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We don’t need a monarch, but a thinker!

The German singer Rio Reiser once envisioned his hypothetical kingdom with these lyrics: “I’d travel the world including the USA, I’d like to bite Ronald Reagans calves like a doggie. I would change my crown daily, would bathe twice. The German Army would only play the pop charts…”. Dietmar Bartsch The European Three decades after Reiser’s hit, a threatening reincarnation of Ronald Reagan governs the… We don’t need… Read More »

Trump Faces Dilemma in Battle Against ISIS: Turkey or the Kurds

While campaigning, Trump said he would attempt to bring Turkey and the Kurds together after years of hostilities in order to fight ISIS. Amir Tibon Haaretz Facts on the ground may force the U.S. president down a different path.. Last July, in the midst of the presidential election campaign, Donald Trump declared in an interview that he was “a big fan of the Kurds.” … Trump Faces Dilemma… Read More »

The Chinese companies’ rise

The IDC released a report on China’s 2016 smartphone market on Monday, where the most surprising result sees Apple losing market share for 4 percentage points on 2015, ending the 2016 with a… ALBERTO SPERINDIO, Xi’an Jiaotong University Asia Times The real market giants have been Oppo and Vivo, two sister companies based in Guangzhou, even… The Chinese companies… Read More »

Army veterans return to Standing Rock to form a human shield against police

A growing group of military veterans are willing to put their bodies between Native American activists and the police trying to remove them Sam Levin in Cannon Ball, North Dakota The Guardian US veterans are returning to Standing Rock and pledging to shield indigenous activists from attacks by a militarized police force, another sign that the… Army veterans return… Read More »

UK’s cash-starved parks at tipping point of decline, MPs warn

Slashed budgets risk the nation’s 27,000 parks becoming no-go areas, with negative effects on park-goers’ health and the… Damian Carrington The Guardian The UK’s cash-starved parks are at a tipping point of decline, MPs have warned, with severe impacts expected for park-goers’ health, community cohesion and the… UK’s cash-starved… Read More »

Hundreds Arrested in US Immigration Enforcement Raids

U.S. immigration authorities arrested hundreds of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally in raids across the country this week, although authorities said the enforcement action wasn’t linked to a… VoA The raids targeted undocumented immigrants with criminal histories, Gillian Christensen, a… Hundreds Arrested in… Read More »

Chinese man trapped in India goes home after 50 years

A Chinese man who was trapped in India for more than 50 years has finally been reunited with his… BBC The BBC had reported how Wang Qi, an army surveyor who says he accidentally crossed into India in 1963, had not been given the necessary documents to leave the… Following the report, he was visited by Chinese diplomats, who… Chinese man trapped… Read More »

The environmental costs of Trump’s wall

It looks like Donald Trump’s “great, great wall” is actually going to happen. Shonil Bhagwat The Conversation Its likely impact on human society has been well-noted, but in the longer-term a barrier across an entire continent will also have severe ecological consequences. The US-Mexico border… The environmental costs… Read More »

Religious Diversity And The Alevi Struggle For Equality In Turkey

Turkey is a country with diverse beliefs. Its religious diversity, however, is neither acknowledged nor appreciated. Alev Dudek Forbes Instead, the country is portrayed to be homogenous, with a 99.8% Islamic population, a number that is rather more determined by the compulsory note (“Islam”) in government-issued identification documents and the… Religious Diversity And… Read More »

Steinmeier: Pragmatic, assertive, popular

Frank-Walter Steinmeier is Germany’s next president. The Social Democrat has been a high-ranking politician for almost 20 years and once set his sights on becoming chancellor – but was… Richard A. Fuchs Deutsche Welle On February 12, Frank-Walter Steinmeier will be elected president as the agreed-upon candidate of the CDU, CSU and SPD parties that form the… Steinmeier: Pragmatic, assertive… Read More »