Why Iran’s ‘green gold’ is set to rebound

An Iranian man works at Hassan Ali Firouzabadi's pistachio farm on August 14, 2016 in Izadabad, a village in the southern Iranian Kerman province.
In Kerman province in southern Iran, cities have grown rich from pistachios, but time is running out for the industry as unconstrained farming and climate change take a devastating toll. Some of Firouzabadi's pistachio trees have been around long enough to remember the golden age of Shah Abbas in the 17th century, but the leaves have turned yellow-green from the salty water he now dredges up. / AFP / ATTA KENARE / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY ERIC RANDOLPH         (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

TEHRAN, Iran — While Iran may be known for its massive oil and natural gas reserves to many people around the world, it is also known to some for its top-quality pistachios. Al Monitor Maysam Bizaer Production of the nut in Iran dates to the fifth century B.C. For the last… Why Iran’s ‘green gold’… Read More »

Birds migrating earlier as temperatures rise

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Migrating birds are arriving at their breeding grounds earlier as global temperatures rise, a study has found. BBC News Birds have reached their summer breeding grounds on average about one day earlier per degree of increasing global temperatures, according to the research by Edinburgh University. The study looked at… Birds migrating earlier… Read More »

Head of Japan’s top ad firm to quit after new recruit’s death from overwork

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President of Dentsu to step down a year after Matsuri Takahashi killed herself, sparking calls for Japan to overhaul work culture. The Guardian Justin McCurry in Tokyo The head of Japan’s biggest advertising agency is to resign, as prosecutors launch an… Head of Japan’s… Read More »

3 Humanitarian Crises The World Needs To Pay More Attention To In 2017

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This year we watched Aleppo, Mosul and the refugee crisis unfold, but there are many other conflict stories that went untold. Michael Bowers  The Huffington Post As 2016 comes to a close, we watch as bloodied and injured civilians evacuate Aleppo; innocent families struggle to survive in the… 3 Humanitarian Crises… Read More »

On the frontline with Operation Sentinelle

epa05625105 (12/15) French soldiers have their lunch break inside a fire station that serves as a daily base in Paris, France, 05 November 2016. Following the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack on 07 January 2015, the French government launched a military operation called 'Sentinelle' and deployed French soldiers over the territory to patrol sensitive areas. The manpower was increased to 10,000 soldiers after the terror attacks that occurred in Paris on 13 November 2015.  EPA/YOAN VALAT PLEASE REFER TO ADVISORY NOTICE (epa05625093) FOR FULL PACKAGE TEXT

A day out with the troops protecting Parisians. Politico After the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack on January 7, 2015, the French government launched a military operation called Sentinelle and deployed soldiers to patrol sensitive areas of the country. Later that year… On the frontline with… Read More »

Conservative And Liberal Readings Of President Trump

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Over the years, as a conservative and while working in the world of politics, I was able to make a number of friends on both the liberal and conservative ends of the ideological spectrum. The Daily Caller Douglas Mackinnon I am a better person for the diversity of opinion. As corny or… Conservative And Liberal… Read More »

Turkey’s Erdogan cripples US role in Syria

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In the improbable event of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization disintegrating during the coming decade, the blame will be put on the Donald Trump presidency. Asia Times M.K. Bhadrakumar But the endgame must be deemed to have begun under the lame duck US president Barack Obama – to be exact, on December 28 – three full weeks before Trump took over as president. That was when Turkey… Turkey’s Erdogan cripples… Read More »

Is Russia Really ‘Winning’?

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On last Friday, Vladimir Putin held his annual press conference, capping what many have described as an extremely successful year for the Russian president. The National Interest Emma M. Ashford Indeed, if you’re a regular consumer of today’s media, you could be forgiven for believing that Russia has supplanted the United States in the Middle East, that Russian hackers single-handedly placed Donald Trump in the White… Is Russia Really… Read More »

Why politics in Kenya is like a centrifugal force, pulling the country apart

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Kenyan politics is like the volcano that just won’t stay dormant. Daily Nation Charles Onyango-Obbo Every few weeks it erupts violently, its lava flowing menancingly. A few days ago… Why politics in Kenya… Read More »

Israel calls off vote on settler homes ‘after PM request’

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An Israeli committee delayed a vote set for Dec. 28 on permits for settler homes after a request from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to avoid further conflict with the United States, an official said. Hurriyet Hanan Rubin, a Jerusalem city councilor and a member of the… Israel calls off… Read More »

A portrait of Europe as an old friend, by James Joyce

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In the year of Brexit, issues of national identity in Ireland are back in vogue a century after Joyce explored them in A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man The Guardian Daniel Mulhall James Joyce’s first novel, A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man, was published in the United States on 29 December 1916. Although Joyce did not… A portrait of Europe as… Read More »

Can 2017 be worse for female politicians than 2016?: Editorial

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When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau created the first gender parity cabinet in Canadian history, he gave female politicians hope that 2016 would be better. The Star Instead, it was worse. 2016 dawned promisingly… Can 2017 be worse for… Read More »

How the U.S. came to abstain on a U.N. resolution condemning Israeli settlements

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On Dec. 21, amid his morning workout, an afternoon round of golf and a family dinner with friends, President Obama interrupted his Hawaii vacation to consult by phone with his top national security team in Washington. By Karen DeYoung The Washington Post Egypt had introduced a resolution at the U.N. Security Council condemning Israeli settlements as illegal, and… How the U.S… Read More »

The Christianophobia in the UK and in Syria are connected

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Here in the UK and across the pond the anti-Russian and anti-Christian hysteria continues to fever-pitch, signalling as it does the last mad flings of the mad regime of Obama and his neocon-liberal cabal. Robert Eastern KATEHON I have previously written that we have an almost total media blackout on the… The Christianophobia in… Read More »

If The Russians And Fake News Swayed The Election, Then The New York Times Has No Influence

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The New York Times has written extensively on fake news and alleged Russian interference in the election, claiming both had a key role in Donald Trump’s victory. The Daily Caller Alex Pfeiffer If the writers for the Times are correct, then they are admitting their paper has little influence on the American voter. The fake news the… If The Russians And… Read More »

Greater transparency can restore trust in charities

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Australians donate almost $7 billion a year to charities. Editorial The Age But that is not the important figure. What’s far more significant – and far more difficult to find out – is how… Greater transparency can… Read More »