The recent spate of attacks on Turkish soil heightens concern for its stability. NATO ambassadors have held a rare emergency meeting to review the threat ISIL poses to Turkey. It called the meeting to talk about the growing instability on its southern border. Up until now, Turkey has been reluctant to get involved in the US-led coalition […]

An unofficial gay Pride parade organised by a right-wing nationalist is planned for July 29 to run through a predominantly immigrant neighbourhood with a large Muslim population. The event is making the headlines in the country and globally for all the wrong reasons. Pride Jarva, or the Jarva Parade, is organised by Jan Sjunnesson, a […]

Medellin, Colombia – Colombia’s civil violence began in 1948, with the ensuing decades pitting government paramilitary forces against leftist rebels. Rural areas like the Comuna 13 slum here in Medellin often saw the worst of the fighting, with both sides scrambling for land control during the decades-long civil conflict. In 2002, the government carried out military operations that […]

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says it is impossible to continue a peace process with Kurdish fighters and that politicians with links to “terrorist groups” should be stripped of their immunity from prosecution. After months of reluctance, Turkey last week started military operations on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets in Syria. […]

As Obama Lectures Kenya, What Lessons Must US Learn from Africa?

July 28, 2015

As President Barack Obama spent the weekend in Kenya—from where he departed on Sunday after making a rousing and personal speech about his personal and ancestral ties to the Africa country—many news outlets were marking the occasion by noting it as his first-ever trip as commander-in-chief to the home country of his father and extended […]

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Hawking, Musk, Woz: We Must Ban the ‘Kalashnikovs of Tomorrow’

July 28, 2015

The “HK’s” “hunter killer” drones of the “Terminator” film series are not far off. Life is imitating art at a faster and faster pace. With more and more surveillance cameras on highways, streets, banks, stores, shopping malls, government buildings and drones to stay airborne for 24 hours, mass surveillance by armed drones or links to […]

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Last Kuwaiti in Guantanamo seeks to return home

July 28, 2015

As a little boy Fayiz al-Kandari would give half of his allowance to the poor. When Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, the teenager handed out food and supplies to those in need. A decade later as a young man he went to volunteer in an Afghan village. Kandari helped build two wells and worked to repair […]

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Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam sentenced to death

July 28, 2015

Saif al-Islam, the most prominent son of Libya’s slain leader, Muammar Gaddafi, has been sentenced to death by firing squad. He was sentenced in absentia on Tuesday in Tripoli along with other senior members of the former regime, overthrown in 2011. They were accused of war crimes and suppressing peaceful protests during the revolution, a […]

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