Breaking News

Recent Posts

Woman deported from UK despite being married to Briton for 27 years

Muza 2b

Irene Clennell, who has children and a grandchild in the UK, lost indefinite leave to remain after spending time in Singapore caring for… Nicola Slawson The Guardian A woman living in the UK who has been married to a British man for 27 years has been forcibly removed from the… Irene Clennell, who made headlines when she was placed in… Woman deported from… Read More »

Opposition leader detained in Kyrgyzstan

Ure 4d

A veteran opposition leader in Kyrgyzstan was arrested on corruption charges, security services said yesterday, as political tensions mount in the Central Asian country ahead of a November presidential… Hurriyet BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan – Agence France-Presse The State Committee for National Security (GKNB) said Omurbek Tekebayev, who leads the nominally socialist Ata-Meken party, was detained yesterday after landing at the country’s… Opposition leader detained… Read More »

US Governors to Focus on Child Hunger, Infrastructure Efforts

Pex 1a

A national gathering of U.S. state leaders continues Sunday in Washington, with a focus on child hunger and infrastructure efforts. VoA The annual National Governors Association (NGA) meeting follows President Donald Trump’s recent orders to get tougher on the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the… US Governors to… Read More »

Blue ACLU Ribbons Are The Stars’ Best Accessories At 2017 Oscars

Xur 7g

Solidarity in style. By Jamie Feldman The Huffington Post The dresses, hair, makeup and jewelry took a back seat to a more meaningful accessory at the Oscars on… Many of Hollywood’s brightest were seen sporting blue ribbons in solidarity with the America’s Civil Liberties Union. The non-profit, which is “devoted to protecting the… Blue ACLU Ribbons… Read More »

Theresa May urges voters: Use local ballot to reject indyref2

Emeg 2b

The Prime Minister has urged voters in Scotland to use May’s council elections to make clear to Nicola Sturgeon that they do not want to have another independence… KATRINE BUSSEY The Scotsman Theresa May said voters should choose the Conservatives in the local government ballot to send a “clear message” on the… Ever since the… Theresa May urges… Read More »

How Do You Solve a Problem Like North Korea?

Xau 91

How to solve the DPRK problem: a little less diplomatic conversation, a little more action. Daniel R. DePetris The National Interest How does one punish a country that is the most diplomatically isolated in the world, already sanctioned to the teeth, but seemingly immune to the… How Do You… Read More »

The old British tactic of divide and rule in Europe will not work for Brexit negotiations

Brexit 3c kavli LLLL

The other 27 governments in the EU may struggle to maintain a common line once the phoney war ends. TOM NUTTALL NewStatsman As usual, Yes Minister put it best. For 500 years Britain had pursued a single policy towards its Continental neighbours, Sir Humphrey noted to his baffled minister in an episode from 1980. The aim? “To create a… The old British… Read More »

Germany hate crime: Nearly 10 attacks a day on migrants in 2016

Erge 1a

Nearly 10 attacks were made on migrants in Germany every day in 2016, the interior ministry says. BBC A total of 560 people were injured in the violence, including 43 children. Three-quarters of the attacks targeted migrants outside of their accommodation, while nearly 1,000 attacks were on… Germany hate crime… Read More »

Women aren’t failing at science – science is failing women

Women - Asia Times

Widely held views that talented females are less productive than men in almost all academic disciplines is false, a study shows Lorena Rivera Leon Asia Times Female research scientists are more productive than their male colleagues, though they are widely perceived as being less so. Women are also… Women aren’t failing… Read More »

Remaking the Republican Party: Populism a la Trump

Politics - Al Jazeera

Donald Trump and his chief adviser Stephen Bannon signalled a total rebranding of conservatives at the CPAC. Gregory Aftandilian Al Jazeera News Even though US President Donald Trump has been criticised by “true” conservatives for his past liberal positions on social issues and his denunciations of trade pacts, his February 24 speech at the Conservative Political Action… Remaking the Republican… Read More »

China Wants to Turn Water Into Territory in the South China Sea (and Beyond)

Kure 1a

Why the world should be concerned James Holmes The National Security China’s longstanding campaign to redefine water as territory—territory where the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) fiat is law—proceeds… Lovers of maritime freedom must reject this campaign in all its… China Wants to… Read More »

Calling Secretary Tillerson

Juso 1a

When Rex Tillerson showed up for his first day of work at the State Department earlier this month, he moved quickly to allay the concerns of diplomats and others alarmed by President Trump’s security policies and… THE EDITORIAL BOARD  The New York Times Addressing a crowd in the department lobby, the new secretary of state spoke of his “high regard” for the… Mr. Tillerson generated good will… Calling Secretary… Read More »

Russia Expected to Veto UN Resolution Blaming Syria for Chemical Attacks

Edux 1a

UNITED NATIONS — Russia says it will veto a draft U.N. resolution blaming the Syrian government for some chemical weapons attacks in Syria if it is brought to a… Margaret Besheer VoA “The resolution prejudges the results of the investigation, it is one-sided [and] based on insufficient evidence,” Russian Deputy U.N. Envoy Vladimir Safronkov told reporters after a… Russia Expected to… Read More »

The truth about refugees in Sweden

Swedish flag 1aa by Lilli Straus Associated Press LLLL

It was the early 1990s. I was prime minister of Sweden and near Christmas I was visiting our soldiers serving with the United Nations peacekeeping operation in Croatia Carl Bildt * The Washington Post War was raging in Bosnia, and so I ventured down to the bridge on the border between the two countries. Bus after bus with desperate refugees was crossing over. The ethnic cleansing of western Bosnia was in its final stages. At home we struggled with both ... Read More »