Mapped: The world’s most open governments


Raziye Akkoc The Telegraph It comes as no surprise that Nordic countries top the WJP Open Government Index but the UK’s position as having the eighth most open government out of more than a 100 countries is welcome news. Click to find out each country’s score An improving economy and better resources in the developing world may not equal a ... Read More »

Russia Nervously Eyes the U.S.-Iran Deal

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When a group of weary diplomats announced a framework for an Iranian nuclear accord last week in Lausanne, there was one diplomat in the mix whose feigned enthusiasm was hard to miss. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov left the talks at their most critical point March 30, much to the annoyance of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who apparently ... Read More »

Prosecutor lays out far-fetched charges against Gülen, US and Turkish authors

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A Turkish prosecutor‘s charges against military officers who took part in the interception of trucks transporting heavy weaponry to Syria make heavy use of far-fetched claims that involve contributors to The Washington Post and Today’s Zaman as well as a moderate US-based Turkish Muslim scholar. Today’s Zaman - Public Prosecutor İrfan Fidan, who the government is believed to have tasked with ... Read More »

Al Shabab gunmen kill 147 as troops move to end Kenya siege

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GARISSA, KENYA // At least 147 people, mostly students, were massacred at a Kenyan university by Somalia’s Al Shabab militant group on Thursday – the deadliest attack in the country since the US embassy bombing in 1998. The National – Masked gunmen stormed the university in the north-east town of Garissa as students slept, hurling grenades and shooting others dead before freeing ... Read More »

China ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang charged

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China’s former security chief Zhou Yongkang has been charged with bribery, abuse of power and the intentional disclosure of state secrets, state media report. BBC - Before he retired in 2012, Mr Zhou was the head of China’s vast internal security apparatus. But an investigation into him was announced in July 2014 and he has since been expelled from the ... Read More »

Turkey’s democratic rollback

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The United States and its allies remain locked in a fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and near-weekly gruesome acts by ISIS remind the world why the group is the target of military actions. The Hill - By Sarah Kreps, contributor, and Gustavo Flores-Macías But in an effort to defeat this foe, the United States is also ... Read More »

Julian Assange: ‘I still enjoy crushing bastards’

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Five years after ‘Collateral Murder’, the secret US military video which made the Pentagon furious and WikiLeaks famous around the world, l’Espresso meets the WikiLeaks founder in the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he is holed up to ask whether he has changed his mind and goals. L’Espresso – Si Stefania Maurizi In a small apartment in the heart of London ... Read More »

Iran Nuclear Talks: A Landmark Achievement, Yet a Long Road Ahead

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The International Crisis Group applauds the 2 April agreement on a framework for a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action reached between Iran and the P5+1/EU3+3 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany). This achievement is a triumph of multilateral diplomacy and a testament to the seriousness of purpose, patience and persistence of the negotiators involved in ... Read More »

Is Turkey behind ISIS?

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Issis is surrounded by a series of mysteries without apparent explanation. The Times Of Israel – Devin Sper What enabled Isis to conquer a large part of Syria and Iraq with such stunning rapidity? How does a collection of untrained fanatics rapidly integrate sophisticated U.S. weapons systems captured during this conquest, and command far-flung battlefronts? Where does the Islamic State, bordered ... Read More »

The Ukraine Crisis: Risks of Renewed Military Conflict after Minsk II

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A second agreement in Minsk on 12 February produced a ceasefire that for now is mostly holding and measures to de-escalate the conflict. ICG - Europe Briefing N°73 – Kyiv/Brussels, OVERVIEW Many officials locally and in Kyiv, Moscow and the West, nevertheless, believe war could resume in Ukraine’s east within weeks. If it does, much will depend on the quality of top commanders ... Read More »