Opinion

Like it or not, State must help UK get good deal on Brexit

Empathy with our largest trading partner does not mean antipathy to the EU John McGrane The Irish Times Ireland’s EU Commissioner Phil Hogan rightly points out that Brexit may present Ireland with the chance to seize the next phase in our development and maturity as a… Like it or… Read More »

Does Israel Really Have a Corruption Problem?

JERUSALEM — Imagine I’m describing a country you’ve never heard of: I tell you that every prime minister of this country in the last 20 years has at some point been under criminal investigation. Shmuel Rosner The New York Times Defense ministers were investigated and put on trial for corruption. Other top government officials… Does Israel Really… Read More »

How The Media Discredited Itself With One Weird Trick

Russia apparently has the next president of the United States under its thumb, thanks to a treasure trove of compromising material the nation has on our future commander in chief. Scott Greer The Daily Caller That was the narrative dominating the discourse on journalist Twitter Tuesday night after an explosive CNN report dropped on how both Preisdent Barack Obama and Donald Trump were briefed by intelligence officials on… How The Media… Read More »

Anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism in British politics

Anti-Zionism is deliberately conflated with anti-Semitism to suppress legitimate criticisms of Israeli policies. Avi Shlaim Al Jazeera There is no denying that from time to time anti-Semitism raises its ugly head in the UK, as it does in many other countries. What is striking… Anti-Zionism and anti… Read More »

How their enemies get by with killing Iraqi journalists

BAGHDAD — Abdul Qader al-Qaisi has become Iraq’s first slain journalist in 2017. Mustafa Saadoun Al Monitor He was kidnapped Jan. 1, and security forces found his body Jan. 5, dumped on the road between Kirkuk and Baghdad. Abdul Qader al-Qaisi was a… How their enemies get… Read More »

Brace yourself, Europe: Politics is back

As politicians take the gloves off and citizens re-engage with parties, one casualty could be the transatlantic partnership. Matthew Karnitschnig Politico BERLIN — Old Europe is witnessing the return of a long-dormant force in its civic discourse — politics. The barrage of Brexit… Brace yourself, Europe… Read More »

Assad Has Won in Syria. But Syria Hardly Exists.

Now that forces supporting the Syrian government have completed the takeover of Aleppo, and Russia, Turkey and Iran have negotiated a tenuous cease-fire, it is more than likely that President Bashar al-Assad and the regime he oversees will continue to govern Syria, in one form or another. David W. Lesch and James Gelvin The New York Times In an interview with French media published last week, Mr. Assad stated that Aleppo signaled a “tipping point in the course of the ... Read More »

Iran after Rafsanjani

Rafsanjani’s death has created power vacuum in Iran’s political centre. Massoumeh Torfeh Al Jazeera Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is right to be concerned about the loss of one of the leading members of Iran’s religious establishment in an election year. “With the loss of Hashemi,” he… Iran after… Read More »

An Open Letter to a Minister of the Crown

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 »

In War on Intel Agencies, Trump Is Hurting Himself

Donald Trump, once he’s president, has every right, indeed obligation, not to take the Intelligence Community’s assessments at face value. Gary J. Schmitt AEI But it’s problematic to do so before becoming president and do so, so publicly and aggressively. There is plenty of history to… In War on Intel… Read More »

Do Indians Really Support Modi’s Currency Swap?

The real test for Modi comes in the form of five key state elections scheduled for February and March. Lisa Curtis The National Interest On the same day Americans elected Donald Trump to power, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise announcement: 500 and 1,000 rupee notes (86 percent of Indian currency in circulation) would no longer be valid. By New Year’s Eve, Modi was… Do Indians Really Support… Read More »