Category Archives: Europe

Climate change: The potential impacts of collective inaction

NASA map of climate change Graham Peebles explains the likely alarming outcome for life on earth even if the targets of the Paris climate change conference, which aimed to limit the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C, were to be met. Read more [...]

Islamic State violence fuels culture wars and widens generation gaps

Reina nightclub attack James Dorsey explains why the Islamist attack on Istanbul’s Reina nightclub may have emboldened Muslim youth “to stand up for their right to craft lives that reflect a more liberal, less restrictive interpretation of Islam”. Read more [...]

Listen: Former UK ambassador to Syria says British government “has gotten Syria wrong every step of the way”

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Rapacious consumerism and climate change

Consumerism word cloud Graham Peebles highlights the destructiveness of neo-liberalism – the infinite desire for consumer goods and environmental degradation – and argues for a paradigm shift away from individualism and towards the community. Read more [...]

Watch: “And now the latest news from Aleppo from the BBC…”

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Merkel and Netanyahu: Moral courage vs spineless cowardice

Angela Merkel and Binyamin Netanyahu Uri Avnery contrasts German Chancellor Merkel’s courage for hosting thousands of refugees with Israeli Premier Netanyahu, “an opportunist politician without much backbone, bending easily to pressure on small issues, not dealing at all with the big issues”. Read more [...]

The Muslim Brotherhood’s divisive dress code for women

The niqab Nureddin Sabir says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, including the controversial swimwear, the “burkini”, is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and should concern everyone of us. Read more [...]

The times they are a changing: Brexit, Trump and lots of anger

World political chaos: the Day of Judgement Graham Peebles argues that despite the turmoil that is breaking the sclerotic political moulds in the US, UK and elsewhere, "these are wonderful times for democracy and politics" which will lead to fundamental social and economic change. Read more [...]

Turkey’s anti-Gulen campaign: Strengthening militants and jihadists

PakTurk school James Dorsey highlights the dilemma confronting Pakistan, which is facing a Turkish demand to shut secondary schools associated with preacher Fethullah Gulen, while the real threat to its security is posed by the Saudi-funded Wahhabi schools. Read more [...]

Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen: Moderniser or wolf in sheep’s clothing?

Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Fethullah Gulen James Dorsey profiles Fethullah Gulen, Turkish preacher and erstwhile friend of President Erdogan, and considers whether he or his religious, educational and commercial empire might have been involved in the failed coup attempt of 15 July. Read more [...]