Europe

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’

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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 »

Social Democrats easily win Romania parliamentary elections

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Romania’s left-leaning Social Democrats easily won parliamentary elections a year after a major anti-corruption drive forced the last Socialist prime minister from power, near-final results released showed Dec. 12. BUCHAREST – The Associated Press Hurriyet Election authorities said that with 99 percent of the votes from the… Social Democrats easily… Read More »

Historic papers found in a skip to be donated to the State

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Royal seals of four monarchs among the ‘extraordinary’ discovery in Dublin The Irish Times Tim O’Brien A chance discovery in a Dublin skip and a curious coincidence 40 years later have resulted in a significant historical find including grants of land bearing the royal seals of Elizabeth I, kings George I, James I and Charles I . The collection of maps, grants, seals and royal letters of… Historic papers found in a skip to be donated to… Read More »

Austria to the EU: We need to talk about Turkey

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz speaks to journalists during his meeting with his British counterpart in Vienna, Austria on June 11, 2015. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond meets Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz, with topics including Britain's future in the EU and Vienna's opposition to subsidies for the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant. AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMAR        (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Foreign minister says more countries are in agreement with his hardline stance on Turkish EU membership. Politico Florian Eder Austria has spent months calling for a halt to Turkey’s European Union membership talks — now it wants EU leaders to sit up and take notice. “When hundreds of thousands are… Austria to the EU: We need to talk… Read More »

The central banker has no clothes

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke in the hallway outside his office at the Federal Reserve building in Washington, May 5, 2010. Bernanke nearly saw his career in public service scuttled by widespread discontent about lax regulation of Wall Street and historic federal bailouts. (Mary F. Calvert/The New York Times)

What went wrong for the masters of the post-financial crisis universe. Politico Francesco Guerrera Central bankers were the undisputed winners of the 2008 financial crisis. As the rest of the world tumbled in economic turmoil, they … The central banker has no… Read More »

German State Passes Law To Force ‘Dominant Culture’ On Refugees

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The German state of Bavaria passed a new law Friday to force the local “dominant culture” on refugees. The Daily Caller Jacob Bojesson The ruling Christian Social Union (CSU) argues the law is necessary after the massive influx of refugees during the last two years. Extra funding will go to schools and daycare centers where… German State Passes Law To Force ‘Dominant… Read More »

Arnold Zable: Greek tale a chance to reflect upon immigration in Australia

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Over the past two years, Australia has observed a series of World War I centenaries peaking with the commemoration of the Gallipoli landings. The Age Arnold Zable Ongoing centenaries continue to be observed, accompanied by events and publications marking battles fought in Europe. December 10, 2016, marks the… Arnold Zable: Greek… Read More »

Dutch letter spurs calls for Canadian transparency ahead of military deployment

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The federal government is being urged to follow the example of the Dutch government, which laid out its rationale for a military deployment to Mali in detailed 14-page letter to Parliament. The Star By BRUCE CAMPION-SMITH, Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA—As the Dutch government prepared to deploy its military to… Dutch letter spurs… Read More »

Justice in the dock

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The island’s legal system is ailing and urgently needs restructuring from top to bottom but it is not corrupt, Bar Association head Doros Ioannides told the Cyprus Weekly in an interview. InCyprus By Annie Charalambous He also sent a strong message to the island’s 110 judges, saying that no one is above the law and… Justice in the… Read More »