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A Call for Realism in Europe

If Europe wants to secure its fate, then it will have to balance European idealism with a renewed realism. Elmar Hellendoorn The National Interest President Donald Trump’s abrogation of the Iran agreement indicates again that progressive Europe is increasingly less relevant to the world. At the same time, the world of power politics has an increasing influence upon Europe. Originally, Realpolitiker Konrad Adenauer and Charles de Gaulle wanted to build Europe as a power bloc that could eventually even resist a ... Read More »

Nobel Laureate Economist Says American Inequality Didn’t Just Happen. It Was Created.

How to keep power at the top of society By Joseph E. Stiglitz American inequality didn’t just happen. It was created. Market forces played a role, but it was not market forces alone. In a sense, that should be obvious: economic laws are universal, but our growing inequality— especially the amounts seized by the upper 1 percent—is a distinctly American “achievement.” That outsize inequality is not predestined offers reason for hope, but in reality it is likely to get worse. ... Read More »

Duterte: Don’t refer to my kin as ‘First Family’

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte wants to do away with another Malacañang tradition as he asked the public not to use “First Family” when referring to his family, saying the practice is passé and is not appropriate in a democracy. phil.star Duterte expressed his dislike for the term while he was warning officials not to talk to any of his relatives about government projects. “I told them not to talk (to my family). I really do not want it. ... Read More »

Russia’s Gazprom Says Signs TurkStream Protocol With Ankara

Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom says it has signed a protocol with the Turkish government on the land-based part of the transit leg of the TurkStream gas pipeline. RFE/RL Gazprom on May 26 said it had also agreed with Turkish firm Botas to end an arbitration dispute over the terms of gas supplies related to the project, which will bring Russian natural gas to Europe on a… Gazprom said the dispute with Botas would be settled out of court, but ... Read More »

‘EU don’t get our money’ Rees-Mogg turns key Brussels phrase on itself in BRILLIANT swipe

JACOB REES-MOGG delivered a brilliant response to Andrew Marr over how the United Kingdom should be handling Brexit negotiations with the European Union. Durrent Hunt Express The leading Brexit supporter and Conservative MP for North East Somerset said the UK needed to be using its £40billion payment to the EU as a bargaining chip. Jacob Rees-Mogg also turned the European Union’s key phrase of “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed” on itself to back up his argument. Speaking on BBC’s Andrew Marr ... Read More »

Russia’s Gazprom signs protocol with Turkey on TurkStream gas pipeline

Russian state gas giant Gazprom said on May 26 it had signed a protocol with the Turkish government on a planned gas pipeline and agreed with Turkish firm Botaş to end an arbitration dispute over the terms of gas supplies. MOSCOW – Reuters Hurriyet The protocol concerned the land-based part of the transit leg of the TurkStream gaspipeline, which Gazprom said meant that work to implement it could now begin. Turkey had delayed issuing a permit for the Russian company to start building the land-based parts of the pipeline which, if completed, would allow ... Read More »

Homeless vets with families: An untold part of veterans’ struggles

In 2010, the Obama administration announced the ambitious goal of ending homelessness among veterans. Roya Ijadi-Maghsoodi The Conversation Over the last year, the number of veterans who are homeless dropped 30 percent in Los Angeles County. Nationwide, veteran homelessness fell by almost 50 percent since 2009. Yet statistics are only part of the story. What is missing from federal and state statistics, the media and the minds of many Americans, is the story of homeless veteran families. Through my work ... Read More »

What we must learn from Holocaust survivors, before it’s too late

When Allied forces liberated the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945, even the horrors of World War II had not prepared the soldiers for what they saw. RN – By Simon Leo Brown for The Roundtable with Hugh Riminton ABC “They vomited, they fainted and they cried like children,” said Olga Horak, then a prisoner who had survived Auschwitz and the death march to Bergen-Belsen. “We were already emaciated, skeletal figures. I was 29 kilos. I was together with my mum, who was only 39 years old.” ... Read More »

Is abortion legal in Australia? It’s complicated

Ireland has just voted on whether to lift the country’s controversial ban on abortion. Olivia Willis ABC But in Australia, whether or not abortion is legal depends on where you live — as does the cost and availability of the procedure. And that’s because abortion laws are made by state and territory governments, not the Federal Government. Abortion in Australia: A snapshot It is estimated between a quarter to a third of Australian women will choose to terminate a pregnancy ... Read More »

Do you even know what apartheid means?

Op-ed: A state with complete academic freedom, with Arab ministers and MKs, a state that fosters Arab professors, doctors, pharmacists and teachers, can’t be called an ‘apartheid state,’ unless it’s by ignorant or evil people. Noah Klieger y net news And the last person who can throw this accusation at Israel is a dictator like Erdoğan who has been cracking down on freedom of speech and the free press in his own country. In the late 1950s, on a flight ... Read More »

Pompeo: Russia is Aggressively Trying to Strengthen its Positions in the Balkans

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said Russia is aggressively trying to strengthen its position in the Balkans, and President Trump’s administration is opposed to this, he added, reports bgnes. © Novinite “The threat that the Russians continue to aggressively strengthen their influence on the Balkans is real and we have to fight,” he said at a hearing before the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee. According to one of the senators, “Russia is opening a new front on the Balkans, acting ... Read More »

Turkey, US Reach Accord for Security of Kurdish-Held Manbij in Syria

Turkish and U.S. officials on Friday reached an accord on a “roadmap” to widen cooperation to provide the security of Manbij, a Kurdish-held city that lies at the heart of the ongoing dispute between two NATO allies in northern Syria.  The Globe Post The northern city of Manbij is held by the People’s Protection Units (YPG) Kurdish militia, a group which Ankara says is the “terrorist” offshoot of Kurdish hardliners in Turkey. The U.S. has a military presence in Manbij ... Read More »

Andargachew Tsige pardoned by Ethiopia

Attorney general says decision for Andargachew Tsige’s pardon was part of moves intended to ‘widen political space’. Al Jazeera and News Agencies Ethiopia has pardoned an opposition leader with British citizenship who had been sentenced to death. Andargachew Tsige was found guilty of “terrorism” and sentenced in absentia in 2009 over his role in the opposition group Ginbot 7. He was the organisation’s secretary-general. The father of three was arrested during a stopover at a… Berhanu Tsegaye, Ethiopia’s… Andargachew Tsige pardoned… Read More »

Irish abortion referendum: Ireland overturns abortion ban

The Republic of Ireland has voted overwhelmingly to overturn the abortion ban by 66.4% to 33.6%. A referendum held on Friday resulted in a landslide win for the repeal side. BBC Currently, abortion is only allowed when a woman’s life is at risk, but not in cases of rape, incest or fatal foetal abnormality. The Eighth Amendment, which grants an equal right to life to the mother and unborn, will be replaced. The declaration was made at at Dublin Castle ... Read More »

A golden age for the Med but ports need to prepare for the new generation of large ships

‘We are living in a golden age’, remarked Airam Diaz Pastor addressing his first MedCruise General Assembly as president of the port association. Mary Bond Seatrade Over 140 member ports, destinations and service providers from across the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas gathered in Valletta heard Diaz Pastor list capacity growth, closer collaboration between MedCruise and the cruise lines, and with the EU, the amount of investment being spent on new port infrastructure across the Med, as positives. ‘However it ... Read More »

A study shows that electoral outcomes affect the way we treat other people

After the 2016 US Presidential election, the willingness of Democrats to share resources with Republicans dropped abruptly as a consequence of a drop in self-esteem, according to… Bocconi University EurekAlert! After the unexpected results of the 2016 US Presidential Election, the way Americans treat each other changed as a function of their party affiliation, a new study by Celia Moore (Bocconi… In a two-stage experimental study, they explored how Democrats and Republicans allocated resources to their political friends and foes ... Read More »