US-Turkish relations are at their lowest point in recent history. The crisis only appears to be financial, even though it has some painful financial implications for Turkey. Although Erdogan's incompetent monetary policy made Turkey excessively vulnerable to American economic sanctions, the reason for sanctions is a political one. That's not a conspiracy theory, that's an open secret. Even the mainstream Western media, like Reuters have no qualms in spelling out the real reasons of crisis in the US-Turkish relations: The key words in this litany of American grievances are "Russia" and "Putin". Washington is trying to send a message: if anyone disobeys Uncle Sam on foreign or domestic policy, the punishment will be swift and ruthless, all previous agreements be damned. The only problem with this policy is that it can backfire in the most spectacular fashion. Trump's bet (or bluff) is that Turkey can't … [Read more...] about Defiant Erdogan Gets Political Support From Russia, China and Qatar
Kyle Hayes deals with the late panic stations first, with a laconic flash of trademark Limerick understatement.“We knew they were going to have a purple match at some stage, but the last 10 minutes wasn’t really ideal.“I wouldn’t say panic. I’d always trust the fella next to you, or someone, to make something happen.“Thankfully, we got to grips with it at the end. But for 10 minutes I thought Galway absolutely demolished us. It just shows what they can do.“I always thought once we gained the lead, we always have that energy to finish games strong. I was banking on that to come in at some stage,” said Hayes.“We’ve had it built into us all year, as soon as we’re dealt a blow, just to react straight away. Do something positive.” His hat-trick of points early in the second half - one which needed rubber-stamping by Hawkeye - punctuated an error-strewn portion of the game, and stretched the challengers’ lead out … [Read more...] about ‘The support we have is something special’, says Limerick’s Kyle Hayes
According to the latest poll conducted by Kantar Public, if elections took place now, 36 percent of Poles would vote for ruling Law and Justice (PiS), while 26 percent would vote for Civic Platform (PO). PiS support grew by two percentage points compared with last month, while PO’s support went up by 3 pps. Other parties… This content is for Silver 6 months, Gold 1 Year and Bronze 2 weeks members only.Log In Buy Subscription … [Read more...] about PiS at 36% and PO with 26% support – Kantar Public poll
The US says it supports peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying in a statement that Washington "welcomes the announcement by the Afghan government of a ceasefire conditioned on Taliban participation...this plan responds to the clear and continued call of the Afghan people for peace." Pompeo added that the US is ready to back direct negotiations between the two parties. "There is no obstacles to talks. It is time for peace," he said. It comes just hours after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced a ceasefire agreement with the Taliban, beginning on Monday, to mark the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday. Taliban sources told Reuters that the four-day ceasefire had been provisionally agreed to by the group's leaders, though supreme leader Sheikh Haibatullah Akhunzada must still give his final approval. … [Read more...] about US supports peace talks between Taliban & Afghan govt as Kabul announces ceasefire agreement
Is public support shifting towards a second referendum? Polls have consistently shown over the past year that Britons do not think Brexit is being managed well, but that had not been matched by any appetite to re-run the referendum. More recent polls have begun to show a different picture, however. In July, YouGov found 42% of the public were in favour of a new vote, compared with 40% who were opposed. In April 2017 just 31% of people had supported a second referendum. Further polling for the People’s Vote campaign found support was strengthened by the prospect of no deal. In a YouGov poll of more than 10,000 people, 50% said that in the event of no-deal outcome in negotiations there should be a fresh vote. Who is backing a new vote? In recent months the idea of a new vote on the terms of the deal, with an option to remain, has won some high-profile political supporters as well as business donations and celebrity endorsements. The former education secretary Justine Greening is … [Read more...] about Is public support shifting toward a second EU referendum?