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A dangerous protectionism decision

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Economic administrators for G20 countries who gathered in Germany last week have failed to make a significant decision. Cemil Ertem Daily Sabah However, even strategic issues that are not cited in decisive texts in such periods can tell us current trends. Protectionism has become… A dangerous protectionism… Read More »

We are all chained to policies that are toxic and inhuman. History will judge us

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In this foreword to They Cannot Take the Sky – Stories of Detention, Christos Tsiolkas writes of the destructive national debate about asylum… Christos Tsiolkas The Guardian We read for pleasure and we read for knowledge. And there are some books we read because we must, for in not reading them we are in danger of not understanding our world and… We are all… Read More »

Decoding the music masterpieces: Bach’s The Art of Fugue

Bach - The Conversation

In the last decade of his life, from 1740 to 1750, Johann Sebastian Bach abandoned the furious pace of composition he had maintained for over 30 years and concentrated his creative energies largely on the composition of just six works. Daniel Herscovitch The Conversation They were the second volume of The Well-Tempered Clavier, the Goldberg Variations, the Canonic Variations on Vom Himmel Hoch, The Musical Offering, the B Minor Mass and finally, The Art of Fugue. In these six… Decoding ... Read More »

Ethnic minority and legal groups concerned over Racial Discrimination Act changes

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‘We were not aware the existing provisions have had anything in the nature of a chilling effect on freedom of speech,’ Senate inquiry… Gabrielle Chan The Guardian Ethnic and legal groups including the Human Rights Commission, the Law Council of Australia and the Human Rights Law Centre have raised serious concerns over the… Ethnic minority and… Read More »

Can Europe be saved?

Europe - The Economist

If it is to survive, the European Union must become a lot more flexible The Economist ON MARCH 25th 1957, with the shadow of the second world war still hanging over them, six European countries signed the founding treaty of a new sort of international club. The European Union… Can Europe be… Read More »

Who provokes, who rules, who benefits?

Erdogan - Euractiv

Turkey, or let us say the Turkish president and the government, continues losing prestige in the West with his aggressive and provocative approach. Zakir Gul Euractiv Zakir Gul asks, is Erdoğan paving the way for a one-man-rule presidency with the upcoming constitutional referendum in Turkey? The tensions started… Who provokes, who… Read More »

His work for peace is what really matters

Martin McGuinness

Derry has been moved by many republican funerals through the decades of strife and conflict, but yesterday’s spectacle was bigger than any one tradition. Michael Cliffor Irish Examiner Martin McGuinness was seen off as a favourite son of this intimate city, rather than a republican leader. Divisions fell away… His work for… Read More »

Greece to Break Off Face-to-Face Review Talks as Issues Persist

Athens Parliament

Greece and the institutions managing its bailout review will break off negotiations in Brussels without having cleared a path to conclude the deliberations that would release needed rescue funds. Marcus Bensasson Bloomberg Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos, who was meeting with officials from the euro area and the International Monetary Fund, will return to Athens by Saturday, a Greek government officials said in a text message. The two sides… Greece to Break… Read More »

The West is Becoming Irrelevant, The World is Laughing

West - Global Research

I was recently told by an Asian friend of mine who is working in Paris: “Lately I stopped following almost all that is happening politically in the United States, in the UK and even here in France. It all feels suddenly so irrelevant, a waste of time.” Andre Vltchek Global Research Statements like this would be unimaginable only one decade ago. In the past, what came from Washington and (to a smaller extent) from London was monitored with great attentiveness ... Read More »

Schulz effect faces first major test

BERLIN, GERMANY - MARCH 22: Martin Schulz, chancellor candidate of the German Social Democrats (SPD) holds a speech during a welcome meeting for new SPD members in Berlin on March 22, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. Since Schulz announced his candidacy in January the German Social Democrats (SPD) have seen a surge in new members. (Photo by Steffi Loos/Getty Images)

Observers believe regional elections will show if the former European Parliament president can unseat Merkel. Janosch Delcker Politico BERLIN — When Martin Schulz was named the Social Democratic candidate for chancellor, the party began a stellar ascent in the polls — a phenomenon dubbed the “Schulz effect” in the German capital. This weekend, the… Schulz effect faces… Read More »

Mubarak Walks Free, In What Could Be The Final Twist For Egypt’s Former Dictator

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Six years after the Arab Spring, Egypt’s former leader Hosni Mubarak has left a military hospital and is heading home. Bill Chappell npr Mubarak, 88 and ailing, was acquitted by Egypt’s top appeals court of charges that he ordered police to kill anti-government protesters in 2011. Mubarak had ruled… Mubarak Walks Free… Read More »

The media response to the Westminster attack reflects a divided country

Media - The Guardian

All of us responded to this atrocity in our tribes. We feel emotional, visceral indignation today, but must face the risks with calm reason Polly Toynbee The Guardian Well, how did we do? We knew this… The media response… Read More »

‘High alert is the new normal for America & Europe’

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When you have an individual, or individuals, hell-bent on becoming a martyr, finding a way to prevent their actions will be exceedingly difficult. RT The terrorists may not succeed, but they will have succeeded in creating the desired effect, which is fear. UK Defense Secretary… ‘High alert is… Read More »

Will the United States Be a Victim of Its Own Success in Syria?

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The Trump team has options for stabilizing Syria, but each one comes with its own set of… Nicholas A. Heras The National Interest The ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS held in Washington, DC was an important milestone on the path to the Trump team’s mission to fully defeat the would-be… Will the United… Read More »

What does it mean to be a Jerusalemite?

Visitors enter Shiloah Pool, part of an archaeological site known as a the City of David, still an active dig and also a tourist attraction, situated close to Silwan, a Palestinian neighbourhood next to Jerusalem's Old City June 30, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Awad - RTX2J0X4

Two contradictory, almost polar opposite events recently transpired in Jerusalem. Akiva Eldar Al Monitor The first was a unanimous ruling March 14 by three Supreme Court justices — Chief Justice Miriam Naor, Menachem Mazuz and Uzi Vogelman — determining that the right to settle in Jerusalem is not reserved only for… What does it… Read More »

Investment in Africa: There’s room for everyone

Africa - Al Jazeera

What African countries want are partners who are in it for the long haul and can deliver the best return on investment. Rosa Whitaker Al Jazeera News China is not “moving relentlessly across Africa”. Despite what Peter… Investment in Africa… Read More »