Europe

Flynn, Russia and the World of Conspiracy Thinking

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Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has a well deserved reputation for conspiracy thinking. Melvin Goodman CounterPunch Presumably he will assume that the U.S. intelligence community, including the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the.. Ironically, the Kremlin, which has lived historically in a… Flynn, Russia and… Read More »

Defense Secretary Mattis issues new ultimatum to NATO allies on defense spending

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BRUSSELS — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis issued an ultimatum Wednesday to allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, warning that if they do not boost their defense spending to goals set by the… Dan Lamothe and Michael Birnbaum The Washington Post “I owe it to you all to give you clarity on the political reality in the United States and to state the… Defense Secretary Mattis… Read More »

Rembrandt drawing ‘hidden’ in museum for 250 years found

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Known as “the Braunschweig terrier,” the image is believed to date from around 1637; it has been in the museum’s collection since 1770. Judith Vonberg CNN Professor Thomas Doring, the museum’s curator of prints and drawings, was first alerted to the error two years ago while cataloging the museum’s 10,000 drawings for a digital archive. “It’s been on… Rembrandt drawing ‘hidden… Read More »

My generation fought for equality and security. But that spirit seems lost now

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Brexit Britain is stumbling blindly into separation from a stable community – and social injustice is on the rise. Franklin Medhurst The Guardian We need to rediscover what’s important to us There are alive… My generation fought… Read More »

Wolves in nationalist clothing

Steve Bannon, appointed chief strategist and senior counselor to President-elect Donald Trump, arrives for the Presidential Inauguration of Trump at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 20, 2017. / AFP / POOL / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s time to unmask the so-called champions of the ‘left behind.’ Peter Pomeratsev Politico LONDON — Nationalists versus globalists. Traditionalists versus multiculturalists… Wolves in nationalist… Read More »

The Iron Lady’s Centurions

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THERE ARE memoirs that pose as histories and histories that pose as memoirs. Aram Bakshian Jr. The National Interest Peter Stothard’s The Senecans is a bit of both and a little of neither. Most of the… The Iron Lady’s… Read More »

Greece displays ‘7,000-year-old archaeological enigma’

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A statuette which Greek archaeologists are calling a “7,000-year-old enigma” has gone on show in the National Archaeological Museum in… BBC The bird-like object was carved from granite – without the benefit of metal tools, as it dates from the Final Neolithic… The 36cm (14in) statuette has a pointed nose, round belly and… Greece displays ‘7,000… Read More »

Women in public life are now being openly bullied. How has this become normal?

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Diane Abbott isn’t the only female MP enduring more sexist and racist abuse than usual – and it seems to be completely accepted Suzanne Moore The Guardian Those of us in the UK are thankful that we don’t live in the land of the pussy grabber-in-chief, but in the land of his handmaiden. Theresa May, she… Women in public… Read More »

Calling ‘Islamophobia’ what it is: Anti-Muslim

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As anti-Muslim tendencies in the Western world continue to worsen, calling the situation Islamophobia no longer suffices as it fails to emphasize or define the alarming severity of the situation correctly Ibrahim Altay Daily Sabah In her book “On the Muslim Question,” Professor Anne Norton says that the Jewish question shaped the 19th century and that now the Muslim question has replaced it in our century. The book most… Calling ‘Islamophobia’ what… Read More »

US must understand that Greek default could lead to global crisis

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One has to hope that the new administration is not complacent about the latest episode in Greece’s ongoing economic crisis. Desmond Lachman AEI Unlike earlier episodes, there is every reason to think that this episode will not easily be resolved. There is also… US must understand… Read More »

Cyprus: an island divided

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Cyprus, the disputed island in Eastern Medit­erranean, has been inhabited since 9000 BC, and in its troubled recent history — as well as in its beauty — it has much in common with… Irfan Husain Dawn Both have been partitioned, with religion and nationalism featuring in the dispute. The baggage of history weighs heavily for both, and two bigger players call the… Cyprus has been populated since 9,000 BC, and… Cyprus: an island… Read More »

When a doctor’s right to choose trumps a woman’s right to choose

TOPSHOT - A woman with rosary beads around her head attends the anti-government, pro-abortion demonstration in front of Polish Pariament in Warsaw, Poland on October 1, 2016. / AFP / WOJTEK RADWANSKI        (Photo credit should read WOJTEK RADWANSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

In Italy, conscientious objectors make it difficult to have an abortion. Giulia Paravicini Politico On the books, abortion in Italy is legal. In practice, it is out of reach for many women. An unprecedented wave… When a doctor’s… Read More »

Can the EU Stop Yet Another Greek Debt Crisis?

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Greek and EU leaders have to balance political reality and economic necessity. Scott B. MacDonald The National Interest At a European Union finance ministers’ meeting scheduled for February 20, Greece needs its creditors to release a €10.3 billion tranche from its 2015 bailout agreement. This is necessary… Can the EU… Read More »

Why big data may be having a big effect on how our politics plays out

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The first week of parliament for the new year was a noisy one. Louise Crabtree The Conversation Cory Bernardi’s decision to leave the Liberal Party has created a flurry of speculation about whether this is the “splitting” of the political right or an indication of the end of business-as-usual politics. There is much of… Why big data… Read More »

Why NATO needs a European pillar

OBERVIECHTACH, GERMANY - JANUARY 19:  Soldiers of armored infantry battalion Panzergrenadierbataillon 122 of the Bundeswehr, the German armed forces, attend a ceremony to mark their pending deployment to Lithuania on January 19, 2017 in Oberviechtach, Germany. A total of 450 soldiers from the unit as well as armored equipment that includes Marder light tanks will begin deploying at the end of January as part of the NATO mission "Enhanced Forward Presence" to strengthen the defensive capabilities of the three Baltic states.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

If Europe tries to protect the alliance only by ‘buying’ American commitment through increased defense spending, it will fail. Jean-Marie Guehenno Politico Europeans have every reason to worry about U.S. President Donald Trump. He has declared… Why NATO needs… Read More »

The sultanate of women: exploring female roles in perpetrating and preventing violent extremism

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This paper examines the appeal of Islamic State (IS) to Western women and explores how women can be employed in countering violent extremism (CVE) structures to prevent further involvement. Sofia Patel Australian Policy Online It aims to deliver a comprehensive analysis for academics, policymakers and practitioners working in CVE program and policy design and implementation in order to bridge the gap between community development work and… The sultanate of… Read More »