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Turkey to get F-35 jets Thursday despite opposition from Congress

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Washington (CNN) – Despite opposition from the US Congress, Turkey is set to receive its first F-35 Joint Strike Fighters on Thursday during a ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas, the Pentagon said Tuesday. Ryan Browne “Lockheed Martin will hold a rollout ceremony for Turkey this Thursday in Fort Worth, and the two jets will follow-on to Luke Air Force Base in Arizona at a later date,” Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Mike Andrews told CNN. “Turkish F-35 pilots and maintainers have arrived ... Read More »

Australia must reconsider how it deals with refugees

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Nearly 70 million people globally are now forcibly displaced from their homes and 25.4 million of them are refugees. More people are fleeing conflict and catastrophe than at any other time in history. Ian Smith Brisbane Times The Middle East, South-East Asia, Central America and Africa are all melting pots of enormous unrest. The movement of so many people impacts every country in the world. In danger, people will do the natural thing and look after their families by searching ... Read More »

It’s 34,361 and rising: how the List tallies Europe’s migrant bodycount

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The deaths do not just occur at sea – but in detention blocks, asylum units and even town centres. Here’s how the List is put together The boat capsized in rough seas in March close to Italian territorial waters. by Niamh McIntyre and Mark Rice-Oxley, graphics by Niko Kommenda and Pablo Gutiérrez The Guardian A search and rescue operation fished bodies from the sea, dead and alive. Many of the ship’s passengers remained unaccounted for. No one knew quite how many. It’s a grimly familiar tale ... Read More »

Could Erdogan lose? What to know about Turkey’s elections

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Everything to know about Turkey’s elections… Istanbul, Turkey (CNN)Turkish voters head to the polls Sunday in transformative elections that will usher in a new system of government, giving sweeping new powers to whoever wins the presidency. By Gul Tuysuz, CNN Recep Tayyip Erdogan is used to winning elections — he served as Turkey’s prime minister for three terms from 2003 and then as president since 2014. He narrowly won a referendum last year that will scrap the role of prime ... Read More »

Noon Forum Examines “Turkey’s Claims to the Eastern Mediterranean: Myth & Reality”

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WASHINGTON, DC —The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) hosted a Noon Forum on the topic, “Turkey’s Claims to the Eastern Mediterranean: Myth & Reality” featuring Professor Theodore Kariotis on May 30, 2018. “Professor Kariotis is an expert on maritime law and the issues of Exclusive Economic Zones,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said. “His insight into the Turkey’s mythical claims to Cyprus’ EEZ and Greek islands once again proves the real and substantial threat to territorial sovereignty that U.S. allies face every ... Read More »

Trump Retreats on Separating Families, but Thousands May Remain Apart

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WASHINGTON — President Trump caved to enormous political pressure on Wednesday and signed an executive order meant to end the separation of families at the border by detaining parents and… By Michael D. Shear, Abby Goodnough and Maggie Haberman The New York Times “We’re going to have strong — very strong — borders, but we are going to keep the families together,” Mr. Trump said as he signed the order in the Oval Office. “I didn’t like the sight or ... Read More »

Israeli unmanned boats deliver firepower on the high seas

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African states are increasingly confronted by maritime crime and insecurity. One way to address the security of a country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) could be unmanned surface vessels, which are being developed at a… Arie Egozi – defenceWeb To protect the natural resources in the EEZ, which stretch 200 nautical miles from a country’s coastline, countries need almost constant presence in the open seas. One option is unmanned surface vehicles (USVs). Israel recently discovered huge reservoirs of natural gas in the ... Read More »

Thousands of Swedes are inserting microchips into themselves – here’s why

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Thousands of people in Sweden have inserted microchips, which can function as contactless credit cards, key cards and even rail cards, into their bodies. Moa Petersén The Conversation Once the chip is underneath your skin, there is no longer any need to worry about misplacing a card or carrying a heavy wallet. But for many people, the idea of carrying a microchip in their body feels more dystopian than practical. Some have suggested that Sweden’s strong welfare state may be ... Read More »

China Just Handed the World a 111-Million-Ton Trash Problem

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The world’s biggest waste importer is no longer buying. So where’s all that trash going to go? Eric Roston Bloomberg Few people consider used plastic to be a valuable global commodity. Yet China has imported 106 million tons of old bags, bottles, wrappers and containers worth $57.6 billion since 1992, the first year it disclosed data. So when the country announced last year that it finally had enough of everybody else’s junk, governments the world over knew they had a problem. They just didn’t know exactly ... Read More »

We don’t own data like we own a car – which is why we find data harder to protect

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It’s known as the “privacy paradox”: people say they want to protect their data privacy online, but often do little to keep it safe. Why? Authors: The Conversation We propose that it’s because people find data difficult to own – and things we don’t own, we tend not to protect. This is a question of psychological, not legal, ownership, which is more powerful in explaining why we care for things we… Owning data is not like owning a car. If ... Read More »

Where steel tariffs will hit hard: your gas tank

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President Trump’s decision to impose a 25 percent tariff on imported steel from multiple countries will raise consumer prices for lots of products. And one of them is gasoline. Merrill Matthews The Hill The fracking boom has allowed energy companies to drill in places that had never been considered viable or profitable. Once production begins, the crude oil and natural gas have to be transported from the well to the refinery, a phase referred to as “midstream.” That’s where the ... Read More »

Hungary passes ‘Stop Soros’ law banning help for migrants

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The Hungarian parliament has passed new legislation that criminalises lawyers and activists who help asylum seekers. BBC Anyone “facilitating illegal immigration” will face a year in jail. Viktor Orban’s government has dubbed the legislation the “Stop Soros law”, after the billionaire philanthropist it accuses of supporting Muslim migrants. The vote in Budapest came hours after a number of European Union leaders agreed to hold crisis talks on how to overhaul asylum rules. Hungary says immigration… Hungary passes ‘Stop… Read More »

Illusion’s End: Erdoğan and Turkey’s Coming Economic Chil

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The rapid depreciation in the value of the Turkish Lira since the beginning of 2018 is the product not only of the collapse of any remaining vestiges of investor confidence in the regime of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan but a… Gareth H. Jenkins Turkey Analyst BACKGROUND: When the AKP first took office in November 2002, the Turkish economy was already rebounding from the currency collapse of February 2001 and subsequent sharp recession. The Economic Stabilization Program that the outgoing administration ... Read More »

US leaving UN’s Human Rights Council, cites anti-Israel bias

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The United States is leaving the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, which Ambassador Nikki Haley called “an organization that is not worthy of its name.” WASHINGTON – Associated Press Hurriyet It’s the latest withdrawal by the Trump administration from an international institution. Haley said Tuesday the U.S. had given the human rights body “opportunity after opportunity” to make changes. She lambasted the council for “its chronic bias against Israel” and lamented the fact that its membership includes accused human rights abusers such ... Read More »

From Cameroon to US-Mexico border: ‘We saw corpses along the way’

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Kombo Yannick is one of the many African asylum seekers who are braving the longer Latin America route to the US. by Walker Dawson, Caron Creighton & Carlos Mureithi Al-Jazeera Tijuana, Mexico – Kombo Yannick, a 30-year-old pastor from Cameroon, waited in line with about 100 other asylum seekers at the US-Tijuana border on a chilly afternoon in late December. He and his wife had been in Tijuana for two days, and were speaking with an aid worker about where to find a bed ... Read More »

Liviu Dragnea, Brussels’ oncoming ‘illiberal’ headache

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De facto leader in Bucharest tells POLITICO the EU needs to show Romania more respect. Carmen Paun Politico BUCHAREST — Just don’t call him Kaczyński. Liviu Dragnea, president of Romania’s ruling Social Democrats (PSD), may be running the country without being prime minister, like Poland’s Jarosław Kaczyński. And fears are rising at home and in Brussels that he is steering his country in the same “illiberal” direction as Poland and Viktor Orbán’s Hungary. The man himself dismisses talk of any similarity with ... Read More »