Opinion

The toothless United Nations must seize this last chance to save itself

UN - The Guardian

As the new UN secretary general, António Guterres must make the security council matter again – we need it more than ever The Guardian Mary Dejevsky As the Syrian government and its backers tighten their grip on Aleppo, and Turkey and Russia reveal yet another ceasefire in Syria, the same questions trouble many an outraged onlooker. Has the United Nations ever… The toothless United… Read More »

Post-Brexit, Britain will love Europe

A man sits alongside a European Union (EU) flag outside the Houses of Parliament, before the British government ahead of a House of Commons debate on a petition calling for a second EU referendum, in London on September 5, 2016. 
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May sought to drum up trade deals on Monday for a post-Brexit world, as she came under increasing pressure from all sides to define what that would look like. MPs were set to discuss an online petition calling for a second referendum that has received more than four million signatures. / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS        (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Without the poison of EU membership and with Donald Trump in the White House, Britain may feel European after all. Politico Tom McTague LONDON — Brexit may finally have turned Britain pro-European. Once divorce proceedings… Post-Brexit, Britain… Read More »

Israel’s never-ending crimes: It’s not just settlements

Israel - Al Jazeera

Israel has not just committed unspeakable acts of genocide but done so with absolute transparency. Al Jazeera News Stanley L Cohen Last week, the world stood fixated at a largely symbolic gesture by the United Nations in which it found the continued Israeli occupation of the West Bank of Palestine to be illegal. Or did it… Israel’s never-ending… Read More »

Does Empathy Guide or Hinder Moral Action?

Empathy - NYT

After a year of surprising election results and referendums, and violence in protests, terrorism and war, the term “empathy” has been cited by many as a key component to helping groups of people that have little in common, or disagree, come together. The New York Times Jamil Zaki and Paul Bloom But does empathy actually increase the ability of opposing parties to understand each other better, or otherwise inform correct moral action? Empathy Can Lead to… Does Empathy Guide or… Read More »

Racism in primary schools only reflects the society the Tories have created

Racism - The Guardian

There may have been a rise in reporting, but five years of toxic political attitudes towards immigration has clearly seeped through to our children The Guardian Kehinde Andrews The Department for Education has revealed that the number of primary school children being suspended for racist behaviour has risen by a third in the past few years, from 430 incidents in 2014-15 compared with 320 in 2009-10. This is not a case of … Racism in primary… Read More »

Conservative And Liberal Readings Of President Trump

Trump - The Daily Caller

Over the years, as a conservative and while working in the world of politics, I was able to make a number of friends on both the liberal and conservative ends of the ideological spectrum. The Daily Caller Douglas Mackinnon I am a better person for the diversity of opinion. As corny or… Conservative And Liberal… Read More »

Turkey’s Erdogan cripples US role in Syria

Asia Times

In the improbable event of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization disintegrating during the coming decade, the blame will be put on the Donald Trump presidency. Asia Times M.K. Bhadrakumar But the endgame must be deemed to have begun under the lame duck US president Barack Obama – to be exact, on December 28 – three full weeks before Trump took over as president. That was when Turkey… Turkey’s Erdogan cripples… Read More »

Why politics in Kenya is like a centrifugal force, pulling the country apart

Kenya - Daily Nation

Kenyan politics is like the volcano that just won’t stay dormant. Daily Nation Charles Onyango-Obbo Every few weeks it erupts violently, its lava flowing menancingly. A few days ago… Why politics in Kenya… Read More »

A portrait of Europe as an old friend, by James Joyce

Europe - The Guardian

In the year of Brexit, issues of national identity in Ireland are back in vogue a century after Joyce explored them in A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man The Guardian Daniel Mulhall James Joyce’s first novel, A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man, was published in the United States on 29 December 1916. Although Joyce did not… A portrait of Europe as… Read More »

Can 2017 be worse for female politicians than 2016?: Editorial

Politicians - The Star

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau created the first gender parity cabinet in Canadian history, he gave female politicians hope that 2016 would be better. The Star Instead, it was worse. 2016 dawned promisingly… Can 2017 be worse for… Read More »

If The Russians And Fake News Swayed The Election, Then The New York Times Has No Influence

NY Times - The Daily Caller

The New York Times has written extensively on fake news and alleged Russian interference in the election, claiming both had a key role in Donald Trump’s victory. The Daily Caller Alex Pfeiffer If the writers for the Times are correct, then they are admitting their paper has little influence on the American voter. The fake news the… If The Russians And… Read More »

Will Britain’s new definition of antisemitism help Jewish people? I’m sceptical

Anti semitism - The Guardian

While some consensus is needed in this debate, I fear this definition is imprecise, and isolates antisemitism from other forms of bigotry The Guardian David Feldman Antisemitism is anathema. From Ken Livingstone to… Will Britain’s new definition of… Read More »

The trouble with democracy

Democracy - Al Jazeera

The year 2016 does not have the best track record in nascent and mature democracies across the world. Al Jazeera Larry Beinhart It’s panic time in Punditville. Democracy itself is… The trouble with… Read More »

The legacy of the Crusades in contemporary Muslim world

Crussades - Al Jazeera

The conflict between the West and the Arab and Islamic worlds is at its core political. Al Jazeera News As’ad AbuKhalil It is always debatable whether the Crusades remain relevant in Arab political rhetoric. Islamists in general believe… The legacy of the… Read More »

The lingering shadows of Pearl Harbor

Asia Times

On a peaceful Sunday morning seventy-five years ago, Captain Mervyn Bennion stood on the flag bridge of his ship, the USS West Virginia, amidst the afterglow of a Hawaiian sunrise. Asia Times Kent E. Calder Within minutes he had bled to death on the deck, commanding his battleship to the last, his stomach pierced by shrapnel from a bomb fragment as one of the first casualties of the United States in World War II. The Congressional Medal of… The lingering ... Read More »

The year 2017 will be one for capital markets

Justice - Daily Nation

The year 2017 will be one for capital markets in Kenya if the array of products and innovations the Capital Markets Authority and other stakeholders have scheduled receive uptake. Daily Nation Gatuyu Justice After several false starts, the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) may launch a futures exchange. The NSE is expected… The year 2017 will be… Read More »