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Noel Dorr: Arguments for Ireland leaving EU do not add up

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For all its faults, the European Union is a worthy project with many… Noel Dorr The Irish Times The decision of the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union could mean that the two most important external relationships of this State, which reinforced each other for 44… As one of many people who worked years ago in foreign affairs to promote both sets of relationships, I find this deeply… Noel Dorr: Arguments… Read More »

Renegade ultranationalists could derail Erdoğan

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Meet Meral Akşener, the wildcard ahead of Sunday’s neck-and-neck… ANKARA — As Turkey prepares to vote on the expansion of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s powers on Sunday, a small band of renegade ultranationalists may hold the… ZIA WEISE Politico The nationalist opposition has declared its support for Erdoğan, but a… At the forefront of this insurgency is Meral Akşener, a… Renegade ultranationalists could… Read More »

Who are Egypt’s Coptic Christians and why are they persecuted?

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Coptic Christians, known as Copts, are the largest ethno-religious minority in Egypt, constituting roughly 10 per cent of the country’s… Steven Viney ABC Although many now identify as Arabs, Copts do not historically believe themselves to be of Arab origin, but are instead… The word Coptic is derived from the ancient Greek word for… Who are Egypt’s… Read More »

‘I don’t understand how such a place became normal in the Australian psyche’

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To my dear students, as of this month, I have resigned from my teaching position at the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre after… Rosemary Brennan-Herrera The Sydney Morning Herald I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being students any teacher would hope… I will miss… I won’t miss the teaching… You attended classes in what can only be described as… ‘I don’t understand how… Read More »

Great Barrier Reef at ‘terminal stage’: scientists despair at latest coral bleaching data

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‘Last year was bad enough, this is a disaster,’ says one expert as Australia Research Council finds fresh damage across… Christopher Knaus and Nick Evershed The Guardian Back-to-back severe bleaching events have affected two-thirds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, new aerial surveys have… The findings have caused alarm among scientists, who say the proximity of the… Great Barrier Reef at… Read More »

Why can’t America just take out Assad?

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The Trump administration has done an abrupt about-face on Syria, contradicting its own nascent foreign… David Alpher The Conversation Within 24 hours, it went from calling out the Assad regime for using chemical weapons to launching missiles at military… As limited as the strikes were, there are also statements that plans are in the… Why can’t America… Read More »

Why Does the West Keep Colluding with Terrorists?

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Like other criticisms of Hirsi Ali, the effort was to portray her as the problem itself rather than as the response to a problem. Douglas Murray Gatestone Institute That this type of campaign can succeed — that speakers can be stopped from speaking in Western democracies because of the implicit or explicit threat of violence — is a problem our societies need to face. There is a… Why Does the… Read More »

The Balkans Will Be America and Russia’s Next (Virtual) Battlefield

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If Putin wants to stir up trouble anywhere else, it’s the obvious place to… James Jay Carafano The National Interest U.S. interest in the Balkans has waxed and… It is time for wax… The Balkans have been on America’s back burner since the end of the Clinton… Investing some attention and exerting some influence on the region should be more than a second-tier item on the administration’s foreign… The Balkans Will… Read More »

Birmingham woman standing in defiance of EDL protester goes viral

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Photograph of young woman becomes symbol of city standing up to far-right group English Defence League during… Frances Perraudin North of England reporter The Guardian A photograph showing a young woman smiling bemusedly at an incensed English Defence League protester has… The image, which has been shared thousands of times on social media, was captured during a demonstration by the… Birmingham woman standing… Read More »

Anti-graft body investigating China’s chief insurance regulator

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Xiang Junbo, head of the China Insurance Regulatory Commission and a member of the central bank’s monetary policy committee, is suspected of ‘serious disciplinary violations’, a… Reuters Asia Times The head of China’s insurance regulator is being investigated for… China’s top leaders have pledged this year to… Anti-graft body… Read More »

Muted start to election campaigning in Algeria

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The May 4 parliamentary poll will be the first since the legislature adopted landmark constitution reforms last… Al Jazeera Source: AFP news agency Campaigning for Algeria’s May 4 parliamentary elections got off to a muted start on Sunday, with the public showing little interest in the… It’s the first election since the legislature’s powers were boosted by amendments to the… Muted start to… Read More »

Egyptians respond to ISIS church bombings: ‘Your terrorism brings us together’

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Egyptians of different faiths rallied together on Sunday in defiance of ISIS, after the group claimed responsibility for two Coptic Christian church bombings hundreds… Emanuella Grinberg and Sarah Sirgany CNN The attacks left at least 43 dead and dozens more injured, amid grim scenes of hollowed-out churches, with body parts and… Outraged Egyptians posted messages of solidarity with members of the… Egyptians respond to… Read More »

Drop The Target: Senior Conservative MPs demand five-year immigration ban

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Pro-Brexit politicians tell PM their hardline plan ‘will deliver on the will of the… Rachael Revesz Independent Senior Conservative MPs are demanding Theresa May impose a five-year ban on unskilled immigrant visas, arguing the focus should be on… Leave Means Leave, a hardline pro-Brexit group that wants to leave the EU single market and “take control” of the UK’s borders, is… The group, which includes at… Drop The Target… Read More »

Mothers of Ukrainian Soldiers Demand Impeachment of Poroshenko

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In the near future Ukrainians could expect neither positive changes nor stability In the course of last month, more and more Ukrainians clamoured for impeachment of… ISF Specifically, women representing the movement “Mothers for Poroshenko’s Impeachment” gathered at the building of the presidential… They rally under the slogan “Poroshenko is killing our… Mothers of Ukrainian… Read More »