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A principled basis for a just and lasting Cyprus settlement in the light of International and European Law

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International Expert Panel Covered By The Committee For A European Solution In Cyprus Preamble 1. The purpose of this Report, prepared by an International Expert Panel, is to seek a just Cyprus settlement providing for the peaceful and prosperous future of all the people of the island. In order to do this, one must apply the key principles drawn from international and European law which apply in the settlement of international disputes, including disputes concerning members of the European Union. ... Read More »

Why the West’s Betrayal of Democratic Russia Brought Us Putin

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The West’s inability to accept Russia on equal terms after 1991 made the emergence of a nationalistic strongman… By Angus Roxburgh The Moscow Times This year was the 25th anniversary of the August coup against Gorbachev, and the demise of the Soviet… In Moscow in August 1991 I joined the crowds outside the… Why the West… Read More »

Romanian president rejects nomination of Muslim woman for PM

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Klaus Iohannis’s decision to block appointment of Sevil Shhaideh may be linked to her Syrian husband’s background The Guardian Romania’s president has rejected a proposal by the leftist party that won elections this month to appoint the country’s first female and first Muslim prime minister. Klaus Iohannis gave no reasons for… Romanian president rejects… Read More »

Saudi jailed for call to end male control over women

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A Saudi man has been jailed for one year for calling for an end to the Muslim kingdom’s guardianship system that gives men wide controls over women, local media said Tuesday. RIYADH – Agence France–Presse Hurriyet The man, who was also fined 30,000 riyals ($8,000) by a court in the… Saudi jailed for… Read More »

Year in review: 2016 in the European Union

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The European Union seems to have spent 2016 in a state of constant crisis – or “polycrisis,” as European Commission president Juncker calls it. Our Brussels correspondent Bernd Riegert looks back over the past year. Deutsche Welle Following the… Year in review… Read More »

America’s flawed democracy

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There is nothing in the constitution that grants American voters the right to choose their president. Al Jazeera News C J Polychroniou One of the basic principles of democracy is “one person, one vote”. Other criteria for an… America’s flawed… Read More »

German cop faces criminal charges for calling Angela Merkel ‘insane’

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A German police officer is facing criminal proceedings after he allegedly branded Chancellor Angela Merkel “insane”. By TOM PARFITT Express The officer, from the western city of Solingen, could be fined three months’ wages if… German cop faces… Read More »

Turkey shows why a free press matters

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Should it matter to U.S. national security when other countries restrict press freedom? ΑΕΙ Michael Rubin Many diplomats and politicians say no—it’s not America’s business and the United States should stop interfering in other… Turkey shows why… Read More »

Defiant Gambian president refuses to step aside

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Yahya Jammeh reiterates he won’t hand over power to president-elect Adama Barrow despite growing international pressure. Al Jazeera News Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has reiterated he won’t step down despite losing the December 1 election, as West African leaders and Western powers urged him to hand over power peacefully. Jammeh initially conceded… Defiant Gambian president refuses… Read More »

Timor-Leste: Poll Reveals Widespread Optimism, Overwhelming Intent to Vote in Upcoming Elections

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Dili, Timor-Leste—A nationwide poll released today by the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Center for Insights in Survey Research indicates that survey respondents are optimistic about the country’s future prospects and committed to participating in the… Timor-Leste: Poll… Read More »

American democracy is being derailed. Can faith be restored?

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Not all votes or voters are treated equally – many are thwarted and undermined at every turn The Guardian Richard Wolffe Now that the electoral college has formally selected the next president of the United States, it’s worth taking a deep breath and asking: what kind of democracy do we live in? The will of the people ought to… American democracy is being… Read More »

Let Ivanka be first lady

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Ivanka Trump exits Trump Tower November 17, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration.  (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

If she surrenders her business interests, there’s no reason why Ivanka shouldn’t do what other first daughters have done throughout US history. Politico Josh Zeitz The team at Trump Tower turned heads last week when word slipped that Ivanka Trump, the incoming first daughter, is eyeing an office suite in the East Wing normally reserved for the first lady. A spokesperson for the… Let Ivanka be… Read More »

Why Kuwait’s Elections Matter

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Kuwait illustrates the oft-ignored tension between liberty and democracy. The National Interest Doug Bandow It doesn’t take a lot of votes to get elected to Kuwait’s National Assembly. In the smaller districts a couple… Why Kuwait’s Elections… Read More »

CNN Uses Germany Attack To Bash The Right

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CNN’s online coverage of Monday’s deadly terror attack on a German Christmas market focused on the attack’s potential to stoke far-right anger, rather than the threats of Islamic radicalism. The Daily Caller Blake Neff The attack in Berlin killed at least 12 people and injured dozens more, but on CNN’s website, the network’s top story warned about “the fallout of fear” and said that “attacks fuel [the] far right’s assault on democracy.” The headline leads to an article by… CNN ... Read More »

Lech Wałęsa: Throw Poland out of the EU

TOPSHOT - Lech Walesa, former president of Poland, wearing a pin of the Black Madonna of Czestochowa on his lapel,  reacts on January 04, 2016, during an interview in his office in Gdañsk, Poland.  Lech Wa??sa, born 29 September 1943,  is a Polish politician, trade union organizer, philanthropist and human rights activist. A charismatic leader, he co-founded Solidarity (Solidarno??), the Soviet bloc's first independent trade union, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983, and served as President of Poland from 1990 to 1995. Behind Walesa, a mirror image of Gdansk'shipyards.  / AFP / PIOTR WITTMAN        (Photo credit should read PIOTR WITTMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Poland’s independence hero has one fight left: upending the country’s right-wing government. Politico Jan Cienski GDAŃSK, Poland — Lech Wałęsa sits at his desk, peering at his computer screen and poking at the keyboard, before getting up heavily to settle in a worn armchair, his stomach straining at his shirt. The signature walrus mustache that… Lech Wałęsa: Throw Poland… Read More »

“There is no truth to the accusation that Israel is an apartheid state.”

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Irish senators attacked Israel with accusations of apartheid during a parliamentary debate in late November about the closure of the bank account of a BDS group, prompting criticism on Friday from the Jewish state and the Simon Wiesenthal Center. JPost “What has happened with… “There is no… Read More »