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Donald Trump is an unsavory character to say the least. This author has called him America’s Silvio Berlusconi sans the Italian’s roguish charm or wit. Sadly, for all his faults, Trump has a point. The elites that run the US have lost legitimacy.
Trump and other far-right leaders are on rise because existing elites have broken their social contract by failing to address longstanding problems or resolve deep inequalities.
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The government’s current purge has the potential to significantly reduce the capacity of the armed forces at a crucial time for Turkish domestic security. In the days since the plot collapsed, 50,000 police, army officers, judicial officials and civil servants have been detained or suspended.
Erdogan will likely use the momentum of the crackdown to support his efforts to increase the presidency’s executive powers.
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Followers of Fethullah Gulen say he preaches a new, modern form of Islam. Critics charge that he is a power-hungry wolf in sheep’s clothing preparing to convert secular Turkey into an Islamic republic—a conspirator who has created a state within a state and attempted to topple Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a failed military coup on July 15.
Is the Turkish Islamist a modernizer or a wolf in sheep’s clothing?
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Generous hospitality is imbedded in Arab customs and culture. Food is central in gatherings and social events, especially the offering of sweets—juices, dates, chocolates. Traditional Arab foods tend to be unhealthy and fattening, with an increased intake of saturated fats and sugars and decreased intake of cereals, legumes, vegetables and fruits.
What is the UAE doing to combat its growing obesity epidemic?
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Brexit blues have now set in as the European Union and the United Kingdom’s Remain campaign reflect on what caused it to lose the referendum. The campaigns on both the Leave and Remain sides of the argument were not conducted by explaining the issues in a calm and considered manner, but were dominated by what has become known as “Project Fear.”
Britain is not the only country in Europe to have a large number of euroskeptics.
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To understand Turkey better, it is important to remember that Istanbul is not really Turkey, and Turkey is not really Istanbul. In fact, most of Turkey resides in the wider Anatolian regions, beyond Istanbul, where society tends toward the poorer, more conservative and more religious.
As Turkey reels from last week’s failed coup, one-time Istanbul resident Samantha North reflects on how events have unfolded.
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Erdogan escaped from his Marmaris hotel alive and narrowly avoided being shot down by rebel fighter aircraft on his return to Istanbul. Despite the fact that the chief of staff of the Turkish military was captured and an official statement from the junta was aired on national television, the coup failed.
In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Turkey expert Dr. Joshua W. Walker.
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Today, houses have swanky home theaters and heated swimming pools but may not have a single book. For many of us, our daily reading habit revolves around Facebook updates, tweets or the instructions on packaging. We frequent bars, clubs, restaurants and theaters much more often than picking up a book to read in the same time span. Reading habits are dying.
Reading is a passion that needs to be fostered from an early age.
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On July 2, The Economist had a surprisingly alarmist cover-page heading. “Anarchy in the UK” it read, a claim it justified in an editorial that said the United Kingdom “has seldom looked so wildly off the rails.” Having backed the Remain campaign, the magazine is either a bad loser or it has been blinded by its own narrative. It is not the country that is off the rails—it is the political class.
The UK is not seeing anarchy but a revolution as large sections of the ruled are rebelling against the will of the ruling.
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While President Bill Clinton signed the statute in 2000, in 2002 the Bush administration “unsigned” it out of fear that US nationals, particularly military personnel, could be put on trial before the ICC. At a time when the war in Afghanistan was raging and the Pentagon was drawing up plans to oust Saddam Hussein from Iraq, the administration’s fears were fully warranted.
America’s role as self-proclaimed primary supporter of human rights makes it essentially unavoidable for the US to join the ICC.
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China’s criticism of liberal democracy is more a finger-wagging exercise against nationalist forces that inevitably arise within liberal frameworks. But China, too, is guilty of exploiting and encouraging these forces. China calls out nationalism elsewhere but actively fosters its own.
Beijing calls out nationalism elsewhere but exploits and encourages its own.
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It is no surprise that many have regarded the failed Turkish coup d’état as a false flag event—one masterminded by the government itself. After all, in its failure it does appear to have vastly strengthened the hand of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The Turkish coup attempt may have collapsed almost before it started, but its blunders hide dangerous contests for control of the state.
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