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Europe’s slow rot

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Threats to the EU and liberal democracy are developing in mundane, not dramatic, fashion. Dalibor Rohac AEI After everything that Europeans saw last year – the Brexit vote, the attack in Nice, the coup in Turkey and the Italian referendum – the default expectation is that Europe will again be in a firefighting mode in 2017. However, the expectation of… Europe’s slow… Read More »

Cyprus, the endgame

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A deal to reunify Cyprus would give the EU a win it desperately needs. Sara Stefanini Politico It’s make-or-break week for Greek and Turkish Cypriots, as their leaders enter the toughest stretch yet of negotiations to reunify the long-divided island. It’s a make-or-break… Cyprus, the… Read More »

Small hands big missiles: Trump’s dangerous adolescence

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What happens when two teenage leaders get access to nuclear weapons? Marwan Bishara The Guardian When people, notably women, say “men are boys with more expensive toys”, they mean cars, boats or golf clubs. Not a university, a foundation or… Small hands big missiles… Read More »

Turkey caught in a vicious Syrian circle bringing terror and war at home

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The Turkish government, under the iron hand of the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, felt obliged to further challenge the Americans in the troubled region of the Middle East this past week. Dennis Kefalakos European Sting Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak and Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin questioned the… Turkey caught in… Read More »

Beijing pollution: Police force to combat toxic smog

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A new team of environmental police will try to reduce hazardous levels of toxic smog engulfing Beijing, the city’s acting mayor has said. BBC The police will look for local sources of air pollution, including open-air barbeques and dusty roads, Cai Qi says, according… Beijing pollution: Police… Read More »

The Sea Where The Sun Rises

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How Japan plans to keep its seas open and free­, with more than just American help Sheila A. Smith Outlook As an island nation, the sea defines Japanese identity. For centuries, the sea separated those who lived on the main four islands from those who lived in the thousands of smaller islands that make up the… The Sea Where… Read More »

Turkey’s collapse has been years in the making

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Washington: An exotic country goes up in flames and the world turns elsewhere for an alternate holiday destination. Paul McGeough  The Courier But in researching the chaos of our times, historians likely will keep coming back to Turkey, to pick apart an explosive collision of destructive forces, in… Turkey’s collapse has… Read More »

Vietnam: The War That Killed Trust

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The legacy of the war still shapes America, even if most of us are too young to remember it. Karl Marlantes The New York Times In the early spring of 1967, I was in the middle of a heated 2 a.m. hallway discussion with fellow students at Yale about the Vietnam War. I was from a… Vietnam: The War… Read More »

Lebanon set to join East Mediterranean race for oil and gas

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Lebanon will auction energy-development rights to five offshore areas and adopt production-sharing contracts to attract international investors as the tiny country seeks to join a regional race to tap oil and gas wealth in the… Written by Bloomberg Energy Voice The government may qualify more bidders for its… Lebanon set to… Read More »

The Ottoman Empire and Libertarianism

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Every so often libertarians ask, in a speculative mode, whether the re-establishment of the Ottoman Empire would not be a formula for peace in the troubled Middle East. Notes On Liberty The question is interesting on several counts, one of which is that the regions affected by the… The Ottoman Empire… Read More »

Why Russia, Turkey and Iran are natural allies

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­ The ceasefire in Syria brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran has opened the way to peace talks in Kazakhstan between the Syrian government and opposition. Adrian Campbell The Conversation The Kazakh president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, will play peacemaker and the timing of the… Why Russia, Turkey… Read More »

Russia starts scaling down Syria military deployment

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Russia’s military on Jan. 6 said it has begun scaling back its deployment to Syria, with Moscow’s sole aircraft carrier ordered to leave the conflict zone first. Hurriyet MOSCOW – Agence France–Presse “In accordance with the decision of the supreme commander of the Russian armed forces Vladimir Putin, the… Russia starts scaling… Read More »

Russian subversion of Western democracies is old news

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The media hullabaloo notwithstanding, the alleged “revelations” about the Russian hacking of the US presidential election have revealed precious little that is substantively new. Leon Aron AEI Which is precisely why we should be concerned. The hacking of the DNC was… Russian subversion of… Read More »

Why Iran Wants So Many Ballistic Missiles

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Iran and the West both see a terrifying threat on the other side. Farhad Rezaei The National Interest Unlike Iran’s nuclear program, the country’s arsenal of ballistic missiles has received only scant scholarly attention. At best… Why Iran Wants… Read More »

New Year message from Kim Jong-un: Same old, same old

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Kim Jong-un made scant mention of grandfather Kim Il-sung and father Kim Jong-il. Bradley K. Martin Asia Times He didn’t need to — he just repeated their economic policies. Some foreign commentators… New Year message from… Read More »

Why most rapes go unreported in India

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The woman whose humiliation was captured on video in Bangalore over the New Year is not alone in fearing retaliation and further indignity Anusha Venkat Asia Times After New Year’s Eve turned out to be a night of shame for Bangalore, India’s IT capital, as girls who had gathered on MG Road to welcome 2017 were reportedly groped en masse, politicians were quick to put the blame squarely on… Why most rapes go… Read More »