Politics

When the ‘interests of the common good’ no longer apply

Ireland - Irish Examiner

An Bord Pleanála has a duty to the Irish people that it is not living up to with regards to Indaver’s plans for Cork Harbour, writes Linda Fitzpatrick Linda Fitzpatrick Irish Examiner THE Constitution, in the section outlining the fundamental rights of every citizen in Ireland, says that the courts, and all other bodies or persons making decisions that affect you, must treat you fairly. As a community… When the ‘interests… Read More »

The most dangerous ally

Daily Sabah

It’s funny to see the efforts of certain figures in Western media to ‘evidently’ portray Turkey as the most dangerous ally in international relations Hakki Ocal Daily Sabah Christopher Dickey, the world news editor of the Daily Beast website, thinks that the U.S. administration should remove the estimated 50-90 thermo-nuclear weapons from Incirlik Air Base because Turkey has become the most… The most dangerous… Read More »

Are America and China destined for war?

Asia Times

In his recent book The Improbable War, professor Christopher Coker explains that it is “of vital importance that the possibility of a conflict between China and the United States continues to be discussed.” Harry J Kazianis Asia Times Coker’s rationale for this is simple: “If the United States and China continue to convince themselves that war is too ‘improbable’ to take seriously, it is not they but the rest of the world that may ultimately pay the price.” It would ... Read More »

Urgent Messages to the Muslim World

Muslim world

A dangerous message is being sent to the Muslim world by the West: There is nothing that moderate Muslims or anyone else should fear from radical Islamic terrorism! Nonie Darwish Gatestone Institute Look at us Western governments! We are bringing… Urgent Messages to… Read More »

2016 didn’t just give us “fake news.” It likely gave us false memories.

Memories and news

A psychologist explains how easy it is to form false memories — and what that means for the future of our shared reality. Brian Resnick VOX Here’s a reasonable fear: 20 years from now, very few people are going to agree on the details of our shared history. Recently, I spoke… 2016 didn’t just… Read More »

350 Wrongs And One Right

The Daily Caller

Young progressives have an Israel problem. David Brog The Daily Caller They believe that Israel is occupying the land on which the Palestinians want to build their state, thereby rendering them stateless. And they’re convinced… 350 Wrongs And… Read More »

America Seeks to Destroy Syrian Civilization, Replace it With Terrorism and Ignorance

Syria - Global Reseacrh

NATO/GCC/Israeli proxy terrorists in Syria have committed all manner of atrocities with a view to destroying Syria’s culture, history, economy, pluralism, its very essence. Mark Taliano Global Research They want to create a blank slate. They want to… America Seeks to… Read More »

EU reaches for the rising sun

EU President Donald Tusk (R) and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker (C) welcome Japanese Prime minister Shinzo Abe prior to their talks at the EU headquarters in Brussels on May 3, 2016. / AFP / JOHN THYS        (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Japan’s PM visits Brussels as pressure rises on the EU to clinch trade and political agreements. David M. Herszenhorn, Hans Von Der Burchard and Christian Oliver Politico As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe visits Brussels Tuesday, the European Union faces intensifying pressure to deliver on a promised pivot to Asia by sealing a new trade accord and strategic political partnership with… EU reaches for… Read More »

It’s harder for governments to tax their way out of rising inequality

Inequality - The Conversation

Higher inequality makes it harder to raise taxes and therefore redistribute income to fight its spread, our analysis shows. Chris Doucouliagos The Conversation This is because in the past, on average, inequality has reduced the amount of income tax governments can collect as a share of GDP. We also found… It’s harder for… Read More »

A tale of two economic crises foretold

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Nowadays, American and European policymakers seem to have very different views on many economic policy issues. Desmond Lachman AEI However, it would seem that they do share one thing in common. They both have… A tale of… Read More »

Will Turkey abandon the refugee deal and risk losing a bonanza of money?

Refugee - European sting

Last week Turkey threatened Europe to reinstate capital punishment and to drop the EU-Turkey pact which was signed one year ago. Chris Anyfantis European Sting The desperate need of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to gain more power has forced Turkish officials to release accusations to Europe and especially to the Netherlands, Germany and Brussels in view of the upcoming… Will Turkey abandon… Read More »

Russian Stalinist who invented Europe

History - Politico

Alexandre Kojève was one of the architects of what is now the EU — and may have been a spy for the Kremlin. Jacopo Barigazzi Politico Alexandre Kojève was a Russian aristocrat, a philosophy professor, a high-ranking French civil servant, possibly a spy — and one of the more unlikely early architects of the European Union. He inspired a… Russian Stalinist who… Read More »

Green cities will change the world

Chart - Asia Times

As our world becomes increasingly urban, our opportunity to create more sustainable ways of living also increases. Christiana Figueres Asia Times I am hopeful that we are now entering an era of renewed social and economic growth, driven by civic leaders and savvy citizens who are reshaping their communities on a green-building model. Around 66% of… Green cities will… Read More »

European dream collapses as far-right poisons democracy

Europe - DS

The disgraceful treatment shown toward the Turkish minister in Rotterdam has laid bare the ugly truth that European values have been poisoned with the venom of the far right Fatma Genc Unay Daily Sabah The issue of European xenophobia and extremism against Muslims has again started to occupy headlines this week with many European governments and local politicians such as Moroccan-Dutch Mayor of Rotterdam Ahmet… European dream collapses… Read More »

Japan: Open Letter to the U.S.

Japan - GI

In return for abolishing the Japanese military, the United States guaranteed peace and stability in Japan, Korea and, to a lesser degree, in various areas of the Pacific, in place of a not-yet-functioning United Nations. Amir George Gatestone Institute A new U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, perhaps unintentionally suggested upsetting this arrangement, which has worked so well for so many years. According to reports, Tillerson “refused to rule out increased weaponization… Japan: Open Letter… Read More »

How Germany’s Merkel Can Lead the West

Merkel - The NI

Donald Trump’s presidential election was a shot heard around the world. Dictators cheered the defeat of Hillary Clinton, and democracies—in particular American allies—grew gravely concerned. Jeffrey Stacey The National Interest The entire liberal international order now appears to be at risk, with nativism and populism still on the march. Although conventional wisdom suggests the East is rising and the West is fading, now with more pivotal elections… How Germany’s Merkel… Read More »