As German makes provisions to accept 800,000 refugees this year, the nation is split vertically on the crisis with refugee shelters attacked with Molotov cocktails and swastika signs painted outside many refugee homes. Rashme Sehgal reports for Rediff.com from Heidelberg on how Europe's refugee crisis is playing out in Germany. As Germans get ready to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the unification of East and West Germany in October, the refugee influx into the country could well see its social fabric being ripped apart with Germans living in the east and west taking opposing views on this controversial issue. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has insisted that all the 28 nations who are part of the European Union 'take equal responsibility for refugees seeking asylum,' and Germany is making provisions to allow 800,000 refugees enter its borders this year. So far over 230,000 refugees have sought refuge in the country. The eastern part of Germany has reacted with hostility to this … [Read more...] about 800 plus attacks on refugee shelters in Germany
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How the campaigns went for each of the party leaders and what they did - or didn't - achieve.David CameronJob: Conservative Party leader since 2005Age: 48 Electoral history: MP for Witney since 2001. Led Conservatives to gain 97 seats in 2010 and become the largest party in the House of Commons with 307 seats. The party did not get a majority (at least 325 seats) - and swift talks to form a tradition-busting coalition with the Lib Dems led to him becoming prime minister.How's his campaign gone? David Cameron had what was widely described as a safety-first campaign, with the core messages of sticking with the Conservatives to ensure economic recovery and warning that a Labour government propped up by the SNP would cause chaos. In the final week he rolled up his sleeves and said he was "pumped up" after critics suggested a lack of passion. And how did he do? Personally, Mr Cameron got re-elected into his safe seat of Witney with more than 35,000 votes - more than 25,000 ahead of his … [Read more...] about Election results: Leader-by-leader – how have they done?
THE ARMS trade is lucrative and controversial. Over $80bn-worth of weapons are exported by Western countries each year. The business is governed by a mesh of rules designed to prevent—or at least limit—proliferation and misuse. This system is imperfect, but does have some bite. In Britain court cases have contested the legality of weapons sales to Saudi Arabia because they may have been used against civilians in Yemen. Germany froze exports to the kingdom in 2018. These days, though, physical weapons such as missiles, guns and tanks are only part of the story. A growing, multi-billion-dollar industry exports “intrusion software” designed to snoop on smartphones, desktop computers and servers (see article). There is compelling evidence that such software is being used by oppressive regimes to spy on and harass their critics. The same tools could also proliferate and be turned back against the West. Governments need to ensure that this new kind of arms export does … [Read more...] about Western firms should not sell spyware to tyrants
The trial opened in the Phu Tho People’s Court in the northern province, 80 kilometers (50 miles) northwest of Hanoi. Phan Van Vinh, former director of the General Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security, and Nguyen Thanh Hoa, former director of the ministry’s Departmentfor High-Tech Crime Prevention, are charged with "abuse of power or position in performance of official duties." Vinh was arrested in April and Hoa a month earlier. They could be sentenced to 5-10 years in prison. The 90 other defendants are charged with six different crimes: gambling, organizing gambling, money laundering, and trading illegal receipts. The trial, guarded by more than 500 cops on the opening day, is expected to last for 20 days. Nguyen Thanh Hoa, former director of the ministry’s cyber crime division, arrives at the Phu Tho People's Court on Monday. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy Investigations found Vinh had helped Nguyen Thanh Hoa and Nguyen Van Duong, chairman of … [Read more...] about Former top cops stand trial in massive gambling case
By Nwafor Sunday Senate President Bukola Saraki, has in a riposte replied the National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who on Sunday, accused him and the House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, of highjacking the 2018 national budget process. Saraki who disclosed this in a statement signed by his special adviser on media and publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, took time to educate Tinubu on National Assembly matters, noting that all that he (Tinubu) said about him were lies. NASS Leadership: Saraki, Dogara scheming to frustrate APC’s zoning formula – Nabena Recall that Tinubu in his statement titled, ‘Tinubu Focusing on the Issues of Today: ‘Tomorrow is the Master of Itself’, said that the “outgoing Senate President Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara and their like, highjacked the budget process these past four years. Continuing he said that “National budgets were delayed … [Read more...] about Saraki blows hot, says Tinubu’s statement fallacious