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Insecurity is cash cow for Europe’s defense firms

Concerns about Trump, terrorism and tensions with Russia are driving EU defense spending. Harry Cooper Politico After a decade of slashing defense budgets, European leaders are about to start investing significantly more in arms, citing “a challenging geopolitical environment.” A resurgent Russia… Insecurity is cash… Read More »

How can the US regain its mojo on R&D?

In the first of a three-part series looking at innovation in the US economy on the cusp of a new era, Orla O’Sullivan asks whether the government ought to do more Orla O’Sullivan Asia Times While the US has never spent more on research and development, the government’s share has never been less. That’s a risky… How can the US… Read More »

Europe, stand up to Poland

The problem of Warsaw’s illiberalism is not just legal but deeply political. Piotr Buras Politico WARSAW — A sigh of relief was heard across Europe shortly before Christmas when the European Commission published its new rule-of-law recommendations for the Polish government, urging Warsaw to respect the… Europe, stand up… Read More »

The End of Democracy in Turkey

Following the New Year’s Eve attack in Istanbul, democracy in Turkey is likely to enter a death spiral. The New Yorker The issue isn’t the attack itself, terrible as it was. On New Year’s Eve, a lone gunman made his way into the Reina dance club, which was jammed with revellers, and… The End of… Read More »

The problems with ‘repeal and delay’

Republican leaders in Congress and the incoming Trump administration have said that they plan to move quickly to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the early weeks of 2017, with a delay in the date of when key aspects of the repeal would become effective until perhaps 2019 or 2020. Joseph Antos and James C. Capretta AEI This is the so-called “repeal and delay” option. They have also… The problems with… Read More »

Political Islamists brace for Trump era

Donald Trump’s election has sent shock waves throughout the loosely knit community of religious-minded Muslims working to gain political power through democratic means. Julian Pecquet Al Monitor From Washington to London to Istanbul, the broad spectrum of so-called political Islamists are bracing for what many fear is a becoming witch hunt that threatens to undo the few gains they were able to secure post-Arab Spring. For the past… Political Islamists brace… Read More »

The hidden impediment to political change in Sudan

Even if the majority of the Sudanese prefer democracy, they will choose it with subdued enthusiasm. Ali Abu Maryam Al Jazeera News There is something conspicuously selfish about the generational behaviour of people. On the atomic… The hidden impediment… Read More »

Everybody’s in a bubble. Anyway, it’s just urban vs rural

I’ve gotten a lot of Twitter feedback on the list of the 100 zip codes with the thickest bubbles posted last week. Charles Murray AEI Before turning to the unbubbliest zip codes in the next post, let me respond to the most common objections using three actual tweets as takeoff points. “Why are large… Everybody’s in a… Read More »

Parties can’t use religion, caste to win votes: Indian court

Landmark ruling comes ahead of polls in five states, including UP, where BJP has pledged to build a Ram temple at the disputed Ayodhya site Asia Times In a landmark judgement on Monday, India’s Supreme Court said political parties cannot seek votes in the name of religion, race, caste, community or language. The ruling came Parties can’t use… Read More »

Why We Don’t Dwell on Turkish Deaths in the West

Turkey is alone. First, we’ll take a look at the racist reasons for this. Robert Fisk Counterpunch If 39 men and women had been slaughtered in Paris or Brussels or Berlin on New Year’s Eve, the headlines would ripple on for three or four days. Two or three days if the victims had been western European. But of course, this being Turkey, which is a… Why We Don’t… Read More »

John Berger, art critic and author, dies aged 90

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 »

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

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 »