Politics

East Timor axes Australia border treaty over oil reserves

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East Timor says it wants to tear up a controversial 2006 maritime border treaty with Australia which has soured relations between the two countries. BBC The treaty dealt with how oil and gas beneath the Timor Sea should be shared, but has been disputed ever since. East Timor, one… East Timor axes… Read More »

How Political Correctness About Islam Made Britain Vulnerable To Chemical Terrorism

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Ben Wallace’s call for public vigilance is both ironic and impossible given a pervasive culture in Britain that demands absolute tolerance for all things Muslim. M.G. Oprea The Federalist In an interview with The Sunday Times, Britain’s minister for national security, Ben Wallace, had an ominous warning for Britons. Echoing a Europol report that… How Political Correctness About… Read More »

Don’t Be Fooled—Rex Tillerson Hasn’t Separated From ExxonMobil

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It looks like the company has left a back door open for Tillerson’s return. By George Zornick The Nation Rex Tillerson’s nomination to be secretary of state in December raised an immediate and clear conflict of interest: As the… Don’t Be Fooled… Read More »

Sorry, But The Republican Party Isn’t ‘Extremist’

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Liberals have been making the same argument for 35 years (at least). It’s still not true. David Harsanyi The Federalist In Slate, Jamelle Bouie asserts that the “Republican Party in 2017 isn’t an ordinary political party. It is an ideological outlier… Sorry, But The Republican… Read More »

Obama farewell warns of threats to American democracy

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The man whose election had once seemed to herald a new American era of inclusion and harmony spent much of his farewell address warning the country about threats to its very democratic fabric. Daniel Dale The Star WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama called for the same things he has been calling for this whole time: unity, decency, hope. But when Obama stood at… Obama farewell warns of… Read More »

EU spots opportunity in Brexit to fix funding wars

BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 29: Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti speaks during a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the German federal Chancellory on August 29, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Merkel and Monti discussed the crisis in the Eurozone, part of a series of meetings that Merkel has held after the summer break during heightened concerns over the economies of Italy, Greece and Spain.  (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

The UK’s departure could be used to change the tone of the budgetary debate. Paul Taylor Politico PARIS — Britain’s impending exit from the European Union is a unique opportunity to shake up, simplify and detoxify the way the EU funds itself. That is the message of… EU spots opportunity in… Read More »

Romania’s corruption fight is a smokescreen to weaken its democracy

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Turning a blind eye to this abuse of power risks encouraging other European nations to follow its example David Clark The Guardian The recent rise of the populist right in Hungary and Poland has raised the alarm about the future of democracy in Europe, as constitutional safeguards, media pluralism and civil society come under sustained attack. But there is another threat… Romania’s corruption fight… Read More »

Could Turkey swing over to the Russian camp?

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Even though, historically, Russia has a weighty past with Turkey, and even though it has not forgotten the personal rôle played by current President Erdoğan, to its detriment, during the the first Chechen war, it can not fail to be interested by the… Thierry Meyssan Voltaire  Could Turkey swing… Read More »

“Undercover Investigation”: How Many British MPs Are Working for Israel?

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Al Jazeera are to be congratulated on an undercover investigation exposing something most of us could probably have guessed: that some Israeli embassy staff in the UK – let’s not pussy around, Mossad agents – are working with senior political activists and politicians in the Conservative and Labour parties to subvert their own parties from within, and skew British foreign policy so that it benefits Israeli, rather than British, interests. Jonathan Cook Global Research One cannot really blame Israel for doing this. Most ... Read More »

Putin Lucked Into The Only GOP Nominee Who Would’ve Wanted His Help

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WASHINGTON ― In an alternate universe, the Republican nominee for president holds a news conference to denounce Russian interference in the coming election. S.V. Date  The Huffington Post He calls out the long-known links between Russian spy agencies and WikiLeaks, and… Putin Lucked Into… Read More »

Stamping out political rorts requires a cultural change, not more bodies to police it

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Calls for a federal Independent Commission against Corruption-like body are growing following Health Minister Sussan Ley standing aside while several of her travel entitlement claims are investigated. Adam Graycar  The Conversation However, a federal ICAC will not solve the… Stamping out political… Read More »

Will Turkey, Iraq open new chapter in ties?

Iraqi President Fuad Masum (R) meets with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim (L) at the presidential palace in Baghdad on January 7, 2017.
Iraq and Turkey's prime ministers held talks in Baghdad which both said reflected progress in resolving a bitter row over the presence of Turkish troops in northern Iraq. / AFP / POOL / KHALID AL-MOUSILY        (Photo credit should read KHALID AL-MOUSILY/AFP/Getty Images)

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim’s visit to Iraq last week set a new tone in the ties between the two countries, which have been highly tense in recent months. Semih Idiz Al Monitor Following his talks with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad, Yildirim met with Iraqi Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani in Erbil. His contacts in Erbil… Will Turkey, Iraq open… Read More »

Legal minefield

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As the country looks to attract foreign money to boost the economy, a sketchy and opaque legal system makes investors think twice Matthieu Baudey and Carole Oudot Asia Times One year after the National League for Democracy ‘s landslide win in Myanmar’s historical elections, many were hoping the country would witness an economic boom, helped by a new international image. State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi cleaned up… Legal minefield… Read More »

Turkey’s bloody 2016 puts West’s portal to Middle East in jeopardy

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A dramatic coup attempt, 100 terror attacks that killed more than 500 people, the brazen assassination of a Russian diplomat and a shocking nightclub attack that left 39 dead in Istanbul on the final day of the year underscored the precarious status of the… FoxNews Turkey’s descent into… Turkey’s bloody 2016… Read More »

The ‘Intellectual Partition’ of Cyprus, the ‘Macmillan Doctrine’ and the talks held in Geneva in August 1974 and January 2017

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In his seminal book, Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle considers the virtues associated with justice, as well as the vices inherent in injustice. Klearchos A. Kyriakides Published in Agora Dialogue on 9 January 2017 In this context, Aristotle engages in a deep discussion as to the two types of transaction into which a party may enter. On the one hand, there are just transactions into which a party may enter voluntarily. On the other hand, there are unjust transactions, which may come ... Read More »

Reaction To Trump’s Team Proves Climate Alarmists Are The Real Deniers

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After the election, there were reports of EPA employees breaking down in tears and Energy Department staffers needing counseling. It’s not because they care about the environment. Julie Kelly The Federalist Today is the Day Against Denial, where climate change activists around the country are protesting President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet picks. Activists will supposedly… Reaction To Trump’s Team… Read More »