Politics

Book Review: Vanguard of the Imam: Religion, Politics, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

BOOK 1 - AEI

One of the biggest holes in scholarship about Iran has been a deep, detailed analysis of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) since the 1993 study, Warriors of Islam by Kenneth Katzman, a Library of Congress specialist. Michael Rubin AEI That has now changed, first with Danish scholar Ali Alfoneh’s 2013 Iran Unveiled and then with Vanguard of the Imam by Ostrovar, a long-time Iran analyst, now at the Naval Postgraduate School. Ostovar traces the… Book Review: Vanguard… Read More »

Will Trump split the Israeli right?

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and first lady Melania Trump greet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara (2ndL) as they arrive at the South Portico of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 15, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  - RTSYTO0

Top police investigators from the anti-corruption unit Lahav 433 interrogated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on March 6 for the fourth time. Ben Caspit Al Monitor This round of questioning, which lasted almost five hours, focused on Netanyahu’s discussions with Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Arnon Mozes and their alleged conspiratorial plotting. In the middle… Will Trump split… Read More »

What the WA election campaign says about One Nation’s future

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Days out from the WA election, there are two big questions: Will One Nation hold a balance of power in the WA senate, and what has the campaign told us about the… James Purtill ABC Who wins the election looks… Leaked internal Liberal polling suggests the party will lose government in a… What the WA… Read More »

Humanity’s problem with Germany

Daily Sabah

Germany is behind the EU’s indecisiveness in an unpredictable economic and political crisis today. Celim Ertem Daily Sabah Germany’s direct and indirect intervention in Turkey’s political process nowadays is undoubtedly a result of the policy of indirect annexation it initiated in the early 1990s. The year 1989… Humanity’s problem with… Read More »

EU citizens have a right to live in the UK – let’s keep it that way

EU - The Guardian

The 3 million EU citizens living in this country make an important contribution. Harriet Harman The Guardian I urge Theresa May not to try to overturn their right to remain During the debate… EU citizens have… Read More »

‘Which is the good one?’ You can’t tell a good Muslim from a bad one: Hanson

Hanson - SBS

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has continued her attack against Muslims and Islam during an interview on commercial television. SBS Pauline Hanson has declared Muslims have “no respect” for Australia and there is no way to tell which Muslim is “a good Muslim” in an interview on Channel Nine’s A Current Affair. The One Nation…. ‘Which is the… Read More »

Europe’s future: Small steps rather than big dreams?

Europe - BBC

How do you celebrate in a time of acute anxiety, how do you party in the midst of a family divorce and how do you mark an anniversary when allies predict your demise? Gavin Hewitt BBC News Europe does not know but less than three weeks’ time, on 25 March, its leaders will gather in the Piazza del Campidoglio, the square designed by Michelangelo to try to answer those questions. They will be… Europe’s future: Small… Read More »

The Travel Ban: An Assault on Islam?

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To the Editor: Vipan Chandra The New York Times Re “Trump’s New Ban Halts Travelers From 6 Nations” (front page, March 7): The Trump administration… The Travel Ban… Read More »

Can international force save Gaza?

Palestinians take part in a protest against the Gaza blockade, near Israeli Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip January 5, 2017. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa - RTX2XME1

Anyone following media reports about the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip did not need the assessment offered by Military Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Herzl Halevy that the powder keg that is Gaza will blow up in Israel’s face. Akiva Eldar Al Monitor A recent survey commissioned by the Israeli human rights organization Gisha shows that 67% of Israelis believe the nearly decadelong Israeli blockade of Gaza has undermined Israeli security, and 70% believe that an improvement… Can international force… Read More »

A Polish plan runs into economic reality

Poland - AEI

Since he joined the Polish government in November 2015, first as minister of development and later also as minister of finance, Mateusz Morawiecki has been extremely critical of the legacy left by his predecessors. Dalibor Rohac and Martin Miszerak AEI His criticisms are not unfounded. Yet his own… A Polish plan… Read More »

Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War: a 2400-year-old text that explains Trump

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Forget modern dystopian novels. Greek history offers a far better guide to today’s US… Mark Thomas The Age Donald Trump has provoked an unlikely boom in a few market niches: for the makers of red baseball caps, among late-night comedians, and for those who own the royalties to dystopian… George Orwell’s 1984 has… Thucydides’ History of… Read More »

Why the French elections will change the face of Europe

Elections - Al Jazeera

The result of the upcoming French election will either force the EU to take a giant step backwards or rejuvenate it. Remi Piet Al Jazeera News In less than two months, French people will elect their new president. This vote will… Why the French… Read More »

Will China and the EU team up against Trump?

Asia Times

Regardless of their many disagreements, China and the European Union appear willing to team up against anti-globalist and anti-systemic forces that, they argue, threaten world stability. Emanuele Scimia Asia Times Exchanging views with French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve in Beijing on February 21, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang stressed that Europe was an important pole in the multipolar world that China was committed to building. He then added… Will China and… Read More »

The New Media World Order

World - Voltaire

In only a few months, the content of the Western national and international medias has undergone profound change. Thierry Meyssan Voltaire We are witnessing the birth of an Entente about which we know almost nothing – neither the real initiators, nor the real objectives – but whose direct anti-democratic consequences can be noticed immediately. The West is… The New Media… Read More »

Anti-democratic practices in EU

Daily Sabah

Lately, some EU countries have been engaging in a flurry of ugly practices. Ozan Ceyhun Daily Sabah Some EU countries that accuse Turkey of being anti-democratic are now displaying various anti-democratic practices. By resorting to… Anti-democratic practices in… Read More »

What Europe’s New Nationalists Want Is Not To Be Ashamed Of Their Heritage

Le Pen - The Federalist

The new nationalism sweeping Europe is driven by a desire for something more concrete than the illusory promises of globalism. John Daniel Davidson The Federalist Europeans want a narrative. Politicians for Germany’s… What Europe’s New… Read More »