Opinion

Do Indians Really Support Modi’s Currency Swap?

India - The National Interest

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 »

When nations fall their artists rise

Iraqi artist - Al Jazeera

Exploring five decades of Iraqi artist Dia Azzawi’s works. Hamid Dabashi Al Jazeera News On an ethereally sunny and surreal day in Doha, in the company of a dear Qatari artist friend, we walked into Qatar Museum Gallery Alriwaq, now exhibiting an awe-inspiring retrospective of the pre-eminent Iraqi artist, Dia Azzawi. In two complementary… When nations fall their… Read More »

On Lincoln, Sessions And The Hysterical Abuse Of Racism

US - The Daily Caller

People living In the United States and other so-called Western countries, are living with what may be the death throes of the brief but eventful “democratic” age. Alan Keyes The Daily Caller That age began in earnest when the United States was still growing in the womb. The events precipitated by the… On Lincoln, Sessions And… Read More »

Why Saudi Arabia and Egypt are competing for influence in Africa

Saudi King Salman bin Abbulaziz Al-Saud attends the Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) 37th Summit in Manama, Bahrain, December 6, 2016. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed - RTSUXKH

CAIRO — Some Middle Eastern countries are showing a great deal of interest in Africa these days, and although Africa seems to welcome the attention, it can do without the drama. Ayah Aman Al Monitor Egypt and Saudi Arabia, in particular, have extended their drive for influence in the Mideast by competing in some African countries. Their differences over… Why Saudi Arabia and… Read More »

Will Arctic trade prompt China to build an ‘ice-water navy’?

Ice water - Asia Times

The final of a two-part series looks at the global implications of China’s trade interests in the Northwest Passage and other navigation routes Doug Tsouruoka Asia Times While China doesn’t border Arctic regions, this doesn’t preclude Beijing from making future security moves involving the Northwest Passage or other northern reaches, especially if such routes become shipping lifelines and… Will Arctic trade prompt… Read More »

So politicians are blaming immigrants for the NHS crisis. How predictable

NHS - The Guardian

Chronic underfunding and the decimation of social care are behind our hospitals’ failings. Phil McDuff The Guardian Yet even Labour MPs are resorting to anti-migrant blather There’s very little point to… So politicians are blaming… Read More »

Soas students have a point. Philosophy degrees should look beyond white Europeans

SOAS - The Guardian

The story of the students preferring African or Asian to European philosophy isn’t what it seems. Tom Whyman The Guardian These so-called PC snowflakes just care about learning We all know what students… Soas students have a… Read More »

Let’s #MakeAmericaHealthyAgain

Obamacare - The Daily Caller

#MakeAmericaSickAgain may have shown up in your Twitter or Facebook news feed during the past few days. Heather Madden The Daily Caller Proponents of the Affordable Care Act are currently pushing that hashtag to drive their argument that, if the law is repealed and replaced, then millions of Americans will lose their health coverage and be put at risk. While it may get headlines… Let’s #MakeAmerica… Read More »

Sorry, But The Republican Party Isn’t ‘Extremist’

Republican - The Federalist

Liberals have been making the same argument for 35 years (at least). It’s still not true. David Harsanyi The Federalist In Slate, Jamelle Bouie asserts that the “Republican Party in 2017 isn’t an ordinary political party. It is an ideological outlier… Sorry, But The Republican… Read More »

Gasolinazo protests: The symptom of a bigger crisis

Mexico - Al Jazeera

Mexico is seeing yet another wave of protests and violence and gas shortages are not the real problem. Edgardo Buscaglia Al Jazeera News In the past few weeks Mexico has witnessed an unprecedented spike in social violence caused by gasoline shortages and a 14 to 24-percent rise in prices. This increase, officially justified with… Gasolinazo protests: The symptom of… Read More »

Will Turkey leave NATO?

A Turkish flag (R) flies among others flags of NATO members during the North Atlantic Council (NAC) at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, July 28, 2015. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo - RTSRWLT

In 2013, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, then Turkey’s prime minister, surprised many with his statement about the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Yekaterina Chulkovskaya Al Monitor Addressing Russian President Vladimir Putin, he said: “Get us out of this suffering [of trying to join the European Union]. We are willing to finalize a… Will Turkey leave… Read More »

Two sides of Syria: Damascus and Aleppo

People walk past a picture of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad at Bab Sharqi entrance, near the Jobar district of Damascus, Syria, January 5, 2017. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki - RTX2XN2D

Lebanon is a country of unsettled scores. Fehim Taştekin Al Monitor Each time I visit the country, I keep seeing and feeling the burdensome legacy of its 15-year civil war, no matter how many years had gone by since it ended in 1990. What would I find in neighboring…Two sides of Syria… Read More »

Will Turkey, Iraq open new chapter in ties?

Iraqi President Fuad Masum (R) meets with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim (L) at the presidential palace in Baghdad on January 7, 2017.
Iraq and Turkey's prime ministers held talks in Baghdad which both said reflected progress in resolving a bitter row over the presence of Turkish troops in northern Iraq. / AFP / POOL / KHALID AL-MOUSILY        (Photo credit should read KHALID AL-MOUSILY/AFP/Getty Images)

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim’s visit to Iraq last week set a new tone in the ties between the two countries, which have been highly tense in recent months. Semih Idiz Al Monitor Following his talks with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad, Yildirim met with Iraqi Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani in Erbil. His contacts in Erbil… Will Turkey, Iraq open… Read More »

Slavery thrives in the gaps between our knowledge

Slavery - Asia Times

The power to end exploitation is already in our hands, Liberty Asia’s Duncan Jepson says. Duncan Jepson Asia Times What holds us back is the lack of basic data needed to make the right decisions. The much quoted… Slavery thrives in… Read More »

Deceased Iranian President Rafsanjani was no moderate

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Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iran’s former president and arguably the Islamic Republic’s second-most influential political figure, died of a heart attack Sunday. Michael Rubin AEI He was 82. Almost immediately, journalists and some diplomats described his death as a blow to moderation in Iran. Thomas Erdbrink, the Tehran… Deceased Iranian President… Read More »

Jeremy Cresswell: A matter of reputation and disgust in Big Oil

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Make no mistake, the public do not like Big Oil. It is in the eyes of most, a rapacious machine that will trample over anyone and anything to get what it… Jeremy Cresswell Energy Voice And with good reason given what happened in the US in the early 20th… Jeremy Cresswell: A… Read More »