Global Issues

The rise(s) and fall(s) of the European Union

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Sixty years of highs and, lately, mostly… The world’s most complex democratic experiment took shape 60 years ago this week in the lingering shadow of the world’s greatest, ugliest… RYAN HEATH Politico From those early days of six members through to today’s 28 and soon to be 27 members, it’s been a rollercoaster ride all the… The rise(s) and… Read More »

UN to probe alleged crimes against Rohingya in Myanmar

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UN mission will investigate allegations of killings, rape and torture by security forces against Rohingya in… Al Jazeera The leading United Nations rights body has agreed to send a fact-finding mission to Myanmar to investigate alleged abuses by security forces against Rohingya… Tens of thousands of people have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state since the… UN to probe… Read More »

‘We have taken corrective action’: Nóirín O’Sullivan makes statement amid new Garda controversies

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Taoiseach confident in Commissioner but says controversy… Denis Staunton in Rome, Conor Lally Security and Crime Editor, Kitty Holland The Irish Times It is “inevitable” that more examples of “bad practice” will be uncovered in An Garda Síochána, Chief Commissioner Noírín O’Sullivan has said in a lengthy and defiant statement issued on… The statement comes amid… ‘We have taken… Read More »

Douglas Carswell quitting UKIP to become independent MP for Clacton

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UKIP’s Douglas Carswell is quitting the party to become an independent MP and says he is doing so… BBC The party’s only MP defected from the Conservatives in… Former leader Nigel Farage recently called on Mr Carswell to quit, accusing him of “actively working against… Douglas Carswell quitting… Read More »

Video: ‘White Pride’ marchers make Nazi salutes on Royal Mile

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FOOTAGE has emerged of ‘White Pride’ protesters making pro-Nazi salutes in central Edinburgh, while a crowd of people vocally condemn their… Diane King The Scotsman  Posted earlier today on Twitter by journalist @AileanBeaton, the short video shows at least two men raising their right arms in the air to make a ‘sieg-heil’ fascist salute outside the Tron Kirk on the Royal… Video: ‘White Pride… Read More »

A sea in peril

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While rival claimants jockey for strategic position in the South China Sea, an emerging environmental disaster has gone largely… DAN SOUTHERLAND Asia Times China will soon host a dialogue with Southeast Asian nations aimed at managing tensions in the South China… But it’s not clear whether the talks will help to save a marine environment that in parts is facing… A sea in… Read More »

What’s behind Erdogan’s recent angry outbursts?

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What’s behind the embarrassing shenanigans of the Justice and Development Party (AKP)? Pinar Tremblay Al Monitor What’s the reason for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s angry outbursts? On March 22, just… What’s behind Erdogan’s… Read More »

End the death penalty for mentally ill criminals

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Legislators in six states — Indiana, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia — have proposed legislation to prohibit the death penalty for individuals with severe mental illness. By Bob Taft and Joseph E. Kernan The Washington Post As former governors of states that are grappling with this issue, we strongly support this effort to end an inhumane practice that fails to respect common standards of decency and comport with recommendations of mental-health… End the death… Read More »

Faking It: Europe-Turkey Relations

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Relations between Europe and Turkey are tense. Michael Rubin AEI In the past weeks, Turkey has called the Netherlands “the capital of fascism” and accused Germany of “fascist actions” reminiscent of the Nazi period, after Germany cancelled political rallies aimed at gathering support for… Faking It: Europe-Turkey… Read More »

Turkish Artist Zehra Doğan Sentenced to Prison for Painting of Kurdish Town Attack

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Doğan has been given a sentence of 2 years and 10 months by a Turkish court. Perwana Nazif, ArtNet The Turkish-Kurdish painter and journalist Zehra Doğan has been sentenced to 2 years, nine months, and 22 days in prison for creating a painting which depicted the destruction caused by Turkish security forces in the… Turkish Artist Zehra… Read More »

Citizens should demand the type of leader they want

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Many times in the past, we have heard aspirants claim they are running for office in response to popular grass-roots demands. Godwin Murunga Daily Nation Often, it is difficult, even impossible, to verify these claims. In many more instances, those who make the claims end up losing spectacularly in the elections while others do not even make it to the final ballot. In most cases… Citizens should demand… Read More »

Pauline Hanson’s Muslim ban ‘what terrorists want’, says Turnbull

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Terrorists’ objective is ‘to get broader society to turn on Muslims at large’, says PM after One Nation leader calls for… Australian Associated Press The Guardian The prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has suggested Queensland senator Pauline Hanson is doing what Islamist terrorists want by promoting a Muslim… The prime minister was critical of the… Pauline Hanson’s Muslim… Read More »

Ousted Egypt president Mubarak freed from detention, says lawyer

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Egypt’s ousted president Hosni Mubarak left a military hospital on March 24 where he had spent much of the last six years in detention, his lawyer… Hurriyet Mubarak had been cleared for release earlier this month after a top court finally acquitted him of involvement in protester deaths during the… “Yes,” his lawyer Farid al-Deeb told… Ousted Egypt president… Read More »

Kemal Kurkut survived Isis suicide bomb but couldn’t survive Turkish police

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The young student who was shot dead by a police officer ahead of the Kurdish Newroz celebration in Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakir province, had survived the Ankara train station massacre perpetrated by the… KOMnews New details continue coming to light in the killing of fine arts student Kemal Kurkut, who died after being shot by police at a… Kemal Kurkut survived… Read More »

London attack demands West get serious about fighting terrorism

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Four dead, including a police officer, with forty injured, seven of them seriously – this is the human toll of yet another terrorist atrocity on the streets of a major European city, on this occasion London. John Wight RT The banality of such attacks by now, their dreary regularity, should in no way be allowed to minimize their impact on multicultural societies and cities, where millions of people of all faiths and none live cheek by jowl, as they have… ... Read More »

Global series: politics in the age of social media

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US president Donald Trump, who gets on Twitter the moment he wakes up, may be social media’s most prominent politician user, but he is hardly the only one. Catesby Holmes, Clea Chakraverty, Fabrice Rousselot et al The Conversation For the past two decades, world leaders have leveraged the power of the internet to communicate with the public. In some nations, digital tools are part of an effort to increase government transparency and accountability. In others, they Global series: politics… Read More »