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Why Ankara’s honeymoon with Trump may be short-lived

A man walks past the Trump Towers building in Istanbul on July 30, 2015. US billionaire Donald Trump handily leads all fellow Republicans in the 2016 presidential race, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats trump him in head-to-head matchups, a poll said July 30. AFP PHOTO/ OZAN KOSE        (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey has increased pressure on Washington in recent weeks, as President-elect Donald Trump has been preparing to be sworn in, by openly renouncing the outgoing Obama administration and signaling to the new administration what its conditions for improved ties with the United States will be. Semih Idiz Al Monitor Ankara clearly expects the Trump administration to place the rapidly deteriorating relationship between the two countries on a smoother trajectory. Remarks by Rex Tillerson… Why Ankara’s honeymoon with… Read More »

Barack Obama transfers $500m to Green Climate Fund in attempt to protect Paris deal

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New instalment leaves $2bn owing, with Donald Trump expected to cease any further payments Michael Slezak The Guardian Barack Obama has heeded calls to help secure the future of the historic Paris agreement by transferring a second $500m instalment to the Green Climate Fund, just three… Barack Obama transfers… Read More »

‘He Is Going to Test Our Democracy as It Has Never Been Tested’

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Why Nixon’s former lawyer John Dean worries Trump could be one of the most corrupt presidents ever—and get away with… McKay Coppins The Atlantic Sometime early last fall, John Dean says he began having nightmares about a Trump presidency. He would wake in the middle of the… * ‘He Is Going… Read More »

Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence commuted by Barack Obama

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The whistleblower, who has been imprisoned for six years for leaking state secrets, is now set to go free on 17 May Ed Pilkington in New York and David Smith and Lauren Gambino in Washington The Guardian Chelsea Manning, the US army soldier who became one of the most prominent whistleblowers of modern times when she exposed the… Chelsea Manning’s prison… Read More »

The Legitimate President

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The evidence is… Courts must use the broad discretionary powers with which they are vested to enjoin Donald Trump, an illegitimate president, from taking… The Huffington Post On Friday, a prominent Democrat on Capitol Hill finally said… “I don’t see this president-elect as a… The Legitimate… Read More »

Secret Service, Agents Settle Over Racial Discrimination Allegations

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A long-running lawsuit accusing the Secret Service of discriminating against black agents appears to be coming to an end without a trial. Camila Domonoske npr The Department of Homeland Security, the Secret Service and more than 100 agents have reached a settlement agreement, the department says. A court still needs to… Secret Service, Agents Settle Over… Read More »

The difference between right and left-wing populism

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Right-wing populism evokes fear, left-wing populism – hope. Santiago Zabala Al Jazeera News We will remember 2016 not only for the return of populism throughout the West, but also for the blindness of those who could not see the difference between right-wing and leftist populism. This distinction is vital… The difference between right… Read More »

How The Right Can Bridge The Journalism Gap Now That Clinton’s Loss Changed The Culture Wars

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Hillary Clinton’s loss changed the media and culture wars. Leslie Loftis The Federalist Conservatives need to realize this, stop being defensive and clickbaity, and get back into real journalism. The culture wars have fundamentally How The Right Can Bridge The… Read More »

Who is hungrier — Trump or China?

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(CNN)We all now recognize that 2016 was a highly unusual year. Kerry Brown CNN Political events that we are witnessing today seemed simply impossible 12 months ago. One of the less noted shifts in… Who is hungrier — Trump or… Read More »

Australia joining US in openly trashing global climate efforts

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Sometimes truth is stranger than… Here we are – Donald Trump is about to become the 45th president of the United States and we have to prepare for the… Bill McKibben The Sydney Morning Herald It beggars belief that in 2016 an outright climate change denier could rise to the highest office in the US, dragging with him a… Australia joining US… Read More »

Goodbye, Barack Obama; Hello, Israel

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With Obama’s departure, Israel loses a friend but gains an opportunity. Shai Feldman and Amos Harel The National Interest   Addressing the delegates to the AIPAC National Conference on March 21, 2016, then candidate for president Donald Trump asserted that President Barack Obama “may be the worst thing to ever happen to Israel, believe me, believe… Goodbye, Barack Obama… Read More »

America Must Rethink Its Assumptions about Russia

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From energy and politics to Syria and Ukraine. Nikolas K. Gvosdev The National Interest I rarely find myself nodding in full agreement with Masha Gessen’s writings, but her critique of the deficiencies of the U.S. analytic community in terms of the inquiries into Moscow’s efforts to sway the 2016 American elections is… America Must Rethink Its… Read More »

John Pilger: The Issue Is Not Donald Trump. It Is Us.

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Donald Trump. for all his flaws, is not Barack Obama, an American president who has set new lows in foreign slaughter and the transfer of wealth from the poor to the mega-rich, writes John Pilger. John Pilger New Matilda On the day President Trump is inaugurated, thousands of writers in the United States will express their indignation. “In order for us to heal and… John Pilger: The Issue Is Not… Read More »

Yes, he did. Obama lifted the racial limits for all Americans

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Despite entrenched Republican opposition he governed with dignity and competence. Jesse Jackson The Guardian History will judge him a success From an Illinois state senator to… Yes, he did. Obama lifted the… Read More »

Report warns Trump against scrapping Iran nuclear deal

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Ending the agreement would lead to ‘unfathomable consequences’ throughout the region, International Crisis Group… Megan O’Toole Al Jazeera Should the Iran nuclear deal fall apart, the consequences for the Middle East region would be “unfathomable”, according to a new report from the International… Report warns Trump… Read More »

Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books

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Not since Lincoln has there been a president as fundamentally shaped — in his life, convictions and outlook on the world — by reading and writing as Barack… MICHIKO KAKUTANI The New York Times Last Friday, seven days before his departure from the White House, Mr. Obama sat down in the Oval Office and talked about the… Obama’s Secret to… Read More »