Kazakhstan: A president called Tokayev. A future called Nursultan

The new president is more conformist apparatchik than reformer. He is also eminently presentable. Joanna Lillis -eurasianet At the start of this week, Kazakhstan had a capital city called Astana and a president called Nursultan. Now,...

What’s really keeping the US from adopting new gun laws like New Zealand’s

Michelle Mark- Insider New Zealand's quick ban on "military-style semiautomatic weapons" announced Thursday drew a stark contrast to the years of stymied gun-control debates in the United States. Despite an alarming number of mass...

Arabic poetry: 10 writers, classic and modern, you need to read

Lost amid the azure depths of 1,500 years of Arabic prose? Don't know al-Qais from Darwish? On International Poetry Day, start here By Mustafa Abu Sneineh - MEE Poetry has always been at the heart of...

Pro-Palestine students denied university access during Queen’s visit

Students at King's College London who had taken part in previous protests locked out of buildings despite needing to sit exams. By Amandla Thomas-Johnson - MEE Pro-Palestine students at one of the UK's top universities have...

Where are Algeria’s Islamists?

Francois Burgat - MEE As the country moves towards a political transition, Islamists will inevitably remain part of the political scene The oft-repeated myth about the disappearance of Islamists, and about their incompatibility with democratic transitions, can only...

Golan Heights: Trump aims to ‘shore up’ support for Netanyahu ahead of Israeli vote

Statement makes 'mockery of international law' to help Netanyahu in forthcoming Israeli elections, analysts say By Ali Harb- MEE Donald Trump's announcement that Washington will recognise Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Syrian Golan Heights is an...

Beware the Medusavirus

A newly discovered giant virus turns its victims to “stone.” SARAH ZHANG The very first giant virus was discovered in a water-cooling tower in 2003. As the name suggests, giant viruses are unusually large and their genomes unusually...

How Thailand Became the World’s Last Military Dictatorship

Thailand—where military coups have a business-as-usual feel—holds elections this weekend. EUGÉNIE MÉRIEAU If military dictatorship is defined in the strictest sense as the rule of a junta or military officer who comes to power through a...

Destroying Istanbul to ‘Restore’ It

Many Istanbulites are concerned that the city’s plans for the future leave its storied past behind. PAUL BENJAMIN OSTERLUND ISTANBUL—The Valens Aqueduct is one of this city’s most recognizable monuments, a Roman-built fixture that stretches proudly...

Yellow Vest Movement Not Yet Changing Its Color to Green

From Paris, Léa Bouchoucha reports for Consortium News on two sets of demonstrators, some of whom are mingling while others keep a distance. By Léa Bouchoucha in Paris Special to Consortium News Some had hoped the two marches in Paris last...

After Pressure on Twitter, Christine Assange’s Account is Restored

The Twitter account of Julian Assange’s mother was restored on Wednesday night after her supporters sent a flood of messages to Twitter. Christine Assange, the mother of WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange, had her...

Sick of human politicians? 25% of Europeans would prefer AI government

Russia  Today More than a quarter of Europeans would rather have their countries’ important political decisions made by artificial intelligence than their elected and unelected human officials, according to a surprising new survey. Fully one in...

Western-born Muslims ‘more likely’ to be drawn to extremism and violent ideas – study

Russia  Today Muslims born and raised in the West are more likely to support extremist ideas than those who are born elsewhere and who later emigrate to the West, a new study by researchers at...

16 years after US invasion of Iraq, ex-spokesman defends Bush over WMD lies

Critics say former US president knowingly lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and links to al-Qaeda. By Ali Harb- MEE Sixteen years ago, American and British tanks rolled into Iraq. In a matter of...

Armenia’s New Government Struggles with Domestic and External Opposition

By Armen Grigoryan-Published in Analytical Articles March 20, 2019, the CACI Analyst After winning an overwhelming majority at the snap parliamentary elections in December, Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has formed a new cabinet and presented...

Opinion: Empathy is what makes us human

DW Humans deserve dignity — regardless of their nationality, race or religion. It is shocking that this fundamental principle is ignored in many parts of the world today, says Alexander Görlach. Once again, illiberalism has reared...

Europeans see Germany’s global role on the rise: Pew study

DW While Europeans view Germany as in the ascendancy, French and British power is viewed as "in decline," a new survey has revealed. Many worry about long-term prospects and fear Brussels is "out of touch"...

Trump’s Last Chance To Subdue Gasoline Prices

By Philip Verleger - oilprice The oil industry has done its best to play down the oil market effect of the impending IMO 2020 rule. Executive after executive has tried to reassure politicians and policy...

The Climate Activist vs. the Economics Minister-‘My Generation Has Been Fooled’

Interview Conducted By Gerald Traufetter and Melanie Amann Luisa Neubauer, the German face of the global movement spurred by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, debates the student climate strikes with German Economics Minister Peter Altmaier. Geography student...

Killed, orphaned, sold: Afghan war takes brutal toll on children

Rod Nickel, Abdul Matin Sahak KABUL/BALKH, Afghanistan (Reuters) - After fighting forced Mohammad Khan, a villager from the northern Afghanistan province of Sar-e Pul, to move his family to the more secure province of Balkh...