Politics

See you in Davos (not)

It’s hard to find examples of how the World Economic Forum lives up to its motto of ‘improving the state of the world.’ Matthew Karnitschnig Politico BERLIN — As with most fashions, it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact moment Davos began to lose its mojo. Was it when Brangelina showed… See you in… Read More »

Inside the cauldron of Indonesian-ISIS terror

Indonesian jihadis are caught up in offensives in both Iraq and Syria and responsible for orchestrated attacks on home soil John McBeth Asia Times Terrorism specialists are beginning to change their tune over predictions that battle-hardened Indonesian jihadists returning from fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) could present a major security threat in the… Inside the cauldron of… Read More »

Report warns Trump against scrapping Iran nuclear deal

Ending the agreement would lead to ‘unfathomable consequences’ throughout the region, International Crisis Group… Megan O’Toole Al Jazeera Should the Iran nuclear deal fall apart, the consequences for the Middle East region would be “unfathomable”, according to a new report from the International… Report warns Trump… Read More »

Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books

Not since Lincoln has there been a president as fundamentally shaped — in his life, convictions and outlook on the world — by reading and writing as Barack… MICHIKO KAKUTANI The New York Times Last Friday, seven days before his departure from the White House, Mr. Obama sat down in the Oval Office and talked about the… Obama’s Secret to… Read More »

Donald Trump’s Supreme Court Choice: Questions Over Possible Nominee Who Backed Transgender Rights

Donald Trump’s possible nominee for the much-contested Supreme Court position has supported transgender rights, raising fears the President-elect is rowing back on his promise to choose a conservative. Harry Farley Christian Today Judge William Pryor backed a revolutionary opinion in 2011 that anti-transgender discrimination qualifies as sex discrimination and so was forbidden under the Equal Protection Clause of the US Constitution. Although he did not write… Donald Trump’s Supreme Court… Read More »

Bill Shorten says entitlements system reform must go further than parliamentary expenses

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says it is crucial to explore the options for a federal anti-corruption watchdog as part of reforms around parliamentary expenditure. Stephanie Anderson ABC Liberal MP Sussan Ley resigned from Cabinet last week amid an ongoing investigation into her travel claims, which included billing taxpayers to attend two New Year’s Eve events hosted by a prominent Queensland businesswoman… Bill Shorten says entitlements… Read More »

How Palestinian left hopes to renew political system

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Al-Monitor met with Jamil Mezher, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine’s political bureau, at his office in Gaza City. Rasha Abou Jalal Al Monitor Among the several Palestinian issues he discussed in the interview were the decline of Arab and Palestinian leftism at the expense of the advancement of Islamist movements, the most efficient Palestinian tools to resist Israel, the… How Palestinian left hopes to… Read More »

Obama’s legacy in Asia

After six years of major foreign policy effort, it is clear Obama failed in his Pivot to Asia. Richard Javad Heydarian Al Jazeera News “[B]y almost every measure, America is a better, stronger place than it was when we started,” declared US president Barack Hussein Obama in his emotional farewell speech. “After all, we remain the wealthiest, most powerful, and… Obama’s legacy in… Read More »

Dossiers and make believe: The CIA, Trump and unverified news

The concept of fake news has been turned inside out with the latest Trump dossier scandal, writes Dr Binoy Kampmark. Binoy Kampmark Independent Australia MORNING BREAKFAST NEWS in London on the BBC’s Radio Four on Friday was a delightful affair filled with discussions on Russia (when do we not talk about that busy, stirring Bear these days?) Donald Trump, dossiers… Dossiers and make believe… Read More »

The Geopolitics of 2017 in 4 Maps

International relations and geopolitics are not synonymous… at least, not the way we understand them at Geopolitical… By George Friedman and Jacob L. Shapiro Mauldin Economics “International relations” is a descriptive phrase that encompasses all the ways countries behave toward one… “Geopolitics” is the supposition that all… The Geopolitics of… Read More »

Stark inequality: Oxfam says 8 men as rich as half the world

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The gap between the super-rich and the poorest half of the global population is starker than previously thought, with just eight men, from Bill Gates to Michael Bloomberg, owning as much wealth as 3.6 billion people, according to an… Pan Pylas Associated Press Presenting its findings on… Stark inequality: Oxfam… Read More »

How Barack Obama paved the way for Donald Trump

Don’t blame it all on racism. During the financial crash Obama sided with the bankers, not people losing their homes – making Trump’s victory possible Gary Younge The Guardian To celebrate its 225th anniversary, the US Mint and Treasury last week unveiled plans to issue a 24-carat commemorative coin depicting Lady Liberty as an African-American woman. With full lips and… How Barack Obama paved… Read More »