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Dutch parliament recognizes 1915 Armenian ‘genocide’

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The Dutch parliament has voted to recognize the deaths of Armenians during World War I as genocide. The decision is likely to enrage Turkey amid already strained relations with the Netherlands Chase Winter (with AFP, dpa) DW The Dutch parliament has overwhelmingly voted to recognize the World War I massacre of Armenians as genocide, in a vote that may stoke further tensions with Turkey. Dutch lawmakers voted 142 to 3 “that parliament in no uncertain terms speak about the Armenian genocide.” ... Read More »

Crimes of solidarity: liberté, égalité and France’s crisis of fraternité

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The French republican ideals of freedom and equality – indeed of all modern democracies – crystallised in the late 18th century. Abi Taylor The Conversation This was when revolutionary forces combined and fought to abolish two hallmarks of the Ancien Régime: absolutism (unrestricted government power) and privilege (aristocratic rights and status). Freedom and equality are assumed to be reinforced, brought into harmony by the republic’s third principle – fraternity. Yet, while liberty relates to government, and equality to the law, ... Read More »

Merkel eyes overhaul of EU finances for post-Brexit bloc

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BERLIN: Brexit offers the EU an opportunity for a broad rethink of its financial set-up, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday before an EU summit that will tackle the bloc’s future budget. Reuters Arab News Addressing the Bundestag (lower house of parliament), Merkel made clear that the future of the EU would be a priority in her fourth term, provided a coalition deal between her conservatives and the pro-EU Social Democrats is approved by SPD members. “We need a ... Read More »

The ethics of resigning public office

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Last of 2 parts First word I DECIDED to write this two-part series on the ethics of resigning public office, on account of the effect on governance of non–performing executives who cling to their posts long after they have lost effectiveness and public support. YEN MAKABENTA The Manila Times This column continues my summation of J. Patrick Dobel’s article (“The Ethics of Resigning”), which presents a moral theory of resignation. It surveys the various reasons why public officials leave office, ... Read More »

Don’t Make African Nations Borrow Money to Support Refugees

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Poor countries have borne the brunt of the refugee crisis. Tanzania’s refusal to bear the cost of a new U.N. program is a warning to the West. By Alexander Betts FP The European refugee crisis has deluded many voters into believing that most refugees are coming to rich countries. They are not — 84 percent are in low- or middle-income nations. Tanzania is one such country; it hosts over 350,000 refugees mostly from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the ... Read More »

U.S. Moves to Halt Turkey’s Drift Toward Iran and Russia

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But Washington struggles to find a way to address Ankara’s chief grievance WASHINGTON—Five months ago, President Donald Trump hailed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a friend and said the two North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies had never been closer. By Dion Nissenbaum WSJ But Mr. Trump’s optimistic view masked a more complicated reality: Turkey quickly has become one of the Trump administration’s most vexing relationships. Relations between the two countries, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson conceded last week, are at a ... Read More »

US should follow Aust on guns: Congressman

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America should follow Australia’s example on gun laws, says a US congressman from the state that suffered the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. By Peter Mitchell, AAP US Correspondent Representative Jim Hines, a Democrat from Connecticut will join teenage survivors from last week’s school shooting in Florida in a new campaign for stricter gun control measures. Last Wednesday 17 students and teachers were killed in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, with a 19-year-old former student charged ... Read More »

Ukraine’s National Bank to prolong sanctions against banks with Russian capital

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Earlier Ukraine’s President enforced the decision of Security and Defense Council to impose sanctions against five banks with Russian capital 112.International The National Bank of Ukraine believes that the sanctions against banks with Russian state capital, expiring on March 16, should be prolonged. Vitaliy Vavryshchuk, the Head of the National Bank Financial Stability Department said this, as Interfax-Ukraine reports. “Yes, there is a need to prolong them,” he responded. He also mentioned that the presence of banks with Russian capital within the… Ukraine’s National ... Read More »

Mass Shootings Are a Symptom of a Problem That Gun Control Won’t Solve

Denyse Christian, visits a makeshift memorial with her son Adin Christian, 16, a student at the school, outside the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 students and faculty were killed in a mass shooting on Wednesday, in Parkland, Fla., Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder on Thursday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

School shootings are a symptom of a very large, very dangerous problem. They are not simply a symptom of a need for gun control, or a symptom of a lack of accessible mental health services, or a symptom of an over-medicated, desensitized youth population. by Emma Fiala MintPress News While the outrage and horror being expressed about the most recent mass school shooting that took place on Valentine’s Day in Florida is certainly warranted, the anger is incredibly displaced. Anger, disappointment, fear ... Read More »

Stamping Out Hunger

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I lived in the woods north of Santa Cruz, CA. for part of the summer in 1978. The rest of those five or six months (it was California) I either lived on the beaches north of the town or was on the road. Ron Jacobs CounterPunch  Living was cheap and living was easy. Mostly, my friends and I had to stay a couple steps ahead of the cops and away from the straight and rich white folks. We weren’t alone ... Read More »

US Intelligence Community: Duterte is one of threats to democracy in Southeast Asia

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Democracy and human rights in the region remain fragile, report says By: Anthony Q. Esguerra INQUIRER President Rodrigo Duterte was listed as one of Southeast Asian leaders that pose a threat to democracy and human rights, according to the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community. The US Intelligence Community is a federation of 16 government agencies that work separately and together to conduct intelligence to support the foreign policy and national security of the US. Last Feb. 12, Daniel ... Read More »

When apartheid Israel abuses Palestine’s children

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Nelson Mandela, who knew a thing or two about national struggle, once said: “There is no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way it treats children.” By Fawaz Turki, Special to Gulf News And no child in the world has suffered more grievously — indeed more barbarously — than those living under Israel’s rule of the gun. Think, as a case in point, of the first intifada, which lasted from December 1987 until the Madrid Conference in 1991, ... Read More »

China steps into the maelstrom of the Middle East

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The Middle East has a knack for sucking external powers into its conflicts China’s ventures into the region have shown how difficult it is to maintain its principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other states. Dr James M Dorsey Today China’s abandonment of non-interference is manifested by its (largely ineffective) efforts to mediate conflicts in South Sudan, Syria and Afghanistan as well as between Israel and Palestine and even between Saudi Arabia and Iran. It is even more ... Read More »

Poland Decries Nord Stream 2 as possible trigger for Russian-Ukrainian war

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Heading to Germany, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on 15 February, that the planned Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline could act as a main trigger for a Russian-Ukrainian war. Michaela Ceklová ESJ Morawiecki believes that when Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline becomes fully operational, Russia will be able to escalate the conflict in Ukraine without putting critical pipeline infrastructure at risk. So far, Ukraine had an advantageous status of transit country, but with Nord Stream 2 it loses this asset, something that could affect both its energy security, and ... Read More »

South Africa’s Healthy Democracy

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Why Zuma’s Resignation Is a Good Sign Democracy in South Africa is in tatters. By Daniel de Kadt, Evan Lieberman, and Philip Martin Foreign Affairs Or at least that’s the widespread view following President Jacob Zuma’s forced resignation on February 14, which ended his almost-nine-year tenure in office. Although South Africans are largely united in celebrating Zuma’s departure, a litany of scandals, allegations of corruption, and a perceived hollowing-out of institutions have led many to conclude that the post-apartheid project under the African National Congress (ANC) has ... Read More »

Europe’s Sanctions-Blocking Threats Are Empty

BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 27:  Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) and German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel speak to the media following talks on June 27, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. The two men discussed bilateral relations as well as the Iran nuclear agreement, which eases international sanctions against Iran in exchange for commitments by Iran on its nuclear program.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

When it comes to Iran sanctions, the EU must satisfy Trump’s demands. Access to the U.S. financial system hangs in the balance. BY RICHARD GOLDBERG FP A European Union official’s threat this month that Europe would block any attempt by the United States to reimpose sanctions on Iran showed a new level of desperation to deter President Donald Trump from leaving the Iran nuclear deal in May. But with their access to the U.S. financial system hanging in the balance, European banks ... Read More »