Society

Kenya: Avoiding Another Electoral Crisis

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Political tensions are rising in Kenya ahead of elections in August for the presidency and other senior… Murithi Mutiga ICG Measures taken now can avert the risk of a repeat of electoral violence that killed hundreds of people in… Kenyans go to the polls in August, and fierce contests are likely in the race for the… Kenya: Avoiding Another… Read More »

Fatima Bhutto on Indian partition film Viceroy’s House: ‘I watched this servile pantomime and wept’

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Gurinder Chadha’s film is a glossy imperial version of India’s traumatic partition that scandalously misrepresents the historical reality Fatima Bhutto The Guardian Gurinder Chadha’s Raj film Viceroy’s House begins with an ominous warning: “History is written by the victors.” It sure is. The empire and its… Fatima Bhutto on… Read More »

Falling in love with concrete

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ADB report says the developing region will need to invest a total of US$22.6 trillion, or US$1.5 trillion a year, into infrastructure spending Anthony Rowley Asia Times Pouring concrete, laying tarmac, and putting down cable and rail tracks is not typically the stuff of headline news, but a convergence of trillion- dollar global announcements suggests “infrastructure spending” is the buzz term we… Falling in love… Read More »

Every time we take an Uber we’re spreading its social poison

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CEO Travis Kalanick’s treatment of one of his drivers shows Uber’s institutional sleazebaggery, seeing social responsibility as an outdated piece of… Laurie Penny The Guardian There are very few things that $5bn can’t buy, but one of them is manners. This week video emerged of Travis Kalanick, the CEO and founder of… Every time we… Read More »

Don’t worry about Nexit (well, maybe just a bit)

epa05810972 Dutch PVV-leader Geert Wilders (C-back to camera) speaks to the media as he arrives at the Senate in The Hague, The Netherlands, 23 February 2017. The Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders and his populist Freedom party have suspended all public campaigning for next month's parliamentary elections following an alleged security leak. Wilders announced the move after an employee of the government agency responsible for his security was arrested for leaking information.  EPA/BART MAAT

The Brits are leaving the EU, but will the Dutch be next? Cynthia Kroet Politico When the Dutch go to the polls on March 15, Europhiles will be watching the results with bated breath: After Brexit, will Nexit be next? With less than… Don’t worry about… Read More »

Where is Britain’s version of Roots? David Olusoga

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The series that shook America in the 1970s has just been remade. David Olusoga The Guardian The tale of the British empire’s slave history should be told too For more than… Where is Britain’s… Read More »

You May Want to Marry My Husband

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I have been trying to write this for a while, but the morphine and lack of juicy cheeseburgers (what has it been now, five weeks without real food?) have drained my energy and interfered with whatever prose prowess… AMY KROUSE ROSENTHAL The New York Times Additionally, the intermittent micronaps that keep whisking me away midsentence are clearly not propelling my… You May Want… Read More »

Bali nine family critical of Turnbull government death penalty decision

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The family of executed Bali nine drug smuggler Andrew Chan says the Turnbull government is putting more Australians at risk of the firing squad by turning its back on a plan to change police intelligence… Adam Gartrell The Sydney Morning Herald The government has quietly rejected a recommendation made by a… Bali nine family… Read More »

What Europe can learn from Italy

NAPLES, ITALY - NOVEMBER 17:  Students and the unemployed take part in a protest against austerity cuts and lack of jobs on November 17, 2011 in Naples, Italy. Thousands of students took to the streets of Naples to protest against the lack of opportunity for future employment and impending austerity cuts by Italy's new PM Mario Monti and his new cabinet.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

The Italian case proves that economic policies, whereby the rich subsidize the poor, won’t fix Europe’s problems. Alberto Mingardi Politico MILAN — Can turning the European Union into a “transfer union” — whereby its wealthier members subsidize the worse-off — help alleviate the bloc’s many ailments? Or will doing… What Europe can… Read More »

Malcolm X: Honoring the identity of being a human being!

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Malcolm X was a great mind for all, who lived with full awareness of humanity and acted in a way that honored ‘identity’ as human beings Ergin Yaman Daily Sabah Truly unique, human beings are the only creatures that can utilize abstract thought as well as the ability to combine complex knowledge. It is these… Malcolm X: Honoring… Read More »

The Islam Catastrophe Continues

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Former FBI special agent John Guandolo has written a strong and sobering essay at his website, UnderstandingTheThreat, called “Unfit for Duty.” Diana West The Daily Caller It argues that two senior Trump administration officials, H. R. McMaster and Sebastian Gorka, are “catastrophically wrong” in their assessment of Islam as publicly stated and that this is “leading America down a disastrous road… The Islam Catastrophe… Read More »

The Next 9/11: What’s the Next Impossible Terror Threat?

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The 9/11 Commission Report warned of an “imagination gap.” Jacqueline R. Sutherland The National Interest We’re still two steps behind global terrorism. Over the past… The Next 9/11… Read More »

As Erdoğan turns the screw, we must stand up for human rights in Turkey

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Free speech is under fire. Timothy Garton Ash The Guardian Victims of the president’s clampdown need the same kinds of support we once offered dissidents in the Soviet Union If this newspaper… As Erdoğan turns… Read More »

Media’s role in terrorism, military coups

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As today’s world turns into a battleground for global powers to establish their hegemony, terrorism, in all of its forms, is being used as a serious tool by those same global powers. Saadet Oruc Daily Sabah With changing tactics from terrorists, terrorism needs the media to exist and spread its message more than ever in an age of communication, and vice versa, the media needs terrorism to provide images of violence to increase the… Media’s role in… Read More »

Suffer The Children: The Creeping Sexualization Of Minors

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The landscape of minor sex and sexual relations hosts all the perils of pre-Disney fairy tales. Joseph McBirnie The Daily Caller While failed candidates must mutilate themselves as they struggle to fit in positions citing “legitimate rape,” the mention of a certain word in conjunction with anything other than condemnation possesses the magical property… Suffer The Children… Read More »

Torn Ballet Shoes, and a Life Upended

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ISTANBUL — For the first time in half a year, the Turkish novelist Asli Erdogan returned the other day to her Istanbul apartment, a home left ransacked when she was arrested and… Tim Arango The New York Times She discovered that many things were missing: flash drives containing her work and reviews from European… Left behind… Torn Ballet Shoes… Read More »