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- (France)Le Monde diplomatique - English edition
Authoritarianism as usual
‘Why do authoritarian regimes love elections?' asked sociologist Amro Ali, referring to the assured reelection of Egypt's incumbent president, Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, who's been called ‘the most repressive dictator in modern Egyptian history.' ‘At the heart of it all remains a consistent factor,' Ali continued, writing for the blocked independent new site Mada Masr on the eve of the 26-28 March vote: ‘The regime views elections not as an institutionalised mechanism within an accountable governance (...)- Outside in / Open accessSylvie Laurent on recovering the true legacy of Martin Luther King
In this month's podcast, Martin Luther King biographer Sylvie Laurent discusses how Dr King's memory has been hijacked by mainstream US interests and turned into something much cosier than his true legacy deserves. But, Laurent argues, that true legacy lives on – if you know where to look for it.- 2018/04 / Podcasts, 2018/04 - MLKA tale of American hubris
The lessons of history? Who needs them? Certainly not Washington's present cast of characters, a crew in flight from history, the past, or knowledge of more or less any sort. Still, just for the hell of it, let's take a few moments to think about what some of the lessons of the last years of the previous century and the first years of this one might be for the world's most exceptional and indispensable nation, the planet's sole superpower, the globe's only sheriff. Those were, of course, (...)- Open page / Open access, CommentA new age of sea power?
Amid the intense coverage of Russian cyber-maneuvering and North Korean missile threats, another kind of great-power rivalry has been playing out quietly in the Indian and Pacific oceans. The U.S. and Chinese navies have been repositioning warships and establishing naval bases as if they were so many pawns on a geopolitical chessboard. To some it might seem curious, even quaint, that gunboats and naval bastions, once emblematic of the Victorian age, remain even remotely relevant in our own (...)- Open page / Open access, CommentCan the Internet be saved?
News that Cambridge Analytica exploited the huge cache of Facebook user data, and that Facebook elevated commercial interests above user safety, is just the latest disaster highlighting that the Internet is a dangerous system. The problem of bad actors manipulating the Internet has been snowballing for years. Low barriers to entry, freedom of participation and openness no longer characterise the Internet, which now is a force bursting societies apart at their seams, enabling small groups (...)- Outside in / Open access, Exclusive/CommentCould the Cold War return with a vengeance?
Think of it as the most momentous military planning on Earth right now. Who's even paying attention, given the eternal changing of the guard at the White House, as well as the latest in tweets, sexual revelations, and investigations of every sort? And yet it increasingly looks as if, thanks to current Pentagon planning, a twenty-first-century version of the Cold War (with dangerous new twists) has begun and hardly anyone has even noticed. In 2006, when the Department of Defense spelled out (...)- Open page / Open access, CommentBig Brother isn't watching you
A record? Come on! Don't minimize what's happening. It's far too unique, too unprecedented even to be classified as “historic.” Call it mega-historic, if you wish. Never from Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar to Soviet despot Joseph Stalin, from the Sun King Louis the XIV to President Ronald Reagan, from George Washington to Barack Obama, has anyone — star, icon, personality, president, autocrat, emperor — been covered in anything like this fashion. In our American world, the only comparison might (...)- Open pageMichael Klare on Trump's new nuclear age
Within days of assuming office, President Trump commissioned a Nuclear Posture Review. This recently published document depicts a world full of threat and risk for the US and calls for a significant upgrading of its nuclear capabilities. Here, Michael Klare discusses the implications of a President ‘fully committed to expanding the perceived utility of atomic weapons'.- 2018/03 / Podcasts, 2018/03 - Nuclear War
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Macron and Trump renew Franco-American ties over 'shared battles'Praising the strength of America's oldest alliance, President Donald Trump welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron to the White House Tuesday with a pomp-filled ceremony on the South Lawn.Canada's Trudeau says security unchanged after Toronto van attackCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a press conference Tuesday that the deadly van attack in Toronto had not changed the country's threat level or security preparations for the G7 summit in June, adding that Canadians must not live in fear.Open letter linking Islam to anti-Semitism sparks backlash in FranceAn open letter published over the weekend in French daily Le Parisien condemning a “new anti-Semitism” in France has stirred heated debate in the country, with critics describing the text as discriminatory against Muslims.WWI: Descendants of missing Australian soldier bury shard of violin at Somme“There’s always been an Uncle Frank-shaped hole in the family”. Matthew Curtis started trying to fill that hole. It led him from Queensland to the Somme where, 100 years after Frank was killed, the family buried a shard of his handmade violin.French tycoon Vincent Bolloré detained over suspected Africa corruptionBillionaire French tycoon Vincent Bolloré was detained Tuesday as part of a corruption investigation involving his group’s acquisition of contracts to operate ports in West Africa, legal sources told Agence France-Presse.Suspect arrested in killing of Mexican journalist Javier ValdezThe alleged perpetrator behind the murder of Mexican journalist Javier Valdez—a long-time AFP collaborator killed in May 2017 -- is in police custody, Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete said Monday.Iran warns Trump to remain in nuclear deal or 'face severe consequences'A senior Iranian official said on Tuesday that Tehran might quit a treaty designed to stop the spread of nuclear weapons if U.S. President Donald Trump scraps the nuclear accord Iran signed with world powers in 2015.Armenian PM Sarksyan steps down after 11 days of street protestsArmenian Prime Minister Serzh Sarksyan resigned on Monday after almost two weeks of mass street protests that have plunged the ex-Soviet republic into political crisis.
- (Germany)Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
Trump and Macron highlight US-French alliance with public display of affectionUS President Donald Trump and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron addressed reporters after "a frank and productive private meeting." The alliance between their countries seems to have reached a new, personal level.How should Germany deal with Islamic anti-Semitism?There have been multiple instances of attacks and threats against Jews in Germany. What motivates such violence, and what steps must be taken to prevent it?German Muslim leader says anti-Semitism is a sinThe head of Germany’s Central Council of Muslims has said anti-Semitism is sinful and must be tackled. His comments came after Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced concern about a "new phenomenon" of anti-Jewish sentiment.German academics propose new approach to immigration reformThe German economy needs immigration to keep growing, experts agree. But how should the government regulate the process to make things easy for qualified migrants to come to the country?European Court of Justice: Torture victims have grounds for asylumTortured asylum-seekers can claim subsidiary protection in Europe, if on return to their home countries adequate medical care would be withheld, says the European Court of Justice. The case involves a Sri Lankan.Suspected Vietnamese agent on trial for Berlin kidnappingA court is hearing testimony in the case of a suspect accused of helping abduct a Vietnamese businessman in a Cold War-style kidnapping in Berlin. Experts say this is a case of all-too-common espionage.Toronto van carnage suspect charged with 10 counts of murderA man who killed 10 people on a Toronto sidewalk with a van has been charged with 10 counts of murder and 13 counts of attempted murder. Police have remanded him to custody pending the start of his trial.German 'IS' jihadi spared death sentence in IraqA court in Iraq has turned a death penalty handed down to Lamia K. into a life sentence. The woman from the southern German town of Mannheim had been found guilty of terror offenses as a member of "Islamic State."
- (Germany)SPIEGEL ONLINE - International
Daily news, analysis and opinion from Europe's leading newsmagazine and Germany's top news Web site.
Sidelined: Germany's Incredibly Shrinking Role on the World StageWith a wayward president at the helm in the United States, the world has become a more dangerous place. In response, though, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is once again steering Germany to the foreign policy sidelines, clearing the way for French President Emmanuel Macron. By DER SPIEGEL StaffInterview with James Comey: 'What Am I Doing? How Did I End Up Here?'In a DER SPIEGEL interview, former FBI Director James Comey discusses how U.S. President Donald Trump resembles a mafia boss, the dangers of egocentrism and why impeachment would let the American people off the hook.Football Leaks: Cristiano Ronaldo Used Offshore Firms in Luxembourg and JerseyAs an athlete, Cristiano Ronaldo may be in top form, but his financial dealings are looking increasingly bleak. DER SPIEGEL has obtained documents showing that the football superstar was active in more tax havens than previously known.An Island Disappears: Dead End in the Mississippi DeltaThe island of Jean Charles in the Mississippi River Delta has provided refuge to Native Americans for decades. Now, though, the island is disappearing. Many have decided to leave.Germany and Immigration: The Changing Face of the CountryMany Germans feel foreign in their own country and are afraid that immigration is changing their homeland rapidly. Every fifth person in Germany comes from an immigration background and that number will continue to climb. What does that mean for the country? By DER SPIEGEL StaffThank You, Donald!: What Trump Means for Germany's FutureThe cracks in trans-Atlantic relations caused by Donald Trump's election provide an opportunity for Germany to finally forge ahead with its own foreign policy. One that draws Europe together and fights for what is right.German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas: 'Syria Is Not Auschwitz'In a DER SPIEGEL interview, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas discusses Germany's position on Syria, criticizes U.S. President Donald Trump's Twitter diplomacy and calls for a tougher approach to Russia.Learning from Crisis: Inside the Effort to Improve Emergency Care in HaitiA year and a half after Hurricane Matthew, Haiti's health care system is still ill-equipped for another major disaster. Several innovative groups are now training doctors and nurses to better prepare them for catastrophes.
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How the mafia controls betting and rigs slot machinesIllegal gambling used to provide funds for mafia bosses in hiding, such as Matteo Messina DenaroCentre-right heads for victory in Molise regional electionsToma looks set to become regional governor, while the 5 Stars are the first party with 30% of the votes. Forza Italia come in at 10%, with the League two points behind at 8%. Democratic Party takes only 8%Italy asks Switzerland to return work allegedly by LeonardoThe debate as to whether or not Leonardo da Vinci ever painted a portrait of Isabella d’Este dates back to the 16th century, and was further fuelled when a likely candidate was found in 2013 in the vault of a bank in Lugano. However, not all critics agree that the painting is a LeonardoMattarella looks to centre-right as basis for new governmentParties continue to play for time, but decision from Italy’s president expected by tomorrow. There are too many urgent issues for Italy to remain without a fully operational executiveShow on “Twisted One” Tower in Milan’s CityLife districtIt took 15 trips by a helicopter to mount the crane on the roof of the Generali skyscraper, in what was a spectacular air show. The crane will have to lift 170 tonnes of steel, and will be used to install the Generali sign at a height of 177 metres.Salvini: ‘Berlusconi may prefer the PD, but I choose M5S’The leader of the League did not speak on the phone to either of his allies, Berlusconi and Meloni: “Silvio is against the agreement, but we need a strong government”Cassa Depositi e Prestiti set to buy stake in TIMThe dossier regarding the telephone company (which has a central role in communications in Italy) will be discussed today by the financial arm of the Ministry of the EconomyCourt rejects discrimination claim of mother fired by IkeaMarica Ricutti, separated with two children, one of whom is disabled, was dismissed by the Corsico store of the Swedish colossus for failing to respect her scheduled shifts
- (Italy)La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno
La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno
Di Maio invites PD to 'come to table'Rome, April 24 - 5-Star Movement (M5S) leader Luigi Di Maio on Tuesday called on the centre-left Democratic Party to "come to the table" to see whether there are the prerequisites for negotiating a government with his anti-establishment party. "I understand their internal dynamics, but it is clear tIf M5S-PD talks fail back to ballot box, Di Maio saysRome, April 24 - 5-Star Movement (M5S) leader Luigi Di Maio said Tuesday that if his anti-establishment group and the centre-left Democratic Party fail to reach an agreement on forming a new government Italians must return to the polls. "We will not support any other (kind of) government, be it techM5S-PD talks a possibility as Di Maio slams door on LeagueRome, April 24 - Caretaker Democratic Party (PD) leader Maurizio Martina said Tuesday that it was a "development" for the centre-left group if 5-Star Movement (M5S) chief Luigi Di Maio has closed off the option of forming a government with the rightwing, Euroskeptic League. Martina was speaking afteLeague option closed, ready to talk to PD - M5S's Di MaioRome, April 24 - 5-Star Movement (M5S) leader Luigi Di Maio said Tuesday that League leader Matteo Salvini has "condemned himself to irrelevance" for refusing to meet the anti-establishment group's demand that he drop his centre-right alliance partners to make a government-formation agreement possibJudge 'rules out' Alfie going to Rome - reports (2)Rome, April 24 - A British high court judge appears to have ruled out a request by Alfie Evans parents for the seriously ill toddler to be taken to a Rome hospital, journalists in court have reported, according to the Liverpool Echo. However, he did ask Liverpool hospital Alder Hey to consider allowReady to talk to PD despite differences - Di Maio (2)Rome, April 24 - 5-Star Movement (M5S) leader Luigi Di Maio said Tuesday that the anti-establishment group was ready to open government-formation talks with the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) despite "profound differences" with it. Di Maio said it was necessary to "put the national interest at thSalvini condemned self to irrelevance - Di Maio (2)Rome, April 24 - 5-Star Movement (M5S) leader Luigi Di Maio said Tuesday that League leader Matteo Salvini has "condemned himself to irrelevance" for refusing to meet the anti-establishment group's demand that he drop his centre-right alliance partners to make a government-formation agreement possibPolitical vacuum harms poor - Italian ChurchBrussels, April 24 - Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, the president of Italian bishops conference CEI, said Tuesday that Italy's post-election political deadlock risks hitting the weakest people in society. "I hope a solution comes because it is clear that the power vacuum is damaging for the poorest,"
- (Spain)In English Section | EL PAÍS
In English Section | EL PAÍS
Palma de Mallorca will be first Spanish city to ban tourist apartmentsStarting in July, only single-family homes will be available for short-term vacation rentals in a city concerned by soaring rent and noisy neighborsAfter Brexit, Spain’s Rota base will be new strategic HQ for the EUA current operational headquarters in Northwood is set to change to a location that already hosts a large US naval base“If I go back to Turkey, I’ll be arrested and tortured”The first Turkish citizen to be granted political asylum in Spain explains how and why he fled his countryEL PAÍS wins journalism prize for its coverage of Latin American newsSpanish monarch handed out the awards today at the 35th annual King of Spain International Journalism AwardsWhy you shouldn’t aim to please everyoneIf we constantly worry about what others will think, we will never be original or authenticWhen fake news ruins real lives: meet the Spaniards destroyed by online rumorsEveryday Spanish people are being hurt by false accusations – like Francisco who was wrongly blamed for a brutal robbery in a viral Facebook postAlarm over appeal of pseudo-therapies in SpainExperts warn of serious consequences if authorities do not take action to counter the growing popularity of treatments like reikiJulian Assange drifts away from causeWikiLeaks needs to separate from its founder in order to reclaim its reputation
- (Spain)Olive Press News Spain
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Spanish woman dubbed Donald Trump’s doppelganger is the funniest thing you’ll see todaySocial media users went into a frenzy after noticing the uncanny similaritiesMoroccan man who financed his terrorist ex-wife in Syria arrested in MalagaTHE ex-husband of a female jihadist on Europe’s most wanted list has been arrested in Malaga. The Moroccan financed his ex-wife, Fadoua Hassad, so she could travel to Syria and join terrorist group ISIS . The 35-year-old, who is a legal resident in Spain, is also accused of financing terrorism by sending money to Turkey […]Work begins in Spain to exhume bodies of victims from Spanish Civil WarExperts arrived on Monday at the Valley of the Fallen which holds the remains of over 30,000 people from both sides of the civil warRyanair has just announced three new routes from SpainPASSENGERS will now be able to fly between Palma and Santander, Valladolid and Zaragoza. The new routes will operate during June to September this year and will be available to buy online from today. To celebrate the launch, a special promotional price of €19.99 is available till Friday, for travel in June.Experts in Spain warn of ‘grave consequences’ in rise of pseudo-therapies like homeopathy and reikiEXPERTS in Spain have warned of ‘grave consequences’ following a rise in the use of pseudo-therapies like homeopathy and reiki. It comes after a Sociological Investigation Center (CIS) survey carried out in February included questions on pseudo-medicine such as homeopathy and reiki for the first time. It revealed that parts of Spanish society were worryingly […]Suspect in case of missing expat Lisa Brown to be released after Spanish judge drops probeSIMON Corner will be released after a Spanish judge has shelved the probe against the prime suspect in the Lisa Brown murder case. Judge Garcia Ramila made the shock decision today after Corner was arrested at London Heathrow airport last week after going on the run. The judge acted after state prosecutors requested he […]WANTED: Stephen Lawrence murder suspect and alleged drug smuggler ‘living the high life’ in MarbellaBritish fugitive, Jamie Acourt, has been seen hanging out in celeb hotspots on the Costa del SolEXCLUSIVE: Southern Spain hospitals in British expat hotspot issue warning for ‘lethal’ painkiller NolotilAfter the drug claimed countless lives, a health network on the Costa Blanca has issued a recommendation to its medical staff to avoid prescribing Nolotil to Anglo Saxon and Scandinavian expats
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TSB battles to fix online banking after days of disruption – business live
Britain’s TSB bank is struggling to get its online banking working, after five days of disruption caused by an IT migration
- Summary: Can TSB fix problems by tonight?
- TSB CEO: No-one will be out of pocket
- Bank has taken systems offline, to try to fix problems
- Salaries have vanished at Ulster Bank
- MPs demands answers over IT chaos
- Full story: TSB: up to 1.9m customers still facing online banking chaos
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TSB CEO Paul Pester is now on Sky News, discussing the IT crisis which forced the bank to take its internet banking and mobile app offline this morning.
ITV just broadcast more of its pre-recorded interview with Paul Pester.
In it, Pester says his IT staff have told him the online banking would be fi...Cambridge University rejected Facebook study over 'deceptive' privacy standards
Exclusive: panel told researcher Aleksandr Kogan that Facebook’s approach fell ‘far below ethical expectations’
A Cambridge University ethics panel rejected research by the academic at the centre of the Facebook data harvesting scandal over the social network’s “deceptive” approach to its users privacy, newly released documents reveal.
A 2015 proposal by Aleksandr Kogan, a member of the university’s psychology department, involved the personal data from 250,000 Facebook users and their 54 million friends that he had already gleaned via a personality quiz app in a commercial project funded by SCL, the parent company of Cambridge Analytica.Continue reading...'I felt like dirt': disabled Canadian woman told to leave UK after 44 years
Margaret O’Brien’s treatment by Home Office suggests scandal goes beyond Windrush generation
Margaret O’Brien, 69, moved from Canada to Wolverhampton in 1971, got married, had three children and worked for the local council for more than 25 years as a dinner lady, meals on wheels driver, lollipop lady and cleaner.
A spinal injury a few years ago meant she had to give up her job, leading her to apply for benefits for the first time. In 2015, she was told her disability payments had been suspended because she was an illegal immigrant.Continue reading...Thousands pledge to run last 3.7 miles of Marathon to honour Matt Campbell
More than 2,300 people sign up to ‘finish’ London Marathon of chef who died at 22.5-mile mark on Sunday
More than 2,000 people have pledged to run 3.7 miles in honour of a chef who collapsed and died that distance from the London Marathon finish line.
Matt Campbell, 29, from Kendal, collapsed at the 22.5-mile mark during Sunday’s event, which took place in record 24.1C (73.3F) temperatures. No cause of death has yet been announced.Continue reading...TSB online banking chaos leaves MPs demanding action
Bank admits data from more than 400 accounts was exposed as customers seek compensation
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TSB’s botched IT “upgrade” has snowballed into a full-scale crisis, with up to 1.9 million customers locked out of their accounts for a fifth day, MPs demanding action and the bank facing a potential multimillion-pound compensation bill and regulatory fines.
In one of the worst IT problems to hit Britain’s banking sector in years, TSB took all its internet and mobile services offline for emergency repair work, after a migration to a new platform over the weekend backfired.Continue reading...'Beyond belief': Brexit app for EU nationals won't work on iPhones
MEPs say problems with app is further proof of Home Office’s poor grasp of technology
A mobile phone app for EU nationals seeking to stay in the UK after Brexit – claimed to be as user-friendly as “an online account at LK Bennett” – will not work on iPhones, Home Office officials have admitted.
After arriving late for a meeting in Brussels to reassure MEPs of the efficiency of the British government, officials from Amber Rudd’s department conceded that a key function on the app would not work on the phone brand used by more than half of the adult population in the UK.Continue reading...Alfie Evans could be flown to Rome if latest appeal succeeds
Parents will seek to remove toddler from hospital, saying he has been breathing unassisted
Alfie Evans, the severely ill toddler whose life support machine was switched off on Monday, could immediately be flown to a children’s hospital in Rome for treatment if a last-ditch appeal succeeds, a solicitor involved in the case has said.
The child’s parents were granted an emergency hearing before a high court judge on Tuesday afternoon after they said the 23-month-old boy had been breathing unassisted since his life support was removed.Continue reading...Leeds United branded 'disgraceful' after announcing Myanmar tour
• Myanmar subject of numerous human rights abuse allegations
• Leeds to play games in Yangon and Mandalay in May
Leeds United have announced they will play two matches in Myanmar in a tour sponsored by a bank with close links to the regime accused of ethnic cleansing and human rights abuses against its Muslim Rohingya minority.
Leeds will play two post-season friendlies in May in the Myanmar cities of Yangon and Mandalay.Continue reading...
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World's biggest wind turbine will be tested on the British coastGeneral Electric has signed a five-year agreement with the government to test the turbine, called Haliade-X 12, in Blyth, Northumberland.Fears of massive rise in sex-selective abortions in China and IndiaExperts fear the test could cause a gender 'genocide' of abortions in India and China where parents prefer to have male children and will often abort female infants.Woman whose mother died after being left in a chair spared jailLinda Farr, 68, pleaded guilty to the gross negligent manslaughter of her 86-year-old mother Doreen, who was found with a catalogue of injuries at home in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent (pictured).Who is ‘socially awkward’ Toronto van attack suspect Alek Minassian?Alek Minassian, 25, named by police as the Toronto attack suspect, appeared to praise US mass killer Elliot Rodger in a Facebook post shortly before a rented van rammed into pedestrians.Pictures show what happens when employees that can’t be botheredThe collection of snaps posted by internet users from around the world show the creative solutions devised by employees to save time and money.Doctors consider whether to allow Alfie Evans to go homeMr Justice Hayden will sit in Manchester at around 3.30pm after it was revealed the two-year-old has been breathing unaided since his life support was withdrawn at 9pm last night.Kate getting 'dolled up' for media puts pressure on new mothersFormer Blue Peter presenter Katy Hill, 47, shared a snap of her own post-partum appearance as she decried the pressure new mothers put on themselves, including Kate.University worker 'stabbed boss to death' after Facebook messageBrighton University worker David Browning, 52, launched furious attack on Jill Howell stabbing her 15 times and then scrawling 'bully' across her forehead in marker pen, a court has heard.