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A New Strategy Against ISIS and al Qaeda

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The Trump administration is set to supersize President Obama’s strategy to defeat Islamic State, sending more American forces to the region and lifting restraints on direct participation in combat and when to use armed force. Frederick W. Kagan and Kimberly Kagan AEI Yet any victory under the current approach will be ephemeral. Even if American… A New Strategy… Read More »

Greece denies report on Parthenon Marbles

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The Ministry of Culture and Sports has denied a report published in Britain’s Independent newspaper Tuesday that it had called for the return of the Parthenon Marbles, also known as the Elgin Marbles, from the… ekathimerini In a statement, the ministry said that it is indeed considering the… “Until now, the… Greece denies report… Read More »

The Dutch Gamble: Suppressing liberty to preserve it?

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A little over eight years ago, I received an invitation to meet then Senator Barack Obama. Taha Meli Arvas Daily Sabah Obama would be joining actor George Clooney for a fundraiser in Geneva. Looking back at… The Dutch Gamble… Read More »

British Parliament backs Brexit

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London (CNN) – The British Parliament has passed a bill that will allow Prime Minister Theresa May to start talks to leave the European Union. James Masters and Rachel Clarke CNN The Queen will now sign it into law, clearing the way for May to trigger Article 50, beginning the process by which Britain will give up its EU membership. May could begin… British Parliament backs… Read More »

Two Irelands Have Ties Brexit Can’t Destroy

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Having been born into an Irish-American family in what was then a heavily Scots and Irish New Jersey town (Kearny), I somewhat irrationally associate Ireland with the past. Tyler Cowen Bloomberg But attention is suddenly turning to the future, as the political status of the two Irelands may be up for grabs, mostly because of Brexit. Although this may… Two Irelands Have… Read More »

The Nuclear Great Game in Europe

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The New York Times launched the torpedo: the charge that Moscow has violated the Treaty on Medium Range Nuclear Weapons (“INF” by its English acronym) [1]. Manlio Dinucci Voltaire And this [torpedo] has struck its target: intensifying tensions in relations between the United States and Russia, slowing down or blocking negotiations of the deal that Trump alluded to even during his electoral campaign. The torpedo is… The Nuclear Great… Read More »

What to do when the president lies?

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Thirteen years ago, the world began the week that saw the start of the Iraqi Invasion. Hakki Ocal Daily Sabah This very day 13 years ago, former President of the U.S. George W. Bush lied to the whole nation (and to the whole world), stating that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). We did not… What to do… Read More »

Peace is still possible in Duterte’s Philippines

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Rodrigo Duterte’s presidency can be an opportunity to rally a divided nation under one flag and end the reign of terror. Richard Javad Heydarian Al Jazeera News “Let us fix Mindanao”, beseeched Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte in the final leg of his presidential campaign in front of thousands of enthusiastic supporters. “I am pleading… Peace is still… Read More »

How ‘complete’ is normalization between Russia, Turkey?

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The presidents of Russia and Turkey say their recent meeting in Moscow produced encouraging results in diplomatic, trade and economic sectors and paved the way for further bilateral cooperation. Maxim A. Suchkov Al Monitor The event was of special importance, as it marked the resumption of the High-Level Russian-Turkish Cooperation Council meetings for the first time since Turkey downed a Russian jet in late 2015. The March 10 meeting… How ‘complete’ is… Read More »

Erdogan’s perpetual quest for an enemy

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Over the weekend, a crisis erupted between Turkey and the Netherlands after Dutch authorities refused to allow Turkish ministers to address a rally in Rotterdam in which the ministers were going to urge expatriate Turks to… Michael Rubin AEI Apparently because of permitting issues, Dutch authorities did not allow the Turkish ministers to address the rally, a slight which Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan escalated sharply: crowds held anti-Dutch rallies in front of… Erdogan’s perpetual quest… Read More »

The need for a museum on British colonisation of India

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The decolonisation of the mind is among the greatest challenges today’s Indians have to face. Shashi Tharoor Al Jazeera News I recently wrote to the government of India to propose that one of India’s most renowned heritage buildings, the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata, be converted into a museum that displays the truth of the British Raj – a museum, in… The need for… Read More »

Europe hopes to sway, not provoke, Trump on climate

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Angela Merkel’s visit this week will test whether U.S. allies can persuade the president not to blow up their efforts on global warming. Sara Stefanini and Andrew Restuccia Politico WASHINGTON — European diplomats are carefully crafting a strategy for dealing with Donald Trump on climate change, fearful of provoking a backlash from the mercurial president if they push too hard for U.S. cooperation. Germany, France, Italy… Europe hopes to… Read More »

Congressman Steve King stands by racist tweet: ‘I meant exactly what I said’

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Iowa Republican Congressman suggests “Western” Americans contribute more than… Josh Israel ThinkProgress Congressman Steve King is standing by a tweet that was widely condemned as racist. “I meant exactly what I said,” King told CNN. Sunday, King tweeted in support of his fellow anti… Congressman Steve King… Read More »

Armenian Defense Minister sets territorial claims to Turkey

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“Naturally, there is a discourse in public in terms of the thaw in Russian-Turkish relations, and its possible impact on… News.Az Armenia, in the face of its Defense Minister Vigen Sargsyan, continues to voice territorial claims to Turkey, stating that in the… “Certainly, we need to understand that the Armenian public bears a… Armenian Defense Minister… Read More »

EU, NATO plead for calm as feud with Turkey escalates

This picture taken in Istanbul on March 13, 2017 shows a newspaper bearing a headline concerning diplomatic tensions between Turkey and The Netherlands,  which translates as ""Dogs of Europe"  in Istanbul on March 13, 2017.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned the Netherlands would pay for blocking his ministers from holding rallies to win support in a referendum on expanding his powers, as a crisis escalated with Turkey's key EU partners.Erdogan also repeated hugely controversial accusations that the Netherlands -- occupied by Nazi Germany in World War II -- was behaving like fascists in its treatment of Turkish ministers.
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The furor appears to have pushed the already tense relations between Europe and Ankara to the brink. David M. Herszenhorn Politico Senior EU and NATO officials pleaded for restraint Monday as a nasty political feud between Ankara and European capitals over Turkey’s upcoming constitutional referendum continued to escalate. All sides were… EU, NATO plead… Read More »

Why is Grexit again in the news? Who is to pay for Eurozone’s banking problems?

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Grexit, Greece’s exit from the euro area, is back in the news – for the wrong reasons. During this past week, the country’s creditors, the European Commission, the European Central Bank, the European Stability Mechanism… Dennis Kefalakos European Sting They bluntly demand more suffocating austere measures from the Greek government, despite the clear success story it accomplished in 2016, with a strong primary (including interest, not principal repayment) budget surplus and… Why is Grexit again… Read More »