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 »

These are the top 10 myths about the human brain


Fiona Macdonald Science Alert When it comes to our brains, there’s a lot we’re yet to learn – for example, exactly what role sleep plays in memory formation, and how to stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. But there’s plenty that scientists do know, and you might be surprised to find that a lot of it contradicts what you believe ... Read More »

Turkey’s massive presidential palace further expands into the Atatürk Forest

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Hurriyet – Additional land, measuring 8,406 square meters, of the Atatürk Forest Farm (AOÇ) has been allocated to the new presidential palace, Ak Saray, strongly criticized due to its cost and size. In official documents, the area has been allocated to the prime ministry, because Ak Saray was originally intended to be a new building for the prime minister, but ... Read More »

Strange Cities @ Onassis Cultural Centre

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The project Strange Cities: Athens will open at the Onassis Cultural Centre (OCC) on April 20 and will run through to June 28. The interesting aspect of this exhibition is that all participating artists are called to create their one image of Athens, on one strange condition: that they have never seen it! Their only guide is the so-called “inspiration ... Read More »

The Great Charter of Liberties

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Looking at the distance between the Westminster parliamentary system and those to whom elected representatives are ultimately accountable, the Chartists had a point – in fact, at least six points. openDemocracy – MALCOLM CHASE Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy. The coincidence of the British Library’smagnificent exhibition with a general election campaign is bound to tempt political parties to claim a particular ... Read More »

Greece and Russia: The Myths and the Reality

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The trip of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to Moscow has provoked strong reactions from certain circles in Europe and the United States. Due to its Orthodox heritage, Greece is seen as a country that is ready to participate in a Samuel Huntington-style “Clash of Civilizations” between the West and Russia. The Moscow Times  By Emmanuel Karagiannis * But in the era of modernity, religious affinity rarely dictates foreign policy choices. In fact, Western media rhetoric about ... Read More »

Greece puts figure of €279bn on claim for German reparations

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Athens officially quantifies sum which includes repayment of forced loan and return of archaeological treasures The Guardian – Reuters Greece’s deputy finance minister has said that Germany owes it nearly €279bn (£205bn) in reparations for the Nazi occupation of the country. Greek governments and private citizens have pushed for war damages from Germany for decades but the Greek government has ... 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 »

Bulgaria Puts Up a New Wall, but This One Keeps People Out

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LESOVO, Bulgaria — Less than two decades after the painstaking removal of a massive border fence designed to keep people in, Bulgarian authorities are just as painstakingly building a new fence along the rugged Turkish border, this time to keep people out. The New York Times - Faced with a surge of refugees from the Middle East and North Africa ... Read More »