Opinion

The Observer view on Turkey and Putin’s malign patronage

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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan blames the US for many of his country’s troubles but we must be wary of his closer ties with Russia Observer editorial The Guardian Little noticed amid the uproar over last week’s terrorist attacks in Izmir and Istanbul has been Turkey’s linked escalation of a The Observer view… Read More »

Russian treachery is extreme and it is everywhere

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Vladimir Putin’s worldwide influence is pernicious. Nick Cohen The Guardian Dare Theresa May confront it? Nationalism always breaks its… Russian treachery is extreme… Read More »

Vietnam: The War That Killed Trust

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The legacy of the war still shapes America, even if most of us are too young to remember it. Karl Marlantes The New York Times In the early spring of 1967, I was in the middle of a heated 2 a.m. hallway discussion with fellow students at Yale about the Vietnam War. I was from a… Vietnam: The War… Read More »

On the Trump Russia intel Twitter hysteria

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Do please relax a bit. Yes, though I no longer have a security clearance, it seems abundantly clear Russia did all it could to help Donald Trump win the US election. Danielle Pletka AEI But even the intel community doesn’t say it won it for him. He won it, and… On the Trump Russia… Read More »

New Year message from Kim Jong-un: Same old, same old

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Kim Jong-un made scant mention of grandfather Kim Il-sung and father Kim Jong-il. Bradley K. Martin Asia Times He didn’t need to — he just repeated their economic policies. Some foreign commentators… New Year message from… Read More »

Americans can spot election meddling because they’ve been doing it for years

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If Vladimir Putin intervened to help Donald Trump, that’s an outrage. Owen Jones The Guardian But then so is the long US record of foreign interference As I write, president-elect… Americans can spot election… Read More »

Dealing with the Cyprus problem: an alternative proposal

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In recent years a consensus has developed on dealing with the division of Cyprus: things will get better only if there is a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation on the island. Andreas Theophanous Europe’s World But this is not necessarily the case as the solution that will be discussed at talks in Geneva from 9 to 12 January has a… Dealing with the… Read More »

The Absence Of Silence: Poetry In The Age Of Trump

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Art is dying. But don’t point to the academic whose guild churns out self-ref/verential drivel. Joseph McBirnie The Daily Caller Ignore the publishers pumping said drivel into the oxygen tank. And don’t blame the… The Absence Of… Read More »

What Will Assad Do Next?

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The pictures and footage coming out of Eastern Aleppo are absolutely horrifying. Daniel R. DePetris The National Interest In fact, horrifying may be too tepid a word; genocidal or apocalyptic is more like it. Four years of intense… What Will Assad Do… Read More »

The Canada experiment: is this the world’s first ‘postnational’ country?

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When Justin Trudeau said ‘there is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada’, he was articulating a uniquely Canadian philosophy that some find bewildering, even reckless – but could represent a radical new model of nationhood Charles Foran The Guardian As 2017 begins, Canada may be the last immigrant nation left standing. Our government believes in the value of immigration, as does the majority of the population. We took in an estimated… The Canada experiment: is… Read More »

Could an Embassy in Jerusalem Bring Us Closer to Peace?

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As President-elect Donald J. Trump prepares to assume office, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been forced onto his agenda by President Obama’s decision to have the United States abstain on United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, which condemned Israeli settlements. Martin Indyk The New York Times Mr. Trump has repeatedly declared his desire to make peace between Israelis and Palestinians, saying he viewed it as the “ultimate deal.” But he has also pledged to… Could an Embassy in… Read More »

Europe’s problem is not populism

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What the Continent needs is to restart growth. Alberto Mingardi Politico When we talk about politics, it’s always tempting to use some “mega-trend” to explain the state of the world. Today, the most… Europe’s problem is… Read More »

How Istanbul nightclub attack was linked to Turkey’s culture war

People wave Turkish flags and hold a black banner during a gathering in front of the Reina nightclub, which was attacked by a gunman, in Istanbul, Turkey January 3, 2017. The banner reads: "We will not give up! For our future". REUTERS/Murad Sezer - RTX2XC6K

On New Year’s Eve, many Turks, including myself, were hoping to begin a less bloody and less depressing year than 2016. Mustafa Akyol Al Monitor It took only one hour and 15 minutes, however, for 2017 to present its first carnage. A lone gunman, later… How Istanbul nightclub attack… Read More »

Volunteerism: A prerequisite for Africa’s progress

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The continent’s future lies in the hands of the youth who can successfully harness agriculture and clean energy. Richard Munang and Robert Mgendi Al Jazeera News “Africa will write its own history and, both north and south of the Sahara, it will be a history full of glory and dignity.” These profound words of… Volunteerism: A prerequisite for… Read More »

Get it wrong on Ivan Rogers’ successor, and Brexit disaster could follow

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A Westminster yes-man as EU ambassador or an arrogant stickler with no sympathy for European emotions will lose Britain the friends that it badly needs Jonathan Lis The Guardian Ivan Rogers has a reputation in Brussels not only as a knowledgable, accomplished diplomat with decades of EU expertise, but as a decent man. It is no secret that… Get it wrong on… Read More »

From Hands to Heads to Hearts

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Software has started writing poetry, sports stories and business news. Thomas L. Friedman The New York Times IBM’s Watson is co-writing pop hits. Uber has begun deploying… From Hands to Heads to… Read More »