Monthly Archives: March 2010

The most dangerous drug isn’t meow meow. It isn’t even alcohol …

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Newspapers are the biggest threat to the nation’s mental wellbeing Jump to comments • Charlie Brooker: Among a crowd of political automatons, Nigel Farage is like a wacky neighbour in a sitcom I’m a lightweight; always have been. I didn’t get properly drunk until I was 25, on a night out which culminated in a spectacular public vomiting in a Chinese restaurant. Ever wondered what the clatter of 60 pairs of chopsticks being simultaneously dropped in disgust might sound like? Don’t ... Read More »

Revealed: Tony Blair’s secret oil links to Middle East

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Tony Blair’s secret links to Gulf oil giants were revealed today as fresh details emerged of his “carte blanche” support for George Bush’s Iraq war. The former prime minister has been in the pay of the Kuwaiti government and a South Korean oil firm for up to 18 months, a parliamentary watchdog has revealed. But the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments allowed Mr Blair to keep his contracts secret because of “market sensitivities” and because the Kuwaitis requested confidentiality. In ... Read More »

”Πυροβόλησε κατευθείαν μέσα στον κόλπο μου”

Ενώ διάβαζα ένα βιβλίο με καταγεγραμμένες μαρτυρίες θυμάτων βιασμού στο Κονγκό, έπεσα πάνω σε μια ιστορία ενός θύματος που με συγκλόνισε. Ένιωσα άμεση σύνδεση με το θύμα, καθώς τότε που διηγήθηκε την ιστορία της, είχε την ίδια ηλικία με μένα. 32 ετών. Δεν μπορώ να φανταστώ πως άνθρωπος μπορεί να προκαλέσει τόσο πόνο σε κάποιον άλλον άνθρωπο! Τα λόγια αδυνατούν να εκφράσουν την ταπείνωση, τον πόνο και αμέτρητα άλλα αρνητικά συναισθήματα που γνώρισε αυτή η γυναίκα και που πιθανότατα συνεχίζει ... Read More »

Calamity for pope as the past – and case of Peter Hullermann – returns to haunt him

For Father Rupert Frania it seemed the best way. His parishioners in the Bavarian spa town of Bad Tölz had just learned a terrible secret. Read More »

German Archbishop Expresses Shame Over Scandal

BAD STAFFELSTEIN, Germany — The leader of the Catholic Church in Bavaria expressed “deep shame” on Thursday for cases of sexual molestation that have shaken the home region of Pope Benedict XVI, and said he was in favor of changing German law so that church officials would have a greater duty to report suspected child abuse to prosecutors. Read More »

New Property Lawsuit Against Turkey

A new property lawsuit has been lodged against Turkey through the Cyprus courts by two Cypriot lawyers representing the Shacolas Group, according to state broadcaster RIK The case concerns property worth multiple millions of euros in the north of the country which is occupied by Turkish troops and is the first time that a lawsuit has been lodged directly against Turkey through the Cyprus district court system. The suit accuses Turkey of restricting the group’s ability to use the property ... Read More »

Let’s talk about sex: archbishop

The Vatican faces growing calls to tackle the previously taboo subject of clerical celibacy as a way of preventing future sex abuse scandals involving priests. Read More »

Independent review of IPCC and its global warming reports: an answer to critics

Top international scientists will take part in an independent review of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and its reports on global warming, which have been widely criticized recently for inaccuracies. Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Rajendra Pachauri speaks at a joint press conference with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (not pictured) at UN headquarters in New York Wednesday. The United Nations announced that it would finance an independent review of the IPCC, which faces accusations ... Read More »

Robert Fisk: Living proof of the Armenian genocide

The US wants to deny that Turkey’s slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 was genocide. But the evidence is there, in a hilltop orphanage near Beirut. It’s only a small grave, a rectangle of cheap concrete marking it out, blessed by a flourish of wild yellow lilies. Inside are the powdered bones and skulls and bits of femur of up to 300 children, Armenian orphans of the great 1915 genocide who died of cholera and starvation as the Turkish ... Read More »

ECHR recognises north’s Immovable Property Commission

THE EUROPEAN Court of Human Rights yesterday recognised the Immovable Property Commission (IPC) in the occupied areas as an effective domestic remedy of Turkey As a result of the landmark ruling, Greek Cypriot refugees seeking compensation or restitution for their properties in the occupied areas will now have to exhaust all domestic remedies in the occupied areas before applying to the ECHR in Strasbourg Up until yesterday, Greek Cypriot refugees had bypassed the occupied areas on the grounds that there ... Read More »

The scandalous history of Cyprus

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After decades of botched interferences, the EU should practise what it preaches and ensure that Turkey withdraws its troops Jump to comments Robert Ellis Last week at a House of Commons event on Cyprus, Europe minister Chris Bryant called the fact that within the EU we have a divided capital and a divided island “a scandal and a tragedy”. It is difficult to disagree. Article history But as Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias has pointed out, Britain bears much of the ... Read More »