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Turkish Artist Zehra Doğan Sentenced to Prison for Painting of Kurdish Town Attack

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Doğan has been given a sentence of 2 years and 10 months by a Turkish court. Perwana Nazif, ArtNet The Turkish-Kurdish painter and journalist Zehra Doğan has been sentenced to 2 years, nine months, and 22 days in prison for creating a painting which depicted the destruction caused by Turkish security forces in the… Turkish Artist Zehra… Read More »

Citizens should demand the type of leader they want

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Many times in the past, we have heard aspirants claim they are running for office in response to popular grass-roots demands. Godwin Murunga Daily Nation Often, it is difficult, even impossible, to verify these claims. In many more instances, those who make the claims end up losing spectacularly in the elections while others do not even make it to the final ballot. In most cases… Citizens should demand… Read More »

Pauline Hanson’s Muslim ban ‘what terrorists want’, says Turnbull

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Terrorists’ objective is ‘to get broader society to turn on Muslims at large’, says PM after One Nation leader calls for… Australian Associated Press The Guardian The prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has suggested Queensland senator Pauline Hanson is doing what Islamist terrorists want by promoting a Muslim… The prime minister was critical of the… Pauline Hanson’s Muslim… Read More »

Ousted Egypt president Mubarak freed from detention, says lawyer

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Egypt’s ousted president Hosni Mubarak left a military hospital on March 24 where he had spent much of the last six years in detention, his lawyer… Hurriyet Mubarak had been cleared for release earlier this month after a top court finally acquitted him of involvement in protester deaths during the… “Yes,” his lawyer Farid al-Deeb told… Ousted Egypt president… Read More »

Kemal Kurkut survived Isis suicide bomb but couldn’t survive Turkish police

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The young student who was shot dead by a police officer ahead of the Kurdish Newroz celebration in Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakir province, had survived the Ankara train station massacre perpetrated by the… KOMnews New details continue coming to light in the killing of fine arts student Kemal Kurkut, who died after being shot by police at a… Kemal Kurkut survived… Read More »

London attack demands West get serious about fighting terrorism

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Four dead, including a police officer, with forty injured, seven of them seriously – this is the human toll of yet another terrorist atrocity on the streets of a major European city, on this occasion London. John Wight RT The banality of such attacks by now, their dreary regularity, should in no way be allowed to minimize their impact on multicultural societies and cities, where millions of people of all faiths and none live cheek by jowl, as they have… ... Read More »

Global series: politics in the age of social media

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US president Donald Trump, who gets on Twitter the moment he wakes up, may be social media’s most prominent politician user, but he is hardly the only one. Catesby Holmes, Clea Chakraverty, Fabrice Rousselot et al The Conversation For the past two decades, world leaders have leveraged the power of the internet to communicate with the public. In some nations, digital tools are part of an effort to increase government transparency and accountability. In others, they Global series: politics… Read More »

Fintan O’Toole: Ireland’s love triangle

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When the UK triggers article 50 next week, to start Brexit, Ireland will have to do the thing it hates most: pick a… Fintan O’Toole The Irish Times The map of the world is changing – literally. For 500 years the atlas has represented the globe in two dimensions by using the Mercator… It shows the… Fintan O’Toole: Ireland… Read More »

A quick fix for the energy crisis: nuclear power

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We are reading about the emergence of the Great Energy Crisis of 2017. Henry J Askin Brisbane Times We have a federal government that pays lip service to innovation, problem solved? No. We have… A quick fix… Read More »

A dangerous protectionism decision

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Economic administrators for G20 countries who gathered in Germany last week have failed to make a significant decision. Cemil Ertem Daily Sabah However, even strategic issues that are not cited in decisive texts in such periods can tell us current trends. Protectionism has become… A dangerous protectionism… Read More »

We are all chained to policies that are toxic and inhuman. History will judge us

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In this foreword to They Cannot Take the Sky – Stories of Detention, Christos Tsiolkas writes of the destructive national debate about asylum… Christos Tsiolkas The Guardian We read for pleasure and we read for knowledge. And there are some books we read because we must, for in not reading them we are in danger of not understanding our world and… We are all… Read More »

Ethnic minority and legal groups concerned over Racial Discrimination Act changes

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‘We were not aware the existing provisions have had anything in the nature of a chilling effect on freedom of speech,’ Senate inquiry… Gabrielle Chan The Guardian Ethnic and legal groups including the Human Rights Commission, the Law Council of Australia and the Human Rights Law Centre have raised serious concerns over the… Ethnic minority and… Read More »

Can Europe be saved?

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If it is to survive, the European Union must become a lot more flexible The Economist ON MARCH 25th 1957, with the shadow of the second world war still hanging over them, six European countries signed the founding treaty of a new sort of international club. The European Union… Can Europe be… Read More »

Who provokes, who rules, who benefits?

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Turkey, or let us say the Turkish president and the government, continues losing prestige in the West with his aggressive and provocative approach. Zakir Gul Euractiv Zakir Gul asks, is Erdoğan paving the way for a one-man-rule presidency with the upcoming constitutional referendum in Turkey? The tensions started… Who provokes, who… Read More »