Global Issues

The 5 Most Dangerous Nuclear Threats No One Is Talking About

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The U.S. is often more concerned about hypothetical nuclear threats than the ones lurking all around us. Here are five to keep your eye on… The National Interest – Zachary Keck Since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, nuclear weapons have occupied a hallowed place in U.S. national security. Indeed, during the dawn of the nuclear era, a whole new ... Read More »

As Greece gives its marching orders to the Troika – five reactions

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Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis told the head of the Eurogroup’s finance ministers, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, that Greece would no longer deal with the so-called Troika grouping as a single entity – that is, it would now deal separately as a sovereign government with its constituent parts: the EU, the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Channel ... Read More »

Greece really might leave the euro

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The world’s worst portmanteau is back: Grexit. The Washington Post – Matt O’Brien That’s short for “Greek exit,” as in Greece leaving the euro. And it’s once again a possibility now that the left-wing, anti-austerity party Syriza has won power in the latest elections. The risk, as I’ve said before, is that the rest of Europe is in good enough shape ... Read More »

Europe’s Greek Test

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In the five years (!) that have passed since the euro crisis began, clear thinking has been in notably short supply. But that fuzziness must now end. Recent events in Greece pose a fundamental challenge for Europe: Can it get past the myths and the moralizing, and deal with reality in a way that respects the Continent’s core values? If ... Read More »

Henry Kissinger or CODEPINK: Who’s the “Low Life Scum”?

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A very angry Senator John McCain denounced CODEPINK activists as “low-life scum” for holding up signs reading “Arrest Kissinger for War Crimes” and dangling handcuffs next to Henry Kissinger’s head during a Senate hearing on January 29. Common Dreams – Medea Benjamin ** McCain called the demonstration “disgraceful, outrageous and despicable,” accused the protesters of “physically intimidating” Kissinger and apologized profusely to his ... Read More »

For alleged Russian hacker, a visit to Amsterdam is a costly trip

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At noon on June 28, 2012, Vladimir Drinkman, targeted as one of America’s most wanted cybercriminals, and his wife hustled into a cab pulling away from their Amsterdam hotel. The Washington Post – By Ellen Nakashima ** They had just been tipped off that the police were on to them, but an unmarked police car blocked their getaway. The Russian was handcuffed ... Read More »

Australia’s asylum seeker policies ‘draconian': HRW

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Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers has been condemned by Human Rights Watch, which described the country’s immigration policies as ‘draconian’. SBS - By Stephanie Anderson In its annual report issued this week, the international organisation said that Australia was failing to respect international standards regarding the protection of asylum seekers and refugees. In contrast to the country’s solid record of protecting civil ... Read More »

Falling for Niki de Saint Phalle


PARIS — I have never particularly admired French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle’s overly familiar and obvious Nanas (French slang for “broads”) — the gaudy, plump, joyous everywoman figures that made the artist’s case for female affirmation. Nor am I a huge fan of the Stravinsky Fountain at the Centre Pompidou, her collaboration with her husband, the artist Jean Tinguely. ... Read More »

Sudan and South Sudan’s Merging conflicts

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The conflicts in Sudan and South Sudan are increasingly merged. ICG Halting drift toward a Uganda-Sudan proxy war on the Sudan-South Sudan border requires better coordination by regional organisations and more engagement by influential outside powers, notably China and the U.S., including via the UN Security Council. A UN-imposed arms embargo, improved border monitoring, and a UN panel of experts ... Read More »

Queensland election: GST rate question leaves Annastacia Palaszczuk stumped

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Labor leader blames failure to answer radio host’s question on a lack of morning coffee The Guardian – Bridie Jabour @bkjabour Annastacia Palaszczuk has made an embarrassing stumble in her campaign as the Labor party prepares to release its costings, failing to answer when asked what the rate of the goods and services tax was. The opposition leader was campaigning in Townsville ... Read More »