August 08, 2019 02:05 PM It's May 9 and around 200 people have gathered in a parking lot in Novosibirsk, the third largest city in Russia. They are here to dedicate a monument, with some waving World War II flags, including the flag of a rifle division that conquered the Reichstag in Berlin in 1945. Veterans with medals covering their breasts sit in the first row. Next to the monument, a man is waiting, a slip of paper in his jacket pocket on which he has outlined his speech. He has been waiting 20 years for this moment. A recording of Beethoven's Fifth plays as the man steps forward and, together with the mayor, loosens the red tape to allow the white covering to fall from the monument. The crowd cheers as Stalin is revealed in the glittering sunlight. Joseph Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili, who later gave himself the name Stalin, or "Man of Steel," was the son of a shoemaker and attended church school. And, until his death in March 1953, he was the dictator of the Soviet Union … [Read more...] about Honoring Stalin: The Comeback of a Soviet Dictator
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After months of deliberation, the EU parliament has now elected a new successor to Jean-Claude Juncker, the larger than life head of the EU Commission who has been navigating Brexit’s choppy waters since 2016. Ursula von der Leyen, a former German defence minister and key ally of Angela Merkel, will soon lead the Brexit negotiations from Brussels along with Charles Michel, the president-elect of the European Council, and Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator. Read more: Ursula von der Leyen gets top job at European Commission Von der Leyen, the first woman to lead the EU Commission, may not have taken up her post yet (she will officially start on 31 October) but her appointment is already raising questions about what it could mean for Britain. What is her stance on Brexit? The public statements von der Leyen has made about Brexit have been limited to two things: a potential Brexit delay, and the backstop. While Juncker remains in post, his successor may not want … [Read more...] about Ursula von der Leyen: What kind of EU leader can the UK expect?
Hillary Clinton believes the world would be different if it were led by women, and has singled out Jacinda Ardern as an example. While speaking at the 10th annual Women in the World summit in New York City, the former Secretary of State was asked if she thinks female leaders govern differently to men. One week on: A timeline of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's Christchurch terror attack response Jacinda Ardern praised for being 'compassionate leader' New Zealand falls into silence for two-minutes in tribute to victims "Of course!" she responded to laughter and applause from the audience. Clinton notoriously lost the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump despite winning more votes than him. "Let's take the example of the horrific terrorist attack in New Zealand, and the response of the Prime Minister," she continued. "I had a chance to meet with her about a year ago while she was very pregnant, and we talked about all sorts of things - having a baby when you're in a public … [Read more...] about ‘Heart of a leader and mother’: Hillary Clinton lavishes praise on Jacinda Ardern at New York summit
Foster accuses Prime Minister of a 'slapdash' approach to her talks with EU BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Theresa May has come under attack from the DUP for seeking a further delay to Brexit, with claims she is taking a "disorganised and slapdash" approach to negotiations with the EU. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/foster-accuses-prime-minister-of-a-slapdash-approach-to-her-talks-with-eu-37988180.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/article37988177.ece/b0e86/AUTOCROP/h342/2019-04-06_new_49340349_I1.JPG Email Theresa May has come under attack from the DUP for seeking a further delay to Brexit, with claims she is taking a "disorganised and slapdash" approach to negotiations with the EU. The Prime Minister has asked for Brexit to be delayed until June 30, but Brussels is expected to insist on a longer extension. The UK is due to leave the EU next Friday, but the withdrawal agreement has not been approved by MPs. Hopes are dwindling that … [Read more...] about Foster accuses Prime Minister of a ‘slapdash’ approach to her talks with EU
(CNN)The two police officers trailed the university professor as he left his home in the southwest London suburbs and walked to the local railway station. His name was Eric Burhop. An Australian immigrant who had become one of the United Kingdom's leading nuclear and theoretical physicists, he was also a former member of the team that built the first atomic bomb, a prominent peace campaigner, and the subject of surveillance by security services on at least three continents in the 1950s. Tall and well built, with thinning hair and a ruddy complexion, Burhop walked "with a slight stoop and takes noticeably short strides," a later report noted. "He usually carries a small brown attache case and raincoat. Wears herring-bone tweed sports coats and grey flannels, brown shoes." The officers, members of the UK's national security-focused Special Branch, followed as Burhop took the train to London's Waterloo station, where he was joined by a man of "medium build, oval face, clean shaven, … [Read more...] about Activist or spy? The curious case of a Cold War nuclear scientist