Europe

Hungary is removing statue of philosopher György (Georg) Lukács – He was Marxist and Jewish

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Removing a statue of a philosopher? You may expect something like this to happen in Nazi Germany in the 1930s but not in Budapest in 2017. Hungarian Free Press  A couple of weeks ago the Budapest City Council decided that the statue of György Lukács will be removed from a Budapest park in the 13th district.. The renowned philosopher… Hungary is removing… Read More »

Al Bab: ‘When the tide is turning, ISIL go apocalyptic’

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Ankara’s plans to push further east and south of Al Bab might face serious diplomatic challenges, say analysts. Mariya Petkova Al Jazeera In recent weeks, the Turkish-led Operation Euphrates Shield has made significant progress against ISIL around the city of Al Bab in northern Syria. Russia, a key ally during the operation, has provided Turkey with military and… Al Bab: ‘When… Read More »

Home comforts: the Italian hotel giving refugees a showcase for their culinary skills

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Part of a government project, Villaggio La Brocchi is a hotel focused on helping refugees – and by allowing them to shape the menu gives guests a taste of east Africa amid the Tuscan hills.. Silvia Marchetti The Guardian In the Tuscan countryside north of Florence, the scent of ginger, cardamon, cloves and other exotic spices fill the… Home comforts: the… Read More »

The case for collaborating on climate change

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International collaboration and holistic responses are our best way forward in the fight against climate change. Ed Davey Al Jazeera News Last month the UK Prime Minister Theresa May reminded senior Republicans in Philadelphia of the power and importance of the relationship between Britain and the United States. She argued that… The case for… Read More »

Brexit Britain’s Nato strategy is fatally flawed

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Theresa May wants to engage with our European neighbours to secure our defences, but her government’s most pressing policy is to shun them Martin Kettle The Guardian The phrase, in different forms, is as familiar as any in politics. “The first duty… Brexit Britain’s Nato… Read More »

Migrants are always the scapegoats. But now they’re taking on Ukip’s lies

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Migrants’ honest and compelling stories of contributing to Britain every single day can win over xenophobes Owen Jones The Guardian Ake Achi doesn’t remember when he started working on his family’s plantation in Ivory Coast. “Since I could… Migrants are always… Read More »

Between genders in Prague

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One of Europe’s most developed post-communist countries struggles to let go of binary identities. Morgan Childs Politico PRAGUE — Viktor Heumann lives in limbo: not as a female, the gender that appears on his national ID card, and not as a male, the gender with which he identifies. To bureaucrats and officials, he is gender-neutral “Viki.” Heumann is one… Between genders in… Read More »

America’s Crisis Of Democracy Looks Shockingly Like Poland’s

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What’s happening in the era of Trump almost seems like déjà vu for this European country. Christian Borys, Oskar Górzyński The Huffington Post  WARSAW, Poland ― U.S. President Donald Trump’s inauguration and the subsequent deluge of shocking events that followed have set the… Many Americans are concerned that their country is going down an alarming and unprecedented path, as… America’s Crisis Of… Read More »

NATO survival will depend on Germany

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Europe is $100 billion short of strategic autonomy. Fabrice Pothier Politico Berlin could close that gap. The United States will… NATO survival will… Read More »

Leviathan Gears Up For Development Phase As Sanctioning Nears

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Work to develop the gigantic Leviathan Field in the Mediterranean Sea offshore Israel is progressing with project sanctioning expected… Velda Addison E&P Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE: NBL) delivered an update on the field, which holds about 622 Bcm (22 Tcf) of natural gas, during a conference call Feb. 14 after releasing its fourth-quarter 2016 results and… Leviathan Gears Up… Read More »

Flynn, Russia and the World of Conspiracy Thinking

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Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has a well deserved reputation for conspiracy thinking. Melvin Goodman CounterPunch Presumably he will assume that the U.S. intelligence community, including the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the.. Ironically, the Kremlin, which has lived historically in a… Flynn, Russia and… Read More »

Defense Secretary Mattis issues new ultimatum to NATO allies on defense spending

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BRUSSELS — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis issued an ultimatum Wednesday to allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, warning that if they do not boost their defense spending to goals set by the… Dan Lamothe and Michael Birnbaum The Washington Post “I owe it to you all to give you clarity on the political reality in the United States and to state the… Defense Secretary Mattis… Read More »

Rembrandt drawing ‘hidden’ in museum for 250 years found

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Known as “the Braunschweig terrier,” the image is believed to date from around 1637; it has been in the museum’s collection since 1770. Judith Vonberg CNN Professor Thomas Doring, the museum’s curator of prints and drawings, was first alerted to the error two years ago while cataloging the museum’s 10,000 drawings for a digital archive. “It’s been on… Rembrandt drawing ‘hidden… Read More »

My generation fought for equality and security. But that spirit seems lost now

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Brexit Britain is stumbling blindly into separation from a stable community – and social injustice is on the rise. Franklin Medhurst The Guardian We need to rediscover what’s important to us There are alive… My generation fought… Read More »

Wolves in nationalist clothing

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It’s time to unmask the so-called champions of the ‘left behind.’ Peter Pomeratsev Politico LONDON — Nationalists versus globalists. Traditionalists versus multiculturalists… Wolves in nationalist… Read More »

The Iron Lady’s Centurions

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THERE ARE memoirs that pose as histories and histories that pose as memoirs. Aram Bakshian Jr. The National Interest Peter Stothard’s The Senecans is a bit of both and a little of neither. Most of the… The Iron Lady’s… Read More »