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“Libya is in chaos and appears to be headed towards long-term instability. The mistakes made in 2011 must not be repeated. Any armed intervention can only take place after significant diplomatic activity as there is a high risk that intervention will worsen the situation.”
After a federal prosecutor was found dead, his presumed suicide exposed a true international operation that may have involved Argentine authorities as high as the president. The probe may also signal the beginning of a “clean hands” new start for the country "at the end of the world."
The country holds the largest oil reserves in the world, but shelves in stores are empty. The population is hungry. The fall in oil prices revealed the disastrous state of the nation's finances following Chávez's experiment. A default could be a matter of time.
The Great Wall in the desert will run for 950 kilometers along the Iraqi border and an already existing seven meters high sand berm with eight kilometers of ‘no-mans-land'. The Northern Border Security Project is designed to prevent infiltrations by ISIL or ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham — or Levant) , whose stated goal is to extend the Islamic State, or caliphate, over the entire region of “al-Sham”, that is, from southern Turkey to Egypt, including Syria, Jordan, the Palestinian territories, Lebanon and Israel.
Following the recent events in Paris, Europe has had to face its own fear and vulnerability. Europe’s own identity has been called into question, more importantly, so has its commitment to shaping an open and tolerant society. Above all, the attacks are putting a strain on relations with Islam, a religion that is becoming increasingly associated with terrorism and other forms of extremism.
A conversation with Muhammad Jibran Nasir, a symbol of Pakistan’s battle against the demons of the past
The December 16th massacre of Peshawar has inflicted a huge blow to the entire Pakistani nation, sparking a heated internal debate about the responsibilities of terrorism. For years, the country has been the scene of frequent terrorist attacks, which have caused tens of thousands of victims. Nevertheless, the authorities have always shown a certain reluctance to distance theirselves from religious extremism, even by its most bloody expressions.
Yesterday the Scots celebrated their beloved patron saint, St Andrews. For many in Scotland the celebrations were spoilt by the recently released report of the Smith Commission. The commission was set up by Prime Minister David Cameron after the vote against Scottish independence.
“I swear nobody will marry you after me”. After the husband had made his threat, with an icy calm he picked up a razor and slashed his wife’s face, hands and chest. According to the local newspaper the girl had wanted to leave her husband because she was unhappy but he had other ideas. To prevent her from being able to rebuild a life for herself, he disfigured her forever.
Ukip’s growth in popularity was made once again evident by the party’s win in the Rochester and Strood, Kent, by-elections on November 20. The elections had to be called after local Conservative MP, Mark Reckless, announced his defection to Ukip from the Tories the day before the beginning of the Conservatives’ conference (last September 27).
Last Friday was the first day of the Scottish National Party’s annual two-day conference in Perth, during which Nicola Sturgeon officially took the lead of the Scottish National Party (SNP) replacing Alex Salmond, as it was announced after the referendum’s negative result. Sturgeon will also become Scotland first female prime minister later this week.
The economic crisis and the related reduction of the initiatives in favor of deténte and development projects have almost stopped the peace process in Northern Ireland: yesterday, Thursday, the European Parliament has shown finally to have acknowledged that worrying fact, and approved a resolution.
Saudi women’s rights activist Suad Al Shammari, co-founder of ‘Saudi Liberals Group’ along with Raef Badawi –who’s currently serving a seven-year sentence on charges of setting up a website that undermines general security and ridiculing religious figures– has been arrested and transferred to the women’s section at the General Prison of Briman, in Jeddah, after an interrogation by General Prosecutor which follows a formal complaint by Saudi clerics concerning her tweet on “the beard of the Prophet”.
Kosovo: along with Albanian radicalism, here comes the threat of Islamic terrorism. An interview with Father Sava Janjic – Part I
Fifteen men were arrested in the counter-terrorism operation led by Kosovo security forces in September. They are suspected of links with ISIS (the Islamic State) and Jabhat al-Nusra. Previously, in August, Kosovo’s police had conducted a major operation in which they arrested forty people. Police report that up to 200 Kosovar citizens are believed to have moved to Syria and Iraq for the purpose of combat, and twenty of them have been killed there.
For decades, several African countries have been ignoring the democratic rule of power changeover. In order to stop this “African Evil”, as French Tunisian journalist Béchir Ben Yahmed defined it in his weekly magazine Jeune Afrique just one year ago, a number of African and European associations have launched a campaign called “Let’s turn a new page in favor of a political changeover in Africa”.
Last Wednesday The Sun, one of the UK’s most-read newspapers, urged Britons to be "United against IS" and launched a campaign aimed at bringing communities together against extremism. The newspaper dedicated seven pages to this campaign and included a flag cut-out with “United against IS” on it so that readers could take pictures of themselves holding it and post them on the social networks as part of the campaign.
Tuesday Charles Flanagan, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Ireland, welcomed the new American ambassador Kevin O 'Malley and expressed the hope that the American involvement in the solution of current stalemate in Northern Ireland politics continues.
The debate in the UK concerning the Human Rights Act and its implications for parliamentary sovereignty is not a new one. During the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, which ended last Wednesday, leader of the party David Cameron gave more fuel to the discussion by announcing that if the Tories will win next year’s general election he will scrap the Human Rights Act.