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Turkey has detained a prominent novelist. We unite to say this vendetta must end

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Ahmet Altan and his brother, Mehmet Altan, were taken away in a dawn raid on Saturday. We call for his release and for freedom of expression to be respected. Orhan Pamuk, JM Coetzee,Elena Ferrante and others We the undersigned call upon democrats throughout the world, as well as those who care about the future of Turkey and the… Source: Turkey has detained a prominent novelist. We unite to say this vendetta must end | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Cash crisis puts future of Prince Charles project in doubt

The waiver of a loan has exposed the gulf between Charles’ vision of a model community and the reality of Knockroon, writes Martyn McLaughlin Prince Charles’s flagship charitable foundation is facing questions from a government watchdog over its decision to waive a seven-figure loan towards a beleaguered eco-village billed as “a model community for Scotland”, following a… Source: Cash crisis puts future of Prince Charles project in doubt – The Scotsman Read More »

Breda O’Brien: The amazing hypocrisy of the pro-abortion lobby

A ‘rogue clinic’ has been accused of deceiving women, but pro-choice clinics tell lies too Breda O’Brien The hypocrisy of our politicians and opinion-formers over abortion is stunning. Take the latest controversy about the… Source: Breda O’Brien: The amazing hypocrisy of the pro-abortion lobby Read More »

U.S., Russia clinch Syria deal, aim for truce from Monday

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By David Brunnstrom and Tom Miles | GENEVA The United States and Russia hailed a breakthrough deal on Saturday to put Syria’s peace process back on track, including a nationwide truce effective from sundown on Monday, improved humanitarian aid access and joint military targeting of banned Islamist groups. “Today, Sergei Lavrov and I, on behalf of our presidents and our countries, call on every Syrian stakeholder to support the plan that the… Source: U.S., Russia clinch Syria deal, aim for ... Read More »

Mark Zuckerberg accused of abusing power after Facebook deletes ‘napalm girl’ post

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Norway’s largest newspaper published a front-page letter to the Facebook CEO lambasting the company’s decision to censor a photograph of the Vietnam war Julia Carrie Wong in San Francisco Norway’s largest newspaper has published a front-page open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, lambasting the company’s decision to censor a… Source: Mark Zuckerberg accused of abusing power after Facebook deletes ‘napalm girl’ post | Technology | The Guardian Read More »

Vote Leave veterans to launch Brexit pressure group

Change Britain group aims to put pressure on Theresa May to get the best deal possible for the UK. By FRANCESCO GUERRERA AND TOM MCTAGUE LONDON — A new U.K. pressure group backed by a number of high profile Euroskeptic politicians will be launched this weekend to ensure the… Source: Vote Leave veterans to launch Brexit pressure group – POLITICO Read More »

Analysis: VHI warns cost of claims could rise by 80%

Ageing population and surge people with chronic illness poses problem for insurers Martin Wall As with the pensions industry, an ageing and longer-living population will pose significant challenges for the private health insurance market in the… Source: Analysis: VHI warns cost of claims could rise by 80% Read More »

The Erdoğan-Gülen Rivalry

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Ankara has sent evidence to Washington allegedly proving that Fethullah Gülen, who resides in Pennsylvania, orchestrated the recent failed coup in Turkey. The US is understandably hesitant to agree to his demand for Gülen’s extradition, given Erdoğan’s post-coup purge to consolidate power and unapologetic silencing of his critics, as well as his tyrannical behavior in… Source: The Erdoğan-Gülen Rivalry | Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies Read More »

Why America and China Today Are Like Pre–World War I Europe

The international system is gradually moving toward the prewar era’s instability. Jared McKinney In November 1912, a war between Serbia and Austria-Hungary nearly broke out over a question of small importance: whether Serbia would own an Adriatic port on the… Source: Why America and China Today Are Like Pre–World War I Europe | The National Interest Blog Read More »

Report of the Commission on the Eastern Mediterranean

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Shaul Chorev, Mary Landrieu, Ami Ayalon, Seth Cropsey, Charles D. Davidson, Douglas J. Feith, Arthur Herman, Ron Prosor, Gary Roughead & Eytan Sheshinski Authoritarian politics, energy and computer technology and war are rapidly transforming the Eastern Mediterranean.Political instability — triggered by the Arab Spring — has made the region extraordinarily violent. Syria is disintegrating; millions of refugees from the conflict have spread across the… Source: Report of the Commission on the Eastern Mediterranean – by Shaul Chorev Mary Landrieu Ami ... Read More »

Shakespeare, Sir Thomas More, and the refugee migrants

The story of the week: in fact the story of the summer, has been the displacement of people from war-torn and impoverished parts of the Middle East and Africa to Europe. It’s been described as the biggest refugee crisis since World War 2. Britain has a long tradition of helping people fleeing their… Source: Shakespeare, Sir Thomas More, and the refugee migrants | The Shakespeare blog Read More »

A Fight to the Death: Syria’s Kurds Defend Their Land Against Invading Turks

The Syrian Kurdish leadership vows to defend their de facto state in north east Syria to the end, but is fearful of a growing understanding between the Syrian and Turkish governments in opposition to Kurdish separatism at a time when US support for the Kurds is faltering. by PATRICK COCKBURN In an exclusive interview with The Independent, a senior Syrian Kurdish official says that the Kurds will fight to the death to stopTurkey “invading the region” and… Source: A Fight to ... Read More »

Greece is still grinding toward Grexit

Stephen Pope The Greek economy grew between April and June; although only by 0.2% An estimate by the statistics service show it shrank by 0.9% year-on-year Following sales-tax increases and pension cuts, consumer spending has fallen The economy has contracted by 25% since the debt crisis in 2009 It is time to be seriously contemplating “Grexit” once again It has been a while since I took a look at the tricky trouble spot of the… Source: Greece is still grinding ... Read More »

Poland Wants to Take Responsibility for EU Future, Show Model for Reforms

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo stated that the European Union should be reformed to meet the needs of the Europeans, but not the continent’s elites, to increase the role of national parliaments and return the EU institutions back to their responsibilities described in EU documents… Source: Poland Wants to Take Responsibility for EU Future, Show Model for Reforms Read More »

What are Russia’s objectives in the Middle East and in the Caspian?

August was a month of active Russian diplomacy in the Middle East and the Caspian region. By Yekaterina Chulkovskaya, Russia Beyond the Headlines A meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilkham Aliyev and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took place in Baku on… Source: What are Russia’s objectives in the Middle East and in the Caspian? – UPI.com Read More »

Protesters close Calais over refugee crisis: ‘We are not racist but we see no solution’

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Hauliers, farmers and business owners lift blockade on Channel Tunnel and ferry terminal after French government says ‘Jungle’ camp will be dismantled Kim Willsher in Calais French demonstrators blocked access to the Channel Tunnel and the Calais ferry terminal on Monday, causing severe transport disruption, to protest at the… Source: Protesters close Calais over refugee crisis: ‘We are not racist but we see no solution’ | World news | The Guardian Read More »