At a time when the Covid-19 pandemic has brought about a massive regression in women’s rights, both in the field of education, political rights, reproductive health, early marriage, FGM why elect “specialists” on the status of women from among the world’s most ruthlessly reactionary countries, Iran and Pakistan?

Whereas wars are strategized through massive investment in arms and so called “defense” industry, the total unpreparedness of Western governments in the face of this massive-but not unprecedented- pandemic has never been acknowledged publicly. Invading Iran or saving our heroic Syrian allies in Northern Syria would be probably far easier to organize as the necessary weaponry is at hand and the strategy has been rehearsed in countless war rooms.

Mr Salih Muslim,the former co-chairman of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), presently under threat of extradition in Prague by Turkey: this poses a threat to the remnants of democracy in the entire region, the Middle East and Europe

In recent weeks, the new French minister for Families, Laurence Rossignol made headlines as she expressed surprise and anger at Islamic fast fashion hitting the Western high street which, she feared, might turn French Muslims into raging fundamentalists…Yet France continues to trade with Fundamentalist countries with the worst human rights record…

The unresolved mystery regarding Jacky Sutton’s death raises the question of the fate of journalists and opponents both local and foreign who express their opposition to the domestic and foreign policy of Turkey and its allies, including ISIS. Whatever the outcome of Sunday’s elections, the pressure on the press will not disappear and is likely to get worse