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Counter-terrorism Pitfalls: What the U.S. Fight against ISIS and al-Qaeda Should Avoid

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This report examines President Trump’s emerging counter-terrorism policies, the dilemmas his administration faces in battling ISIS and al-Qaeda across the Middle East and South Asia, and how… ICG Executive Summary In pledging to destroy the Islamic State (ISIS), U.S. President Donald J. Trump looks set… His administration’s determination… Counter-terrorism Pitfalls… Read More »

A tale of two economic crises foretold

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Nowadays, American and European policymakers seem to have very different views on many economic policy issues. Desmond Lachman AEI However, it would seem that they do share one thing in common. They both have… A tale of… Read More »

Japan: Open Letter to the U.S.

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In return for abolishing the Japanese military, the United States guaranteed peace and stability in Japan, Korea and, to a lesser degree, in various areas of the Pacific, in place of a not-yet-functioning United Nations. Amir George Gatestone Institute A new U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, perhaps unintentionally suggested upsetting this arrangement, which has worked so well for so many years. According to reports, Tillerson “refused to rule out increased weaponization… Japan: Open Letter… Read More »

How Germany’s Merkel Can Lead the West

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Donald Trump’s presidential election was a shot heard around the world. Dictators cheered the defeat of Hillary Clinton, and democracies—in particular American allies—grew gravely concerned. Jeffrey Stacey The National Interest The entire liberal international order now appears to be at risk, with nativism and populism still on the march. Although conventional wisdom suggests the East is rising and the West is fading, now with more pivotal elections… How Germany’s Merkel… Read More »

Tough health choices

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The GOP’s efforts to destroy healthcare for millions has hit a snag: the need to win… Markos Moulitsas The Hill After years of futility, Republicans finally unveiled a program that would eliminate health insurance for… The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that 24 million people would face life-threatening cuts to health insurance over the… Tough health… Read More »

The Iraq War and its catastrophic consequences

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Sold to the public by Bush and Blair and their neocon allies in the media as a war that would make us safer, the illegal invasion of Iraq launched fourteen years ago this week did the exact opposite. Neil Clark RT Toast the ouster of a cigar-smoking Sound of Music-loving secular dictator if you like, but the world (and not just the Middle East) was undoubtedly a far less dangerous place on March 19, 2003, than it is today. A ... Read More »

The futility of secrets in the age of technology

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The latest CIA leak proves that state actors no longer get to decide who can be privy to information stamped ‘secret’. Andrew Mitrovica Al Jazeera News One of the jobs of so-called intelligence officers is to collect and carefully consider the facts and to offer sound, sober advice, devoid of hyperbole. This is the… The futility of… Read More »

The Media’s Cheery Ignorance about Islam’s Hostile Ideology

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It is not the president who is spreading the idea that “Islam is an inherently hostile ideology,” that “Muslims are enemies of Christians and Jews” and that “Muslims have always had a comprehensive, actionable, and jihadist plan to take over” — but rather the Quran itself. A. Z. Mohamed Gatestone Institute In other words: Islam does not recognize Judaism or Christianity as religions. Muslims are enemies… The Media’s Cheery… Read More »

What would happen if Washington gave up on the jihad?

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President Trump’s desire to fight Daesh and to put an end to international terrorism is going to be extremely difficult to implement. Thierry Meyssan Voltaire Indeed, it will cause damage to the states who organised it, and implies a reorientation of international politics. The new President… What would happen… Read More »

Is The Democratic Party Going Extinct?

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Today’s Democratic Party is hollowing itself out to progressive ideology—and leaving moderate and historically liberal voters behind. Dominic Lynch The Federalist Donald Trump’s populist victory has turned conventional political wisdom on its head. Going into the… Is The Democratic… Read More »

The G20: a necessary evil that can deliver some benefits

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Surprisingly there is one issue on which US President Donald Trump and his many progressive critics around the world could find common ground. Danny Bradlow The Conversation While their reasons will differ, they all question whether the current arrangements for global economic governance remain fit for purpose. For years, politicians… The G20: a… Read More »

NATO logic: British troops in Estonia, good. Russian soldiers in Russia, bad

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Supporters of NATO believe American, British and German soldiers being sent to Russia’s borders is “defensive.” But the Kremlin’s counter moves are aggressive. Bryan MacDonald RT This delusion could be dangerous. George Bernard Shaw… NATO logic: British… Read More »

In Donald Trump’s fantasy world, hints of reality are dawning

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From the travel ban to healthcare to Nato funding, the president is realising that there are limits to the power of his… Matthew d’Ancona The Guardian The great philosopher-novelist Umberto Eco once declared that we will always come up against “the hard core of Being” and the “lines of resistance” that tell us when we are talking rubbish, or… In Donald Trump’s…  Read More »

Spreading racism only helps extremists

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While the majority of people in the world do not know anything about Dutch politicians, parties or general politics, the recent election pitting far-right politician Geert Wilders, running on an anti-immigration ticket, against… Abdulrahman Al-Rashed Arab News It was no secret that racists were expected to win the election, but they were defeated. In the Arab… Spreading racism only… Read More »

The Other Women’s Movement

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They voted for Donald Trump. Cathy Young Foreign Policy Their European sisters are supporting nationalist movements of their own. And they’re not… The Other Women’s… Read More »

Why Young People of Color Are Central To ‘Raising The Age’ Debates

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Earlier this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York attended an event at a Manhattan synagogue in which he sharply criticized the city for not closing Rikers Island, the city’s notorious jail. Gene Demby npr “Kids are literally dying because of the policy we have today,” Cuomo told the assembled crowd. “These are poor… Why Young People… Read More »