Berlin, Germany - On a cold December evening, the third night of Hanukkah to be exact, Rabbi Walter Rothschild warms up the crowd at a synagogue in Berlin with a jab at Brexit, to the tune of "Let Freedom Ring". "God save our Brexit Land, saved now from Brussels' hand," he sings, while wearing a necktie of the British flag. "God help us all!" Then, he continues to play as normal with his jazz band. The 64-year-old hails from Yorkshire, England, but he moved to Berlin in 1998 for a job with a synagogue. That didn't work out, but he stayed on in the city. Over the years in the German capital, "everything was fine," he says, "until Brexit". In 2016, 52 percent of Britons voted to leave the European Union in a referendum. Being a European doesn't mean you're not loyal to one country, it means you're loyal to a lot at the same time. Walter Rothschild, rabbi and musician Rothschild earns a living as a freelance writer and rabbi and didn't want to lose access to work in neighbouring … [Read more...] about British Jews claim right to German citizenship before Brexit
Spark has grabbed a bigger slice of the New Zealand sports broadcasting market, securing exclusive rights to three seasons of English Premier League football from next August. The telecommunications specialist already has a foot in the market, after claiming rights to the 2019 Rugby World Cup, but has signalled its intention to expand that portfolio, with a deal for EPL coverage and Manchester United TV. The online platform will carry every premier league match live and on-demand, along with related content like highlights packages. "We can't wait to bring New Zealand this new sport streaming service, which will offer great content and a great experience at great value," says newly appointed Spark head of sport Jeff Latch. "It will offer a whole lot more freedom when it comes to what you watch, where you watch and - with Kiwis now owning more than five million internet-capable devices - what you watch it on. "We're confident once Kiwis expereince sports streaming, they'll never go back … [Read more...] about Spark secures exclusive English Premier League rights for three years
Cambodia’s tycoons are set to be big winners in a controversial election at the end of July, a new report by a leading human rights group has claimed, while calling for sanctions against the country’s business elite for allegedly eroding democracy. The South East Asian nation of 16 million will vote on July 29, in a poll that has been internationally condemned after the main opposition party was dissolved by the courts last year and its leaders jailed or exiled alongside a fierce crackdown on the independent media. Hun Sen, 65, the Cambodian leader and world’s longest serving prime minister has been accused of pushing the country to the brink of dictatorship, with the support of a dozen ruthless generals who have reportedly helped to mastermind his rise. Now a new report by human rights group Global Witness, released on Friday, details how the Cambodian business elite, whose companies are accused of violent land-grabbing, large-scale timber … [Read more...] about Cambodian tycoons set for victory in controversial poll, claims rights group
Press play to listen to this article By FLORIAN EDER PRESENTED BY GOOGLE Send tips here | Tweet @florianeder | Listen to today’s Playbook and view in your browser The summit’s tensest moments: British diplomats scrambled to find a jersey of England’s World Cup team (and in Brussels of all places!) so Theresa May would have something to offer Belgium’s Charles Michel, who had surprised her with a Belgian jersey many long hours earlier. Belgium vs. England: 1:0, and not only politically. TOUGH, TOUGHER, TOUGHEST: “Some may think I am too tough in my proposals on migration. But trust me, if we don’t agree on them, then you will see some really tough proposals from some really tough guys,” Council President Donald Tusk tweeted. Italy went for tougher: Italy’s new prime minister, attending a European Council summit for the first time, learned quickly how to wield Rome’s veto power and annoy everyone else — … [Read more...] about POLITICO Brussels Playbook, presented by Google: Italy’s almost veto — Kurz to the rescue — Orbán and Europe’s new center right
shot dead by an Israeli sniper in Gaza while providing medical treatment to wounded protestors. She became the 119th Palestinian killed in Gaza since mass demonstrations against Israel’s siege began on 30 March. During the same period, Israeli forces shot more than 3,600 protestors with live ammunition, a figure which Israel’s preeminent human rights organisation B’Tselem has characterised as a ‘mindboggling number of casualties’. The onslaught has left Gaza’s strained healthcare system on the verge of collapse. To justify the bloodletting, Israel and its apologists invoked Israel’s ‘right to self-defence’. Firing on the protestors in Gaza was the only means — so this argument ran — by which Israel could prevent them from breaching Israel’s border. Against this, United Nations officials and human rights organisations alleged that Israel, in deploying live ammunition against protestors who posed no … [Read more...] about Does Israel have a ‘right to self-defence’ against Gaza?