Opinion

We must rescue Van Gogh from becoming a pop culture cliche

Van Gough - The Guardian

Loving Vincent is a corny new biopic made from 62,450 hack oil paintings in Van Gogh’s style – and is an insult to the human struggle in his original works Jonathan Jones The Guardian Vincent van Gogh is peculiarly cursed to be travestied, misunderstood and reduced to a kitsch parody of himself. Look at the art section in… We must rescue Van Gogh from… Read More »

How many Arabs have we killed?

Arabs - IA

Unlike the Canadian Government, which reported the location, target and date of all airstrikes conducted in both Iraq and Syria, human rights lawyer Kellie Tranter received a chilling response to her F.O.I. request from the Australian Government. Kellie Tranter Independent Australia “How many Arabs have we killed?” IT WAS a question put… How many Arabs have… Read More »

Cyprus talks: the EU offers all the guarantees Cyprus needs – OPINION

Treo 2b

The seemingly intractable Cyprus problem has been dubbed the ‘graveyard of diplomats’, an unforgiving label alluding to the failed attempts of the international community over the past decades to successfully assemble the puzzle that is, admittedly, the… Nikos Christodoulides, Cyprus government spokesman Euronews And yet, the latest efforts in the… Cyprus talks: the… Read More »

Will presidential referendum save Turkey’s democracy?

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan poses as he casts his ballot at a polling station in Istanbul, Turkey November 1, 2015. Turks began voting on Sunday amid worsening security and economic worries in a snap parliamentary election that could profoundly impact the divided country's trajectory and that of President Tayyip Erdogan. The parliamentary poll is the second in five months, after the ruling AK Party founded by Erdogan failed to retain its single-party majority in June.  REUTERS/Murad Sezer   - RTX1U7U8

A package of constitutional amendments that would dramatically expand the powers of Turkey’s president won the support of 339 deputies in the 550-member parliament Jan. 21, surpassing the 60% threshold (330 votes) required to submit the draft to a referendum. Ali Bayramoglu Al Monitor Backed by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its de facto partner, the Nationalist Action Party (MHP), the bill is supposed to be put to a public vote within two months of the president’s ... Read More »

The Looming Islamist Threat… in Latin America

LA - NI

And money freed up by the Iran deal will only make things worse. J.P. Carroll The National Interest In recent weeks, a variety of foreign-policy issues have been raised regarding President Donald Trump’s nominees for key national-security posts. The issues that have been… The Looming Islamist Threat…  Read More »

From war to more war

White  House - The Guardian

Experience tells us it matters little whether a liberal democrat or an autocratic republican sits in the White House. Stanley L Cohen The Guardian Well, it’s over … and good riddance. What began with a purchased… From war to more… Read More »

This year will be key for democracy in Africa, how many will stand test?

Africa - Daily Nation

This year has already brought some changes. Nic Cheeseman Daily Nation The US, Ghana and The Gambia have inaugurated new presidents while a mutiny has threatened to undermine political stability in Cote d’Ivoire. On a more personal and less This year will be key for… Read More »

The Arab Spring is far from over

Decu 1a

Like the French Revolution, it could play out over decades and reshape the… KOERT DEBEUF Politico My friend Ahmed Maher was released from prison on January 5. Ahmed was the leader of the April 6 Youth Movement that organized the Egyptian revolution against the then… The Arab Spring… Read More »

From too few girls to too many men

Girls - Economist

A FEW years ago it looked like the curse that would never lift. The Economist In China, north India and other parts of Asia, ever more girls were being destroyed by their parents. Many were detected in… From too few girls to… Read More »

Removing the right to protect our children

Opinion

Home education is something that not everyone understands. Bekah Bel On Line Opinion It is viewed with distrust, there are many misconceptions about it. But if there is one thing… Removing the right to… Read More »

Free speech is a lot more than 18C

Opinion

Free speech is a lot more than the right to freely comment on issues of race – important though that is. David Leyonhjelm On Line Opinion There is other legislation that contains restrictions on speech just as oppressive and infantile as Section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act. If you “insult” a registrar in… Free speech is a lot… Read More »

This Is Who He Is

Maura 1a

A morally empty man gave a morally empty speech to cap off a morally empty… William Saletan Slate Kellyanne Conway promised Donald Trump’s inaugural address would be self… “He actually will convey today, I predict, that this is not about him,” she said Friday morning on… This Is Who… Read More »

What it would take to really rethink capitalism

Capitalism - WP

DAVOS, Switzerland — Romina Savoldelli dropped a few Swiss francs into a small wood fire burning on the snow-covered street, near the center of this exclusive mountain resort. Max Ehrenfreund The Washington Post She and roughly two dozen other demonstrators had come to protest against economic inequality at the World Economic Forum, an annual conference where prominent figures in government and business discuss… What it would take to… Read More »

The Simple Reason Russia and America Keep Inching towards Crisis

Crisis - The National Interest

Tensions between the United States and Russia rose rapidly during the final months of the Obama administration. Ted Galen Carpenter The National Interest Symbolizing that trend is the new deployment of three thousand U.S. troops along with tanks and other military hardware in eastern Poland, directly on that country’s border with Russia. That decision drew an… The Simple Reason Russia… Read More »

Donald Trump’s presidency will be ‘hopelessly conflicted’, corporate governance expert says

Trump - ABC

Donald Trump will be a “hopelessly conflicted president” with an unrivalled array of commercial conflicts of interest that threaten to undermine the presidency, according to a leading expert on corporate governance. Stephen Long ABC “I doubt he will survive two years. It could be months,” Professor… Donald Trump’s presidency will be… Read More »

The Most Powerful Republican in America (and How He Paved the Way for Donald Trump)

Trump - Slate

Mitch McConnell’s politics of nihilism produced a president. They can unmake a president, too. Mark Joseph Stern Slate Hours after video emerged of Donald Trump boasting about committing sexual assault, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell criticized Trump’s comments as “repugnant” and “unacceptable.” But were they… The Most Powerful Republican in… Read More »