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German elections: The collapse of consensus

It is unusual for a major party to assume a 'great responsibility' by being relegated to opposition. But this is precisely the situation facing the …

German Politics

Tunisian initiative takes to streets against reconciliation law

Standing with arms folded and dressed in T-shirts with the “Manich Msamah” (“I don’t forgive”) logo, several members of the collective Manich Msamah …

Rights & Freedoms

Moscow welcomes Libya’s fighting factions

As the United Nations is looking to rally broad international support for a new peace plan for Libya, outside actors that came to play a bigger role …

Russia

Iraq's Kurdistan region holds independence vote

<b>Voters are heading to the polls in a controversial independence referendum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.</b><p>Iraq's prime minister has warned he will take "necessary measures to preserve the unity of the country".<p>Western countries have expressed concern that the poll could provoke fresh conflict, and …

Iraq

Former astronaut and NFL player bashes Trump with the perfect takedown

Leland Melvin — former astronaut, NFL player, engineer, author, and owner of the best damn official NASA photo of all time — shared a perfect …

Donald Trump

Stevie Wonder kneels as he leads anti-poverty concert

New York (AFP) - Stevie Wonder knelt before a packed New York festival Saturday in a protest for peace as he led stars and politicians in pressing …

Stevie Wonder

THE KILLING OF HISTORY

Reporting from New York, John Pilger describes the re-writing of the history of the Vietnam War in the 10-part television series by Ken Burns and …

Daniel Ellsberg

Anti-Trump kneeling protest gathers momentum

Athletes around the world have defied US President Donald Trump’s demands for football players who kneel during the national anthem to be sacked or …

Nick Kyrgios

Fearful neighbours look on as Iraq’s Kurds stake claim to nationhood

Monday’s independence poll for the Kurdish north is supported by voters but opposed by Turkey, Baghdad and the west, which fear it will deepen instability<p>Below the Erbil citadel, where empire and insurrection have been fought out over the course of 5,000 years, Kurdish flags stake out the claim to …

Middle East

The view from Madrid: anger and sadness as Catalans prepare for vote

Beyond Catalonia, there are calls for Spanish unity and bitterness about claims that the northern region is footing the bill for the rest of the country<p>It was chance that made Ana Luque Sillero a native of Madrid and her cousins Catalan. Their parents all left southern Spain decades ago in search …

Spain

Thousands join Mélenchon protest in Paris against Macron’s labour reforms

Hard-left leader accuses president of throwing away postwar social gains<p>Thousands of demonstrators heeded a call by the hard-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon to demonstrate their opposition to the government’s labour law reforms.<p>The leader of La France Insoumise (Unbowed France) claimed that 150,000 …

France

Flooding the cradle of civilisation: A 12,000 year old town in Kurdistan battles for survival

The town of Hasankeyf. Photo: Wikimedia Commons<p>In Kurdistan, one of the world’s most controversial dams nears completion. However, local residents, …

Turkey

Turkey extends mandate to use troops abroad, two days before Kurdish vote

The Turkish parliament on Saturday approved a one-year extension of a mandate to use troops abroad in Syria and Iraq, two days before Iraq's Kurdish …

Turkey

Syria's Kurds poised for vote to cement federal push

Syria's Kurds are poised to hold their first local elections, a move that has annoyed Damascus and Ankara and comes days before a controversial …

Syria

US faces WWII-scale explosives cleanup in Iraq after Islamic State fight

Iraq’s fight to defeat the Islamic State won’t end with the military defeat of the group.<p>As the US-backed Iraqi Security Forces liberated Mosul and …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Mexico earthquake: Rescuers use bare hands to dig through rubble as death toll rises to 225

Rescuers are working frantically to dig a young girl out from under the rubble of a partially collapsed school amid devastation from a major …

Mexico City

‘I Want to Finish This’: US Special Ops Leaders Urge Washington to Stick by the Syrian Kurds

Commanders inside Syria say rebels are doing all they hoped for — and are the best shot to break the region's cycle of terrorism.

War

30ft-high statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov unveiled in Moscow

Russian creator of the AK-47, used to kill an estimated 250,000 people a year, celebrated in controversial ceremony<p>A statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov, the inventor of the AK-47 assault rifle, has been unveiled in central Moscow in a controversial ceremony that merged military pomp with religious …

Russia

The Life and Crimes of a Global Goebbels

The first death known to me, that was precipitated by a Rupert Murdoch headline, occurred in Sydney in March,1964, when a schoolboy committed …

Rupert Murdoch

Demirtas urges Kurds unite ahead of Kurdistan referendum from Turkish prison

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) - The imprisoned co-leader of Turkey's pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtas, this …

Turkey

Russia denies bombing US-backed SDF troops

Six members of Syrian Democratic Forces wounded in air strike as pro-government troops advance on Deir Az Zor.<p>Russia has denied accusations it bombed US-backed fighters in Syria, saying the US military received advance warning of an air strike targeting ISIL members.<p>The Syrian Democratic Forces …

Syria

Moscow flaunts might against fading Isis as it alters balance of power in Syria

Carefully orchestrated journalists tour reveals Russia’s deep involvement in conflict – but few ordinary Russians appear keen on Syrian mission<p>“I recommend you to look in that direction,” said Maj Gen Igor Konashenkov with a smile, gesturing at the Mediterranean waters from aboard the Admiral Essen …

Syria

Iceland's Government Collapses, Uncertainty Lies Ahead

Published September 15, 2017<p>Bright Future have just announced that they will be ending their coalition with the Independence Party, effectively …

Brexit

U.N. Accuses Turkey of Killing Hundreds of Kurds

GENEVA — Turkey’s military and police forces have killed hundreds of people during operations against Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey, the United Nations said on Friday in a report that listed summary killings, torture, rape and widespread destruction of property among an array of human …

Turkey

Reporter Jailed 5 Years for Journalism Just Launched New System to Expose Corruption

<b>(</b><b>ANTIMEDIA</b><b>)</b> — Somewhere in the world, a dozen or more activists have occupied a chat room attempting to organize a mind-numbingly complex …

Project Management

‘Earth is flat,’ pro-Erdogan youth leader argues

An article written by Tolgay Demir, a “youth leader” in an Istanbul branch of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), went viral Sept 1. …

John Maynard Keynes

Andre Vltchek: "The people of Afghanistan have had truly enough of this Western imperialist barbarism"

<i>(PHOTO BY A. VLTCHEK:</i> conflict at Afghan-Pakistani border) <i><br>Interview with ANDRE VLTCHEK by ALESSANDRO BIANCHI</i> <b><br>1) AB: The geographic location of</b> …

Geopolitics

What the West gets wrong about North Korea's motives, and why some South Koreans admire the North

North Korea’s sixth nuclear test on September 3 – of what was possibly a hydrogen bomb – prompted a flurry of Western media think pieces attempting …

North Korea

US pulls back surveillance on ISIS convoy at request of Russians

Surveillance aircraft that were monitoring an Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) convoy stuck in the desert in eastern Syria have left the area …

Islamic State (ISIS)