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Plans for Attack: US Plans for Striking Iran

The world of the terrifying hypothetical is programmatically standard in the Trump White House. Periods of tense calm are followed by careless flights of fury, digs and remonstrations. Mortal enemies become amenable comrades; reliable allies turn into irresponsible skinflints who ought to fork our..

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Trump’s Fire And Fury On Iran: Paying More For Less – OpEd Sunday, July 29th, 2018

Two months after the United States withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the leaders of the United States and Iran exchanged hostile rhetoric on Twitter. But on Tuesday, Trump signaled that a new deal is possible. As we have seen throughout Trump’s tenure in office, it is..

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Embellishing Crime: Melbourne’s “African Gang” Problem Saturday, July 28th, 2018

Always trust the handy anecdote to overwhelm reality with force and false persuasiveness. The taxi driver irate at the latest opportunistic scribble in a Rupert Murdoch rag is bound to regale you with a story as you speed to the airport: “Those bloody gangs. And the police didn’t even bloody..

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CAN IMRAN KHAN LEAD PAKISTAN TO GLORY? Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Not many were surprised when Imran Khan’s party emerged as the single largest party in the general election in Pakistan. While his adversaries and critics say that his victory was due to the support that he enjoyed from Pakistan army, the discerning observers would view such remarks as..

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Ecuador’s Agenda: Squeezing and Surrendering Assange Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

It is perhaps typical in a time where a star of the fleshy celluloid wonder Baywatch, heavy in bust and known for her sexual adventures, should feature as a political voice. Pamela Anderson’s views are treated with judicious seriousness – at least in some quarters. Her association with Julian..

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The Dutch role model of change Saturday, July 21st, 2018

The Netherlands and Indonesia share a special relationship as they were connected for centuries in times of colonialism, separated after the horrible years of Indonesian struggle for independence and later then they have found together again into a respectful and close relation based on strong..

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Shaking Establishments: The Ocasio-Cortez Effect Friday, July 20th, 2018

Dana Milbank wrote it off as a victory of demographics, a minor, inconsequential point which left the “down-the-line liberal” Rep. Joe Crowley in its wake, a simple ploy that avoids any hard headed analysis of the Democrats themselves. “The argument that there is a Democratic establishment..

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Worldwide Hurricane

In planning a conference that is coming up in Toronto, I’ve been seeking out stories of peace and justice in Toronto and Canada. Wow are there a lot of them, as well as plenty of war and injustice as well. One of my favorites has got to be the story of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter. Terry..

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TRAFFICKING IN HUMAN BEINGS: HOW COMPANIES CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

Identifying and prosecuting Trafficking in Human Beings (hereinafter, THB) is often very difficult because of the fear of the victims to testify in a criminal proceeding. Therefore, it is fundamental that there is cooperation among states, at all levels and with a holistic plan of action. However,..

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Helsinki Theatrics: Trump meets Putin Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

The first official meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his counterpart Donald Trump was a fairly casual, unpeopled affair, absent bureaucrats and note takers. This was what both wanted in Helsinki, men who believe in the gold weighting authority commands. According to Masha Gissen..

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Putin’s Football Gambit: How the World Cup Paid Off Monday, July 16th, 2018

Even before the single ball was kicked at the FIFA World Cup in Russia, there were threats, promises and suggestions from various governments about how best to cope with Vladimir Putin and his designated fiendish circle of authoritarians. In March, the then UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson opined..

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USA-CHINA TRADE WAR — MORE DUE TO POLITICS THAN COMMERCE Sunday, July 15th, 2018

In the last few decades, China has been recording progress in multiple directions, particularly in industrial growth, technology advancement and military warfare capability, that clearly indicates that China can potentially emerge as super power in the world, possibly even out growing USA in the..

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Stomping in Britain: Donald Trump and May’s Brexit Friday, July 13th, 2018

What a rotten guest, but then again, that was to be expected. Ahead of his visit to Britain, there was some indignation that US President Donald Trump should even be visiting in the first place. Protesters were readying their assortment of paraphernalia in anticipation. Walls of noise were..

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Making Heavy Weather: Boris Johnson the Despoiler

There is a certain haunting similarity between the President of the United States and the now former foreign secretary of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson. This does not merely extend to mad, oddly positioned hair, and misshaped mullets. Both share a philosophy of upending the order and permanent..

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Trump, Bolton and the Syrian Confusion Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

It’s a messy, though typical picture. US President Donald Trump wants to pull out forces in Syria. When announced in December, jaws drooped and sharp intakes of breath..