A year ago this week, Salah Hamouri, a well-known French-Palestinian human rights activist was arrested in a pre-dawn raid by Israeli soldiers at his home in occupied East Jerusalem. He has been in indefinite detention ever since. Sawsan Bastawy speaks to his wife, Elsa Lefort, about her anger at the French government's indifference and her steadfast optimism for the future. By Sawsan Bastawy In the absence of her husband — the French-Palestinian political prisoner Salah Hamouri— Elsa Lefort has cultivated an optimism that is striking given the circumstances in which they are now forced to live. “I think that what is most painful for Salah is not being able to see his child grow up or hug him, and not knowing when he will be reunited with his family,” says Lefort, who has herself been banned from entering Israel since 2016 — when she was six-months pregnant. “Nonetheless, we must keep our spirits up and continue the fight.” Hamouri, a … [Read more...] about Elsa Lefort: “The fate of my husband, Salah Hamouri, does not matter to our leaders”
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The key topic of Theresa May’s update on Brexit negotiations was the potential of a so-called “backstop”, with regards to a border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The Prime Minister has said the Government would not accept a hard border put in place after Brexit, leading to the question of how this would be avoided. Thus far, neither side has been able to suggest a way effectively to do so, leading to a potential “backstop” to allow for a plan to be conducted. With this in mind, the PM warned that the Irish issue must not be allowed to "derail" progress towards a deal which could work for both the UK and EU. What is the backstop? The UK is leaving the EU in March 2019, along with its single market and customs union, which allow for friction-free trade between members. After Brexit, the UK will have a land border with the EU between Northern Ireland and the Republic. Theresa May described the backstop in the Commons as … [Read more...] about What is the Irish ‘backstop’ and why does it matter?
Ken Fisher Special to USA TODAY Published 7:03 AM EDT Sep 23, 2018 Data privacy breaches. Emission control scandals. Fake bank accounts created by employees. All are examples of businesses making poor environmental, social and governance (ESG) decisions that bit them in the rear. If you haven’t heard of ESG investing, you will. Increasingly popular among institutional investors like pension funds, it’s going mainstream. Alongside traditional analysis of companies’ financial statements and corporate strategy, ESG emphasizes wide ranging factors that often blow back on a stock’s price. ESG isn’t about punishing bad actors or pushing for social change. Markets are way too efficient for boycotts or divestment to accomplish anything at all. Rather, it’s about assessing nonfinancial factors potentially dinging returns. For the “E,” that means considering how their environmental exposure affects future profitability. Are … [Read more...] about ESG investing: What is it and why does it matter to your 401(k)?
September 07, 2018 06:21 PM DER SPIEGEL: Mr. Chancellor, Austria is the current holder of the rotating European Council presidency. The motto you have chosen for your six-month tenure is "A Europe that Protects." Who is supposed to be protected from whom? Kurz: In the coming months, we want to strengthen all those things that embody our Europe. The focus will be on security, order and the collective protection of our external borders. But we also have to work on our competitiveness amid the global competition in order to defend the prosperity we have attained. My generation often takes Europe and its successes for granted. DER SPIEGEL: Please answer our question. Who is supposed to be protected from whom? Kurz: Our prosperity, our economy, our social security and values, and, if you want to narrow the focus to the question of migration, one of my priorities is the protection from human traffickers, who earn their money with refugees and their suffering. DER SPIEGEL: What … [Read more...] about Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz: ‘Why Does Everything I Do Get So Overblown?’
Middle East 4 September 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-45403334 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsSyrian civil war The war in Syria could be about to enter its final stage, as Syria and its ally Russia … [Read more...] about Why does the battle for Idlib matter?