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How conflict with the West empowers Erdogan

On March 13, Blick — the third top-selling newspaper in Switzerland, came out with a giant headline in an unusual language: Turkish. Mustafa Akyol Al Monitor “Vote ‘no’ to Erdogan’s dictatorship,” the title read, appealing to the Turks living in this small country. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan… How conflict with… Read More »

Trump – clarification?

Two months after his arrival at the White House, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, will have to clarify his position in terms of his predecessors’ plan to remodel the Greater Middle East. Thierry Meyssan Voltaire If he really wants to put an end to jihadism, he will have to recognise the resilience of Syria and reposition the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. As soon as… Trump – clarification… Read More »

Tasmanian government’s Family Violence Reforms Bill 2016 passes through House of Assembly completely unopposed

In a rare display of tripartisan support, the government’s family violence reform legislation passed through the Lower House unimpeded on Tuesday. Rob Inglis Examiner Premier Will Hodgman acknowledged the cross-party cooperation that enabled the Family Violence Reforms Bill 2016’s passage through the House of Assembly. “There’s been a… Tasmanian government’s Family… Read More »

Donald Trump’s incendiary language emboldening white supremacists, minority groups say

Shootings, bombings, desecrated cemeteries and racist graffiti — minority groups in the United States say the number of race hate crimes are spiking in President Donald Trump’s America. Conor Duffy ABC “I hope it’s not a tipping point but I will say that I’m 36 years old and I grew up in an amazing America, and I still want it to be amazing, open America for my children who are growing up here,” Philadelphia rabbi Joel Seltzer said. “For the ... Read More »

What can the Dutch elections tell us about Europe?

Coming Dutch elections are a prism to understand Europe and tell much about its institutional and cultural crisis. Silvia Mazzini and Kees Jan van Kesteren Al Jazeera News On March 15, the Dutch are going to the polls. An event that… What can the… Read More »

War against the west – the enemy within

In 1938, Aurel Kolnai, a Hungarian philosopher of Jewish origin living in exile, published his most famous book, The War Against the West, an investigation of the ideas underpinning national socialism. Ian Buruma Asia Times Kolnai seems to have read every turgid treatise – most written by third-rate thinkers – extolling the martial, self-sacrificing, blood-and-soil virtues of the “land of heroes,” and damning the materialistic, liberal democratic… War against the… Read More »

Hizbollah’s Syria Conundrum

Four years after plunging into Syria’s civil war, Hizbollah has achieved its core aim of preserving the Assad… ICG Yet with no clear exit strategy, the Lebanese “Party of God” faces ever greater costs unless it can lower the sectarian flames, open dialogue with non-jihadist rebel groups and help pave the way for a negotiated… Hizbollah’s Syria… Read More »

Fall from grace of the human face of Church hierarchy

Each new revelation in the succession of scandals to envelope the Catholic Church cast the transgressions of Bishop Casey in an ever more benighn light, writes Michael Clifford Michael Clifford Irish Examiner THE rain was bucketing down for much of the morning, but nobody really minded, least of all the man who was up there on the stage in front of a crowd heading for 300,000. The occasion was… Fall from grace… Read More »

Together, Globalists and Localists Can Save the Environment

The Trump administration should embrace strategies for jointly tackling local air quality and global climate change. Deborah Gordon and Robert Murphy The National Interest With nearly two hundred national and territorial signatories, the historic agreement in Paris underscores the powerful push to promote global action on climate change. From the largest… Together, Globalists and… Read More »

Revisiting The Cyprus Question And The Way Forward

Despite years of intercommunal negotiations and repeated efforts by the international community, the Cyprus problem remains… Andreas Theophanous Turkish Policy Quarterly The overwhelming presence of Turkish troops on the island since 1974 and Ankara’s objective to strategically control Cyprus continue to be the most important obstacles for a… The accession of the… Revisiting The Cyprus… Read More »

US-Russian detente would make the world safer

US President Donald Trump’s hope that Washington and Moscow could partner in finding solutions for troubling global issues such as terrorism is being dashed by US lawmakers, intelligence services and a hostile media. Linda S. Heard Arab News As a candidate, Trump expressed his wish to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to test the waters. Putin, whose relationship… US-Russian detente would make the world safer Read More »

Why does everyone keep making Nazi comparisons?

As a row between Turkey and the EU deepened, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused both the Germans and the Dutch of using Nazi tactics. David Molloy BBC News Bringing up Hitler or Nazi Germany in an argument is hardly new. But recently, it… Why does everyone… Read More »

A New Strategy Against ISIS and al Qaeda

The Trump administration is set to supersize President Obama’s strategy to defeat Islamic State, sending more American forces to the region and lifting restraints on direct participation in combat and when to use armed force. Frederick W. Kagan and Kimberly Kagan AEI Yet any victory under the current approach will be ephemeral. Even if American… A New Strategy… Read More »

Greece denies report on Parthenon Marbles

The Ministry of Culture and Sports has denied a report published in Britain’s Independent newspaper Tuesday that it had called for the return of the Parthenon Marbles, also known as the Elgin Marbles, from the… ekathimerini In a statement, the ministry said that it is indeed considering the… “Until now, the… Greece denies report… Read More »