World

Effective sanctions relief on Iran for sanctions’ sake

The one year anniversary of Iran nuclear agreement’s entering into force on Oct. 18, 2015 was buried in the noise and news of U.S. electoral campaign, operation to liberate Mosul and tragic agonies of Aleppo. By Thomas R. Pickering and Ali Vaez This in itself is a testament to the accord’s remarkable success in addressing a major threat to global security. But in this success lies a… Effective sanctions relief… Read More »

Is Turkey Pivoting to China?

As Turkey looks for alternative partners, it is not Russia or Iran but China that offers the most promise, so the United States should shore up its own ties with Ankara in response. Michael Singh  U.S.-Turkish relations were strained before the July coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and… Is Turkey Pivoting… Read More »

Could federalism offer a future for Scotland in the UK?

Federalism is regularly mentioned as a potential answer to Scotland’s constitutional debate. By CHRIS MCCALL But could such a system work in the UK? Kezia Dugdale, Gordon Brown and Kenny MacAskill are just some of the politicans to raise the idea of Scotland gaining extensive powers while remaining part of the UK under a… Could federalism offer… Read More »

Does America Need Rodrigo Duterte?

Washington’s influence is not worth courting conflict with China. Doug Bandow America’s alliance structure in Europe and Asia dates back more than six decades. A few of the smaller, less viable organizations collapsed (CENTO… Does America Need… Read More »

Sweden places ban on drone filming without surveillance permit

If you were thinking of using a drone to document your travel to cities like Stockholm or Gothenburg, you will be disappointed to learn Sweden has now stopped your thumbs in their figurative tracks. The country’s Supreme Administrative Court has effectively banned personal drone filming, unless deemed to be for the purpose of… Sweden places ban… Read More »

Center-right opposition claims victory in Lithuania vote, to start coalition talks

Lithuania’s center-right opposition Peasants and Greens party declared victory after a second round of voting in a general election on Oct. 23 and said it would start negotiations with the Homeland Union and Social Democrats over forming a coalition government. Vilnius The Peasants and Greens won 54 seats in the 141-member parliament, making it the… Center-right opposition… Read More »

“More Dangerous than the Cold War”: By Cooperating With Washington On Syria Russia Walked Into A Trap

A month ago I wrote a column , “He Who Hesitates Is Lost—And Russia Hesitated.” By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts Global Research, Paul Craig Roberts Institute for Political Economy The consequences of this hesitation are now apparent: 1. A UN report orchestrated by Washington has accused Syria and Russia of war crimes in Aleppo. According to the report, “indiscriminate airstrikes across the eastern part of the city by Government forces and their allies [Russia] are responsible for the… “More Dangerous than… Read More »

Why Sectarian Violence Is Resurging in Pakistan

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi is resurfacing in the geographical arch stretching from Balkh and Kabul in Afghanistan to Balochistan and Karachi in Pakistan. Abdul Basit After a decline in scale and casualties, the anti-Shia sectarian violence is once again resurging in Pakistan. In the… Why Sectarian Violence… Read More »

Murder of Brazil official marks new low in war on Amazon environmentalists

Luiz Alberto Araújo, a local government official in Pará state, was gunned down in front of his family: ‘It sends a message that no one is untouchable’ Matt Sandy in Rio de Janeiro It was just after sunset in Altamira, a small town nestled on a curve of the Xingu river in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, when Luiz Alberto Araújo, the… Murder of Brazil… Read More »

Letter signed by gun control advocates calls for ‘unbiased’ review of laws

Open letter to Australian justice minister Michael Keenan asks for opportunity to put forward their case in the same direct way as the firearms lobby • Michael Keenan criticised over ‘one-sided’ meetings with gun lobby Dear Minister Keenan, Australia’s gun control laws are the envy of the world. Since the landmark 1996 national firearms agreement (NFA) our state, territory and… Letter signed by… Read More »

Humanizing Our Militarized Border

The recent Encuentro (or Encounter) At the Border in the middle of Ambos Nogales — the term used to consider Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, as one community — was a wonderful distraction from the Donald and Hillary Show, which may be the most tiresome and preposterous encuentro in American political history. by JOHN GRANT For two days, from north and south, people trekked to the two Nogaleses to participate in the gatherings and… Humanizing Our Militarized… Read More »

Spain’s Socialists to make way for Rajoy government

Divisive vote result means Spain will see new government following 310 days of political deadlock World Bulletin / News Desk Spain’s Socialists voted on Sunday to facilitate a minority government led by acting conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. The move by the… Spain’s Socialists to… Read More »