Europe

Khashoggi murder: how states are increasingly repressing dissidents beyond their borders

Authoritarian states have long tried to suppress dissidents who oppose the regime But in the age of globalisation, they are increasingly able to mobilise beyond their territorial borders and target political opponents overseas. Aurhors: The Conversation The brutal murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a former Saudi regime insider who became a critic in self exile of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is an extreme example of this new reality. Although the precise details of Khashoggi’s murder have yet to be proved, his grim fate – he ... Read More »

Why a sack full of Russian cash won’t change UK Brexit debate

Leave voters have proved highly resistant to a change of heart on Brexit. James Randerson Politico CCTV footage emerges of Vladimir Putin entering the offices of unofficial Brexit campaign Leave.EU weeks before the 2016 referendum and handing over a sack of cash to figurehead Nigel Farage and main funder Arron Banks. Voters erupt in shock that they were duped and express indignation that a referendum on the most important British political decision in a generation was bought by a foreign ... Read More »

Foreign nationals to be allowed to join armed forces without having lived in UK amid recruitment crisis

Ministry of Defence scraps residency requirements in bid to tackle shortfall Peter Stubley Independent Commonwealth citizens who do not live in the UK will be allowed to join the British armed forces in greater numbers as part of a bid to tackle a growing recruitment crisis. The Ministry of Defence has revised residence requirements in the hope of attracting an extra 1,350 personnel a year to the army, navy and air force. At least 8,200 are needed to fill the biggest shortfall in the full time military in ... Read More »

‘May will have FIGHT on her hands!’ Fishing campaigner warns against Brexit backtracking

A BREXIT campaigner has warned that any extensions to the two year transition period will be met with fury among fishing communities. Freddie Jordan Express June Mummery, vice chairman of Lowestoft Fish Market Alliance (LFMA), told a BBC spokesperson: “We’ve had the Fisheries Bill, which is looking good. “But I just hope that it is the truth. “I hope we’re not going to get any of this backtracking again. That’s what worries me with my Prime Minister. BBC correspondent Andrew ... Read More »

Alexander Stubb’s campaign in vain

Former Finnish prime minister warns of digital upheaval in bid to be conservatives’ Spitzenkandidat. By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN Politico LISBON — It was more TED talk than campaign stump speech. In a Lisbon hotel ballroom, Alexander Stubb was making his pitch to be the European People’s Party nominee for European Commission president, telling young conservatives about the risks and possibilities of the… To the EU’s usual worries about populism and Brexit, Stubb added digital dictatorships, DNA manipulation and a… Alexander Stubb’s… Read More »

Russia sends new frigate with cruise missiles onboard to Mediterranean

Russia said it deployed its new frigate with long-range Kalibr cruise missiles to the Mediterranean Sea on Nov. 5, a few months after Moscow had reinforced its naval forces off Syrian cost. MOSCOW – Reuters Hurriyet “The Black Sea Navy Fleet’s frigate Admiral Makarov left (Navy base) Sevastopol and laid a course for the Black Sea straits. The vessel will be acting in the standing naval force of the Russian fleet in the Mediterranean,” the… Russia has in the past fired Kalibr cruise missiles from ... Read More »

Turkey warns oil companies against drilling near Cyprus

President Erdoğan calls foreign energy firms ‘bandits of the sea’ for defying Ankara over hydrocarbon resources Agence France-Presse in Istanbul The Guardian The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has warned foreign oil companies against energy exploration near Cyprus, describing those defying Ankara as “bandits of the sea” who would face a similar response as its foes in Syria. Drilling for hydrocarbon resources off the coast of Cyprus, an EU member, is hugely sensitive. The northern third of the island is occupied ... Read More »

How to Kill the Truth

Lies are always interesting; that is why they become public; truths are boring; that is why they remain private. – Themistocles Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos, former Greek Ambassador William Mallinson * Introduction The world is well aware of the fact that the illegal attack on Iraq was built on a pack of lies, aided and abetted by compliant media, although The Daily Mirror, then under the inimitable Piers Morgan, did question the Blairites’ lies. The British Prime Minister and his acolytes were ... Read More »

Government faces new legal challenge over plans to speed up fracking

Opponents say revised definition of fracking will allow energy firms to bypass planning rules Adam Vaughan The Guardian The government is facing a fresh legal challenge to its proposals to fast-track new fracking sites by loosening planning regulations. Ministers said this summer they would drop the requirement for shale gas wells to obtain planning permission by designating fracking sites as national infrastructure projects. Greg Clark, the business secretary, used a written ministerial statement to tell local authorities they should abide by a ... Read More »

‘Don’t criticise DEMOCRATIC choices!’ JHB savages political elite in furious rant

RADIO host Julia Hartley-Brewer launched a scathing attack on Europe’s political elite and warned they will be “punished” by voters if they “criticise democratic choices”. Charlotte Davis Express Ms Hartley-Brewer ridiculed the decision of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who, in 2015, declared all Syrian asylum-seekers welcome to remain in Germany no matter which EU country they first stepped foot in. The radio host hit out at Mrs Merkel’s decision and said “no one bothered to ask the people” in Germany. A party ... Read More »

Liverpool makes a stand and runs far-right marchers out of town

Fringe far-right group abandon plans due to numbers of counter-demonstrators Mattha Busby The Guardian A far-right group has abandoned plans to march through Liverpool after members were visibly outnumbered by counter-demonstrators, including the mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson. A handful of marchers from the so-called North West Frontline Patriots were met by hundreds of anti-fascist counter-protesters co-ordinated by groups such as Merseyside Together and Unite Against Fascism as they arrived in Liverpool on Saturday. “Peaceful people power… Liverpool makes a… Read More »

Greek islanders to receive inaugural John McCain Prize for refugee crisis response

The people of the Greek island of Lesvos are poised to receive the inaugural John McCain Prize for Leadership in Public Service for their response to the refugee crisis, Politico has reported. ekathimerini According to its daily briefing, the American news site said that the announcement was made by Cindy McCain, the widow of the respected US statesman who died on August 25. The award will reportedly be bestowed on the residents of the Aegean island that has been on ... Read More »

Homelessness: how other countries can avoid a US-style crisis

Homelessness is a growing problem in the UK, where the number of people sleeping rough has doubled since 2010, yet it is dwarfed by the scale of the issue in the US. Andrea Gibbons The Conversation More than 500,000 homeless were found across the US during just one night, compared to the UK’s 2017 count of 4,751. Changes in the definition of homelessness and flawed methodologies suggest that the true number for the US could be anywhere from 2.5 to 10.2 times greater. Millions more live in overcrowded ... Read More »

Pressure mounts on Ireland to accept EU digital tax

The Republic continues to resist proposal as European opposition to the levy slips away Pat Leahy, Cliff Taylor The Irish Times The Government is under increasing pressure to agree to European Commission proposals for an EU-wide 3 per cent digital sales tax ahead of a meeting of European finance ministers in Brussels next week. Government sources says it will resist the proposal in its current form, but there has been heavy lobbying from the commission, the French government and the ... Read More »

A Flawed European Ruling on Free Speech

The European Court of Human Rights invoked “religious peace” as a reason to limit criticisms of the Prophet Muhammad. Simon Cottee The Atlantic According to dominant Islamic traditions, the Prophet Muhammad’s third wife Aisha was six years old at their marriage and nine at its consummation. Muslims, as Graeme Wood has pointed out, have debated the issue of Aisha’s age for a very long time, and critics of Islam seemingly can’t keep off the subject. In the fall of 2009, a woman referred to as ... Read More »

Georgian presidential front-runner aims at multilateralism to thaw frozen conflicts

Born in exile, the career diplomat Salome Zurabishvili faces a runoff vote after a narrow lead in the first round. Zhanna Nemtsova In an interview with DW, she stressed the importance of democracy and multipartyism in her country. Salome Zurabishvili is an independent candidate for the Georgian presidency endorsed by the Georgian Dream party. Born in Paris to a family of Georgian emigres, she was educated in France and served as a career diplomat, and was appointed ambassador of France ... Read More »