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Isolationism and the fear of the foreign

When the economy stalls, inequality rises and life becomes harder, there are two popular reactions. One is to reach beyond your borders to find something better in the larger world. The other is to put up walls, blame foreigners and try to isolate yourself from the world.<p>This week the leaders of …

5 foreign policy questions we’ll never ask our presidential candidates

What is the endgame for our war on terror? And at what point do we begin pairing back the size of our military?<p>The nuances of foreign policy do not feature heavily in the ongoing presidential campaign. Every candidate intends to “destroy” the Islamic State; each has concerns about Russian President …

Hillary Clinton doesn’t get it: Paul Krugman, Bernie Sanders and the truth about the free trade scam

Trade has been a disaster for Democratic voters, but a boon for Democratic politicians — especially the Clintons<p>In the wake of Bernie Sanders stunning upset victory in the Michigan primary, there's a renewed recognition that the negative impacts of global trade matter—a lot. There's still a broad …

China seeks 'new chapter' with Iran after sanctions end

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping said Saturday he hopes to open a "new chapter" in relations with Iran after the lifting of …

The only strategy that can defeat ISIS is one no Republican would ever embrace

<b>(AP/Reuters/John Locher/John Minchillo/Photo Montage by Salon)</b><p>Cut off the ISIL’s supply lines, then pull *everybody* out. If we want lasting peace, we must practice it ourselves<p>Peter Van Buren<p>January 20, 2016 8:30am (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>How can we stop the Islamic …

Middle East

Australia shows us what parliamentary democracy looks like

That was quick. Tony Abbott had been the domineering Prime Minister of Australia for barely two years before he was dumped on Monday.<p>But it wasn't the electorate that sent him packing. Nor was it a leadership convention. Mr. Abbott was removed by his own MPs. Regime change took barely five …

The Iraq war: The root of Europe's refugee crisis | Iraq

It's not that she is angry or even frustrated. She is just tired.<p>It's the kind of tired neither a holiday nor a rest will cure. It's the kind of tired that comes with living in temporary accommodations for years. The kind of tired that comes with constantly battling heat and dust and looking after …

Stephen Harper: Canadian Prime Minister accused of taking country too far to the right

Secretive, vindictive and patronising are not words in keeping with the popular stereotype of Canadians. Yet that’s how citizens of the world’s …

Obama on Iran: The Specter of World War III | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

<i>In an extraordinary speech delivered Wednesday, US President Barack Obama went public with a warning that powerful factions within Congress and the</i> …

Rob Ford files defence against lawsuit alleging jailhouse beating

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is asking for a lawsuit filed against him by his former brother-in-law Scott MacIntyre to be dismissed, describing the claim that he orchestrated a jailhouse beating as "patently absurd."<p>Mr. MacIntyre, the former common-law partner of Mr. Ford's sister, Kathy, filed a …