Politics

Noel Dorr: Arguments for Ireland leaving EU do not add up

For all its faults, the European Union is a worthy project with many… Noel Dorr The Irish Times The decision of the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union could mean that the two most important external relationships of this State, which reinforced each other for 44… As one of many people who worked years ago in foreign affairs to promote both sets of relationships, I find this deeply… Noel Dorr: Arguments… Read More »

Who are Egypt’s Coptic Christians and why are they persecuted?

Coptic Christians, known as Copts, are the largest ethno-religious minority in Egypt, constituting roughly 10 per cent of the country’s… Steven Viney ABC Although many now identify as Arabs, Copts do not historically believe themselves to be of Arab origin, but are instead… The word Coptic is derived from the ancient Greek word for… Who are Egypt’s… Read More »

Why can’t America just take out Assad?

The Trump administration has done an abrupt about-face on Syria, contradicting its own nascent foreign… David Alpher The Conversation Within 24 hours, it went from calling out the Assad regime for using chemical weapons to launching missiles at military… As limited as the strikes were, there are also statements that plans are in the… Why can’t America… Read More »

Why Does the West Keep Colluding with Terrorists?

Like other criticisms of Hirsi Ali, the effort was to portray her as the problem itself rather than as the response to a problem. Douglas Murray Gatestone Institute That this type of campaign can succeed — that speakers can be stopped from speaking in Western democracies because of the implicit or explicit threat of violence — is a problem our societies need to face. There is a… Why Does the… Read More »

Birmingham woman standing in defiance of EDL protester goes viral

Photograph of young woman becomes symbol of city standing up to far-right group English Defence League during… Frances Perraudin North of England reporter The Guardian A photograph showing a young woman smiling bemusedly at an incensed English Defence League protester has… The image, which has been shared thousands of times on social media, was captured during a demonstration by the… Birmingham woman standing… Read More »

Muted start to election campaigning in Algeria

The May 4 parliamentary poll will be the first since the legislature adopted landmark constitution reforms last… Al Jazeera Source: AFP news agency Campaigning for Algeria’s May 4 parliamentary elections got off to a muted start on Sunday, with the public showing little interest in the… It’s the first election since the legislature’s powers were boosted by amendments to the… Muted start to… Read More »

Egyptians respond to ISIS church bombings: ‘Your terrorism brings us together’

Egyptians of different faiths rallied together on Sunday in defiance of ISIS, after the group claimed responsibility for two Coptic Christian church bombings hundreds… Emanuella Grinberg and Sarah Sirgany CNN The attacks left at least 43 dead and dozens more injured, amid grim scenes of hollowed-out churches, with body parts and… Outraged Egyptians posted messages of solidarity with members of the… Egyptians respond to… Read More »

Drop The Target: Senior Conservative MPs demand five-year immigration ban

Pro-Brexit politicians tell PM their hardline plan ‘will deliver on the will of the… Rachael Revesz Independent Senior Conservative MPs are demanding Theresa May impose a five-year ban on unskilled immigrant visas, arguing the focus should be on… Leave Means Leave, a hardline pro-Brexit group that wants to leave the EU single market and “take control” of the UK’s borders, is… The group, which includes at… Drop The Target… Read More »

Mothers of Ukrainian Soldiers Demand Impeachment of Poroshenko

In the near future Ukrainians could expect neither positive changes nor stability In the course of last month, more and more Ukrainians clamoured for impeachment of… ISF Specifically, women representing the movement “Mothers for Poroshenko’s Impeachment” gathered at the building of the presidential… They rally under the slogan “Poroshenko is killing our… Mothers of Ukrainian… Read More »

Eta disarms: French police secure weapons near Bayonne

Police in France have begun to make safe eight caches of weapons handed over by Basque separatist group… BBC At a ceremony in Bayonne on Saturday, Eta passed details of the sites to the authorities in a move signalling the end of the last insurgency in… Eta killed more than 800 people in some 40 years of violence as it sought to carve out an independent country straddling Spain and… Eta disarms: French… Read More »

Dalai Lama’s rapturous welcome at Buddhist monastery

The Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has said the only way for the world to confront terror attacks is through greater contact… BBC He was speaking to the BBC in the wake of the Brussels… He also spoke about the challenges faced by the Tibetan movement, especially with increasing Chinese pressure on Western countries to… Dalai Lama’s rapturous… Read More »

Palestinian activist’s Australian visa cancelled on eve of speaking tour

Government says there is a risk people may react adversely to Bassem Tamimi’s presence, and his views on the Middle… Christopher Knaus The Guardian The federal government has cancelled the visa of an outspoken Palestinian activist on the eve of his Australian speaking tour… The activist, Bassem Tamimi, was due to board a plane this week to begin his… Palestinian activist’s Australian… Read More »

State’s brand of neutrality has become obsolete

World View: Irish ‘neutrality’ is intensely ideological, a luxury and a bit of a… Patrick Smyth The Irish Times When EU leaders met in Rome last month to mark the union’s 60th birthday and respond to Brexit with an optimistic declaration on its… The “taking into account” is diplomatic code for “none of the above refers to, or imposes any obligations on… Since the Nice Treaty in… State’s brand of… Read More »

A healthy environment means healthy citizens and a more vibrant EU

Europeans have some of the highest rates of anxiety, depression and other non-infectious diseases in the world. Today, on World Health Day, nature is an overlooked remedy, argues Magda Stoczkiewicz. Magda Stoczkiewicz Euractiv Every year, a quarter of Europeans suffer from depression or anxiety – accounting for half of all chronic sick leave. These, alongside other… A healthy environment… Read More »

Canada was briefed on and ‘fully supports’ U.S. missile strikes against Syria: PM

U.S. Secretary of Defence James Mattis told Canada that Syria was responsible for gas… Peter Zimonjic John Paul Tasker CBC News Canada was briefed in advance of the U.S. missile strike on an airbase in western Syria that the U.S. says was used by… During question period in the House of Commons on Friday, Trudeau said Canada was informed about the… Trudeau said U.S. Secretary of… Canada was briefed… Read More »