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Is War With Russia On The Horizon?

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Is War With Russia On The Horizon?

Are the neoconservative jingoists in Washington pushing for armed conflict with Russia? Their charge that an April 4 chemical gas attack by air against civilians in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun was ordered by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, supported by Moscow, is, very conveniently, giving them further ammunition to create war hysteria. Two days […]

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U.S. Resets Relations With Egypt

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U.S. Resets Relations With Egypt

As turbulent a country as ever, Egypt, in the last six years, has seen an uprising topple a dictator, the election of a Muslim Brotherhood leader to power, and finally a coup that brought a former general/ defence minister into office. When Barack Obama came to Washington in 2009, he promised a “reboot” in relations […]

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Mubarak: Downfall And Rehabilitation

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Mubarak: Downfall And Rehabilitation

It was 18 days that shook the Middle East. The autocrat who had ruled Egypt for nearly three decades was gone, ousted by a popular uprising that was part of the larger upheaval in the Middle East known as the Arab Spring. So it appeared at the time. But six years later, it now seems […]

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China, Israel Far Apart On Diplomatic Issues

Filed in Guest Voices by on March 23, 2017 0 Comments
China, Israel Far Apart On Diplomatic Issues

Israel’s relationship with China is no longer just about trade, but also about geopolitics. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was China between March 19-21, leading a trade mission that included five ministers in his government.  Netanyahu met with President Xi Jinping, Prime Minister Li Keqiang, and the head of the country’s parliament, Zhang Dejiang, as the two countries […]

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Chinese-Israeli Relations Blossoming

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Chinese-Israeli Relations Blossoming

Hoping to boost trade, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu headed to China on March 19 for a three-day visit to the Asian economic giant, along with Israel’s largest-ever business delegation. The mission included five ministers in his government.  This was Netanyahu’s second visit to China in four years. Prior to his trip, Netanyahu, who’s also the country’s foreign […]

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Whitewashing Freeland’s Silence

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Whitewashing Freeland’s Silence

I’ll lay my cards on the table: I have never been particularly fond of Chrystia Freeland’s attitude towards the Russian Federation. And when, reading her biography on Wikipedia, and noting that her mother was born in a displaced persons’ camp in postwar Germany, I felt this probably meant that her own grandparents had most likely […]

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Egypt’s Coptic Minority Faces Renewed Threats

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Egypt’s Coptic Minority Faces Renewed Threats

On December 11, a bomb ripped through the chapel in the St. Mark’s Cathedral complex, the seat of Egypt’s ancient Coptic Orthodox Church. It killed 27 people and wounded another 49, mostly women and children, and was one of the deadliest attacks on the country’s Christian minority in recent memory. Responsibility for the attack was […]

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Geert Wilders Shakes Up Dutch Politics

Filed in Guest Voices by on December 14, 2016 0 Comments
Geert Wilders Shakes Up Dutch Politics

Whatever one may think of his politics, one thing is certain: Geert Wilders certainly has the courage of his convictions. A populist Dutch politician who’s the founder of the nationalist right-wing Party for Freedom (PVV), he is its leader in the House of Representatives, the lower assembly of the nation’s bicameral parliament. His anti-Islam, anti-immigration rhetoric has propelled him […]

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Angela Merkel Is Running Scared

Filed in Guest Voices by on December 7, 2016 0 Comments
Angela Merkel Is Running Scared

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is running scared. Clearly, the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) is nipping at her heels. She is now shifting to the right in an attempt to win next September’s German federal election. The AfD is the first populist party likely to clear the five-percent threshold required to land seats in the […]

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The Rise of European Populism

Filed in Guest Voices by on November 28, 2016 0 Comments
The Rise of European Populism

Throughout Europe, as issues revolving around economic stagnation and national identity become ever more salient, populist parties are becoming stronger. Though their specific policies may differ, they all share a rejection of the established liberal order, and demand strong governments to carry the fight against immigration. The most visible of these is the National Front (FN), which […]

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