Leadership

Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War: a 2400-year-old text that explains Trump

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Forget modern dystopian novels. Greek history offers a far better guide to today’s US… Mark Thomas The Age Donald Trump has provoked an unlikely boom in a few market niches: for the makers of red baseball caps, among late-night comedians, and for those who own the royalties to dystopian… George Orwell’s 1984 has… Thucydides’ History of… 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 »

“Leadership Isn’t About Being Great, It’s About Enabling Others To Be Great”​

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As I sipped on my tea at a mentoring session last week, a long term colleague and friend posed a question: “How Can I Be A Great… David McQueen LinkedIn I gave the question some more thought – with seven words he had really got my mind… I finally responded: “Leadership isn’t about being great. It’s about enabling others to be… I’ve since had the… “Leadership Isn’t… 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 »

From Kissinger’s Playbook: Flynn is Gone, His Russia Policy Lives On

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Amid demonstrations against his first choice, President Donald Trump named Lieutenant General Herbert McMaster, whose book claiming the US was too soft on Vietnam is now required reading for US officers, as… Dan Glazebrook CounterPunch McMaster’s appointment came after Michael Flynn, Trump’s original choice, was forced to resign earlier this month after it… From Kissinger’s Playbook… Read More »

Erdogan Exploits Islam For Personal And Political Gain

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Anyone who follows Turkish President Erdogan’s political career cannot escape the conclusion that he has carefully and systematically crafted policies framed in Islamic… Alon Ben-Meir Institute He uses religion to present himself and his political agenda as if it is being sanctioned by a higher authority, surreptitiously uses Islamic symbols to indoctrinate the… Erdogan Exploits Islam… Read More »

Oprah Winfrey for president? ‘Now I’m thinking’

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Oprah Winfrey is not ruling out a presidential run in the wake of Donald Trump’s capture of the White… BBC She told Bloomberg Television Mr Trump’s election despite his political inexperience has made her rethink her own credentials for the Oval… The 63-year-old US talk show doyenne, who… Oprah Winfrey for… Read More »

Trump and the Generals

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The president says he wants to “win.” What does that mean? In the past month, Trump has met with four of the… Kevin Baron The Atlantic So far, he’s ignoring a lot of their advice.On the budget, on how to counter radical Islamic extremism, and… Trump and the… Read More »

The Clinton system to discredit Donald Trump

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This article is a warning – in November 2016, a vast system of agitation and propaganda was set up in order to destroy the reputation and the authority of President Donald Trump as soon as he arrived in the White House. Thierry Meyssan Voltaire It is the first time that such a campaign has been scientifically organised against a President of the United States, and with such resources. Yes, we are indeed… The Clinton system… Read More »

White House accused of blocking information on bank’s Trump-Russia links

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New commerce secretary Wilbur Ross’s response about possible links between Bank of Cyprus, Russian agents and Trump officials wasn’t released to Senate Stephanie Kirchgaessner The Guardian The White House has been accused of withholding information from Congress about whether Donald Trump or any of his campaign affiliates have ever… White House accused… Read More »

Opposition leader detained in Kyrgyzstan

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A veteran opposition leader in Kyrgyzstan was arrested on corruption charges, security services said yesterday, as political tensions mount in the Central Asian country ahead of a November presidential… Hurriyet BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan – Agence France-Presse The State Committee for National Security (GKNB) said Omurbek Tekebayev, who leads the nominally socialist Ata-Meken party, was detained yesterday after landing at the country’s… Opposition leader detained… Read More »

US Governors to Focus on Child Hunger, Infrastructure Efforts

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A national gathering of U.S. state leaders continues Sunday in Washington, with a focus on child hunger and infrastructure efforts. VoA The annual National Governors Association (NGA) meeting follows President Donald Trump’s recent orders to get tougher on the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the… US Governors to… Read More »

Calling Secretary Tillerson

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When Rex Tillerson showed up for his first day of work at the State Department earlier this month, he moved quickly to allay the concerns of diplomats and others alarmed by President Trump’s security policies and… THE EDITORIAL BOARD  The New York Times Addressing a crowd in the department lobby, the new secretary of state spoke of his “high regard” for the… Mr. Tillerson generated good will… Calling Secretary… Read More »

The truth about refugees in Sweden

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It was the early 1990s. I was prime minister of Sweden and near Christmas I was visiting our soldiers serving with the United Nations peacekeeping operation in Croatia Carl Bildt * The Washington Post War was raging in Bosnia, and so I ventured down to the bridge on the border between the two countries. Bus after bus with desperate refugees was crossing over. The ethnic cleansing of western Bosnia was in its final stages. At home we struggled with both ... Read More »

Will this woman become Iran’s first female president?

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Iran may see its first female presidential candidate in the May 19 elections. Saeid Jafari Al Monitor After a period of silence, Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi, the Islamic Republic’s first and only female minister, has in recent days and weeks made headlines once again. Dastjerdi headed the… Will this woman… Read More »

Germany’s center-left takes poll lead for first time in decade

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SPD surge follows pick of former European Parliament president Schulz as its candidate. BJARKE SMITH-MEYER Politico Germany’s Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) have slumped to second place in an opinion poll conducted by the Emnid institute, putting the Social Democrats (SPD) in the top spot for the… The SPD’s climb comes after the… Germany’s center-left… Read More »