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“Undercover Investigation”: How Many British MPs Are Working for Israel?

Al Jazeera are to be congratulated on an undercover investigation exposing something most of us could probably have guessed: that some Israeli embassy staff in the UK – let’s not pussy around, Mossad agents – are working with senior political activists and politicians in the Conservative and Labour parties to subvert their own parties from within, and skew British foreign policy so that it benefits Israeli, rather than British, interests. Jonathan Cook Global Research One cannot really blame Israel for doing this. Most ... Read More »

Two sides of Syria: Damascus and Aleppo

Lebanon is a country of unsettled scores. Fehim Taştekin Al Monitor Each time I visit the country, I keep seeing and feeling the burdensome legacy of its 15-year civil war, no matter how many years had gone by since it ended in 1990. What would I find in neighboring…Two sides of Syria… Read More »

New candidate for ‘missing element’ in Earth’s core

Japanese scientists believe they have established the identity of a “missing element” within the Earth’s core. Rebecca Morelle BBC News They have been searching for the element for decades, believing it makes up a significant proportion of our planet’s centre, after iron and nickel. Now by recreating the… New candidate for ‘missing… Read More »

Will Turkey, Iraq open new chapter in ties?

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim’s visit to Iraq last week set a new tone in the ties between the two countries, which have been highly tense in recent months. Semih Idiz Al Monitor Following his talks with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad, Yildirim met with Iraqi Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani in Erbil. His contacts in Erbil… Will Turkey, Iraq open… Read More »

Legal minefield

As the country looks to attract foreign money to boost the economy, a sketchy and opaque legal system makes investors think twice Matthieu Baudey and Carole Oudot Asia Times One year after the National League for Democracy ‘s landslide win in Myanmar’s historical elections, many were hoping the country would witness an economic boom, helped by a new international image. State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi cleaned up… Legal minefield… Read More »

The ‘Intellectual Partition’ of Cyprus, the ‘Macmillan Doctrine’ and the talks held in Geneva in August 1974 and January 2017

In his seminal book, Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle considers the virtues associated with justice, as well as the vices inherent in injustice. Klearchos A. Kyriakides Published in Agora Dialogue on 9 January 2017 In this context, Aristotle engages in a deep discussion as to the two types of transaction into which a party may enter. On the one hand, there are just transactions into which a party may enter voluntarily. On the other hand, there are unjust transactions, which may come ... Read More »

Reaction To Trump’s Team Proves Climate Alarmists Are The Real Deniers

After the election, there were reports of EPA employees breaking down in tears and Energy Department staffers needing counseling. It’s not because they care about the environment. Julie Kelly The Federalist Today is the Day Against Denial, where climate change activists around the country are protesting President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet picks. Activists will supposedly… Reaction To Trump’s Team… Read More »

How Exxon, under Rex Tillerson, won Iraqi oil fields and nearly lost Iraq

When Ashti Hawrami, the oil minister from Iraq’s largely autonomous Kurdistan region, unfurled a map of untapped oil fields for a team of ExxonMobil officials in the spring of 2011, they saw possibility and profit. By Missy Ryan and Steven Mufson The Washington Post The minister pointed to the blocks that had already been taken by other foreign firms as… How Exxon, under… Read More »

Deceased Iranian President Rafsanjani was no moderate

Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iran’s former president and arguably the Islamic Republic’s second-most influential political figure, died of a heart attack Sunday. Michael Rubin AEI He was 82. Almost immediately, journalists and some diplomats described his death as a blow to moderation in Iran. Thomas Erdbrink, the Tehran… Deceased Iranian President… Read More »

Europe’s slow rot

Threats to the EU and liberal democracy are developing in mundane, not dramatic, fashion. Dalibor Rohac AEI After everything that Europeans saw last year – the Brexit vote, the attack in Nice, the coup in Turkey and the Italian referendum – the default expectation is that Europe will again be in a firefighting mode in 2017. However, the expectation of… Europe’s slow… Read More »

Cut To The (Russian) Chase

“Russian hacking” is the Left/Never-Trumpers’ explanation for Donald Trump’s election. Diana West The Daily Caller In their furrowed-brow telling, they have just discovered something called “Russian interference” and “Russian influence.” Don’t ask where so many… Cut To The (Russian) Chase Read More »