Diplomacy

‘Over Half’ of British Donations to Minor Syrian Relief Charities Go to Fund ISIS

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Over half the UK’s humanitarian donations to Syria via smaller charities end up in the hands of ISIS and other Islamist groups, according to London-based anti-radicalisation think-tank the Quilliam Foundation. “When you take out the major charities like the British Red Cross and the Red Crescent, more than half of the ‘aid’ that goes out to Syria ends up with ... Read More »

An Intimate Portrait of Edward Snowden

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Citizenfour, Laura Poitras’s documentary about Edward Snowden, premiered to a sold-out audience at the New York Film Festival on October 10. The film was not originally part of the festival lineup, its inclusion only announced less than a month prior. The premiere understandably generated an overwhelming amount of anticipation, promising a personal look at the enigmatic figure who leaked a ... Read More »

Tunisia’s Borders (II): Terrorism and Regional Polarisation

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The growing link between cartels and armed jihadi militants along Tunisia’s borders with Algeria and Libya, combined with heightened ideological polarisation, could form an explosive mix ahead of Tunisia’s legislative and presidential elections. In its latest briefing, Tunisia’s Borders (II): Terrorism and Regional Polarisation, the International Crisis Group builds on its November 2013 report and analyses the alarming security threats ... Read More »

US military says air-drops weapons for Kurdish fighters near Kobane

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The U.S. military said it had air-dropped arms to Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants near Kobane on Oct. 19, in what appeared to be the Pentagon’s first public acknowledgment it has delivered lethal aid to the rebels. The U.S. Central Command said it had delivered weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to the Syrian ... Read More »

As a Briton, I hang my head in shame. We must return the Parthenon marbles

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Now Amal Clooney has reignited the debate over the Parthenon’s crowning glory, it’s time we rectified a historic wrong. Reunite these ancient sculptures with their home Almost every day I take a walk around the Acropolis. “Around” is the operative word, because the Greeks have gone to great lengths to unite their Athenian antiquities with a pedestrian path. At the ... Read More »

US confirms sharing intel with Syrian Kurds against ISIL

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Washington has confirmed that it has been sharing intelligence and information with the Syrian Kurdish fighters against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants. “We do get intelligence from, get information from a wide range of people – obviously, look for it anywhere we can get it. So yes, there is some intelligence and information sharing going ... Read More »

Turkey Loses U.N. Security Council Seat in Huge Upset

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In a tremendous upset, Turkey lost a contest in the United Nations General Assembly, exposing increasingly contentious frictions with some of its neighbors and world powers. Trying to become a nonpermanent member of the Security Council, Turkey lost out to Spain and New Zealand in a contest for two available seats reserved for a voting bloc called the Western European ... Read More »

With friends like Turkey, who needs enemies?

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After its reluctance to confront Isil, Ankara is proving to be a very unreliable Nato ally For a country that is supposed to be a pivotal Nato ally, Turkey sure has a strange way of showing loyalty to its friends in their hour of need. Ankara’s support in the battle to defeat the fanatics of the Islamic State (Isil), who ... Read More »

Australian support for Hong Kong protests runs second to business interests

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There has been a deafening silence in support of the students protesting for greater democracy in Hong Kong. This movement, known as the umbrella revolution (for protection against tear gas), has been underway since September 28. It is a civil disobedience campaign concentrated in the Central business and governmental district and called therefore the Occupy Central with Love and Peace ... Read More »