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It’s now colder than Mars in parts of North America

If you live in North America, you don’t need a news website to tell you: It’s cold out. It’s really, really cold out. NIGEL RODDIS/REUTERS Newsweek As CTV News reported, the Canadian government issued weather alerts for “extreme cold” in much of the country on Thursday. The network also put together a list of places that were warmer than Canada, including Hell (the one in Norway), Antarctica and, yes, parts of Mars. The daily high on Mars reached -9.4 degrees Fahrenheit on Thursday, which, ... Read More »

The Year of Chance for the Balkans: The 5 key events of 2018

While 2016 was a year of challenges and despair when it comes to the future of the EU and its enlargement in the Western Balkans, 2017 brought some much-needed positive news. EWB Even though 2016 was marked by the Brexit referendum, victory of Donald Trump in the US and the rise of populism and Euroscepticism, 2017 raised new hopes with some positive outcomes. Eurosceptics lost in successive elections in Austria, the Netherlands and France, and failed to make a significant ... Read More »

Is humanity eating itself into an early grave?

Despite advancements in science and medicine working to prolong our lives, our lifestyles offset their effects. * Tomasz Pierscionek * RT In the past infectious diseases caused millions of premature deaths, now an obesity pandemic threatens to do the same. The significant increase in life expectancy seen around the globe during the past century is primarily attributed to a reduction in child mortality, improved sanitation, the manufacture of new medicines and vaccines, and numerous other advancements in science and healthcare. Life spans ... Read More »

I once marched against tuition fees. Now I can see their worth

Scrapping fees does nothing to help disadvantaged young people The money would be better spent helping all, regardless of their chosen path Sonia Sodha The Guardian There’s plenty to make me cringe when I reminisce about my university days, and it doesn’t stop with my dodgy sense of style. If I’m honest, I feel a little shame-faced about the narrower world view I inhabited back then. One of the ways that manifested itself was the enthusiasm with which I threw ... Read More »

The Human Dignity in the Face of Hypocrisy

Judiciary in Turkey had always been an instrument of the regime from the Kemalists generals to the President Erdogan’s  “Neo-Ottomanist regime“ Costas Mavrides * Eyes on Europe & Middle East Courts in Turkey simply don’t exist anymore Currently there are only “President Erdogan’s Courts” that serve him while he considers that “the judiciary in Turkey is more fair than in any other European country”. Turkish journalist Abdullah Bozkurt  who has been in exile in Sweden discloses dirty little secrets regarding Turkey, since kemalism until today, with ... Read More »

Sessions Says to Courts: Go Ahead, Jail People Because They’re Poor

Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions retracted an Obama-era guidance to state courts that was meant to end debtors’ prisons, where people who are too poor to pay fines are sent. CHIRAAG BAINS The New York Times This practice is blatantly unconstitutional, and the guidance had helped jump-start reform around the country. Its withdrawal is the latest sign that the federal government is retreating from protecting civil rights for the most vulnerable among us. The Justice Department helped shine a light on ... Read More »

Why is the West praising Malala, but ignoring Ahed?

Ahed Tamimi, a 16-year-old Palestinian girl, was recently arrested in a night-time raid on her home. Shenila Khoja-Moolji AlJazeera The Israeli authorities accuse her of “assaulting” an Israeli soldier and an officer A day earlier she had confronted Israeli soldiers who had entered her family’s backyard. The incident happened shortly after a soldier shot her 14-year-old cousin in the head with a rubber bullet, and fired tear-gas canisters directly at their home, breaking windows. Her mother and cousin were arrested later as well. All three remain in detention. ... Read More »

Albania’s Shotgun Wedding Proposal To The EU – OpEd

To avoid seeing the Western Balkans “wooed” or even seduced by China, Russia, or radical Islam, it’s critical for the EU to move forward with accession talks with the Western Balkan states as soon as possible. Theodoros Papadopoulos Eurasia Review That’s according to Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, who made the remarks at a conference organized by Friends of Europe earlier this month in Brussels. The accession process for the Western Balkans had been largely shunted aside for roughly a ... Read More »

Stop the slaughter of whales

Japan must heed the voice of global concern and put an end to its whaling expedition in the Antarctic waters Hiranmay Karlekar  The Pioneer India’s name is sadly missing from the list of countries — members of the European Union and 12 others — that have condemned Japan’s whaling expedition in the Antarctic waters launched recently. The plan is to kill 333 Minke whales in four months. Ever since the International Whaling Commission’s (IWC) imposition of a moratorium on hunting ... Read More »

Minsk is dead! Long Live Minsk?

Minsk is shorthand for a diplomatic process established in 2014 and early 2015 The formal deadline for completing Minsk was December 2015, a deadline that long since passed without its first phase — a ceasefire — going into effect. MICHAEL KIMMAGE War On The Rocks The next two phases — decentralization and a political process for the Donbas — have never progressed beyond the hypothetical. As of this winter, the line of contact between the Ukrainian and the Russian-backed forces ... Read More »

UK’s poorest to fare worst in age of automation, thinktank warns

Machines threaten jobs generating £290bn in wages and could widen inequality gap, according to IPPR Richard Partington The Guardian The rise of the machine economy risks social disruption by widening the gap between rich and poor in Britain, as automation threatens jobs generating £290bn in wages. Jobs accounting for a third of annual pay in the UK risk being automated, according to the study by the IPPR thinktank. Warning that low-paid roles are in the greatest danger, it urged ministers ... Read More »

Argentina Dirty War: Killer Etchecolatz gets house arrest

A court in Argentina has granted house arrest to an 88-year-old former police officer who was serving a life sentence for crimes against humanity BBC Miguel Etchecolatz headed police investigations in Buenos Aires province from 1976 to late 1977, when Argentina was ruled by a military junta. Etchecolatz confessed to killing political opponents under military rule although he never said how many. He was also found guilty of stealing the baby of two Uruguayan militants. The court ruled that because ... Read More »

Mongolia’s Modernizing Military

Mongolia’s military has an expanding role at home and abroad Bolor Lkhaajav The Diplomat Mongolia’s land-based military has faced many modernizing challenges and opportunities throughout history The ancient Mongol army, like other great armies, whether the Greeks, Romans, or Ottomans, had its strengths and weaknesses, its historical glories and bruises. When discussing the modernization of Mongolia’s military today, a number of historical aspects remain crucial in shaping military principles, core values, and social influences. These historical aspects link to the ... Read More »

Ankara’s Look East: How Turkey’s Warming Ties with Russia Threaten Its Place in the Transatlantic Community

The strongmen of Turkey and Russia have met frequently this past year to discuss the Syrian civil war and bilateral relations Aaron Stein War on the Rocks In parallel, Turkey’s relations with its Western allies have deteriorated amid disagreements about the rule of law in Turkey and Washington’s policies in Syria. Russia and Turkey have a strong economic relationship, underpinned by the Russian export of natural gas to Turkey, Russian tourism to Turkey, and Turkish construction firms active in the ... Read More »

Diaspora should be represented in Dáil, says Ciarán Cannon

Minister of State says ‘absolutely crucial’ referendum on emigrant vote passes Simon Carswell The Irish Times Irish citizens abroad should be represented with their own elected official in Dáil Éireann, Minister of State for the Diaspora Ciarán Cannon has said. The Government has already made a commitment to hold a referendum in June 2019 to decide whether to extend voting rights in presidential elections to Irish emigrants from 2025. Mr Cannon said in an… Diaspora should be… Read More »

Ukraine to file more suits against Russia in The Hague – MFA

In February 2018, Ukraine will submit to the International Court of Justice a memorandum, which is now being finalized, on Russia’s violation of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, according to Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Olena Zerkal. UNIAN According to Ms Zerkal, the memo will be submitted within two months, and then the Russians will have another three months to file objections to the jurisdiction (until May 2018). According to the procedure, Ukraine will then have three ... Read More »