Politics

George Osborne: Theresa May is ‘dead women walking’

Former chancellor attacked the Prime Minister saying that she will never lead the party into another General Election after last week’s humiliation at the ballot box. Gavin Cordon The Scotsman Mr Osborne said the Prime Minister was “dead woman walking” and could be ousted in a matter of days. However, Graham Brady, the influential chairman of the Conservative backbench 1922 Committee, said there was no appetite for a leadership contest which could see the party having to fight another General… ... Read More »

America’s Political Gamble in Syria May Not Pay Off

President Trump’s plan to defeat the Islamic State relies on the complex web of relations between the United States, Turkey and the… Matthew RJ Brodsky The National Interest As the Islamic State’s territory continues to shrink in the Middle East, its henchmen and those inspired by the extremist group are increasingly lashing out at soft targets in the… The types of attacks recently experienced in London and Manchester are likely to continue until the… America’s Political Gamble… Read More »

Over 450,000 sign petition against DUP coalition

A petition launched against the Conservatives joining a coalition with the DUP has attracted almost 450,000 signatures in 12 hours. The Scotsman The petition states that Theresa May would not be involved in a coalition of chaos and asks for the Prime Minister to resign. The move comes after the Prome Minister said she would seek to form a minority government with a “confidence and supply” agreement with the controversial Northern Irish party… Over 450,000 sign… Read More »

Xi: Security key to development

SCO members urged to strengthen coordination in fighting terrorism President Xi Jinping sent a strong voice of fighting terrorists and safeguarding regional peace during a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, on… AN BAIJIE ChinaDaily China calls for the SCO to strengthen regional counterterrorism institution building to enhance the capacity of member states in coordination and… Xi: Security key… Read More »

Egypt Gives Saudi Arabia 2 Islands in a Show of Gratitude

CAIRO — Since King Salman of Saudi Arabia arrived in Cairo on Thursday for a five-day visit, the leader of the oil-rich kingdom has lavished his Egyptian allies with promises of aid and… DECLAN WALSH  The New York Times But this time, instead of writing a blank check with little more than a polite “thank you” to show for it, King Salman will return home Monday with something more substantial in return: two islands in a… Egypt’s cabinet announced on ... Read More »

Merkel indirectly criticizes Trump, says walls won’t solve problem in Mexico visit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday indirectly criticized US President Donald Trump’s plans to build a wall on the US-Mexico border to stop illegal immigration. GERMAN PRESS AGENCY – DPA Daily Sabah Building a wall won’t solve the problem, Merkel said, adding that it’s more important to address the reasons why people flee. Merkel, who is on a three-day trip to Latin America that has already taken her to Argentina, spoke in Mexico City at a business forum with… Merkel ... Read More »

How Illinois became America’s failed state

The Land of Lincoln is drowning in red ink. And it’s about to have its most expensive election ever. Natasha Korecki Politico Illinois has compiled $14.6 billion in unpaid bills. It’s running a deficit of $6 billion and its pension liability has soared to $130 billion. That’s not the worst of it. The state’s nearly two-year failure to pass a budget has sent its bond ratings careening toward junk level, downgraded a… How Illinois became… Read More »

Qatar blockade: Gulf states silent on Tillerson plea to ease measures

Nations behind a blockade on Qatar have welcomed strong comments from President Donald Trump backing their move, but were silent on calls from his secretary of state to ease the measures. BBC Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain have cut ties, accusing Qatar of funding terrorism. Qatar denies the accusations. The UAE hailed Mr Trump’s “leadership”. But the states did not respond to Secretary of… Qatar blockade: Gulf… Read More »

Fragile Kosovo prepares for crucial vote

Nine years after proclaiming independence, fragile Kosovo votes on June 11 at a time of high tension with Serbia, rampant unemployment and some of its leaders threatened with prosecution for… Pristina Hurriyet The parliamentary election – Kosovo’s third since 2008 – is the most important since the independence declaration, according to Slovenian think-tank IFIMES, which specializes in the… While Kosovo’s sovereignty… Fragile Kosovo prepares… Read More »

News Australia loses appeal in Federal Court on $15m tax bill

Australia’s highest-risk taxpayer has lost an appeal in the Federal Court on a $15 million tax bill relating to interest income. Nassim Khadem Brisbane Times Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation has been in long-running legal battles with the ATO and in 2015 was outed as the nation’s highest risk taxpayer. On Thursday the Federal Court’s Justice Tony Pagone dismissed News Australia Holding’s appeal relating to an old tax assessment amounting to about… News Australia loses… Read More »

How Jeremy Corbyn Proved the Haters Wrong

LONDON — Among the many satisfying outcomes of Britain’s general election has been the roll call of pundits reeling out apologies for getting it so wrong. RACHEL SHABI The New York Times The Labour Party has, against all odds, surged to take a 40 percent share of the vote, more than it has won in years. And so the nation’s commentariat, who had confidently thought that the party under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership would be wiped off the political map, are ... Read More »

Spain’s Catalonia announces October independence vote

The leader of Spain’s Catalonia region, where a separatist movement is in full swing, announced on June 9 an independence referendum for October 1 in defiance of Madrid which is firmly against such a… Barcelona Hurriyet Speaking in Barcelona, Carles Puigdemont said the question would be: “Do you want Catalonia to be an independent state in the form of a… Catalonia, a wealthy, 7.5-million-strong region with its own language and customs, has long demanded greater… Spain’s Catalonia announces… Read More »

Madhya Pradesh farmers’ strike: Inside Mandsaur disturbance lies history of political doles, opium addiction

There’s no doubt that the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh messed up handling the situation in Mandsaur on at least three… Sandeep Balakrishna FirstPost First, it could’ve been vigilant and heeded the simmering discontent over farm loan waivers, taken leaders of the farming community into confidence and worked out a solution thereby preventing this unfortunate… Second, the law… Madhya Pradesh farmers… Read More »

Turkey: NATO’s Odd One Out

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Discounting the sincerity of Turkish President Erdoğan’s fiercely anti-western rhetoric ahead of the April 16 referendum is akin to disregarding bitter facts about once staunch NATO ally Turkey. Burak Bekdil       BESA NATO’s deepening “Turkey problem” is contained in the country’s Islamist ideology, conspicuous “un-likemindedness”, and democratic anomalies, which stand against NATO’s founding values of safeguarding freedom and the… Turkey: NATO’s Odd… Read More »

Analysis: Why is Turkey deploying troops to Qatar?

Turkey’s decision is not necessarily anti-Saudi, but it is definitely pro-Qatari, say analysts. Birce Bora  Al Jazeera Only two days after Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed diplomatic relations with Qatar for its alleged support of “terrorist organisations”, Turkey’s parliament has ratified military deals allowing its troops to be deployed to a Turkish military base in… Analysis: Why is… Read More »

Iran Unites as Tehran Struck by Middle East’s Proxy Wars

The 7 June attacks in Tehran struck at the symbolic heart of Iran’s revolutionary republic. In this Q&A, Ali Vaez, Senior Analyst for Iran, says the outrages show how the region’s proxy wars are now reaching far beyond the… Ali Vaez ICG How unusual are these attacks for Iran? If this indeed was, as it claimed, an attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), it would constitute the first time the organisation has been able to strike ... Read More »