Scores of state lawmakers took trips subsidized by controversial Turkish opposition movement

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Who’s Calling the Shots in State Politics? Gulen groups are connected to U.S. charter school network overseen by legislators Liz Essley Whyte Center for Public Integrity Just why exactly would 151 state legislators from places like Idaho and Texas accept subsidized junkets from a Turkish opposition group now blamed by that… Scores of state… Read More »

Romanian justice minister resigns after angry anti-corruption protests

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Plan to decriminalise offences and issue jail pardons prompted hundreds of thousands of Romanians to take to the… Kit Gillet in Bucharest The Guardian Romania’s justice minister has resigned following the largest street protests in the country since the fall of communism in… Florin Iordache was one of the… Romanian justice minister… Read More »

Ecuador presidential candidate promises to evict Julian Assange from embassy

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Main opposition candidate said WikiLeaks founder’s asylum expensive and not justified. Gašper Završnik Politico WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be asked to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London within a month if the country’s main opposition candidate Guillermo Lasso wins the… Ecuador presidential candidate… Read More »

May gets green light to trigger Brexit as Labour splits deepen

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MPs have given ministers the go-ahead to begin the taking the UK out of the EU by passing legislation to trigger Article 50 of the… Paris Gourtsoyannis The Scotsman The House of Commons voted by 494 to 122 pass the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill, giving Theresa May the… Ministers succeeded in rushing the… May gets green… Read More »

Newton Emerson: Time for the Sinn Féin crocodile to be fed

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Stormont’s veto system has worked so far, but the next generation will expect more… Newton Emerson The Irish Times Broadly speaking, Arlene Foster is correct. Feed the Sinn Féin crocodile and it will just come back for more. Republicans intend to settle for nothing less than a united Ireland, implicitly recognised by … Newton Emerson: Time… Read More »

Lobby for Cyprus statement on ‘talks’ to settle the Cyprus issue

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Any settlement to the Cyprus issue must be just, sustainable and above all, in line with the rule of law. It must be for the benefit of all citizens and lawful residents of the Republic of Cyprus, which encompasses the entire island. It should not be overlooked that the so-called ‘Cyprus problem’ has been caused by Turkish-inspired constitutional segregation, which has been aggravated by Turkey’s invasion, occupation, ethnic cleansing and colonisation of 37 per cent of the territory and 57 ... Read More »

Václav Havel’s Lessons on How to Create a “Parallel Polis”

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The recent political earthquakes have found us intellectually and emotionally underprepared, even helpless. By Pankaj Mishra The New Yorker None of our usual categories (left, right, liberal, conservative, progressive, reactionary) and perspectives (class, race, gender) seem able to explain how a compulsive liar and serial groper became the world’s most powerful man. Turning away from this unintelligible disaster, many seek enlightenment in literary and philosophical texts from the past, such as Hannah Arendt’s “The Origins of Totalitarianism,” George Orwell’s “1984,” and Sinclair ... Read More »

330 more academics expelled with state of emergency decree, stirring debate in Turkey

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A total of 330 academics were expelled with a new state of emergency decree published in the Official Gazette late on Feb. 7, drawing criticism from the opposition and the scholars themselves about the effect the… Hurriyet The academics were among 4,464 public workers who were expelled as part of the… The expulsion of the… 330 more academics… Read More »

No decision yet on arming Kurds to fight Islamic State, Trump tells Turkish leader

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ISTANBUL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sought to convince President Trump in a telephone call that arming Kurdish fighters in Syria to fight the Islamic State would be counterproductive to the… Kareem Fahim and Adam Entous The Washington Post One of Erdogan’s objectives in the call was to try to… No decision yet… Read More »

UK FM Boris Johnson renounces US citizenship

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British Foreign minister Boris Johnson, who was born in New York, has renounced his U.S. citizenship, a United States Treasury Department document said on… Daily Sabah  Alexander Boris Johnson figured in the Treasury list of people who had given up their U.S. citizenship in the… UK FM Boris… Read More »

Europe fights to save broken climate fix

COTTBUS, GERMANY - APRIL 12:  Exhaust plumes from cooling towers at the Jaenschwalde lignite coal-fired power station, which is owned by Vatenfall, April 12, 2007 at Jaenschwalde, Germany. Germany is planning the construction of 40 new coal-fired power plants, though officials claim the plants are based on technology that radically increases their efficiency. The Jaenschwalde power plant, built by the former East German government in the 1980s, emits 25 million tons of CO2 annually and is among the biggest single producers of CO2 emissions in Europe.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Pioneering Emissions Trading System no longer works. Kalina Oroschakoff and Sara Stefanini Politico Parliament and EU states can’t agree how best to reform it. Europe once had… Europe fights to… Read More »

Trump reiterates ‘close, long-standing relationship’ in phone call with Turkish president

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President Trump spoke by phone Tuesday with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in which he reiterated support as “a strategic partner and NATO ally,” according to the White… Fox News Trump discussed the “close, long-standing relationship” between the U.S. and Turkey, in addition welcoming the… Trump reiterates ‘close… Read More »

Frozen out: the US interpreters abandoned on Europe’s border – video

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Jamshid and Mati served the US military as interpreters during the war in Afghanistan, but like many, haven’t been granted visas to emigrate to the… Max Duncan, Alice Aedy and Michael Tait, The Guardian With their lives threatened by the Taliban, they joined the migrants heading for western Europe, only to find themselves trapped in Serbia on the… Frozen out: the… Read More »

How Trump will save Europe

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It’s not too late to turn the tables on its populist shake-up. Mark Leonard and Vessela Tcherneva Politico In his first weeks in office, U.S. President Donald Trump has demonstrated that the threat he presents to European interests has not been overstated. There is good… How Trump will… Read More »

Two and a half minutes to Midnight

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 1945 file photo, an allied correspondent stands in the rubble in front of the shell of a building that once was a movie theater in Hiroshima, Japan, a month after the first atomic bomb ever used in warfare was dropped by the U.S. on Monday, Aug. 6, 1945. In a moment seven decades in the making, President Barack Obama this month will become the first sitting American president to visit Hiroshima, where the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb during World War II, decimating a city and exploding the world into the Atomic Age.  (AP Photo/Stanley Troutman, File)

Finally the telephone has rung and Gentiloni, after a long and nervous wait, managed to hear the voice of the new US President, Donald Trump. Manlio Dinucci Voltaire The thrust of the telephone call – informs Palazzo Chigi – [is] the “historical friendship and collaboration between Italy and the US”, in the context of “Nato’s fundamental importance”. However, the Italian… Two and a half… Read More »

Donald Trump should not be allowed to speak in UK parliament, says Speaker

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Government sources describe John Bercow’s comments about US president as ‘hugely political and out of line’ Anushka Asthana , Jessica Elgot, Rowena Mason The Guardian Donald Trump is unfit to address MPs, according to the Speaker of the House of Commons, who said that he would refuse to invite the US president to speak at Westminster because of… Donald Trump should… Read More »