Catalan President Carles Puigdemont signs a declaration of independence at the Catalan regional parliament in Barcelona, on October 10, 2017. Photo: Reuters/Albert Gea

The Spanish Civil War, Revisited

Call it theatre of the absurd – with a lethal subtext. Under pressure from all corners – even Donald Tusk, president of the EU Council – in his fateful date with destiny Carles Puigdemont, President of Catalonia, came up with some last-minute judo dialectics. He issued a non-denial denial Unilateral Declaration of Independence from Spain. …

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US Withdraws from UNESCO, Cites ‘Continuing Anti-Israel Bias’

The United States and Israel have declared they are officially withdrawing from UNESCO, the UN’s cultural body which the US helped found in 1945, citing a distortion of history and bias against Israel. The US is to depart on December 31, the State Department said. "This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects US concerns …

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Why America Can’t Win Its Revenge War in Afghanistan

For the vast majority of Americans, this past Saturday was just another day on the calendar. College football fans streamed into stadiums across the nation to watch their favorite teams, friends met up for a drink or two, and the overworked and strung out among us caught an extra few hours of sleep. October 7, …

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Why U.S. and Saudi Arabia Back Rohingya in Myanmar

Demonstrations, protests and online petitions have appeared worldwide to defend the struggle of the Rohingya people who have been driven from Myanmar into exile. What is of concern is that political forces with no history of or interest in defending the rights of these oppressed people, including the U.S. and Saudi regimes, have joined this …

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Forget Catalonia, Flanders is the Real Test Case of EU Separatism!

Catalonia’s separatist campaign has dominated European headlines for the past couple of weeks, but it’s really the northern Belgian region of Flanders which will serve as a barometer over whether large chunks of the EU will fall apart into a collection of identity-centric statelets prior to the bloc’s reconstitution into a “federation of regions”. What’s …

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The Empire Comes Home – Counterinsurgency, Policing, and the Militarization of America’s Cities

“This... thing, [the War on Drugs] this ain't police work... I mean, you call something a war and pretty soon everybody gonna be running around acting like warriors... running around on a damn crusade, storming corners, slapping on cuffs, racking up body counts... pretty soon, damn near everybody on every corner is your f**king enemy. …

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US Pushes Ahead with ‘Internet of Battlefield Things’ Research, But Risks Remain

The US army has enlisted the help of a leading university to work on bringing Internet of Things technologies to the armed forces. However, the risks associated with such provisions when used by consumers may well still apply in a combat scenario - with far more dire implications. The University of Illinois will lead a six-year program …

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