Politics

Erdoğan to Me: Stay Out of Turkey

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I participated yesterday in a conference about the eastern Mediterranean at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (BESA) just outside Tel Aviv; and because Tel Aviv is the diplomatic center of Israel, its events attract a good number of… Daniel Pipes Cross-posted from National Review Online Yesterday was no exception, with a… Erdoğan to Me… Read More »

Why We Need Edmund Burke Now More Than Ever

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Edmund Burke advocated for a political version of HGTV’s ‘Fixer Upper.’ Take the old, and revive it. Fix what’s broken—don’t just start over. Gracy Olmstead The Federalist My husband is currently gutting and remodeling our kitchen. We live in an… Why We Need… Read More »

Take It from a European: NATO Is Obsoletea

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The alliance’s members no longer share common goals or interests. Tom Sauer The National Interest The recent visit by Secretary of Defense James Mattis to NATO allies does not erase the fact that, as a presidential candidate and president-elect, Donald Trump stated on many occasions that NATO is obsolete. It is a bigger… Take It from… Read More »

Populists blame migrants – but hateful discourse starts at the top

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An Amnesty report about toxic language in politics warns of its dehumanising effect. Suzanne Moore The Guardian It is rightwing leaders who have fomented this People just ain’t… Populists blame migrants… Read More »

Time to tackle ISIL’s millions of sympathisers?

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It is necessary to improve the underlying conditions that transformed ordinary citizens into desperate ISIL supporters. Rami G Khouri Al Jazeera News Significant international concern that thousands of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters and their leaders will soon disperse to many countries – once Raqqa and Mosul are liberated – has focused on possible terror… Time to tackle… Read More »

How Immigrants Built the American Left—And Can Build It Again

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Last Thursday’s “Day Without Immigrants” work stoppages, which closed hundreds of restaurants, grocery stores, garages, retail shops, and other businesses, offered a taste of the capacity for militant action wielded by immigrant… Dissent Nelson Lichtenstein  Led in many cities by Latino activists calling for a “huelga general,” the February… How Immigrants Built… Read More »

Bavaria pushes ahead with burka ban as German elections loom

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Bavaria will ban the full-face veil in schools, universities, government workplaces and polling stations, the southern German state said on… Reuters The Telegraph The move comes seven months before a federal election where immigration will be a prominent issue and the Bavarian conservatives that govern the… Bavaria pushes ahead… Read More »

Ireland’s Brexit meltdown

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Irish Dept of Foreign Affairs Brexit visit Northern Ireland Border.
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Pic shows Eugene Reavey brother of the 3  Reavey brothers,Catholics murdered on the 4th January 1976 by Loyalist Terrorists at the scene of the killings outside Whitecross South Armagh .The Kingsmills road saw over 35 murders during the troubles.
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There’s doom and gloom on the other side of the Irish Sea. Charlie Cooper Politico DUBLIN — Forget about the Brexit upside. Just weeks before… Ireland’s Brexit… Read More »

German elections: Is Merkel losing ground or Shultz is winning?

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Martin Schulz’s candidacy for Chancellor has changed the balance in the German elections as polls show that Angela Merkel and the Christian Democrats (CDU) are left in the second place after the Social Democrats (SPD). Chris Anyfantis European Sting The polls which are conducted by the Emnid institute and by Forschungsgruppe Wahlen for broadcaster ZDF reveal a clear lead of the SPD party and Martin Schulz as the next Chancellor. These results must… German elections: Is… Read More »

How America Can Avoid a War with China

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A blueprint for American policymakers to improve the U.S.-Chinese relationship. Joe Renouard The National Interest Sino-American relations seem to be at a crossroads, though exactly where the relationship is headed is anyone’s guess. President Trump’s scattershot… How America Can… Read More »

Yassmin Abdel-Magied said nothing wrong. She should not have to face this venom

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To find the truth of Islam is to seek the specificities of time, place, culture and politics. There are no truths to be found in broad generalisations… Joumanah El Matrah The Guardian When it comes to Muslim women, everyone’s a feminist, even if that aspiration for Muslim women’s equality comes at the expense of, well … a Muslim woman… Yassmin Abdel-Magied… Read More »

Socialism’s Return

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After more than a half-century in the wilderness, the socialist left reemerges in America. Patrick Iber  The Nation For the American left, 2016 proved to be a year with a cruel twist ending. In the first few months, a self-
described democratic socialist by the name of Bernie Sanders mounted a surprisingly… Socialism’s Return… Read More »

Our miserable 21st century

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On the morning of November 9, 2016, America’s elite—its talking and deciding classes—woke up to a country they did not know. Nicholas Eberstadt ΑΕΙ To most privileged and well-educated Americans, especially those living in its bicoastal bastions, the election of Donald Trump had been a thing almost impossible even to imagine. What sort of… Our miserable 21st… Read More »

The hijacking of the Munich Security Conference

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History teaches us this – every time a System collapses, its leaders do not realise the truth until they are swept away by the storm. Thierry Meyssan Voltaire So the political representatives of the European Union, meeting just like every year in Munich for their Security Conference, were shocked to hear Sergey Lavrov speak of a post-Western world order. And yet the… The hijacking of… Read More »

Trump and the cycle of dehumanisation

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People rarely respond well to being demeaned and humiliated. Nick Haslam The Conversation When they believe others see them as lesser beings, they react with anger, revenge and distrust. In doing so… Trump and the… Read More »

The Brazilian hangover: When the party ends

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It is unlikely that Brazil will be able to pursue a prominent role in the international arena before 2019. Ramon Blanco Al Jazeera News In a world inevitably multilateral such as ours, regional powers are supposed to have their share of responsibilities in order to build more plural paths towards a fairer and more peaceful international political environment. Therefore, Brazil is… The Brazilian hangover… Read More »