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Israel and Saudi Arabia: strange bedfellows?

One of the most fascinating developments in the Middle East is the growing connection between Israel and Saudi Arabia. Strange bedfellows but it makes sense. As reported here, a number of nations, including Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, and Egypt, are interested in restarting Israeli-Palestinian negotiations based on the Arab Peace Initiative that was endorsed in…

Reasons why Elisabeth Warren won’t be Hillary Clinton’s running mate.

The Boston Globe reports that Clinton will consider putting another woman on the ticket. For sure, there are Democrats who think Hillary Clinton is creating a dream team if she picks Elisabeth Warren as her running mate. They say it would generate energy and attract women, young liberals and older white liberals. She’s also beloved by Democrats on the…

China is preparing for war over the South China Sea

At the beginning of the twentieth century, Germany was exerting its influence as a new and growing political and military power. The result was the First World War. We could be seeing the same thing happening with China now. Beijing is setting itself up to be repeatedly provoked in the South China Sea Tensions are…

Sadiq Khan�s lessons for Labour

The rise of Sadiq Khan, the son of a bus driver and seamstress who grew up on a public housing estate and who has just been elected mayor of London – and who happens to be Muslim – is nothing short of extraordinary. But it might also tell the Labour Party how it could win the next…

Quelle surprise: most of the Greek bailout money went to the banks

So Greece received something like 128 billion Euros in all those bailouts. But a new study by the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT).has found that most of the money went to the banks. “Most of the money was used to actually transfer risks from private creditors to public creditors,” EMST Jorg Rocholl told Deutsche Welle. “This…

Scott Morrison hits Australian farmers

On April 19, cattle-ranch empire S. Kidman & Co., the largest landholder in Australia, agreed to a sale to a mostly Chinese consortium for A$370.7 million (US$289 million). Then, 10 days later on Friday to be precise with an election looming Australian treasurer Scott Morrison blocked the deal, saying that because of the portfolio’s size and significance, its…

In response to threat of nuclear terrorism, Belgium Hands Out Iodine Pills To Entire Population

Last month we had the news that Brussels suicide bombers had planted hidden cameras at the home of the top Belgian nuclear officials, now we learn the Belgian government has really stepped up safeguards. According to the New York Post, Brussels suicide bombers Ibrahim and Khalid El Bakraoui were plotting to kidnap a senior Belgian nuclear official and…

Saudis lobby to stop 9/11 class action legislation

The Saudi government has spent millions of dollars on US law, lobby and public relations firms to raise the country’s visibility in the United States and before the United Nations at a crucial time. Five lobby and PR firms were hired in 2015 alone to co-ordinate meetings between Saudi officials and business leaders and U.S.…

Hillary Clinton wins in New York but remains in trouble.

The big story last week was Hillary Clinton had won New York big time. Exit polls showed that Clinton drew support from demographic groups that helped her in past races. She won 66 per cent of voters 45 and older, while Sanders was the favourite among younger voters, 18-44. Clinton also once again dominated among minority…