Opinion

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 »

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 »

Get it wrong on Ivan Rogers’ successor, and Brexit disaster could follow

A Westminster yes-man as EU ambassador or an arrogant stickler with no sympathy for European emotions will lose Britain the friends that it badly needs Jonathan Lis The Guardian Ivan Rogers has a reputation in Brussels not only as a knowledgable, accomplished diplomat with decades of EU expertise, but as a decent man. It is no secret that… Get it wrong on… Read More »

From Hands to Heads to Hearts

Software has started writing poetry, sports stories and business news. Thomas L. Friedman The New York Times IBM’s Watson is co-writing pop hits. Uber has begun deploying… From Hands to Heads to… Read More »

The Federal Government Attacks its Watchers

In recent years, the Federal Government has made an art form of undermining the autonomy of independent statutory offices established to hold it to account. Spencer Zifcak Agora Dialogue One by one, statutory offices have been subject to forceful governmental and media assaults. These assaults have not related to the performance by statutory office holders of their statutorily mandated duties. There has been no suggestion of negligence or lack of competence. Instead they have been motivated, seemingly, by nothing more ... Read More »

Let’s Make Capitalism Cool Again

Inside Barack Obama’s rhetoric of “income inequality” and “attack the rich,” used mainly to sway envy-driven, simple minds, was always a dangerous subtext: Capitalism and entrepreneurs are bad. Ron Hart The Daily Caller Trump needs to get us back to our capitalist roots, cut government, and start running government  like a business. Now only 3.6% of… Let’s Make Capitalism… Read More »

Can France hold corrupt African leaders to account?

The son of Equatorial Guinea’s president is on trial in France for misusing state funds. Al Jazeera The son of Equatorial Guinea’s president has been accused of widespread corruption and money laundering, but he is not being tried for it in his home country of Equatorial Guinea. Instead, Vice President Teodoro… Can France hold corrupt… Read More »

China: The New Imperial Japan?

The centenary of World War I in 2014 provided the opportunity for scholars to reflect on parallels between the early twentieth-century Anglo-German rivalry and today’s developing Sino-American rivalry. Jared McKinney The National Interest There is much that must be learned from the road to war in 1914 if the statesmen of today are going to step off the road to Sino-American conflict. Other analogies have also… China: The New Imperial… Read More »

Building Totalitarianism in Europe – The Last Coup of Victoria Nuland

Victoria Nuland, the US Assistant Secretary of State, did not spend much time and energy with Christmas and New Year celebrations this year. Dimitris Konstantakopoulos Defend Democracy Press She has another very urgent and pressing problem to solve, before leaving the State Department, and this is the “Cyprus conflict”. The way she wants to solve this conflict is by transforming a second member of the EU, after Greece, into a protectorate. As the proposed solution for Cyprus is higlhy unstable, ... Read More »

Human rights are under threat – just when we need them most

If, as Theresa May wants, the UK leaves the European convention on human rights, it will be a green light for despots and a disaster for ordinary people Charles Falconer The Guardian There is one almighty fight coming, and it’ll be about human rights in the UK. Those who want… Human rights are… Read More »