Either the Islamic Republic wishes to
remain in its fundamentalist cocoon and alienate more educated, westward-looking
young Iranians, as well as be regarded as a pariah by the international
community, or it wishes to join the modern world
The arrival of the migrants created
conflict between Italy and France – with both Nicolas Sarkozy and Silvio Berlusconi
facing an election year – and quickly escalated into threatening the Schengen
The last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, burst the 25th-anniversary balloon of the symbolic end of the cold war by warning of a new one, fed by NATO's eastward expansion. An economically weak USSR lost the last one; a still weaker Russia will lose this one too.
After 1989, within two decades, the hitherto
‘dormant’ authoritarian, leader-worshipping, order-obsessed right-wing
mentality has gradually found its way to the surface. Its institutional shape
is precisely impossible to define.
Hyperbolic language used to describe the
potential consequences of cyber attacks has contributed to the ‘securitisation’ of the debate around cyber security
issues. Increased transparency and accurate
information is essential.
Attention on the still ongoing Syrian civil war
has chronically faded. Last remaining hopes for peace seem to have been dashed.
But a peace conference that took place some months ago thought outside the box.
Turkey's Alawites do
not face the same threats as the people of Syria and Iraq. Despite the porous
nature of Turkey's southern border, it is not about to collapse. But the
Alawites of Hatay feel vulnerable.
Yara Sallam might be just one more name to add to the list of people wronged by the Egyptian justice system. But more importantly, she is one more name temporarily taken off an ever shrinking list of those fighting against all odds to correct injustice.
markets are subject to European regulation, if redistribution is increasingly
coming under threat, and if the inhabitants of Catalonia prefer a different
combination of public services, why should it have to share the same state structures
In parallel to the EU-US
trade deal currently under way, the US is negotiating a similar agreement with
11 countries of the Asia Pacific: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Walden
Bello, leading critic of neoliberal and corporate
globalisation, identifies the global strategy underpinning the two agreements.
The most watched drama on the BBC for 20
years,The Fall, is about a serial
killer in Belfast who murders and 'poses' his women victims in the nude. Is the violence gratuitous, or does it
capture the current post-conflict mood and mindset of Belfast?
A BBC documentary on Rwanda produced great controversy, including in an article by Andrew Wallis. But his own critique is itself selective and inaccurate in important ways, replies one of those he criticised.
Israel could be charged with bearing some part of the
$7.8 billion price tag for rebuilding what was destroyed in July and August.
However, the international community has rushed to shoulder the burden for the
third time in six years.