Leadership

Putin-Erdogan meeting in St. Petersburg: Economy before politics

According to experts, talks between the Russian and Turkish presidents in St. Petersburg on Aug. 9 yielded impressive results on economic issues. At the same time analysts warn that many elements in relations between Moscow and Ankara depend on whether or not solutions to political problems will be found, primarily concerning the Syrian issue… Source: Putin-Erdogan meeting in St. Petersburg: Economy before politics | Russia Beyond The Headlines Read More »

Hillary Clinton’s Embrace of Kissinger Is Inexcusable

Bernie Sanders should call on her to repudiate him as the war criminal he is. By Greg Grandin Word comes from Politico that Hillary Clinton is courting the endorsement of Henry Kissinger. No surprise. Kissinger and the Clintons go back a ways, to when Bill in the early 1990s sought out… Source: Hillary Clinton’s Embrace of Kissinger Is Inexcusable | The Nation Read More »

The Daily 202: Why some Republican politicians are really coming out against Trump

By James Hohmann THE BIG IDEA: — The most important storyline of August is how many Republicans come out against their party’s nominee. If the base fractures, Donald Trump is doomed. So far, while a string of elites and vulnerable incumbents in blue states have defected, the grassroots… Source: The Daily 202: Why some Republican politicians are really coming out against Trump – The Washington Post Read More »

Turkey: Headless Military, Confused Foreign Policy

Originally published under the title “Coup-Weary Turkey: Directionless and Insecure.” Turkey once boasted of having NATO’s second biggest army, equipped with state-of-the-art weapons systems. That powerful army now lacks command: After the failed coup of… Source: Turkey: Headless Military, Confused Foreign Policy :: Middle East Forum Read More »

I won’t be giving my name to census: Xenophon

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Senate crossbencher Nick Xenophon will defy the requirement to provide his name when he fills out Tuesday’s census. With controversy surrounding the extension of the retention of names from 18 months to four years, Xenophon wants to prompt a test case on the validity of the requirement. He faces prosecution and a cumulative fine of A$180 a… Source: I won’t be giving my name to census: Xenophon Read More »

Turkey’s purge marks endgame in Islamist civil war

ISTANBUL — Last month’s failed coup brought into relief a bitter struggle at the heart of Turkish politics. By Ishaan Tharoor From his humble childhood in a working-class neighborhood of Istanbul, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has steadily transformed the… Source: Turkey’s purge marks endgame in Islamist civil war – The Washington Post Read More »

Stephen Collins: Ireland not immune to virus that spawned Donald Trump’s success

Irish voters are also no longer won over by facts; instead emotion carries all before it.. Stephen Collins The emergence of Donald Trump as a serious candidate for the American presidency and the decision of the British… Source: Stephen Collins: Ireland not immune to virus that spawned Donald Trump’s success  Read More »

America and Britain: Three Priorities for Boris Johnson and John Kerry

This is a chance to revive the special relationship.. Luke Coffey In June 17.4 million Brits voted to leave the European Union. It was the single largest political mandate the British public has ever delivered. The United Kingdom is only now entering the beginning stages of actually leaving the EU — a process that will take at least two years according to the… Source: America and Britain: Three Priorities for Boris Johnson and John Kerry | The National Interest Read More »

Slow-motion Coup in Venezuela?

Nicolás Maduro was elected president of Venezuela in April 2013 by a narrow margin. His term is due to end in January 2019, unless the opposition Democratic Unity (MUD) alliance can force a recall referendum this year – and win it. But does President Maduro really run the country?… Source: Slow-motion Coup in Venezuela? | International Crisis Group Read More »

China Should Push for American-Style Hegemony

Bullying won’t get Beijing to the top. Taking over responsibility will.. Steven Kopits On July 12, China lost the UNCLOS decision regarding its territorial claims in the South China Sea… Source: China Should Push for American-Style Hegemony | The National Interest Read More »

Q&A with international peacemaker José Ramos-Horta

At the forefront of Timor-Leste’s fight for independence, José Ramos-Horta remains an active figure in world politics. He shares his thoughts on Kevin Rudd, hypocrisy over maritime borders and making another bid for the Timorese presidency… Source: Q&A with international peacemaker José Ramos-Horta | The Saturday Paper Read More »

Myanmar’s New Government: Finding Its Feet?

The first four months of Myanmar’s democratic government have set a positive tone. But de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi needs to find ways to bring peace with ethnic insurgents closer, rebalance relations with China, and overcome deeply ingrained problems in Rakhine State… Source: Myanmar’s New Government: Finding Its Feet? | International Crisis Group Read More »

The Other People Opposed To Kevin Rudd’s UN Bid

Feeling bad for Kevin Rudd? The men held on Manus Island aren’t too worried that Rudd’s last shot at glory has gone down in flames, writes Max Chalmers. For perhaps the first time, and almost certainly the last time, Eric Abetz and the people detained on Manus Island agree on… Source: The Other People Opposed To Kevin Rudd’s UN Bid – New Matilda Read More »

Pope Francis walks alone through horrors of Auschwitz

OSWIECIM, Poland Pope Francis on July 29 walked alone through the notorious wrought-iron “Arbeit Macht Frei” gate as he visited the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. Free for once of his security entourage or cardinals, he sat on a bench among the trees and bowed his head in prayer, remaining at length in silent contemplation before meeting Holocaust survivors… Source: Pope Francis walks alone through horrors of Auschwitz – EUROPE Read More »

Grattan on Friday: Turnbull should move to add justice to Closing the Gap targets

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When he became prime minister Tony Abbott brought the Indigenous affairs portfolio under the umbrella of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C). It was a mark of the priority he said he wanted to give the area. It’s questionable how well the bureaucratic reshuffling has worked. Certainly not well enough, it seems, for a red flag to be raised when the… Source: Grattan on Friday: Turnbull should move to add justice to Closing the Gap targets Read More »

Normandy attack: France aims to prevent ‘war of religions’

François Hollande to meet faith leaders after murder of priest by Islamic State supporters.. Lara Marlowe Paris Correspondent President François Hollande will meet leaders of all French religious communities this morning in the hope of preventing a war of religion after… Source: Normandy attack: France aims to prevent ‘war of religions’ Read More »