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Hollande urges French to reject Le Pen in presidential run-off vote

Christian Hartmann/Reuters   By Bate Felix and John Irish France’s outgoing president, Francois Hollande, on Monday urged people to back centrist Emmanuel Macron in a vote to choose his successor next month and reject far-right leader Marine Le Pen, whose place in the run-off represented a “risk” for France.

Poetry

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Why the American college kids on spring break chanted ‘Build that Wall’

Ben Brewer/Reuters   By Rupen Savoulian In March 2017, there were several reports that a group of American college kids, vacationing in Cancun, Mexico for their spring break, chanted the Trumpist slogan ‘Build that Wall’.

Behind Enemy Lines

Reuters photo   By Zeeshan A. Shah Over the last few decades Pakistan has gone through a major paradigm shift, both within its strategic placement within the region and with its allies all over the globe.

One Nation Train

AAP photo   By Binoy Kampmark The global populist fever is catching. Put the nation first before all else, patria before sense. Make America Great Again. One Nation before any other. Australia has been a fairly non-responsive patient to that effect, keeping its symptoms to the rural fringes of the country, or the more bitter […]

How the Muslim Ban is going to affect my gastronomical life

Emmanuel Dunand/AFP   By Ahmed Tharwat Donald Trump our new Czar, the political ISIS of American politics, the one who beheaded more than a dozen career politicians on national TV during GOP debates. In his crusade against Muslims and Islam, the leader of the civilized world, replacing the leader of the free world, called for […]

Observations of an Expat: Trump’s Aim

Joe Raedle/AFP   By Tom Arms   What is Trump’s Aim?

In setback for Trump, U.S. judges reject travel ban

David Ryder/Reuters   By Dan Levine and Mica Rosenberg President Donald Trump suffered a legal blow on Thursday when a federal appeals court refused to reinstate his executive order temporarily banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

Trump’s seven first steps to sabotage human rights

AFP photo   By Amnesty International Since taking over at the White House, US President Donald Trump has wasted little time putting into action his poisonous campaign rhetoric. In his first couple of weeks in office, he pushed through a series of repressive executive orders that threaten the human rights of millions at home and […]

Thank You America

Bryan R Smith/AFP   By Sami Jamil Jadallah As an immigrant, the son of an immigrant and a US Army Veteran with four other brothers who honorably served our adopted country (2 Army, 2 Marine) and from far away Sweden (on a visit but not seeking asylum), I could not help but admire and be […]

Trump is the el-Sisi of America

AFP photo   By Ahmed Tharwat General el-Sisi, in one of his bizarre revelations, told the Egyptian people that he is blessed by a divine wisdom. Everyone laughed, social media exploding with jokes and satirical postings, but apparently, Donald Trump isn’t laughing. He agrees with what General el-Sisi says and does!

Trump’s immigration policy and the war within America

Justin Sullivan/AFP   By Ogunniyi Abayomi Immigration was born out of slavery, war and ethnic clashes, ensuing individuals to seek greener pastures across the border. Events and the tragedies of terror within Arab and African societies prompted the sympathetic movement of migrating to the west, absconding the horrendous atmosphere across their regions.

Trump signs new executive orders at the Pentagon

UPI photo   By Kanwal Abidi President Trump, on Friday at the Pentagon, signed an Executive Order that he said would provide a thorough vetting of refugees to ensure that terrorists cannot get into the United States.

Well done Mrs May?

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed I think the people of the United Kingdom owe a huge ‘thank you’ to Mrs May for representing us all as a Country whom she leads as our Prime Minister, for the dignity and diplomacy she portrayed during her visit to meet the President of The United States.

Will Trump Really Build A Wall?

Yuri Cortez/AFP   By Cliff Graham Politicians are known for making promises during their campaigns for office that they have no intention of keeping. Even politicians who intend to keep their promises often find that the political system in Washington D.C. makes it impossible for them to keep their word after they are elected.

Brexit: Mrs May broadcasts her own brand of a West Wing Episode

Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP   By Hazel Speed There are very few people I would listen to for 45 minutes. Even more so anyone representing the Conservative Party, but that said Mrs May’s Statement today is of such importance to the UK’s exit of the European Union that I wanted to hear every word she had to […]

Trump’s demand to ban Muslim immigration was extreme, but not outside the mainstream

AP photo   By Rupen Savoulian There are many analyses of the incoming Trump administration, examining the reasons for his electoral victory, the racism and Islamophobia that he deployed to win votes, his populist appeals to the American working class, the emboldened position of the alternative right, and the ultra-rightist nature of his incoming cabinet. […]

Dutton’s remarks, and being told to go back to where I come from – a constant refrain my whole life

AAP photo   By Rupen Savoulian Australia’s current Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, made a number of ignorant and bigoted comments in recent weeks regarding the presence of Lebanese Muslims in Australia.

An Open Letter to President-Elect Donald Trump

Eric Thayer   By Sami Jamil Jadallah   Dear Mr. Trump, First, let me congratulate you on your election and I have to admit, for a non-politician you did a hell of job understanding and speaking the language of Main Street America, which sad to say has been neglected by America’s political elite, Democrats and […]

Observations of an Expat: Haiti—Land of Extremes

Dieu Nalio Cherry/AP   By Tom Arms Haiti is a land of extremes. Unfortunately they are all the worst kind. It is extremely poor, extremely corrupt, extremely violent and now—extremely devastated.

Children held at Australian camp suffer assaults and sexual abuse – leaked documents

David Gray/Reuters   By Colin Packham More than 2,000 incidents, including sexual abuse, assault and attempted self-harm, were reported in about two years at an Australian detention centre for asylum seekers in Nauru, more than half involving children, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Observations of an Expat: I am an Immigrant

By Tom Arms I am an immigrant. I emigrated from the United States to the United Kingdom on the 12th of December 1971.

British EU vote unnerves world leaders and markets

Toby Melville/Reuters   By Estelle Shirbon and Ben Blanchard Britain plunged deeper into political crisis on Sunday after its vote to leave the European Union last Thursday, leaving world officials and financial markets confused about how to handle the political and economic fallout.

Observations of an Expat: Brexit Repercussions

By Tom Arms It looks like Marx was right. The world revolution will start in Britain. It started on Thursday.

The ultra-right emerges from a swamp of bigotry

By Rupen Savoulian A group of heavily armed anti-government militia members, having taken over several government buildings, are currently destroying archaeological sites of critical importance and building their own infrastructure in defiance of the laws of the land.

Urban Politics

By Otatade Okojie Small minds think small things, they are not able to adapt and adjust to the social changes around us.

How to deal with the threat of the Islamic State

By Philipp Müller In the aftermath of the terror attacks on Paris by the Islamic State (IS) on Friday, 13th November 2015, it has become more important than ever for European policymakers to determine how to deal with the threat posed by the IS. The French president Francois Hollande has announced to wage a ‘pitiless […]

A country of immigrant culture

  By Sattar Rind If anyone thinks that politics is the science of getting political power to service the country and its people, then it may be appropriate to any nation or country in the world, apart that is from Pakistan.

The Changing Face of Britain: Islamophobia

  By Sabena Siddiqi Islamophobia is back again in British politics. More frequent attacks on mosques and gradual, growing support for far-right groups reminds us that anti-Muslim feeling is on the increase. The perspective on Islam has changed since 9/11, it is simply not so easy anymore for Muslims living in the West.