Letters

“The Responsibility of Intellectuals”: An Exchange

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The following private correspondence took place after the publication of Noam Chomsky’s essay in the February 23 issue of The New York Review: George Steiner, reply by Noam Chomsky Dear Professor Chomsky, I write to express my admiration for your lucid and compelling essay in the New York Review of Books. This piece will mean a great deal to all who share your worry and to many who are now beginning to learn how vital that worry is to our ... Read More »

Open Letter to the prime minister of Greece

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To Mr Alexis Tsipras, prime minister of Greece Οn April 23, 2017, the Cyprus daily Phileleftheros reported that Greek foreign minister Nicos Kotzias has sent a ‘complaint-letter’ to UN Secretary-General Antonio… Christos P Panayiotides CyprusMail The newspaper then stated that, “according to its sources”, the letter underlined the fact that the named official of the United Nations is promoting Turkish demands and… Open Letter to… Read More »

Open Letter to the UN Security Council on Peacekeeping in Mali

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To address growing violence in Mali that is undermining the Algeria-brokered peace accord, the UN Security Council should in June renew the mandate of the… Jean-Marie Guéhenno ICG Excellencies, Only weeks away from the official end of the two-year “interim period” defined in the June 2015 peace agreement, much of Mali remains unstable and a… Implementation of the Algeria-brokered agreement consumes considerable diplomatic energy for… Open Letter to… Read More »

Is this the beginning of the end for neoliberalism?

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Letters Your editorial on the French elections (11 April), with its encouraging mention of the rise of the higher tax and spend candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon, failed to… The Guardian Prior to the 2012 election, polls showed that over 80% of French across the political spectrum thought that free trade had a… So it’s not just immigration that is… Is this the… Read More »

Donald, This I Will Tell You

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WASHINGTON — Dear Donald, We’ve known each other a long time, so I think I can be blunt. Maureen Dowd The New York Times You know how you said at campaign rallies that you did not like being identified as a… Don’t worry. No one will ever mistake you for a… After this past week, they won’t even mistake you for a top-notch… Donald, This I… Read More »

Japan: Open Letter to the U.S.

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In return for abolishing the Japanese military, the United States guaranteed peace and stability in Japan, Korea and, to a lesser degree, in various areas of the Pacific, in place of a not-yet-functioning United Nations. Amir George Gatestone Institute A new U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, perhaps unintentionally suggested upsetting this arrangement, which has worked so well for so many years. According to reports, Tillerson “refused to rule out increased weaponization… Japan: Open Letter… Read More »

An open letter to Jews, Muslims and other minorities in Europe

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The revival of racism in European countries rings the warning bell not only for Muslims but also other religious minorities like Jews Yahya Bostan Daily Sabah The rise of xenophobia, hatred toward “the other” and intolerance toward minorities, is often linked to certain social, political and economic developments. In other words… An open letter… Read More »

The Travel Ban: An Assault on Islam?

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To the Editor: Vipan Chandra The New York Times Re “Trump’s New Ban Halts Travelers From 6 Nations” (front page, March 7): The Trump administration… The Travel Ban… Read More »

Malaysian jihadist’s journey through Facebook to Syria

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Until recently, Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi was a relatively unknown name in the jihadi community of Syria. Sami Moubayed Asia Times A 26-year-old from a small village in the district of Malacca on the southwest of the Malayan Peninsula, he arrived in Syria on 26 January 2016, officially recruited into the jihadi community through Facebook. The Islamic State… Malaysian jihadist’s journey… Read More »

Why We Should All Watch A Bit Of Crap TV

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Nelly Thomas makes the case for wading into free to air television, if for no other reason than perspective and an education. Nelly Thomas New Matilda Dear New Matilda Readers, I’m writing to implore you to watch some shit telly. When I say… Why We Should… Read More »

An Eminent Psychiatrist Demurs on Trump’s Mental State

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To the Editor: Fevered media speculation about Donald Trump’s psychological motivations and psychiatric diagnosis has recently encouraged mental health professionals to disregard the usual ethical constraints against diagnosing public figures at a distance. They have sponsored several petitions and a Feb. 14 letter to The New York Times suggesting that Mr. Trump is incapable, on psychiatric grounds, of serving as president. Most amateur diagnosticians have mislabeled President Trump with the diagnosis of narcissistic personality disorder. I wrote the criteria that ... Read More »

Dear Minister For Immigration Peter Dutton, And Whoever Else Will Listen

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Stunned by America’s ‘travel bans’, and outraged by Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers, Olivia Congdon has penned an open letter to Peter Dutton. Olivia Congdon New Matilda RE: Ending the suffering we cause asylum seekers Yesterday, a customer… Dear Minister For… 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 »

Will Cyprus be reunified?

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THE formal split of Cyprus dates to Turkey’s invasion of the island in 1974, which followed a Greece-inspired coup aimed at enosis (union with Greece). The Economist Since then Cyprus has been divided between the Greek-Cypriot republic in the south, a full member of the UN and the… Will Cyprus be… Read More »

An Open Letter to a Minister of the Crown

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OPEN LETTER For the immediate attention of The Rt. Hon. Sir Alan Duncan MP, Minister for Europe, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Whitehall, London By email to: fcocorrespondence@fco.gov.uk 11 January 2017 Dear Sir Alan Re: The Republic of Cyprus, the ‘talks’ in Geneva, the role of Parliament in Westminster & other related matters I have written this open letter in connection with the above matters.  I have done so in my capacity as a citizen of the United Kingdom and as a citizen of the ... Read More »

Greece has taken a principled stand over guarantees

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In your editorial “Greece must stop blocking a deal” (Cyprus Mail, November 24), Greece is blamed for not adopting “a supportive role, instead of undermining the process as it had done in the last week”. Cyprus Mail Myron M Nicolatos, president of the Cyprus supreme court President Anastasiades is also blamed, for standing next to Prime Minister Tsipras and “nodding approvingly” while the… Greece has taken a… Read More »