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Prisoners of semantics

TOPSHOT - A Ukrainian Forces soldier fires a heavy machine gun during a battle with pro-Russian separatists at Avdeyevka, in Ukraine's Donetsk region on June 25, 2016.  / AFP / ANATOLII STEPANOV        (Photo credit should read ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP/Getty Images)

In a violent conflict neither will call a ‘war,’ Ukrainian and Russian prisoners languish in legal limbo. Lily Hyde Politico KIEV, Ukraine — Nadiya Kalyn rushed home to watch the two-minute video when it appeared on an anti-government YouTube channel in October. She hadn’t seen… Prisoners of… Read More »

Utopian thinking: In my school I’d teach human values, not British Values

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Rather Theresa May’s picture accompanied by a list of British values there’d be one of an ape – to remind us of who we really are and where we come from Jules Howard The Guardian It seemed slightly ghoulish seeing her hanging there, in a school. A framed portrait of Theresa May, looking down on the children in the school hall, watching over them Just About Managing not to shuffle their bottoms or pick their… Utopian thinking: In… Read More »

Le Pen says the EU ‘will die’, globalists to be defeated

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The European Union will disappear, French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen told a rally on Sunday (26 March), promising to shield France from globalisation as she sought to fire up her supporters in the final four weeks before voting gets underway. Euractiv Buoyed by the unexpected election of Donald Trump in the United States and by Britain’s vote to leave the EU, the leader of the Eurosceptic and anti-immigrant National Front (FN) party, told the rally in Lille that the ... Read More »

Discriminative ‘freedom’ of press

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With the European Parliament’s distribution ban on Daily Sabah for trumped-up reasons, the so-called champions of free media resonated in minds with hypocrisy once again Ibrahim Altay Daily Sabah It is always sobering to see selective reasoning and pick-and-choose tactics being used when it comes to basic freedoms, especially by people and entities that always touted themselves as the champions of those values. Granted, it would… Discriminative ‘freedom’ of… Read More »

Muslim women gather on Westminster Bridge to condemn ‘abhorrent’ attack

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Women formed a human chain along Westminster Bridge tonight to remember the victims of the attack on… Jen Mills for Metro.co.uk Four people were killed when Khalid Masood drove a rented SUV along the pavement, mowing down pedestrians and leaving three… He then crashed into railings outside the Houses of Parliament, left the vehicle and stabbed PC Keith Palmer to… Muslim women gather… Read More »

Islam, Not Christianity, is Saturating Europe

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Jihadists seem to be leading an assault against freedom and against secular democracies. Giulio Meotti Gatestone Institute Sunni Islam’s most prominent preacher, Yusuf al Qaradawi, declared that the day will come when, like Constantinople, Rome will be Islamized. It is Islam… Islam, Not Christianity… Read More »

Non merci: French voters reject corruption in politics

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French voters just won’t tolerate corruption in politics anymore – that appears to be the message from the swift downfall of the country’s powerful… PARIS – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet It’s a notable shift from the past, when influence peddling seemed endemic and politicians untouchable, even when they were accused of… The change is the… Non merci: French… Read More »

EU President Tusk warns of complete breakdown of the Union after Brexit at summit to mark its 60th anniversary

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EU President Donald Tusk has warned that the European Union could break down completely after Brexit, at a summit to mark the organisation’s 60th… HANNAH AL-OTHMAN FOR MAILOLINE Tusk called for leadership to steer Europe out of crisis at the special summit in Rome, which is being held today to mark the anniversary of the bloc’s founding… ‘Prove today that you are the… EU President Tusk… Read More »

Woolsey: Flynn discussed sending Erdogan foe back to Turkey

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(CNN) – Former Central Intelligence Agency Director James Woolsey told CNN Friday that former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn met with representatives of the Turkish government in 2016 and… Leigh Munsil CNN As a representative of his consulting firm, Flynn Intel Group, Flynn met with senior… Woolsey: Flynn discussed… Read More »

In the line of fire – from racists

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On a Wednesday evening at a local bar in Kansas, Indian software engineers Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani were chatting over their customary after-work whiskies. Sharon Verghis Brisbane Times Another patron, Adam W. Purinton, a Navy veteran, 51, started hurling racial slurs at the pair. Purinton was tossed out by security, but returned and fired on the two men. Kuchibhotla, 32, was… In the line… Read More »

The rise(s) and fall(s) of the European Union

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Sixty years of highs and, lately, mostly… The world’s most complex democratic experiment took shape 60 years ago this week in the lingering shadow of the world’s greatest, ugliest… RYAN HEATH Politico From those early days of six members through to today’s 28 and soon to be 27 members, it’s been a rollercoaster ride all the… The rise(s) and… Read More »

‘We have taken corrective action’: Nóirín O’Sullivan makes statement amid new Garda controversies

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Taoiseach confident in Commissioner but says controversy… Denis Staunton in Rome, Conor Lally Security and Crime Editor, Kitty Holland The Irish Times It is “inevitable” that more examples of “bad practice” will be uncovered in An Garda Síochána, Chief Commissioner Noírín O’Sullivan has said in a lengthy and defiant statement issued on… The statement comes amid… ‘We have taken… Read More »

Douglas Carswell quitting UKIP to become independent MP for Clacton

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UKIP’s Douglas Carswell is quitting the party to become an independent MP and says he is doing so… BBC The party’s only MP defected from the Conservatives in… Former leader Nigel Farage recently called on Mr Carswell to quit, accusing him of “actively working against… Douglas Carswell quitting… Read More »

Video: ‘White Pride’ marchers make Nazi salutes on Royal Mile

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FOOTAGE has emerged of ‘White Pride’ protesters making pro-Nazi salutes in central Edinburgh, while a crowd of people vocally condemn their… Diane King The Scotsman  Posted earlier today on Twitter by journalist @AileanBeaton, the short video shows at least two men raising their right arms in the air to make a ‘sieg-heil’ fascist salute outside the Tron Kirk on the Royal… Video: ‘White Pride… Read More »

What’s behind Erdogan’s recent angry outbursts?

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What’s behind the embarrassing shenanigans of the Justice and Development Party (AKP)? Pinar Tremblay Al Monitor What’s the reason for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s angry outbursts? On March 22, just… What’s behind Erdogan’s… Read More »

How to survive tyranny: 10 pieces of advice from Turkey

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Spread facts, be careful, and don’t assume democracy is safe, say people who know what life is like under a strongman… Guardian readers The Guardian The rise of autocracy can be insidious, and doesn’t come with an instruction manual on how to survive, said one of hundreds of… Over the past few years the president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has slowly tightened his grip on power, imprisoning journalists who… How to survive… Read More »