Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Turkey Reverses Female Army Officers' Headscarf Ban

BBC: A ban on female army officers in Turkey wearing the Muslim headscarf has been lifted by the government.

The military is the last Turkish institution to see the ban removed. It has long been seen as the guardian of Turkey's secular constitution.

Turkey has a secular constitution dating from the days of Kemal Ataturk, founder of the modern republic, who did not like women covering their heads.

Wearing headscarves in public institutions was banned in the 1980s. » | Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Germany's Bavaria to Ban Full-face Veil

BBC: The German state of Bavaria has announced plans to ban the full-face veil in government workplaces, schools, universities and while driving.

"Communication happens not only via language but also looks, facial expressions and gestures," said state Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann. » | Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster

JIHAD WATCH: NSA McMaster: Islamic State uses “perverted interpretation of religion” »

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Joe: President Trump Needs To Speak Out Against Anti-Semitism | Morning Joe | MSNBC

In the wake of rising anti-Semitic incidents around the country, namely bomb threats being made to Jewish community centers, Trump must speak out against anti-Semitism, Joe Scarborough states.

Jean-Claude Juncker Warns Britain of ‘Hefty Bill’ for Brexit

Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European commission, makes a speech to the Belgian federal parliament on Tuesday and warns that the British people must prepare to pay a “very heft bill” for leaving the European Union. Although Juncker says the EU must not enter negotiations with “a heart filled with hostility” he does stress that the terms of leaving will not be “cut-price or zero cost”

Read the Guardian article here

Is the US Really in a Position to Lecture Iraq on Democracy, Press Freedom & Protecting Minorities?

Le Pen Refuses Headscarf, Cancels Meeting

Marine Le Pen, France's far-right presidential candidate, canceled a meeting with Lebanon's Grand Mufti after refusing to wear a headscarf. CNN's Melissa Bell reports.

Rogue Nation: North Korea and the Death of Kim Jong-Nam

Senior Donald Trump Aide Warns European Union It Can Expect 'Hostility' after Brexit

THE TELEGRAPH: A senior aide to Donald Trump has warned the European Union that it can expect "hostility" after Britain leaves the European Union, according to reports.

Steve Bannon, the White House chief strategist, is understood to have informed Germany's ambassador to Washington that the new US administration hopes to conduct future relations with Europe on a bilateral basis.

The President's aide also told Peter Wittig that he viewed the EU as a flawed construct, sources have told Reuters. » | Laura Hughes, Political Correspondent | Tuesday, February 21, 2017

US - Surge of Anti-semitism Sparks Concern after the Vandalization of a Jewish Cemetery in Missouri

US Immigration Raids Leave Many 'Afraid to Open the Door'

BBC: Hundreds of people have been arrested in immigration raids across the US, leaving many more concerned about how to respond to a knock on the door.

Rajini Vaidyanathan reports from Maryland. (+ BBC video) » | Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Mosul Offensive: New Phase in Battle for Iraq's Second City (Parts 1 & 2)

Austrian Court Approves Extradition of Ukrainian Tycoon Dmytro Firtash

THE TELEGRAPH: An Austrian court on Tuesday approved a US request to extradite a Ukrainian billionaire with ties to an associate of Donald Trump to face trial on bribery charges, in a move that could test the White House's relationship with Russia. » | Roland Oliphant, Moscow | Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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Graeme Wood: The Rise of Islamic State Is the Modern Reformation - Viewsnight

Viewsnight is BBC Newsnight's new place for ideas and opinion. Here, Graeme Wood, national correspondent for The Atlantic argues the rise of so-called Islamic State is a kind of Reformation within Islam. Tariq Ramadan says this argument is "misplaced" and we should not try to "understand Islam through a Christian lens"

WIKIPEDIA: Graeme Wood »

What Makes for a Revolution? Debate - BBC Newsnight

With the centenary of Russia's revolutions approaching, Evan Davis spoke to historian Orlando Figes - a specialist on the Russian revolution - Mustafa Nayyem, who was at the forefront of the Ukrainian protests in 2014 and Reem Assil, who was active in the Syrian uprising.

'Turkey Is the Biggest Jail for Journalists in the World'

Shady Oligarch's Case A Test Of President Trump's Department Of Justice | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

Rachel Maddow reports on the murky overlap between Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash, Vladimir Putin, and the Donald Trump campaign and alerts viewers to watch for whether the Department of Justice under Trump continues to pursue a case against Firtash.

The Most Dangerous Man In President Trump's World Is VP Mike Pence | The Last Word | MSNBC

There's a way to remove Donald Trump from office without impeachment. It comes from another section of the Constitution – and the man who controls most of that power is Trump's Vice President: Mike Pence.

NJ Parents Concerned about Islam Emphasis in Curriculum

Parents question emphasis put on the teaching of religion of Islam in a 7th grade social studies class

Left Attacks First Lady Over Reciting 'The Lord's Prayer'

Rev. Franklin Graham and Jerry Falwell Jr. react to the outrage on 'Hannity'

Cost of Trump Family Security Vexes New York and Florida Officials

THE GUARDIAN: Senator Chuck Schumer says costs of guarding Trump Tower may add up to $183m a year, while Palm Beach officials complain about cost of Mar-a-Lago visits

New York Senator Chuck Schumer has ramped up pressure on Donald Trump and the federal government to accept the mounting costs of protecting the president, the first family and their extended entourage.

Schumer, the Senate Democratic leader, inserted himself into the debate on Sunday, saying it costs $500,000 per day for nearly 200 police officers to protect Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, which houses the Trump family business headquarters and serves as the home of the first lady, Melania Trump, and the couple’s son, Barron. The senator estimated the cost could rise to as much as $183m annually.

At current estimates, even a four-year Trump administration could be heading for a billion dollars in taxpayer-borne costs – an eight-fold increase of the $97m Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, estimates it cost to protect Barack Obama over the two terms of his administration. Read on and comment » | Edward Helmore in New York | Monday, February 20, 2017

Germany Wartime Movie Star 'Was a Russian Spy'

Marika Rökk - Hab Mich Lieb! (1942)

Read the Telegraph article here

Monday, February 20, 2017

MPs Pour Scorn on 'Racist and Sexist' Donald Trump in State Visit Debate

Parliament holds three-hour debate over whether US president’s invitation should be revoked after 1.8m sign petition against visit

Read the Guardian article here

Administration Official Fired for Criticizing the President

Craig Deare, one of the Trump administration's National Security Council leaders, was fired after criticizing President Trump in a speech at a Washington think tank last week. CBS News' Major Garrett has details.

How Raids against Undocumented Workers Affect Agriculture

Steve Harrigan takes a closer look

Russia's UN Ambassador Dies at Age 64

John Hannah reacts to the death and latest leaks

Are Sanctions against North Korea Working? – Inside Story

It's no secret that North Korea is one of the most isolated countries in the world.

Joe: President Donald Trump's Media Statement 'Very, Very Dangerous' | Morning Joe | MSNBC

Top Talkers: In an extraordinary move this weekend, Donald Trump called out most major U.S. media outlets as the enemies of the American people. The Morning Joe panel discusses the remark.

Being Muslim In America | NBC News

At the "I am Muslim too" rally in Times Square, New York, we asked what it means to be Muslim in America today.

France's Election: 'The Russians Are Doing What They Can to Bring Down Macron'

Amanpour's Full Interview with Iran's Javad Zarif

Christiane Amanpour speaks with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, in Munich, Germany.

Trump Tries to Explain Remark about Sweden amid Confusion - BBC News

US President Donald Trump has sought to explain why he referred to a security incident in Sweden on Friday which did not actually happen. Addressing a rally on Saturday, he had said, "look at what's happening last night in Sweden", as he listed parts of Europe hit by terrorist attacks. With no such incident reported in Sweden on Friday, the country asked the US administration for an explanation. Mr Trump tweeted on Sunday that he had been referring to a TV report.

Europe: US VP Mike Pence Takes Charm Offensive to EU and NATO in Brussels

Tucker Carlson Speaks Out On Trump's 'Sweden' Remark

Host of 'Tucker Carlson Tonight' reacts to president referencing story from his show