Category: Opinion

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Donald Trump’s New World Order

How the President, Israel, and the Gulf states plan to fight Iran—and leave the Palestinians and the Obama years behind. By Adam Entous On the afternoon of December 14, 2016, Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador...

Qatar crisis creates ‘new’ Gulf with no winners 0

Qatar crisis creates ‘new’ Gulf with no winners

DOHA (AFP) –  The year-old acrimonious dispute between Qatar and its neighbours is forging a “new” Gulf, potentially transforming what was a stable region of the Arab world, experts warn. It has shattered old alliances...

Has Trump actually spoken directly to Kim Jong Un? South Korea says he should. 0

Has Trump actually spoken directly to Kim Jong Un? South Korea says he should.

Adam Taylor – washingtonpost Since the beginning of the year, President Trump has refused to answer questions about whether he had spoken directly to North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. At the same time, however, he has...

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The Age of Insecurity

Can Democracy Save Itself? By Ronald Inglehart Over the past decade, many marginally democratic countries have become increasingly authoritarian. And  authoritarian, xenophobic populist movements have grown strong enough to threaten democracy’s long-term health in several rich, established democracies, including France, Germany,...

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The Big Shift

How American Democracy Fails Its Way to Succes By Walter Russell Mead As Americans struggle to make sense of a series of uncomfortable economic changes and disturbing political developments, a worrying picture emerges: of ineffective politicians, frequent scandals, racial backsliding, polarized and...

Russia Sets Out to Sanction Western Sanctions 0

Russia Sets Out to Sanction Western Sanctions

Leonid Bershidsky Just as investment banks are cutting their growth forecasts for Russia because of a growing likelihood of new U.S. sanctions, Russian legislators are looking for a strong response. A proposal that could...

What’s Next with Iran? 0

What’s Next with Iran?

David Ignatius So what’s next with Iran? Even if you think President Trump has made a big mistake in withdrawing from the nuclear agreement, as I do, that’s not the end of the story....

Palestinians have no choice but to continue the fight 0

Palestinians have no choice but to continue the fight

By Noura Erakat — Washington Post Over the past month-and-a-half, thousands of Palestinians in Gaza have taken part in a series of weekly protests called the Great Return March, culminating on Tuesday with Nakba...

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AI in banking: the reality behind the hype

The industry is taking a cautious approach in spite of excitement about new technology The Big Read Artificial intelligence and robotics    https://www.ft.com/content/b497a134-2d21-11e8-a34a-7e7563b0b0f4   Laura Noonan in London APRIL 12, 201 Deutsche Bank chief...

Don’t Trash the Nuclear Deal! 0

Don’t Trash the Nuclear Deal!

Patrick J. Buchanan – antiwar This next week may determine whether President Trump extricates us from that cauldron of conflict that is the Middle East, as he promised, or plunges us even deeper into...

America’s Unsustainable Empire 0

America’s Unsustainable Empire

Patrick J. Buchanan – antiwar Before President Trump trashes the Iran nuclear deal, he might consider: If he could negotiate an identical deal with Kim Jong Un, it would astonish the world and win...

Containing Iran’s Nefarious Influence in the Region 0

Containing Iran’s Nefarious Influence in the Region

Pascal Emmanuel Gobry – Bloomberg French President Emmanuel Macron wants to rescue the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as JCPOA. His office made a joint announcement with the office of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that...

Don’t Get Too Excited About the Korea Summit 0

Don’t Get Too Excited About the Korea Summit

Wendy R. Sherman – We should all be glad that Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea, and Moon Jae-in, the president of South Korea, had a positive summit — and that Kim literally...

A vote to reject Mike Pompeo would be incredibly reckless 0

A vote to reject Mike Pompeo would be incredibly reckless

Hugh Hewitt – washingtonpost When the full Senate votes on CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s nomination to be secretary of state this week, the choice in front of every senator will be much more significant than...

Russia wants US military out of Syria. But it still needs US to help bring peace. 0

Russia wants US military out of Syria. But it still needs US to help bring peace.

Fred Weir – csmonitor.com  MOSCOW—Whatever the message the US hoped to send Russia with its carefully orchestrated missile barrage Friday on alleged chemical warfare sites in Syria, it doesn’t seem to have changed any minds in...

How War And Weapons Trading Are Fueling The Global Refugee Crisis 0

How War And Weapons Trading Are Fueling The Global Refugee Crisis

by William Hartung – lobelog.com Few would argue that the world faces a refugee crisis, but not nearly enough is being done to prevent the creation of new refugees or to help those already...