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 »

Trump and the Generals

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The president says he wants to “win.” What does that mean? In the past month, Trump has met with four of the… Kevin Baron The Atlantic So far, he’s ignoring a lot of their advice.On the budget, on how to counter radical Islamic extremism, and… Trump and the… Read More »

The only path to welfare and peace

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While Turkey is heading toward a radical constitutional system change, some power groups that represent the hegemony of the previous century and want to intercept Turkey’s path have taken action. Celim Ertem Daily Sabah This is an attempt to prevent Turkey from turning its successful cross-border struggle with terrorist organizations into permanent economic gains. The U.S. still… The only path… Read More »

Turkish extreme-right party leader to Greece: Remember what happened in 1922

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The leader of the extreme right Turkish Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Devlet Bahceli openly threatened Greece that if its army wanted to be thrown into the sea again, the Turkish army was… DailyHellas Commenting on the recent increasing tensions between the two countries in the Aegean Sea, Mr…. Turkish extreme-right… Read More »

Netanyahu and the ‘apartheid state’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a joint news conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (not pictured) at Kirribilli House in Sydney, Australia, February 22, 2017.   REUTERS/Jason Reed - RTSZQ7G

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has come up with a new, supposedly sophisticated answer for pesky journalists who ask whether he still supports the two-state solution. Akiva Eldar Al Monitor If Netanyahu responded that he hopes for the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, he would incur the wrath of his friends in the government, the Likud and the Knesset. On the other hand… Netanyahu and the… Read More »