Politics

Theresa May leaves out Scottish Secretary from Brexit cabinet

Theresa May has been accused of treating Scotland with contempt by failing to include the Scottish Secretary in her Brexit Cabinet committee. By TOM PETERKIN The SNP reacted with fury when it emerged that David Mundell will not be a full member of the UK Government’s decision making body on… Theresa May leaves… Read More »

The Quiet Fight for Iran’s Future

The future direction of Iran’s foreign policy is all about internal politics. Farhad Rezaei Iran watchers have puzzled to assess whether the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that Iran and the… The Quiet Fight… Read More »

US election: New president to face chilly relations with Cold War rivals Russia

For all the bluster and bravado, accusations and denials over tapes and emails, there was a quiet but deadly serious issue raised in the second US presidential debate: what to do about Syria and, more broadly, how to counter Russia in that blighted nation and other places. Analysis By chief foreign correspondent Philip Williams In the past few weeks there has been a steady deterioration in relations between the West and… US election: New… Read More »

Colombia to launch peace talks with ELN rebels

The Colombian government and the country’s second-largest rebel group, the leftist National Liberation Army (ELN), announced Oct. 10 they would launch negotiations on Oct. 27 in Ecuador’s capital, with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos predicting “total peace.” Both sides have committed to doing everything in their power to “create an environment favorable to peace” once the… Colombia to launch… Read More »

End the Nuclear Insanity

This month the United Nations has the opportunity to take a major step toward the elimination of nuclear weapons. José Ramos-Horta  Kailash Satyarthi  Muhammad Yunus  It is an opportunity that must not be lost. More than four decades ago, the nations with nuclear arsenals and the… End the Nuclear… Read More »

Lithuania readies for new government as ruling party comes third in vote

Reuters VILNIUS: Lithuania’s ruling Social Democrats sank to a distant third place in the first round of national elections, leaving centre-right parties in pole position to form a new coalition government, surprise results showed Monday. After a campaign fought largely over Lithuania’s sluggish economy, first place went to the… Lithuania readies for new… Read More »

Thai King Bhumibol’s health not stable, palace says

The health of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej is “not stable”, palace officials have said. King Bhumibol, 88, is the world’s longest reigning monarch, but has spent much of the last year in hospital and is rarely seen in public. He is widely revered in Thailand, where he is seen as an… Thai King Bhumibol’s health not… Read More »

Nicolas Sarkozy ♥ referendums

If elected president again, he’d ask voters to decide on immigrant family reunification and administrative detention. By NICHOLAS VINOCUR PARIS — Slipping in polls, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy got himself a new mantra when talking about solving his country’s problems: ask the people — they know best. In a primetime… Nicolas Sarkozy… Read More »

EU ‘very concerned’ over Hungary newspaper suspension

The EU said Oct. 10 it is “very concerned” after Hungary’s main opposition newspaper halted publication, sparking fears of a clampdown on press freedom by the right-wing government. BRUSSELS – Agence France-Presse Left-leaning Nepszabadsag newspaper is to be sold, its editor said on Oct. 9, and while the… EU ‘very concerned’ over… Read More »

Donald and Billy on the Bus

It’s Billy Bush’s snickering that really gets to me. In the video from 2005, published Friday by The Washington Post, you can hear Mr. Bush (first cousin to George W.) wheezing ecstatically as Donald J. Trump brags, inadvertently into a hot mic, about sexually harassing and… Donald and Billy on… Read More »

Nigeria finally bans Shiite Muslims

Almost a year after the killing of more than 380 Shiite Muslims in Zaria in Kaduna state, Nigeria, the government has declared the sect with at least 4 million followers unlawful. MOHAMMED MOMOH in Abuja The sect had a violent clash with the Nigerian Army in December 2015 leading to deaths, arrests and… Nigeria finally bans… Read More »