In this photo taken on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, Clara Massons holds her two years old son Jaume at her home in Barcelona, Spain. Outdated medical practices related to childbirth that continue to be used despite evidence they cause harm have come under increasing scrutiny in Europe. less In this photo taken on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, Clara Massons holds her two years old son Jaume at her home in Barcelona, Spain. Outdated medical practices related to childbirth that continue to be used ... more Photo: Emilio Morenatti, AP Photo: Emilio Morenatti, AP Image 1 of / 7 Caption Close Image 1 of 7 In this photo taken on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, Clara Massons holds her two years old son Jaume at her home in Barcelona, Spain. Outdated medical practices related to childbirth that continue to be used … [Read more...] about Outdated, dangerous childbirth practices persist in Europe
WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement Thursday that congressional committees will begin crafting articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump was viewed by Colorado Democrats as a sad but necessary escalation and by Colorado Republicans as a partisan and unfair rush to judgment. “This continues to be a very sad and somber moment for American history,” Rep. Jason Crow, an Aurora Democrat, said in an interview. “I certainly don’t want to be doing this right now. There are a lot of other things that I know all of us want to be doing other than working on an impeachment inquiry of the president, but it is time.” “The Intel Committee did a very good job collecting facts and doing it in a calm, deliberative and thorough way,” he added, referring to the House Intelligence Committee, which released a lengthy report this week. “It’s time to proceed with the articles, so that we can see how they’re … [Read more...] about “Sad and somber moment” vs. smear campaign: Coloradans in Congress divided on drafting of impeachment articles
The cartoonist behind an image of Mohammed which sparked bloody retribution worldwide has said that he has “no regrets” about drawing the picture, 10 years on from their first publication. Kurt Westergaard, 80, has received numerous death threats since his depiction of a Middle Eastern man with a bomb for a turban was first published by the daily paper daily Jyllands-Posten on September 30, 2005.He now lives under police protection. In 2010 a man wielding a knife and an axe broke into his home, forcing him to take refuge in his panic room for ten minutes while the man pounded on the door. His five year old daughter was alone in the living room at the time. But far from regretting drawing the image, he says his overwhelming feeling about the affair is one of anger. “My basic feeling has been and still is anger. If you are threatened I think anger is a good feeling because it is like you mentally strike back,” he told AFP in a telephone interview. … [Read more...] about Ten Years On: ‘No Regrets’ Says Danish Mohammed Cartoonist
MOSCOW - The leaders of Russia and Ukraine met for the first time in three years in an attempt to end the conflict in eastern Ukriane. In the wake of that meeting earlier this week in Paris, attention now shifts to renewed peace efforts to stem the violence between Ukrainian government forces and Moscow-backed separatists. Yet in interviews and comments online, analysts warn that while important gestures were made, Russia and Ukraine remain far apart on key aspects of the five-year conflict, which has killed at least 13,000 people, and shows no signs of abating. One well-accepted view holds that the mere fact that Monday's Paris talks took place was reason enough for French President Emanuel Macron to smile. "The fact that we sat side by side today ... is an achievement," Macron told reporters. The French leader, with backing from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, has been the driving force behind renewed European efforts to persuade Ukraine and Russia to return to the … [Read more...] about After Talks Tackling the War in East Ukraine, What Next for the Donbass?
MOSCOW - The leaders of Russia and Ukraine hold their first face-to-face talks in Paris next week as part of a European summit aimed at ending the five-year war between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine. Successes include a mass prisoner exchange negotiated between Russia and Ukraine in September. “And an enemy should be scary. Zelenskiy’s not,” he adds. Meanwhile, foreign policy experts argue the addition of France and Germany to the talks — part of the so-called Normandy Format quartet of nations addressing the Ukraine crisis — can do little to mask fundamental differences between Moscow and Kyiv over the future of the Donbas. Among agreed measures, the so-called Minsk II Protocols allow Russia to decide whether Ukraine had made adequate constitutional concessions to the Donbas separatist regions before handing back control of Ukraine’s eastern border. The Paris talks’ host, French … [Read more...] about The Latest, Best Chance to End East Ukraine War