Politics

The Legitimate President

The evidence is… Courts must use the broad discretionary powers with which they are vested to enjoin Donald Trump, an illegitimate president, from taking… The Huffington Post On Friday, a prominent Democrat on Capitol Hill finally said… “I don’t see this president-elect as a… The Legitimate… Read More »

Turnbull makes a good start on expenses, but needs to go further

It is regrettable that the path leading to the establishment of an independent body to oversee the work-related expenses of parliamentarians has been so… Colleen Lewis The Conversation It is also regrettable that it took such an inordinate amount of time for a political leader to conclude that creating such a body was essential to tackling the ever-widening trust deficit between MPs and those they… We need to criticise MPs’ questionable… Turnbull makes a good start on… Read More »

Letter to BBC

Mr A Chitty London BBC Complaints PO Box 1922 Darlington DL3 0UR 17 January 2017 Dear Sir or Madam, It is with regret that I find myself writing to the BBC once again on the topic of Cyprus. Despite a plethora of complaints from myself and others in the British Cypriot community during 2016, it would appear that the BBC has taken no notice and continues to misrepresent the facts of the Cyprus situation. I implore the BBC to properly ... Read More »

China’s sea militarisation ‘troubling’: Philippine defence chief

China’s militarisation of the South China Sea is “very troubling” and neither peaceful nor friendly, the Philippines’ defence secretary said on… AFP Daily Mail  President Rodrigo Duterte has sought to improve his nation’s relations with China by adopting a non-confrontational approach over their competing claims in the strategically… China’s sea militarisation… Read More »

The difference between right and left-wing populism

Right-wing populism evokes fear, left-wing populism – hope. Santiago Zabala Al Jazeera News We will remember 2016 not only for the return of populism throughout the West, but also for the blindness of those who could not see the difference between right-wing and leftist populism. This distinction is vital… The difference between right… Read More »

Who is hungrier — Trump or China?

(CNN)We all now recognize that 2016 was a highly unusual year. Kerry Brown CNN Political events that we are witnessing today seemed simply impossible 12 months ago. One of the less noted shifts in… Who is hungrier — Trump or… Read More »

Erdogan calls dollar and euro holders ‘terrorists’

ANKARA, Turkey — The unstoppable rise of the dollar and the euro against the Turkish currency had the country’s president fuming last week. Zülfikar Doğan Al Monitor Speaking Jan. 12 in his palace, Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that economic warfare was behind the Turkish lira’s dramatic depreciation. “Everybody now sees and… Erdogan calls dollar and… Read More »

Make internationalism great again

Liberal leaders must offer voters a different narrative about national identity and national greatness. Dalibor Rohac AEI Across the West, nationalism has been appropriated by political forces that are isolationist, illiberal, and protectionist. For proponents of open societies… Make internationalism great… Read More »

Yahoo hack: How did hackers compromise senior politicians’ private email accounts?

Last October, an American security researcher approached a NSW Police intelligence officer offering a clandestine dataset. Benjamin Sveen ABC Extensive log-in details for thousands of compromised personal email accounts belonging to Australian officials in the departments of Defence, Foreign Affairs, AusTrade, Immigration, the Federal Police and many other sensitive… Yahoo hack: How did hackers… Read More »

Goodbye, Barack Obama; Hello, Israel

With Obama’s departure, Israel loses a friend but gains an opportunity. Shai Feldman and Amos Harel The National Interest   Addressing the delegates to the AIPAC National Conference on March 21, 2016, then candidate for president Donald Trump asserted that President Barack Obama “may be the worst thing to ever happen to Israel, believe me, believe… Goodbye, Barack Obama… Read More »

These Are the Biggest Global Risks for 2017

If you go outdoors you could get hit by lethal hurricanes, floods, tremors and terrorists. Alex Morales Bloomberg Stay inside huddled over your computer and you could lose your data and your identity. And, in the minds of some… These Are the Biggest… Read More »

America Must Rethink Its Assumptions about Russia

From energy and politics to Syria and Ukraine. Nikolas K. Gvosdev The National Interest I rarely find myself nodding in full agreement with Masha Gessen’s writings, but her critique of the deficiencies of the U.S. analytic community in terms of the inquiries into Moscow’s efforts to sway the 2016 American elections is… America Must Rethink Its… Read More »

John Pilger: The Issue Is Not Donald Trump. It Is Us.

Donald Trump. for all his flaws, is not Barack Obama, an American president who has set new lows in foreign slaughter and the transfer of wealth from the poor to the mega-rich, writes John Pilger. John Pilger New Matilda On the day President Trump is inaugurated, thousands of writers in the United States will express their indignation. “In order for us to heal and… John Pilger: The Issue Is Not… Read More »

Europe’s message to Theresa May: Play by the rules — or else

As British PM prepares to deliver big Brexit speech, Paris, Berlin and Brussels are getting worried. Nicholas Vinocur and Matthew Karnitschnig Politico PARIS — As British Prime Minister Theresa May prepared to unveil her Brexit vision Tuesday, Europe had these words of warning: play by the rules in leaving the EU, and forget about striking any backdoor trade deals. One more thing: No threats about… Europe’s message to Theresa… Read More »