Europe

A tale of two Slavic strongmen

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For all their differences, Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko are cut from the same… VIJAI MAHESHWARI Politico KIEV, Ukarine — On the surface, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko have every reason to be bosom… Both are strongmen of the Russian-speaking world, their… A tale of… Read More »

Stressed out Scots teachers ‘turning to drink and drugs’

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Stress at work is leading some teachers to become increasingly reliant on caffeine, alcohol and prescription drugs, while a number have seen relationships break down, according to a… SARAH BRADLEY The Scotsman The NASUWT survey indicates that more than four-fifths of school staff in the UK (83 per cent) think that their job has had a negative impact on… Union leaders have also… Stressed out Scots… Read More »

Uncertain road ahead as Erdoğan claims victory

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ISTANBUL — It was a nail-biting count, beginning with a large “Yes” lead gradually erased as a “No” result inched closer as the… ZIA WEISE Politico Yet in the end, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan narrowly emerged as the winner of Turkey’s referendum, at least according to his own declaration — and… As the president’s supporters swarmed the streets in celebration, opposition parties said they would contest the… Uncertain road ahead… Read More »

The Kantorowicz Conundrum

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At bottom, Ernst Kantorowicz was an imperious mandarin who viewed the passions of the vulgar multitude, whether in Germany or the… Jacob Heilbrunn The National Interest IN 1954, George F. Kennan was completing his two-volume history Russia Leaves the War at the Institute for Advanced Study in… One evening he met with Ernst Kantorowicz, a German medievalist who had fled the Nazi regime, to discuss his… The Kantorowicz… Read More »

Tories claim SNP misled public on currency ahead of IndyRef

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SNP ministers have been accused of misleading the public on their independence currency plans after newly-released Scottish… Tom Peterkin The Scotsman The documents, made public under freedom of information legislation, outlined the government’s plans to create a multi… The SNP campaigned for independence on the… Tories claim SNP… Read More »

Hollywood ‘Classic Love Story’ Does Double Duty as Armenian Genocide Whitewash

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‘WHAT REALLY HAPPENED’ A tale of two WWI love-triangle war films out within a month of each other—the first serving as Turkish propaganda, the second telling the… Michael Daly The Daily Beast Ben Kingsley and Josh Hartnett and Hera Hilmar surely would not have signed on to star in The Ottoman Lieutenant if they even imagined they… And screenwriter Jeff Stockwell—who is by every indication a very decent person—says that… Hollywood ‘Classic Love… Read More »

Turkey is sliding into dictatorship

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Turkey’s referendum Recep Tayyip Erdogan is carrying out the harshest crackdown in… The Economist The West must not abandon Turkey… TURKEY matters not just for its size, but also as a bellwether of the political forces shaping the… For centuries it was the seat of a great empire. Today, as a frontier state, it must… Turkey is sliding… Read More »

Frenzied rescues save more than 2,000 asylum seekers

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A total of 2,074 people brought to safety in a day of non-stop rescues of those stranded in the Mediterranean… Al Jazeera – News agencies More than 2,000 asylum seekers trying to reach Europe were plucked from the Mediterranean on Friday in a series of dramatic… An Italian coast guard spokesman said 19 rescue operations by the coast guard or ships operated by non… Frenzied rescues save… Read More »

Ireland seeks common Brexit strategy with Dutch and Danes

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Enda Kenny to hold mini summit with leaders in bid to bring trade focus to EU talks Fiach Kelly The Irish Times Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to meet the leaders of like-minded EU countries to ensure that upcoming Brexit talks move swiftly on to trade and do not get delayed by the UK’s so… Mr Kenny will hold a mini-summit next week in The Hague with the prime ministers of the… Ireland seeks common… Read More »

The Refugee King of Greece

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“No risk, no life,” a teenage migrant told me, before jumping on a freight train. ASHLEY GILBERTSON The New York Times Syrian refugees fish and drink coffee near the Skaramagas refugee camp in the port area of Northern Athens in March. Photographs by Ashley Gilbertson/VII Photo for UNICEF In the village of Ritsona, 50 miles north of Athens, razor wire… The Refugee King… Read More »

China warns of N Korea conflict ‘at any moment’

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A conflict over North Korea could break out “at any moment,” China said April 14, warning there would be no winner in any war as tensions soar with the… Beijing Hurriyet On the same day, the Kremlin said it’s watching the developments around North Korea with “great… China’s sharp language came after U.S. President Donald Trump said the North Korea problem “will be taken care of,” as… China warns of… Read More »

Trump Administration Must Act To Address The Plight of Christians In The Middle East

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This week, Christians around the world mark the holiest week in their religious calendar, observing the Passion, crucifixion, and… Brian Katulis Elizabeth H. Prodromou The Huffington Post This sober time of reflection and prayer comes in the midst of continued threats to Christians in the Middle East – most recently in the Palm Sunday bombings at two churches in… Over the past decade, some of the oldest Christian communities have… Trump Administration Must… Read More »

Erdogan Moves to Repair Late Crack in Referendum Alliance

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing a last-minute threat to his bid to centralize executive power from an unlikely source: the… Onur Ant Bloomberg Devlet Bahceli, head of Turkey’s Nationalist Movement Party MHP, accused key Erdogan advisers late Thursday of undermining the ruling party’s goal of introducing an… At the heart of Bahceli’s criticism was Sukru Karatepe, a… Erdogan Moves to… Read More »

Meet Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s army of abstainers

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If the choice is Macron or Le Pen, many leftist supporters would rather not vote at all. NICHOLAS VINOCUR Politico LILLE — Three weeks ago, left-wing firebrand Jean-Luc Mélenchon was an entertaining sideshow in France’s presidential race — fun to watch on TV thanks to his cutthroat speaking style but ultimately no… Nobody is laughing now… Meet Jean-Luc… Read More »

Russia, Syria and Iran warn US against further strikes

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Allied foreign ministers meet in Moscow over Syrian war and warn Washington following cruise missile strike on… Al Jazeera & news agencies Russia has denounced last week’s US attack on Syria and warned further such action would derail global… The US has said its strike on a Syrian air force base was in response to the Syrian government, which it blamed for launching a… Russia, Syria and… Read More »

Judge who anonymously trolled people in the comments section of a news sit loses his job

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A CROWN Court judge who used a pseudonym to troll people in the comments section of a news website has been sacked. He says he will appeal the decision. Staff writer, News Corp Australia Network A JUDGE who used a pseudonym to troll people in the comments section of a news website has been sacked. Worse still, Jason Dunn-Shaw was found to have posted abuse on stories about cases in which he was directly involved. Judge who anonymously… Read More »