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Nelson Mandela and the Gay Gordons put MoD in a spin, archives reveal

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Defence officials balked at letting Scottish army band perform at ‘blatantly political’ Aberdeen ceremony backing jailed leader Luke Harding A decision by Aberdeen’s Labour council to give Nelson Mandela the freedom of the city caused turmoil inside the Ministry of Defence because of a dance performance by the… Source: Nelson Mandela and the Gay Gordons put MoD in a spin, archives reveal | UK news | The Guardian Read More »

I created the burkini to give women freedom, not to take it away

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The burkini does not symbolise Islam, it symbolises leisure and happiness and fitness and health. So who is better, the Taliban or French politicians? Aheda Zanetti When I invented the burkini in early 2004, it was to give women freedom, not to take it away. My niece wanted to play netball but it was… Source: I created the burkini to give women freedom, not to take it away | Aheda Zanetti | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Jewish community feels ‘more vulnerable’ under Police Scotland

The organisation representing Scotland’s Jewish communities says its members feel less protected against anti-Semitic attacks since the formation of the national police force. By CHRIS MARSHALL The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC) said Jews felt their safety was “not a priority” for Police Scotland and that the “reassurance” offered under legacy forces had disappeared…. Source: Jewish community feels ‘more vulnerable’ under Police Scotland – The Scotsman Read More »

Tory dream of a short, sharp Brexit

The holiday period is over, now Theresa May has to deliver. By TOM MCTAGUE ,CHRISTIAN OLIVER and HANS VON DER BURCHARD  LONDON — Theresa May began the summer reiterating that “Brexit means Brexit.” She will return to work on Wednesday under pressure to explain what British withdrawal will look like. In her absence, a chasm of expectation has opened up between increasingly hardline expectations in… Source: Tory dream of a short, sharp Brexit – POLITICO Read More »

Enough with the world tour: Bring the Summer Olympics back home to Greece

The IOC should create a permanent home for the Summer Olympics in Greece, which could ease the nation’s debt JONATHAN ZIMMERMAN Greek gymnast Eleftherios Petrounias knew just what he needed to do after winning the gold medal in the rings competition at the Olympics last week. “I will be quick because my mom is waiting,” he said, before running off to hug her in the… Source: Enough with the world tour: Bring the Summer Olympics back home to Greece – ... Read More »

Invite Turkey To Leave NATO: Ankara Shares Few Values Or Interests With The West

Turkey’s brief democratic moment is ending. Doug Bandow, Policy analyst, writer The rise of Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Development and Justice Party (AKP) in 2002 signaled the collapse of the militarized secular republic created by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. The recent failed coup killed the semi-liberal democracy that briefly replaced Kemalism… Source: Invite Turkey To Leave NATO: Ankara Shares Few Values Or Interests With The West Read More »

London house prices set for post-Brexit fall

Home values will fall for the first time since 2009 next year on economic uncertainty Home values in London will fall for the first time since 2009 next year on economic uncertainty resulting from the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, according to real estate broker Countrywide… Source: London house prices set for post-Brexit fall Read More »

Distressed man leads to discovery of 23 ‘slaves’ in Meath

Six people arrested after man, believed to be Romanian, fled house to raise alarm Thursday was an uneventful day at Cassidy’s Tyre Centre, at the side of the R162 in Castletown, near Nobber in Co Meath – until a middle-aged man made a run for the garage from a cottage over a kilometre away, clutching a piece of paper… Source: Distressed man leads to discovery of 23 ‘slaves’ in Meath Read More »

Cost of property compensation could bankrupt unified Cyprus, according to World Bank – report

World Bank estimates on the cost of compensation for properties in the context of a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem are prohibitive as it would bring the unified island’s economy to its knees, Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi reported on Friday. Citing the minutes of meetings between Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and… Source: Cost of property compensation could bankrupt unified Cyprus, according to World Bank – report   – Cyprus Mail Cyprus Mail Read More »

Russia rehearses swiftly moving military hardware to Crimea

Russian naval and land forces have practiced swiftly moving military hardware and troops to annexed Crimea as part of a logistics exercise which foreshadows much larger war games there next month, the Russian Defense Ministry said… The training exercise comes at a time of heightened tension between Russia and Ukraine after Moscow accused Kiev of sending saboteurs into the contested peninsula to carry out a series of bombings. Kiev has flatly denied that… Source: Russia rehearses swiftly moving military hardware to ... Read More »

US and Asian buyers seek to cash in on weak pound

US and Asian companies are ramping up their interest in British firms as they look to capitalise on sterling’s collapse following the EU referendum. Despite fears that Brexit uncertainty would choke off M&A activity, dealmakers have seen a growing appetite from American, Chinese and Japanese firms looking to buy British, as the pound struggles to recover from record lows… Source: US and Asian buyers seek to cash in on weak pound – The Scotsman Read More »

UK’s De La Rue to compete for currency printing contracts

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British bank note printer De La Rue will be subject to competitive bidding for the impending multi-billion shilling contract to print new Kenyan currency despite co-owning the Nairobi subsidiary with the government.. Treasury secretary Henry Rotich said the joint venture agreement that was signed yesterday had no exclusivity clauses for the British firm, which has printed… Source: UK’s De La Rue to compete for currency printing contracts – Politics and policy Read More »

Fighting for the ‘Soul of France,’ More Towns Ban a Bathing Suit: The Burkini

PARIS — The debate is now so heated in France that one could be forgiven for assuming that the burkini — the full-body bathing suit worn by some Muslim women — had invaded French beaches. Five towns have banned them. Three more are in the process of doing so. Prime Minister Manuel Valls supported the prohibitions on Wednesday, calling the garment part of “the enslavement of women.”… Source: Fighting for the ‘Soul of France,’ More Towns Ban a Bathing Suit: ... Read More »

Denmark Lectures America on NATO

Leaders from tiny countries with almost no skin in the game have no place to talk. Doug Bandow Denmark is a shrimp in the European ocean. A pleasant place to live, it is a geopolitical nullity. No one much cares what the Danes think about the world because, they can’t do much to change it… Source: Denmark Lectures America on NATO | The National Interest Blog Read More »

Turkey Has Made it Legal to Have Sex With CHILDREN After Lowering Age of Consent to 12

The Constitutional Court has ruled to annul a provision that punishes all sexual acts against children under the age of 15 as “sexual abuse,” stirring outrage from academics and women’s rights activists who warn that the decision will lead to cases of child abuse going unpunished. The Constitutional Court discussed the issue upon an application from a district court, which complained that the current law does not discriminate between age groups in… Source: Turkey Has Made it Legal to Have ... Read More »

The Ottoman Caper Part II

A month has passed since the ill-fated coup d’état in Turkey of 15 July. By Dr Bruce Mabley Tens of thousands of suspected Gulenists have been rounded up and either charged by the justice system or relieved of their employment. However, removing Gulenists from the upper-level professions has left the Turkish economy vulnerable to future troubles and could potentially weaken the… Source: The Ottoman Caper Part II – AIIA Read More »