Paddy Ashdown slams ‘kneejerk’ Tory response to jihadi terror threat

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Intervention comes as Cameron prepares anti-terror message, with prime minister criticised over ‘damaging’ rhetoric  Jump to comments Tensions between Conservatives and Liberal Democrats over how to counter the terrorism threat from extremists have been exposed as Paddy Ashdown accuses Tory ministers of “kneejerk” responses and of stoking fear in the minds of the British people. The former Liberal Democrat leader ... Read More »

In Ukraine, human rights abuses and 36 killed every day

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The conflict raging in eastern Ukraine has killed nearly 2,600 people, according to the United Nations. The UN says it is concerned atrocities are being committed by armed groups and there is increasing involvement of foreign fighters. A UN human rights report said the surging toll was caused by the fighting moving into densely populated areas of the country.   The ... Read More »

Michael Jansen: Sail of hope

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On Aug.26, Palestinians and Israelis agreed to halt the carnage and destruction in Gaza and to begin easing Israel’s siege and blockade that was the cause of the 50-day war. This deadly and costly conflict would have never happened if Israel had ended its cruel policy when on Aug.23, 2008, two rickety Greek fishing boats arrived in Gaza after a hazardous ... Read More »

Turkey’s Imperial Fantasy

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Istanbul — In the late 1990s, as Turkey was reeling from various political and economic crises, there was a nationwide debate over European Union membership and whether Turkish accession to the union would solve the country’s problems. Back then, I was a graduate student in International Relations at Marmara University. Among the professors in my department, there was only one who opposed ... Read More »

Turkey pulls its weight in the fight against terrorism

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I REFER to your editorial (“Block the Jihadist Highway”, 26/8), and to set the record straight concerning Turkey’s fight against terrorism in the context of Syria and Iraq. While Turkey’s geographical location makes the country a valuable partner for counter-terrorism initiatives, it also renders it a target of terrorist groups. Thus, Turkey is the country most affected by the dire ... Read More »

Horror Is a Constant, as Artists Depict War


LENS, France — The nightmare images come one after another: Three women, half-clothed, one with her legs spread open, lie on the floor, apparently raped; the naked body of a decapitated man hangs from a tree branch, his severed head stuck on a shorter branch; a man hauls a dead woman by her legs, her dress flipped up, exposing her ... Read More »

Fixing Fragile States

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SINCE THE 9/11 attacks, the United States has waged major postwar reconstruction campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan and similar but smaller programs in other countries that harbor Al Qaeda affiliates. Continued complex political, economic and military operations will be needed for many years to deal with the continuing threat from Al Qaeda and its associated organizations, much of it stemming ... Read More »

Iran and the P5+1: Getting to “Yes”

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November’s deadline could be the last chance to avoid a breakdown in the Iran and the P5+1 nuclear talks. Compromise on Iran’s enrichment capacity is key to ending the impasse, requiring both sides to walk back from maximalist positions and focus on realistic solutions. Despite significant headway in negotiations over the past six months, Iran and the P5+1 (U.S., UK, ... Read More »