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Erdoğan calls for ‘common sense’ from new Armenian government

A change of power in Yerevan seems unlikely to lead to much new in Armenia's relations with Turkey.

Bourdain faces criticism over Armenia visit - CNN Video

Anthony Bourdain discusses the sensitivities around travel in certain regions of Armenia. Watch Parts Unknown Sundays at 9PM ET/PT on CNN.

Armenia

Armenia's velvet revolution and the political power of social media

Pashinyan’s rise to power in Armenia provides Australians a powerful case study of social versus mainstream media, writes Arthur Marusevich. read …

Social Media

TS Eliot's The Waste Land remains one of the finest reflections on mental illness ever written

In 1921, having taken time off from his job at Lloyds Bank for what would now be called depression, TS Eliot spent three weeks convalescing in Margate. It was the hottest October in years. Every day, he got the tram from the Albemarle Hotel in Cliftonville to the sea front, and, sitting in Nayland …

Literature

This Is How Reading Changes Your Brain & It's Even More Wild Than You'd Think

I'm in grad school right now, and we've been reading three of Irish writer Samuel Beckett's very challenging novels. TBH, the reading sort of makes …

Beneath the mask, Jacob Rees-Mogg is a dangerous and deceitful bully on secondment from the 18th century

Was there ever a more exquisitely polite thug than Jacob Rees-Mogg?<p>On indefinite secondment from the mid-18th century, the Honourable Member for the …

United Kingdom

The Greatest Works of Russian Literature Everyone Should Read

There are certain books that are always on lists of “books you must read” and the like, and these books are generally two things: old and complex. …

Literature

While you celebrate Christmas, don't forget the ridicule and aggression to which Christians are so often subjected

Ah, Christmas. How’s it been for you?<p>Presents? Check. Too much food? Check. That warm fuzzy feeling which is excessive wine plus the effects of …

Religion

What Makes a Genius? The World's Greatest Minds Have One Thing in Common

Being a genius is different than merely being supersmart. Smart people are a dime a dozen, and many of them don’t amount to much. What matters is …

Iran is the new superpower in the Middle East

BAGHDAD; AND KABUL, AFGHANISTAN—With opulent furnishings and the finest cut-crystal water glasses in Baghdad, the new offices of the Iranian-backed Shiite militia exude money and power - exactly as they are meant to. At one end of the meeting room is a set built for TV interviews, with gilded …

Corbyn has seen the light on Brexit. Now he’s taking the fight to the Tories

At last, Labour steps up. Brexit is the great national crisis of our times and yet the leaders of the opposition have sometimes seemed so muted it has driven remainers to tear their hair out in frustration.<p>That changed yesterday at prime minister’s questions. Jeremy Corbyn for the first time turned …

United Kingdom

Iran announces new missile production line: state media | Reuters

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran announced the launch of a new missile production line on Saturday, according to state media, against a backdrop of tension between the United States and Tehran.<p>FILE PHOTO: Iran's national flags are seen on a square in Tehran February 10, 2012, a day before the anniversary of …

Trump calls for Iran to release American detainees

President Donald Trump warned Friday that Iran risked facing “new and serious consequences” if it did not release all wrongfully detained Americans there and allow them to leave the Muslim country.<p>Specifically, Trump called for American law enforcement officer Robert Levinson to be freed after a …

U.S. Military Must Leave Iran's Borders And Stop Calling Us Terrorists, Revolutionary Guards Say

The leader of Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has slammed the U.S.'s decision to pursue further sanctions against Tehran and …

Knife attacker shot dead at Tehran metro station

<b>(CNN) —</b> A man was fatally shot by police Saturday after he attacked four bystanders with a knife at a metro station in Iran's capital, Tehran, state media reported.<p>Police said four people were injured by the 40-year-old assailant, according to Iran's Islamic Republic News Agency.<p>Security forces at …

Qassem Soleimani: IRGC's star commander a useful counterweight to Rouhani

The tit for tat exchanges between the commanders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and the newly re-elected government of President …

Secret details of the Trump-Putin ceasefire in Syria focus on keeping Iranian proxies out

A confidential U.S.-Russian cease-fire agreement for southwest Syria that went into effect Sunday calls for barring Iranian-backed foreign fighters from a strategic stretch of Syrian territory near the borders of Israel and Jordan, according to three diplomatic sources.<p>President Trump hailed it as …

The special ingredient that helps explain Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic war on Qatar

Natural gas lies at the heart of the Gulf’s most acute crisis in decades.<p>Saudi Arabia says it’s waging diplomatic war against Qatar because of its support for terrorism. But if you drill below the surface, there’s actually something else that helps explain the crisis: Qatar's hugely valuable …

50 Lessons from 50 Giants of History

This curated column is authored by Zat Rana Most of myThe post 50 Lessons from 50 Giants of History appeared first on iamwire.

The Rise of Jeremy Corbyn and the Death Throes of Neoliberalism

“We do not believe in untrammeled free markets. We reject the cult of selfish individualism. We abhor social division, injustice, unfairness and inequality.”<p>This sounds like the manifesto of a hard-left political party, sternly aiming to cleanse society not only of a failed ideology (untrammeled …

‘The war after Isis’: has Trump opened the door to conflict with Iran?

US forces have opened fire on Iranian-backed forces in Syria three times in the past month, amid mounting tensions that observers and former officials worry could easily turn into an unplanned, spiralling conflict.<p>The three recent incidents took place at al-Tanf, a remote desert outpost near the …

Middle East

These Are The 15 Best New Restaurants In London

In the wake of the brexit vote last year, rousing billboards began to appear across the capital proclaiming "London is open". The messages, …

Yezidis and Yerevan Complicating Moscow’s Efforts to Influence Kurds in Iraq and Syria

The convocation, last February, of a Kurdish conference in Moscow that included the Yezidis (Aranews.net, February 16), combined with new …

Pakistan on collision course with Iran? | Asia| An in-depth look at news from across the continent | DW | 25.04.2017

Pakistan has approved the appointment of its former army chief, Raheel Sharif, as the head of a Saudi-led military alliance. Experts say the regional …

How Lenin’s love of literature shaped the Russian Revolution

Literature shaped the political culture of the Russia in which Vladimir Ilyich Lenin grew up. Explicitly political texts were difficult to publish under the tsarist regime. The rasher essayists were holed up in asylums until they “recovered”: in other words, until they publicly recanted their …

Literature

Iran's Abbasi: The Middle East's most beautiful hotel | CNN Travel

(CNN) — Flick through almost any travel magazine these days and you're bound to come across an article hailing Iran as the next big destination.<p>Prompting the spike in interest in the Islamic Republic is recent geopolitical wrangling in the shape of a nuclear deal with world powers that has ended …

Putin and Erdogan Cozy Up to Divide Syria

<i>This article first appeared on the Wilson Center site.</i><p>Something big and important must be at the heart of a relationship in which both sides are able …

The World's Biggest IPO Is Coming: What You Should Know About Aramco

The markets are awaiting what is expected to be the biggest public offering in history. An IPO so big it will likely make any Silicon Valley unicorn look like a blip in the market.<p>The giant going public is Saudi Aramco, the national oil company of Saudi Arabia. It is expected to have a $2 trillion …

Noam Chomsky’s “Responsibility of Intellectuals” after 50 years: It’s an even heavier responsibility now

Written amid rising opposition to the Vietnam War, Chomsky’s greatest essay has added resonance in the age of Trump<p>There are determining events, especially when we’re young and formulating our sense of the world: Times when we learn how to take ourselves, where to stand, how to move forward in a …