Europe

Turkish military hit positions of Syrian Kurdish forces in Kobane

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ARA News Urfa, Turkey – Turkish army bombed military bases of Kurdish fighters from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) west Kobane, north Syria, military sources reported on Monday. The YPG’s leadership in Kobane announced that some locations of the YPG and FSA fighters in the village of Zor Maghar (35 km west of Kobane) were exposed to bombardment ... Read More »

Greece shows compassion to migrants while Australia stops the boats

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Further evidence is emerging to challenge the view of asylum seekers as a drain on society. The Age – Dimitria Groutsis and Diane van den Broek The world has watched as more than 50 million people have become displaced by persecution and war. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reports that this is the highest number of displaced people ... Read More »

History hangs heavily in the struggle against evil

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Jan Kozielewski was always tormented by his inability to stop the Holocaust. “I hated humanity,” he blurted after the nightmare ended. “The Lord assigned me a role – to speak and write during the war when, as it seemed, it might help. It did not.” The Sydney Morning Herald – Vic Alhadeff * The extraordinary story of Jan Karski, as ... Read More »

Westminster paedophile scandal casts shadows over British establishment

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London: In October 2012, Labour MP Tom Watson stood up in the British House of Commons and lobbed a grenade – metaphorically speaking. Brisbane Times - Nick Miller, Europe Correspondent Tapping a sheaf of paper in his hands, he told the Prime Minister that police had – or used to have – a file of evidence containing “clear intelligence suggesting a ... Read More »

Zimbabwean authorities hunt Spaniard accused of killing Cecil the lion

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European allegedly paid €50,000 for chance to kill tourist attraction, who was found headless after being shot with a bow and arrow and tracked for 40 hours The Guardian – Stephen Burgen in Barcelona Authorities in Zimbabwe are trying track down a Spaniard who allegedly paid park guides €50,000 (£35,000) for the chance to kill Cecil, one of Africa’s most ... Read More »

Turkey Uses ISIS as Excuse to Attack Kurds

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It appears as if the Turkish government is using ISIS as a pretext to attack the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party). Turkey just announced that its air base at Incirlik will soon be open to coalition forces, presumably to fight ISIS. But the moment Turkey started bombing, it targeted Kurdish positions in Iraq, in addition to targeting ISIS positions in Syria. ... Read More »

Barzani Calls on Turkey to Stop Attacks on PKK

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KRG President calls Turkish Prime Minister Davutoğlu Basnews  |  Herman Khalid ERBIL – Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani is calling for an immediate end to Turkish airstrikes on the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) bases in the Iraqi Kurdistan mountains. A source from the Kurdistan Presidency Office, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told BasNews on Saturday that President Barzani has called Turkish ... Read More »

Greece’s Syriza makes military deal with Israel that only US has made

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Greece’s ruling ostensibly left-wing Syriza party signed a “status of forces” accord with Israel on July 19. The Jerusalem Post explains that the agreement “offers legal defense to both militaries while training in the other’s country.” Mondoweiss - Ben Norton * That is to say, it is a pact in which Greece agrees to help the Israeli military—which has illegally ... Read More »

Barack offers David some assistance to keep Britain in the EU

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Barack Obama has given his perennial reminder that Britain should stay in the European Union. The Spectator – Sebastian Payne  In an interview with the BBC, the President of the United States has said it is important for both Britain’s prosperity and influence around the world to remain ‘In’: ‘Having the United Kingdom in the European Union gives us much greater ... Read More »

The Eurozone’s German Problem

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LONDON – The eurozone has a German problem. Germany’s beggar-thy-neighbor policies and the broader crisis response that the country has led have proved disastrous. Seven years after the start of the crisis, the eurozone economy is faring worse than Europe did during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Project Syndicate – Philippe Legrain * The German government’s efforts to crush Greece ... Read More »