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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?

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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 »

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 »

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

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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 »

Here are 3 of the Biggest Gambling Countries in South America

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Let’s take a look at some of the biggest gambling countries in South America, and what the most popular forms of wagering are in each one. Kevin Oldroyd GamingZion South America is beginning to emerge as a gambling hot spot. A number of countries here now offer a wide range of different gambling options ranging from casino gaming to sports betting. In this article we take a look at the biggest gambling countries in South America. Argentina Argentina is without ... Read More »

Archaeologists uncover stunning town built by Greeks in Italy 2,500 years ago read

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Palatial building and luxurious imports signal that the Greek founders of Poseidonia in Italy were living high on the hog from pagan… Philippe Bohstrom Haaretz The discovery of a monumental building and priceless ceramics imported from Greece in excavations at Poseidonia shows for the first time how rich its… The founders hailed from… Archaeologists uncover stunning… Read More »

ISIS Will Fail, but What About the Idea of ISIS?

ISIS - The Atlantic

Despite claiming responsibility for attacks like the one in London, the group is dying. Simon Cottee The Atlantic “It is believedIt will retain the ability to inspire. The Islamic State… ISIS Will Fail… Read More »