Daily Archives: April 24, 2016

Iraqi Army, popular committees advance west towards Syrian border

The Iraqi Army – backed by local popular committees – liberated the town of Al-Zukhaykhah after an intense battle with the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) on Saturday morning. The Iraqi Army and their allies were able to take control of Al-Zukhaykhah after advancing west from the strategic town of Al-Hit; its capture on Saturday has put them within striking distance of the ISIS stronghold of Al-Baghdadi. Al-Baghdadi and the nearby city of Haditha are only 150 km east of the Syrian border-crossing at Al-Qa’im. If this border-crossing is captured by the Iraqi Armed Forces, then ISIS will be without its most important border-crossing that links their two strongholds: Al-Anbar (Iraq) and Deir Ezzor (Syria).

UK | Solar Impulse lands in California after Pacific crossing

The solar-powered aeroplane Solar Impulse has landed in Silicon Valley, California, after a three-day flight over the Pacific Ocean from Hawaii.

High winds delayed the landing at Moffett Airfield, Mountain View, as pilot Bertrand Piccard flew in a holding pattern off the coast.

UK | The UK just scored lower than Ghana in this vital test of democracy

by James Wright

The UK has scored 38th in the 2016 world press freedom index, lower than Ghana, Tonga and Belize. A free press is a part of the foundation of any meaningful democracy. Without a press free to inform the public, the public’s ability to engage in political decisions is severely limited.

Ukraine | Symbolic of Socialist party was banned in Ukraine

After the ban on communist symbolic Ukrainian Justice Ministry bans the symbolic of the Socialist party – also according to the law ‘On decommunisation’.
A special commission of the Ministry considered conformity with the law of symbols and names of Socialist Party of Ukraine. The party’s name, the program and the charter met the Commission. They do not contradict the anti-communist laws. But the commission did not like symbolic of the Socialist Party. The Commission had found somewhere on the flag and the emblem of the party hammer and sickle, although the Socialist Party has long does not use them. As a result, the party symbols are banned.
Some leaders of the Socialist party have supported Maidan coup in Ukraine.