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Brace yourself, Europe: Politics is back

BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 11: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel arrive to write a message in the book of condolence for the family of Former German President Roman Herzog at Bellevue Palacee on January 11, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. Former German President Roman Herzog, who served in from 1994 until 1999, died yesterday at the age of 82. (Photo by Jochen Zick - Pool/Getty Images)

As politicians take the gloves off and citizens re-engage with parties, one casualty could be the transatlantic partnership. Matthew Karnitschnig Politico BERLIN — Old Europe is witnessing the return of a long-dormant force in its civic discourse — politics. The barrage of Brexit… Brace yourself, Europe… Read More »

How The Other Half Lives: Welfare Torts Vs Travel Rorts

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The Turnbull government is in chaos, and we’re not even halfway through January, writes Ben Eltham. Ben Eltham New Matilda Human Services Minister Alan Tudge finally returned from his summer holidays this week. While he was away… How The Other Half Lives… Read More »

Fiat Chrysler accused of emission cheating by U.S.

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Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has denied any wrongdoing, saying the Environmental Protection Agency was blowing the issue out of proportion. By TOM KRISHER Associated Press MICHAEL BIESECKER The Associated Press The Star WASHINGTON—The U.S. government accused Fiat Chrysler on Thursday of failing to disclose software in some of its… Fiat Chrysler accused… Read More »

Rex Tillerson’s South China Sea Remarks Foreshadow Possible Foreign Policy Crisis

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HONG KONG — Rex W. Tillerson’s call for China to be denied access to its artificial islands in the South China Sea, made Wednesday during his confirmation hearing for secretary of state, set the stage for a possible crisis between the… By MICHAEL FORSYTHE The New York Times Mr. Tillerson told members of the… Rex Tillerson’s South… Read More »

Total’s Offshore Cyprus Block 11 Could Rival Egypt’s Zohr Natural Gas Discovery; Increasing Investment and Competition in Region, IHS Markit Says

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Total to drill one of E&P industry’s most critical wells in 2017, as interest grows in region IHS Driven by the success of Eni’s major Zohr Field gas discovery offshore Egypt in 2015, companies are rethinking the Eastern Mediterranean region’s gas potential, according to… Total’s Offshore Cyprus… Read More »

Assad Has Won in Syria. But Syria Hardly Exists.

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Now that forces supporting the Syrian government have completed the takeover of Aleppo, and Russia, Turkey and Iran have negotiated a tenuous cease-fire, it is more than likely that President Bashar al-Assad and the regime he oversees will continue to govern Syria, in one form or another. David W. Lesch and James Gelvin The New York Times In an interview with French media published last week, Mr. Assad stated that Aleppo signaled a “tipping point in the course of the ... Read More »

Australian-Made Fish Sauce To Protect Cambodian Babies From Deadly Beriberi

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There’s a special ingredient that fortifies babies against a deadly deficiency. Cayla Dengate HuffPost Fish sauce is the pungent, salty key to Khmer cooking, and now, it’s also protecting babies from a deadly deficiency. Researchers at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute are using fish sauce to combat beriberi — a… Australian-Made Fish… Read More »

Obama pushes values and prods Trump in final, emotional address

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With a final call of his campaign mantra “Yes We Can,” U.S. President Barack Obama urged Americans on Jan. 10 to stand up for U.S. values and reject discrimination as the United States transitions to the presidency of… Hurriyet In an… Obama pushes values… Read More »

I swam for my life, I swam in the Olympics, and now I want dignity for all refugees

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My name is… Yusra Mardini World Economic Forum  Yes, I’m the girl who swam for her life, then swam at the… But I guess you’ve heard that… It’s about my other name, my other… You see, my name is… At least, that’s what they call… I swam for… Read More »

Iran after Rafsanjani

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Rafsanjani’s death has created power vacuum in Iran’s political centre. Massoumeh Torfeh Al Jazeera Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is right to be concerned about the loss of one of the leading members of Iran’s religious establishment in an election year. “With the loss of Hashemi,” he… Iran after… Read More »

An Open Letter to a Minister of the Crown

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OPEN LETTER For the immediate attention of The Rt. Hon. Sir Alan Duncan MP, Minister for Europe, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Whitehall, London By email to: fcocorrespondence@fco.gov.uk 11 January 2017 Dear Sir Alan Re: The Republic of Cyprus, the ‘talks’ in Geneva, the role of Parliament in Westminster & other related matters I have written this open letter in connection with the above matters.  I have done so in my capacity as a citizen of the United Kingdom and as a citizen of the ... Read More »

In War on Intel Agencies, Trump Is Hurting Himself

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Donald Trump, once he’s president, has every right, indeed obligation, not to take the Intelligence Community’s assessments at face value. Gary J. Schmitt AEI But it’s problematic to do so before becoming president and do so, so publicly and aggressively. There is plenty of history to… In War on Intel… Read More »

Turkish foreign minister: Turkey deserves better from the United States

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America’s friends and allies are watching closely to gauge how America will reposition itself globally once President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in on… By Mevlut Cavusoglu The Washington Post And for good reason. Mevlut Cavusoglu is the Turkish foreign minister. Our collective security is,,, Turkish foreign minister… Read More »

Do Indians Really Support Modi’s Currency Swap?

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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 »