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President Erdoğan issues warning after European parliament vote urging ministers to freeze talks on Turkey joining the EU
Turkey’s president has threatened to tear up a landmark deal to stem the flow of refugees into Europe a day after the European parliament urged governments to freeze EU accession talks with Ankara.
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Five step approach identified to address data breaches and increase online trust
[London, UK – 23 November 2016] – The Internet Society has today released the findings from its 2016 Global Internet Report in which 59 percent of users admit they would likely not do business with a company which had suffered a data breach. Highlighting the extent of the data breach problem, the report makes key recommendations for building user trust in the online environment, stating that more needs to be done to protect online personal information.
The OECD’s 2011-2015, 33 country, 215,942-person study of computer skills paints a deceptively grim picture of the average level of computer proficiency around the world — deceptive because it excludes over-65s, who research shows to be, on average, less proficient than the 16-65 cohort sampled.
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The Trump election gave real legitimacy to Europe’s fascist parties, including France’s Marine Le Pen of the National Front; and in the absence of real, left-win alternatives for populist discontent, the only real opposition to these authoritarians is coming from the hard right parties, which are swinging even further to the right to try to gain back some of their supporters.
There has been quite some heated reaction to Guy Verhofstadt saying he backs the idea of individual Brits somehow being able to retain EU citizenship after Brexit, for a fee (Guardian story here). This builds on the initial proposal of Luxembourg liberal MEP Charles Goerens.
This is a pretty complicated and multi-faceted debate, and I will try to take apart each aspect of it.
A patched deal allows CETA to pass to the next stage. But Belgium gained important concessions. We translate the historic parliamentary speech by the Minister-president of Wallonia in Namur on October 14, 2016.
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THERE ARE MANY THINGS I remember about the night of July 15 in Istanbul. I was with my then girlfriend and her friends when we heard a military coup was taking place. We decided to do the most sensible thing we could think of: buy beer and
Reuters – Gulsen Solaker – Nov 28, 6:57 AM
ANKARA Turkish authorities are investigating foster families for suspected ties to a failed coup and may remove children from homes if their guardians are found to be supporters of the putsch, a government official said on Monday. The government
Post-coup crackdowns in Turkey are wrong in themselves and risk putting relations with Europe in jeopardyFor the past four months, Turkey’s leader has subjected his country to sweeping political purges – but there are few signs of an end soon. The new announcement that 6,000 teachers will be reinstated in their jobs after having been suspended is a welcome gesture but does little to reduce the level of tension.
While our elected representatives are in jail, we have learned that the government has selected a group of people from influential families to launch a new “peace process”.
Turkish TOMA’s. Wikicommons/Vikiçizer. Some rights reserved.Last Friday 370 civil society organizations were closed by the government under the allegation of supporting terrorist groups. 50 of these organizations are based in Diyarbakir, in my city. There are associations that support the families who lost their houses during the curfews or families who live under the poverty line in the region. Associations that represent women and children’s rights, Kurdish linguistic rights, “lost” people, reconciliation, Kurdish culture, lawyers rights have all been closed by the government.
The state will also try to put those into high positions who are close to the government or available to switch alliances. In other words: divide and rule.
Police using teargas and water cannon,Diyarbakir region, December 2015. Demotix/ Avni Kantan. All rights reserved.On November 2, 2016, the Metropolitan Municipality of Diyarbakir has been put under forced administration by the central Turkish government. This act of repression is part of a larger campaign of the AKP government to crush the Kurdish and left opposition, increasingly so since the failed military coup in July 2016. In total 35 municipalities ruled by the HDP (People’s Democratic Party), respectively its member party DBP (Democratic Regions Party), have now been taken over by an AKP administrator, are occupied by a big number of police and to date hundreds of employees have been fired. This is an account of the life within the Municipality of Diyarbakir by one of the employees after the occupation.
For approximately 20 years I have been working as an academic and since 1993 I have also been active in the media. I started my journey in journalism at the Milliyet newspaper as a correspondent and continued as an analyst and columnist. I worked…
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As Post-Truth is the 2016 Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year, other “Top Trending Words and Phrases of 2016In Uncategorized on November 29, 2016 at 13:30
Top Trending Words and Phrases of 2016, Thus Far: Bigly, Brexit & Non-binary
AUSTIN, Texas July 15-17, 2016 – Bigly, Brexit, and ‘Non-binary’ lead the Top Trending Words and Phrases of 2016 thus far, followed by the Prince Symbol, Zika, Gun Violence / Gun Culture, Safe Place, Heroin and fentanyl according to the current word trends in global English being tracked by the Global Language Monitor, the big data, trend tracking consultancy.
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