Politics

Istanbul was our past, Istanbul is our future

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This attack is on the culture of tolerance, on the pluralism of Muslim countries that is represented in Istanbul. Hamid Dabashi Al  Jazeera News I have now blissfully forgotten how many times I have visited Istanbul, or why is it I feel so much at home there. Last time I was… Istanbul was our… Read More »

Will ‘earth shaking’ revelation bring down Netanyahu?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives at the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem January 1, 2017. REUTERS/Gali Tibbon/Pool - RTX2X4TY

A team of investigators from the Lahav 433 Anti-Corruption Unit appeared at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s residence in Jerusalem Jan 2. Ben Caspit Al Monitor They carried several thick dossiers in their hands. The team was led by… Will ‘earth shaking’… Read More »

The Federal Government Attacks its Watchers

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In recent years, the Federal Government has made an art form of undermining the autonomy of independent statutory offices established to hold it to account. Spencer Zifcak Agora Dialogue One by one, statutory offices have been subject to forceful governmental and media assaults. These assaults have not related to the performance by statutory office holders of their statutorily mandated duties. There has been no suggestion of negligence or lack of competence. Instead they have been motivated, seemingly, by nothing more ... Read More »

Assassination in Ankara

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Russia, NATO, and Turkey’s Violent Politics By Halil Karaveli Foreign Affairs On December 19, Mevlut Mert Altintas, a Turkish police officer, assassinated Andrei Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey. His action… Assassination in… Read More »

Let’s Make Capitalism Cool Again

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Inside Barack Obama’s rhetoric of “income inequality” and “attack the rich,” used mainly to sway envy-driven, simple minds, was always a dangerous subtext: Capitalism and entrepreneurs are bad. Ron Hart The Daily Caller Trump needs to get us back to our capitalist roots, cut government, and start running government  like a business. Now only 3.6% of… Let’s Make Capitalism… Read More »

Can France hold corrupt African leaders to account?

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The son of Equatorial Guinea’s president is on trial in France for misusing state funds. Al Jazeera The son of Equatorial Guinea’s president has been accused of widespread corruption and money laundering, but he is not being tried for it in his home country of Equatorial Guinea. Instead, Vice President Teodoro… Can France hold corrupt… Read More »

China: The New Imperial Japan?

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The centenary of World War I in 2014 provided the opportunity for scholars to reflect on parallels between the early twentieth-century Anglo-German rivalry and today’s developing Sino-American rivalry. Jared McKinney The National Interest There is much that must be learned from the road to war in 1914 if the statesmen of today are going to step off the road to Sino-American conflict. Other analogies have also… China: The New Imperial… Read More »

Building Totalitarianism in Europe – The Last Coup of Victoria Nuland

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Victoria Nuland, the US Assistant Secretary of State, did not spend much time and energy with Christmas and New Year celebrations this year. Dimitris Konstantakopoulos Defend Democracy Press She has another very urgent and pressing problem to solve, before leaving the State Department, and this is the “Cyprus conflict”. The way she wants to solve this conflict is by transforming a second member of the EU, after Greece, into a protectorate. As the proposed solution for Cyprus is higlhy unstable, ... Read More »

Insecurity is cash cow for Europe’s defense firms

Ukrainian servicemen fire with howitzer during a military exercise near eastern the Ukrainian city of Mariupol on September 22, 2015. NATO's General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg on September 21 started a two-day visit to Ukraine, his first trip to the crisis-hit nation, in a show of support for Ukraine's pro-Western government. Ex-Soviet Ukraine says it wants to join the US-led security bloc but NATO has been lukewarm on the proposal. AFP PHOTO / SERGEY VOLSKIY        (Photo credit should read SERGEY VOLSKIY/AFP/Getty Images)

Concerns about Trump, terrorism and tensions with Russia are driving EU defense spending. Harry Cooper Politico After a decade of slashing defense budgets, European leaders are about to start investing significantly more in arms, citing “a challenging geopolitical environment.” A resurgent Russia… Insecurity is cash… Read More »

Europe, stand up to Poland

People protest against the right-wing government in Warsaw, Poland, on May 07, 2016
Around a quarter of a million Poles flooded central Warsaw Saturday, marching to defend their country's place in the European Union and protest against moves by the right-wing government, which they say undermine democracy. Warsaw city hall said the protest drew some 240,000 people, making it one of the largest demonstrations since the 1989 collapse of communism in Poland.
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The problem of Warsaw’s illiberalism is not just legal but deeply political. Piotr Buras Politico WARSAW — A sigh of relief was heard across Europe shortly before Christmas when the European Commission published its new rule-of-law recommendations for the Polish government, urging Warsaw to respect the… Europe, stand up… Read More »

The End of Democracy in Turkey

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Following the New Year’s Eve attack in Istanbul, democracy in Turkey is likely to enter a death spiral. The New Yorker The issue isn’t the attack itself, terrible as it was. On New Year’s Eve, a lone gunman made his way into the Reina dance club, which was jammed with revellers, and… The End of… Read More »

Political Islamists brace for Trump era

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump talks to members of the media as retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn stands next to him at Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., December 21, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria - RTX2W2D8

Donald Trump’s election has sent shock waves throughout the loosely knit community of religious-minded Muslims working to gain political power through democratic means. Julian Pecquet Al Monitor From Washington to London to Istanbul, the broad spectrum of so-called political Islamists are bracing for what many fear is a becoming witch hunt that threatens to undo the few gains they were able to secure post-Arab Spring. For the past… Political Islamists brace… Read More »

The hidden impediment to political change in Sudan

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Even if the majority of the Sudanese prefer democracy, they will choose it with subdued enthusiasm. Ali Abu Maryam Al Jazeera News There is something conspicuously selfish about the generational behaviour of people. On the atomic… The hidden impediment… Read More »

Parties can’t use religion, caste to win votes: Indian court

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Landmark ruling comes ahead of polls in five states, including UP, where BJP has pledged to build a Ram temple at the disputed Ayodhya site Asia Times In a landmark judgement on Monday, India’s Supreme Court said political parties cannot seek votes in the name of religion, race, caste, community or language. The ruling came Parties can’t use… Read More »

Why We Don’t Dwell on Turkish Deaths in the West

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Turkey is alone. First, we’ll take a look at the racist reasons for this. Robert Fisk Counterpunch If 39 men and women had been slaughtered in Paris or Brussels or Berlin on New Year’s Eve, the headlines would ripple on for three or four days. Two or three days if the victims had been western European. But of course, this being Turkey, which is a… Why We Don’t… Read More »

The Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 and its relevance to the ‘Conference on Cyprus’ in Geneva on 12 January 2017

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In Politics, Aristotle issued a timeless warning: ‘Man, when perfected, is the best of animals but, when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all.’  (Source: The Politics of Aristotle as translated by B. Jowett (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1885), page 5.) Klearchos A. Kyriakides Published in Agora Dialogue on 2 January 2017 Since antiquity, Aristotle’s point has been illustrated on countless occasions, none more brutally than during the Second World War from 1939 to 1945.Under the iron ... Read More »