Opinion

Canada’s Donald Trump? ‘Shark Tank’ star Kevin O’Leary runs for Tory leadership

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(CNN)Canada’s got its own reality TV star vying for the nation’s top job. Joshua Berlinger CNN Kevin O’Leary, the business man-turned-reality TV star, announced Wednesday that he will stand in the now 14-person race to lead Canada’s Conservative party. The winner will likely Canada’s Donald Trump? ‘Shark Tank’ star… Read More »

Dismayed by democracy? The alternative is far worse

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The twin prospects of Brexit and Trump may not appeal, but denying people the right to vote is much more dangerous Tom Clark The Guardian The vote always had to be fought for, and the battle was often noisy. From the 1866 Hyde Park riots through… Dismayed by democracy? The… Read More »

What I’ve witnessed in Turkey is an assault on democracy itself

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Erdoğan, emboldened by the rise of Trump, is crushing fragile freedoms – tens of thousands detained and the press muzzled. Owen Jones The Guardian The west must end its silence Democracy is a bundle of… What I’ve witnessed in… Read More »

Why Ankara’s honeymoon with Trump may be short-lived

A man walks past the Trump Towers building in Istanbul on July 30, 2015. US billionaire Donald Trump handily leads all fellow Republicans in the 2016 presidential race, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats trump him in head-to-head matchups, a poll said July 30. AFP PHOTO/ OZAN KOSE        (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey has increased pressure on Washington in recent weeks, as President-elect Donald Trump has been preparing to be sworn in, by openly renouncing the outgoing Obama administration and signaling to the new administration what its conditions for improved ties with the United States will be. Semih Idiz Al Monitor Ankara clearly expects the Trump administration to place the rapidly deteriorating relationship between the two countries on a smoother trajectory. Remarks by Rex Tillerson… Why Ankara’s honeymoon with… Read More »

The problem with photojournalism and Africa

Photography - Al Jazeera

Why African photographers don’t get to tell African photo stories in Western media. M Neelika Jayawardane Al Jazeera News Whenever “Africa” is in the headline of mainstream US and European media sources, especially those that are highly regarded, I wince. I know the storyline is going to… The problem with photojournalism… Read More »

Judy Asks: Is a Cyprus Deal in Sight?

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A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the… Posted by: Judy Dempsey Carnegie Europe Thanos DokosDirector general of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) The reluctance of Greek Cypriots to… Judy Asks: Is… Read More »

Brexit may be just what the doctor ordered — for Ireland

epa05022786 Simon Harris (R), the Irish Minister of State at the Departments of Finance, arrives for the start of a European Budget Council session in Brussels, Belgium, 13 November  2015. The negotiations on the 2016 EU budget will be to respect the expenditure ceilings of the EU's multiannual financial framework 2014-2020 while to provide the necessary means for a number of priority actions, notably for tackling the refugee crisis and promoting growth and creating jobs, according to the EU Commission.  EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

One way Ireland is trying to benefit is becoming host of the European Medicines Agency, which faces leaving London. Helen Collis Politico DUBLIN — Brexit might be good for Ireland after all. The Irish government, which… Brexit may be just what the… Read More »

Turnbull makes a good start on expenses, but needs to go further

Turnbull - The Conversation

It is regrettable that the path leading to the establishment of an independent body to oversee the work-related expenses of parliamentarians has been so… Colleen Lewis The Conversation It is also regrettable that it took such an inordinate amount of time for a political leader to conclude that creating such a body was essential to tackling the ever-widening trust deficit between MPs and those they… We need to criticise MPs’ questionable… Turnbull makes a good start on… Read More »

Letter to BBC

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Mr A Chitty London BBC Complaints PO Box 1922 Darlington DL3 0UR 17 January 2017 Dear Sir or Madam, It is with regret that I find myself writing to the BBC once again on the topic of Cyprus. Despite a plethora of complaints from myself and others in the British Cypriot community during 2016, it would appear that the BBC has taken no notice and continues to misrepresent the facts of the Cyprus situation. I implore the BBC to properly ... Read More »

The difference between right and left-wing populism

Podemos - Al Jazeera

Right-wing populism evokes fear, left-wing populism – hope. Santiago Zabala Al Jazeera News We will remember 2016 not only for the return of populism throughout the West, but also for the blindness of those who could not see the difference between right-wing and leftist populism. This distinction is vital… The difference between right… Read More »

Who is hungrier — Trump or China?

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(CNN)We all now recognize that 2016 was a highly unusual year. Kerry Brown CNN Political events that we are witnessing today seemed simply impossible 12 months ago. One of the less noted shifts in… Who is hungrier — Trump or… Read More »

Make internationalism great again

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Liberal leaders must offer voters a different narrative about national identity and national greatness. Dalibor Rohac AEI Across the West, nationalism has been appropriated by political forces that are isolationist, illiberal, and protectionist. For proponents of open societies… Make internationalism great… Read More »

Goodbye, Barack Obama; Hello, Israel

Obama - The National interest

With Obama’s departure, Israel loses a friend but gains an opportunity. Shai Feldman and Amos Harel The National Interest   Addressing the delegates to the AIPAC National Conference on March 21, 2016, then candidate for president Donald Trump asserted that President Barack Obama “may be the worst thing to ever happen to Israel, believe me, believe… Goodbye, Barack Obama… Read More »

America Must Rethink Its Assumptions about Russia

Putin - The National interest

From energy and politics to Syria and Ukraine. Nikolas K. Gvosdev The National Interest I rarely find myself nodding in full agreement with Masha Gessen’s writings, but her critique of the deficiencies of the U.S. analytic community in terms of the inquiries into Moscow’s efforts to sway the 2016 American elections is… America Must Rethink Its… Read More »

John Pilger: The Issue Is Not Donald Trump. It Is Us.

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Donald Trump. for all his flaws, is not Barack Obama, an American president who has set new lows in foreign slaughter and the transfer of wealth from the poor to the mega-rich, writes John Pilger. John Pilger New Matilda On the day President Trump is inaugurated, thousands of writers in the United States will express their indignation. “In order for us to heal and… John Pilger: The Issue Is Not… Read More »

The striking similarities between fundamentalist laicism and Daesh ideology

Opinion - Daily Sabah

Fundamentalist laicism and Daesh mentality are no different from one another. Sule Albayrak Daily Sabah Both are destructive movements with a love for sovereignty; their members do not have a right to choose but to obey their group’s deadly dogmas At a time when Turkey is… The striking similarities between… Read More »