Trump’s Russophiles under investigation, Europe remains ‘en garde’

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Last Friday U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the ongoing FBI probe of the case of the Russian interference in the US Presidential elections favoring Donald Trump. Dennis Kefalakos European Sting He said “I have recused myself in the matters that deal with the Trump campaign.” Last September, the… Trump’s Russophiles under… Read More »

Trump’s ‘Islamic’ headache

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The term of “radical Islamic terrorism” has been repeated so often that now it almost has a place in the Western lexicon. Hakki Ocal Daily Sabah Despite the fact that George W Bush, Margeret Thatcher, Tony Blair, Barack Obama and many other Western leaders warned against its use, there is a war of words over “Islamic terrorism.” Muslim leaders and… Trump’s ‘Islamic’… Read More »

Leaving the EU is the start of a liberal insurgency

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Brexit isn’t like Trump’s election. It’s Britain’s safety valve against angry, radical populism Douglas Carswell The Guardian What is Nigel Farage so cross about? We won the… Leaving the EU… Read More »

TURKEY: Reverse Regime Change, Replacing Secularism with Sultanism

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Since 2002, the Republic of Turkey has been ruled by the Justice and Development Party (or AKP), founded Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and… Dr Can Erimtan 21st Century Wire At first, Erdoğan and his henchmen appeared to respect the rule of law and the political traditions established by Mustafa Kemal… The economic boom of the early AKP years and the… TURKEY: Reverse Regime… Read More »

Brexit is Theresa May’s Falklands war: a weapon of mass distraction

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Behind a smokescreen of bogus patriotism, ideologically driven cuts to the NHS and all our public services are unpicking the bonds of nationhood Zoe Williams The Guardian On Saturday there was a demonstration against funding cuts to the NHS. A quarter of… Brexit is Theresa… Read More »

EU citizens ‘should have guarantees after Brexit’

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MPs have heaped pressure on ministers to guarantee the right of EU citizens in Britain to remain after Brexit ahead of a crucial vote this… Paris Gourtsoyiannis The Scotsman A report from the Commons Exiting the EU select committee has condemned Home Office processes for considering permanent residence applications as “not fit for purpose” after it… EU citizens ‘should… Read More »

Pauline Hanson calls for immigrants to ‘speak English’ and insists she’s ‘still the same’ politician

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One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has said 20 years in politics has made her more informed and wiser, but insists she’s “still the same” as… 9news “My policies haven’t changed over the years. Immigration, I’m still the same, cut back on it for our quality of life in Australia,” she told ABC’s Insiders… “I don’t forget what… Pauline Hanson calls… Read More »

Google si Directing the French Election Campaign


Since February 28, 2017, Google News Lab and the European Journalism Center (EJC) have coordinated French and foreign companies for the duration of the French presidential election campaign. Voltaire Both organizations rely on the experience of ProPublica, which directed the media against Donald Trump during the US election campaign. They not only… Google si Directing… Read More »

Kim Jong-nam’s Assassination Is a Wake-Up Call to the World

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“The North Korean regime is not simply a pariah to be ridiculed, but a dangerous threat to the world.” Jose Ramos-Horta and Benedict Rogers The Diplomat The assassination of Kim Jong-nam in Kuala Lumpur airport two weeks ago is a reminder of the depravity and barbarity of his half-brother, North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un, and the world’s most… Kim Jong-nam’s… Read More »

Updating Cyprus’ money-laundering record

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Just over two weeks ago, Transparency International published a report called “Top Secret Countries Keep Financial Crime Fighting Data to… Fiona Mullen in.cyprus Transparency and good preventive practices are important because money-laundering cases are difficult to… The Magnitksy case, for example, has been open in… Updating Cyprus’ money… Read More »

Local Elections: The Coming Test for Nepal’s Constitution

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Nepal holds local elections for the first time in two… Stephen Groves The Diplomat KATHMANDU — For the first time in 20 years, Nepalis will go to the ballot box on May 14 to elect local officials, marking a significant step in consummating the Constitution passed in September… But they will do so without the consent of the… Local Elections: The… Read More »

Britain will not contribute £50bn to EU budget if no Brexit deal is reached, says Lords report

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‘The UK appears to have a strong legal position in respect of the EU budget post-Brexit and this provides important context to the… Ashley Cowburn The Independent Britain will not be legally obliged to contribute towards the European Union’s budget if no exit deal is reached, according to a… The report from the Lords also claims that calculations of the… Britain will not… Read More »

Why We Believe Obvious Untruths

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How can so many people believe things that are demonstrably false? Gray Matter The New York Times The question has taken on new urgency as the Trump administration propagates falsehoods about voter fraud, climate change and crime statistics that large swaths of the population have bought into. But collective delusion… Why We Believe… Read More »

Asia’s precarious rise

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Since Japan’s emergence as an economic juggernaut in the 1970s, experts have predicted the arrival of an “Asian century.” Michael Auslin AEI We should get ready, they say, for a tectonic shift in global power as U.S. influence declines, Europe’s discontents mount, and the countries of the Indo-Pacific come to dominate world politics, economics and security. Images of Asia’s… Asia’s precarious… Read More »

Nuclear Weapons: Trust But Modernize

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The United States is planning to modernize its nuclear deterrent over the next 25 years, an effort already two decades late in implementation. Peter Huessy The Daily Caller That delay, a procurement holiday, resulted in all elements of our nuclear enterprise—the warheads, the communications, the submarines, the land based missiles and the bombers and their associated cruise missiles… Nuclear Weapons: Trust… Read More »

Kenya: Avoiding Another Electoral Crisis

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Political tensions are rising in Kenya ahead of elections in August for the presidency and other senior… Murithi Mutiga ICG Measures taken now can avert the risk of a repeat of electoral violence that killed hundreds of people in… Kenyans go to the polls in August, and fierce contests are likely in the race for the… Kenya: Avoiding Another… Read More »