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Can Iran and India Turn the Page?

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From security to energy, the two rising powers have many interests in… Bharath Gopalaswamy, Amir Handjani The National Interest Iran and India have long had historical, cultural, and commercial… Tracing back a millennium, both countries have framed their shared roots as a… Can Iran and… Read More »

CIA chief calls Trump Nazi Germany comparison ‘outrageous’

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‘There is no basis for Mr. Trump to point fingers at the intelligence community for leaking information that was already available publicly,’ John Brennan… By CRISTIANO LIMA Politico CIA Director John Brennan on Sunday said President-elect Donald Trump’s comparison of the intelligence community’s handling of… CIA chief calls… Read More »

The Real Culprit in Defense Spending: Strategic Hubris

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Fighting waste, fraud and abuse, while popular, distracts from the real debate: U.S. grand… Christopher A. Preble The National Interest There is a wide and growing gap between what officials in Washington demand of the military and the resources made available to execute its… Fixing this… The Real Culprit… Read More »

Turkey’s Relentless Attack on the Press

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It should come as no surprise that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey would praise Donald Trump for refusing to talk to a CNN reporter at a news… THE EDITORIAL BOARD The New York Times For years, Mr. Erdogan has been crushing independent voices as part of a broader effort to assert authoritarian control. Earlier this month, the… Turkey’s Relentless Attack… Read More »

Athens claims high ground as Erdogan warns troops will stay on Cyprus ‘forever’

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Turkey’s dismissal of the demand for a full withdrawal of its forces from divided Cyprus in the event of a settlement, and its overall attitude at the international summit in Geneva on Thursday, confirmed, Athens claimed on… ekathimerini“We told them clearly. When it comes to… Athens claims high… Read More »

Aid in reverse: how poor countries develop rich countries

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New research shows that developing countries send trillions of dollars more to the west than the other way around. Why? Jason Hickel The Guardian We have long been told a compelling story about the relationship between rich countries and poor… The story holds that the rich nations of the OECD give generously of their wealth to the poorer nations of the global south, to help them eradicate poverty and push them up the development… Aid in reverse… Read More »

For Israel, energy boom could make friends out of enemies

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ABOARD THE ATWOOD ADVANTAGE — In the ship’s control room, facing four video screens, a driller from Mississippi in dark shades and a black baseball cap with a skull on it held what could be the future of Israel in his… Peter Baker, New York Times The Boston Globe The massive drill he controlled extended down 11,345 feet, more than 2 miles below the… For Israel, energy … Read More »

Amazon is seeking permission to run mystery experiments involving wireless communication

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Amazon is preparing to test experimental wireless communications technology, including mobile devices and fixed base stations, in rural Washington and in Seattle, the company disclosed in government filings this… Eugene Kim Business Insider The filings do not specify what the tests are for, but hint at a… Amazon is seeking… Read More »

Poland welcomes US troops as part of NATO buildup

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Russia says US troop buildup is ‘a threat’ Laura Smith-Spark and Atika Shubert, CNN Zagan, Poland (CNN) – Poland’s leaders are set to stage a formal welcome ceremony Saturday for the biggest US troop deployment to Europe in… Some 4,000 US soldiers have been deployed as… Poland welcomes US… Read More »

When Denmark Criminalised Kindness

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I didn’t grow up in an orderly middle class family with cosy Sunday lunches, people laughing and… Lisbeth Zornig Andersen GRANTA I was brought up in a shabby cottage outside a remote Danish village, with cold water and a lavatory in the back.. Hot dogs were a special treat on… When Denmark Criminalised… Read More »

On the Couch with Ben Gerrard

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Who is Ben… Ben Gerrard is a 34 year-old… Arts Review He graduated ‘class-underdog’ from NIDA in 2006 and has since carved out a fascinating niche career as a comedian and character-actor in both theatre and… What would you do differently to what you do… I wish I’d realised sooner that perception and reality are not the… On the Couch… Read More »

Time for a European Nuclear Deterrent?

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Instead of expecting the United States to risk a nuclear exchange to protect Europe, the Europeans should take over that risk. Doug Bandow The National Interest After spending a quarter century treating NATO as an international social club to which every reasonably civilized European nation should belong, the alliance has begun to focus again on its original role as a military alliance. Rather than expect the… Time for a European… Read More »

Is Peace In Israel Possible?

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“Israel can either be Jewish or democratic.  It cannot be both,” said Secretary of State John Kerry last month. Elliot Resnick The Daily Caller In fact, it can.  The argument that it cannot is based on the premise that a democratic state must give all residents within its borders the right to vote. But that plainly is… Is Peace In Israel… Read More »

Dismay over democracy: alternative policies for 2017

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In the wake of Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, the prospect of right wing successes in European elections and, in Australia, the rudderless Turnbull government, social analysts insist that citizens have lost faith in democracy. Stuart Rees On Line Opinion In response to public dismay about capitalism and democracy, plus major political parties’ fear of an angry populism, Professor John Hewson has argued that the status quo should be thrown out and replaced by a complete… Dismay over democracy… Read More »