Europe

How the Brexit divorce will play out

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - OCTOBER 20: British Prime Minister Theresa May (C) stands in position as other leaders of European Union countries assemble for a group photo at the Council of the European Union on the first day of a two day summit on October 20, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. Theresa May is attending her first EU Council meeting as the British Prime Minister. The government's Brexit strategy continues to be debated in the UK with Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty to be triggered by the end of March 2017.  Article 50 notifies the EU of a member state's withdrawal and the EU is then obliged to negotiate a withdrawal agreement. The process will take two years seeing the UK finally withdraw from the Union in March 2019. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

The UK is excluded from the dinner after this week’s summit, and that’s just the start. Politico Tom McTague and Jacopo Barigazzi BRUSSELS — The marriage has broken down. Now for the divorce… How the Brexit divorce… Read More »

An Emerging Alliance: Russia and Israel

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It helps to have more than a million Russian-born Israelis inside one’s borders. The American Spectator Robert Zapesochny In October 1991, the Soviet Union and Israel agreed to restore diplomatic relations that were severed during the 1967 Six Day War. Two months later the… An Emerging Alliance… Read More »

The race for EU membership

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Enlargement is not high on the EU’s agenda, but that isn’t stopping its would-be members. Politico Ryan Heath The United Kingdom might be trying to check out of the European Union, but there are at least 10 countries keen to be in. There’s a problem though… The race for EU… Read More »

Why Japan and Russia never signed a WWII peace treaty

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The islands keeping Japan and Russia from signing a peace treaty Asia Times Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives in Japan on Thursday for talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe aimed at improving ties, but both sides have scaled back expectations of major progress towards a peace treaty formally… Why Japan and Russia never signed a… Read More »

Hitler’s house seized by Austrian parliament

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The former dictator’s home has become a macabre Neo-Nazi attraction – a phenomenon known in the trade as “real estate disaster porn” The Irish Times Brian Boyd Following years of concern and speculation, the Austrian parliament has just passed a low allowing it to seize the house where Adolf Hitler was born. The current owner, who never… Hitler’s house seized by… Read More »

1000 Muslims close London streets to chant Allahu Akbar and demand Islamic caliphate

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MORE than 1000 Muslims took to the streets of London last night chanting Allahu Akbar and demanding an Islamic caliphate. Express The street outside the empty embassy in Belgrave Square, London, was closed off as it filled with protestors and Islamic leaders chanting loudly and calling for America to be punished over Aleppo. The demonstration became an… 1000 Muslims close London streets to… Read More »

Why Abe Is Seeking a Settlement with Russia

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In Asia’s unstable regional context, it makes more strategic sense than at any time for Japan to forge a peace treaty with Russia. The National Interest Tomohiko Taniguchi, Daniel Bob Vladimir Putin is slated to visit Japan on December 15 and… Why Abe Is… Read More »

France will soon have a new crime: online obstruction of abortion

A general view shows the hemicycle as French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve delivers a speech outlining his new government program at the National Assembly in Paris, France, on Dec. 13, 2016. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

(RNS) France will soon create a new crime that will make someone running an anti-abortion website as liable to a lawsuit as a protester blocking the door to an abortion clinic. Religion News Service Tom Heneghan The new crime, called the “online obstruction of abortion,” won’t be an outright ban, because that would amount to government censorship. But the law will be so broadly worded that… France will soon have a new crime: online… Read More »

Russia and Turkey Pushed the West Out of Syria

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Neither the U.S. nor European powers seem to have been aware that Russia and Turkey were negotiating a ceasefire and evacuation deal for Aleppo on Tuesday. Bloomberg View By Leonid Bershidsky After the capture of the ravaged but all-important city by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, this may be the… Russia and Turkey… Read More »

Catalan separatists defy Spain in pursuit of ‘utopia’

Mayor of Berga Montse Venturos (R) raises her fist as she leaves the courthouse in Berga on November 4, 2016.
The mayor of the small Catalan town of Berga became today the first arrested for disobeying political independence of justice in the process of secession began in this region of northeastern Spain. / AFP / PAU BARRENA        (Photo credit should read PAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images)

Pro-independence parties prepare for mass acts of civil disobedience against the Spanish state. Politico Guy Hedgecoe BERGA, Spain — A large Catalan independence flag hangs from the city hall of Berga, a town of 16,000 inhabitants in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Known as the Estelada, the red-and-yellow… Catalan separatists defy Spain in… Read More »

Atlantic wave biggest ever recorded by buoy

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The highest-ever wave detected by a buoy has been recorded in the North Atlantic ocean. BBC News The 19-metre (62.3ft) wave happened between Iceland and the United Kingdom, off the Outer Hebrides, the World Meteorological Organization said. It was created in the aftermath of a… Atlantic wave biggest ever… Read More »

The British ‘Snoopers Law’: Implications for the US and government surveillance worldwide

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Almost lost in the turmoil over Brexit and the fraught negotiations for the terms of Britain’s departure from the European Union, the British Parliament several weeks ago passed the most sweeping government surveillance and internal spying law thus far legislated by any Western nation. AEI Claude Barfield The Investigatory Powers Law, dubbed the “Snoopers Law” by its many critics, was passed after many months of debate and a few amendments aimed (unsuccessfully) at mollifying its vociferous dissenters among civil… The ... Read More »

China investments make UK think twice about South China Sea

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Britain’s two new aircraft carriers unlikely to launch “freedom of navigation” operations in disputed waters Asia Times Emanuele Scimia Despite what Britain’s Ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch said at a recent Heritage Foundation forum, the UK currently has no plans to dispatch two Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers it is currently building to… China investments make UK think twice about… Read More »

Glasgow JobCentre landlord offers to lower rent to stop closure

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The landlord of a JobCentre under threat of closure has offered to cut the rent if it helps to keep it open. The Scotsman Meetings have taken place between politicians and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) amid fears that closing eight of Glasgow’s 16… Glasgow JobCentre landlord… Read More »

Children as young as five have unsupervised internet access

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ISPCC report shows grooming is a main concern for parents The Irish Times Rachel Flaherty The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children’s (ISPCC) annual review showed young people often looked at violent, pornographic and age inappropriate material online. Grooming was found to be a particular concern as… Children as young as five have unsupervised… Read More »

Could America Convince China and Russia to Keep North Korea in Check?

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The time is right to double down on cooperation with China. The National Interest Lyle J. Goldstein Pundits around the whole Asia-Pacific have been scribbling furiously about the supposed import of a brief and… Could America Convince… Read More »