Trump Will Face a Cornucopia of Global Threats

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No major power beyond the United States appears committed to the international order’s maintenance. The National Interest Paula J. Dobriansky IN 2017, the global environment is more dangerous than at any time since the end of World War II and is beset by numerous unfolding regional and global crises. Several countries seek to… Trump Will Face a… Read More »

The trouble with democracy

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The year 2016 does not have the best track record in nascent and mature democracies across the world. Al Jazeera Larry Beinhart It’s panic time in Punditville. Democracy itself is… The trouble with… Read More »

Next US envoy to UN: Quiet on resolution tumult and letting Trump take the lead

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While Nikki Haley has sparred with Trump on a host of issues, the two seem to be in line on how Israel should be treated at the United Nations. By MICHAEL WILNER JPost  New York – When Us president Barack Obama first tapped Samantha Power as ambassador to the UN in… Next US envoy to… Read More »

Israel Pressing Ahead With Settlements Despite UN Resolution

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The Israeli government is outraged that the U.S. chose to abstain from vetoing the resolution. The Huffington Post JERUSALEM, Dec 27 (Reuters) – The Jerusalem municipality, undeterred by a U.N. anti-settlement resolution, is due to consider on Wednesday requests for… Israel Pressing Ahead… Read More »

Why the West’s Betrayal of Democratic Russia Brought Us Putin

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The West’s inability to accept Russia on equal terms after 1991 made the emergence of a nationalistic strongman… By Angus Roxburgh The Moscow Times This year was the 25th anniversary of the August coup against Gorbachev, and the demise of the Soviet… In Moscow in August 1991 I joined the crowds outside the… Why the West… Read More »

The Lennox-Boyd statement of 19 December 1956 and the origins of the proposed ‘bi-communal, bi-zonal federation’ in Cyprus

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Introduction In Politics, Aristotle suggests that to obtain the clearest insight into anything, it is necessary to explore its origins. Klearchos A. Kyriakides * Agora Dialogue Published in Agora Dialogue on 27 December 2016 With Aristotle in mind, one is obliged to ask a key question at a critical time when the Republic of Cyprus may be on the verge of being transformed into – or succeeded by – a ‘bi-communal, bi-zonal federation’. What are the origins of the proposed ‘federation’ together with ... Read More »

EU Dying before our eyes: Nigel Farage in stunning rant predicting END ‘within years’

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NIGEL FARAGE has blasted the European Union (EU) which he says will crumble within the next few years following the Brexit vote. By DARREN HUNT Εxpress The former Ukip leader was speaking on LBC when his angry tirade over the European Union began as he blamed the… EU DYING BEFORE… Read More »

The hidden force of current international uneasiness

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Recent events are evidence of the failures of neoliberalism as the dominant ideology in the international order. Al Jazeera News Ramon Blanco It is indisputable that the current international zeitgeist is definitely characterised by a profound uneasiness. The sense for many is that… The hidden force of… Read More »

Romanian president rejects nomination of Muslim woman for PM

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Klaus Iohannis’s decision to block appointment of Sevil Shhaideh may be linked to her Syrian husband’s background The Guardian Romania’s president has rejected a proposal by the leftist party that won elections this month to appoint the country’s first female and first Muslim prime minister. Klaus Iohannis gave no reasons for… Romanian president rejects… Read More »

Argentina ex-leader Cristina Fernandez charged in corruption case

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Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has been charged over corruption allegations. BBC A federal judge approved charges of illicit association and fraudulent administration against Ms Fernandez. It is alleged that her… Argentina ex-leader Cristina… Read More »

Saudi jailed for call to end male control over women

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A Saudi man has been jailed for one year for calling for an end to the Muslim kingdom’s guardianship system that gives men wide controls over women, local media said Tuesday. RIYADH – Agence France–Presse Hurriyet The man, who was also fined 30,000 riyals ($8,000) by a court in the… Saudi jailed for… Read More »

What should Palestinians expect from 2017?

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While Palestine will be busy with various internal changes, very little is expected to end the occupation. Al Jazeera News Daoud Kuttab The Palestinian issue is likely to get widespread coverage in 2017, but internal issues will mostly dominate the news agenda rather than the external developments. And by the end of… What should Palestinians expect… Read More »

How Dr. Strangelove Learned to Love Trump

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PARIS – At first glance, former United States National Security Adviser and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and President-elect Donald Trump would seem to have nothing in common. Dominique Moisi Project Syndicate In one corner stands the… How Dr. Strangelove… Read More »

Alexander Stubb: Europe’s endangered liberal future

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Focus on practical solutions, says the former Finnish PM who some believe is the Iron Man who could save Europe. By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN  Politico To some, Alexander Stubb is the Iron Man who could save Europe: a polyglot triathlete, former Finnish prime minister, and, at age 48, part of the… Alexander Stubb: Europe’s… Read More »

Year in review: 2016 in the European Union

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The European Union seems to have spent 2016 in a state of constant crisis – or “polycrisis,” as European Commission president Juncker calls it. Our Brussels correspondent Bernd Riegert looks back over the past year. Deutsche Welle Following the… Year in review… Read More »

Bryza: Russia Will Use Definition of Terrorism to Advance Political Interests

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We spoke to former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Ambassador Matthew Bryza. Georgia Today Nana Sajaia,  Voice of America Georgian Service What next for Turkey-Russia relations after the assassination of the Russian diplomat Andrey Karlov in Ankara? I actually… Bryza: Russia Will… Read More »