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She’s two years old, works in restaurant – inexperience shows

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Jie Jie’s flashing eyes and can-do attitude belie the fact that she’s quite possibly the worst waitress in the world Johan Nylander Asia Times Her name is Jie Jie, she is two years old and works in a suburb of the city of Guangzhou in southern China. She’s mostly dressed in… She’s two years old, works in… Read More »

Why Asia shouldn’t mourn the death of the TPP (yet)

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TPP was never about trade for Washington Harry J. Kazianis Asia Times You can already hear it starting. The cries and eulogies of… Why Asia shouldn’t mourn the… Read More »

Europe needs refashioning to address its anger and fears

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Britain’s departure is an ideal chance for remaining states to rewrite the rules on taxation and… Lodewijk Asscher The Guardian With the rightwing and populist tide that seemingly holds Europe in its grip, scapegoat politics is gaining the upper… I share the passion of my progressive colleagues to provide a strong, social and… Europe needs refashioning… Read More »

Sewage leak closing Tasmanian oyster farms, deterring swimmers

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A sewage leak, which has closed some Tasmanian oyster farms, will cost jobs and hurt the economy in the St Helen’s region, the mayor has… Georgie Burgess ABC Heavy rainfall on Friday caused a TasWater pump station to overflow and leak raw sewage into Georges Bay on the state’s east… Sewage leak closing… Read More »

Perspective for ‘Turkish Stream’ Project: Possible Scenarios and Challenges

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Following the cancellation of South Stream, Russia announced its plans to reroute the pipeline to Turkey, instead of… Ilgar Gurbanov * Natural Gas World The new pipeline was dubbed “Turkish Stream”, with same capacity of South Stream, but less vulnerable to EU competition… “Turkish Stream” has also experienced… Perspective for ‘Turkish… Read More »

Republicans step up push for Arctic drilling in wildlife refuge

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Bloomberg) — Far above the Arctic Circle, one of the longest-running controversies in U.S. oil drilling is about to… ALEX NUSSBAUM World Oil Bouyed by Donald Trump’s election, Republicans are pushing to allow oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the… Republicans step up… Read More »

George Soros: Theresa May won’t last and Donald Trump is ‘would-be dictator’

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Billionaire investor delivers bleak Brexit forecast at World Economic Forum and says Donald Trump is ‘gearing up for trade war’ but will… •Donald Trump inauguration live: the world holds its breath •Inauguration day schedule: our guide to the day Graeme Wearden, Larry Elliott in Davos and agencies The Guardian Theresa May will not remain in power long as Brexit cripples her government, while Donald Trump is a… George Soros: Theresa… Read More »

Congress moves to give away national lands, discounting billions in revenue

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Though recreation on public lands creates $646bn in economic stimulus and 6.1m jobs, Republicans are setting in motion a giveaway of Americans’… Heather Hansman The Guardian In the midst of highly publicized steps to dismantle insurance coverage for 32 million people and… Congress moves to… Read More »

Doing Business With Putin

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A Test For Leaders Who Tried Henry Meyer and Ilya Arkhipov Bloomberg “If Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability,” the incoming U.S. president said at a January 11 press conference. But other U.S. and European… Doing Business With… Read More »

Taiwan joins global anti-nuclear trend

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Island’s legislature approves changes to shut down all nuclear power plants by 2025, following a global movement since Japan’s Fukushima disaster in 2011 Liu Hsiu Wen Asia Times The government will shut down all of the island’s nuclear power plants and liberalize the domestic market by 2025 in Taiwan’s biggest energy reforms in three decades. Lawmakers approved changes to… Taiwan joins global anti-nuclear… Read More »

A Fresh Start for Former Offenders

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Social enterprise Fruit2work creates second-chance jobs, hiring former offenders to pack and deliver fresh fruit to businesses around Melbourne. Ellie Cooper Pro Bono Australia Statistics show that employment for former offenders is linked to an increase in their sense of self-worth and financial security, and a decreased likelihood of reoffending. But sadly, unemployment among… A Fresh Start for Former… Read More »

Middle classes in crisis, IMF’s Christine Lagarde tells Davos 2017

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IMF head wins support from outgoing US vice-president Joe Biden as she uses American term for working people in demanding action over rising… Larry Elliott in Davos The Guardian The head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, has called for urgent action to tackle a “middle-class crisis” hitting working people as… Middle classes in… Read More »

Border tariff fears as UK edges towards hard Brexit

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Theresa May expected to say Britain prepared to exit single market and customs union Pat Leahy, Gerry Moriarty The Irish Times Fears that Britain will leave the European Union’s customs union, raising the prospect of tariffs on goods moving across the Border, have intensified in Dublin following leaks of British prime… Border tariff fears… Read More »

Donald Trump hails Brexit, says it will be ‘very hard’ to keep EU together amid refugee crisis

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Wading into foreign affairs days before his inauguration, US President-elect Donald Trump has told European media that the UK’s decision to leave the European Union will “end up being a great thing” and the bloc will continue to break… ABC AP/Reuters The incoming president, in an interview published on… Donald Trump hails… Read More »

For Israel, energy boom could make friends out of enemies

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ABOARD THE ATWOOD ADVANTAGE — In the ship’s control room, facing four video screens, a driller from Mississippi in dark shades and a black baseball cap with a skull on it held what could be the future of Israel in his… Peter Baker, New York Times The Boston Globe The massive drill he controlled extended down 11,345 feet, more than 2 miles below the… For Israel, energy … Read More »

Amazon is seeking permission to run mystery experiments involving wireless communication

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Amazon is preparing to test experimental wireless communications technology, including mobile devices and fixed base stations, in rural Washington and in Seattle, the company disclosed in government filings this… Eugene Kim Business Insider The filings do not specify what the tests are for, but hint at a… Amazon is seeking… Read More »