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    The world at a crossroads

    | Updated at 10:50pm on January 11, 2017

    THE policy outlook for 2017 appears not too promising. Geopolitical risks will remain high. No improvement in the present unstable global order appears likely...

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    Russia isn’t bad guy you’ve been led to believe it is

    by Tom Switzer | Updated at 10:50pm on January 11, 2017

    WHAT is it about Russia that winds everyone up so much? Why all the anger, the endless barrage of alarmist rhetoric and ruthless drive to...

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    The year of the commando

    by Nick Turse | Updated at 09:15pm on January 10, 2017

    THEY could be found on the outskirts of Sirte, Libya, supporting local militia fighters, and in Mukalla, Yemen, backing troops from the United Arab Emirates...

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    Pushing for a new cold war

    | Updated at 09:10pm on January 10, 2017

    AIRSTRIKES by the United States and its allies against two Syrian army positions September 17 killed at least 62 Syrian troops and wounded dozens more...

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    The spectrum of violence

    by Oscar Jarzmik | Updated at 09:10pm on January 10, 2017

    IN APRIL 2015, the Guardian published a powerful piece by novelist Teju Cole on the less visible forms of state violence that have characterised Israel’s...

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    The Fidel I knew: my 100 hours with Castro

    by Ignacio Ramonet | Updated at 10:05pm on January 09, 2017

    FIDEL is dead, but he is immortal. Few people have known the glory of entering into the realm of legend and history during their lifetime....

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    Tribalism, nationalism and fascism

    by John Scales Avery | Updated at 10:00pm on January 09, 2017

    A drop of good sense, in a sea of emotion WHEN I was seven years old, and in the third grade of school, my teacher...

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    Artificial intelligence and human rights

    | Updated at 09:55pm on January 09, 2017

    WHEN William Gibson wrote those words in his groundbreaking 1984, novel Neuromancer, artificial intelligence remained almost entirely within the realm of science fiction...

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    The symphony of our times

    | Updated at 09:50pm on January 09, 2017

    THE few days that we stayed in the Circuit House at Cox’s Bazar we had our lunch and dinner at Shahed’s bungalow, official residence of...

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    Obama’s deadly Afghan acquiescence

    | Updated at 09:30pm on January 08, 2017

    OCCASIONALLY a New York Times writer like Mark Landler will be permitted to step up to the plate and write a sensible article about president...