Anne Harris: History will judge O’Reilly as a man of principle

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While the former newspaper proprietor will always have his critics, his dedication to press freedom is unassailable The Irish Times – Anne Harris Tony O’Reilly had such a good press for so long that clawback was inevitable. Matt Cooper’s book The Maximalist has sparked many begrudging reviews. However, the book itself is fair to a man who was defined by ... Read More »

Ukraine rebels have powerful new Russian-made rockets – OSCE


International monitors say they have found a new type of Russian-made rocket system in rebel-held eastern Ukraine. BBC – The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) spotted the powerful TOS-1 Buratino multiple rocket launcher in Luhansk. Meanwhile, the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France discussed peace efforts in Ukraine, with Paris saying the pullout of light weapons ... Read More »

Norway must boost defence to counter Russian build-up, military chief says

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Oslo: Norway needs to scale up and modernise its defence as Russia’s military build-up in the Arctic is creating a more uncertain security situation, its military chief said on Thursday. Henrik Stolen NATO member Norway shares a small border with Russia in the Arctic, where Oslo has noticed increased Russian military activity. Other nordic states have expressed concern over Russian ... Read More »

Is Turkey Returning to Civil War?

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The cease-fire between the government and the Kurdish PKK has broken down, with increasing repression of the media and opposition political activists. The Nation – By Constanze Letsch On the evening of June 7, Ahmet Yildiz celebrated. The leftist, pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), which he supported, had succeeded in breaching Turkey’s unusually high 10 percent election threshold—a remnant of the Constitution drawn ... Read More »

Sweden is shifting to a 6-hour work day

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*Packs up life, books plane ticket* BEC CREW – Science alert Despite research telling us it’s a really bad idea, many of us end up working 50-hour weeks or more because we think we’ll get more done and reap the benefits later. And according to a study published last month involving 600,000 people, those of us who clock up a ... Read More »

Simshar: Malta’s first Oscar contender a harrowing tale of high-sea drama

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Trailer: Simshar Video ””” Based on astonishing true events, ‘Simshar’ tells two parallel stories of survival at sea which unravel on and around the Maltese islands.””” The Age – Philippa Hawker, Film and arts writer When it comes to movie-making, Malta has blockbuster connections. Hollywood comes calling because it’s an ideal location for films set in the ancient world – ... Read More »

Kyrgyzstan: An Uncertain Trajectory

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OVERVIEW ICG – Bishkek/Brussels – Europe and Central Asia Briefing N°76 Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia’s only even nominal parliamentary democracy, faces growing internal and external security challenges. Deep ethnic tensions, increased radicalisation in the region, uncertainty in Afghanistan and the possibility of a chaotic political succession in Uzbekistan are all likely to have serious repercussions for its stability. The risks are ... Read More »

The Birth of Military Strategy: Enter the Battle of Salamis

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The dichotomy of strategy and tactics in war did not solidify as a concept until the publication of Carl von Clausewitz’ On War in 1832. Since then the relationship between the two has been hotly debated, along with the subsequent interjection of the operational level of war. The National Interest - B. A. Friedman What is not debated are the concepts themselves. ... Read More »

Magistrate resigns after paying destitute asylum seeker’s court fine

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Nigel Allcoat says he contributed £40 because court was at an impasse due to mounting charges imposed on man who could not work in the UK The Guardian – Jessica Elgot A senior magistrate who pulled £40 from his own shirt pocket to pay the court fine for a destitute asylum seeker has resigned his position, after being suspended by ... Read More »

Russia Unwilling to Allow Escalation of Tension in Syria

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Several months passed since the U.S. formed a military coalition to fight the Islamic State (ISIS). However, the results have been rather insignificant. If anything the level of tension in Syria soars. By its stance of refusing to negotiate with Al Assad, the US cannot be absolved of bearing responsibility for this escalation. To the contrary, Russia intends to prevent ... Read More »