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Gabriel Gorodetsky on the early years of Soviet foreign policy
In this first edition of the relaunched podcast, historian Gabriel Gorodetsky discusses how the USSR learned to steer a course between ideology and pragmatism in its relations with foreign powers.- 2017/10 / Open access, Podcasts, 2017/10 - 1917Trump's game plan
Millions of football fans must have felt grateful to President Trump for provoking the entire National Football League into a goal line stand last month. The sight of hundreds of players on the sidelines, arms linked with coaches and owners during the playing of the national anthem, not only soothed fears that a disrupted season lay in the NFL's future, but gave those fans tacit permission to keep on enjoying the games without being too disturbed about brain trauma on the field, collusion in (...)- Open page“Tell me how this ends?”
It took 14 years, but now we have an answer. It was March 2003, the invasion of Iraq was underway, and Major General David Petraeus was in command of the 101st Airborne Division heading for the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. Rick Atkinson, Washington Post journalist and military historian, was accompanying him. Six days into a lightning campaign, his division suddenly found itself stopped 30 miles southwest of the city of Najaf by terrible weather, including a blinding dust storm, and the (...)- Open page“Enemy Combatants” again?
Eight years ago, when I wrote a book on the first days of Guantanamo, The Least Worst Place: Guantánamo's First 100 Days, I assumed that Gitmo would prove a grim anomaly in our history. Today, it seems as if that “detention facility” will have a far longer life than I ever imagined and that it, and everything it represents, will become a true, if grim, legacy of twenty-first-century America. It appears that we just can't escape the perpetual pendulum of the never-ending war on terror as it (...)- Open pageThe empire comes home
“This... thing, [the War on Drugs] this ain't police work... I mean, you call something a war and pretty soon everybody gonna be running around acting like warriors... running around on a damn crusade, storming corners, slapping on cuffs, racking up body counts... pretty soon, damn near everybody on every corner is your f**king enemy. And soon the neighborhood that you're supposed to be policing, that's just occupied territory.” Major “Bunny” Colvin, season three of HBO's The Wire I can remember (...)- Open pageThe scandal of Pentagon spending
Here's a question for you: How do you spell boondoggle? The answer (in case you didn't already know): P-e-n-t-a-g-o-n. Hawks on Capitol Hill and in the U.S. military routinely justify increases in the Defense Department's already munificent budget by arguing that yet more money is needed to “support the troops.” If you're already nodding in agreement, let me explain just where a huge chunk of the Pentagon budget — hundreds of billions of dollars — really goes. Keep in mind that it's your money (...)- Open pageAutopilot wars
Consider, if you will, these two indisputable facts. First, the United States is today more or less permanently engaged in hostilities in not one faraway place, but at least seven. Second, the vast majority of the American people could not care less. Nor can it be said that we don't care because we don't know. True, government authorities withhold certain aspects of ongoing military operations or release only details that they find convenient. Yet information describing what U.S. forces are (...)- Open pageThe Trump presidency
This interview has been excerpted from Global Discontents: Conversations on the Rising Threats to Democracy, the new book by Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian to be published this December. David Barsamian: You have spoken about the difference between Trump's buffoonery, which gets endlessly covered by the media, and the actual policies he is striving to enact, which receive less attention. Do you think he has any coherent economic, political, or international policy goals? What has Trump (...)- Open page
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Spanish PM expected to announce plan to remove Catalan powersSpain will on Saturday take unprecedented steps to seize powers from Catalonia's separatist government after Madrid won powerful backing from the king and the EU in its battle to keep the country together.Prominent Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan accused of rape, sexual assault in FranceA rape and sexual assault complaint was filed on Friday in France against Swiss Islamist and Professor Tariq Ramadan by former Salafist Henda Ayari.Somalia’s president to announce ‘state of war’ as death tolls rises to 358Thousands of anguished Somalis gathered to pray Friday at the site of the country’s deadliest attack, while the toll rose to 358 and dozens remained missing.Several Egyptian police killed in desert clashArmed militants killed at least 30 policemen in a shootout during a raid on a suspected militant hideout in Egypt’s Western desert, security sources said on Friday.Dozens dead in attack on Shiite mosque in KabulA suicide bomber targeted a Shiite mosque in a western Kabul neighborhood during evening prayers on Friday, killing at least 39 people, Afghan officials.Much more work to be done after Brexit summit, Macron saysDespite positive signals coming out of the European Union's Brexit summit on Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron said "there is a lot of work still to be done" on negotiating Britain's exit from the EU in the next 18 months.Leaders urge peace as Kenya heads towards uncertain electionKenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga, who says he will boycott a presidential election re-run due next week, said on Friday he would announce a “way forward” the day before the scheduled poll, raising the possibility he might participate after all.Kurdish referendum a ‘colossal mistake’, says son of late president TalabaniIn an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, Bafel Talabani – the son of late Iraqi president and Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani – blasted the decision of the Kurdish leadership to go ahead with a referendum on independence, calling it a "colossal mistake". He said a US proposal to postpone the referendum by two years should have been accepted and would have avoided the current situation, in which Iraqi federal forces have taken back control of areas controlled by Kurds since 2014.
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Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
Spain prepares to suspend Catalonia's autonomySpain's central government has made preparations to trigger Article 155 to suspend Catalonia's autonomy. But Barcelona has vowed to fast-track its independence bid if Madrid moves to undermine its self-rule.In Catalonia, language and identity go hand in handAs the Spanish central government prepares to effectively take back control of Catalonia, schools and pupils have been bearing the brunt of the confrontation. Anna Gumbau reports from Barcelona.First Catalonia, now Italy — referendums are in fashionThe Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto are holding referendums on Sunday in a bid for more autonomy from Rome. But has the crisis in Catalonia put a damper on their aspirations? Megan Williams finds out.Munich police in manhunt for knife attackerMunich police are hunting for a knife-wielding assailant who attacked people in at least four locations across the Bavarian city. People near the central Rosenheimer Platz should stay indoors, authorities say.Inquiry finds Chile poet Pablo Neruda did not die of cancerAn international team of experts has dismissed prostate cancer as official cause of death for Pablo Neruda, Chilean Nobel Prize winner. For decades, his family and associates have claimed Neruda was poisoned.NATO report casts doubt on ability to defend against Russian attack on eastern flankA confidential NATO report has questioned the alliance's ability to defend against a Russian attack. Eastern European members of the alliance fear Russian aggression.Czechs set to elect Teflon-coated billionaire Andrej BabisAndrej Babis, a Czech billionaire compared to Donald Trump for his attacks on established political parties and the EU, looks likely to become the country's next leader after elections. Tim Gosling reports from Prague.Germany privatizes visa application servicesGerman consulates are contracting out more and more visa application services, the Foreign Ministry has confirmed. Critics fear the practice could increase the risk of data leaks - and the temptation to corruption.
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SPIEGEL Interview with Sebastian Kurz: 'I Definitely Have a Red Line'Sebastian Kurz, 31, is set to take over the reins in Austria. In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, he speaks of a possible coalition with the right-wing FPÖ, about his hard-line stance on immigration and how age influences politics.Substantial Risk: NATO Grapples with Serious Organizational ShortcomingsIn a secret report, NATO warns that it may not be prepared to confront a hypothetical Russian attack. Senior military officers would like to see a return to the command structures used by the alliance during the Cold War.Airbus Corruption Scandal: A Golden Handshake Worth 80 Million EurosIn the Airbus corruption scandal, CEO Airbus has pointed the finger at a Paris-based sales division. But according to information obtained by DER SPIEGEL, he authorized an 80-million-euro severance package for the former head of that division, Jean-Paul Gut.Rule of Law: Merkel Risks Deepening EU RiftsViolations of EU agreements have become more the rule than the exception and now, German Chancellor Angela Merkel would like to put a stop to the practice. But the move seems predestined to deepen Brussel's dispute with Poland and Hungary.Countering the Populists: Merkel Moves Left to Disarm the RightAngela Merkel's response to the rise of the far-right AfD is to shift her party further to the left and position herself as the social conscience of the new coalition. But within her party, many have doubts about the strategy.Playing with Fire: Trump Risks New Conflagration in Middle EastU.S. President Donald Trump made it clear last week that he is close to withdrawing from the Iran accord unless Iran agrees to make changes. His chances for success are slim - and his blustering risks a dangerous escalation. By DER SPIEGEL staffShadow Brexit Minister Starmer: 'Theresa May Engages in Doublespeak on Brexit'On the issue of Brexit, the Labour Party finds itself in an advantageous position as Prime Minister Theresa May's government struggles to find unity. In an interview, Keir Starmer, Brexit minister in the shadow cabinet, speaks of the possibility that Brexit talks might fail as well as his pity for the prime minister.The Ocampo Affair: Current ICC Chief Prosecutor Weighed Down by PredecessorCurrent ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda insisted recently that she has had no recent interaction with her predecessor Luis Ocampo, who finds himself mired in scandal. But documents seen by DER SPIEGEL indicate that she may not have been telling the truth.
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Collapse at Santa Croce in Florence despite safety measuresCurator Giuseppe De Micheli: “I don’t want to justify myself; there’s an inquiry underway and we mustn’t interfere”“I live with HIV thanks to drugs and my family”Rosaria Iardino, 51, is committed to providing reliable information on AIDS. On Saturday she will be in Bergamo to talk about the event #AbbracciConsapevoliLucia: “How I learned to be happy and start a new life”Lucia Annibali talks to us about her commitment to women’s rights and her new life in Rome in our new Buone Notizie (‘Good News’) supplement, set to hit newsstands on 17 October. “Now I’m no longer just the victim of an acid attack”Andrea Franzoso: from heroic whistleblower to outcastAuditor whose revelations formed basis for investigation into chairman of northern Italy’s regional rail service, Ferrovie Nord, subsequently forced out of companyParalyzed and blind, Loris decides to die in SwitzerlandThe dramatic story of Loris Bertocco from Fiesso D’Artico (Venice), the fourth Venetian to choose death by euthanasiaFormer mayor of Siena casts doubt on David Rossi’s “suicide”Former mayor Piccini convinced that David Rossi did not commit suicide, but was in possession of compromising information he intended to share with the authoritiesText messages of Marseille killer revealed plans for attackIt was 2014 when Anis Hannachi arrived in Favignana on board a refugee boat from Tunisia. Phone taps and movements. Role of terrorist’s brother in Switzerland. Last traces of Ahmed in Aprilia date back to MayMantovani: “Intuition is what drives medical progress”Doctors threw out the rule book to save life of 21-year-old man. The immunologist Alberto Mantovani however warns that this does not imply a “free for all”.
- (Italy)La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno
La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno
TIM board approves joint venture with Canal+Milan, October 20 - The board of directors of Telecom Italia (TIM) on Friday approved a binding term-sheet for a joint venture with Vivendi's pay-TV arm Canal+. TIM said in a statement that the "purpose of the joint venture is to design and implement the premium video content offer that TIM will offOlympics: Fontana to be flag carrier at PyeongChang 2018 (2)Rome, October 20 - Short track ace Arianna Fontana will be the flag bearer for the Italian team at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, ANSA learned from speed-skating sources Friday. The decision will be announced by Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) chief Giovanni Malagò on Tuesday they said. FontHope to be candidate, otherwise 'regista' says BerlusconiCapri, October 20 - Silvio Berlusconi told young industrialists on Capri Friday that he hoped a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg expected on November 22 would lift a ban on him holding office and he would be able to stand as the centre right's premier candidate in next yearPrecious mosaic from Caligula's ship returns to ItalyRome, October 20 - A precious piece of mosaic flooring from one of the ceremonial ships built by Emperor Caligula to host festivities on Lake Nemi on Friday is being sent back to Italy where it will be returned to Nemi's Naval museum, Culture Minister Dario Franceschini has announced. The square pieArcimboldo exhibition in Rome between science and playRome, October 20 - The work of Italian Mannerist painter Giuseppe Arcimboldi (1526-1593), known as Arcimboldo, is present for the first time in Rome in a major exhibition in Palazzo Barberini until February 11. The show features approximately 20 works by the artist famous for his imaginative portraiOne dead in firework factory blast (3)Foggia, October 20 - One worker was killed in an explosion at a fireworks factory at San Severo near Foggia Friday. The dead worker was said to be a 50-year-old Italian man, police said. The cause of the blast is still unknown. Firefighters stayed at at the scene combating a blaze that was threateniSmog-hit Turin blocks Euro 5 cars (3)Turin, October 20 - Turin city council on Friday extended its Saturday ban on car traffic to Euro 5 diesel cars, environment chief Alberto Unia said. "On the basis of the PM10 data from the last few days, we have decided to carry on and go to the second level," he said. "We will monitor the situatioSmog-hit Turin blocks Euro 5 cars (2)Turin, October 20 - Turin city council on Friday extended its Staurday ban on car traffic to Euro 5 diesel cars, environment chief Alberto Unia said. "On the basis of the PM10 data from the last few days, we have decided to carry on and go to the second level," he said. "We will monitor the situatio
- (Spain)In English Section | EL PAÍS
In English Section | EL PAÍS
Rajoy: a leader being “forced to act” to restore the law in CataloniaSpanish PM gives a highly anticipated news conference in Brussels at close of EU summit, but fails to confirm talk about a snap election in CataloniaMerkel, Macron and May show support for Spain over Catalan crisisThe issue was not on the EU summit’s official agenda, yet it was very much present at a two-day event in Brussels where most leaders expressed support for the Spanish governmentWhy Spain’s Mar Menor is separating from the Mediterranean SeaExperts warn the lagoon will be lost forever if urgent structural measures are not takenCabinet to meet on Saturday to activate Article 155 in CataloniaRegional premier Carles Puigdemont has threatened to “vote on the formal independence declaration that was not voted on October 10”Wall Street jittery over political tension in Catalonia“Intensity and duration” of the current crisis will be key to determining impact on markets, players warnMadrid improvises foreign strategy in fight against Catalan propagandaThe Foreign Ministry has sent six statements to Spain’s ambassadors since SeptemberCatalonia: The gravity of the situationThe pro-independence movement has waged a war to destroy not only Spain but also the free pressHow and why capital fled CataloniaThe global repercussion of the Catalan crisis has alarmed international firms, pushing them to move their legal headquarters
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More expats contributing to social security in Spain, figures revealMORE expats are working in Spain. It comes as figures from September showed 4,779 foreigners contributed to social security, a 0.2% increaseBalsamic vinegar prices to soar by up to 50% following poor harvestsTHE price of balsamic vinegar could rocket by almost 50% due to poor harvests. The popular dressing is made from grape ‘must’,La Liga vs Premier League – Which Is Better?Before the turn of the century, Serie A was considered the undisputed best league in the world.Police suspect 800 Brits used 77 law firms for scam Mallorca sickness claims'Massive withdrawal' of compensation demands after Liverpool couple jailedFirst specialist centres to be announced for sufferers of rare skin condition in MadridThe first reference centres to help children suffering from butterfly skin will be announced during a special event at La Paz Hospital, Madrid.As San Pedro gears up for its feria – the last of the season – Laurence Dollimore discovers a town that can throw a party to match anything big sister Marbella can musterJust 10km west of Marbs, San Pedro has been reborn over the last decade as a modernised microcosm of SpainPSOE and PP form pact to force Catalan regional elections in JanuaryPedro Sanchez and Mariano Rajoy unite as Madrid prepares to take direct rule18 things you didn’t know about Spain on World Statistics DayWORLD Statistics Day today aims to show that good data and statistics are ‘indispensable for informed decision-making by all actors in society’.
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Children waiting up to 18 months for mental health treatment – CQC
NHS watchdog’s report sounds alarm that accessing care for under-18s in England takes so long, amid self-harm concerns
Children with mental health problems are waiting up to 18 months to be treated, a government-ordered report will reveal next week, in an indictment of the poor care many receive.
A Care Quality Commission report into child and adolescent mental health services (Camhs) will warn that long delays for treatment are damaging the health of young people with anxiety, depression and other conditions.Continue reading...Theatre director Max Stafford-Clark was ousted over inappropriate behaviour
Exclusive: Out of Joint founder was forced out in September after formal complaint that he made lewd comments to a female member of staff
One of the most influential directors in British theatre was forced to stand down from the company he founded after being accused of inappropriate, sexualised behaviour, the Guardian has learned.
Renowned director Max Stafford-Clark – the former artistic director of London’s Royal Court theatre – was forced out of the Out of Joint theatre company after a formal complaint that he made lewd comments to a member of staff.Continue reading...Emmanuel Macron accuses Brexiters of bluffing over no-deal divorce
French president tells EU leaders’ summit that Theresa May has never raised cliff-edge Brexit as an option during any discussions
Emmanuel Macron has accused Brexiters of seeking to “bluff” the EU into softening its negotiating stance by championing a no-deal scenario.
In a dramatic intervention at a summit of European leaders in Brussels, the French president said such an outcome was “in no case” part of the discussions, in an apparent reference to reports that the Brexit secretary, David Davis, was planning to positively present a plan to the UK cabinet for Britain to strike out of the EU without a deal.Continue reading...Church of England to debate blessings for same-sex couples
Diocese of Hereford proposes motion to allow official blessing after civil partnership or secular marriage ceremony
The Church of England will debate blessings for same-sex couples for the first time after a motion to discuss the issue was put forward by the diocese of Hereford.
Related: Scottish Anglican church faces sanctions over vote to allow same-sex marriageContinue reading...Donald Trump will not visit Britain until 2018, White House confirms
- Still to be determined whether Trump will meet Queen in UK
- Analysis: Was Trump right to blame terrorism for rising UK crime figures?
Donald Trump will not visit Britain until next year, the White House confirmed on Friday.
Related: Trump links UK crime rise to 'spread of Islamic terror'Continue reading...Speed limits through roadworks may rise to 60mph
Highways England suggests change to combat congestion and reduce impact of repairs
Speed limits could be raised to 60mph through roadworks as Highways England tries to combat congestion and reduce the impact of repairs.
The government-owned company, which has been testing different speed limits since September 2016, found motorists’ heart rates were lower when driving faster through roadworks.Continue reading...Storm Brian incoming: 70mph gusts expected
Storm caused by ‘weather bomb’ of low pressure in Atlantic due to hit western parts of UK at 4am
Communities across the British Isles are battening down the hatches in anticipation of Storm Brian, just days after three people died in hurricane-force winds and hundreds of thousands were left without power by Storm Ophelia.
Related: Storm Ophelia: second person killed in Ireland, police confirm - as it happenedContinue reading...Dulwich Park attacker convicted at Inner London crown court
Jermaine McDonald, 26, found guilty of attacking man who remains in hospital six months later with multiple injuries
A man has been convicted of a robbery in a south London park in which he stabbed the victim in the side of his head, leaving him hospitalised nearly six months after the attack.
Jermaine McDonald, 26, was found guilty of assault causing grievous bodily harm, robbery and attempted robbery at Inner London crown court on Friday for the attack in Dulwich Park in April.Continue reading...
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German police hunting knifeman after stabbings in MunichPolice in Munich, Germany are hunting a knifeman who is thought to have stabbed several people in the central square near the station. Police have urged locals to remain indoors.Storm Brian batters Britain with 70 mph windsThe wild conditions, caused by a 'weather bomb' over the Atlantic Ocean, have started battering Wales and the South West of England this morning, with gusts of wind reaching 70 mph.Kyron Webb dies after 'horrific' Manchester stabbingKyron Webb was taken to hospital with serious knife injuries following the attack on Worsley Avenue in Moston on Tuesday night.Yasmin Le Bon and her daughter in a joint M&S shootLaughing for the camera and snuggled up together, they could be mistaken for sisters. But this is British supermodel Yasmin Le Bon, 52, with her daughter Saffron, who is exactly half her age.Bullingdon Club members are escorted off site by collegeOxford University's Bullingdon Club members were embarrassingly escorted from Christ Church College in June. It's symbolic of the social transformation in higher education.I won't be the wife in the background, says Debbie McGeeFor the past five weeks, the 58-year-old magician's assistant has been wowing the nation on Strictly Come Dancing along with her professional partner, Giovanni Pernice.Iconic Italian Job explosion was bigger than plannedAn explosion during the 1969 cult classic movie The Italian Job which prompted Michael Caine's iconic line also destroyed the windows of nearby houses in south London, the film's producer has said.Which top chef cracks the best poached egg?Cooking the perfect poached egg is tricky, with two-thirds of Britons admitting they can't get it right. We compare celebrity chefs' top tips for creating the perfect poached breakfast.