Category Archives: International Press (English)

Spying Scandal -German Intelligence Also Snooped on White House

By Maik Baumgärtner, Martin Knobbe and Jörg Schindler

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is famous for the terse remark she made after learning her mobile phone had been tapped by the NSA. “Spying among friends, that isn’t done.” As it turns out, Germany was spying on America too, even targeting the White House.

A Preventable Tragedy -Millions Around The World Are Still Threatened with Starvation

By Bartholomäus Grill, Laura Höflinger, Katrin Kuntz, Michaela Schießl and Samiha Shafy

Every ninth person on the planet suffers from hunger. The situation is so dire in some countries that 20 million people are at acute risk of death by starvation. How is this possible at a time of a global food surplus?

Deadly Dilemma -EU Leans on Libyan Military to Stop Migrants

By Clemens Höges and Claas Meyer-Heuer

Summer offers perfect conditions for migrants seeking to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa to Europe. Aid organizations are trying to prevent them from drowning, but the EU has partnered with Libya to stop them.

What Does Bin Salman’s Rise Mean For Oil?

By Zainab Calcuttawala

The architect of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 plan is now next in line to the throne, the Saudi Press Agency announced on Wednesday, paving the way for the 31-year-old nobleman to forward an assertive regional foreign policy and a much-needed economic overhaul.

The Timeless Allure of Pirates

Pirates of the Caribbean have been a source of fascination for more than 300 years – and they express an anxiety about modern society, writes Roger Luckhurst.

By Roger Luckhurst

Trump Says He Doesn’t Have Tapes of Conversations With Comey

By Jennifer Jacobs and Shannon Pettypiece

Trump Said to Not Have Recordings of Comey Conversations

President Donald Trump said he doesn’t have recordings of his conversations with then-FBI Director James Comey, capping weeks of speculation — started by the president himself — about whether such tapes exist.

Saudi Arabia’s New Heir Leads Revolution of Powerful Millennials

By Donna Abu-Nasr and Zainab Fattah

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in Mecca on June 21.

The youngest crown prince in living memory represents a broader youth revolution in Saudi Arabia.

Why Women Should Interrupt Men

Recent turmoil in the Uber boardroom has raised the issue of ‘manterrupting’. Financial Times columnist Lucy Kellaway says men shouldn’t interrupt less, women should interrupt more.

By Lucy Kellaway

Obamacare v Republican plan compared

By Anthony Zurcher North America reporter

Republican politicians have campaigned on repealing President Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms pretty much since they were enacted in 2010.

Let women drive and make own decisions, Saudi activist urges new crown prince

Heba Kanso

Saudi Arabian woman who was jailed for daring to drive is encouraging the conservative kingdom’s new crown prince to let women drive and make their own decisions as adults.

Breastfeeding mothers, like Larissa Waters, just want to get on with the job

Clementine Ford

 Larissa Waters continues to plow through barriers for mothers in government, becoming the first woman to breastfeed her child while passing a motion before the Senate. Her response to the occasion was typical Waters, quipping that three month old Alia Joy had “moved her own motion just before mine”. Waters had previously made headlines in 2016 as the first parent to breastfeed in the Senate Chamber.

Film exposes London’s sex industry underworld

By Cindy Sui- BBC News, Taipei

In 2009, a Chinese woman called Anna killed herself near London’s Heathrow Airport. Her friends later learned that she had been working as a prostitute in an illegal massage parlour.

Toxic family feud as Germany mourns unifier Kohl

By Jenny Hill- BBC Berlin correspondent

In the bright heat of a Berlin summer morning, the flags above the Reichstag flew at half-mast.

Unemployed men: how female partners suffer

James Adonis

Long-term unemployment can be a debilitating experience, made worse by the self-loathing that compounds the problem. But while the consequences for those unemployed are well documented, there’s another casualty whose suffering is less frequently considered: the spouse.

Seven things the NRA will hate in new Pew survey on Americans’ gun attitudes

Christopher Ingraham

Washington: The Pew Research Centre just dropped a massive new survey measuring Americans’ attitudes toward gun ownership.

Why Mosul’s Great Mosque of al-Nuri mattered

The Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul has been destroyed during fighting between government forces and the jihadist group Islamic State (IS).

Turks May Embrace Assad After US Downing of Syrian Aircraft

The recent move by the US to shoot down a Syrian warplane and a drone indicates that Washington will do its best to re-shape Syria according to its own interests, Turkish experts told Sputnik. They also described the incident as a chance for Ankara and Damascus to bolster bilateral ties.

Last Sunday, the US-led coalition said that it shot down a Syrian Su-22 fighter-bomber in Raqqa province after the warplane allegedly attacked positions held by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Damascus, for its part, said that the Syrian aircraft was targeting the internationally-condemned terrorist group Daesh (ISIL/ISIS). 

On Tuesday, the US-led coalition downed a Syrian drone near al-Tanf, explaining that it showed “hostile intent” while advancing toward coalition positions.

The incident, it claimed, took place in the same location where another pro-Syrian government drone had dropped munitions on June 8, targeting the SDF.

Having shot down the Syrian warplane, the US warned Turkey that any actions against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) “will not remain unanswered,” Turkish journalist Mehmet Ali Guller told Sputnik Turkey.

“By downing a Syrian military jet which targeted SDF positions, mainly composed of YPG units, Washington once again showed its perseverance in the use of Kurdish units as a land force in Syria,” he said.

“This also can be seen as Washington’s message to Turkey, given that the main goal of the US is to deploy YPG forces to the south of the Euphrates. Their ultimate goal is to reach to Iraq via Deir ez-Zor,” Guller added.

He recalled in this regard that the main purpose of Turkey’s “Shield of the Euphrates” military operation was to prevent the deployment of Kurdish self-defense units to the west and south of the Euphrates.

“It is for this reason that Turkey needs to join the Russia-Syria-Iran bloc, which opposes the US-led operation involving the YPG.  If Turkey does so, it will succeed both in preserving the territorial integrity of Syria and destroying threats to its own national security. But despite Turkey’s persistent efforts to normalize its ties with Russia and Iran, there was no progress on the matter because of Ankara’s lack of cooperation with Damascus,” Guller said. 

He underscored that Turkey should consider the incident with the downed Syrian warplane as a chance for rapprochement with Damascus and take appropriate steps to this end.

Oytun Orhan, of the Ankara-based Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies (ORSAM), for his part, told Sputnik Turkey that it is important for Ankara to maintain cooperation with Russia in Syria, which will help it oppose US policy that threatens Turkey’s territorial integrity.

“There were no drastic changes in Turkey’s Syrian policy, but Ankara changed its priorities,” Orhan said, referring to Turkey’s push for destroying the threat emanating from what Ankara sees as the terrorist organizations acting in Syria’s northern areas.

“Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government should not be concerned about such priorities because Ankara, Damascus and Tehran are united in their opposition to the US strategy of creating an area of influence in northern Syria,” Orhan added.

“Turkey previously insisted on conducting a joint operation with the United States in order to liberate Raqqa. However, America preferred to cooperate with the YPG on the matter,” he said, recalling that Ankara sees the YPG as a branch of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which it considers a terrorist group.

“This indicates that in the event of a possible clash in Syria’s east, Turkey will most likely make its choice in favor of close interaction with Russia rather than the United States. There’s little doubt, given that Washington continues to cooperate with the YPG, which is recognized by Turkey as a terrorist organization,” Orkhan concluded.


Saudi Arabia’s New Heir: What Should Moscow Expect From the ‘Saudi Trump’?

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has taken a bold move by changing the line of succession in the Kingdom. His original heir, his nephew, Prince Mohammad bin Nayef has been replaced by his own son Mohammed bin Salman. Political scientist and RIA Novosti contributor Gevorg Mirzayan explained what Moscow should expect from the new heir.

Bolivia’s Democracy at Risk: What Role for External Actors?

Oliver della Costa Stuenkel

Summary:  The outlook for Bolivia’s democracy is bleak, and there is considerable potential for a return to political instability.

The Big Lie Republicans Are Using To Defend Their Secret Health Care Bill

They keep saying Democrats did the same thing with Obamacare. That’s not true.

By Jonathan Cohn

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