Friday, May 25, 2018
Only 25% of former prisoners in England and Wales are employed after release, and 50% of employers would not consider hiring someone who had been to prison Dr Anna Kotova writes for the Social Sciences Birmingham Forum: In a recent televised interview, Rory Stewart, the UK's Minister of State for Prisons, spoke about the state of incarceration with a focus on...
I joined Turkey's TRT World on Thursday morning to discuss two topics: the latest US moves, after leaving the Iran nuclear deal, for economic action to spur regime change in Iran, and the mission of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron to influence the new Italian Government. The critical question at this point is whether Europe will...
Regime statement follows unclear Putin comments about departure of "all foreign forces" LATEST Regime Claims US Strikes on Its Positions in East; Washington Denies The Assad regime has asserted that there will be no withdrawal of Iranian and Iranian-led forces from Syria. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo repeated the American position over withdrawal on Monday, as part of 12 US demands on...
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says Russian interference decided the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election. “To me, it just exceeds logic and credulity that they didn’t affect the election, and it’s my belief they actually turned it,” Clapper, DNI during the Obama Administration, told PBS NewsHour. He explained that the Kremlin "bent on undermining our fundamental system here....
"There are more elections than ever before, and yet the world is becoming less democratic." Professor Nic Cheeseman of the University of Birmingham and Brian Klaas of the London School of Economics write for Foreign Policy magazine: In Ukraine’s 2004 presidential election, droves of voters turned out in opposition strongholds, hoping to oust the incumbent, Viktor Yanukovych. Upon arrival at their...
July 2016 comments tip off Trump's strategy to deflect blame onto media --- and his own agencies Developments on Day 489 of the Trump Administration: See also Russia Decided 2016 Election — Former US Director of National Intelligence Trump: "I Do It to Discredit You All" One of America's leading broadcast journalists has revealed Donald Trump's strategy with the media --- and his...
Supreme Leader: "We do not want to start a fight with , but based on their past records, we don't trust them either." THURSDAY FEATURE VideoCast: Trump’s Regime Change Moves for Iran; Merkel and Macron’s Mission for Italy Iran's Supreme Leader has added a cartoon flourish to a likely confrontation with the US, saying the Trump Administration will fail like "the cat...
Trump: "There’s a very substantial chance that it won’t work out, and that’s OK" Developments on Day 488 of the Trump Administration: See also 5 Important Questions That Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Can’t — or Won’t — Answer Trump Steps Back from Demand for Immediate End to North Korean Nukes Facing North Korea's shift from conciliation to a firm line over its nuclear...
ISIS strikes day after withdrawal from Damascus suburbs LATEST Russia Acknowledges Observation Posts Around Opposition Idlib "Starvation Strategy": Pro-Assad Burning of Hama Farmland WEDNESDAY FEATURE How Russia Sent Its Islamist Militants to Fight in Syria The Islamic State has struck a military outpost near Palmyra in central Syria, killing at least 30 Assad regime troops and Iranian-supported militia. Residents said ISIS attacked the outpost at dawn...
Writing for The Washington Post, Valerie Strauss summarizes the gaps in fundamental knowledge --- and/or her unwillingness to give basic answers --- of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos appeared before the House education committee on Tuesday to discuss the policies and priorities of the department she leads, but there were some things she just wouldn’t — or...
"They said, ‘Go wherever you want, you can even go fight in Syria'" Maria Tsvetkova writes for Reuters about how Russia encouraged Islamist militants to fight in Syria with groups such as the Islamic State --- thus exporting a domestic problem while propping up its line that the Assad regime was defending the country against "extremists" and "terrorists": Four years ago,...
Government challenges hardliners' repression of environmental activists LATEST US Sanctions 5 More Iranians, Over Support of Yemen's Houthis Iran's Environment Department head says environmental activists detained since January on espionage charges have not committed any offense. Isa Kalantari said on Tuesday that the conclusion had been reached by a panel including the Justice, Interior, and Intelligence Ministers and President Rouhani's legal deputy. "This four-member...