Is Turkey going rogue?

Erdogan faces a dilemma: surrender to US diktats or align with Russia, China and Iran As a new bipolar world order emerges pitting the United States and its Western allies against Russia and China’s growing influence, the geopolitical deck shares are being rearranged. Linda S. Heard, Special to Gulf News Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would prefer to straddle the fence. He insists he seeks good relations with every nation but in reality he is veering away from Washington towards ... Read More »

Aziz spread his wings and escaped Manus Island: he wants more to follow

Geneva: A week ago Abdul Aziz Muhamat allowed himself a couple of hours off. He grabbed some takeaway and climbed up a hill overlooking his new home, Geneva, and spread his arms wide. Nick Miller The Age “That was the moment,” he says. “I’ve been working tirelessly, non-stop for six years, and I feel like I’m burning inside out, and let me just take two hours of my time just to enjoy the meaning of freedom. “So I went to the ... Read More »

Turkey calls on Russia, Iran to block Syria regime assaults after attack on Turkish post

Stopping attacks by the Syrian regime is the responsibility of Russia and Iran as guarantor states of peace, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Sunday, hours after an Assad regime attack on a… Daily Sabah with AA Earlier Sunday, Assad regime forces attacked a Turkish observation post in Idlib, Syria — with no casualties — and was retaliated upon by heavy weapons, the Defense Ministry said. “Turkey won’t tolerate Syrian regime harassment of its soldiers,” Çavuşoğlu said during his visit to ... Read More »

Blindfold Big Brother: We Need a Global Right to Privacy in Public Spaces

Does privacy depend on secrecy? The question seems obvious until you think about it. Kenneth Roth Published in Newsweek HRW Yes, much of the privacy we value takes place away from prying eyes, but not all of it. We also depend on a degree of privacy even in public. But increasingly invasive digital surveillance combined with artificial intelligence has put that “public” privacy in jeopardy. I live in New York City. When I walk the streets of Manhattan, anyone could ... Read More »

Why Europe’s Far Right Is Targeting Gender Studies

A growing pattern of attacks across Europe is as much about electoral opportunity as a conflict of ideas. Eliza Apperly The Atlantic When Federico Batini, an Italian academic, wanted to research classroom bullying, he distributed a questionnaire to 54 schools in central Italy. The survey was carried out in partnership with local education authorities and sought to explore the extent to which young people faced racial, homophobic, or gender-based discrimination from their peers. But instead of learning more about students’ ... Read More »

Why government tax package should be blocked by Labor and Senate crossbench

There are about half a dozen reasons why Labor and the crossbench in the Senate should block the government’s tax package next month. Crispin Hull The Canberra Times First, upper and upper-middle income earners already got a generous tax cut last year. Second, the all-or-nothing approach amounts to blackmail. Third, it is bad economics and risk management. Fourth, in these says of fake news, election lies, and massive spending, who knows if a government has a mandate to do anything? ... Read More »

Brexit: Corbyn under pressure to clarify backing for second vote

Facing a Boris Johnson premiership, Labour shadow cabinet to debate its stance Heather Stewart The Guardian Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet is set to debate Brexit on Monday, as the prospect of a Boris Johnson premiership accelerates Labour’s drift towards supporting a second referendum. Corbyn is coming under renewed pressure to set out his backing for a fresh public vote more clearly, as the shockwaves from Labour’s catastrophic performance in the European elections continue to reverberate. Shadow ministers will be shown the second part ... Read More »

Brexit: Does the UK owe the EU £39bn?

The front-runner in the contest to succeed Theresa May as Conservative Party leader – and prime minister – has raised the issue of the UK’s “divorce bill” from the European Union (EU) as part of his Brexit strategy. By Reality Check BBC News Boris Johnson has threatened to withhold the money until he gets a better deal with the EU than the one negotiated by Theresa May. So, what does the UK owe, and what could happen if the money ... Read More »

Once upon a time, there were Kurds

Visiting my hometown of Diyarbakır last week, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) candidate for Istanbul mayor, Binali Yıldırım, said that when Turkey’s parliament was first established, “a Kurdistan deputy” was among those invited to participate by the… Nurcan Baysal Ahval Yet for years, many people, including myself, have been subject to investigation for using the term Kurdistan. Encompassing southeastern Turkey as well as parts of Iraq, Syria, and Iran, Kurdistan is a place that alternatively exists and does ... Read More »

India vs. Pakistan: The Two Nations That Might Start a Nuclear War?

With millions dead? In Pakistan in February 2000, President General Pervez Musharraf, who was also the army chief, established the Strategic Plan Division in the National Command Authority, appointing… by War Is Boring The National Interest In October 2001, Kidwai offered an outline of the country’s updated nuclear doctrine in relation to its far more militarily and economically powerful neighbor, saying, “It is well known that… It’s possible that a small spark from artillery and rocket exchanges across that border ... Read More »

Saudi and Iran: how our two countries could make peace and bring stability to the Middle East

Relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran have rarely been worse, regarding the attacks on the oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman – for which both sides blame… Authors: The Conversation Nevertheless, in the history of relations between the two countries, there have been regular shifts between tension and rapprochement – and things can change for the better once again. As an Iranian and a Saudi, working as research fellows for peace studies, ... Read More »

China Says to Promote Steady Ties with Iran ‘No Matter How Matter Changes’

Chinese President Xi Jinping told Iran’s President Hasan Rouhani that Beijing will promote steady development of ties with Tehran no matter how the situation changes. Al Manar Source: Agencies The official Xinhua news agency said Xi made the comment in a meeting with Rouhani on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on Friday. The Chinese president said Beijing and Tehran should jointly combat “the three evils forces,” a term first defined in June 2001 at ... Read More »

Brexit Britain is wallowing in dangerous talk of national humiliation

The UK can only feel humiliated by the EU if it expects to be superior. This poisonous idea should be banished Fintan O’Toole The Guardian Launching his bid for the Tory leadership this week, Dominic Raab announced, histrionically: “We’ve been humiliated as a country.” For those of us who do not live on planet Brexit, this might have been mistaken for a belated reaction to the genuinely demeaning spectacle of Donald Trump’s state visit a week earlier. But, of course, ... Read More »

Irish economy caught between overheating and Brexit, ESRI chief warns

Formulating budgetary policy extremely difficult given uncertain outlook, says chief economist The Irish economy is on a knife-edge, poised between “overheating” and a major Brexit-related downturn, the State’s chief economist has warned. Eoin Burke-Kennedy The Irish Times John McCarthy described the situation as “extraordinarily complex” and uncertain, saying it made forming budgetary policy extremely difficult. He said overheating could transform rapidly into “underheating” as a result of a cyclical downturn internationally, made worse by Brexit and trade tensions between the ... Read More »

Paul Keating pays tribute to ‘great friendship’ with Bob Hawke

Read former prime minister Paul Keating’s eulogy at Bob Hawke’s memorial service. When Bob invited me over to see him, the better part of a year ago, he and I were again joining the circle on the great friendship and partnership that drove the longest reform period in the country’s history. The Sydney Morning Herald Eight and a half years we were together and with a great cabinet we were able to give the country what it formerly never had ... Read More »

Hong Kong protests against extradition bill spurred by fears about long arm of China

The dramatic protests unfolding in Hong Kong evoke memories of the most sensational episodes of the country’s “umbrella movement” five years ago at the very same sites. Malte Phillipp Kaeding The Conversation At the end of the unprecedented 79 days occupation in 2014, demanding genuine universal suffrage, protesters vowed to be back. Few would have expected that it would be so quick and with such vengeance. A mass demonstration on June 9 was followed by protests three days later that ... Read More »