John Berger, art critic and author, dies aged 90

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Booker-prize-winning author of titles including Ways of Seeing, G and A Painter of our Time had been living in Paris Mark Brown, Arts correspondent The Guardian John Berger, the Booker-prize-winning novelist and visionary writer who helped transform the way a generation looked at and perceived art, has died aged 90. Berger had a… John Berger, art… Read More »

Envoy says PHL studying joint exploration with China in disputed waters

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The Philippine government is “seriously studying” the possibility of conducting joint exploration of natural resources with China in the West Philippine Sea, Ambassador to China Jose Santiago “Chito” Sta. Romana has said. GMA News Online In a report by GMA News’ Jam Sisante, Romana said the… Envoy says PHL… Read More »

ISIS Ends Its Separate Peace With Turkey

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The group claims the Reina nightclub massacre—making its war of terror official. Read More »

The Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 and its relevance to the ‘Conference on Cyprus’ in Geneva on 12 January 2017

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In Politics, Aristotle issued a timeless warning: ‘Man, when perfected, is the best of animals but, when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all.’  (Source: The Politics of Aristotle as translated by B. Jowett (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1885), page 5.) Klearchos A. Kyriakides Published in Agora Dialogue on 2 January 2017 Since antiquity, Aristotle’s point has been illustrated on countless occasions, none more brutally than during the Second World War from 1939 to 1945.Under the iron ... Read More »

Publication bans too often ‘a bit of a guessing game’

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When it comes to publication bans imposed by judges or justices of the peace, media and members of the public are frequently left relying on confusing or incorrect information. Alyshah Hasham The Star What exactly does a publication ban cover? It’s a question journalists… Publication bans too… Read More »

End these ethnic clashes

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The deadly traditional rivalry between neighbouring communities in the northwest of the country, which is often manifested in cattle rustling, has wreaked havoc for too long. Daily Nation There have been heavy casualties in terms of lives lost and homes razed as the raiders drive away cattle. People have been… End these ethnic… Read More »

The media’s hypocrisy and hyperventilating in the age of Trump

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Facts are stubborn things. Joe Scarborough The Washington Post Unfortunately in the age of Twitter journalism, too many reporters find such details to be both onerous and optional. This past week… The media’s hypocrisy… Read More »

12 people who will (likely) ruin 2017

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A dozen characters who will make you want to stay in bed — with the covers pulled firmly over your trembling head. Politico Tunku Varadarajan Europe has endured major angst these last 12 months, and many would say that the year 2016 was among the Continent’s most unlovely since the Balkan civil war. As we tiptoe into… 12 people who… Read More »

Here’s why Russia gives itself high marks for 2016

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Russia’s chief diplomatic and military agencies are reporting on their performance for the just-ended year, and the news appears to be good. Maxim A. Suchkov Al Monitor A newly released report, Overview of Foreign Policy 2016, states, “The key track in strengthening international security and stability in 2016 was the struggle against terrorism.” In this regard… Here’s why Russia… Read More »

After ISIS, What’s Next for Iraqi Christians?

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The bells in churches across northern Iraq may have been rung again during Christmas, but the future is unclear. Seth J. Frantzman The National Interest Christmas has been a dangerous time for Christians in Iraq. In 2013, three bombings targeted Christians in Baghdad, killing 38. Two days before… After ISIS, What’s… Read More »

Trump’s America is not the only ‘real’ America

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Humility is a virtue, but fake humility is a sin, or ought to be. Eugene Robinson The Washington Post So let me begin the new year with full-throated praise of some people and institutions that supposedly got their comeuppance in November: the mainstream media, “coastal elites,” share-the-wealth liberals, pointy-headed… Trump’s America is… Read More »

Donald Trump makes top Republican fear environmental future

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A leading US Republican says she fears for the future of her seven grandchildren with Donald Trump in the White House. BBC News Roger Harrabin Christine Todd Whitman, head of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under George W Bush, accused Mr Trump of ignoring compelling science. And she warned that… Donald Trump makes… Read More »

Marshall Plans, Not Martial Plans

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WASHINGTON — The carnage of the Syrian government’s assault on Aleppo, enabled by Russia and Iran, was unbearable to watch. Chris Murphy The New York Times Just as unbearable was the realization that the United States could not save the Syrian people from this horror. That’s hard to… Marshall Plans, Not… Read More »

The Assad conundrum

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Some argued that without his rule, radical Islamists such as ISIL would take over Syria. John Bell Al Jazeera News It is safe to say that, until recently, the debate over Syria’s political future came down to one thing: the fate of President Bashar al-Assad. With his victory… The Assad… Read More »

To save global liberalism, time to look beyond government

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In the absence of geopolitical leadership and stability, talented, experienced people outside of office can play a vital role Peter Westmacott The Guardian For all the best wishes for a Happy New Year we are sending each other, few of us are looking ahead to 2017 with much optimism. Alliances are under… To save global… Read More »

House Republicans vote to eviscerate independent ethics office

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The rules package also includes a means for Republican leaders to punish lawmakers if there is a repeat of the Democratic sit-in last summer over gun control. Donna Cassata The Star WASHINGTON—House Republicans on Monday voted to eviscerate the Office of Congressional Ethics, the independent body created in 2008 to investigate allegations of misconduct by lawmakers after several bribery and… House Republicans vote… Read More »