Europe

The Rise of German Isolationism

The refusal of EU leaders to agree on a common solution to the refugee crisis is not just hurting the newcomers; it is also damaging the EU’s future, as it bolsters isolationist forces in Germany. The recent victory of far-right figures in Germany’s regional elections should serve as a stark warning to all EU members… Source: The Rise of German Isolationism by Marcel Fratzscher – Project Syndicate Read More »

Hundreds arrested as French police assault student protests against labour reform

After more than a million workers and youth marched Thursday in defiance of the state of emergency to protest Socialist Party (PS) labour minister Myriam El Khomri’s law, security forces yesterday violently attacked continuing demonstrations against the reactionary labour law reform… Source: Hundreds arrested as French police assault student protests against labour reform – World Socialist Web Site Read More »

The Islamic State in Turkey: A Deep Dive into a Dark Place

The Islamic State’s attacks in Paris and Belgium have demonstrated key vulnerabilities in European law enforcement and intelligence agencies. For several years, members of the Europe-based Islamic State network responsible for the attacks had moved through Turkey to join with the group in Syria. From the outset… Source: The Islamic State in Turkey: A Deep Dive into a Dark Place Read More »

EU outlines options for change to asylum system

BRUSSELS: The European Union executive made proposals on Wednesday to reform EU asylum rules in response to the chaotic arrival of over a million migrants and refugees last year that has strained the bloc’s cohesion. Reflecting divisions among member states, the European Commission offered options for amending what is known as the… Source: EU outlines options for change to asylum system | Arab News Read More »

Statement: Responding to the Nagorno-Karabakh Escalation

On the Cusp of War The worst combat along the Line of Contact (LoC) around Nagorno-Karabakh since the 1994 ceasefire seems to have subsided with a cessation of hostilities announced on 5 April. If Azerbaijan sustains the territorial gains and tactical advances it says it has made, President Ilham Aliyev would be able to claim a significant change in the… Source: Statement: Responding to the Nagorno-Karabakh Escalation – International Crisis Group Read More »

Illegal faith schools pose no physical threat to children, claims Jewish leader

Illegal Jewish faith schools may have operated with the tacit approval of the authorities because there was no space for their pupils in local state secondaries, the President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews has claimed. Jonathan Arkush stressed he did not “condone” illegal schools, but said there was no “serious evidence of mistreatment of children” despite claims of physical abuse, substandard education and school days of up to 14 hours… Source: Illegal faith schools pose no physical ... Read More »

Erdoğan’s Not Mad, He’s Ruthless

The dynamics of the Turkish president’s visit to the U.S. underscore Turkey’s current geopolitical position.. Yesterday, Erdoğan said that the peace process with the Kurds is over and that Turkey would crush the rebellion. He warned the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) that either they surrender or they will be neutralized “one by one,” adding that there is no third option. It is… Source: Erdoğan’s Not Mad, He’s Ruthless | Geopolitical Futures Read More »

EU Turkey pact and the fate of Syrian refugees

The ongoing NATO terror war led by the Pentagon has at least to negative consequences: one, acceleration of climatic change though deadly environmental pollution and, two, ever increasing number of hapless refugees driven out of the occupied cum attacked Arab nations… Source: EU Turkey pact and the fate of Syrian refugees Read More »

French Students Protest at Labor Law Changes Despite Not Being Employed

Fresh demonstrations take place today in Paris, Marseille, Lille, Nantes, Rennes, Strasbourg and many other towns and cities as students on their Easter break take to the streets in protest at proposed changes to labor reforms which are being debated in the French parliament Tuesday… Source: French Students Protest at Labor Law Changes Despite Not Being Employed Read More »

“Nuit debout” movement grows in France to push back against labor reforms

Protesters took to the street in more than 30 cities in France today, in ongoing demonstrations against proposed changes to the country’s labor laws. The growing protests have morphed into what many liken to the Occupy movement in the U.S. FSRN’s Raphaël Krafft reports from Paris. Download Audio “Night on our feet, Prime Minister Valls on his knees” demonstrators chant, referring to French Prime… Source: “Nuit debout” movement grows in France to push back against labor reforms – FSRN Read More »

Turkey Threatens Armenia With “Another Armenian Genocide”

Turkey are to begin military operations against the Republic of Armenia – just a century after they attempted to wipe the country off the face of the earth in the brutal killing of 1.5 million of its citizens in what is known today as the Armenian Genocide… Source: Turkey Threatens Armenia With “Another Armenian Genocide” | Your News Wire Read More »

Freedom of religion starts at home, Mr. Erdogan

The April 1 Metro article “A new community spirit” was right to highlight the controversy surrounding Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s participation in the opening of the Diyanet Center of America. But there’s another point to be made. The freedom of religion enshrined in the U.S… Source: Freedom of religion starts at home, Mr. Erdogan – The Washington Post Read More »

Mark Ruffalo among names calling for British Museum to drop BP sponsorship

Artists, scientists and politicians sign letter to Guardian calling on museum to end ‘out of touch’ partnership with oil firm. Almost 100 prominent figures from the arts, science and politics are calling on the new director of the British Museum to drop BP as a commercial sponsor. In a letter to the Guardian, the museum is urged to abandon the “completely out… Source: Mark Ruffalo among names calling for British Museum to drop BP sponsorship | Culture | The Guardian Read More »

Nobel laureate: Europe would be better off with split currency, euro-South & euro-North

Terror, the refugee influx and the unstable economies of its members are plaguing the European Union. The crisis, brought by the war in the Middle East is straining already weakened infrastructure in many countries across Europe. The first stop on the immigration route is Greece, which is struggling to maintain itself even without millions of refugees coming through… Source: Nobel laureate: Europe would be better off with split currency, euro-South & euro-North RT — SophieCo Read More »