Opinion

Nuclear Weapons: The Most Overrated Weapon of War?

Weapons - The NI

But since World War II, the United States has eschewed the use of nuclear weapons, even against capable non-nuclear opponents. Robert Farley The National Interest Because of the deep political complexity associated with their employment, the weapons simply have too little battlefield and strategic impact for the US to seriously entertain their use. We very occasionally… Nuclear Weapons: The… Read More »

Why I’ll take economic growth over ‘happiness’ any day

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President Trump has promised he’ll boost economic growth. James Pethokoukis AEI “Tremendous” growth, to be specific. In that way — and maybe no other — he’s like every other politician. Here’s what politicians… Why I’ll take… Read More »

The Origin of “Fake News” in Holocaust Denial

Gatestone Institute

“Fake news” has become a subject of real news. Alan M. Dershowitz Gatestone Institute But there’s nothing new about “fake news.” Holocaust deniers have… The Origin of… Read More »

Scientists made a detailed “roadmap” for meeting the Paris climate goals. It’s eye-opening.

Map - VOX

In 2015, the world’s governments met in Paris and agreed to keep global warming below 2°C, to avoid the very worst risks of a hotter planet. Brad Plumer VOX See here for background on why, but that’s the goal. For context, the planet’s warmed ~1°C since the 19th century. One problem with… Scientists made a… Read More »

The Tip Of An Iceberg: Engineered Indifference, Systematic Dehumanisation

Opinion - New Matilda

Bureaucracies the world over have in-built cruelties, something which Palestinians in particular know all about, writes Professor Stuart Rees. Stuart Rees New Matilda The humiliation experienced by the citizens of many countries occurs in encounters with officials who represent bureaucracies. When inquiring about… The Tip Of… Read More »

Top class! Free speech is a fundamental right … but only for the ruling Right

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Any debate about free speech in our society is really about free speech for the ruling class. John Passant Independent Australia Capitalism is built and maintained on the denial of free speech to the working class, among other things. US citizen Rupert… Top class! Free… Read More »

London terrorist attack: Western cities will always be vulnerable to these attacks

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Just when the Western world had absorbed the shock of a truck attack in Berlin in December that claimed 12 lives, it is reminded again of the dangers of “lone-wolf” attacks inspired by Islamic State (IS) that are almost impossible to guard against. Tony Walker ABC When a sole attacker drove randomly across London’s Westminster Bridge towards the Houses of Parliament — one of the most trafficked thoroughfares in the Western world — killing and maiming innocent bystanders, it served ... Read More »

The US + Britain trivialize mainland Europe, NATO and the EU

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After the insults the German Chancellor Angela Merkel experienced in Washington last week, the Anglo-American duo last Tuesday orchestrated new assaults on mainland Europe. Dennis Kefalakos European Sting It’s not only the outrageous option of the no-deal Brexit, which gains momentum in London, possibly being encouraged by Washington. It’s also a… The US + Britain… Read More »

When the ‘interests of the common good’ no longer apply

Ireland - Irish Examiner

An Bord Pleanála has a duty to the Irish people that it is not living up to with regards to Indaver’s plans for Cork Harbour, writes Linda Fitzpatrick Linda Fitzpatrick Irish Examiner THE Constitution, in the section outlining the fundamental rights of every citizen in Ireland, says that the courts, and all other bodies or persons making decisions that affect you, must treat you fairly. As a community… When the ‘interests… Read More »

The most dangerous ally

Daily Sabah

It’s funny to see the efforts of certain figures in Western media to ‘evidently’ portray Turkey as the most dangerous ally in international relations Hakki Ocal Daily Sabah Christopher Dickey, the world news editor of the Daily Beast website, thinks that the U.S. administration should remove the estimated 50-90 thermo-nuclear weapons from Incirlik Air Base because Turkey has become the most… The most dangerous… Read More »

Are America and China destined for war?

Asia Times

In his recent book The Improbable War, professor Christopher Coker explains that it is “of vital importance that the possibility of a conflict between China and the United States continues to be discussed.” Harry J Kazianis Asia Times Coker’s rationale for this is simple: “If the United States and China continue to convince themselves that war is too ‘improbable’ to take seriously, it is not they but the rest of the world that may ultimately pay the price.” It would ... Read More »

Solutions for tumultuous times

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To tackle global threats such as climate change, conflict and disaster, we must join forces and take collective action. Cihan Sultanoglu Al Jazeera News These are infinitely complex times. From the refugee… Solutions for tumultuous… Read More »

The tax I pay should be for peace, not war

Peace not war - The Guardian

I have the right not to kill during military conflict. Mark Rylance The Guardian So why am I forced to pay for others to do so on my behalf? A young man… The tax I… Read More »

UN development goals should be put at heart of the European project

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The 17 Sustainable Development Goals address all the issues that are all-important to EU citizens. But the clock is rapidly ticking down to the 2030 deadline. Céline Charveriat Euractiv That is why Céline Charveriat is calling for a European SDG roadmap. This Saturday (25 March) marks… UN development goals… Read More »

Urgent Messages to the Muslim World

Muslim world

A dangerous message is being sent to the Muslim world by the West: There is nothing that moderate Muslims or anyone else should fear from radical Islamic terrorism! Nonie Darwish Gatestone Institute Look at us Western governments! We are bringing… Urgent Messages to… Read More »

2016 didn’t just give us “fake news.” It likely gave us false memories.

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A psychologist explains how easy it is to form false memories — and what that means for the future of our shared reality. Brian Resnick VOX Here’s a reasonable fear: 20 years from now, very few people are going to agree on the details of our shared history. Recently, I spoke… 2016 didn’t just… Read More »