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The Betrayal of the Kurds

American foreign policy in the Middle East has been muddled and incoherent for some time but the recent developments in Kurdistan have revealed just how hallow my nation’s proclamations in the region can be. Martin Chulov reports the following from Kirkuk: Kurdish forces have abandoned lands they had controlled since the fall of Saddam Hussein […]

Superhero Protest of Soviet Monuments in Bulgaria

Understandably, the Russian government is not happy with this protest. The Russian Embassy in Bulgaria has issued a note demanding that its former Soviet-era ally clean up the monument in Sofia’s Lozenets district, identify and punish those responsible, and take “exhaustive measures” to prevent similar attacks in the future, the news agency reported Monday. Making the god-like figures into superhero icons seems the logical end […]

Confronting the Memory of Che

Not everyone in Che Guevara’s hometown of Rosario, Argentina have a soft spot for the communist revolutionary. Under the motto “a murderer doesn’t deserve state tributes”, Mr López’s foundation has produced videos to educate Argentines, and rosarinos in particular. One shows a clip of Guevara promising to “continue the firing squads for as long as necessary” […]

McCain, Trump and Glavin on Syria

It is hard to believe that John McCain was his party’s standard bearer just 8 years ago. From his recent piece in the Washington Post: The words “never again” ring hollow as the city of Aleppo, Syria, has fallen to regime forces of Bashar al-Assad. A brutal siege that has ground on for years was finally brought […]

Dealing with the “Alt-Right”

A few weeks back, Richard Spencer and his alt-right think-tank (National Policy Institute) hosted their “coming out” event in Washington DC in the wake of Trump’s victory. In a now widely circulated video, audience members gave Roman salutes as Spencer exclaimed “Hail Trump!” to boisterous applause. Those on the left and the right have said much […]

Russian Greens Slam US Green Party Candidate

Jill Stein may have the endorsement of the Green Party here in America, but her apologies for Putin puts her at odds with Greens in Russia. Russian activist Yevgenia Chirikova penned the following as an open letter to Stein on her Facebook page. During the last few years, Russian authorities have continued the destruction of […]

Spanish left: a poster of racism and antisemitism

This is a guest post by Mirabella The Madrid branch of Izquerda Unida, or United Left, party landed itself in a right doddle when it tweeted on Thursday a cartoon image which uses both racist depiction of Obama hugging anti-Semitic caricature of a Jew. The cartoon depicted a thick-lipped Obama standing behind a wall amid […]

The Panama Papers

You’ve read and heard about the Panama Papers. Now get the t-shirt. Por si no vieron mi nueva remera. — Alejo Schapire (@aschapire) April 7, 2016 “If you haven’t seen my new shirt.” “Poor people” in this instance means everyone who pays their fair share of taxes and isn’t wealthy enough to hire the […]

I just found this out

Today is Talk Like A Pirate Day, and the less popular Get Your Leg Amputated & Replaced With A Hunk Of Wood Like A Pirate Day. — Disalmanac (@Disalmanac) September 19, 2013 This first part, at least, is true, although I suppose there’s nothing to stop hardcore enthusiasts from observing the second occasion.

The art of elective dictatorship

By Nanomanoman While the main channels broadcast programmes about penguins and mental health all hell was breaking loose in the city centres, social media once again making up for the shortcomings of the major broadcasters as the streets erupted in protest. But this wasn’t Libya or Egypt. This was Turkey – NATO member and European Union aspirant. Here’s another one – which country […]