Global Issues

China launches first indigenous aircraft carrier

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China has launched its first aircraft carrier built entirely on its own, in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defense industries, and… Taipei Times AP, BEIJING The 50,000 tonne carrier was yesterday towed from its dockyard just after 9am following a ceremony in Dalian, where its predecessor, the… Development of the new carrier began in 2013 and construction in… China launches first… Read More »

As Pollution Levels Rise, China Looks to Clear the Air With ‘Vertical Forests’

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To address serious smog issues, the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing will be building two skyscrapers covered in plants to help naturally filter out toxins from the… Sputnik On the Air Quality Index’s scale from 0 to 500, Nanjing rates a 132, which is considered unhealthy, especially for people dealing with respiratory… The towers will be designed by Italian firm Stefano… As Pollution Levels… Read More »

The government just announced a gamechanger for cycling in England

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The new cycling and walking investment strategy is the first legislation of its kind to legally bind the government to long-term funding for cycling and walking… Sam Jones The Guardian Unless you’re an avid transport campaigner, it’s likely that among the rush of government announcements made last week, you will have missed one very important one: the… The government’s intention to launch a CWIS was first announced in January… The government just… Read More »

Thousands to march in Copenhagen against climate injustice

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Demonstration to protest Trump’s climate policies and the hypocrisy found closer to… CPH Post OnLine On Saturday, Donald Trump will have been in office as US president for 100 days and critics maintain that during his brief stint he has downplayed the… In response, scores of people will hit the streets as part of the ‘People’s Climate March’ in over 300 cities across the… Thousands to march… Read More »

Trump, in new tax plan, promises to do what Reagan couldn’t

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At the center of President Trump’s plan to dramatically cut taxes on businesses and individuals is a promise to stimulate extraordinary economic growth, so much so, his advisers say, that the… Max Ehrenfreund The Washington Post If he succeeds in keeping that promise, Trump will have accomplished something his tax-cutting Republican predecessors failed to… In describing the proposal Wednesday, Trump’s top… Trump, in new… Read More »

Finland Seeks Continued U.S.-Russian Cooperation in the Arctic

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Could Russia’s defenisve measures and other geopolitical tensions negatively impact the Arctic Council’s cooperative efforts? Kenneth Yalowitz, Stacy Closson The National Interest Finland will assume the chairmanship next month of the eight-member Arctic Council at a time of heightened geopolitical… The council, which includes the United States, four… Finland Seeks Continued… Read More »

A cry for help: Millions facing famine in Yemen

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The UN has warned that 17 million Yemenis will be in famine unless the world sends urgent humanitarian… Al Jazeera Antonio Guterres, the UN chief, issued a call to action on Tuesday at the aid conference held in Geneva where donor countries pledged almost… But UN says the amount is half of what is needed to combat what it is calling “the world’s largest hunger… A cry for… Read More »

US assembles missile defense in South Korea amid street protests

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TV images showed local protesters hurling water bottles and police trying to block… By ASIA TIMES AND REUTERS The US military started moving parts of the controversial THAAD anti-missile defense system to a site in South Korea on Wednesday amid… Television footage showed military trailers carrying what appeared to be launch canisters being driven into the planned THAAD battery site, about 250… US assembles missile… Read More »

Court delivers another humiliating blow to Trump

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A federal judge in San Francisco dealt the Trump administration another legal blow Tuesday, temporarily halting President Trump’s threat to… Jennifer Rubin The Washington Post U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick imposed a nationwide injunction against Trump’s Jan. 25 executive order on what are called “sanctuary… It is hard to overstate what a sweeping defeat this was for the… Court delivers another… Read More »

Satellite Eye on Earth: March 2017 – in pictures

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Mount Etna, India’s ship graveyard and trees in Africa are among the images captured by European Space Agency and Nasa satellites last… Compiled by Eric Hilaire The Guardian The Mackenzie river system is Canada’s largest watershed, and the 10th largest water basin in the… The river runs 4,200km (2,600 miles) from the Columbia icefield in the Canadian Rockies to the Arctic…. Satellite Eye on… Read More »

Instruments of Pain (II): Conflict and Famine in South Sudan

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War in South Sudan led the UN to declare 100,000 people are suffering famine, with a further 5.5 million at… ICG This special briefing urges the country to work harder to establish parameters for a… At the same time, humanitarian corridors from Sudan should be kept open and donors must fully fund the UN aid… Instruments of Pain… Read More »

Brussels punches back at Viktor Orbán

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Budapest faces legal action over its education reforms, but the Hungarian leader called the EU move… RYAN HEATH AND QUENTIN ARIÈS Politico The European Commission attacked Hungary on multiple fronts Wednesday, including the threat of legal action over an education bill that targets the… The Commission’s decision ratcheted up the pressure on Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán ahead of his… Brussels punches back… Read More »

‘We’re eating the Mercedes’

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Once among their nation’s elite, former Turkish NATO officers are now refugees seeking political asylum in… DAVID M. HERSZENHORN Politico They were once among Turkey’s military elite — fighter pilots, tank commanders and naval officers assigned to prestigious posts abroad at NATO in… Now, they and their families — who had enjoyed comfortable lives abroad, sending their children to… ‘We’re eating the… Read More »

Greek appeals court rules against extradition of three Turkish coup soldiers

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A Greek appeals court on April 25 rejected the extradition of three Turkish soldiers out of eight who requested asylum in the country after fleeing following Turkey’s failed… Hurriyet Three of the servicemen – identified as Süleyman Özkaynakçı, Feridun Çoban, and Abdullah Yetik – appeared at the Athens’ Appeals Council on April 25 upon the… Prosecutor Ourania Stathea said the new evidence presented by Ankara was… Greek appeals court… Read More »

After Its Nuclear Attack, the UK Would be ‘Wiped Off the Face of the Earth’

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British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon recently confirmed that his Prime Minister Theresa May is prepared to use nuclear weapons in a… Sputnik Commenting on the remark, Russian parliamentarian Frants Klintsevich warned of the devastating consequences of such an… On Monday, British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon confirmed that his… After Its Nuclear… Read More »

Immigrants being vilified in same way as Irish in US after Famine – Obama

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The former President said the US immigration system had always been “a little bit… TheJournal.ie  IMMIGRANTS IN THE US are experiencing treatment similar to that endured by the Irish in America in the wake of the Famine, Barack Obama has… The former US President, making a return to the public spotlight, said that America’s immigration system had always been “a little bit… Immigrants being vilified… Read More »