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Turkey’s Identity Crisis

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As politicians purposefully polarize their own society for political profit, the result is rage and violence. Steven A. Cook  The Atlantic On June 14, a Turkish court sentenced Enis Berberoglu to 25 years in prison for spying. The decision sent shockwaves through Turkey, even after a year during which the government arrested, detained, or purged more than 200,000 people in the… Turkey’s Identity… Read More »

Arab and Islamic leaders condemn terror plot targeting Makkah’s Grand Mosque

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JEDDAH: Leaders from around the Arab world have condemned a terror plot targeting the Grand Mosque in Makkah, which Saudi security forces said on Friday they had… Arab News King Salman received a cable from Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, emir of the Kuwait, in which he expressed Kuwait’s strong condemnation of terrorist schemes, which contradict teachings of Islam and all religious and human… Cables were also received from … Arab and Islamic… Read More »

California activist Tom Steyer adds health care to his brand

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Joining the drug price battle could boost the political fortunes of the California billionaire. Victoria Colliver Politico SAN FRANCISCO — California billionaire activist Tom Steyer made his name as an environmental activist, worked with Democratic groups to register a million new voters and redefined green politics with high-profile campaigns on climate change and clean… Now as he weighs a run for public office, he’s adding health care — specifically drug prices — to his… California activist Tom… Read More »

Bosnian Students Unite Against Ethnically Divided Schools

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One down, 57 to go. That’s the scorecard students in the town of Jajce in Bosnia-Herzegovina held after their protests pushed the government to drop plans to force them into an ethnically divided school after a year-long… Alan Crosby RFE/RL Flush with that success, the students have vowed to continue their struggle against segregation in 57 other schools, claiming the system fosters ethnic tensions from an early… “We want quality… Bosnian Students Unite… Read More »

Hugh Linehan: Is it time for publicly funding serious journalism?

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Threat to public-interest journalism from market decline raises issue of State support Hugh Linehan The Irish Times The first regular commission I had with this newspaper was writing the Film of the Day for the TV listings page. It was only 50 words, but I do recall being pleased when someone pointed out market research which showed it was the most-read page in the… I wonder whether that’s still the… Hugh Linehan: Is… Read More »

Saudi Arabia & allies demand Qatar close Turkish base, shut Al-Jazeera and more within 10 days

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The Arab states which have imposed an economic blockade on Qatar over its alleged financing of terrorism have issued a severe list of demands, which includes giving Doha 10 days to cut ties with Iran, shutting down Al-Jazeera, closing a Turkish military base and… RT The Kuwait emissary, which is serving a mediator in the diplomatic standoff, has reportedly presented the list of 13 demands from the… Doha has 10 days to comply, according to Associated Press which has seen ... Read More »

The Evolution of Yannis: From Turkish Nationalist to Jailed Greek Activist

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Yannis Vasilis Yaylalı, an ethnic Greek peace activist born in Samsun, was recently arrested by Turkish police in the Kurdish city of Şırnak, where he had been living since… Uzay Bulut Special for the Armenian Weekly Meral Geylani, his partner and fellow activist, told the Armenian Weekly that four lawsuits have been filed against… Three of them are for “discouraging the public from military service” and one is for “publicly disrespecting Mustafa Kemal Ataturk” through his articles and… The Evolution ... Read More »

With cameras banned, CNN sends sketch artist to White House briefing

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The White House has been prohibiting cameras at some press briefings, so on Friday CNN got creative and sent a sketch artist. Brian Stelter CNN Bill Hennessy, the network’s regular sketch artist for Supreme Court proceedings, headed over to the White House on Friday afternoon and drew Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s afternoon briefing. He didn’t have his usual easel, but he stood in the back of the briefing room to document the… With cameras banned… Read More »

North Korea Must Apologise for American Tourist Warmbier’s Death

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A public apology for death of American tourist Otto Warmbier is the best way for North Korea to show it did not plan this tragedy, keep over-zealous public security officials in line and improve the chances of any dialogue with the… Christopher Green ICG The death of an American tourist just days after he was released from North Korean custody and repatriated to his home in Ohio has cast another long shadow over relations between Pyongyang and… 22-year-old Otto Warmbier ... Read More »

A year after Brexit, in figures

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By the numbers From migration to Scottish Tories, what’s changed in the UK? Ginger Hervey  Politico Today marks the one-year anniversary of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. Much has changed in the country since then — a new prime minister, a resurgent Labour under Jeremy Corbyn, the Queen wearing a flag on her… Here are some of the more notable numbers from the… A year after… Read More »

Time to Repeal U.S. Sanctions on Sudan?

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The clock is ticking for President Trump who must decide by 12 July whether to lift decades-long U.S. sanctions on Sudan. ICG The failure of economic penalties to alter Khartoum’s behaviour so far means Washington should repeal some sanctions and continue a process of conditional engagement. I. Overview Decision time is fast approaching for U.S. policy toward Sudan. By 12 July 2017, the Trump administration must determine whether to permanently lift the economic and trade sanctions its… Time to Repeal… Read More »

Finnish citizens given universal basic income report lower stress levels and greater incentive to work

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Participants receive €560 (£473) every month for two years and do not have to demonstrate that they are actively seeking work Ben Chapman Independent Finland has been giving 2,000 of its citizens an unconditional income for the last five months and some are already seeing the benefits, reporting decreased stress, greater incentives to find work and… The scheme is the first of its kind in Europe and sees participants receive €560 (£473) every month for two… Finnish citizens given… Read More »

South Africa court allows secret Zuma no-confidence vote

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South Africa’s highest court has ruled that a vote of no-confidence against President Jacob Zuma can be held in… BBC The constitutional court said that the Speaker of parliament had the right to order such a move. She had previously stated she did not have the… Opposition parties believe that under a secret ballot, MPs from Mr Zuma’s ANC party would vote against… He has survived several… South Africa court… Read More »

US president suggests building ‘solar wall’ on Mexican border

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U.S. President Donald Trump pitched a new concept to his supporters on June 21 for the wall he intends to erect on the Mexican border: cover it with solar panels – and… WASHINGTON – Agence France–Presse Hurriyet “Yes, we will build a wall,” he told a crowd in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “We have to stop the drugs from flowing in. “I will give you an idea that nobody has heard about yet,” he said. “The southern border. Lots of sun, ... Read More »

America and the Geopolitics of Upheaval

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The friendly contours of the post–Cold War system have given way to a darker and more challenging environment. Hal Brands Eric Edelman The National Interest “THE ESSENCE of a revolution is that it appears to contemporaries as a series of more or less unrelated upheavals,” Henry Kissinger wrote in… “But the crises which form the headlines of the day are symptoms of deep-seated… Kissinger wrote this passage as the postwar international system was coming under unprecedented strain, with profound shifts ... Read More »

Why the White House Is Reading Greek History

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The Trump team is obsessing over Thucydides, the ancient historian who wrote a seminal tract on war. Michael Crowley Politico The Trump White House isn’t known as a hot spot for Ivy League intellectuals. But last month, a Harvard academic slipped into the White House complex for an unusual meeting. Graham Allison, an avuncular foreign policy thinker who served under Reagan and… Why the White… Read More »