Category: News Coverage

27 Jul 2016

Europe terror attacks spotlight security failings amid refugee crisis

The European policy Germans call “Willkommenskultur” — the enthusiastic embrace of refugees from Syria and other Muslim-majority countries — has morphed into a summer of terror. Loose screening of refugees, lax counter-terrorism policies and lenient treatment of those with terrorist links or sympathies has led to a spate of attacks by terrorists already flagged by … Continued

27 Jul 2016

Two brothers arrested in Spain over alleged ISIS links

Armed officers detained the Moroccan pair, aged 33 and 32, during dawn raids in the village of Arbucies in the north-east province of Girona near Spain’s border with France. Investigators said today it was one of the first operations in which they had managed to identify a direct link between Spanish residents and financing of … Continued

20 Jul 2016

The Sense Behind the Nonsense From Iraq’s Foreign Minister

On the eve of a major donor’s conference in Washington, Iraq’s foreign minister, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, would like Americans to know a few things about his country. First, Iraqis are not a sectarian people: “Coexistence is a culture that lives in Iraq.” Second, Iraqis of all backgrounds suffered equally under Saddam Hussein. (Never mind what those … Continued

20 Jul 2016

Shami Chakrabarti declines to deny offer of peerage by Labour

Shami Chakrabarti, who chaired Labour’s independent inquiry into antisemitism, has declined to say whether she was offered a peerage by the party. The former director of human rights group Liberty appeared on the Jewish YouTube channel J-TV to speak about her report, commissioned by Jeremy Corbyn after a spate of antisemitism accusations involving Labour members. … Continued

15 Jul 2016

Islamic terrorism – how can the West defeat it?

Since 9/11 and the war in Afghanistan, the US and Europe have been forced to address growing instability in the Middle East which has spilled over into random acts of evil against Western cities. Asymmetric warfare – of the type waged by ISIS lone wolves like Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel in Nice – involves appearing to … Continued

15 Jul 2016

Truck attack in Nice reflects ‘new normal’ for Europe

(Reuters) – European leaders and security chiefs have a sobering message after the Bastille Day killings in Nice: such lone attacks using ordinary vehicles are nearly impossible to prevent and can be carried out by almost anyone. “We have moved into a new era,” said Prime Minister Manuel Valls. “And France will have to live … Continued

15 Jul 2016

Nice terror attack: Europe ‘faces summer of copycat attacks’

Europe faces Isil-inspired copycat attacks after the Nice rampage, terrorism analysts have warned, as millions of holidaymakers prepare to head for the Continent. The high death toll from the ram raid terrorist attack which killed at least 84 people during Bastille Day celebrations raised the risk of the “repeated use” of the tactic in France over … Continued

12 Jul 2016

International court backs Philippines in South China Sea dispute

This article originally appeared in City A.M. A United Nations tribunal today ruled in favour of the Philippines, in a case it bought against Chinese claims to maritime rights in the South China Sea. Beijing had ramped up its rhetoric ahead of the decision, with president Xi Jinping warning earlier this month that it is … Continued

12 Jul 2016

State Department officials are ‘baffled’ by John Kerry’s latest comments that have ‘muddied the waters’ in Syria

The State Department is reportedly trying to walk back comments that Secretary of State John Kerry made about Syria during an appearance in Aspen, Colorado, last month. When asked about the US’s anti-ISIS strategy in Syria, Kerry said that “the most important thing, frankly, is seeing if we can reach an understanding with the Russians about … Continued

12 Jul 2016

International court backs Philippines in South China Sea dispute

A United Nations tribunal today ruled in favour of the Philippines, in a case it bought against Chinese claims to maritime rights in the South China Sea. Beijing had ramped up its rhetoric ahead of the decision, with president Xi Jinping warning earlier this month that it is “not afraid of trouble”. … Dr Alan … Continued

06 Jul 2016

Iraq war casts long shadow over UK foreign policy

Britain’s war in Iraq, to be examined in a major report due out Wednesday, instilled a deep sense of distrust towards military intervention that still casts a shadow over foreign policy, analysts say. The decision to join the US-led invasion in 2003 on the basis of flawed intelligence, the occupation and Iraq’s bloody descent into … Continued

16 Jun 2016

Malia Bouattia, NUS President-Elect, Links Government Cuts To Terror Group Recruitment

By Gray Sergeant. The privatisation of education has encouraged young people to join terror groups in Syria such as Islamic State, the new National Union of Students president has said. Malia Bouattia, 28, told a debate last night that those travelling to the war-torn country to join groups fighting there “feel so disempowered they’re left with no choice”. … Gray … Continued

15 Jun 2016

British exit could mean end of EU

Does the West still exist? And do we need it? Those are questions many British citizens are asking as their country prepares for a June 23 referendum on whether Britain should remain in the European Union. Or to put it another way, are the European institutions that America and Britain worked together to create after … Continued

09 Jun 2016

‘It’s not going that well’: Scores of Western ISIL fighters have tried to defect and return home this year

BEIRUT — Increasing numbers of disenchanted Western ISIL fighters are appealing to their governments for help to return home, diplomats have reported. As fighting around ISIL’s strongholds intensifies and the group begins to lose swaths of territory, foreign jihadists are trying to defect in record numbers. … Kyle Orton, a Middle East analyst at the … Continued

06 Jun 2016

The Evolution Of Terrorism Since 9/11

The pretrial hearings for Khalid Sheikh Muhammad and his four co-defendants resumed in the last few days of May. The accused mastermind of the September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States has been held in Guantanamo Bay’s detention center since March 1, 2003, and he and his fellow detainees have become the focal point … Continued

03 Jun 2016

European Union Declares War on Internet Free Speech

The European Union (EU), in partnership with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft, has unveiled a “code of conduct” to combat the spread of “illegal hate speech” online in Europe. Proponents of the initiative argue that in the aftermath of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, a crackdown on “hate speech” is necessary to … Continued

02 Jun 2016

After a Brexit, Could Poland and Austria Be Next?

LONDON— When Poland’s right-wing Prime Minister Beata Szydlo swept to an election victory late last year, one of the first things her government did was remove the blue European Union flag from the backdrop of her news conferences, and leave only the red and white Polish flag. It was a symbolic, patriotic gesture that signaled … Continued

31 May 2016

Defining And Avoiding Bias

You can’t really solve a problem until you define it. In Bucharest this past week, 31 countries meeting under the auspices of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance became the first international body to officially adopt a Working Definition of Anti-Semitism. The representatives, mostly from Europe, stated that “Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be … Continued

30 May 2016

As The Global Rich Buy Up London Homes, Britons Ask If The Money Is Legit

Article originally published in the NPR. The lush Whitehall Gardens are just a five-minute walk from Britain’s Parliament and 10 Downing Street, where the prime minister lives and works. Behind the gardens, with their grand fountains and flowers, sprawls an ornate stone building, overlooking the River Thames. This is prime London real estate. And it’s … Continued

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