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Istanbul was our past, Istanbul is our future

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This attack is on the culture of tolerance, on the pluralism of Muslim countries that is represented in Istanbul. Hamid Dabashi Al  Jazeera News I have now blissfully forgotten how many times I have visited Istanbul, or why is it I feel so much at home there. Last time I was… Istanbul was our… Read More »

U.S./UK Paid “White Helmets” Help Al Qaeda Blocking Water To 5 Million Thirsty Syrians

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The blockade of water from Wadi Barada to 5 million people in Damascus is taking an interesting turn. Global Research The U.S. and UK financed White Helmet organization seems to be directly involved in it. This increases the suspicion that the… U.S./UK Paid… Read More »

Will ‘earth shaking’ revelation bring down Netanyahu?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives at the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem January 1, 2017. REUTERS/Gali Tibbon/Pool - RTX2X4TY

A team of investigators from the Lahav 433 Anti-Corruption Unit appeared at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s residence in Jerusalem Jan 2. Ben Caspit Al Monitor They carried several thick dossiers in their hands. The team was led by… Will ‘earth shaking’… Read More »

The Federal Government Attacks its Watchers

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In recent years, the Federal Government has made an art form of undermining the autonomy of independent statutory offices established to hold it to account. Spencer Zifcak Agora Dialogue One by one, statutory offices have been subject to forceful governmental and media assaults. These assaults have not related to the performance by statutory office holders of their statutorily mandated duties. There has been no suggestion of negligence or lack of competence. Instead they have been motivated, seemingly, by nothing more ... Read More »

Patricia Cornelius is a courageous Australian playwright – why is she so neglected?

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One of our best dissenting, provocative voices has become collateral damage in a war between economics and art Wesley Enoch The Guardian Patricia Cornelius jokes that her son will make a packet when she is dead. She is one of the most awarded playwrights in the… Patricia Cornelius is… Read More »

Assassination in Ankara

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Russia, NATO, and Turkey’s Violent Politics By Halil Karaveli Foreign Affairs On December 19, Mevlut Mert Altintas, a Turkish police officer, assassinated Andrei Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey. His action… Assassination in… Read More »

Let’s Make Capitalism Cool Again

Capitalism - The Daily Caller

Inside Barack Obama’s rhetoric of “income inequality” and “attack the rich,” used mainly to sway envy-driven, simple minds, was always a dangerous subtext: Capitalism and entrepreneurs are bad. Ron Hart The Daily Caller Trump needs to get us back to our capitalist roots, cut government, and start running government  like a business. Now only 3.6% of… Let’s Make Capitalism… Read More »

Can France hold corrupt African leaders to account?

Africa - Al Jazeera

The son of Equatorial Guinea’s president is on trial in France for misusing state funds. Al Jazeera The son of Equatorial Guinea’s president has been accused of widespread corruption and money laundering, but he is not being tried for it in his home country of Equatorial Guinea. Instead, Vice President Teodoro… Can France hold corrupt… Read More »

Bankers and mash: How to power lunch in London

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The unwritten rules to ensure your London luncheon does the business. Franscesco Guerrera  Politico “Lunch is for wimps,” Gordon Gekko famously said in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street.   Not in London… Bankers and mash… Read More »

China: The New Imperial Japan?

China - The National Interest

The centenary of World War I in 2014 provided the opportunity for scholars to reflect on parallels between the early twentieth-century Anglo-German rivalry and today’s developing Sino-American rivalry. Jared McKinney The National Interest There is much that must be learned from the road to war in 1914 if the statesmen of today are going to step off the road to Sino-American conflict. Other analogies have also… China: The New Imperial… Read More »

Building Totalitarianism in Europe – The Last Coup of Victoria Nuland

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Victoria Nuland, the US Assistant Secretary of State, did not spend much time and energy with Christmas and New Year celebrations this year. Dimitris Konstantakopoulos Defend Democracy Press She has another very urgent and pressing problem to solve, before leaving the State Department, and this is the “Cyprus conflict”. The way she wants to solve this conflict is by transforming a second member of the EU, after Greece, into a protectorate. As the proposed solution for Cyprus is higlhy unstable, ... Read More »

Human rights are under threat – just when we need them most

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If, as Theresa May wants, the UK leaves the European convention on human rights, it will be a green light for despots and a disaster for ordinary people Charles Falconer The Guardian There is one almighty fight coming, and it’ll be about human rights in the UK. Those who want… Human rights are… Read More »

Insecurity is cash cow for Europe’s defense firms

Ukrainian servicemen fire with howitzer during a military exercise near eastern the Ukrainian city of Mariupol on September 22, 2015. NATO's General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg on September 21 started a two-day visit to Ukraine, his first trip to the crisis-hit nation, in a show of support for Ukraine's pro-Western government. Ex-Soviet Ukraine says it wants to join the US-led security bloc but NATO has been lukewarm on the proposal. AFP PHOTO / SERGEY VOLSKIY        (Photo credit should read SERGEY VOLSKIY/AFP/Getty Images)

Concerns about Trump, terrorism and tensions with Russia are driving EU defense spending. Harry Cooper Politico After a decade of slashing defense budgets, European leaders are about to start investing significantly more in arms, citing “a challenging geopolitical environment.” A resurgent Russia… Insecurity is cash… Read More »

How can the US regain its mojo on R&D?

Innovation - Asia Times

In the first of a three-part series looking at innovation in the US economy on the cusp of a new era, Orla O’Sullivan asks whether the government ought to do more Orla O’Sullivan Asia Times While the US has never spent more on research and development, the government’s share has never been less. That’s a risky… How can the US… Read More »