Politics

Is Erdogan seeing Gulenists or ghosts?

The attempted military coup in Turkey ended in total failure. Within 24 hours, the AKP government and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regained control. Within hours it initiated a purge against the organizers. But the government’s crackdown was not limited to the ranks of the military, a faction of which were the instigators of the coup. Source: Is Erdogan seeing Gulenists or ghosts? Read More »

Number 10 Drab Street

The time for frivolousness is over as the grown-ups take over Downing Street.. By QUENTIN LETTS  LONDON — So many flowers have been arriving at 10 Downing Street that the official residence of the British prime minister must, inside, resemble a funeral parlor. Well-wishers have been sending bouquets to Theresa May to congratulate her on being appointed successor to David Cameron… Source: Number 10 Drab Street – POLITICO Read More »

Sturgeon: independence may be best for Scotland amid Brexit upheaval

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Barriers to protecting Scotland ‘substantial’, first minister says as she argues separation may offer greatest stability.. Independence may offer Scotland the greatest stability while the rest of the UK faces upheaval after last month’s vote to leave the EU, Nicola Sturgeon has said… Source: Sturgeon: independence may be best for Scotland amid Brexit upheaval | Politics | The Guardian Read More »

Philippines’ Duterte declares communist ceasefire

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced July 25 a unilateral cease-fire with communist rebels who are waging one of Asia’s longest insurgencies, and urged them to reciprocate.. Duterte made the announcement in his first “State of the Nation Address” to Congress as he laid the groundwork for peace talks with the communists that are due to begin in Norway next month… Source: Philippines’ Duterte declares communist ceasefire – ASIA Read More »

Turkey president Erdogan: Women are not equal to men

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says women cannot be treated as equal to men, and accuses feminists of rejecting motherhood.. “You cannot put women and men on an equal footing,” he told a meeting in Istanbul. “It is against nature.” Source: Turkey president Erdogan: Women are not equal to men – BBC News Read More »

EU reduced to weak regional player unable to defend itself – Hungary’s Orban

The deadly shooting rampage in Europe’s leading nation, Germany, is a sign that Britain’s exit from the EU has reduced the bloc to a weak regional player unable to achieve any goals or protect its citizens, Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban said.. “Never before in my whole life I was as discouraged as after as the attack in Munich,” in which a lone gunman killed 9 people and injured 27 others on Friday, Orban said, according to Agerpres news agency… ... Read More »

Sanctions Are a Tool, Not a Foreign Policy

The point is to help compromise, not tie the president’s hands.. Timothy Turnbull The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), intends to introduce a bill imposing sanctions on Iran, focusing on individuals and entities involved in the testing of ballistic missiles and other “nefarious activities.”… Source: Sanctions Are a Tool, Not a Foreign Policy | The National Interest Read More »

What Tim Kaine, Donald Trump and Pope Francis Have In Common

Hillary Clinton’s VP pick is Catholic—and supports abortion rights.. Here’s a quiz: What do Donald Trump, Tim Kaine and Pope Francis have in common? Answer: all three men were… Source: What Tim Kaine, Donald Trump and Pope Francis Have In Common | TIME Read More »

What animal could a democracy be? Ape, fox, lion … how about jellyfish?

“If a democratic state were an organism, which one would it be?” asks the publican. Silence. Some among the pub’s patrons – wanting a better view of the evening’s action – turn in their heavy chairs. “Well,” speaks a man with a moustache so large it could provoke envy among walruses, “although völkerpsychologie, the idea that a state could… Source: What animal could a democracy be? Ape, fox, lion … how about jellyfish? Read More »

Australia once banned Catholics from mass and vilified the Irish. Haven’t we learned anything?

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As an Irish Australian, Nick Earls says that when it comes to distinguishing cultural difference from threat, ‘we should be better at this by now’ Nick Earls The Guardian I was passing through airport security somewhere in North America in October 2001 when I realised it: I was no longer the face of terrorism, and… Australia once banned… Read More »

No return to ‘hard’ Border after Brexit, Taoiseach says

Common Travel Area between Ireland and the United Kingdom will survive, Kenny insists.. The Common Travel Area between Ireland and the United Kingdom will survive Brexit and there will be no return to a hard Border on the island of Ireland, the Taoiseach has said… Source: No return to ‘hard’ Border after Brexit, Taoiseach says Read More »

‘Never write off Saudi Arabia’

New diplomatic face of the Gulf Kingdom promises gradual change, extends olive branch to Russia and lashes out at Iran.. By BARBARA SURK   The Saudis put on a diplomatic charm offensive in the EU capital this week designed to highlight looming changes in the ultra-conservative Gulf Kingdom… Source: ‘Never write off Saudi Arabia’ – POLITICO Read More »

Colombia faces Brexit-style ‘great dilemma’ in vote to end war with Farc

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In a plebiscite this year, Colombians will accept or reject a peace deal between the government and Farc guerrillas to end more than half a century of war.. There’s nothing Alexa Sarmiento would like better than to see her country at peace. Having grown up in Colombia’s violence-plagued eastern plains region, she has seen more than her share of conflict… Source: Colombia faces Brexit-style ‘great dilemma’ in vote to end war with Farc | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Turkish academics talk about living in fear: ‘It’s the final stage of a witch hunt’

After the coup attempt that failed to remove Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week, the government has gone on the offensive against what it says is a vast network of plotters, which it calls a “parallel state” run by exiled cleric and Erdogan enemy Fethullah Gülen.. By Alberto Riva and Asli Pelit Some of the targets of the purge are pretty obvious, with thousands of military officers… Source: Turkish academics talk about living in fear: ‘It’s the final stage ... Read More »

Xenophon and Katter’s concerns over Ausgrid sale ring hollow

Another political scare campaign has started. It’s not about negative gearing or Medicare. This time it’s the sale of the New South Wales electricity distribution network, Ausgrid. The NSW Premier, Mike Baird, staked his government’s re-election on the privatisation of 49% of the state’s electricity distribution and transmission networks. The transmission network, Transgrid, was wholly privatised for A$10.26 billion in 2015… Source: Xenophon and Katter’s concerns over Ausgrid sale ring hollow Read More »

Transcript: Donald Trump on NATO, Turkey’s Coup Attempt and the World

The Republican presidential nominee discussed his views on foreign policy with David E. Sanger and Maggie Haberman of The New York Times… Source: Transcript: Donald Trump on NATO, Turkey’s Coup Attempt and the World – The New York Times Read More »