922 cases of war crimes documented in Turkish attacks on Afrin

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A group of lawyers documented 922 cases of war crimes since the beginning of Turkey’s invasion attacks against Afrin on January 22. ANF A group of lawyers in Afrin held a press conference to release the information about war crimes committed by Turkish state. According to the statement, Turkish army and Al-Qaeda affiliated gangs committed 922 war crimes and all of these have documented by canton officials in Afrin. Here are some highlights from the report released by… 922 cases ... Read More »

After finding freedom, this former slave is now homeless and hungry

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Migrant returns home to brutal reality Benin City, Nigeria (CNN) – Dressed casually in slim-fit jogging pants and a T-shirt and sporting a trendy haircut, 21-year-old Victory looks like many of his peers in Nigeria. By Lillian Leposo, Nima Elbagir and Dominique van Heerden, CNN But one thing distinguishes him from the crowd: Victory is a former slave. CNN first met Victory last October, just days after he was rescued from traffickers in Libya and the most appalling conditions imaginable. Lying on the floor of ... Read More »

The Formal Economy as Patriarchy: Vandana Shiva’s Radical Vision

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To achieve economic equality, activist and author Vandana Shiva says we need to recognize the value of women’s work and start counting production, not just profits. Jumana Farouky NewsDeeply LONDON – In the middle of a conference ringing with the latest development lingo, Vandana Shiva cuts a lonely figure. Anti-“empowerment,” anti-“jobs,” and anti-“formal economy,” she rejects many of the narratives that are usually used to promote the cause of women’s advancement. Yet she’s come to the Bond conference on international development in London to ... Read More »

Why does the UK deport North Korean asylum seekers?

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The UK hosts one of the largest North Korean populations outside of North-East Asia. Since 2003, more than 1,300 North Koreans have applied for asylum in the UK – and 544 have been granted asylum. Markus Bell The Conversation The Home Office, which decides who stays and who’s turned away, has rejected almost one-third of applicants. Why? To be sure, the UK is far from the only country to which North Koreans migrate. High up the list, of course, is ... Read More »

China senses and acts on US weakness in South China Sea

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China is a rising power and it is only natural that it would seek to expand its areas of naval operations and political influence. Robert E. McCoy Asia Times However, arriving late to the geopolitical game, China does not want to play by the rules that have long been established but which Beijing did not help to formulate. China seems to think that, because it was once the center of its world, more respect for its exalted status is needed. ... Read More »

If Americans can rise up against guns, why can’t we act on pokies?

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Gambling We need a word for that feeling of being shocked and outraged by a news story as though it has exposed something flabbergasting and new, despite the fact that it hasn’t told you much you didn’t already know. Waleed Aly * The Sydney Morning Herald If we had such a word we would have been using it a lot lately. We could have used it to describe what is only the most recent school massacre in the United States. ... Read More »

Timor Leste Is an International Intervention Success Story

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If the West truly believes in the power of democracy, it must commit to intervening where necessary and providing sufficient ongoing support to see success achieved. John Watts The National Interest As Western appetite for international intervention is eroded by growing nationalist and isolationist sentiment, Timor Leste presents a timely reminder of the value of defending the freedoms of the oppressed. It is one of Southeast Asia’s smallest, poorest and newest nations. But it is also its most democratic and, ... Read More »

Trump Announces New Tariffs On Aluminum And Steel

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President Donald Trump announced Thursday a host of new “punitive” tariffs that will be implemented as soon as Monday. Christian Datoc The Daily Caller Trump made the announcement during a meeting with industry executives at the White House, arguing that domestic producers have been treated very unfairly by previous administrations. “What’s been allowed to go on for decades is disgraceful,” he said at the meeting. “And when it comes to a time when our country can’t make aluminum and steel, ... Read More »

How Russian networks worked to boost the far right in Italy

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An analysis of social networks reveals how Kremlin-backed media outlets boosted xenophobic discourse DAVID ALANDETE DANIEL VERDÚ El Pais The Russian meddling machine has been focusing on Italy in recent months, conducting a disinformation campaign on the migration situation in order to drum up support for radical parties ahead of the general elections scheduled for Sunday. According to an analysis of 1,055,774 posts from 98,191 social media profiles to which EL PAÍS has had access, a network of anti-immigration and ... Read More »

To Help Save Our Oceans, Include Women In The Conversation

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Every other breath we take comes from our oceans ― and our oceans are dying. Climate change is warming their waters, leading to a disruption in migration patterns and increasing acidification. Farah Obaidullah HuffPost Overfishing is irreversibly altering marine ecosystems, with an estimated 60 to 90 percent of oceanic predators like tuna and swordfish already gone. Forecasts predict we may lose 90 percent of our glorious coral reefs by 2050, along with the vital nursery grounds and coastal protections they ... Read More »

Tony Blair: Just weeks left to stop Brexit

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 17:  Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair waits to deliver a keynote speech at a pro-EU event on February 17, 2017 in London, England. Mr Blair claimed that people voted in the referendum without knowledge of the true terms of Brexit and urged people to change their minds and rise up against Brexit.  (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

The former prime minister will say in a speech Thursday that the EU should reform to provide an alternative to Brexit. Ryan Heath Politico Tony Blair believes there are just weeks left to stop Brexit and will argue in a speech in Brussels Thursday that EU reforms centered on immigration control are key to persuading Britons to change their mind in a second Brexit vote. In a speech at a European Policy Center event, the former U.K. prime minister will say the ... Read More »

AFL pokies ‘linked to spike in family violence’

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New research has revealed poker machine clubs owned by the AFL have been linked to an increase family violence. 9news The Monash University research obtained by The Herald Sun found the majority of AFL pokie machines were located in lower-socio economic areas. Using crime data from police, the report found family violence increased by 21.5 percent in north-western suburbs of Victoria where AFL pokies were placed. In contrast, north-western suburbs without the pokies showed a… AFL pokies ‘linked… Read More »

The stigma of being a single mother in South Korea

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‘Unwed mothers are invisible here in Korea’, but individuals are coming together to help each other. Ann Babe Al Jazeera Seoul, South Korea – On the first day of the lunar new year, the Year of the Dog, Jeong Soo-jin and her daughter ride the cable car up Namsan mountain in the city’s central Yongsan district. Seven-year-old Ah-jeong twirls, her flowered hanbok – a traditional Korean dress – encircling her in a cloud of pink tulle and bedazzled shoes shimmering in the sunlight. ... Read More »

South Australia is fine after the car industry closed: Downer

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London: Former foreign minister Alexander Downer has downplayed the effect on Australia of losing its car industry, saying unemployment in South Australia is “pretty low” and young car manufacturing workers had found it relatively easy to get new jobs. Nick Miller Brisbane Times Downer, the outgoing high commissioner in London, was spruiking the benefits of trade liberalisation to a UK parliamentary committee. Australia’s free trade deals with the US and China had “exceeded expectations”, he said. Opening Australia’s markets to the… ... Read More »

WA public confused in euthanasia debate: AMA

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The President of the Australian Medical Association’s WA branch has questioned whether there is a high level of community support for doctor-assisted euthanasia. Sophie Moore | The West Australian Orthopaedic surgeon Omar Khorshid told a parliamentary inquiry in Perth that questions in surveys and polls could be subjective, leading to the appearance of strong public support for changes to WA’s assisted dying laws. “With all surveys it really does depend on the question and I don’t believe that everyone in ... Read More »

Countering Jihadist Militancy in Bangladesh

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With political polarisation reaching historic highs and local jihadist groups forging links with transnational movements, new forms of militancy threaten security and religious tolerance in Bangladesh. ICG The government should reinforce the capability of law enforcement agencies and the judiciary, and build political consensus on tackling the menace. What’s new? Two groups, Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh and Ansarul Islam, dominate Bangladesh’s jihadist landscape today. Attacks since 2013 have targeted secular activists, intellectuals and foreigners, as well as religious and… Countering Jihadist ... Read More »