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Jamal Khashoggi: murder in the consulate

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After days of denial, Saudi Arabia has now said that the writer Jamal Khashoggi died in a ‘fist fight’ at its Istanbul consulate. Martin Chulov pieces together events surrounding this death and the investigation, and links to Riyadh’s controversial crown prince The Guardian The Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul is a homely looking place, much smaller than it seems, nestled into a quiet suburban street, and painted pastel yellow. Were it not for a giant steel door and a green flag ... Read More »

Thousands in London march for vote on Brexit terms

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Organizers claimed 700,000 turned out in London, calling for a vote on the terms of the Brexit deal. Prime Minister Theresa May has repeatedly ruled out another referendum. DW Thousands of people marched through central London on Saturday to call for a second Brexit referendum. Organizers and participants in the People’s Vote March have expressed concerns that the UK’s exit from the European Union looks nothing like the Brexit outlined ahead of the first vote in 2016. The 2016 referendum ... Read More »

European court orders Poland to freeze judicial changes

Protesters hold Polish and EU flags as they take part in demonstration in front of Polish Supreme Court on July 21, 2017 in protest against new bill changing the judiciary system.  / AFP PHOTO / Wojtek Radwanski        (Photo credit should read WOJTEK RADWANSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Ruling comes just two days before local elections seen as key test for ruling party. Jan Cienski Politico WARSAW — The Polish government was ordered to “immediately” suspend changes to the country’s Supreme Court by the European Court of Justice on Friday. The ruling — issued just two days before local elections — comes in reaction to a series of recent laws revamping the functioning of the Polish court and lowering the retirement age of judges that critics said violated the constitution and undermined the… The ... Read More »

Dozens of casualties as multiple blasts rock Kabul polling centres amid Afghan elections

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Multiple explosions rocked polling centres across Kabul on Saturday, causing dozens of casualties, amid growing anger among voters as they waited hours to cast their ballots in long-delayed legislative… Hurriyet KABUL – AFP At least 30 people have been taken to a trauma hospital run by the Italian NGO Emergency, including a dead child, the organisation said on Twitter, hours after the Taliban warned voters to boycott the ballot “to… Afghan officials confirmed there have been casualties but would not ... Read More »

Stop playing the Hitler card

BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 12: Alexander Gauland, Leader of the Right wing AfD Party arrives at a session of the Bundestag following the parliamentary summer recess on September 12, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. Relations within the governing German coalition have once again become strained, this time due to comments made by German Interior Minister and Bavarian Christian Social Union leader Horst Seehofer  following the recent murder of a German by refugees and the ensuing marches by right-wing supporters in the city of Chemnitz. (Photo by Michele Tantussi/Getty Images)

Comparing the AfD to the Nazis gives them more attention than they deserve. Konstantin Richter Politico BERLIN — A surprising thing or two happened last week after Alternative for Germany’s leader Alexander Gauland wrote an op-ed for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. An anonymous tweeter found that Gauland’s piece had some likeness to a speech given by Adolf Hitler in 1933. The Berlin daily newspaper Tagesspiegel then asked a couple of historians to compare the two speeches. Their verdict? The wording differed, but Gauland and Hitler ... Read More »

Dissidents living abroad apprehensive about visiting Turkish consulates

Turkish nationals living in Germany queue to cast their ballot at the Turkish consulate in Berlin on March 27, 2017. - The 1,4 million Turkish voters living in Germany can participate in a pro Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan referendum scheduled for 16 April. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)

Turkish dissidents living abroad are hesitant to visit Turkish embassies and consulates, fearing confiscation of their passports or refusal of their requests, the Ahval news website reported on Thursday. TM “Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance after entering the Saudi consulate in İstanbul on Oct. 2 brought to mind the problems Turkish citizens have been facing in their country’s consulates around the world,” the report said. Many Turkish dissidents hesitated to cast a ballot in the June 24 presidential and parliamentary ... Read More »

Pakistan’s Pivot to Asia

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Imran Khan is addressing his nation’s challenges by choosing liberally from a menu of Western and Asian futures. Ben Judah The Atlantic Just a few years ago, the news out of Pakistan would have sent official Washington into a tailspin. But with cable TV broadcasting Trump nonstop, few bothered to even note that a champion cricketer turned populist firebrand, Imran Khan, won the election as prime minister this summer. Nor did many pause over the fact that Khan won that ... Read More »

Kandahar Assassinations Show Rising Taliban Strength in Afghanistan

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The Taliban have claimed the assassination of an influential Afghan police chief and another official in an attack that narrowly missed the head of U.S. forces. ICG Senior Analyst Borhan Osman and Consultant Graeme Smith explain the repercussions for political stability in southern Afghanistan. What happened? At least one gunman attacked a gathering of Afghan and U.S. officials inside the Kandahar governor’s compound on the afternoon of 18 October. The shooter, believed to be one of the governor’s guards, killed the most powerful ... Read More »

Why the West Should Care About the Turmoil in Armenia

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Human rights and stability in Yerevan impact the whole region. Wes Martin The National Interest National Security Advisor John Bolton is planning to visit the South Caucasus, a strategic mountainous region sandwiched between Russia, Turkey and Iran, which changed hands repeatedly between these imperial masters for the last one thousand years. In Georgia, he will deal with a pro-western country still reeling from the war with Russia ten years ago. But a real challenge awaits Bolton in Armenia—a small mountainous country with ... Read More »

Who’s Really Afraid of Nationalism?

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Yoram Hazony has written a polemic against what he perceives as the conventional wisdom—a refutation of the “paradigm of the European liberals” for whom the European Union is the highest stage of political excellence. Michael Kimmage The National Interest Yoram Hazony, The Virtue of Nationalism, (New York: Basic Books, 2018), 273 pp., $26.99. It was the best of times in Europe, in the 1990s, and it was the worst of times in Russia. The Soviet Union had ignominiously collapsed in ... Read More »

A Glimpse Into the Next Decade of Erdogan’s ‘New Turkey’

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Upon winning his second term as president in June, and assuming the strong executive powers that had been approved by voters in a 2017 referendum, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cemented what he had long been seeking: the creation of a… Sinan Ciddi Stratfor The “new Turkey,” as Erdogan calls it, is a country fast becoming insular and inward-looking. From Erdogan’s perspective, Turkey’s founding elite of the 1920s created a state, society and culture fashioned according to the preferences of ... Read More »

The Proud Boys, The GOP And ‘The Fascist Creep’

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: Activist Gavin McInnes takes part in an Alt Right protest of Muslim activist Linda Sarsour on April 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

Gavin McInnes spoke at a GOP club, then his followers violently attacked leftist protesters. Modern American fascism finds its foot soldiers. Christopher Mathias HuffPost NEW YORK — Gavin McInnes, the founder of the violent neo-fascist gang the Proud Boys, had a perplexing message for the Republican Party last Friday. “At the very least, people of the right,” he told a crowd inside the Metropolitan Republican Club ballroom, “let us scum in.” It was a baffling thing to say, of course, because McInnes ... Read More »

Tusk compares backstop to the Gordian Knot unravelled by Alexander the Great

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Analysis: May insists a deal is achievable; Barnier says negotiations need more time Denis Staunton The Irish Times As Theresa May prepares to address EU leaders before dinner at Wednesday’s summit in Brussels, both sides are determined that there should be no repeat of the rancorous displays at Salzburg last month. Michel Barnier said on Tuesday that the Brexit negotiations needed more time while May told her cabinet that negotiators had made significant progress and that a deal was achievable. Still unresolved, however, is the ... Read More »

I have made no false promises on Brexit – I’m free to tell you the truth

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Those who persuaded a deceived population to vote to be weaker and poorer will never be forgiven John Major The Guardian Until now, every US president I have known has considered [the UK’s] relevance to America to be enhanced by our membership of the European Union. Yet very soon – on our current course – we will no longer be able to argue from within the EU for Anglo-American beliefs in free trade, open markets and strong defence. Our friends, the ... Read More »

The Revenge of Hard Power Politics

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The liberal world order was never an inevitability. Only five years ago, the world still looked like a liberal internationalist’s dream. Andrew A. Michta The American Interest Although jihadist terror periodically tested the resilience of governments and societies across the globe, open borders and free trade were widely touted as the way forward. In the context of post-Cold War unipolarity, many in academia, think tanks, and the media wanted to believe that the “first universal nation” could shape world politics ... Read More »

‘It’s OK to be white’ is not a joke, it’s careless politicians helping the far right

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The far right lies, sows confusion, and hides its intentions in order to mainstream its messages Jason Wilson The Guardian The Australian Senate almost passed a motion affirming that “it’s OK to be white”. This probably sounds innocuous enough to the casual or incurious observer — and that’s exactly what the white supremacists who devised the slogan intended. To understand how and why the slogan came to be voted on by the Senate, you need first to engage with the ... Read More »