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EU reduced to weak regional player unable to defend itself – Hungary’s Orban

The deadly shooting rampage in Europe’s leading nation, Germany, is a sign that Britain’s exit from the EU has reduced the bloc to a weak regional player unable to achieve any goals or protect its citizens, Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban said.. “Never before in my whole life I was as discouraged as after as the attack in Munich,” in which a lone gunman killed 9 people and injured 27 others on Friday, Orban said, according to Agerpres news agency… ... Read More »

Sanctions Are a Tool, Not a Foreign Policy

The point is to help compromise, not tie the president’s hands.. Timothy Turnbull The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), intends to introduce a bill imposing sanctions on Iran, focusing on individuals and entities involved in the testing of ballistic missiles and other “nefarious activities.”… Source: Sanctions Are a Tool, Not a Foreign Policy | The National Interest Read More »

What Tim Kaine, Donald Trump and Pope Francis Have In Common

Hillary Clinton’s VP pick is Catholic—and supports abortion rights.. Here’s a quiz: What do Donald Trump, Tim Kaine and Pope Francis have in common? Answer: all three men were… Source: What Tim Kaine, Donald Trump and Pope Francis Have In Common | TIME Read More »

What animal could a democracy be? Ape, fox, lion … how about jellyfish?

“If a democratic state were an organism, which one would it be?” asks the publican. Silence. Some among the pub’s patrons – wanting a better view of the evening’s action – turn in their heavy chairs. “Well,” speaks a man with a moustache so large it could provoke envy among walruses, “although völkerpsychologie, the idea that a state could… Source: What animal could a democracy be? Ape, fox, lion … how about jellyfish? Read More »

Australia once banned Catholics from mass and vilified the Irish. Haven’t we learned anything?

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As an Irish Australian, Nick Earls says that when it comes to distinguishing cultural difference from threat, ‘we should be better at this by now’ Nick Earls The Guardian I was passing through airport security somewhere in North America in October 2001 when I realised it: I was no longer the face of terrorism, and… Australia once banned… Read More »

No return to ‘hard’ Border after Brexit, Taoiseach says

Common Travel Area between Ireland and the United Kingdom will survive, Kenny insists.. The Common Travel Area between Ireland and the United Kingdom will survive Brexit and there will be no return to a hard Border on the island of Ireland, the Taoiseach has said… Source: No return to ‘hard’ Border after Brexit, Taoiseach says Read More »

Leslie Jones Brags on TV About Getting Twitter Users Like Milo Yiannopoulos Banned

TV and movie star Leslie Jones went on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” last night and bragged about getting Twitter users — including alt-right firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos — banned from social network after a private meeting with CEO Jack Dorsey. Jones, a “Saturday Night Live” cast member who stars in the new all-femaleGhostbusters, was the target of Twitter trolls earlier this week. Milo Yiannopoulos found that he was suspended from Twitter on Monday night — permanently… Source: Leslie Jones Brags ... Read More »

‘Never write off Saudi Arabia’

New diplomatic face of the Gulf Kingdom promises gradual change, extends olive branch to Russia and lashes out at Iran.. By BARBARA SURK   The Saudis put on a diplomatic charm offensive in the EU capital this week designed to highlight looming changes in the ultra-conservative Gulf Kingdom… Source: ‘Never write off Saudi Arabia’ – POLITICO Read More »

Colombia faces Brexit-style ‘great dilemma’ in vote to end war with Farc

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In a plebiscite this year, Colombians will accept or reject a peace deal between the government and Farc guerrillas to end more than half a century of war.. There’s nothing Alexa Sarmiento would like better than to see her country at peace. Having grown up in Colombia’s violence-plagued eastern plains region, she has seen more than her share of conflict… Source: Colombia faces Brexit-style ‘great dilemma’ in vote to end war with Farc | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Nice attack: City refuses police call to delete CCTV images

Local authorities in Nice refuse a request by French anti-terror police to destroy CCTV images of last week’s lorry attack.. The Paris prosecutor’s office said the request had been made to avoid the “uncontrolled dissemination” of images… Source: Nice attack: City refuses police call to delete CCTV images – BBC News Read More »

Just how offensive did Milo Yiannopoulos have to be to get banned from Twitter?

On Tuesday night, Twitter permanently banned the conservative writer Milo Yiannopoulos as it cracked down on a wave of racist abuse targeting the “Ghostbusters” actor Leslie Jones. Twitter also told the Breitbart Tech writer, who is also one of the best-known figures among the Internet’s “alt-right,” that his account would not be restored. The permanent suspension is the social network’s strongest response against those who break its abuse and harassment policies, but we know very little about how Twitter decides ... Read More »

Turkish academics talk about living in fear: ‘It’s the final stage of a witch hunt’

After the coup attempt that failed to remove Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week, the government has gone on the offensive against what it says is a vast network of plotters, which it calls a “parallel state” run by exiled cleric and Erdogan enemy Fethullah Gülen.. By Alberto Riva and Asli Pelit Some of the targets of the purge are pretty obvious, with thousands of military officers… Source: Turkish academics talk about living in fear: ‘It’s the final stage ... Read More »

China’s Muslims under threat of religious persecution

China’s president Xi Jinping, who has been accused of implementing draconian laws against religion since taking office in 2012, spoke directly to Chinese Muslims today – signifying a possible crackdown on a group that has so far avoided his harsh measures.. While visiting a mosque in the northwestern autonomous region of Ningxia, home to more than two million Muslims, Xi urged Chinese Muslims to practise their religion as part of Chinese society and “carry forward the patriotic tradition”… Source: China’s ... Read More »

Transcript: Donald Trump on NATO, Turkey’s Coup Attempt and the World

The Republican presidential nominee discussed his views on foreign policy with David E. Sanger and Maggie Haberman of The New York Times… Source: Transcript: Donald Trump on NATO, Turkey’s Coup Attempt and the World – The New York Times Read More »

The man hired to have sex with children

In some remote southern regions of Malawi, it’s traditional for girls to be made to have sex with a paid sex worker known as a “hyena” once they reach puberty. The act is not seen by village elders as rape, but as a form of ritual “cleansing”. However, as Ed Butler reports, it has the potential to be the opposite of cleansing – a way of spreading disease… Source: The man hired to have sex with children – BBC News Read More »

Merkel accepts Britain’s decision to delay triggering Brexit

Germany and Britain agreed on July 20 that Prime Minister Theresa May needed time to prepare for talks to leave the EU, after London took the first step towards Brexit by giving up its presidency of the European Union.. On her first foreign trip since taking office in the wake of Britain’s seismic referendum, May told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that her government would not ask to leave the European Union before the end of 2016 in order to plan ... Read More »