Coronation in Cleveland: Republicans prepare to nominate Trump

With his running mate squared away and the Republican Party more or less behind him, Donald Trump prepares for a prime-time moment this week that few would have predicted a year ago: his anointment as the party’s presidential nominee.  The wealthy businessman’s coronation in Cleveland will come at the end of the four-day Republican National Convention that kicks off July 18. Befitting the candidate’s unrestrained nature, the convention is expected to be a more spontaneous affair this year than past ... Read More »

5 things about the man Turkey says was behind the coup

Fetullah Gülen is an influential Islamic cleric and a former close ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.. By BARBARA SURK Tanks were still trawling the streets of Istanbul and the parliament in Ankara was under bombardment when Turkish government officials pointed at self-exiled Islamic cleric Fetullah Gülen as the man behind the attempted coup, carried out by a faction of the military… Source: 5 things about the man Turkey says was behind the coup – POLITICO Read More »

How Leaders in the GOP Are Preparing for Donald Trump’s Convention in Cleveland

Excuses include “I’ve got to mow my lawn” and “I’ve got to really do my hair that week.”.. MICHELLE COTTLE There’s nothing quite like a presidential-nominating convention to turn the political establishment into a gaggle of navel-gazing, status-conscious high schoolers. Invariably, as the quadrennial, four-day schmoozefests approach, tongues cluck and wag in judgment and anticipation: Which political up-and-comers will score prime speaking slots? Are big-name celebs scheduled to appear?… Source: How Leaders in the GOP Are Preparing for Donald Trump’s ... Read More »

Protecting Africa’s democracy from trigger-happy police

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Evidently, brutal policing is putting Africa’s nascent democracy at great risk. Peter Kagwanja Daily Nation Despite the momentous collapse of the “police states” of the one-party vintage and Africa’s return to democracy, policing remains a nasty and brutal affair on the continent. The neo-liberal experiment… Protecting Africa’s democracy… Read More »

Turkey coup attempt could destabilize ally in region reeling from terrorism

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Middle East experts say Turkish military’s apparent attempt to seize power on Friday has sent shockwaves through Nato and across the world Live updates: Tanks open fire near Turkish parliament building The attempted coup in Turkey threatens to dangerously destabilise a western ally in a region already reeling from war, terrorism and mass migration, according to experts and analysts in the region… Source: Turkey coup attempt could destabilize ally in region reeling from terrorism | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Our Best Defense Against Terrorists

How we react to terrorism has become a measure of who we are, as individuals and as a society. It is not clear yet whether the heinous massacre in Nice, France, was the work of a “lone wolf” or a terrorist network, but in a way it doesn’t matter. Each new attack, each new convulsion of fear, horror, grief and anger is a progressively greater test of enlightened civilization’s commitment to its core values… Source: Our Best Defense Against Terrorists ... Read More »

France is left reeling as terror threat takes a new form

Nice survivors struggle to adjust to reality in the aftermath of the Bastille Day attack.. Yet again, the jihadists who have for 18 months harassed, mutilated and murdered in France managed to do the unexpected… Source: France is left reeling as terror threat takes a new form Read More »

Time to Recognize the Truth Behind Europe’s Endless Terror

Read your Samuel Huntington.. Robert W. Merry France has a problem. The problem is too many Muslims in a society that many Muslims despise. The centuries-long conflict between Islam and the West is ongoing, and it erupts intermittently on French soil in the form of theCharlie Hebdo shooting of January 2015 (twelve dead), the multiple Paris attacks of November 2015 (130 dead, 368 wounded), and now the truck attack in Nice (eighty-four dead so far, and more than one hundred ... Read More »

A Muslim get-out-the-vote group plans a flag initiative

The Canadian-Muslim Vote, a group established to encourage Muslims to cast ballots in elections, now hope to put a Canadian flag in front of every mosque.. John Geddes Jawad Rathore wants to see a big Canadian flag flying from a prominently positioned flagpole in front of every mosque in the country to send the simple message that Muslims are proud Canadians… Source: A Muslim get-out-the-vote group plans a flag initiative Read More »

France attacks bolster growing global fears, but long-term economic impact uncertain

The deadly truck attack in Nice, France, had an enormous human cost, but it may also weigh on the economy of a country – and a world – that has now seen several horrific terrorist incidents over a relatively short period of time. It is very hard to determine what impact a single tragedy can have on a huge economy such as France, said Craig Wright, chief economist at Royal Bank of Canada, but the fact that there have been ... Read More »

Nice attack brings a difficult question into sharp focus: why France?

If you live in France, you enjoy Bastille Day. There is a buzz in the air as you celebrate a day off in the middle of summer with your family and friends. You go to the fireworks. It is good to be in France and to remember the founding principles of the state – liberty, equality and fraternity. There is little mention of a bloody history of revolution and wars, colonialism and empire… Source: Nice attack brings a difficult question ... Read More »

Clean energy won’t save us – only a new economic system can

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It’s time to pour our creative energies into imagining a new global economy. Infinite growth is a dangerous illusion. Jason Hickel The Guardian Earlier this year media outlets around the world announced that February had broken global temperature records by a shocking… March broke all the… Clean energy won’t… Read More »

What does this image tell us about Britain?

As the new Prime Minister Theresa May is photographed kneeling before the Queen, Kelly Grovier looks at a 16th-Century artwork that reveals as much as it hides.. After days of political tumult in Westminster, a single image of calm suddenly emerged on Wednesday evening from the inner sanctum of royal authority: The Queen granting private audience to a genuflecting Theresa May, who has succeeded David Cameron as prime minister of the United Kingdom. Easily dismissed as nothing more than a ... Read More »

Turkey: The sick man of Europe, once again — Spengler

The outcome of tonight’s apparent coup attempt in Turkey remains unclear, but the motivation for regime change in Turkey has been building under the surface for years. Turkey faces a perfect storm of economic, political and foreign policy problems. First, Turkey’s much-heralded economic growth spurt of the 2000’s has come to a grinding stop. The Erdogan boom, which inspired predictions that Turkey might emerge as another China, resembled the Asian experience less than it did the Latin American credidt bubbles ... Read More »

NATO says no ‘meeting of minds’ with Russia

NATO and Russia failed to overcome deep differences over Ukraine on July 13 in their first talks since the alliance approved a troop boost in Eastern Europe, alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said. Russia proposed steps to improve air safety over the Baltics after a series of military near misses but Stoltenberg admitted there was “not a meeting of minds” on theUkraine conflict… Source: NATO says no ‘meeting of minds’ with Russia – INTERNATIONAL Read More »

Lessons from History to Defeat ISIS and al-Qaeda

Current counter-terrorism strategic communications efforts can take a much-needed morale boost from history. Long-term commitment to these efforts in support of both national security and broader foreign policy interests will be essential to foster the organisational stability and learning required to meet current and future challenges. There is still reason for optimism in the battle against extremist propaganda. One of the most pressing national security issues facing many Western governments is how to improve counter-terrorism strategic… Source: Lessons from History to ... Read More »