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Turkey’s Dangerous Referendum

The juggernaut that Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) put together to dismantle Turkey’s current political system and replace it with a highly centralized executive that will have the power to dismiss parliament, control the judiciary and rule by decree has developed a bit of a wobble.

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Greek refugee camps remain dangerous and inadequate, say aid workers

Feeling unsafe and vulnerable, having limited access to water and electricity, still living in tents; these were just some of the concerns picked up by researchers speaking to refugees who are living in Greek camps. This is one of a number of red flags that continue to be raised by aidworkers and researchers, pointing out that a year-and-a-half on from the start of the crisis, a number of camps in Greece still don’t meet basic humanitarian standards.

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Could Bernie have won? Democrats ponder Clinton rout

Hillary Clinton’s devastating loss to Donald Trump has left many Democrats stumped, as the party struggles to process what happened and why. While some blame “racist” Trump voters or third parties, others wonder whether Bernie Sanders could have won instead.

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The Butcher of Qana: Shimon Peres was no peacemaker

Peres announced that “we did not know that several hundred people were concentrated in that camp. It came to us as a bitter surprise.” It was a lie.

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Standing in solidarity for a humanity without borders

Much has been made of the basic unfairness in how responsibility is shared between nations for ameliorating the refugee crisis. But the real question is the level of economic sharing that is needed to deal with its root causes, when the international response continues to be woefully inadequate.

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Oliver Stone: «We are not under threat. We are the threat»

The way Stone tells it, Americans live in a bubble and are spoon-fed information by a school system, politicians and a media that portrays the US as a beacon of stability and a force for good in the world. “You get into this cocoon where you have a big country, two oceans, but that you’re always under threat” says Stone.

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Cyprus: The wedding island of the Middle East

An extraordinary number of foreign couples visit Cyprus for their weddings – about 3,000 fly in from the Middle East every year. Most of them are Lebanese and Israelis. They find a Greek Cypriot civil ceremony is quick and cheap and crucially it’s legally recognised at home.

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The Unwanted: Pakistani asylum seekers and migrants behind closed doors

Since 2015, more than a million migrants and refugees have crossed from Turkey to Greece and then continued on to Western Europe, with half of them crossing via Lesbos. This year, propped up by anti-refugee rhetoric, the European Union decided to block migration flows.

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Long live the Queen of Chaos

For those to whom this hasn’t yet occurred, if Hillary Clinton is elected President she will be President. The Democratic Party platform, Bernie Sanders’ program proposals and Mrs. Clinton’s theorized move Left will be but distant memories.

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The financial invasion of Greece

There is a war going on in Europe but it’s not a military war anymore. They’re now using finance instead of war and they’re using finance to say, we can grab your country. We can put you out of work. There’s a land grab just as if it were an invasion to grab Greece’s ports, to grab Greece’s railroads, and to grab everything else. This is war.

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