Politics

What is Merkel’s Mideast role in Trump-Putin era?

Against the backdrop of US President Donald Trump’s conservative nationalistic policies, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is being described by the media as the new leader of the free world. Uri Savir Al Monitor Her open-minded and humanitarian views and policies on the immigration of Middle East refugees to Germany despite numerous terror attacks by Islamist terrorists in her country have gained respect in many liberal capitals in… What is Merkel’s Mideast… Read More »

Americans aren’t as attached to democracy as you might think

A new national survey suggests that we can no longer take for granted that our fellow citizens will stand up for the rule of law and democracy Austin Sarat The Guardian There is much to celebrate in the court decision against President Trump’s immigration ban. It was a stirring… Americans aren’t as… Read More »

We don’t need a monarch, but a thinker!

The German singer Rio Reiser once envisioned his hypothetical kingdom with these lyrics: “I’d travel the world including the USA, I’d like to bite Ronald Reagans calves like a doggie. I would change my crown daily, would bathe twice. The German Army would only play the pop charts…”. Dietmar Bartsch The European Three decades after Reiser’s hit, a threatening reincarnation of Ronald Reagan governs the… We don’t need… Read More »

Trump Faces Dilemma in Battle Against ISIS: Turkey or the Kurds

While campaigning, Trump said he would attempt to bring Turkey and the Kurds together after years of hostilities in order to fight ISIS. Amir Tibon Haaretz Facts on the ground may force the U.S. president down a different path.. Last July, in the midst of the presidential election campaign, Donald Trump declared in an interview that he was “a big fan of the Kurds.” … Trump Faces Dilemma… Read More »

Cliff Taylor: Trump’s tax package is bad news for Ireland

US president plans to increase taxes on those importing to sell into the American market Cliff Taylor The Irish Times From an Irish viewpoint, the tax debate in the US has taken a nasty… At their worst, the proposals now on the table could fundamentally change the world of foreign direct… Cliff Taylor: Trump’s… Read More »

Hundreds Arrested in US Immigration Enforcement Raids

U.S. immigration authorities arrested hundreds of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally in raids across the country this week, although authorities said the enforcement action wasn’t linked to a… VoA The raids targeted undocumented immigrants with criminal histories, Gillian Christensen, a… Hundreds Arrested in… Read More »

The environmental costs of Trump’s wall

It looks like Donald Trump’s “great, great wall” is actually going to happen. Shonil Bhagwat The Conversation Its likely impact on human society has been well-noted, but in the longer-term a barrier across an entire continent will also have severe ecological consequences. The US-Mexico border… The environmental costs… Read More »

Why is Turkey holding a referendum?

A new draft constitution that would significantly increase the powers of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to be put to a… BBC Here, the BBC’s Turkey correspondent, Mark Lowen, explains why opponents of the bill have fought it every step of the… In one brawl, a government MP alleged an… Why is Turkey… Read More »

Steinmeier: Pragmatic, assertive, popular

Frank-Walter Steinmeier is Germany’s next president. The Social Democrat has been a high-ranking politician for almost 20 years and once set his sights on becoming chancellor – but was… Richard A. Fuchs Deutsche Welle On February 12, Frank-Walter Steinmeier will be elected president as the agreed-upon candidate of the CDU, CSU and SPD parties that form the… Steinmeier: Pragmatic, assertive… Read More »

Is the Two State Solution still a possibility in the Middle East?

Dr Ibrahim Natil discusses Netanyahu’s controversial approval of massive building plans in the occupied Palestinian territory defying the the UN and the international community. Ibrahim Natil Independent Australia DESPITE DECEMBER’S UN Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016), the current government of Israel still defies the international community and approves massive building plans cross the West Bank in the occupied Palestinian… Is the Two State… Read More »

The age of hyper-terrorism and ‘low cost’ terrorism

On February 13, 2016, while speaking at the Munich Security Conference, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls reflected on the terrorist attacks in Paris over the previous year. Michael Rubin AEI “We have entered…a new era characterized by the lasting presence of ‘hyper-terrorism,’ he declared, adding, “There will be attacks. Large-scale attacks… The age of… Read More »

Australia urged to act as outrage over Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya grows

Bangkok: A coalition of organisations has called on the Australian government to urgently pressure Myanmar authorities to condemn atrocities, including the slaughter of babies, in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State and… Lindsay Murdoch The Canberra Times “The recounts from Rohingya people fleeing Myanmar are horrific and truly devastating,” said Kate Lee, executive officer of… Australia urged to… Read More »

No justification for IMF to be part of Greek rescue: ECB’s Nowotny

VIENNA (Reuters) – There is no economic or political justification for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to be part of the Greek rescue program, European Central Bank (ECB) Governing Council member Ewald Nowotny told an… Investing  The IMF and the European Union have been at odds over the terms of the… No justification for… Read More »