Opinion

What will be the cost of Aleppo victory for Damascus?

This is the third in a series of stories from Al-Monitor correspondent Fehim Tastekin, who has been traveling in Syria. Fehim Taştekin Al Monitor ALEPPO, Syria — As I was walking around the fortress of Aleppo last week, some officials were hoisting the Syrian flag. They insisted that I… What will be the cost of… Read More »

How Barack Obama paved the way for Donald Trump

Don’t blame it all on racism. During the financial crash Obama sided with the bankers, not people losing their homes – making Trump’s victory possible Gary Younge The Guardian To celebrate its 225th anniversary, the US Mint and Treasury last week unveiled plans to issue a 24-carat commemorative coin depicting Lady Liberty as an African-American woman. With full lips and… How Barack Obama paved… Read More »

Beijing’s smog: A tale of two cities

Beijing (CNN)The first thing Jiang Wang does when she wakes up in the morning is check on her daughter to make sure she’s breathing clean air. Joshua Berlinger, Steve George and Serenitie Wang CNN Next, it’s time to start making breakfast. She’s already made sure all the groceries come from an organic farm. She’ll wash her produce with… Beijing’s smog: A tale of… Read More »

Which Martin Luther King Are We Celebrating Today?

Newburyport, Mass. — Every year on the third Monday of January, Americans of all races, backgrounds and ideologies celebrate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jason Sokol The New York Times He is rightly lionized and sanctified by whites as well as blacks, by Republicans as well as Democrats. It is easy to forget that, until…. Which Martin Luther King… Read More »

Why Trump, and Asia, need Randy Forbes as US Navy secretary

One man sticks out as having the knowledge, experience and expertise to confront the naval challenges America faces in Asia, writes Harry J. Kazianis Harry J. Kazianis Asia Times As the world takes stock of the upcoming transfer of power in Washington, DC, the US military faces tremendous challenges to what seemed, for a time, its limitless ability to project power around the globe and protect its… Why Trump, and Asia, need… Read More »

Immigration should not divide black and Latinx people

Undocumented immigration is not a Latinx-only phenomenon and should not be a Latinx-only concern. Jason Nichols Al Jazeera News Only days away from the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States, much of the discourse of his incoming administration has surrounded the building of a wall between the US and its longtime ally, Mexico. Trump made undocumented… Immigration should not… Read More »

Germany comes to terms with its forgotten Namibian death camps

Decades before the Nazis, thousands of men, women and children were exterminated on the direct orders of the leadership in Berlin David Olusoga The Guardian One morning last summer, I was ushered into a little office in the BotswanaNational Archives. I’d asked the archivists to… Germany comes to terms with… Read More »

Will Cyprus be reunified?

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 »

What prompted Russia’s shift in stance on Syria opposition?

When 2016 was drawing to a close, Moscow surprisingly agreed to divide Syrian warring factions into “good” and “bad” guys and to recognize the idea of the “moderate opposition. Anton Mardasov Al Monitor On Jan. 10, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov announced the preparation of talks between the Syrian government and the armed opposition in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana, on Jan. 23. The rebels are seriously preparing for… What prompted Russia’s shift in… Read More »

Opposition to a Jewish state is a legitimate position

Jewish Labour activist who was suspended after being accused of anti-Semitism for criticising Israel tells her story. Jackie Walker Al Jazeera News Until May of last year, I was known, or in truth barely known, as a lifelong anti-racism activist, trainer, teacher, writer, and lecturer. As a young woman, I was Opposition to a Jewish… Read More »

Time for a European Nuclear Deterrent?

Instead of expecting the United States to risk a nuclear exchange to protect Europe, the Europeans should take over that risk. Doug Bandow The National Interest After spending a quarter century treating NATO as an international social club to which every reasonably civilized European nation should belong, the alliance has begun to focus again on its original role as a military alliance. Rather than expect the… Time for a European… Read More »

Is Peace In Israel Possible?

“Israel can either be Jewish or democratic.  It cannot be both,” said Secretary of State John Kerry last month. Elliot Resnick The Daily Caller In fact, it can.  The argument that it cannot is based on the premise that a democratic state must give all residents within its borders the right to vote. But that plainly is… Is Peace In Israel… Read More »

Dismay over democracy: alternative policies for 2017

In the wake of Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, the prospect of right wing successes in European elections and, in Australia, the rudderless Turnbull government, social analysts insist that citizens have lost faith in democracy. Stuart Rees On Line Opinion In response to public dismay about capitalism and democracy, plus major political parties’ fear of an angry populism, Professor John Hewson has argued that the status quo should be thrown out and replaced by a complete… Dismay over democracy… Read More »

The slave trade made Scotland rich. Now we must pay our blood-soaked debts

The Caribbean countries that our forefathers so ruthlessly exploited are asking for financial reparations. Let’s not deepen our shame by refusing them The Guardian At the turn of the year, after the giving, receiving and splurging are over, eyes turn wearily to outstanding bills, upcoming liabilities and the settling of accounts. This year, thanks to… The slave trade made… Read More »

In China, State Media Blast Tillerson’s Comments On South China Sea Islands

After President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state made strong statements about China’s actions in the South China Sea, Chinese officials have responded with muted, measured statements — while state-run media have warned of the… Camila Domonoske npr Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil CEO nominated to lead the… In China, State… Read More »