Is Turkey "Civilised" Enough To Join The EU?

In Turkey yesterday, an ethnic Armenian journalist was gunned down, apparently by a teenager, outside his office in Istanbul. Hrant Dink, editor of the Turkish-Armenian newspaper Agos, was considered a traitor by many in Turkey for daring to call the killing of Armenians by the Turks from 1915 to 1917 a "genocide". He had faced trial several times for `violating laws against insulting the Turkish state and Turkish identity by referring to ethnic purity and genocide'.

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The Trial Of Tony Blair

I've just finished watching The Trial of Tony Blair, a "biting feature-length satire" originally broadcast on More4. We join Tony in 2010 as he prepares to leave office, making way for Gordon Brown. President Hilary Clinton is in the White House and a resolution is up before the UN Security Council to put those responsible for the criminal aggression against Iraq on trial in the Hague. We see Blair obsessing almost to the point of madness over his "legacy", whilst suffering horrific visions of dead Iraqis and, at one point, his own coffin. The film ends with Blair in a jail cell, on his way to face trial for war crimes.

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MPs debate the Middle East

BBC Radio 4 brought MPs together in London to debate the crisis in the Middle East. The debate was recorded as live on August 17 from 5:15 - 7:00 pm GMT. An edited hour-long version was then broadcast that night at 9:00 pm, and can be heard here.


A summary (w/ links) follows after the fold....

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