Europe

Analysis: Why is Turkey deploying troops to Qatar?

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Turkey’s decision is not necessarily anti-Saudi, but it is definitely pro-Qatari, say analysts. Birce Bora  Al Jazeera Only two days after Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed diplomatic relations with Qatar for its alleged support of “terrorist organisations”, Turkey’s parliament has ratified military deals allowing its troops to be deployed to a Turkish military base in… Analysis: Why is… Read More »

Scottish Episcopal Church votes to allow same-sex marriage

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The Scottish Episcopal Church has voted to allow same-sex couples to marry in church. Patrick McPartlin The Scotsman The historic ‘Yes’ vote will see the denomination become the first Anglican Church within the UK to allow gay couples to marry. The majority of the Anglican communion still oppose same-sex marriage. Ahead of the vote, the conservative Anglican group Global Anglican Future Conference said: “If this action is taken it… Scottish Episcopal Church… Read More »

Trump’s FBI pick from law firm that ‘helped Gülen-linked bank go international’

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U.S. President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the FBI is a white-collar defense lawyer with a strong law enforcement background. Hurriyet But in Turkey the nomination of Christopher Wray has raised eyebrows, with Turkish media reporting his previous involvement in helping Bank Asya, linked to the movement of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, open its… King & Spalding, in which Wray had… Trump’s FBI pick… Read More »

Israeli Commandos Heading to Cyprus for Largest-ever Drill

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The joint drill, which involves 400 Israeli soldiers, has ruffled feathers in Ankara Gili Cohen Haaretz Israeli commandos will be undergoing training in Cyprus next week, the biggest joint military exercise ever undertaken between the two countries in the island nation. Sqaudrons of Black Hawk helicopters will head to Cyprus for the joint exercise, which starts Sunday, Haaretz has learned… Israeli Commandos Heading… Read More »

May: I’ll rip up human rights laws that impede new terror legislation

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PM says she is looking at making it easier to deport foreign suspects as she seeks to gain control of security agenda before… Rowena Mason and Vikram Dodd The Guardian Theresa May has declared she is prepared to rip up human rights laws to impose new restrictions on terror suspects, as she sought to gain control over the security agenda just 36 hours before the… The prime minister said she was looking at how to make it easier to deport ... Read More »

UN: Turkey hinders our investigations in the South East

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UN Human Rights High Commissioner Al Hussein said: “Our attempts at investigating the severe human rights violations in South Eastern Turkey are… AFN 35th Human Rights session of the United Nations Human Rights Council started in… UN Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein’s speech at the opening started with the Israel-Palestine issue and demanded an end to the… UN: Turkey hinders… Read More »

Why the London Terror Attack Happened Now

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One has to wonder why terrorists like those who struck on Saturday night in London, and earlier in Manchester, launched their attacks now. Jonathan Cook CounterPunch It is difficult not to infer that their violence was timed to influence the UK election this coming Thursday. Those behind the attack – whether those carrying it out or those dispatching the terrorists – want to have an… Why the London… Read More »

Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland will be independent by 2025

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SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has said she believes Scotland will be independent by 2025. LAURA PATERSON The Scotsman In an interview on ITV’s Tonight programme she said she had not changed her timetable for a second Scottish independence referendum, and that Scotland should not be told to “shut up” by the… Asked by interviewer Julie Etchingham if she thinks the United Kingdom will have broken up by 2025, Ms… Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland… Read More »

It’s Not Islam That Drives Young Europeans to Jihad, France’s Top Terrorism Expert Explains

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Olivier Roy, one of France’s top experts on Islamic terrorism, tells Haaretz how assailants like Salman Abedi in Manchester turn into ‘new radicals’ who crave… Davide Lerner Haaretz ANKARA – Salman Abedi, the suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a Manchester pop concert this week, started life advantageously enough: to parents who had fled Gadhafi’s Libya for a new life in… But actually it was that kind of dislocation that would send him off kilter two… It’s Not Islam… Read More »

Far right raises £50,000 to target boats on refugee rescue missions in Med

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Aid charities have saved more than 6,000 from drowning this year. Now anti-Islam ‘Identitarians’ are crowdfunding to pay for vessels to chase them down. Mark Townsend The Guardian Far-right activists are planning a sea campaign this summer to disrupt vessels saving refugees in the Mediterranean, after successfully intercepting a… Members of the anti-Islam and anti-immigrant “Identitarian” movement – largely twentysomethings often described as… Far right raises… Read More »

Have we reached Peak Risk and how can we deal with it?

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Recently I travelled to Europe. Before I left, friends and acquaintances noted their concern for my safety ‘over there’. Priscilla Dunk-West DailyReview ‘I’m glad it’s you. I’m too scared to travel with things the way they are’, ‘be careful’ and ‘but is it safe?’ were offered as a kind of ‘othering’; risk was conceptualised through a quick and dirty analysis of global unrest, translated into a… Having lived in England, my familiarity with Europe and my… Have we reached… Read More »

Outrage as far-right leader linked to Marine Le Pen spotted campaigning for Conservatives

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Exclusive: Opponents shocked to see Janice Atkinson, vice-president of Marine Le Pen’s far-right European Parliament grouping, campaigning for Tory Adam Holloway in… Adam Lusher Independent An ex-Ukip MEP who is vice-president of Marine Le Pen’s far-right European Parliament grouping has been campaigning for the… Janice Atkinson, who was suspended from Ukip in March 2015, was… Outrage as far… Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn forced to defend Labour’s failure to expel Ken Livingstone over ‘anti-Semitic remarks’

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Jeremy Corbyn has been forced to defend Labour’s failure to expel his ally Ken Livingstone for allegedly anti-Semitic remarks in a… Tom Powell EveningStandard The former London mayor avoided expulsion in April this year at a disciplinary hearing into his remarks linking Adolf Hitler and Zionism, but was suspended for a… In a grilling by members of the public on BBC1’s Question Time election special, Mr Corbyn suggested that Mr… Jeremy Corbyn forced… Read More »

Sweden, Germany and France are the EU’s climate leaders, says study

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European leaders have vowed to continue fighting climate change after President Donald Trump announced last night he was pulling the US out of the… Catarina Walsh World Economic Forum So what are EU states doing – or not doing – to contribute to the bloc’s pledge of a 40% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, compared… According to a new study, only three European countries – Sweden, Germany and France – are doing enough to keep the EU on ... Read More »

MIT issues statement regarding research on Paris Agreement

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MIT issued the following statement on Thursday, June 1 2017. A set of talking points circulated in support of President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement included this statement: “The [Paris] deal also accomplishes LITTLE for the climate MIT “According to researchers at MIT, if all member nations met their obligations, the impact on the climate would be negligible. The impacts have… The researchers in MIT’s Joint Program on the Science and MIT issues statement… Read More »

When America Barred Italians

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Twelve years ago, I began researching a family murder that happened in Southern Italy in the 19th century. HELENE STAPINSKI The New York Times It took a decade to find the details of the crime, but the facts I uncovered about the daily life of my ancestors and the racism they faced — even from their own countrymen — were more shocking than the killing. In today’s climate of refugee bans and xenophobia, the facts have taken on a new ... Read More »