Opinion

A year to protect democracy

Trump - The Washington post

The most important political task of 2017 transcends the normal run of issues and controversies. E.J. Dionne Jr. The Washington Post Our greatest obligation will be to defend democracy itself, along with republican norms for governing and the openness that free societies require. To say this… A year to… Read More »

How blood feud is growing among the Syrian youth

Syria - Al Jazeera News

The schism in the fabric of Syrian society is very evident and yet intricate at the same time. Al Jazeera News Batoul Karbijha “We will take revenge from everyone who kept silent and everyone who applauded the death of all innocent immaculate souls in Aleppo,” Hosam Al-Bakri, a teary-eyed youth refugee told me, referring to the recent recapture… How blood feud is… Read More »

The new world order, 2017

New World - The Washington Post

One insistent question that will shape 2017 is whether we’re witnessing the gradual decay of the post-World War II international order, dominated by the economic and military power of the United States. Robert J. Samuelson The Washington Post After the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991, it became fashionable to talk of the United States as the only true superpower. Pax Americana would… The new world… Read More »

Intolerant post-Brexit Britain: history shows we can be better than this

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The surge in hate crimes after 23 June stands in stark contrast to the decency shown to black GIs in the UK during the second world war Hugh Muir The Guardian Are we the nation suggested by the 41% spike in hate crimes that followed the Brexit vote? Where non-white Britons are abused in the… Intolerant post-Brexit… Read More »

Humanity may self-destruct, but the universe can cope perfectly without us

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Chances are that the cosmos neither treasures nor regrets humans. Lionel Shriver The Guardian It permits us, with marvellous neutrality, and could do without our interference. In a Scandinavian hotel a… Humanity may self… Read More »

The media we need in 2017

Media - Al Jazeera

Post-truth is a symptom not the disease, while we need a media that challenges rather than normalises the far-right. Rachel Shabi Al Jazeera News On December 20, in a piece both depressingly necessary and emblematic of the year, Britain’s Channel 4 news released a fact-check. It assessed claims… The media we… Read More »

Why Nationalism?

Nationalism - The Daily Caller

The very fabric of Western nations is shifting. Europeans will soon be minorities in their own countries, their languages replaced and their cultures forgotten, with younger generations forced to pay into social systems that are so generous with strangers, they have become unsustainable for themselves. Lauren Southern The Daily Caller National Geographic depicted this future when they featured a Middle-Eastern family on their front cover; above them was emblazoned the words, “The New Europeans.” Right now, in… Why Nationalism… Read More »

To Make the World Better, Think Small

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There is a legend about the comedian W. C. Fields as he lay dying in his hospital bed, surrounded by family. Arthur C. Brooks The New York Times It was winter in New York City, and from outside came the sound of a newsboy shouting, “Wuxtry! Wuxtry! Stock market prices fall!” Stirred out of… To Make the… Read More »

We’re living through the first world cyberwar – but just haven’t called it that

Tech - The Guardian

Nation states have been attacking each other electronically for a decade or more. Historians will eventually give it a name and a start and end date The Guardian Martin Belam The job of the historian is often to pull together broad themes and trends, then give them a snappy title that people will easily recognise and understand. That’s how we end… We’re living through… Read More »

If you think a progressive alliance will save us, better think again

Puzzle - The Guardian

The idea that parties will work together to oppose the Tories is seductive, but there are too many hurdles to prevent it actually happening The Guardian Martin Kettle Labour has held the Cumbrian parliamentary seat of Copeland continuously for more than 80 years. Yet the Conservatives… If you think a… Read More »

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

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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 »