Paddy Ashdown slams ‘kneejerk’ Tory response to jihadi terror threat

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Intervention comes as Cameron prepares anti-terror message, with prime minister criticised over ‘damaging’ rhetoric  Jump to comments Tensions between Conservatives and Liberal Democrats over how to counter the terrorism threat from extremists have been exposed as Paddy Ashdown accuses Tory ministers of “kneejerk” responses and of stoking fear in the minds of the British people. The former Liberal Democrat leader ... Read More »

Pro-Scottish independence side gaining ground: poll

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SUPPORT for Scottish independence appears to be gaining ground three weeks ahead of the historic referendum, according to a poll published yesterday. The Survation survey found 47 per cent of respondents would vote “Yes” to independence, compared to 53 per cent who would vote “No”, excluding people who were undecided. This was a considerable narrowing of the gap between the two ... Read More »

In Ukraine, human rights abuses and 36 killed every day

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The conflict raging in eastern Ukraine has killed nearly 2,600 people, according to the United Nations. The UN says it is concerned atrocities are being committed by armed groups and there is increasing involvement of foreign fighters. A UN human rights report said the surging toll was caused by the fighting moving into densely populated areas of the country.   The ... Read More »

Michael Jansen: Sail of hope

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On Aug.26, Palestinians and Israelis agreed to halt the carnage and destruction in Gaza and to begin easing Israel’s siege and blockade that was the cause of the 50-day war. This deadly and costly conflict would have never happened if Israel had ended its cruel policy when on Aug.23, 2008, two rickety Greek fishing boats arrived in Gaza after a hazardous ... Read More »

Turkey’s Imperial Fantasy

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Istanbul — In the late 1990s, as Turkey was reeling from various political and economic crises, there was a nationwide debate over European Union membership and whether Turkish accession to the union would solve the country’s problems. Back then, I was a graduate student in International Relations at Marmara University. Among the professors in my department, there was only one who opposed ... Read More »

Recipe for hate: Al-Qaeda publish car bomb ‘shopping list’ and suggest UK targets

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Al-Qaeda this week published an online magazine featuring instructions on how to build homemade car bombs and an appeal to Muslims to attack UK and US targets in the vein of the Boston bombers. The English-language magazine, entitled ‘Palestine: Betrayal of the Guilty Conscience Al-Malahem’, urges Muslims in the West to assemble pressure cooker bombs like those used to attack the ... Read More »

Israelis ask chain to rename ‘Turkish coffee’

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A group of Israelis on Facebook are calling on local supply chain Strauss to rename its brand of Turkish coffee, saying that the product should not be sold in Israel under a name that refers to Turkey. According to a news report on Israel’s Channel 2 News, some Israelis don’t want Turkish coffee to be sold in Israel and are ... Read More »