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BULUT: When Will The West Care About Cyprus And Persecuted Minorities In The Muslim World?

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In the 21st century, a member state of the United Nations and the European Union continues to be colonized and occupied by a NATO and UN member and EU hopeful. By UZAY BULUT DailyWire The colonizer is Turkey and the victim is Cyprus. The northern part of the Republic of Cyprus — about 37% of the island’s territory — has been under Turkish military occupation since 1974. The so-called “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” (TRNC) is recognized only by Turkey. Since invading ... Read More »

This Man is Likely to Succeed the Castro Brothers After Their 59-Year Long Rule

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Cuban President Raul Castro is due to hand over the reins to his successor this year All the indications are that First Vice-President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez will assume the presidency after the Castro brothers, becoming the first leader of the country who was born after the legendary Cuban Revolution. Sputnik Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, first vice-president of Cuba and former university professor, may become the new president of the country in the coming months. On April 19, Raul Castro will finish his second tenure ... Read More »

Oxfam: Richest one percent banked 82 percent of wealth created in 2017

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Oxfam’s latest report on wealth inequality describes how a wealthy elite accumulates vast fortunes while the poorest go without Nik Martin DW But the charity has been criticized as offering a too simplistic view of the imbalances. Oxfam on Monday detailed how the richest one percent grew its wealth by $762 billion (€620 billion) in 2017, which it says was enough to end poverty seven times over. In its annual report on wealth inequality, the UK-based poverty and disaster relief ... Read More »

How to Avoid Making ‘the Afghanistan Mistake’ in Africa

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Drones and special forces are no more likely to “end” terrorism in Africa than they have in Afghanistan and throughout the Middle East. Lyle J. Goldstein The National Interest Africa policy is back in the news for all the wrong reasons. The president’s dreadful remark during the immigration discussion has not improved his standing among diplomats and does indeed threaten to cast Washington’s Africa policies under a new pall. However, this most recent blunder seems quite trivial in comparison to the four ... Read More »

Editor: Erdogan urged attack on Turkish Cypriot newspaper

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NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) – The editor of a left-wing Turkish Cypriot newspaper on Monday accused Turkey’s president of instructing supporters to launch a violent attack against his publication’s offices over criticism for Ankara’s military offensive into Syria. WPXInews Sener Levent said his newspaper Afrika won’t be silenced in calling out Turkey’s policies either in the breakaway north of ethnically-split Cyprus or elsewhere. Dozens of Turkish flag-waving protesters smashed windowpanes and hurled stones, eggs and other items at Afrika’s first floor offices in ... Read More »

China to U.S.: It’s your fault we are in the South China Sea

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Trump may be trying a more assertive Pacific policy and China is having none of it By Emily Rauhala – The Washington Post AJC BEIJING — Beijing has a message for the Trump administration: the more ships you send to the contested waters of the South China Sea, the more we will bolster our presence there. The warning, delivered in a People’s Daily commentary published Monday, came days after the USS Hopper sailed within 12 nautical miles of Scarborough Shoal, ... Read More »

The Gang In Blue Is The Real Menace In Melbourne

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As politicians and media play racialised politics with the lives of Melburnians, Michael Brull urges people not to forget the history of the police in how we actually got here. Michael Brull New Matilda Ever since the Victorian Liberals started ramping up the demonisation of “African gangs” in Melbourne – with the Federal Racist in Chief Peter Dutton quickly joining in – the response of progressives has been critical, but partly defensive. The defensiveness has come in the form of ... Read More »

Artificial intelligence predicts corruption

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Researchers from the University of Valladolid (Spain) have created a computer model based on neural networks which provides in which Spanish provinces cases of corruption can appear with greater probability, as well as the conditions that favor their appearance. EurekAlert! This alert system confirms that the probabilities increase when the same party stays in government more years. Two researchers from the University of Valladolid have developed a model with artificial neural networks to predict in which Spanish provinces corruption cases ... Read More »

Scientists Warns on Seabed Mining

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Mining on the ocean floor could do irreversible damage to deepsea ecosystems, according to a new study by researchers from the University of Exeter and Greenpeace. By MarEx  The Maritime Executive The deep sea (depths below 200m) covers about half of the Earth’s surface and is home to a vast range of species. Little is known about these environments, and the researchers say mining could have “long-lasting and unforeseen consequences”– not just at mining sites but also across much larger ... Read More »

Emmanuel Macron: French would ‘probably’ vote to leave EU

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The French President believes his country might also have quit the bloc if offered the choice in an referendum Greg Heffer SkyNews France would “probably” have voted to leave the EU if it had held an in/out referendum, according to the country’s leader. Emmanuel Macron attributed the UK’s decision to leave the EU to British voters’ loss of faith in globalisation and unrestricted free markets. The French President suggested there is “always a risk” with votes such as Britain’s 2016 ... Read More »

Why do names matter so much?

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When it comes to politics and international diplomacy, names matter. We know they matter because people are always changing them Two important addresses changed this week. Jonathan Savage BBC The Russian embassy in Washington found itself situated not on Wisconsin Street but Boris Nemtsov Plaza, named after a Russian opposition politician. And in Turkey, the embassy of the United Arab Emirates is now on Fahreddin Pasha Road. The Turkish situation was very 2018 in that it was the result of ... Read More »

Up to a million Britons use steroids for looks not sport

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Health warnings as image culture drives usage of performance-enhancing drugs Steven Morris The Guardian Up to 1 million people in the UK are taking anabolic steroids and other image- and performance-enhancing drugs (IPEDs) to change the way they look, public health experts and doctors have said. This ranges from teenagers seeking the perfect physique to elderly men hoping to hang on to youthful looks. Research suggests that appearance rather than sporting performance is the reason for a majority of those ... Read More »

Inconvenient fact: Native title can only exist if Australia was settled, not invaded

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January is here and the invasion versus settlement debate is back making news headlines The Prime Minister wants to keep Australia Day as it is while the Greens are calling for the date to be changed Sherry Sufi * WAtoday We’ve all heard the generic talking points. Team ‘Invasion Day’ says 26 January is offensive to some Australians. Team ‘Australia Day’ says 26 January is a day for all Australians regardless. Yet there is a fundamental point which goes to ... Read More »

Erbil and Baghdad. Renewed coexistence in the near future?

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The boxer Mike Tyson famously said that “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” Last week, I argued that Baghdad’s apparent plan for the Kurdistan Region was severe and hoped I was wrong. Gary Kent Rudaw There is now a new cautious optimism, which seems to flow from two factors that have so far stopped Baghdad delivering the knockout blow some seemed to have intended. First, despite its palpable pre-election divisions, the KRG has largely kept ... Read More »