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Grand National 2016 Protest Outside Aintree Racecourse

‘You bet, they die.’ Animal rights campaigners shouted “shame on you” to racegoers attending the final day of the Grand National meeting on Saturday. Dozens of protestors stood outside Aintree Racecourse, holding placards that read “National disgrace” and “You bet, they die”… Source: Grand National 2016 Protest Outside Aintree Racecourse Read More »

British-born Kim West reunites with son Ben Ford after 30 years, falls in love and plans to have his baby

In what can be called a strange love story a 51-year-old woman has reportedly fallen in love with her biological son, who has left his wife in Colorado to pursue a relationship with his mother. Kim West, who grew up in Islington, London, had given up her son for adoption soon after his birth, but they… Source: British-born Kim West reunites with son Ben Ford after 30 years, falls in love and plans to have his baby Read More »

Nuit debout protesters occupy French cities in revolutionary call for change

For more than a week, vast nocturnal gatherings have spread across France in a citizen-led movement that has rattled the government.. As night fell over Paris, thousands of people sat cross-legged in the vast square at Place de la République, taking turns to pass round a microphone… Source: Nuit debout protesters occupy French cities in revolutionary call for change | World news | The Guardian Read More »

What the Panama Papers tell us about Ireland

What links Putin, Flannery, and a Cavan man called ‘Paudie’? The Panama Papers dominated global media this week, toppling the Icelandic prime minister and embarrassing the UK’s, infuriating President Putin and prompting China to leap into censorship mode to try to protect its political… Source: What the Panama Papers tell us about Ireland Read More »

Arms Official Tried to Sell Weapons Secrets to US Firm, Turkey Says

A top official of Turkey’s state-run arms company was arrested this week while trying to sell weapons production plans to a U.S. firm owned by a Turkish national, Turkish authorities said… Mustafa Tanriverdi, manager of the Mechanical and Chemical Industry… Source: Arms Official Tried to Sell Weapons Secrets to US Firm, Turkey Says Read More »

Steps Toward Stabilising Syria’s Northern Border

On both sides of the Syria-Turkey border, the uncompromising strategies of Ankara, Turkey’s insurgent Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), and its Syria-based affiliate, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), are propelling a dangerous conflict toward escalation. The lone force able to head it off is the United States, and if it fails, Islamic State is ready to exploit any new disorder… Source: Steps Toward Stabilising Syria’s Northern Border – International Crisis Group Read More »

Turkey’s economic interests key motive in restoring ties with Israel

The Turkish foreign ministry announced on Friday that Israel and Turkey were on the brink of restoring relations, following a fresh round of talks between political leaders the day before. NATO member Turkey was a key regional ally of Israel until the two countries fell out in 2010… Source: Turkey’s economic interests key motive in restoring ties with Israel – Middle East – RFI Read More »

Britain suffers biggest downturn in productivity since the financial crisis

Britain has lurched further into its national productivity crisis, with hourly output at the end of last year registering its biggest quarterly fall since the 2008 financial crisis. Productivity, the crucial statistical metric that underpins overall economic growth and sustainable increases in national living standards, fell by 1.2 per cent in the three months to December, the Office for National Statistics has confirmed… Source: Britain suffers biggest downturn in productivity since the financial crisis | Business News | News | ... Read More »

America’s Kurdish problem: today’s allies against ISIS are tomorrow’s headache

There’s one thing, and maybe one thing only, that American leaders agree on when it comes to the Middle East: The Kurds are our best friends against ISIS… There’s a reason for that: Kurdish forces are dedicated, dependable, and successful. In Iraq, Kurdish forces have cut ISIS supply lines in the country’s north, laying the… Source: America’s Kurdish problem: today’s allies against ISIS are tomorrow’s headache – Vox Read More »

Why Turkey’s president fears a Kurdish rebellion from the east

President Erdogan sees the Kurdish east in terms of a rebellion Ottoman province. By Tom Stevenson For the first time in months, you can walk freely across Seyh Said Meydani, a city square on the edge of the historic centre of Diyarbakir. Here, the leader of the first big Kurdish uprising in modern Turkish history was hanged in… Source: Why Turkey’s president fears a Kurdish rebellion from the east Read More »

EU Frontex Report Shows Major Flaws in European Security

LONDON – England – The EU Frontex border report shows serious flaws in European security that are a major danger to Britain.. Fostering the free movement of people has been an important objective of European integration since the 1950s. Free movement of goods, persons, services and capital… Source: EU Frontex Report Shows Major Flaws in European Security – Daily Squib Read More »

Double Standards and Downright Hypocrisy – US Policy on Turkey

Brian CLOUGHLEY: On March 26 President Erdogan of Turkey «harshly criticized« foreign diplomats for being present at the trial of two journalists in Istanbul. At a meeting of businessmen he erupted in fury and expostulated that «The consul-generals in Istanbul attended the trial. Who are you? What business do you have there? Diplomacy has a certain propriety and manners. This is not your country. This is… Source: Double Standards and Downright Hypocrisy – US Policy on Turkey Read More »

Bribing Nigerian official ‘a cost of doing business’, ex-Securency employee tells UK court

Bribing a Nigerian official was just “a cost of doing business”, the former financial director for Australian Reserve Bank subsidiary Securency has told a London court.. “At the time there was disappointment, but I agreed to proceed with it,” said David Ellery, who was Securency’s financial controller and company secretary until 2010… Source: Bribing Nigerian official ‘a cost of doing business’, ex-Securency employee tells UK court Read More »

The IMF In The Eurozone Crisis: Political Bankruptcy

It was wrong from the start. Going on the incorrect assumption that the Eurozone crisis could only be overcome with the help of the crisis-proven IMF, it was the German government above all that insisted on embedding the Fund as an equal partner in the Troika meant to draw up and monitor the rescue… Source: The IMF In The Eurozone Crisis: Political Bankruptcy Read More »

Netherlands rejects EU-Ukraine partnership deal

Voters in the Netherlands have rejected in a referendum an EU partnership deal to remove trade barriers with Ukraine. Turnout was low, 32.2%, but above the 30% threshold for the vote to be valid. The deal was rejected by 61.1% of votes, compared with 38.1% in favour… Source: Netherlands rejects EU-Ukraine partnership deal – BBC News Read More »