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Trojan Hearse: Greek Elections and the Euro Leper Colony

Greek Elections

Europe is stunned, and bankers aghast, that polls show the new party of the Left, Syriza, will win Greece’s parliamentary elections to be held this coming Sunday, January 25. Syriza promises that, if elected, it will cure Greece of leprosy.

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ICC and Palestine: Why now?

ICC and Palestine

It has often been said that "timing is everything", and yet, that does not necessarily mean that we understand the timing of certain decisions and announcements. It is clear that the decision to open a preliminary inquiry into the Palestinian occupied territories is long overdue.

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Pope Francis, Salman Rushdie and Charlie Hebdo

Charlie Hebdo

There is some common ground, but not much. The killings in Paris last week were horrifying crimes that expose the vulnerability of democratic societies to lethal vigilante violence, whether facilitated from outside or as a spontaneous expression of homegrown psychopathic alienation. Beyond this morbid reality associated with the murder of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists, police officers, and the supermarket hostages, there is nothing but darkness, and in that darkness some additional monsters lurk.

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Iran talks: Moving beyond 'worn out' policies

P5+1

by Dr. Massoumeh Torfeh

The stakes are high in the latest round of nuclear talks starting today in Geneva between Iran and the P5+1 at the deputy foreign minister level. Over the past week, US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Jawed Zarif have held long conversations in Geneva and Paris, lasting over seven hours. Both realise that more flexibility is required to avoid the breakup of the talks.

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Charlie Hebdo: A Convoluted World

Dieudonné M'bala M'bala

Charlie Hebdo Magazine tragedy and its consequential events are the perfect example of how convoluted our world is. Seventeen people were murdered in the attack including reporters, two police officers and a visitor. On Sunday; Jan. 11, two days later about four million people; the largest demonstration in French history, rallied across France carrying “Je Suis Charlie” (I am Charlie) banners protesting the terror attack. In Paris 40 world heads of states led a march of about one million protesters.

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