Ireland

Irish President Continues Donating Quarter of His Salary to Public Sector

(GPA) Due to pressure from a looming strike and political parties such as Sinn Féin, Irish President Michael D. Higgins plans to uphold a decision from 2011 by refusing a pay raise and donating a quarter of his salary to the public sector. Higgins also reportedly donates his Oireachtas pension to the state. Senators and TDs […]

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Assange’s Internet Cut to Keep Ecuador Out of US Elections: FM

(TeleSUR) – The Foreign Ministry of Ecuador said Tuesday that the government had temporarily restricted Julian Assange’s access to the communication system in its embassy in the U.K. in order to not interfere in the electoral process in the U.S. According to the Foreign Ministry, “The government of Ecuador respects the principle of non-intervention in the affairs […]

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Monsanto Rejects Bayer’s Latest Sweetened US$64 Billion Offer

(TeleSUR) – The agro-business giant has rejected a buyout offer from Bayer yet again. Bayer said its sweetened US$64 billion acquisition offer for Monsanto would not be subject to any financing conditions, responding to the U.S.-based agro-company’s rejection of its latest proposal on Tuesday. Bayer said it was disappointed by Monsanto’s rejection, saying the proposal offered immediate […]

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French Bill Would Grant Some Protection for Whistleblowers

(GPA) The economic reform bill, Sapin 2, aims to grant whistleblowers some type of protection. The bill will also finally put a general legal definition to the term “whistleblower.” A legal definition for “whistleblower” does not currently exist. With this economic reform bill, France will be journeying into uncharted territory as the rest of the EU […]

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Ukrainian Activists Leak Personal Information of Thousands of War Reporters in the Donbas

Ukraine (GVO) – Earlier this week, the Ukrainian activist website Mirotvorets (“Peacemaker”)published a spreadsheet listing what appear to be the names and details of thousands of journalists who have received accreditation to report in the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DNR”). The database was published on May 7 with little publicity, until a Facebook post on Tuesday by Anton Gerashchenko, a Ukrainian […]

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Brexit equals forfeiting EU’s unique human rights protection

London, United Kingdom (TFC) – While the Brexit vs Bremain debate has been- and will continue to be- argued and analysed to death, one very important issue has escaped mainstream attention: human rights. The EU’s European Court of Justice, its laws and its Charter of Fundamental Rights safeguards our human rights more than the European Court of […]

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John Kerry Met with Azerbaijan’s President Days Before Dispute in Nagorno-Karabakh Region

(TFC) On the morning of April 5th, Armenian separatists and Azeri defense ministry announced a ceasefire in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. But with such a complex and fragile history will this ceasefire hold? With foreign interests involved (including that of NATO members), and corruption exposed due to the recently leaked Panama Papers, this ceasefire […]