Europe

How Italy Became Populism’s Latest Domino

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It’s a shame that old-fashioned politics is the only alternative to rising antidemocratic populism. The National Interest Alvaro Vargas Llosa First it was Brexit, then Donald Trump, followed by French president François Hollande announcing he would not run for reelection (an admission of defeat), and now Italy’s Matteo Renzi resigning as prime minister in the wake of… How Italy Became Populism’s… Read More »

Turkey at the precipice

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Andrei Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, was shot and killed today while he attended an art exhibit in Ankara. By MICHAEL RUBIN Washington Examiner According to eyewitnesses, the assailant — an Islamist terrorist dressed as a policeman — shouted, “You killed innocent people, Ya… Turkey at the… Read More »

Lech Wałęsa: Throw Poland out of the EU

TOPSHOT - Lech Walesa, former president of Poland, wearing a pin of the Black Madonna of Czestochowa on his lapel,  reacts on January 04, 2016, during an interview in his office in Gdañsk, Poland.  Lech Wa??sa, born 29 September 1943,  is a Polish politician, trade union organizer, philanthropist and human rights activist. A charismatic leader, he co-founded Solidarity (Solidarno??), the Soviet bloc's first independent trade union, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983, and served as President of Poland from 1990 to 1995. Behind Walesa, a mirror image of Gdansk'shipyards.  / AFP / PIOTR WITTMAN        (Photo credit should read PIOTR WITTMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Poland’s independence hero has one fight left: upending the country’s right-wing government. Politico Jan Cienski GDAŃSK, Poland — Lech Wałęsa sits at his desk, peering at his computer screen and poking at the keyboard, before getting up heavily to settle in a worn armchair, his stomach straining at his shirt. The signature walrus mustache that… Lech Wałęsa: Throw Poland… Read More »

101-year-old paedophile jailed for 13 years

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Ralph Clarke, who committed offences in 1970s and 80s, is believed to be oldest person ever convicted by jury in UK The Guardian A 101-year-old paedophile has been jailed for 13 years for committing a string of sex offences against young children in the 1970s and 1980s. Retired haulier Ralph Clarke had… 101-year-old paedophile jailed… Read More »

“There is no truth to the accusation that Israel is an apartheid state.”

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Irish senators attacked Israel with accusations of apartheid during a parliamentary debate in late November about the closure of the bank account of a BDS group, prompting criticism on Friday from the Jewish state and the Simon Wiesenthal Center. JPost “What has happened with… “There is no… Read More »

German School In Turkey Bans Teachers From Even Mentioning Christmas

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A school in Istanbul financed by the German government has informed teachers that traditional Christmas celebrations have been canceled. The Daily Caller Jacob Bojesson Management at the elite high school has informed teachers that they can’t even mention the topic of Christmas, according to a leaked email from school management seen by news agency DPA. The move was immediately criticized… German School In Turkey Bans… Read More »

Greece-Israel-Cyprus Relations: Ripe for Expansion?

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Relations with Greece and Cyprus provide Israel with allied neighbors and bring Israel closer to Europe in terms of security, trade, and energy. Institute for Contemporary Affairs Dr. George Voskopoulos Israel, Greece, and Cyprus are the only working democracies in a region of undemocratic, semi-democratic, and… Greece-Israel-Cyprus… Read More »

Shock theory reveals Anne Frank might have been found by chance – and not BETRAYED

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DIARIST Anne Frank could have been discovered in a raid on ration fraudsters instead of being snatched by Nazi’s hunting for Jews, a shocking new study has revealed. Express Vickiie Oliphant The wartime writer was thought to have been removed from her home at 263 Prinsengracht after an anonymous call tipped her and her family off to the Nazis. The Franks, van Pelses and… Shock theory reveals Anne Frank might… Read More »

Turkey’s alliance with the West has expired

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“America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests.” The Hill By Movses Ter-Oganesyan Henry Kissinger’s observation about United States foreign policy can, indeed, be applied to most countries. It comes to no surprise to any, that leaders of every country are expected to do… Turkey’s alliance with… Read More »

Turkey takes another step toward despotism

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SINCE ASSUMING the nominally ceremonial position of president in 2014, Turkish ruler Recep Tayyip Erdogan has aspired to endow it with far-reaching powers, replacing the country’s parliamentary system with something more like what Vladi­mir Putin has established in Russia. The Washington Post By Editorial Board His… Turkey takes another… Read More »

Orkney is named second best place in UK for quality of life

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Orkney has been named the second best place to live in the UK, behind Winchester, in a quality of life survey. The Scotsman By Vicky Shaw Orkney, along with 18th placed Shetland, are the only places in Scotland to make the list which is published today. Wychavon in Worcestershire, the… Orkney is named… Read More »

Putin, Abe signal no resolution on island dispute

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin wrapped up two days of talks on Dec. 15, with numerous economic deals but no big breakthrough on a territorial row that has over-shadowed ties since World War Two. Tokyo Hurriyet Putin was heading home with promises of economic cooperation after appearing to… Putin, Abe signal… Read More »

Noel Whelan: We must resist SF’s efforts to whitewash over its bloodstained past

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Adams got caught out while trying to manage the fallout of Austin Stack’s fight for answers The Irish Times Noel Whelan When writing last week about the controversy between Austin Stack and Gerry Adams, I reached to the bookshelf for my… Noel Whelan: We… Read More »

Teachers PROTEST against plans to merge schools to create ‘socially diverse’ community

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TEACHERS and parents of pupils at a school in Paris went on strike to protest against government plans with would see their school combined with another to create a more “socially diverse” environment. Express Zoe Efstathiou Under a new scheme, government ministers want to create “multicolleges”, which involves combining schools to promote mixed social and cultural demographics in order to stop some communities becoming ghettos. Merging Paris’ Marie Curie college with… Teachers PROTEST against plans to… Read More »

Denmark Takes Girl To Trial For Fighting Against ISIS

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Joanna Palani, a Danish girl of Kurdish descent who took a year off from college to fight Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, will go on trial this month for violating Denmark’s “foreign fighter” laws. The Daily Caller Jacob Bojesson Palani, who came to Denmark as a refugee when she was three years old, left her life as a politics and philosophy student in Copenhagen in November 2014 to fight for the Kurdish people. Palani had her passport confiscated upon… ... Read More »

Nicola Sturgeon: World must not stand and watch Aleppo slaughter

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said the world cannot “stand back” in the face of “slaughter and destruction” in Aleppo. The Scotsman By Laura Paterson She said she supported more evacuation of the wounded, further discussion of humanitarian airdrops and a determination to… Nicola Sturgeon: World… Read More »