The problems with ‘repeal and delay’

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Republican leaders in Congress and the incoming Trump administration have said that they plan to move quickly to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the early weeks of 2017, with a delay in the date of when key aspects of the repeal would become effective until perhaps 2019 or 2020. Joseph Antos and James C. Capretta AEI This is the so-called “repeal and delay” option. They have also… The problems with… Read More »

Political Islamists brace for Trump era

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Donald Trump’s election has sent shock waves throughout the loosely knit community of religious-minded Muslims working to gain political power through democratic means. Julian Pecquet Al Monitor From Washington to London to Istanbul, the broad spectrum of so-called political Islamists are bracing for what many fear is a becoming witch hunt that threatens to undo the few gains they were able to secure post-Arab Spring. For the past… Political Islamists brace… Read More »

The hidden impediment to political change in Sudan

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Even if the majority of the Sudanese prefer democracy, they will choose it with subdued enthusiasm. Ali Abu Maryam Al Jazeera News There is something conspicuously selfish about the generational behaviour of people. On the atomic… The hidden impediment… Read More »

Everybody’s in a bubble. Anyway, it’s just urban vs rural

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I’ve gotten a lot of Twitter feedback on the list of the 100 zip codes with the thickest bubbles posted last week. Charles Murray AEI Before turning to the unbubbliest zip codes in the next post, let me respond to the most common objections using three actual tweets as takeoff points. “Why are large… Everybody’s in a… Read More »

Why We Don’t Dwell on Turkish Deaths in the West

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Turkey is alone. First, we’ll take a look at the racist reasons for this. Robert Fisk Counterpunch If 39 men and women had been slaughtered in Paris or Brussels or Berlin on New Year’s Eve, the headlines would ripple on for three or four days. Two or three days if the victims had been western European. But of course, this being Turkey, which is a… Why We Don’t… Read More »

End these ethnic clashes

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The deadly traditional rivalry between neighbouring communities in the northwest of the country, which is often manifested in cattle rustling, has wreaked havoc for too long. Daily Nation There have been heavy casualties in terms of lives lost and homes razed as the raiders drive away cattle. People have been… End these ethnic… Read More »

The media’s hypocrisy and hyperventilating in the age of Trump

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Facts are stubborn things. Joe Scarborough The Washington Post Unfortunately in the age of Twitter journalism, too many reporters find such details to be both onerous and optional. This past week… The media’s hypocrisy… Read More »

12 people who will (likely) ruin 2017

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A dozen characters who will make you want to stay in bed — with the covers pulled firmly over your trembling head. Politico Tunku Varadarajan Europe has endured major angst these last 12 months, and many would say that the year 2016 was among the Continent’s most unlovely since the Balkan civil war. As we tiptoe into… 12 people who… Read More »

After ISIS, What’s Next for Iraqi Christians?

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The bells in churches across northern Iraq may have been rung again during Christmas, but the future is unclear. Seth J. Frantzman The National Interest Christmas has been a dangerous time for Christians in Iraq. In 2013, three bombings targeted Christians in Baghdad, killing 38. Two days before… After ISIS, What’s… Read More »

Here’s why Russia gives itself high marks for 2016

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Russia’s chief diplomatic and military agencies are reporting on their performance for the just-ended year, and the news appears to be good. Maxim A. Suchkov Al Monitor A newly released report, Overview of Foreign Policy 2016, states, “The key track in strengthening international security and stability in 2016 was the struggle against terrorism.” In this regard… Here’s why Russia… Read More »

Trump’s America is not the only ‘real’ America

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Humility is a virtue, but fake humility is a sin, or ought to be. Eugene Robinson The Washington Post So let me begin the new year with full-throated praise of some people and institutions that supposedly got their comeuppance in November: the mainstream media, “coastal elites,” share-the-wealth liberals, pointy-headed… Trump’s America is… Read More »

Marshall Plans, Not Martial Plans

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WASHINGTON — The carnage of the Syrian government’s assault on Aleppo, enabled by Russia and Iran, was unbearable to watch. Chris Murphy The New York Times Just as unbearable was the realization that the United States could not save the Syrian people from this horror. That’s hard to… Marshall Plans, Not… Read More »

The Assad conundrum

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Some argued that without his rule, radical Islamists such as ISIL would take over Syria. John Bell Al Jazeera News It is safe to say that, until recently, the debate over Syria’s political future came down to one thing: the fate of President Bashar al-Assad. With his victory… The Assad… Read More »

To save global liberalism, time to look beyond government

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In the absence of geopolitical leadership and stability, talented, experienced people outside of office can play a vital role Peter Westmacott The Guardian For all the best wishes for a Happy New Year we are sending each other, few of us are looking ahead to 2017 with much optimism. Alliances are under… To save global… Read More »

We dedicated a year to self-improvement: here’s what it taught us

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From brain and body to money and sex, we optimised aspects of our lives to see if self-help culture works Carl Cederström and André Spicer The Guardian On 1 January last year we began a new research project called “Optimised”. We had published… We dedicated a year… Read More »

It is now May’s task to tell Trump the truth about Putin

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The PM has talked tough on Russian aggression. Matthew d’Ancona The Guardian Convincing Washington will be a greater challenge The American eagle… It is now May’s… Read More »