Opinion

Want To Be a Successful Dictator? Copy North Korea.

N Korea - The NI

A blueprint for how to run a North Korea-style authoritarian regime. James Person The National Interest The White House has launched its review of U.S. policy toward the DPRK, making it a good time to dispel with the notion that the regime is unknown and unknowable, unpredictable and irrational, and to consider a number of… Want To Be… Read More »

Britain Is an Immigrant Nation

Britain - NYT

LONDON — The central exhibit of the Museum of Immigration and Diversity is the building itself. Located in London’s East End, it straddles the Docklands to its east, where new arrivals to Britain once hit dry land, and to its… Rachel Shabi The New York Times This unassuming Georgian building on 19 Princelet Street has migration written into its bricks and mortar. Built in 1719… Britain Is an… Read More »

What’s on Kim Jong-un’s mind?

N Korea - Al Jazeera

Kim Jong-un’s actions may seem ‘irrational’ on the surface, but he knows what he is doing and his policies are working. Andrei Lankov Al Jazeera News In recent months, North Korea has found itself at the centre of international attention. Its policies are… What’s on Kim… Read More »

Hope for justice in Syria from an unlikely source

UN - Al Jazeera

An independent mechanism established by the UNGA is working towards abolishing the rein of criminal impunity in Syria. David Tolbert Al Jazeera News Six years into the carnage in Syria, atrocious crimes run rampant, with savage abuses committed against all groups in the devastated country, and the murderous regime, abetted by powerful allies, is still in power. The United Nations… Hope for justice… Read More »

How culture could help end Palestinian divisions

Palestinian artists perform at al-Shawa theatre in Gaza City March 9, 2010. Live theatre is rare in the Gaza Strip; public criticism of its Islamist rulers is rare too. So perhaps it was no surprise that a play which gives vent to Palestinians' frustrations with their leaders should be a hit. Picture taken March 9, 2010. To match Reuters Life! PALESTINIANS-GAZA/THEATRE   REUTERS/Suhaib Salem (GAZA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT POLITICS SOCIETY) - RTR2BXPY

Amid the deteriorating economic conditions plaguing the Gaza Strip, culture has become the least of society’s daily needs. Asmaa al-Ghoul Al Monitor Watching a play or listening to poems is no longer on the list of Gazans’ priorities at a time when unemployment increases by the day and the economy tilts on the brink of collapse. The number of… How culture could… Read More »

Donald Trump: Is there a ‘deep state’ in America and is it trying to take down the President?

Trump - ABC

If you’ve been following US politics (and who hasn’t been over the past few months) you may have come across the term “deep state”. Michael Collett ABC The idea is that unelected members of America’s security agencies (the intelligence community or IC) and bureaucracy are secretly pulling the strings of government. And according to Washington… Donald Trump: Is… Read More »

The widely advertised hazards of the EU not that ominous; the sting is financial woes

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Last Monday, Deutsche Bank’s management surprised everybody quite negatively by asking its shareholders for an €8 billion capital injection. Dennis Kefalakos European Sting Only hours before that, the London Stock Exchange had almost terminated the long negotiated merger procedure with the Deutsche Börse, the German bourse in Frankfurt. The LSE directors… The widely advertised… Read More »

Democracy needs more trees and less Trump

Democracy - The Conversation

For almost all of its more than 2,500-year history, democracy has been thought of as an attribute of purely human societies. John Dryzek The Conversation For most of that history democracy was generally reviled and excoriated; only in the late 20th century did it come to be widely celebrated, and indeed widely practised. But now democracy… Democracy needs more… Read More »

‘If we do nothing, then we become the abusers’

Scandal - Irish examiner

On Tuesday night, two whistleblowers at the heart of the Grace scandal arrived at the front gates of Leinster House for the Dáil debate on the scandal. Daniel McConnell Irish Examiner Neither of the two women, who have risked everything to speak out and get justice, could have imagined how dramatic the night would be. As the debate… ‘If we do nothing… Read More »

What our backyards can tell us about the world

Backyards - The Conversation

Our backyards are home to many scuttling, slithering and scampering creatures, which are often the subject of fascination. Kathryn Teare Ada Lambert The Conversation But they can also play a key role in tracking the changes in the world around us – for science. Science is a… What our backyards… Read More »

Why do politicians continue to push the zombie creed of austerity?

Politicians - The Guardian

The fiction of financial constraint perpetuated by the budget allows authority figures to treat us like children – but it’s time we understood the facts Eliane Glaser The Guardian For her fifth birthday, my daughter requested a unicorn cake and an angel cake. When I told… Why do politicians… Read More »

Juncker: No to nationalism, yes to industry

PORT TALBOT, WALES - AUGUST 8:  Residential housing rests near the Corus steelworks on August 8, 2006 in Port Talbot, Wales.  Corus, formerly known as British Steel is Europe's second biggest steelmaker. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Commission president outlines his vision for Europe as EU leaders gather in Brussels. Jean-Claude Juncker Politico As EU leaders gather in Brussels Thursday, they will take stock of Europe’s efforts to create jobs, generate growth and improve competitiveness. European industry has Juncker: No to… Read More »

Consumerism: Double-ended slavery of new age

Daily Sabah

The parts of the world that are exploiting the most and as such, causing large scale injustices and inequalities are the ones that are setting standards for human rights, equalities and freedoms Ergin Yaman Daily Sabah Mankind, which has largely lost its ties with innate values and natural moral senses, the quality of which normally define the quality of spiritual satisfaction, has been exposed to new ways of spiritual satisfaction that completely… Consumerism: Double-ended… Read More »

Theresa May’s Brexit poker face

May - Politico

Everyone at the EU summit had one question on their mind: What’s May’s date for triggering Article 50? Charlie Cooper Politico She didn’t come to talk about Brexit, but in Brussels there’s not much else they want to hear about from Theresa May. The closest anyone… Theresa May’s Brexit… Read More »

Is an ‘Arab NATO’ in the works?

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attends the graduation of 83 aviation and military science at the Air Force Academy in Cairo, Egypt July 20, 2016 in this handout picture courtesy of the Egyptian Presidency. The Egyptian Presidency/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. - RTSIXGQ

CAIRO — The convergence of views between Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and US President Donald Trump has seemingly led Trump to turn into a facilitator of Sisi’s dreams. These dreams include banning the Muslim Brotherhood and founding a joint Arab force. Ahmed Fouad Al Monitor On Feb. 15, The Wall Street Journal quoted unnamed Arab officials as saying that the Trump administration is in talks with Arab allies about forming a military alliance that would share intelligence with Israel ... Read More »

What’s holding Arab women back from achieving equality?

Women - The Conversation

No country in the world has achieved full gender equality, but the Arab region – a diverse grouping of 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa – ranks lowest in the world, according to the 2016 Global Gender Gap Report. Lina Abirafeh The Conversation Despite some advances in women’s economic equality in Qatar, Algeria and the United Arab Emirates, at the present rate, the region’s 39% gender gap (compared to 33% in South Asia and 32% in Sub-Saharan ... Read More »