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Chinese university to open in Oxford despite ideological crackdown at home

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Peking University buys stately home for nearly £9m and says it will house a campus designed for students from both Europe and… Tom Phillips in Beijing The Guardian One of China’s top universities is preparing to open a campus at the heart of British academic life, just months after President Xi Jinping called for Chinese universities to… Peking University, an… Chinese university to… Read More »

Sacré Britons! Look who wants to be French now

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Brexit impels rising number of Brits to seek a new passport LONDON — Angered by Brexit, increasing numbers of pro-European Brits are taking drastic action — they’re becoming… CHARLIE COOPER Politico New figures from the French consulate in London reveal a big uptick in applications for French citizenship since last… Officials have seen a 39 percent increase in the number seeking… Sacré Britons! Look… Read More »

Burundi: The Army in Crisis

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Two years on, the Burundi crisis shows little sign of resolution. Political and ethnic polarisation are now tearing apart the integrity of the army, long seen as the primary achievement of the… ICG Executive Summary Two years in, the Burundi crisis shows little sign of… Following the July 2015 re-election of President Nkurunziza, whose April decision to run… Burundi: The Army… Read More »

EU, US come up short on Syria

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Aid agencies expect pledges at a Brussels donors’ conference to be ‘significantly lower’ than last… DAVID M. HERSZENHORN AND JACOPO BARIGAZZI  Politico An EU plea for more than $8 billion in emergency aid for Syria met resistance at an international donors’ conference on Wednesday, in the wake of a suspected chemical attack in Idlib that served as a… The killing of more than 70 people underscored the failure of a… EU, US come… Read More »

Israel appoints its first female Muslim diplomat

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Rasha Atamny, 31, from Baqa al-Gharbiya, will be heading to… DOV LIEBER The Times of Israel The Foreign Ministry on Wednesday appointed Rasha Atamny, 31, to represent the Jewish state in Ankara, Turkey, making her Israel’s… Atamny, who is completing the final months of the ministry’s cadet course, will serve as the embassy’s first secretary in the… Israel appoints its… Read More »

Venezuelan Authorities Arrest COPEI President for Alleged Treason and Conspiracy

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Jeanette Charles (VA): The president of the Independent Political Electoral Organization Committee (COPEI), also known as the Social Christian Party, was arrested by… nsnbc Roberto Enríquez was detained by military counter-intelliegence officials over accusations of treason and instigation to… The Christian Democratic leader is currently being held at the… Venezuelan Authorities Arrest… Read More »

Make car makers, not drivers, pay for the diesel crisis, experts say

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German and French governments have already required that manufacturers fix vehicles spewing high levels of toxic pollution but UK is ‘doing… Damian Carrington Environment editor The Guardian The diesel-fuelled air pollution crisis should be solved by making motor companies recall and upgrade the dirty cars they sold, experts said on Wednesday. Make car makers… Read More »

Fear, prejudice and gut reactions: is that the future for our politics?

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Be it antisemitism or Islamophobia, in these times of crisis it seems that historic scars are opening up… Rafael Behr The Guardian A young man wearing a top hat cuts a cigar with a red sickle. His nose is distended into a hook. He is surrounded by images of French politicians Fear, prejudice and… Read More »

Protecting high quality of judiciary crucial to Irish democracy

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No rationale for having a majority of lay people choosing judges has been… Paul McGarry The Irish Times In observing the latest volte-face from the Law Society in relation to judicial appointments, it is difficult to see any motivating factor other than a desire to have more solicitors appointed as… However, the… Protecting high quality… Read More »

A ‘stranglehold’ on the data that could help explain political extremism

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The advent of social media has led to a vast increase in the amount of social information that we see about others’ political behaviour and… Oxford University Professor Margetts, Director of the Oxford Internet Institute, says getting access to more data from Facebook, or the platforms it owns such as… Professor Margetts highlights why such data is ‘crucial’: Social… A ‘stranglehold’ on… Read More »

How Should Art Address Human Rights?

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Artists who call attention to victims of conflict and violence must strike a balance between self-expression and respect for their subjects Jacoba Urist The Atlantic Last month marked six years since the start of the Syrian war, which has forced millions of people to flee their homes in one of the largest humanitarian crises in modern history. Perhaps the artist who has most visibly used his work to draw attention to the conflict is Ai Weiwei, whose political activism has earned him ... Read More »

Let’s do a Brexit deal with the Parthenon marbles

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Britain has the perfect opportunity to return the artefacts to Greece. It’s the right thing to do – and could earn concessions in… Geoffrey Robertson The Guardian Not yet a week since the triggering of article 50, and already hope of cordial negotiations… At the weekend, amid early jostling over the post-Brexit fate of Gibraltar, former Tory leader Michael Howard implied that one way to resolve that situation could be a war with Spain. Let’s do a… Read More »

When a drug epidemic’s victims are white

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How racial bias and segregation molded a gentler response to the opioid… German Lopez Vox When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie discusses his compassionate approach to the ongoing opioid epidemic, he frequently brings up a close friend from law… He describes this friend as perfect — incredibly smart, with a… When a drug… Read More »

The ungrateful refugee: ‘We have no debt to repay’

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Dina Nayeri was just a child when she fled Iran as an asylum… But as she settled into life in the US and then Europe, she became suspicious of the idea that refugees should shed their old identities and be eternally… The Guardian A few weeks ago I dusted off my expired Iranian passport photo, an unsmiling eight-year-old version of me – stunned, angry… The ungrateful refugee… Read More »

Evidence of ancient ‘geological Brexit’ revealed

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The UK has now started the formal process of leaving the EU, but scientists say they have evidence of a much earlier… Rebecca Morelle BBC They have worked out how a thin strip of land that once connected ancient Britain to Europe was… The researchers believe a large lake overflowed 450,000 years ago, damaging the land link, then a later flood fully opened the… Evidence of ancient… Read More »

The Presidency debate: Social inclusion

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After years of austerity, confidence in Europe’s capacity to care for the weakest and most disadvantaged has come under close… By Brian Maguire, Evan Lamos and Olivier Billot | EURACTIV.com The Maltese presidency pledges to lead by example advancing Europe social policy in close consultation with social partners, civil society and… The Presidency is a video series by EURACTIV, looking at the… The Presidency debate… Read More »