Global Issues

North Atlantic ‘weather bomb’ tremor measured in Japan

Seismologists in Japan have tracked, for the first time, a particular type of tiny vibration that wobbled through the Earth from the Atlantic seafloor. It was started by a “weather bomb”: the same low-pressure storm, off Greenland, which made UK headlines in late 2014. Tiny tremors, of two types, constantly criss-cross the deep Earth from… Source: North Atlantic ‘weather bomb’ tremor measured in Japan – BBC News Read More »

Obama to create world’s largest marine reserve

President Barack Obama will travel to his native Hawaii next week to establish the world’s largest marine reserve and burnish his environmental legacy. WASHINGTON – Agence France-Presse President Barack Obama will travel to his native Hawaii next week to establish the world’s largest marine reserve and burnish his environmental legacy… Source: Obama to create world’s largest marine reserve – AMERICAS Read More »

Spain’s Socialist revenge drama

Pedro Sánchez has to choose between annoying Spanish voters and infuriating PSOE hardliners. By DIEGO TORRES  MADRID — Spain’s Socialists are determined to give acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy a taste of his own medicine at next week’s investiture vote in Congress, even if it means subjecting the country to its third… Source: Spain’s Socialist revenge drama – POLITICO Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn vows to reverse cuts and boost arts funding

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to reverse years of “systemic under-funding” for the arts as he launched his culture strategy in Edinburgh. By ANGUS HOWARTH Mr Corbyn said a Labour UK government under his leadership would restore £42.8 million in cuts made over the past six years… Source: Jeremy Corbyn vows to reverse cuts and boost arts funding – The Scotsman Read More »

Why is sexual harassment in the AFP systemic? And can the culture be changed?

A report released this week revealed widespread and entrenched sexual harassment and bullying in the ranks of the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Like similar reviews before it, the extent and severity of sexual harassment in the AFP was reported as “shocking”. The problem was also described as “systemic” and requiring significant “cultural reform”. Acknowledging that sexual harassment is an issue that… Source: Why is sexual harassment in the AFP systemic? And can the culture be changed? Read More »

How US turned its back on its only ally, the Kurds, in effort to appease Turkey in Syria

America has chosen to placate Turkey rather than back Kurdish anti-Isis forces. By Michael Horowitz It almost seems like someone took the US strategy, and turned it upside down. Five days ago, US jets were scrambled to protect Kurdish forces in their self-declared Northern Syria Federation from… Source: How US turned its back on its only ally, the Kurds, in effort to appease Turkey in Syria Read More »

Can Saudi Arabia Escape the Trap of Endless War in Yemen?

Riyadh can’t bomb its way out of this one. Thomas W. Lippman It took only two days after the collapse of Yemen peace talks in early August for the Saudi-led coalition to resume its intense bombing of the rebel-held capital, Sanaa. With it… Source: Can Saudi Arabia Escape the Trap of Endless War in Yemen? | The National Interest Read More »

On the Verge of Peace: Colombia Reaches Final Agreement with the FARC

The comprehensive Colombia peace deal faces major challenges, including a 2 October plebiscite, disarmament and UN verification. But after four years of talks in Cuba, Colombians have passed a new landmark in the long search for an end to 52 years of armed conflict… Source: On the Verge of Peace: Colombia Reaches Final Agreement with the FARC | International Crisis Group Read More »

University of Texas students armed with sex toys protest new gun law

Students at the University of Texas have gathered on the first day of semester classes to protest against a new law allowing people to carry handguns into campus buildings, which came into effect on August 1. The “campus carry” law allows people 21 years old and over with a concealed handgun licence to carry handguns in classrooms and buildings at the university. The organisation behind the protest encouraged students to wear sex toys around the university because, while it is ... Read More »

EU to Turkey: Do you really want to join?

The EU has urged Turkey to clarify if it still wants to join the bloc, as relations between Ankara and Western allies deteriorate. By ANDREW RETTMAN The EU’s enlargement commissioner, Johannes Hahn, spoke out in Austrian newspaper Die Presse on Wednesday (24 August), saying EU concern was “justified” that Turkey had violated rule of law in its… Source: EU to Turkey: Do you really want to join? Read More »

No Compromise: Refugee Turnbacks Are Immoral And Illegal

Eminent Australians have called for compromise from activists on the turnback of refugee boats. It’s never going to happen, writes Mark Goudkamp, Sadie Grant Butler and Nick Riemer. The scale of the response to the Guardian’s revelations of abuse on Nauru should reasonably spell the… Source: No Compromise: Refugee Turnbacks Are Immoral And Illegal – New Matilda Read More »

Deja vu in France as Sarkozy sets up presidential rematch

Nicolas Sarkozy s entry into France s presidential race has compounded a haven t-we-been-here-before feeling in torpid, late-summer Paris PARIS – Agence France-Presse Despite a public yearning for political renewal, the 2017 vote for France’s top job is shaping up as a contest between faces that, to many, are drearily familiar… Source: Deja vu in France as Sarkozy sets up presidential rematch – EUROPE Read More »

Germany’s new problem border: Poland

The southern migratory route may be closed, but the eastern one is open. By JANOSCH DELCKER EISENHÜTTENSTADT, Germany — Angela Merkel thought she had regained control over Germany’s borders. Turns out the problem might have just shifted… Source: Germany’s new problem border: Poland – POLITICO Read More »

China gears up for missile warfare with US

China’s military is developing offensive and now defensive missiles in preparation for a future missile-dominated conflict with the United States. BY BILL GERTZ Beijing’s arsenal of ballistic and cruise missiles… Source: China gears up for missile warfare with US – Asia Times Read More »

Nelson Mandela and the Gay Gordons put MoD in a spin, archives reveal

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Defence officials balked at letting Scottish army band perform at ‘blatantly political’ Aberdeen ceremony backing jailed leader Luke Harding A decision by Aberdeen’s Labour council to give Nelson Mandela the freedom of the city caused turmoil inside the Ministry of Defence because of a dance performance by the… Source: Nelson Mandela and the Gay Gordons put MoD in a spin, archives reveal | UK news | The Guardian Read More »

Olympics runner Feyisa Lilesa fails to return to Ethiopia after protest in Rio

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OLYMPIC marathon silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa failed to return to Ethiopia on Monday night despite assurances he would not be punished for his Rio protest over political repression in his country.. An AFP journalist at the airport in Addis Ababa said Lilesa was not on board the plane that landed on Monday night carrying Ethiopia’s Olympics team… Source: Olympics runner Feyisa Lilesa fails to return to Ethiopia after protest in Rio Read More »