Reading The New York Times editorial page is no easy task. Most times, one cannot be completely sure whether bad journalism or ideological blindness is to blame for the paper's ability to get things wrong when it comes to Turkey. In the twisted world of The New York Times Editorial Board, the designated terrorist organization PKK's founder Abdullah Öcalan, who is currently serving a life sentence in Turkey for his involvement in deadly attacks against Turkish security forces and civilians alike, is "a leader jailed as a terrorist." Turkey's efforts to stop terror attacks and arrest would-be suicide bombers before they reach Europe, including the declaration of a state of emergency in July 2016, were part of a crackdown on dissent. Fetullah Gülen, who has been micromanaging a criminal empire from rural Pennsylvania, is a saint. At this point, however, the Turkish people understand that their country's efforts to protect its national interests are bound to be criticized by The … [Read more...] about The New York Times: bad journalism or ideological blindness?
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The Independent called for honesty before the all-day cabinet meeting at Chequers on Friday, and to some extent Theresa May rose to the challenge. She finally spelled out some irresistible facts to her resistant colleagues. She set out the choices facing the United Kingdom in its negotiations with the European Union with more clarity than before. This cruelly exposed the hard Brexiteers’ lack of an alternative plan. It would seem that Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, had reluctantly conceded as much at a caucus meeting of seven Eurosceptic ministers in the Foreign Office the night before. It has taken eight months for these guardians of the true Brexit flame to realise that it went out when the prime minister agreed to an open border in Ireland. They did not resign then and so they must accept the consequence – namely that the Canada-style free trade agreement they want is not possible. They have spent eight months wishing the border problem away with … [Read more...] about Editorial: Two cheers for Theresa May’s step towards Brexit clarity at Chequers
As we approach the final stage of the Brexit negotiations, it is time for some honesty. Theresa May’s divided government has for too long been trying to straddle two contradictory goals: a close trading relationship with the European Union’s single market – vital for the economy and the protection of jobs in the short term – and the ability to diverge from the EU and do our own trade deals around the world – vital to appease the hard-Brexit lobby within her party and, possibly one day, a benefit to the economy in the long term. In short, the prime minister’s real goal is to hold her party together. If the priority were to strike a deal with the EU in the best interests of the UK, we would not be reading all about a “third way” fudge, combining the “best” of the previous two failed fudges to try to solve this riddle of our trading relationship with Europe after Brexit. There is a more honest way. Ms May could … [Read more...] about Editorial: It’s time for honesty from Theresa May on the Brexit deal
Slowly, the international regulation as regards boat people is being drawn up and clarified by international organisations and countries. Prime Minister Muscat yesterday announced that all economic migrants who came to Malta on board the Lifeline are to be sent back to their countries of origin. There is a reason behind this decision. For it is one thing to define and maybe give refuge to people running away from war, persecution and genocide. And quite another thing to consider giving refuge to people fleeing not from war but from hunger and poverty. In effect, the two categories resemble each other although they are quite different from each other. Both are categories of unfortunate people who have been treated badly by life. One category is fleeing from war, the other from poverty, malnutrition and death. Many times, war invades the people suffering from hunger and poverty. It is clear that most countries are not in a position to help migrants running away from war, let alone … [Read more...] about TMID Editorial: Economic migrants sent home
Europe’s leaders will face an awkward truth when they meet at a crucial summit on Thursday. For much of the past decade they’ve been able to duck difficult decisions, secure in the knowledge that the European Central Bank would step in and fix things. Mario Draghi did this repeatedly, first by providing a backstop to the monetary union and then supporting the recovery via a multi-billion euro bond-buying scheme. “Whatever it takes,” as the ECB president put it.This time, though, the EU’s mightiest institution may have reached the limits of its powers. Europe faces two new emergencies: Donald Trump’s attacks on the global trading system and the migration crisis. In both cases, there’s nothing the central bank can do other than stand by to react to any financial shock that might ensue.This month, the ECB made the momentous decision to terminate its net asset purchases at the end of 2018. Economists are … [Read more...] about Mario Draghi Can’t Save Europe This Time