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Guéhenno to Trump: You Cannot ‘just crush’ ISIS

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Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Crisis Group’s President and CEO, speaks to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour about the international challenges that are likely to persist in 2017 and the growing need for robust international structures to meet the… ICG In a broad discussion with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, the… Guéhenno to Trump… Read More »

Erdogan’s Turkey is no ally of the United States.

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Among Donald Trump’s odd fixations are foreign strongmen. They are a reality and must be dealt with. Doug Bandow The American Spectator Sometimes they can and do aid U.S. policy. But just because they are quick to toss opponents into jail doesn’t mean that they necessarily are the sort of decisive leaders Washington should back. On Election… Erdogan’s Turkey is… Read More »

The Absence Of Silence: Poetry In The Age Of Trump

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Art is dying. But don’t point to the academic whose guild churns out self-ref/verential drivel. Joseph McBirnie The Daily Caller Ignore the publishers pumping said drivel into the oxygen tank. And don’t blame the… The Absence Of… Read More »

The Canada experiment: is this the world’s first ‘postnational’ country?

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When Justin Trudeau said ‘there is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada’, he was articulating a uniquely Canadian philosophy that some find bewildering, even reckless – but could represent a radical new model of nationhood Charles Foran The Guardian As 2017 begins, Canada may be the last immigrant nation left standing. Our government believes in the value of immigration, as does the majority of the population. We took in an estimated… The Canada experiment: is… Read More »

Could an Embassy in Jerusalem Bring Us Closer to Peace?

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As President-elect Donald J. Trump prepares to assume office, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been forced onto his agenda by President Obama’s decision to have the United States abstain on United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, which condemned Israeli settlements. Martin Indyk The New York Times Mr. Trump has repeatedly declared his desire to make peace between Israelis and Palestinians, saying he viewed it as the “ultimate deal.” But he has also pledged to… Could an Embassy in… Read More »

Mexico’s 500-year jungle dwellers

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The Lacandon Maya lived deep in the jungles of southern Mexico with limited outside contact until the turn of the 20th Century, when loggers and missionaries began to arrive. Susannah Rigg BBC News I first met Daniel Chankin in the highland town of San Cristobal de las Casas in the Mexican state of Chiapas. Daniel, a Lacandon Maya who… Mexico’s 500-year jungle dwellers Read More »

If Trump overrules nuclear deal, Iran may turn to ISIS

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With Rouhani’s government the best hope for stability, the incoming US administration should think twice about tearing up the JCPOA agreement Farhad Rezaei Asia Times President-elect Donald Trump seems likely to introduce a sea change in American foreign policy. Short on specifics If Trump overrules… Read More »

A swing and a miss on climate for Patrick Brown: Paul Wells

Climate Change - The Star

There is a vestigial sense of responsibility in Patrick Brown, or an unhealthy fondness for sucking and blowing at the same time, that made him promise he’d reduce carbon emissions, too. Paul Wells The Star Happy New Year, Patrick Brown. The Ontario Conservative leader… A swing and a miss on… Read More »

Removing barriers to medical innovation

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Enormous improvements in human health have taken place over the last half-century. Americans live, on average, a decade longer. Thomas Peter Stossel AEI The most prevalent cause of mortality in the United States — cardiovascular disease, which causes heart attacks and strokes — has decreased by over 50%. Cancer, the number-two cause… Removing barriers to… Read More »

Let’s Make Capitalism Cool Again

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Inside Barack Obama’s rhetoric of “income inequality” and “attack the rich,” used mainly to sway envy-driven, simple minds, was always a dangerous subtext: Capitalism and entrepreneurs are bad. Ron Hart The Daily Caller Trump needs to get us back to our capitalist roots, cut government, and start running government  like a business. Now only 3.6% of… Let’s Make Capitalism… Read More »

Insecurity is cash cow for Europe’s defense firms

Ukrainian servicemen fire with howitzer during a military exercise near eastern the Ukrainian city of Mariupol on September 22, 2015. NATO's General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg on September 21 started a two-day visit to Ukraine, his first trip to the crisis-hit nation, in a show of support for Ukraine's pro-Western government. Ex-Soviet Ukraine says it wants to join the US-led security bloc but NATO has been lukewarm on the proposal. AFP PHOTO / SERGEY VOLSKIY        (Photo credit should read SERGEY VOLSKIY/AFP/Getty Images)

Concerns about Trump, terrorism and tensions with Russia are driving EU defense spending. Harry Cooper Politico After a decade of slashing defense budgets, European leaders are about to start investing significantly more in arms, citing “a challenging geopolitical environment.” A resurgent Russia… Insecurity is cash… Read More »

How can the US regain its mojo on R&D?

Innovation - Asia Times

In the first of a three-part series looking at innovation in the US economy on the cusp of a new era, Orla O’Sullivan asks whether the government ought to do more Orla O’Sullivan Asia Times While the US has never spent more on research and development, the government’s share has never been less. That’s a risky… How can the US… Read More »

The problems with ‘repeal and delay’

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Republican leaders in Congress and the incoming Trump administration have said that they plan to move quickly to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the early weeks of 2017, with a delay in the date of when key aspects of the repeal would become effective until perhaps 2019 or 2020. Joseph Antos and James C. Capretta AEI This is the so-called “repeal and delay” option. They have also… The problems with… Read More »

Political Islamists brace for Trump era

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump talks to members of the media as retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn stands next to him at Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., December 21, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria - RTX2W2D8

Donald Trump’s election has sent shock waves throughout the loosely knit community of religious-minded Muslims working to gain political power through democratic means. Julian Pecquet Al Monitor From Washington to London to Istanbul, the broad spectrum of so-called political Islamists are bracing for what many fear is a becoming witch hunt that threatens to undo the few gains they were able to secure post-Arab Spring. For the past… Political Islamists brace… Read More »

The media’s hypocrisy and hyperventilating in the age of Trump

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Facts are stubborn things. Joe Scarborough The Washington Post Unfortunately in the age of Twitter journalism, too many reporters find such details to be both onerous and optional. This past week… The media’s hypocrisy… Read More »

12 people who will (likely) ruin 2017

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A dozen characters who will make you want to stay in bed — with the covers pulled firmly over your trembling head. Politico Tunku Varadarajan Europe has endured major angst these last 12 months, and many would say that the year 2016 was among the Continent’s most unlovely since the Balkan civil war. As we tiptoe into… 12 people who… Read More »