Underestimating IS; Europe's labor shortage; Korea and terrorism; Argentinian politics; democracy in Jamaica

Underestimating IS; Europe's labor shortage; Korea & terrorism; Argentinian politics; democracy in Jamaica

The Reporter / EthiopiaUnderestimating the enemy “The Islamic State expects from us a combination of cowardice & overreaction. Its ultimate ambition is to provoke a clash of civilizations between the West & the Muslim world. We must not fall prey to that strategy…,” writes Dominique Moisi, senior adviser at the French Institute for International Relations. “We are at war. It would be wrong – even dangerous – not to admit it. And to win will require clarity, unity, & firmness…. We barely know our enemy, except for the intensity of his hatred & the depth of his cruelty. To understand his strategy, we must recognize him for what he is: an intelligent – and, in his own way, rational – adversary. For too long, we have despised & underestimated him.”

Today’s Zaman / Istanbul, Turkey Europe’s labor shortage & the migrants“[C]alls for the reintroduction of border controls & a new ‘Fortress Europe’ risk giving Europe’s demagogues the lead & making it harder than ever to convince people of the need to integrate more newcomers into the European Union’s workforce,” writes Giles Merritt. “The climate of fear that the [Paris] attacks have created threatens to obscure a key statistic: unless EU countries open their doors wider to immigration, the current ratio of four working-age people for every pensioner will fall to 2:1 by mid-century, if not earlier…. [T]he truth is that the European economy badly needs the young people pouring across its frontiers….”

The Chosun Ilbo / Seoul, South Korea Korea is too ‘nonchalant’ approximately global terrorism Korea is “nonchalant … approximately the threat of global terrorism,” states an editorial. “A comprehensive anti-terrorism bill has been in limbo in the National Assembly for a staggering 14 years, while [Korean] tourists are jetting off to Europe in droves apparently oblivious to the dangers…. The bill is in limbo because opposition lawmakers feared it would donate the [National Intelligence Service] too much power to spy on individual citizens. But it was in fact the brainchild of the left-leaning administrations of Kim Dae-jung & Roh Moo-hyun, who had closer experience than most of the authoritarian governments of the past, so it is a mystery why opposition lawmakers are so afraid of it…. Too many Koreans fancy they are somehow immune [from terrorism].”

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Clarínx / Buenos AiresThe political alter that Argentina needsThe challenge for Argentina’s new president, Mauricio Macri, is twofold, writes Dante Caputo. “Firstly, the new president must stop the economic deterioration bequeathed by President Cristina Kirchner, reduce the spending deficit & inflation rate, ease domestic & external trade, & recreate conditions in which the market will work reasonably well. Secondly, the need to order the economy must consider a chief aspect of the risk society: the fear of ungovernability, which carries more weight in our country than any specific values or ideologies…. His government must create the bases for sustained progress & modernization in Argentina…. Bringing alter … would usher in a whole new era in Argentine democracy.”

Jamaica Observer / Kingston, JamaicaWhy fixed election dates support democracy“Most Jamaicans, we suspect … have not bought the spin that Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller put on her decision to retreat from calling a general election this year…. But anyone who knows anything approximately politics in this country is quite aware of the fact that Mrs Simpson Miller’s decision not to announce the election is driven solely by the fact that she is not convinced that her party would be comfortably re-elected at this time…,” states an editorial. “All this gives strength to our advocacy of a fixed election date…. [T]he electoral process should not be held hostage to the party that forms the Government. We reiterate that it is immoral to subject the constitutional rights of the Jamaican people to the raw political opportunism…. [H]aving a fixed date for elections, we maintain, is more conducive to economic & social stability….”

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