We’re all in this together

“We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately” — Benjamin Franklin CHRIS WOOD: NATURAL SECURITYPublished January 1, 2014 Here’s a thought as we enter a new year: We’re all in this together. That is not a moral sentiment.

Analysis: Political survival of Turkey’s PM at stake

International affairs columnist Jonathan Manthorpe examines the mess that Turkey’s Prime Minister made for himself, and which now threatens his political survival. Excerpt: Turkey’s bullish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is locked in a struggle for political survival with a United States-based Muslim

Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan fights for political survival

JONATHAN MANTHORPEDecember 27, 2013 Turkey’s bullish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is locked in a struggle for political survival with a United States-based Muslim cleric, whose followers he helped infiltrate the country’s police, courts, the military, and even his own Justice and Development

The Newfoundland Mummers

As the year ends and winter gets a grip in the Northern latitudes, many cultures mark the passing of another year and the coming of winter with annual religious and folk festivals and events. In the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador,

Mummers the Word

“For years they trespassed in my dreams until once, in a circle of standing stones, I felt their shadows pass.” — John Montague   ( This presentation contains audio. Turn on your  speakers for maximum experience. Slides can be paused and advanced manually

F&O’s WEEK IN REVIEW

  New work on Facts and Opinions – and selected reading and viewing from elsewhere in the week past: This week Facts and Opinions welcomed aboard Jim McNiven with his new regular column, Thoughtlines, in Commentary. In his inaugural column, Bill, Shane

Analysis: Japan’s military and Asian storm clouds

International affairs columnist Jonathan Manthorpe examines the symbolism of Japanese and Indian military exercises, and their relevance to China. Excerpt: The Japanese and Indian navies are in the second of four days of joint exercises in the Bay of Bengal, an event

Analysis: Conflict in South Sudan

The sickening smell of unfulfilled vengeance hangs over fighting that broke out Sunday among rival clans in the capital of Africa’s newest nation, South Sudan — and there is an awful predictability about where it will lead, writes Jonathan Manthorpe in his

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