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Jonathan Manthorpe
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For a change, a non-Trump, non-Islamic State disaster.
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My column on Turkey, NATO and the European Union for the German magazine International Politics and Society.

http://www.ipg-journal.de/rubriken/aussen-und-sicherheitspolitik/artikel/bosporaus-1531/
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Der Putsch nach dem Putsch zeigt: Die Türkei hat in der NATO nichts mehr verloren.
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Trying to be cool and calm about an increasingly fraught situation.

http://ipolitics.ca/2016/07/12/beijings-high-seas-slapdown-what-happens-now/
Beijing’s prestige and reputation received stinging blows today when an international court ruled there is no validity to its claim to most of the South China Sea — and that its military installations there are illegal. The decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague not only gives a drubbing to China’s international standing, it threatens the domestic standing of the Communist Party regime. As China’s economy has faltered in t...
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Our Earthly Rulers Falter. Blair, Bush and Saddam Hussein.
There is no better poster boy than Tony Blair to illustrate why voters in western democracies mistrust their slippery politicians and are drawn instead to volcanoes of outrage like Donald Trump, Nigel Farage and Marine Le Pen. The former British prime minister is the master of the political art of, to quote G.K. Chesterton, “easy speeches that comfort cruel men."
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Today's longer column for Facts and Opinions
JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs June 24, 2016 When I was born in 1944 my parents lived a few hundred yards from where George Vancouver grew up in Kings Lynn, on England’s North Sea coast …
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Today's column in Facts and Opinions.
JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs June 17, 2016 Two events in the last few days make it depressingly clear that after a few years of great political and social advances, Africa is slipping …
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My column today on the convenient timing of Friday failed coup in Turkey for the ambitions of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
We'll probably never know with any certainty whether the attempted coup in Turkey on July 15 was a real conspiracy within the army or a false flag operation engineered by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to justify his purge of his opponents. It’s a natural question to ask, because the coup attempt — made by members of the army's junior ranks — was amateurish, ill-conceived and lacking any clear purpose.
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Beijing stumbles on the road to super power status.
JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs July 16, 2016 The ruling this week by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, that China’s claim to sovereignty over about 90 per cent of the South China Sea i…
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Sometimes one just has to have a moment of optimism ... even if it takes an effort.
JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs July 8th, 2016 When the dust of history settles, the moment angry Britons voted to quit the European Union will stand out as the moment that saved t…
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Britain's grinding Brexit experience should give pause for thought to the 73 per cent of Canadians who want a referendum on electoral reform.
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A fast gallop this morning over heavy ground.
Welcome to Little England, and the assorted principalities and duchies of Europe. The decisive and hugely divisive decision by British voters on Thursday to leave the European Union is setting in motion a tumult of unpredictable political forces. What Britain and Europe will look like once the gears have stopped grinding is impossible to know at this point, but it's a reasonable bet they will be smaller and meaner places.
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Canadian dual-national academic Homa Hoodfar, now a prisoner of Iran’s fanatical Revolutionary Guards, is being held hostage to a court struggle between liberals and reactionaries in the theocratic state — part of a campaign by hardliners to confound and discredit the "reformist" government elected in 2013. Hoodfar is one of several Iranian dual-nationals netted in a sweep by the intelligence unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRG...
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