Protesters and investigators arrested as Malaysian PM Najib Razak cracks down

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Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has widened a crackdown on his critics as he fights to hold on to power amid explosive corruption allegations. The Canberra Times – Lindsay Murdoch, South-East Asia correspondent for Fairfax Media Police arrested the leaders of protest rallies scheduled for the capital Kuala Lumpur at the weekend and took pre-emptive action on Saturday ... Read More »

Clinton says GOP is clinging to the past on Cuba

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MIAMI — Calling the trade embargo against Cuba a relic of a failed Cold War policy, Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday challenged Republicans in Congress and in the 2016 race to finally do away with it. The Washington Post – By Anne Gearan * “We have arrived at a decisive moment. The Cuban people have waited long enough ... Read More »

 Inside the Effort to Kill the Iran Deal

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The rhetoric coming from Iran hawks is increasingly out of touch with public opinion. The Nation – By James Carden In response to the successful conclusion of the P5+1 talks in Vienna, the Israeli government, leading members of the congressional “war party” and an influential claque of neoconservative journalists have joined forces, working overtime to torpedo the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) ... Read More »

Schäuble: Commission must give up power

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German minister reportedly wants the EU executive body to get back to basics. Politico – By Stephen Brown German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble would like to remove some European Commission powers, such as oversight of competition rules and the internal market, and give them to independent authorities, a German paper reported Thursday. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, citing unnamed diplomats in Brussels, ... Read More »

Venezuela: Unnatural Disaster

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Caracas/Bogotá/Brussels, ICG – Latin America Briefing N°33 The full briefing is also available in: Spanish OVERVIEW The accelerating deterioration of Venezuela’s political crisis is cause for growing concern. The collapse in 2014 of an incipient dialogue between government and opposition ushered in growing political instability. With legislative elections due in December, there are fears of renewed violence. But there is ... Read More »

Under Cover of War on Jihadists, Turkey Settles Score With Kurds

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Just weeks after his grip on power looked to be slipping, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is widening the net in an offensive against militants to root out political opponents and shore up his power base. BloombergBusiness – by Benjamin Harvey Erdogan called on Tuesday for parliament to lift the immunity from prosecution of lawmakers from the Kurdish party linked ... Read More »

German economists oppose eurozone integration

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Government group also calls for mechanism to manage countries out of the Eurozone. Politico – Matthew Karnitschnig  BERLIN — Germany’s council of economic advisers said it opposes the establishment of a European finance ministry with fiscal powers, the centerpiece of a Franco-German initiative to bind eurozone countries closer together. The government-funded panel of five economists warned in a newspaper op-ed ... Read More »

Turkey joining Islamic State offensive — so why is it targeting the Kurds?

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Between 03.40 and 03.53 on July 24, three Turkish F-16 jets bombed three Islamic State targets in Syria. This was the first time the Turkish military has taken direct action against the terrorist group. The Conversation – Simon Mabon * As the airstrikes began, Turkish police arrested a large number of suspected IS sympathisers across the state. The Turkish government ... Read More »

Russia must revive Soviet Union to beat the West

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What is the main problem of the Russian authorities? How should Russia resist to the ongoing pressure from the West? What future can Russia expect? Pravda.Ru editor-in-chief Inna Novikova asked these and other questions to deputy of the State Duma, coordinator of the National Liberation Movement, Yevgeny Fyodorov. “Our country was betrayed in 1991, after the collapse of the Soviet ... Read More »

Kurds, Palestinians and Double Standards

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Who really deserves statehood? The Washington Post headline on June, 2, 2015, read: “Obama Makes an Impassioned Case for a Palestinian State.” While President Obama and his administration are eager for the establishment of another unstable and likely terrorist Arab (there are 21 Arab states, and Palestine is the 22nd) state called Palestine, they have largely ignored if not betrayed ... Read More »