Tuesday, July 16

Day: July 3, 2016

Putin Remains Dumb as Europe Crumbles in the West
ENGLISH, Europe

Putin Remains Dumb as Europe Crumbles in the West

    Brexit will have some good consequences and some bad consequences, Russian president Vladimir Putin said in the immediate aftermath of the British vote. The president sounded restrained and impartial, leaving to lesser players the chance to cheer in public. “The European Union was like a beacon of light: If you were not in the EU it meant something was wrong with you,” Konstantin Kosachev, head of the International Relations Committee of the Federation Council said during a Channel One talk-show on Tuesday. “But what can possibly be wrong with Great Britain?” Kosachev posed the rhetorical question to imply that the U.K., integrated in every institution of the West, was an unlikely candidate to undermine the European Union. “Nothing is wrong with us, something is wrong with...
UK hotspots targeted in bid to calm post Brexit tension
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

UK hotspots targeted in bid to calm post Brexit tension

    A nationwide strategy to calm community tensions and challenge the post-referendum surge in racism will be launched on Monday amid fears that an emboldened far right could provoke rising racial conflict in the wake of the Brexit vote. The anti-fascist organisation Hope Not Hate will unveil an initiative involving more than 100 unity meetings in identified racist “hotspot” communities, the start of a summer-long campaign to tackle intolerance that has seen reported hate crimes soar during the past week. The #moreincommon initiative – partly funded by the Jo Cox campaign, which has raised almost £1.5m from nearly 44,000 donations since the MP was murdered shortly before the referendum – coincides with evidence that rightwing extremists feel legitimised by the Vote Leave vic...
Italy struck but not broken
ENGLISH, Europe

Italy struck but not broken

    Italy is down but not out, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said in response to the Gulshan cafe attack that left nine Italian nationals among 20 dead. “Confronted with the madness of those who want to undo the Italian way of life, Italians have been struck but not broken,” Renzi said late Saturday, reports Politico, an Italian newspaper. Earlier that day, six gunmen stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery in the diplomatic quarter of Dhaka and took hostages, mostly foreign nationals. Thirteen people were freed, but 20 were killed, including nine Italians, seven Japanese, one American and one Indian. Islamic State allegedly claimed responsibility for the attack. It’s the latest in a series of terrorist attacks around the world, Renzi said, mentioning the two Italians who we...
Nation mourning for slain Gulshan hostages
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Nation mourning for slain Gulshan hostages

    The nation on Sunday started observing the two-day mourning in commemoration of those killed during the hostage standoff at a café at the city’s Gulshan after it came under a terror attack on Friday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday made the declaration for observing the two-day national mourning in her televised address to the nation in the wake of the grisly attack on the Spanish eatery in the country’s diplomatic zone, reports unb. Security forces on Saturday recovered the bodies of 20 foreign nationals launching a commando operation at the restaurant when six attackers and two policemen were also killed after terrorists held hostage a good number of people in it. Thirteen people, including a Japanese citizen and two Sri Lankan nationals, were rescued during the...
David Cameron’s first words when he realised he had lost EU referendum
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

David Cameron’s first words when he realised he had lost EU referendum

    “All political lives end in failure.” These were the words of David Cameron when he realised he had lost the EU referendum in the early hours of 24 June, according to his biographer Anthony Seldon. The night before Mr Cameron made his resignation speech, the mood of the Prime Minister and his team swung from jubilant to morose as results came in and it became clear the Leave campaign had won. And despite pleas from some of his closest allies, including George Osborne, to stay on as Prime Minister in the case of a Brexit win, Mr Cameron decided before the first results were announced that he would leave if he lost the referendum. In an extract from an updated version of Mr Seldon’s biography of Mr Cameron published in The Times, the Prime Minister is quoted telling cabine...