Politics

Uncovering the Truth about a West Bank Palestinian Refugee Camp

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees claims that its mission ishumanitarian, apolitical, and dedicated to non-violence. Yet UNRWA’s critics claim otherwise, citing evidence of resistance to resettling refugees from the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, a conflict which resulted in an unprecedented legal claim to the… Source: Uncovering the Truth about a West Bank Palestinian Refugee Camp :: Middle East Forum Read More »

The Erdoğan-Gülen Rivalry

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Ankara has sent evidence to Washington allegedly proving that Fethullah Gülen, who resides in Pennsylvania, orchestrated the recent failed coup in Turkey. The US is understandably hesitant to agree to his demand for Gülen’s extradition, given Erdoğan’s post-coup purge to consolidate power and unapologetic silencing of his critics, as well as his tyrannical behavior in… Source: The Erdoğan-Gülen Rivalry | Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies Read More »

Tehran-Riyadh war of words heats up as Iranians miss hajj

A bitter war of words between Iran and Saudi Arabia intensified on Sept. 7 ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage from which Iranians have been excluded for the first time in decades. Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blasted the “incompetence” of the Saudi royal family as he met with the families of victims of a deadly stampede during last year’s hajj. “This incident proves once again that this cursed, evil family does not deserve to be in charge and… Source: Tehran-Riyadh war of words heats up as Iranians miss hajj – MIDEAST Read More »

Report of the Commission on the Eastern Mediterranean

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Shaul Chorev, Mary Landrieu, Ami Ayalon, Seth Cropsey, Charles D. Davidson, Douglas J. Feith, Arthur Herman, Ron Prosor, Gary Roughead & Eytan Sheshinski Authoritarian politics, energy and computer technology and war are rapidly transforming the Eastern Mediterranean.Political instability — triggered by the Arab Spring — has made the region extraordinarily violent. Syria is disintegrating; millions of refugees from the conflict have spread across the… Source: Report of the Commission on the Eastern Mediterranean – by Shaul Chorev Mary Landrieu Ami ... Read More »

Brandis diaries case shows how Freedom of Information has been deliberately neglected

Federal Attorney-General George Brandis has lost a two-year bid to keep the summaries of meetings in his ministerial diary from being considered for release under the Commonwealth Freedom of Information Act. A Federal Court judge in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) and a full Federal Court bench decided the reasons advanced on Brandis’ behalf to not… Source: Brandis diaries case shows how Freedom of Information has been deliberately neglected Read More »

Greece is still grinding toward Grexit

Stephen Pope The Greek economy grew between April and June; although only by 0.2% An estimate by the statistics service show it shrank by 0.9% year-on-year Following sales-tax increases and pension cuts, consumer spending has fallen The economy has contracted by 25% since the debt crisis in 2009 It is time to be seriously contemplating “Grexit” once again It has been a while since I took a look at the tricky trouble spot of the… Source: Greece is still grinding ... Read More »

National investment banks: a radical proposal?

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National investment banks haven’t always proved a success. JOHN MARLOW Can they be implemented as part of a left-wing economic programme?… Source: National investment banks: a radical proposal? | openDemocracy Read More »

Why is Christianity declining?

The number of Christians and cultural strength of Christianity are both declining in the United States. By David Gushee  This decline is noticeable and is affecting church life, culture, and politics. It is also deeply disturbing to most Christians, including me. These descriptive claims are found in my new book, A Letter to My Anxious Christian Friends, just out with… Source: Why is Christianity declining? | Religion News Service Read More »

Poland Wants to Take Responsibility for EU Future, Show Model for Reforms

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo stated that the European Union should be reformed to meet the needs of the Europeans, but not the continent’s elites, to increase the role of national parliaments and return the EU institutions back to their responsibilities described in EU documents… Source: Poland Wants to Take Responsibility for EU Future, Show Model for Reforms Read More »

‘Lifestyle illnesses’ costing governments hundreds of millions of dollars annually: study

The financial burden of so-called lifestyle illnesses in working people aged 45 and over is costing governments hundreds of millions of dollars annually, reveals major study… Source: ‘Lifestyle illnesses’ costing governments hundreds of millions of dollars annually: study – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

What are Russia’s objectives in the Middle East and in the Caspian?

August was a month of active Russian diplomacy in the Middle East and the Caspian region. By Yekaterina Chulkovskaya, Russia Beyond the Headlines A meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilkham Aliyev and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took place in Baku on… Source: What are Russia’s objectives in the Middle East and in the Caspian? – UPI.com Read More »

Philippine president ‘regrets’ Obama slur

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expressed regret yesterday that a tirade against Barack Obama, in which he called the U.S. leader a “son of a whore,” came across as a personal attack. Longtime allies the United States and the Philippines have seen relations plunge under a barrage of insults from Duterte since he came to office on June 30… Source: Philippine president ‘regrets’ Obama slur – ASIA Read More »

MP Andrew Wilkie says Nauru visa denial proves Australia ‘has much to hide’

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Independent MP says ‘only conclusion’ is that the government doesn’t want truth about detention regime to come out Ben Doherty Nauru’s secrecy over the Australian-run immigration detention centre on its island continues to deepen, with the independent parliamentarian Andrew Wilkie denied a… Source: MP Andrew Wilkie says Nauru visa denial proves Australia ‘has much to hide’ | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Trump Is Breaking Bad, Not Clinically Mad

Now that Donald Trump is improbably close to becoming president, several frightened commentators are suggesting he receive psychiatric evaluation to ensure he is not mentally ill. The amateur diagnoses most often floated for Trump are Narcissistic Personality Disorder or Borderline Personality Disorder. I know something about Personality Disorders, having written the… Source: Trump Is Breaking Bad, Not Clinically Mad Read More »

Alexis Tsipras, the escapologist

The Greek prime minister pulled off the seemingly impossible last year. Can he do it again? By YIANNIS BABOULIAS   A year ago, Alexis Tsipras pulled off the unlikeliest of election victories. Now he’s looking rather less invincible. The Greek prime minister and his team are hard at work publicizing a meeting of southern European leaders in Athens on… Source: Alexis Tsipras, the escapologist – POLITICO Read More »

Indonesia, 1998: A Great Moment in History

The 1998 downfall of Indonesian dictator, Suharto, prompted resolute and emotional displays of support for a transition to democracy. By Michael V. Day This was as keenly felt by ordinary Indonesians as it was by the two rivals for the presidency, Abdurrahman Wahid and Megawati Sukarnoputri. The days of transition were chaotic and violent, but the… Source: Indonesia, 1998: A Great Moment in History – AIIA Read More »