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Ronald Reagan showed us how to deal with today's political demonization

I think often of my first boss – President Ronald Reagan – and how blessed I was to work for this great man. As we approach the Fourth of July and celebrate the greatness of America, I’ve been specifically thinking of him in the context of disturbing stories in the news and how political …

Panama cuts off ties with Taiwan, switches to China

Panama has established diplomatic ties with China while breaking off with Taiwan, dealing a victory to Beijing which claims the self-governing island as its own territory.<p>Panama President Juan Carlos Varela announced the change in a televised address on Tuesday, saying it represents "the correct …

Why The 2018 Senate Elections Are Looking Bad For Both Parties

The 2018 midterms are a story of two chambers. Democrats are in the best position they’ve been in since 2010 to win a majority of seats in the House …

Filmmaker learns why she endured airport stops for years

WASHINGTON (AP) — Laura Poitras' travel nightmare began more than a decade ago when the award-winning filmmaker started getting detained at airports …

Surveillance

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Democrats under fire as Gorsuch hearings begin

Activists tell lawmakers they better go hard after Trump's Supreme Court nominee.<p>Neil Gorsuch will step under a grueling national spotlight Monday as his Supreme Court confirmation hearings begin. And so will the Democrats who must vote on whether to confirm him.<p>Liberal groups have pushed for …

Health Care Law

Before You Call Your Senator, Read This On How Our Trump Scores Work

On Monday, we launched a dashboard that tracks how often members of the House and Senate have voted in line with President Trump’s position on bills …

Here are the 4 geopolitical hotspots of 2017

This makes maps a vital part of our work, here at <i>This Week in Geopolitics</i>. So we have decided to showcase some of the best maps our graphics team (TJ Lensing and Jay Dowd) made in 2016.<p>These four maps help explain the foundations of what will be the most important geopolitical developments of 2017.

Geopolitics

‘Wait for the Government to Collapse and Then You’re in Power Again’

Liberal writer Jonathan Chait sees a model for Democrats in the Trump era. His name is Mitch McConnell.<p>Among the slice of Washington that might be writing a book at any given time—a pretty big slice compared to other cities—November 8, 2016 was one of those big upsets that epitomizes the age-old …

Mitch McConnell

Somalia’s Crooked Route to Democracy

“Even though the structures are often weak and lack capacity, you’ve got something important going on,” said Michael Keating, the U.N. special representative to Somalia. “I don’t want to get too romantic or starry-eyed about it, but it is a positive development,” he added from the heavily fortified …

Africa

Turkish MPs back new constitution boosting Erdogan's powers

<b>Turkey's parliament has given preliminary approval to a new constitution which will increase the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.</b><p>There will be a second round of voting later this week and, if approved, a referendum will follow.<p>Critics claim it amounts to a power grab by Mr Erdogan.<p>But the …

South Asia

Bush daughters offer advice to Malia and Sasha Obama in open letter

<b>(CNN) —</b> President George W. Bush's twin daughters are offering advice to Malia and Sasha Obama, who are soon to join them in the ranks of former first kids.<p>"We have watched you grow from girls to impressive young women with grace and ease," wrote Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush Hager in an open letter …

The White House

Russia’s New Favorite Jihadis: The Taliban

In its latest ploy to undermine NATO, Russia is urging cooperation with the Afghan extremists even as their ties to al Qaeda grow deep.<p>More than 15 …

Al Shabab’s Resurgence

Al Shabab, the al Qaeda affiliate that has bedeviled the East African country of Somalia for a decade, is currently enjoying its most successful run …

U.S. geologists stumble upon shale oil reserve motherlode valued at US$900 billion

In a troubled oil world, the Permian Basin is the gift that keeps on giving.<p>One portion of the giant field, known as the Wolfcamp formation, was …

President Donald Trump, Brexit, and Arab Spring: Where will the hatred of ruling elites take us all?

Even Donald Trump, with his penchant for exaggeration, might struggle to find the words to describe his incredible electoral triumph. Against almost …

If America Could Survive These Presidents, It Can Survive Trump Or Clinton

Whenever a Presidential election rolls around people assume that the end times are upon us and that the jackass directly opposed to their views (and their candidate) will run the country into a ditch. And so it is with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, two candidates who are widely unpopular and …

War

President Erdoğan is now targeting anyone who doesn’t support him | Burhan Sönmez

The Turkey leader’s authoritarianism has reached new heights, with ruthless crackdowns on the media, internet access and Kurdish leaders<p>Freedom of expression and the free press are under threat in Turkey. Last Saturday, the government closed down Tîroj, a Kurdish and Turkish literary magazine I had …

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Meme warfare: how the power of mass replication has poisoned the US election

Spread from the bottom up, political memes are now a form of propaganda – and it’s killing our ability to intelligently orchestrate a political conversation<p>If you use Facebook, or Twitter, have a Wi-Fi connection, watch television or have been to an office Halloween party, you’ve probably …

The Republican civil war starts the day after the election - Vox

Will the GOP remain the party of Trump post-2016?<p>You may think the Republican Party is in the midst of a civil war.<p>You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.<p>If Donald Trump loses the election next week, “there will be a lot of blood left on the floor between November and the 2020 primaries,” predicts GOP …

Why do we still accept that governments collect and snoop on our data?

Bulk collection clearly violates global rights to privacy and free speech, and now, with a case before the European court of human rights, is the time to stop it<p>In recent weeks, the Hollywood film about Edward Snowden and the movement to pardon the NSA whistleblower have renewed worldwide attention …

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China wants to give all of its citizens a score – and their rating could affect every area of their lives

Imagine a world where an authoritarian government monitors everything you do, amasses huge amounts of data on almost every interaction you make, and …

From French Soldier to ISIS Spymaster

It’s been almost six months since The Daily Beast exposed Abu Suleyman al-Firansi. Now new details are emerging that can tell us a lot about ISIS’s …

Unipolar no more: With Russia and China’s growing aggression, the world is becoming increasingly multipolar

<b>(AP)</b><p>And Moscow is calling the shots in Syria, not that Gary Johnson even knows where that is<p>Dilip Hiro<p>October 16, 2016 10:30pm (UTC)<p><i>This article originally appeared on TomDispatch.</i><p>In the strangest election year in recent American history — one in which the Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson couldn’t …

Who’s Who in the Fight Against ISIS?

The global fight against ISIS has been halting and complex since it began in late 2014.<p>The United States has led an international coalition of more …

Middle East

President Obama Sniffs His Hand at a Campaign Rally to Prove He's Not Demonically Possessed

On Monday, conspiracy radio host Alex Jones made a major announcement: White House sources had informed him that Hillary Clinton and President Barack …

Donald Trump