Canary (The Other)

2019 Oct 15 - 1:30am
A dozen Catalan politicians and activists have been convicted on charges of sedition, misuse of public funds and disobedience for their role in a failed secession attempt for the northeastern region of Spain in 2017. The trial is considered the most important for the country since democracy was restored following the death of fascist dictator General Francisco Franco in 1975.Profound and long-lasting repercussionsFormer regional vice president...
Tags: Global, Catalan independence, Catalonia, Spain
2019 Oct 15 - 12:54am
At least 22,000 people took to the streets in London yesterday calling for an end to the Turkish invasion of northern Syria (aka Rojava). The demonstration was part of a growing global display of outrage against Turkish aggression. Trump’s betrayal Turkey invaded Rojava on 9 October, after Donald Trump promised that the US would not intervene to stop it. Trump’s announcement was a betrayal of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the...
Tags: Feature, Global, UK, #RiseUp4Rojava, rojava, Syria
2019 Oct 14 - 11:46pm
On 9 October, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan launched an illegal invasion of largely-Kurdish areas in northern Syria (aka Rojava). And the latest reports indicate that Turkey has killed at least 39 civilians and injured over 100. “Martyred” A report from the Kurdish Red Crescent (KRC) reveals the brutality of this invasion. Between 9 and 13 October, Turkish forces and bomb attacks killed at least 39 civilians and injured at...
Tags: Global, UK, #RiseUp4Rojava, rojava, Syria
2019 Oct 14 - 10:05pm
The Syrian army has now deployed near the Turkish border. This came hours after Kurdish-led defence forces in northern Syria (aka Rojava) said they had reached a deal with Damascus to help them resist Turkey’s illegal invasion. A “military” deal to defeat Turkish-led invaders On Monday morning, Syria’s state news agency said that the army had moved into the town of Tal Tamr, which is about 12 miles from the Turkish border. Tal Tamr...
Tags: Analysis, Global, US, Bashar al-Assad, Kobanî, rojava
2019 Oct 14 - 8:19pm
Former British army chief Richard Dannatt said he was “very disappointed” with the content of the Queens speech. Dannatt feels disappointed as legislation to give an amnesty from prosecution to British army veterans of the conflict in the north of Ireland was ‘cut‘ from her speech. But it’s the victims of British army killings who should be ‘disappointed’. Because the Irish and British governments agreed mechanisms, under the...
Tags: Analysis, UK, Ballymurphy, Bloody Sunday, Legacy, north of Ireland
2019 Oct 14 - 7:46pm
Brexit will “hold back” efforts in Scotland to tackle the global climate emergency, the country’s environment secretary said.Roseanna Cunningham announced new measures to help in the fight against global warming – but warned of the impact leaving the European Union could have on the environment.Speaking at the SNP annual conference in Aberdeen, she said: “Brexit will hold back Scotland’s environmental...
Tags: Environment, brexit, Roseanna Cunningham, scotland
2019 Oct 14 - 6:13pm
A ‘crime crackdown’ dominated the first Queen’s Speech of Boris Johnson’s premiership. With the prime minister pushing for a snap general election the legislative programme presented at the State Opening of Parliament is being seen as a bid by Johnson to set out his campaign agenda. As well as law and order issues, immigration and the environment were also major elements of the programme, which had already been extensively trailed...
Tags: UK, Boris Johnson, Conservative party, queen's speech
2019 Oct 14 - 6:01pm
Reports of a change in “mood music” and talk of a “pathway” to a deal may indicate some progress has been made between EU and UK Brexit negotiators. This would indeed be welcome news and may allay people’s fears surrounding the potential damage a no-deal Brexit could cause. This damage would also be felt by both economies on the island of Ireland. But this change in “mood” could also be an indication that the DUP’s days of...
Tags: Global, Opinion, Assembly, backstop, brexit, DUP
2019 Oct 14 - 5:12pm
The French data firm Atos has been awarded a new £25 million contract with the UK’s Ministry of Defence, just months after winning a £394.7 million deal with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). Atos said the deal would help upgrade the MoD’s computer systems and digitise the delivery of healthcare for the defence services. Defence ministers are embarking on the CORTISONE programme to integrate its systems and reduce costs by using off-the...
Tags: UK, Atos, DWP, MOD, outsourcing
2019 Oct 14 - 4:25pm
Spain’s supreme court has convicted 12 former Catalan politicians and activists for their roles in the secession movement of 2017.The court sentenced former regional vice president Oriol Junqueras to 13 years for sedition and misuse of public funds.Journalists waiting outside the court (AP/Paul White)The 12 were tried for their actions in a 2017 attempt by Catalonia to break away from Spain following an independence referendum that Spain...
Tags: Global, Catalan independence, Catalonia, Spain
2019 Oct 14 - 12:56am
Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson has adopted an extreme opposition to Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party since assuming her role earlier this year. And on 13 October, she kept up her sectarian stance by again suggesting that there’s no way she’d ever work with Corbyn. Labour’s response to this, meanwhile, was pure gold. Sky‘s Sophy Ridge asked Swinson: Are there any circumstances that you would back a Jeremy Corbyn...
Tags: UK, austerity, brexit, jeremy corbyn, Jo Swinson
2019 Oct 14 - 12:35am
WARNING: this story contains a very graphic video of a mutilated body, that some readers may find distressing. It appears that many of the Turkish-backed ground troops invading the mostly Kurdish populated areas of Rojava (north Syria) are al-Qaeda affiliated Syrian jihadists. They and their families are likely to take over the so-called 20 mile deep ‘safe zone’. Meanwhile, there are reports that thousands of Daesh (Isis/Isil)...
Tags: Analysis, Global, #RiseUp4Rojava, al-Qaeda, ISIS, Kurds

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