The pressure of hasty preparation for a no-deal outcome has added another layer of irritation. Annoyance over the revelation of spending more than £100m on ferry contracts to ease congestion at ports demonstrates the world of pain any no-deal scenario holds for the government. The Brexit menu, so decisively offered in 2016, has turned into a series of mushy dishes with various ingredients chucked in and fished out at the last moment. The optimistic case (from Number 10’s position) is that more pro-Leave MPs fear “losing” Brexit. Team May believes that parts of the hardline Eurosceptic bloc of up to 50 MPs have become less adamantine. A source close to the European Research Group tells me that the impact of Jeremy Corbyn’s shroud-waving of a vote of no confidence in the government before Christmas helped “warm up” relations between Downing Street and the ERG and Democratic Unionists on whose votes the government relies for survival. … [Read more...] about The sharks are already circling as May struggles to keep her Brexit afloat
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Despite corruption and abuse of power within the government, the 28-year-old clings to democracy and wants Afghanistan's Western allies to be more patient, because she strongly believes two decades is not enough to build a democracy from scratch when the foundations of society have been shattered by decades of war. "We also made our own sacrifices for our country," she says. By "we," she means the entire Afghan population. "And maybe I don't have the luxury of losing hope because this is where I live. This is where I belong to." … [Read more...] about After 9/11: Has Germany failed in Afghanistan?
11/09/01 7pm - President George W. Bush, who was in Florida at the time of the attacks, returned to the White House 11/09/01 9pm - Bush delivered a televised address from the Oval Office 11/09/01- Hundreds of emergency service workers and firefighters comb the scene to rescue those trapped in the debris 07/10/01 - Operation Enduring Freedom, the American-led international effort to oust the Taliban regime in Afghanistan -began 02/05/01 - Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the September 11 attacks, was finally tracked down and killed by U.S. forces at a hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan 11/09/02 - For the first anniversary, two bright columns of light called “Tribute in Light” were shot up into the sky from where the Twin Towers once stood 11/09/11 - The National September 11 Memorial & Museum opened on the former World Trade Center site 11/03/14 - One World Trade Center, nicknamed The Freedom Tower opened What does One World Trade Center look like now? In the … [Read more...] about When did the Twin Towers fall and what does the World Trade Center look like now?
Patch of uninhabitable desert that India and China have been fighting over for centuries The Himalayan border between India and China has been disputed for centuries, but the two countries have been fighting over it most recently since the 1960s. … [Read more...] about China and India agree that their troops will ‘quickly disengage’ following months-long standoff between the nuclear-armed nations along disputed border territory
'I was devastated, as if dispossessed of myself, I could no longer do anything. I moved towards the code keypad and I typed it in,' she recalled. 'I felt that the terrorists were approaching their goal, I felt them growing excited next to me.' … [Read more...] about Charlie Hebdo chief says the magazine has ‘nothing to regret’ in publishing cartoons of prophet Mohammed, adding: ‘If we don’t fight for our freedom we promote a deadly ideology’