind us. We just need the courage to share the dreams that fill our hearts.” Conor Duffy ABC If you had to guess the American politician who uttered those words how many would you list before President Donald J Trump? He has achieved… Donald Trump delivers… Read More »

Obama’s Legacy: Diss-ent or Diss-respect?

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In the first of three conversations about President Barack Obama’s racial legacy,Code Switch asks how much race or racism drove the way the first black president was treated and how he governed. npr Did the president misjudge the state of race relations in America? Real talk about… Obama’s Legacy: Diss-ent… Read More »

Think Trump’s travel ban was bad? Peter Dutton may soon have the power to play God

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Two bills before parliament would dramatically expand the power of the immigration minister while decreasing transparency and accountability Elizabeth Colliver, Lauren Bull and Shawn Rajanayagam The Guardian The world reacted in horror as President Trump’s executive order to limit travel from seven Muslim-majority nations saw families torn apart and… Think Trump’s travel… Read More »

What the Saudi King Salman seeks in Asia

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Riyadh’s economic ambitions paired with its historic political goals leave ties with Asia-Pacific states non-optional. Ankit Panda Al Jazeera In the final days of February, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, flanked by a 600-strong delegation, embarked on a month-long tour of the Asia-Pacific, where he is visiting Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Japan, China… What the Saudi King… Read More »

Oprah Winfrey for president? ‘Now I’m thinking’

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Oprah Winfrey is not ruling out a presidential run in the wake of Donald Trump’s capture of the White… BBC She told Bloomberg Television Mr Trump’s election despite his political inexperience has made her rethink her own credentials for the Oval… The 63-year-old US talk show doyenne, who… Oprah Winfrey for… Read More »

Letter from Tehran: Trump ‘the bazaari’

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The Iranian Parliament just hosted its annual conference on Palestine and, among the dignitaries – that included Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani – and the 700 foreign guests from more than 50 countries was Asia Times columnist Pepe Escobar. Pepe Escobar Asia Times The art of the deal, when practiced for 2500 years, does lead to the palace of wisdom. I had hardly… Letter from Tehran… Read More »

After Brexit Who Will Feed All These Chickens?

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Following a drive through English farmland, past thatched-roof cottages and thick forests, chicken farmer Mark Gorton stops his Land Rover on a narrow lane to speak to a worker in a white truck. Stephanie Baker Bloomberg “Dzien dobry!” Gorton cries in … After Brexit Who… Read More »

What are the potential effects of a presidential system on the economy?

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If the ‘yes’ vote wins in the April 16 referendum to reform the antediluvian constitution and governing system in Turkey, it will pave the way to boost the country’s economic growth Selim Yaman Daily Sabah Turkey is going to vote on whether or not to create a presidential system on April 16 as part of the constitutional referendum. The new system… What are the… Read More »

More than politics, Theresa May’s true strength is her grasp of British culture

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While John Major and Tony Blair struggle with their Brexit defeat, the prime minister has read the national mood and is successfully navigating it Rafael Behr The Guardian So John Major and Tony Blair are on the same team now. It could be… More than politics… Read More »

Here’s What Would Happen If Russia and NATO Went War (or World War III)

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How much of a threat do Russia’s emerging 5th-generation stealth fighter, nuclear arsenal, high-tech air defenses, anti-satellite weapons, conventional army and submarines pose to NATO and the U.S.? Kris Osborn The National Interest Current tensions between Russia and NATO are leading many to carefully assess this question and examine the current state of weaponry and technological sophistication of the Russian military — with a mind to better… Here’s What Would… Read More »