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Petty Corruption

sarah-netanyahu

Many years ago I received a phone call from the Prime Minister's office. I was told that Yitzhak Rabin wanted to see me in private.

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Power in Turkey: Islamist power struggle returns to the pitch

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

by James M. Dorsey

T he opening of a court case against Turkish soccer star Hakan Sukur on charges of insulting the president takes Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s autocratic ambitions back to their origins: an Islamist power struggle with exiled preacher Fethullalh Gulen that erupted five years ago on the pitch.

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A Weak UN Ensures a Weak Secretary General

children

There are many angles of interpretation relevant to the startling admission by Ban Ki-moon that he succumbed to undisguised diplomatic pressure when removing Saudi Arabia from the ‘shame list’ of countries whose armies are found responsible the maiming and killing of children, earning them dishonorable mentioned in an annex to the annual UN report on violations of children’s rights.

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Rome to Jerusalem: Vatican Impartiality

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For twenty five unsuccessful  minutes on 26 January 1904 Theodor Herzel met with a “coarse-grained village priest” (Herzel) who just happened to be Pope Pius X. Herzel was sitting “right next to him” the Pope in an armchair, “a throne for minor occasions” commented Herzel. Theodor Herzel was sitting between St Peter’s Rock and a hard place; and he knew it.

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Tony Blair is rubbing salt into Iraq's wounds

In the run-up to the Chilcot report, Tony Blair still thinks Iraq would have been worse off without the invasion.

Tony Blair

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