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Guéhenno to Trump: You Cannot ‘just crush’ ISIS

Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Crisis Group’s President and CEO, speaks to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour about the international challenges that are likely to persist in 2017 and the growing need for robust international structures to meet the… ICG In a broad discussion with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, the… Guéhenno to Trump… Read More »

UK’s EU envoy quits over ‘muddled thinking’ on Brexit

British diplomats must challenge “muddled thinking” and “ill-founded arguments” on Brexit, the UK’s ambassador to the EU has said in his resignation letter. By ESZTER ZALAN EuObserver Sir Ivan Rogers delivered his thinly veiled criticism of the British government on Tuesday (3 January), quitting his post 10… UK’s EU envoy… Read More »

Erdogan’s Turkey is no ally of the United States.

Among Donald Trump’s odd fixations are foreign strongmen. They are a reality and must be dealt with. Doug Bandow The American Spectator Sometimes they can and do aid U.S. policy. But just because they are quick to toss opponents into jail doesn’t mean that they necessarily are the sort of decisive leaders Washington should back. On Election… Erdogan’s Turkey is… Read More »

English Schools Give ‘Gender Diversity’ Booklet To Kids As Young As Seven

Schools in the United Kingdom are beginning to hand out pamphlets on “gender diversity” to various elementary schools. Amber Randall The Daily Caller The booklet, “Can I Tell You About Gender Diversity?” will be provided to children as young as seven years old, reports The Washington Times. The book provides information on… English Schools Give ‘Gender… Read More »

What Will Assad Do Next?

The pictures and footage coming out of Eastern Aleppo are absolutely horrifying. Daniel R. DePetris The National Interest In fact, horrifying may be too tepid a word; genocidal or apocalyptic is more like it. Four years of intense… What Will Assad Do… Read More »

The Canada experiment: is this the world’s first ‘postnational’ country?

When Justin Trudeau said ‘there is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada’, he was articulating a uniquely Canadian philosophy that some find bewildering, even reckless – but could represent a radical new model of nationhood Charles Foran The Guardian As 2017 begins, Canada may be the last immigrant nation left standing. Our government believes in the value of immigration, as does the majority of the population. We took in an estimated… The Canada experiment: is… Read More »

Could an Embassy in Jerusalem Bring Us Closer to Peace?

As President-elect Donald J. Trump prepares to assume office, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been forced onto his agenda by President Obama’s decision to have the United States abstain on United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, which condemned Israeli settlements. Martin Indyk The New York Times Mr. Trump has repeatedly declared his desire to make peace between Israelis and Palestinians, saying he viewed it as the “ultimate deal.” But he has also pledged to… Could an Embassy in… Read More »

Europe’s problem is not populism

What the Continent needs is to restart growth. Alberto Mingardi Politico When we talk about politics, it’s always tempting to use some “mega-trend” to explain the state of the world. Today, the most… Europe’s problem is… Read More »

Mexico’s 500-year jungle dwellers

The Lacandon Maya lived deep in the jungles of southern Mexico with limited outside contact until the turn of the 20th Century, when loggers and missionaries began to arrive. Susannah Rigg BBC News I first met Daniel Chankin in the highland town of San Cristobal de las Casas in the Mexican state of Chiapas. Daniel, a Lacandon Maya who… Mexico’s 500-year jungle dwellers Read More »

If Trump overrules nuclear deal, Iran may turn to ISIS

With Rouhani’s government the best hope for stability, the incoming US administration should think twice about tearing up the JCPOA agreement Farhad Rezaei Asia Times President-elect Donald Trump seems likely to introduce a sea change in American foreign policy. Short on specifics If Trump overrules… Read More »

A swing and a miss on climate for Patrick Brown: Paul Wells

There is a vestigial sense of responsibility in Patrick Brown, or an unhealthy fondness for sucking and blowing at the same time, that made him promise he’d reduce carbon emissions, too. Paul Wells The Star Happy New Year, Patrick Brown. The Ontario Conservative leader… A swing and a miss on… Read More »

Volunteerism: A prerequisite for Africa’s progress

The continent’s future lies in the hands of the youth who can successfully harness agriculture and clean energy. Richard Munang and Robert Mgendi Al Jazeera News “Africa will write its own history and, both north and south of the Sahara, it will be a history full of glory and dignity.” These profound words of… Volunteerism: A prerequisite for… Read More »

Removing barriers to medical innovation

Enormous improvements in human health have taken place over the last half-century. Americans live, on average, a decade longer. Thomas Peter Stossel AEI The most prevalent cause of mortality in the United States — cardiovascular disease, which causes heart attacks and strokes — has decreased by over 50%. Cancer, the number-two cause… Removing barriers to… Read More »

Slavery trafficking victims crippled by fear in UK

Saved from grips of being trafficked into modern-day slavery, victims suffer severe trauma and struggle to move on. James Nickerson Al Jazeera News England, United Kingdom – In a safe house in North West England, 19-year-old Lukas* is reliving his own personal hell over and over again. “Over the two years… Slavery trafficking victims… Read More »