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Mehmet Kurt is this week’s guest editor, introducing the theme, ‘New Turkey and Old Troubles’.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Trump in the Middle East: context and consequences

Trump’s regional approach to “peace” and stability and the new regional order, aims to ensure the normalcy of relations between Israel and its Arab neighbours, especially the wealthy ones.

Whatever happened to peace? Arms, oil and war by proxy

We're living in a new era of proxy warfare, where multiple powers fund local proxies with disastrous consequences. We need to break the cycle.

Britain would have been safer with Corbyn in charge

Jeremy Corbyn consistently voted against wars of choice that Britain could have refrained from taking part in, now regarded as strategic failures, promoting, not reducing, international terrorism.

Saving Christianity through the Benedict Option

The idea of the select few isolating themselves from what they perceive as an enfeebled, morally weakened or ailing community, seems like a disappointingly minimalist social programme.

Monumentally clueless

Tearing down statues of slavers brings out the worst of Louisiana politics

The sticking power of false narrative

Real shifts are staring us in the face — they just tend not to be the ones we so often hear about.

The American way of war is a budget-breaker

Unlike almost everything else in Washington, Democrats and Republicans always see more or less eye to eye on the military budget. Never has a society spent more for less.

Tale of a stillborn migration

Some stories are not dramatic enough to be widely reported by the media. Yet, like other cases of flagrant injustice, they are worth being told. This is one of them.

What obsessing about you-know-who causes us to miss

24 key national security issues that neither the Washington elite nor the media consider worth their bother.

The personnel behind the US drone programme and National Bird

In this timely intervention, which is available to watch for free for a limited period, the viewer follows three whistle-blowers in discussion of their roles in, and experiences of, the programme.

Trump’s paradox: a critique of ‘populism’

Trump is an irrational projection and knows it. That’s why he can do absolutely anything and get away with it. Taking back control is scapegoating and aggression.

Red lines: can we be sure that Assad was responsible?

Why has the mainstream media reported Assad’s guilt as a fact and failed to address the crucial question of why he deliberately shot himself in the foot – twice?

Between mutation and marginalisation: the impending crisis of the centre-right in western democracies

The centre-right as a coherent set of principles is in serious danger of marginalization as political competition in western democracies realigns between closure and openness to the outside world.

The lamentable tri-color

Trump, Brexit and Le Pen - a trio united by their tri-colors, and an enemy that just won't ever go away

The Turkish referendum and Bild

A tale of two deep states?

The Second Amendment and democracy

Could our democracies be on the wane and our rights under attack because we are less willing to take up arms to die and kill for our country?

100 days of Trump — and resistance from grassroots women's groups

The multiplicity of harms can feel overwhelming. But with thoughtful coordination we can support each other to resist this administration's agenda and its global impacts.

From civil rights to the occupy movement: talking across issues in independent media

Interest in the dynamics of collaboration, alliance-building, coordination, and networking point to intersectionalities in participants, issues, and tactics that movements have always faced. DemocracyNow! is a good example.

Why strike Syria, Trump?

Waging war and licensing military conflict is as big as it gets. We must be cautious of spurring on a president we can’t trust.

The land of a thousand dances

In which the man from New Orleans remembers some prelapsarian years reflected in the music of the times, "when “shaking your moneymaker” did not suggest manipulating one’s PAC"

Transatlantic data transfers and privacy protection: an ongoing battle

A meaningful legal response would be the establishment of global privacy standards – a ‘new universal law on surveillance’. Undoubtedly, EU law and case law could provide a guiding light.

Method in Trump’s madness?

A look at Donald Trump’s 'travel bans' with an eye to the harvesting of personal data, and the EU-US Privacy Shield, now on life support.

Human rights after Hitler: and the essential role of the global popular

A timely and groundbreaking book breaks the silence over a little-known UN agency operating between 1943 and 1948, the UNWCC – a key chapter in our war-time experience. Excerpts.

How to lose the next war in the Middle East: the short answer, fight it!

It’s hardly a brilliant observation to point out that, more than 15 years after the "global war on terror", the entire region is a remarkable mess.

Living on the Tour

“For it is written, In the scruffy shall ye find the rewards of eternal bliss!" and other useful Pasqual exclamations from New Orleans when you have become a fixture in the global tourism industry

‘Prevent’, free speech and antisemitism

As a talking point for debate it might be productive. The problem arises from the government of the United Kingdom ‘adopting’ IHRA’s definition of antisemitism in a quasi-official manner.

Henry Giroux, public intellectual, on the menace of Trump and the new authoritarianism

“Trump’s election... confirms that the dark and haunting possibilities of authoritarianism are upon us, and have made way for a more extreme and totalitarian form of late capitalism.”  Extended interview.

The ubiquitous, ineffective laughter

How did political satire shows sap the power of laughter under Trump and are these shows a form of laughtivism?

Trump: justified yet unpredictable

The airstrikes were justified. But Trump’s policymaking is dangerously unpredictable.

Donald Trump propone recortar el financiamiento de la ONU: es una amenaza para la paz y la seguridad internacionales

Señalando claramente prioridades, Trump pidió un aumento de $ 52.000 millones en los gastos de defensa. Pero los EE.UU. ya gastan casi tanto como los siguientes 14 países juntos. English

On becoming the worst president

A tale of woe explaining just how high this particular bar is. Español

Convertirse en el peor presidente de los Estados Unidos

La administración Trump podría muy bien terminar siendo no mucho peor para la humanidad en general que las administraciones que le han precedido.English

On becoming the worst president

The Trump administration may well end up being no worse for humanity at large than the administrations that have preceded it. Español 

Populism and fraternity in Portugal

There are moments of truth in which, due to some sort of blip in the functioning of the oligarchic system that governs our present world, we glimpse another humane populism.

Donald Trump’s proposal to slash UN funding: a threat to international peace and security

In a clear signal of priorities, Trump called for an increase in defence spending to $52 billion, the US already spending nearly as much as the next 14 countries combined. Español

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