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  • How to Save the African National Congress
    South Africa is desperate for change. On December 18, the African National Congress party elected businessman Cyril Ramaphosa as its president. Ramaphosa, who had served as deputy president since 2012, won the position on a good governance and anti-corruption platform. His victory seemed, at least in part, a rebuke to the scandal-plagued incumbent Jacob Zuma, who has led the country for the past nine years. It also seemed like a call back to the ANC’s early years of leading South Africa out of the racial segregation and violence of apartheid: Ramaphosa rose to public prominence first as a union leader, ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-01-17
  • A Pair of Fiery Festivals
    Carl Court / Getty, Francisco Seco / AP In the past couple of days, festivals were held in two villages separated by language, culture, religion, and great distance, but both centered on the use of fire as a method of purification and blessing—and both were carried out with a liberal partaking in alcohol. In San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, on the eve of Saint Anthony's Day—to honor Spain's patron saint of animals—people ride horses through bonfires during the “Luminarias,” a centuries-old tradition meant to to purify and protect the animals. In Nozawaonsen, Japan, village men of the unlucky ages of ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-01-17
  • The Rise and Fall of Steve Bannon and Nigel Farage
    Steve Bannon and Nigel Farage are both populist figureheads known for championing their own brands of nationalism that had historic implications for their countries in 2016—in the U.S., the election of Donald Trump; in the U.K., the historic decision to leave the European Union. But two years later, these men, who rose from relative political obscurity to the center of power, appear to be falling back to where they started.In the U.S., Bannon, the former Trump ally and White House chief strategist, has fallen out of the president’s good graces after it was revealed he had lambasted the president and ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-01-17
  • Israel and Palestine: Beyond the Stalemate
    Research Event 7 Nov 2017 - 08:30 to 8 Nov 2017 - 17:30 Jerusalem, Israel Middle East and North Africa Programme, Israel-Palestine: Beyond the Stalemate Body The workshop brings together experts from governments, non-government organizations, the private sector and academia to discuss the future of Israeli–Palestinian relations. Participants will review the standstill in negotiations and trace local, regional and international political developments with regard to conflict resolution. In this context, participants will identify past shortcomings in the peace process and highlight current and future opportunities to reinvigorate negotiations. Particular attention will be paid ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-01-12
  • Driving Economic Growth in the MENA Region: Saudi Arabia, UAE and Iraq
    Invitation Only Research Event 20 Feb 2018 - 09:00 to 13:30Add to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House, London Middle East and North Africa Programme The economies of the MENA region face a number of major challenges in the short to medium term. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have adopted visions attempting to re-orient their economies and introduce far-reaching reforms. They aim to diversify away from oil or oil-based rent, as well as to develop a new, sustainable, economic model that, amongst other things, accommodates rapid demographic growth. Both countries ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-01-09
  • Demystifying the Syrian Conflict
    Invitation Only Research Event 1 Mar 2018 - 08:30 to 18:00Add to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House, London Middle East and North Africa Programme, Syria from Within Seven years into the Syrian conflict, many of the dynamics on the ground in Syria remain misunderstood or misrepresented, leading to oversimplification at best and problematic approaches to the crisis at worst. This conference aims to shed light on the issues that are among the least understood in the Syrian context, including the opacity of regime areas, the composition and motivation of rebel factions, ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-01-08
  • 99 Percent of “Palestine Refugees” Are Fake
    In the words of a veteran Washington hand, the problem of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the main UN agency dealing with Palestinians, is always important but never urgent. Well, it just became urgent. That's because President Trump ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2018-01-09
  • 2017’s Top Hits at DanielPipes.org
    Looking over the past year's statistics, my ten most-read articles of 2017 (ignoring articles from prior years) were: 10. Merkel's Historic Folly9. Historians Run Amok8. Erdoğan to Me: Stay Out of Turkey7. No to Bombing Syria6. Florida Museum Celebrates ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2017-12-31
  • Beauty and Nausea in Venice
    "On or about December 1910, human character changed," wrote British novelist Virginia Woolf in 1924. "I am not saying that one went out, as one might into a garden, and there saw that a rose had flowered, or that a hen had laid an egg. The change was not ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2017-12-27