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Beating Turkey in court

A week after the European Court of Human Rights ruled for Turkey to pay over €14 million to a Greek heir in an Istanbul inheritance case, Ankara’s property woes continued yesterday in Strasbourg.. That is where the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers examined Ankara’s refusal to pay awarded damages by the ECHR with regard to 33 property cases in Turkish-held northern Cyprus. And even though justice is a slow process, Nicosia-based lawyer Achilleas Demetriades, who won the Greek case ... Read More »

Brexit: ‘Leave’ or ‘Out’ 10 points ahead in poll on Britain’s EU referendum

The “Leave” or “Out” camp was 10 points ahead of “Remain” with less than two weeks to go before Britain’s referendum on whether to stay in the European Union, according to a poll by ORB for The Independent newspaper published on Friday. It was the biggest lead enjoyed by those wanting Britain to quit the 28-member bloc since the poll series started a year ago, The Independent said. Britons will vote on June 23 on whether to leave the world’s ... Read More »

How UN summit disappointed its Turkish hosts

On May 27, Al-Monitor ran a vivid report about the massive destruction from Turkish security operations in the country’s mainly Kurdish southeast. The story described how people gathered on tall buildings in Diyarbakir’s ancient district of Sur, hoping to locate their homes intact in devastated neighborhoods that are still off-limits to residents, while others scrambled to recover usable belongings or the bodies of relatives. According to the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), at least 550 civilians have been killed and ... Read More »

Why human rights and Christian faith aren’t always compatible

Is the Christian faith compatibale with modern human rights? A recent conflict between Amnesty International and the Roman Catholic Church in Northern Ireland has sparked questions as to whether the modern manifestation of human rights and the Christian faith can ever see eye-to-eye. Catholics in Northern Ireland don’t want this human rights charity speaking in their schools because their views on abortion are in conflict with the Church’s pro-life position. Their protest is not a dispute of the good that ... Read More »

Refugee camps are not the answer to a complex crisis

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With Kenya’s announcement to close down two of its biggest refugee camps, it’s time to focus on the effective alternatives.. At last month’s World Humanitarian Summit, Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto announced that the decision to close down its two largest refugee camps, Dadaab and Kakuma, was final… Source: Refugee camps are not the answer to a complex crisis | Global Development Professionals Network | The Guardian Read More »

Brexit would worsen UK’s air pollution crisis, say experts

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A poll of environmental professionals showed most think the UK benefits from EU air pollution rules.. The UK’s air pollution crisis would get worse if the country votes to leave the European Union, according to a new poll of environment professionals. The UK already has levels of air pollution above legal EU limits in many cities, resulting in 40,000 early deaths a year, while ministers are… Source: Brexit would worsen UK’s air pollution crisis, say experts | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

Gross says negative yields will lead to ‘supernova’-like market implosion

Government bond yields hit record lows, spook investors As yields on government bonds across the globe march toward fresh record lows, bond guru Bill Gross continues to sound the alarm. Early Friday, he tweeted via Janus Capital that global yields are their lowest in “500 years of recorded history.” The fixed-income expert, who manages the firm’s unconstrained bond strategy, cautioned that record-breaking low yields and negative interest rates emerging in places like Japan and parts of Europe could have… Source: ... Read More »

Backlash in Cuba

Obama’s historic visit was a smash hit in Havana. Fidel Castro wasn’t going to take that lying down.. By ANN LOUISE BARDACH HAVANA — These days Fidel Castro doesn’t often leave his comfortable home in Siboney, a leafy suburb west of this city. But on April 19, the 89-year-old Cuban leader emerged, aides at his side, wearing a royal blue Adidas sports jacket over a blue plaid shirt, and was driven two miles to the immense Palacio de Convenciones. Inside he ... Read More »

Hatful of Hollow: Christian Philosophy’s Dogmatic Slumber

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In the mid-1980s The Smiths released their first compilation album, Hatful of Hollow. Although it was not a traditional studio work but a compilation of BBC radio sessions, non-album singles and B-sides, the album is highly regarded by fans and critics alike – indeed, I rate it as their finest. I bring it up here as a necessary antidote to some of the remarks, as well as the general tenor, of the article written by Father Isidoros Katsos in response ... Read More »

Turkey’s Erdoğan cuts US trip short without attending Muhammad Ali burial

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan cut short a trip on June 9 to the United States, where he had gone to attend the funeral ceremony of boxing legend Muhammad Ali. According to information from presidential sources, however, Erdoğan and other government representatives, decided to depart for Turkey without participating in the full funeral ceremony for the late boxer in Louisville, Kentucky… Source: Turkey’s Erdoğan cuts US trip short without attending Muhammad Ali burial – POLITICS Read More »

Referendum required as UN move confirms abortion law is unsustainable

Human Rights Committee decision underlines Eighth Amendment is incompatible with human rights.. Ιn a decision that will not have come as a surprise to those who are attentive to either international human rights law or abortion law in Ireland, the United Nations Human Rights Committee has found that a woman’s rights under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights were violated by her having to travel for an abortion in a situation of fatal foetal abnormality… Source: Referendum required as ... Read More »

The B-58 Hustler: America’s Cold War Nuclear Bomber Blunder

She was a work of art—but was nearly obsolete from the start.. In an era of fantastic aircraft, the B-58 Hustler was one of the most visually striking warplanes ever to fly. Its delta wing, giant engines, and remarkable performance gave rise to the myth that pilots could literally tear the wings off the bomber if they flew it too fast… Source: The B-58 Hustler: America’s Cold War Nuclear Bomber Blunder | The National Interest Read More »

Sweden’s solidarity is needed on the UN Security Council

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On November 4th Americans will elect a new President. José Ramos-Horta  As for me, from the little country of Timor-Leste I am already invoking God and all Christian Saints and Animist Spirits to deliver to us Hillary Rodham Clinton. Timor-Leste owes much to William Jefferson Clinton, who as President in 1999 played a central role in getting the UN to authorize an international peace force to be deployed to our island, quelling the violence in our countryside and paving the ... Read More »

A modern-day slave in Australia’s suburbs

The Global Slavery Index says there could be thousands of people in Australia living in conditions amounting to slavery, but that despite a tightening of laws, prosecutions are rare. The BBC’s Phil Mercer spoke to one woman about her experiences. Susan’s (not her real name) story began when the family who employed her as a housekeeper moved back to Sydney from east Africa. She knew the family well and trusted them. They had always been kind and generous, so it ... Read More »

The Chilling Effect of Fear at America’s Colleges

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The coddling of students’ minds has resulted in grave restrictions of free speech on campus—but academic leaders are also to blame. Jonathan R. Cole The Atlantic No great universities exist in the world without a deep institutional commitment to academic freedom, free inquiry, and free expression. For the past 60 years, American research universities have been vigilant against external and internal attempts to limit or… The Chilling Effect… Read More »

Memo to the Coalition: don’t come to an arts policy debate without an arts policy

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Cultural policy is an election issue for the first time in 20 years. To understand why, look no further than arts minister Mitch Fifield’s performance at an industry debate.. You have to feel for the arts minister, Mitch Fifield. It’s never easy turning up to a political debate where most of the audience is against you. That’s what Fifield had to endure at Wednesday’s national arts election debate, held at Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre. As they say in show business, it ... Read More »