News from 05/2016

27 May 2016

American democracy is rigged - by Hamid Dabashi

The Republican and Democratic parties are functioning like two identical but competing Orwellian Ministries of Truth.

In the United States presidential elections, there are two towering political parties - the Democratic and the Republican - that during the course of their "primary" elections get to choose who will be their respective candidates in the course of a national election.

Although any US citizen can join these two parties - or any other political party - millions of eligible voters have not, and consider themselves "independent".

These independent voters get to vote in the…Read

22 May 2016

Austria presidential election: Far-right Freedom Party ‘comes top in vote’

Norbert Hofer has run a pro-gun, anti-immigrant, anti-Europe campaign. Mr Hofer's success reflects recent polls showing Freedom Party popularity. Driven by concerns over Europe's migrant crisis, support for his party in general has surged to 32 per cent compared with just over 20 per cent for each of the governing parties. 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/austria-presidential-election-far-right-freedom-party-comes-top-in-vote-a6998751.html

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21 May 2016

Pentagon Rejects Joint Strikes With Russia

PENTAGON— The Pentagon is dismissing a Russian proposal to carry out joint airstrikes against al Qaida-linked terrorists in Syria.

http://www.voanews.com/content/pentagon-rejects-joint-strikes-with-russia/3339269.html

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20 May 2016

Chinese, Germans and Britons welcome refugees

The people of China, Germany and the UK are the most welcoming to refugees in the world, according to an Amnesty International survey on attitudes towards those fleeing war and persecution.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/19/refugee-crisis-china-germany-uk-most-welcoming-countries-amnesty-international

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15 May 2016

14 May 2016

Danger in the Mediterranean Sea with S O S Mediterranee

The numbers of migrants trying to reach Europe from Turkey has dropped - but migrants from the Middle East and beyond are still risking the dangerous Mediterranean crossing.

More than 1,000 migrants have died so far in 2016 trying to cross from Libya to Italy.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36284275

http://sosmediterranee.org/about-us/?lang=en

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13 May 2016

Merkel calls for Refugee safe zones

The number of deadly Islamic State rocket attacks on Kilis has risen dramatically in recent weeks as the extremist group fights to retain control of a 60-mile stretch of the Turkey-Syria border it has used for years as a vital supply route.

Five rockets have hit the Turkish province of Kilis near the Syrian border, killing one person and injuring 26, officials said, in the latest attack launched from a Syrian area controlled by the Islamic State of iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS).

Kilis is a city in south-central Turkey, near the…Read

8 May 2016

Germans say ‘NO’ to right-wing racists and ‘YES’ to “Refugees welcome” signs

Thousands of protesters gathered in the centre of Germany's capital Berlin to counter an anti-immigration demonstration.

The right-wing gathering was far outnumbered by the two counter demonstrations against xenophobia and racism.

Police estimated that around 7,000 people had turned out for the counter rallies.

The right-wing gathering under the motto "Merkel has to go," was attended by only 1,000 people, after organisers had registered 5,000. 

About 1,700 police were out on the streets.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/05/pro-anti-refugee-protests-staged-berlin-160507162824154.html

 

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7 May 2016

Mayor for all Londoners

Labour's Sadiq Khan has been elected as London's new mayor - but who is the man who will be in charge of the UK's capital city for the next four years? Read his story here: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-36140479

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5,000 Syrians flee from Russian bombs in Aleppo.

Record numbers of Syrian refugees are stuck at the border with Jordan - relieved to have escaped the war but held up by tighter border security. At least 60,000 Syrians are stranded in the remote desert crossings. 5,000 have arrived in the past few days alone, many fleeing fierce fighting in Aleppo.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36233543

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6 May 2016

An air strike on a camp for internally displaced Syrians

An air strike on a camp for internally displaced Syrians near the country's border with Turkey has killed at least 30 people, activists said.

The attack on the camp in Idlib province on Thursday also left dozens of others injured, with a number of those killed children, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

he Observatory said the dead included women and children and the death toll from the air strikes was likely to rise.

Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr, reporting from the Turkish city of Gaziantep, said activists were split…Read

1 May 2016

Syria: Russia’s continuing war

All the signs are that as the partial truce in Syria fails and the peace talks falter, the Russian military and its Syrian allies are gearing up for a new offensive in and around Aleppo.

Michael Kofman, a US-based analyst with the CNA Corporation, says the arrival of more attack helicopters means "Russia's military presence has expanded to several bases, since helicopters need forward operating bases to fly from". US and other sources have detected Russian artillery units moving towards the Aleppo front, and teams of Russian special forces are thought to be operating alongside…Read