Category: News Coverage

20 May 2016

‘There Was a Young Fellow From Ankara . . .’

Originally published in The Wall Street Journal. The results are in from Britain and the winner is Boris Johnson. No, the U.K. hasn’t left the European Union; that referendum isn’t until June 23. But the irrepressible Brexit-favoring Conservative ex-mayor of London has prevailed in a different contest that also concerns Britain’s relationship to Europe and … Continued

25 Apr 2016

Is Austria’s Right-wing Victory a Warning Sign?

Originally published by Voice of America. LONDON— Polls showing a clear victory for Austria’s anti-immigrant Freedom Party after a first round of elections Sunday could mean Europe’s migrant issue is driving voters across the continent to support less liberal politicians, according to analysts. The pattern became evident in eastern Europe last year, when images of tens … Continued

25 Apr 2016

The Defense Department has a new line that helps Putin and Assad in Syria

Originally published in Business Insider. The spokesman for the US military operation against ISIS made a comment in a Wednesday press briefing in Baghdad that helps justify Russia’s continued attacks on Syria’s largest city in the midst of a truce. US Army Col. Steve Warren, the spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq, was asked whether … Continued

20 Apr 2016

Malia Bouattia elected NUS President after causing controversy over ‘anti-Semitism and refusing to condemn Isil’

Originally published in The Telegraph. A woman who blocked attempts to condemn Isil, attacked “Zionist-led media outlets” and suggested that violent “resistance” is the way forward in Palestine has been elected the next leader of Britain’s seven million students. Malia Bouattia won 50.9 per cent of the vote to become president of the National Union of Students, … Continued

19 Apr 2016

‘Insult Turkey’s Erdogan’ contest set up by Spectator magazine

Originally published in BBC News. A UK-based magazine has offered a prize to the author of the most offensive poem about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is suing a German comedian over a satirical verse. The Spectator is offering £1,000, donated by a reader. It comes after Germany opened the door for a comedian to … Continued

15 Apr 2016

‘Kleptocracy Tour’ highlights UK’s role in global corruption

Originally published in The Irish Times. e bus tour starts near Whitehall, across the river from the London Eye and around the corner from the Palace of Westminster, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. Our tour will ignore these sights, however, taking us instead to see some of the expensive London properties owned by dubious oligarchs … Continued

01 Apr 2016

London universities ‘failing to tackle extremist speakers’

Originally published in The Evening Standard. Universities in London were today accused of failing in their legal duty to combat extremism on campus amid an increase in events involving radical speakers. A report found 27 events featuring speakers with extremist views during the first four months of the academic year — a rise of seven in … Continued

21 Mar 2016

IS Claims British Fighter Died In Suicide Bomb

Originally published on Sky News. A British fighter with Islamic State has died in a suicide attack in Iraq, the group has claimed. The militant, named by the group has Abu Musa al Britani, died in Anbar province, social media accounts linked to IS said. The group claimed that “nearly 30” people died as a result … Continued

17 Mar 2016

Putin leaves behind huge military infrastructure to restart war against ISIS ‘at any time’

Originally posted in The Daily Express.  The first Russian warplanes arrived home today after Moscow’s shock announcement that its jets would begin departing after a five-and-a-half-month bombing campaign. The Russian president claimed it was “mission accomplished” and time to draw down forces in a war that has tipped the balance of power in favour of President Bashar … Continued

14 Mar 2016

Al-Qaeda Africa attacks to scare investors: Expert

Originally published on CNBC. Almost two dozen people were killed Sunday in the Ivory Coast by militants linked to al-Qaeda in what is seen by some experts as an attempt to scare off western investment in the region. Gunmen opened fire at the popular beach resort town of Grand Bassam, targeting beachgoers from three separate … Continued

09 Mar 2016

Jewish students are feeling isolated by a growing tide of anti-Semitism at Britain’s elite universities including Oxford and LSE, new report reveals

Originally published in The Daily Mail. Jewish students are being made to feel isolated by a growing tide of anti-Semitism sweeping across Britain’s elite universities, according to a new report. A dossier compiled by Student Rights reveals dozens of incidents involving students from a large number of universities including Oxford, Nottingham and the London School of … Continued

16 Feb 2016

Sadiq Khan, Labour candidate for London mayor, made a speech while the ‘black flag of jihad’ was flying and gave his support to groups linked to extremism

Originally published in The Daily Mail. Sadiq Khan, Labour’s candidate for London mayor, supported groups promoting Islamic extremism and gave a speech while the ‘black flag of jihad’ was openly flying, MailOnline can reveal. In a series of incidents between 2008 and 2012, Mr Khan promoted organisations that have advocated violence against women, been accused in Parliament … Continued

15 Feb 2016

And on your left, Murky Money Mansion

Originally published in The Sunday Times. Police estimate billions are being laundered in London property, fuelling price rises. Now a ‘Kleptocracy Tour’ aims to highlight the oligarchs and offshore firms buying up the capital. Ben Judah hops aboard. This is the London you never see: Knightsbridge mansions of Vladimir Putin’s oligarchs, Baker Street apartments of … Continued

15 Feb 2016

Police quiz teen over Palestine badge

Originally published in The Sunday Times. A TEENAGER has claimed that he was branded an “extremist” by his teachers and referred to anti-terrorism police for wearing a “Free Palestine” badge to school. Rahmaan Mohammadi, 17, alleged he had been “interrogated” by officers after Challney High School for Boys in Luton, Bedfordshire, referred him to Prevent, … Continued

15 Feb 2016

Labour’s Khan joined radical imam at rallies

Originally published in The Sunday Times. SADIQ KHAN faced fresh accusations of associating with extremists last night after it emerged that he repeatedly shared a platform with a preacher who, on the night of the Paris massacres, joined a campaign for an Islamic state. Labour’s candidate for London mayor spoke alongside Suliman Gani on at … Continued

05 Feb 2016

On Board the Russian Dissidents’ ‘Kleptocracy’ Bus

Originally published by Vice News. It was the British version of a Hollywood celebrity homes tour. A group of Russian activists, commentators, and dissidents rented a luxury bus in London on Thursday to hold the inaugural “kleptocracy tour” — a drive around some of the properties owned by Russian, Ukrainian, and Kazakh businessmen and oligarchs with what organizers … Continued

05 Feb 2016

London’s Oligarch Bus Tour

Originally published by Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty. Forget Buckingham Palace and Big Ben — London’s newest bus tour shows visitors the palatial homes of Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs. Dubbed the Kleptocracy Tour, it’s been organized by anticorruption campaigners in cooperation with two think tanks, the Hudson Institute and the Henry Jackson Society. (RFE/RL’s Marek … Continued

03 Feb 2016

From Perfume to Chocolate Statues, Putin’s Surprising Fan Club Extends Beyond Russia

Originally published by Haaretz. The Russian president may have annexed territories and become increasingly authoritarian at home, yet he remains relatively popular around the world – including with some Israelis and Palestinians. In his motherland, he is revered but rarely (openly) reviled and has a burgeoning personality cult compared to that of Joseph Stalin. Russia’s … Continued

26 Jan 2016

BoE’s Forbes predicts “abysmal” Q4 productivity data for UK

Originally published by the Mail Online. LONDON, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Britain’s fourth quarter productivity data are likely to be “abysmal”, Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee member Kristin Forbes said on Tuesday, although she stressed the underlying trends were more important than a single data point. “It looks like fourth-quarter productivity growth is going … Continued

21 Jan 2016

Litvinenko Inquiry: David Cameron considers new sanctions against Russia after ‘state-sponsored murder’ of KGB spy in London

Originally published in The Telegraph. Public inquiry concludes that Kremlin ‘probably’ ordered suspects Andrey Lugovoy and Dmitry Kovtun to kill Alexander Litvinenko a decade ago. Sir Robert Owen concluded that: “the evidence establishes that Mr. Litvinenko ingested the fatal dose whilst drinking tea from a teapot contaminated with polonium-210 in the Pine Bar of the Millennium … Continued

18 Jan 2016

Russia accused of clandestine funding of European parties as US conducts major review of Vladimir Putin’s strategy

Originally published in the Sunday Telegraph American intelligence agencies are to conduct a major investigation into how the Kremlin is infiltrating political parties in Europe, it can be revealed. James Clapper, the US Director of National Intelligence, has been instructed by the US Congress to conduct a major review into Russian clandestine funding of European … Continued

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