Politics

Now and then, who to blame?

While history does not repeat itself in full details, it always shows us some patterns that we should always consider. Ahmed Al Sheikh Al Jazeera News It was another “first” for the US president-elect, Donald Trump, before he moves into the White House. Using just 140… Now and then… Read More »

A year to protect democracy

The most important political task of 2017 transcends the normal run of issues and controversies. E.J. Dionne Jr. The Washington Post Our greatest obligation will be to defend democracy itself, along with republican norms for governing and the openness that free societies require. To say this… A year to… Read More »

Purging Criminal Code of defunct ‘zombie laws’ no simple task

Outdated offences that are still included in Canada’s Criminal Code include duelling, abortion and pretending to practise witchcraft By ALYSHAH HASHAM Staff Reporter The Star Given the epidemic of fake news and the influence it may have had on the U.S. election, Section 181 of Canada’s Criminal Code would seem… Purging Criminal Code… Read More »

The new world order, 2017

One insistent question that will shape 2017 is whether we’re witnessing the gradual decay of the post-World War II international order, dominated by the economic and military power of the United States. Robert J. Samuelson The Washington Post After the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991, it became fashionable to talk of the United States as the only true superpower. Pax Americana would… The new world… Read More »

A principled basis for a just and lasting Cyprus settlement in the light of International and European Law

International Expert Panel Covered By The Committee For A European Solution In Cyprus Preamble 1. The purpose of this Report, prepared by an International Expert Panel, is to seek a just Cyprus settlement providing for the peaceful and prosperous future of all the people of the island. In order to do this, one must apply the key principles drawn from international and European law which apply in the settlement of international disputes, including disputes concerning members of the European Union. ... Read More »

Could Turkey steal nuclear weapons installed in US bases?

Does Turkey have the military capabilities to attack and take nuclear weapons stored within its own boundaries? * 12 Answers As a retired USAF member, please understand that my comments can NOT confirm nor deny if nuclear weapons are at Incirlik AB. Quora My answer relies on widely sourced material in the media and on the internet. So please understand that I’m couching my answers for this reason. So, could Turkey steal any weapons on the base? Yes, they could. ... Read More »

Modi defends move to demonetise high-value currency

Move to withdraw high-value banknotes, which took toll on country’s poor, called “historic purification ritual” by PM. Al Jazeera India’s prime minister has defended his government’s decision to demonetise the country’s highest-value currency bills in an unusual New Year’s Eve message to the… Modi defends move… Read More »

The media we need in 2017

Post-truth is a symptom not the disease, while we need a media that challenges rather than normalises the far-right. Rachel Shabi Al Jazeera News On December 20, in a piece both depressingly necessary and emblematic of the year, Britain’s Channel 4 news released a fact-check. It assessed claims… The media we… Read More »

Is Erdogan trying to wreck US-Turkey relations?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s frustration over his failed and costly Syria policies ventured into the bizarre when he claimed he had “confirmed evidence, with pictures, photos and videos” of the US providing support for the Islamic State (IS), the… Al-Monitor Is Erdogan trying… Read More »

Why Nationalism?

The very fabric of Western nations is shifting. Europeans will soon be minorities in their own countries, their languages replaced and their cultures forgotten, with younger generations forced to pay into social systems that are so generous with strangers, they have become unsustainable for themselves. Lauren Southern The Daily Caller National Geographic depicted this future when they featured a Middle-Eastern family on their front cover; above them was emblazoned the words, “The New Europeans.” Right now, in… Why Nationalism… Read More »

Britain scolds Kerry for comments on Israeli government

The United Kingdom scolded U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for describing the Israeli government as the “most right-wing in Israeli history,” a move that aligns British Prime Minister Theresa May more closely with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. Hurriyet In a 70-minute speech just weeks before the… Britain scolds Kerry… Read More »

Italy’s lost decade

Is Italy the world’s new Greece? Desmond Lachman AEI Judging by the still relatively buoyant Italian sovereign bond market, one could be forgiven for thinking that all is well with the Italian economy. Similarly, one could be excused for believing that Italy poses little threat to the… Italy’s lost decade… Read More »