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US Supreme Court Judge death sparks debate
The death of a US Supreme Court Judge has caused fierce argument over the process to find his replacement. Justice Antonin Scalia died aged 79 in his sleep early Saturday morning. US President Barack Obama paid tribute to Scalia, saying he had "an incisive wit," and was a larger than life presence on the bench. Obama said that...
UN Security Council condemns North Korea missile launch
North Korea has launched a long-range rocket, angering its neighbours and Washington. The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting following the launch, which Pyongyang claimed was to put a satellite in orbit. The Council, in a statement, strongly condemned the launch. South Korea, Japan and the United States have all voiced their concern, just weeks after North Korea allegedly...
UK considers accepting more child refugees
The British Government is considering allowing thousands of unaccompanied children into the UK who are currently in Europe. Speaking to Sky News on Sunday, International Development Secretary Justine Greening said the government were discussing “whether we can do more” for unaccompanied children. It is estimated that there are 3,000 children in Europe without their parents or...
Gulf oil shares drop as Iran sanctions lifted
Sanctions against Iran have been lifted after almost 40 years as international inspectors confirmed that Iran’s nuclear program is now sufficiently limited. The International Atomic Energy Agency announced in Vienna that Iran’s nuclear program was compliant with a deal aimed to stop it producing nuclear weapons. Iran now has billions of dollars worth of previously frozen...
Cameron hopeful of EU deal David Cameron, EU, deal, news, politics, Kettle Mag, Tom Deacon
David Cameron says that he is “hopeful” of an agreement with EU leaders in February that would allow him to hold the UK’s in-out referendum on the EU. He has also said that he will remain Prime Minister even if the UK voted to leave the EU. A referendum on EU membership has been promised...
Don’t ban Trump UK, USA, ban, Donald Trump, Free speech, Politics, Kettle Mag, Tom Deacon
The petition calling for American businessman and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to be banned from entering the U.K has over 570,000 signatures. A debate will now be held on the 18th of January in the House of Commons. The petition comes after Trump’s countless statements, from demanding a wall be built along the entire...
Saudi execution of Shi’ite cleric provokes fierce world reaction
The execution of a prominent Shi’ite cleric by Saudi Arabia has provoked a strong reaction by Iran. Saudi Arabia executed Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr on Saturday for alleged terrorism offences. Iran claims that he was sentenced to death for his outspoken views against the Saudi’s Sunni rulers. Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has warned of “divine...
Hezbollah leader killed in Damascus strike
Israeli warplanes killed Samir Qantar, a Hezbollah leader on Saturday in Damascus. Qantar’s death  was reported by the Lebanese group and the Syrian state media on Sunday. Israel has not confirmed responsibility for the strike, although welcomed Qantar’s death. Israeli Housing and Construction minister Yoav Gallant said, “It is good that people like Samir Qantar...
Ground-breaking climate deal reached in Paris
A landmark deal has been agreed at the Paris climate change summit. All countries are now committed to cut carbon emissions, the first deal of its kind. Negotiations lasted two weeks and involved almost 200 countries. An agreement between so many countries on climate change is being described by many as “historic.” British Prime Minister...
London tube stabbing “terrorist incident”
A knife attack at a tube station in East London is being treated as a “terrorist incident”, the Metropolitan police has said. Police were called to Leytonstone tube station at around 19:00 on Saturday following reports of people being threatened and attacked. One man has suffered serious knife injuries, and two others received minor injuries....
The George Washington of Iraq Kettlemag, Politics, Iraq,
The justification for the Iraq war in 2003 was that Saddam Hussein was believed to possess weapons of mass destruction. The demand for the Chilcot inquiry to be published, the enquiry into the Iraq war, has brought the intentions for invasion back into the news. Most of the criticism has been levelled at Tony Blair...
The George Washington of Iraq
The justification for the Iraq war in 2003 was that Saddam Hussein was believed to possess weapons of mass destruction. The demand for the Chilcot inquiry to be published, the enquiry into the Iraq war, has brought the intentions for invasion back into the news. Most of the criticism has been levelled at Tony Blair...
25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall Berlin Wall, Germany, reunification, world, Tom Deacon, Kettle Mag
25 years ago the Berlin Wall fell. Between 1961 and 1989 it divided Germany along ideological lines. On one side stood the NATO aligned Federal Republic of Germany, what we call West Germany. The Soviet backed German Democratic Republic, East Germany, stood the other side. Never had political divisions been so clearly marked.   8,000...
Gulf States endure criticism over refugee crisis
Over four million Syrians have been forced to leave their country since the civil war started in 2011. Most who flee normally reach camps in Turkey, Lebanon or Jordan. These countries have taken almost all of the conflicts refugees. Jordan alone has accepted approximately 1.4 million Syrians. This makes up 21 per cent of Jordan’s...
China parade sends, and blocks, many messages Kettlemag, World, China, WWII Parade, Tom Deacon
On the 3rd of September, Chinese President Xi Jinping stood atop Tiananmen Gate as a vast military parade marched past. Over 12,000 soldiers were accompanied by heavy weaponry and hundreds of aircraft. The countless lines of perfectly timed soldiers strolled under an unusually clear Beijing sky, as millions watched across the country through state television....
Hundreds March in Cardiff in solidarity with refugees refugee march, cardiff, kettle mag,
Thousands of people marched across the UK today in support of refugees, with hundreds joining a march in the Welsh capital of Cardiff. The march was in support of the thousands of refugees attempting to enter Europe, and also the millions of refugees across the Middle East. The Cardiff protest was organised by various groups,...
Poisonous rhetoric does nothing to remedy the ‘migrant’ crisis Kettlemag, Politics, Syria, Migrant Crisis
According to the UN more than 300,000 people have entered the EU this year. The vast majority are escaping daily violence and horrific persecution at the hands of various groups and governments. Yet by reading British newspapers you would be led to believe otherwise. They instead claim ‘migrants’ are seeking to exploit our welfare system....