#Journalism agenda: “Hundreds of US newspapers denounce Trump’s attacks on the press…

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2018 at 03:31

More than 350 US news outlets join Boston Globe call to run editorials, addressing Trump’s ‘assault on the free press’.
The New York Times – The Editorial Board – Aug 15, 1:02 PM

In 1787, the year the Constitution was adopted, Thomas Jefferson famously wrote to a friend, “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a

Following the lead of the Boston Globe, close to 350 newspapers across the country ran editorials today in defense of a free press after President Trump declared the media was the “enemy of the state.” This greatly displeased Emperor Trump, leading to a Twitter tirade this morning.

Trump’s escalating war with the media

President Donald J. Trump’s confrontational relationship with the press has grown steadily worse since he assumed office in January 2017, leading to him repeatedly refer to journalists as the “enemy of the people.” A

Someone still cares about unsigned newspaper editorials! More than 300 papers published editorials criticizing Donald Trump’s frequent attacks on the press Thursday and they elicited a series of responses from the president.

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In a good news, Taner Kılıç of Amnesty released, as Turkey approaches EU “to buy some time before day of IMF reckoning

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2018 at 00:21

After 14 months in prison on terrorism charges, human rights activist Taner Kilic will be released.
Turkey buys time before day of IMF reckoning

Main elements of crisis remain unaddressed, with eventual bailout most probable outcome

Until reports came on Thursday night that the US was preparing to impose more sanctions, the Turkish government had had a decent few days. The currency crisis, which threatened to become chaotic on Monday, had improved. The lira had almost returned to its level of a week ago. During that time, the country had increased liquidity in its banking system, unveiled $15bn (£11.8bn) of direct investment from Qatar, announced a clampdown on short-sellers and on Thursday its finance minister, Berat Albayrak, talked the language of fiscal discipline on a phone call with investors. There have been worse fightbacks.

Turkey’s diplomatic offensive against the sanctions imposed by the United States continued on Aug. 16 as it was engaged in more high level talks with Germany and France.
Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said talks with the EU over visa-free travel for Turkish nationals will be accelerated in the coming period, in a sign of improvement in Ankara-Brussels dialogue amid the former’s economic difficulties.
Turkish lira recovers as finance chief bids to calm investors

Currency rises from record low against US dollar but investors remain anxious at lack of interest rate rise

Turkey’s lira continued its recovery on Thursday, ahead of a crucial conference call between the country’s finance minister and international investors.

Amnesty International – Aug 15, 12:48 PM

Following a decision by a court in Istanbul to release the Honorary Chair of Amnesty International Turkey, Taner Kilic after more than fourteen months behind bars, Kumi Naidoo, Amnesty International’s new Secretary General said: “We are

Turkish internet service providers have blocked access to Periscope, the live streaming service owned by Twitter, Inc.  The measure is believed to be temporary, in compliance with a court order issued to prevent unlicensed broadcasts of the sporting events.

Turks Scramble as Lira Falls and Prices Soar

Some businesses have doubled prices on imported goods this year and are already feeling a fall off in sales, as economists warn of galloping inflation.

Why Inflation Is Bad for Populist Strongmen

Turkey’s president appears to be going down a perilous path traversed by the failed strongmen of Venezuela and Zimbabwe.
Muslim-friendly resorts witness a surge in business as demand for getaways that comply with Islamic law rises.
The cost of flash floods caused by heavy rains in the Black Sea province of Ordu is estimated to be at 165 million Turkish Liras ($27.1 million), Enver Yılmaz, the mayor of the city, said on Aug. 14.

All the day’s economic and financial news, including the latest on the Turkish currency crisis that has spooked investors

Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said on Aug. 16 Turkey fully understood and recognised all its domestic challenges and will come out of the current market volatility stronger.
‘She insulted my manhood’: Turkey faces fresh scrutiny on LGBT rights

In a country where violence against gay people is often excused on grounds of unjust provocation, the fatal shooting of a trans woman has caused renewed fear

Simge Avcı loved practical jokes, says her roommate Bahar, recalling how her friend would giggle after pretending to spill the contents of an empty teapot on her startled victims.

Bahar (not her real name), 25, had lived with Avcı for seven years in Samsun, a small, sleepy city on the Black Sea coast of Turkey.

A Chinese pop song with lyrics referring to “romantic Turkey” has almost doubled the number of tourists from China, Culture and Tourism Ministry data shows.

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#Europe agenda: “Boris Johnson burka row explained..”Heatwaves and more…

In Uncategorized on August 16, 2018 at 02:36

Boris Johnson burka row explained

Why the MP’s comments have sparked an internal Conservative Party investigation.
Hungary and the end of democracy

Hungary has taken its leave of democracy and has transformed itself into a dictatorship.

Gabor Vona, president of the Jobbik party, marks the 170th anniversary of the 1848 Hungarian revolution against the Austrian Empire, March, 2018. Attila Volgyi/Press Association. All rights reserved.

Since Viktor Orbán was returned to the office of Prime Minister of Hungary in May 2010, he and his party Fidesz – Magyar Polgári Szövetség (Fidesz-MPSZ; Hungarian Civic Alliance) have transformed the political system of Hungary in a sustained way.

Burned cars fuel Swedish election debate

Sweden’s first big party leader TV debate ahead of September elections was marked by the burning of dozen of cars in cities across the south-west of the country.
Nicola and Lisa Henton-Mitchell survived the bridge collapse with their two children in Genoa.

Sweden cars: 80 set on fire by gangs in several cities

Dozens of vehicles were set ablaze in multiple cities overnight, in an apparent coordinated action.
The great Greek wildfires

With incentives for property speculators being as high as ever and budgets shrunk to a bare minimum, the Greek fire brigade might not have faced its hardest test yet.

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras pledges demolition of 3,200 illegal constructions in Attica region in wake of deadly wildfires, Lavrio, Aug. 7, 2018. Marios Lolos/Press Association. All rights reserved.

As the heatwave affecting Europe continues, forecasters say a respite can be expected in some areas.
Many European temperatures exceed the normal range, especially at night. And there’s more to come.
Forecasters expect temperatures of 46-47C in some parts of Portugal, as three die of heatstroke in Spain.
Soaring temperatures are taking their toll on everyone from sprout farmers to zoo animals.

Too hot? In 1858 London became a stinking sewer

Temperatures hit the 30s and there were no proper drains, bringing flies, disease and pa

Europe heatwave: Why are Spain and Portugal so hot?

With southern Europe baking in a heatwave the record temperature for the continent could be broken.

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