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How much is the bank making on your mortgage?

Irish banks earn the second highest margins on new mortgage lending in the Eurozone ECB figure show.. It’s difficult to avoid mortgages these days. Pick up a paper or turn on the radio and it seems it won’t be long before mortgages make an appearance; no, not people taking them out, but the shocking disparity – of about 2 percentage points – between what Irish property owners are paying on variable interest… Source: How much is the bank making on ... Read More »

China’s propaganda arms push soft power in Australian media deals

The visit of a Chinese propaganda chief has seen the signing of a string of understandings and deals with Australian media outlets, including Fairfax Media… Source: China’s propaganda arms push soft power in Australian media deals Read More »

Roberto Saviano: London is heart of global financial corruption

Speaking at the Hay festival, the anti-mafia journalist said British financial services made the UK the world’s most corrupt nation.. The financial services industry based in the City of London facilitates a system that makes the UK the most corrupt nation in the world, the anti-mafia journalist Roberto Saviano said at the Hay festival… Source: Roberto Saviano: London is heart of global financial corruption | Books | The Guardian Read More »

From Bosnia to Iraq: The Failure of Forced Coexistence

The obsession with inviolable borders often creates dangerously divided societies.. Janko Bekić The U.S.-led military interventions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, rump Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, and Iraq have revealed Washington’s inclination toward forcible regime change and external democratization, but also its propensity for the maintenance of the status quo in regard to international boundaries (with Kosovo’s secession from Serbia as an obvious exception to… Source: From Bosnia to Iraq: The Failure of Forced Coexistence | The National Interest Read More »

A Brexit side effect: Gibraltar fears border with Spain could close

Gibraltar could find its access to the single European market blocked by a hostile Spanish government if the United Kingdom votes to leave the EU… Source: A Brexit side effect: Gibraltar fears border with Spain could close Read More »

EU’s Juncker to visit Russia in June amid sanctions debate

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will attend a high-profile economic forum in Russia in June and meet Russian President Vladimir Putin there, officials said on May 30, as the EU weighs whether to renew economic sanctions against Moscow. While several EU leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel have visited Russia since it annexed Crimea in 2014, the trip will be Juncker’s first as Europe’s chief executive and has already stirred debate on the EU’s fraught ties with Moscow… Source: EU’s Juncker ... Read More »

Buhari’s Nigeria: Boko Haram Off Balance, but Other Troubles Surge

The peaceful election in March 2015 of President Muhammadu Buhari, a former army general, raised hopes that some of Nigeria’s most pressing security problems could soon be tamed. One year later, the new government has struck at the Islamist Boko Haram insurgency. But Nigeria is sliding deeper into other difficulties. Senior Nigeria Analyst Nnamdi Obasi looks at the main challenges… Source: Buhari’s Nigeria: Boko Haram Off Balance, but Other Troubles Surge | Crisis Group Read More »

Pakistan’s Jihadist Heartland: Southern Punjab

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Once-tolerant southern Punjab has become a base for jihadist groups. Socio-economic grievances, political alienation and poor education provide a near endless source of recruits. To reverse the tide, the government must end a climate of impunity, block hate speech, improve rule of law, and refocus counter-terrorist action to target all jihadist groups… Source: Pakistan’s Jihadist Heartland: Southern Punjab – International Crisis Group Read More »

No slowdown for India despite global uncertainty, Jaitley says

[TOKYO] Despite “considerable” uncertainty in the global economy, India’s growth is set to continue its world- beating pace, according to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.. “I don’t think we have a slowdown in sight for the reason that there is a lot of economic activity generated by increased public funding, foreign investment, and urban demand moving up,” Mr Jaitley said in an interview on Monday while visiting Japan, where he hopes to… Source: No slowdown for India despite global uncertainty, Jaitley ... Read More »

A NASA physicist just gave us the most promising new candidate for dark matter

Closing in on the most important mystery in astrophysics.. Dark matter is thought to make up around 26 percent of the known Universe, but no one actually knows what it is, what it’s made of, or how to detect it. Like the ‘normal’ matter that we see in stars, humans, slime, and everything else… Source: A NASA physicist just gave us the most promising new candidate for dark matter – ScienceAlert Read More »

French and German leaders mark Verdun battle centenary

The French and German leaders mark the 100th anniversary of Verdun, the longest battle of World War One and one of its most brutal.. France and Germany have marked the 100th anniversary of the World War One battle of Verdun in north-eastern France with a call for European unity. France’s Francois Hollande and Germany’s Angela Merkel used Verdun as a symbol of both reconciliation between their nations and of EU integration… Source: French and German leaders mark Verdun battle centenary ... Read More »

Britain will be forced to join an EU ARMY unless we leave, says Armed Forces Minister

THE Minister in charge of Britain’s military has become the first member of the Government to confirm that if the UK remains under Brussels control it will be forced to join an EU army.. Armed Forces Minister Penny Mordaunt made the warning following revelations in the Daily Express that the Lisbon Treaty obliges Britain to join the EU Army. It also follows further shocking revelations that a plan to create it will be tabled the day after… Source: Britain will ... Read More »

Gawker case: standing up to online bullying, or billionaires crushing free speech?

Billionaire Peter Thiel claims he was outed by news website Gawker. Does that give him the right to destroy it?… Source: Gawker case: standing up to online bullying, or billionaires crushing free speech? Read More »

Thousands of Muslims demand right to pray at Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia

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ISTANBUL // Thousands of Muslim worshippers descended on Istanbul’s world famous Hagia Sophia museum on Saturday to demand the right to pray there. An imam led a prayer in front of the vast building that was once a Greek Orthodox basilica, then a mosque and now a museum before crowds called for it to be restored as a Muslim place of worship. “Let the chains break, open Hagia Sophia,” chanted the crowds who gathered on the plaza in front of ... Read More »