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What went wrong? A withering West

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How the West is wobbling under the pressures of its neoliberal and geopolitical overreach. Al Jazeera News Marwan Bishara Twenty-five years ago, the United States emerged victorious at end of the Cold War. The Soviet Union… What went wrong… Read More »

Erdogan’s strange silence on ISIS’ burning of soldiers

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Days after Islamic State released video of apparent execution of two members of Turkish military, the authorities are silent – and the media silenced Asia Times Oliver Tempest Almost four days after Islamic State released an internet video film showing the apparent execution of two captured Turkish soldiers in Syria by burning them to death, the authorities in Turkey remain silent, apparently waiting for… Erdogan’s strange silence… Read More »

Who’s at fault for Egypt’s economic crisis?

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The simplest solution to prevent declines in the price of any commodity is to have the producers of said commodity agree to cut production. Al Monitor Ahmed Fouad Such a move would lead, by extension, to reduced market saturation and a rise in demand for, and price of, the commodity in question. Yet, despite the simplicity of… Who’s at fault for… Read More »

Refugee praised as ‘inspirational’ by BBC deemed inadmissible to Canada

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An activist praised for her “campaigns for independence for Balochistan” from Pakistan has had her asylum hearing suspended by Canadian border-enforcement authorities. The Star Nicholas Keung A refugee named by the BBC as one of the world’s 100 most “inspirational and influential” women in 2016 has had her asylum claim suspended by Ottawa because of her activism. Karima Mehrab was recognized by… Refugee praised as ‘inspirational’ by… Read More »

How Donald Trump Should Transform America’s Middle East Policy

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Disentanglement will require both farsightedness and political courage. Paul R. Pillar The National Interest THE OBAMA administration’s intended “pivot” to Asia was a valid statement not only about the importance of developments in… How Donald Trump… Read More »

From sizzling south to frozen north

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At Asia Times our focus typically tracks the sun from the Pacific Ocean to the Middle East, but our universe covers a vast range when viewed from top to bottom Asia Times The annual Sydney-Hobart yacht race is a spectacular sporting event that is generally regarded as among the world’s most challenging races. The Boxing Day start in… From sizzling south… Read More »

The Time for ‘Strategic Patience’ Is Over. Donald Trump Must Confront North Korea.

N Korea - The National Interesr

Pyongyang is on the verge of being an actual, rather than potential, threat to the United States. The National Interest Geoff Dyer EACH OF the last three presidents has arrived in the White House to find a terrifying file on his desk entitled “North Korea,” full of grim warnings about an isolated hermit kingdom bent on developing nuclear weapons that could… The Time for ‘Strategic… Read More »

America’s flawed democracy

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There is nothing in the constitution that grants American voters the right to choose their president. Al Jazeera News C J Polychroniou One of the basic principles of democracy is “one person, one vote”. Other criteria for an… America’s flawed… Read More »

The iPhone at 10: How the smartphone became so smart

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On 9 January 2007, one of the most influential entrepreneurs on the planet announced something new – a product that was to become the most profitable in history. BBC News Tim Harford It was, of course, the iPhone. There are many ways in which the iPhone has defined the modern economy. There is the sheer… The iPhone at 10: How… Read More »

Quotation of the day on how socialism kills and impoverishes…..

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Socialism invariably kills and impoverishes. AEI Mark J. Perry Gushing oil revenues amid a global energy boom could temporarily disguise the corrosion caused by a government takeover of market functions. But only temporarily… Quotation of the day on… Read More »

Muslim choir girls sing Arabic Christmas carols in touching video from Beirut

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Footage captured at a December concert in the Lebanese capital warms hearts all over the world Bethan McKernan Independent Footage of a Muslim girls’ choir singing Christmas carols at a church concert has emerged from the Lebanese capital of Beirut. The ensemble of around 40 girls can be seen in a video singing ‘Silent Night’ in Arabic at St Elie Greek Catholic Church, located in a majority Muslim neighbourhood of the… The Imam Sadr Foundation choir was taking part in a… Muslim choir girls… Read More »

Pope urges end to Syria fighting in Christmas message

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“It is time for weapons to be still forever and actively seek negotiated solution,” Francis says in Vatican address. Al Jazeera Pope Francis has urged an end to the fighting in Syria as he gave his Christmas address at the Vatican, saying “far too… Pope urges end… Read More »

Nigel Farage hits out after Archbishop says 2016 has left world ‘awash with division’

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FORMER Ukip leader Nigel Farage has hit out at the Archbishop of Canterbury, after he said the past year had left a world “awash with division and fear”. Sunday Express In his Christmas Day sermon, the Most Rev Justin Welby said 2016 had left people facing a future that… Nigel Farage hits… Read More »

Kenyan creativity broadens employment horizons for disabled people

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A digital tool that helps disabled people find jobs and a convertible electric wheelchair that solves access issues could foster greater diversity in the Kenyan workplace The Guardian Kate Hodal Finding a job has never been an easy task for Frederick Ouko. Despite university degrees… Kenyan creativity broadens… Read More »