Global Issues

Israeli minister quits ‘extremist government’ 

Israeli environment minister Avi Gabbay announced his resignation on May 27, saying the appointment of a hardline nationalist as defense minister had created an “extremist government” Gabbay said that he was “unable to swallow” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to take the defense portfolio from former general Moshe Yaalon and hand it to Avigdor Lieberman, who has pledged harsh measures against Palestinian “terrorists.”… Source: Israeli minister quits ‘extremist government’ – MIDEAST Read More »

Could Russia’s Cold War Super-Jet Last 100 Years?

The MiG-21 is one of history’s sturdiest and most reliable aircraft.. Military aircraft can have notoriously short lifespans, especially during periods of technological ferment. The most elite aircraft of World War I could become obsolete in a matter of months. Things weren’t much different in World War II. And at the dawn of the jet age, entire fleets of aircraft became passé as technologies matured. The advanced fighters that fought in the skies over… Source: Could Russia’s Cold War Super-Jet ... Read More »

Refugee leaves Cambodia after being deeply unhappy with move from Nauru

Now only one refugee remains in Cambodia under Australia’s controversial $55 million agreement… Source: Refugee leaves Cambodia after being deeply unhappy with move from Nauru Read More »

Blatant Hypocrisy: the Latest Late-Night Bailout of Greece

The new late night deal in the Eurogroup on the new bailout for Greece is another blatant hypocrisy by the dominant European Union powers, their partner-cum-competitor IMF (aka the US) and the Greek establishment (now represented by the SYRIZA government). The new deal is an uneasy compromise subject to a continuing tug-of-war between the US (through its proxy, the IMF) and the EU… Source: Blatant Hypocrisy: the Latest Late-Night Bailout of Greece Read More »

Turkish singer steps down as UNESCO goodwill ambassador in protest of Turkey stance

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Revered Turkish singer Zülfü Livaneli, who has been holding a post as UNESCO goodwill ambassador since 1996, has resigned, accusing the organization of “hypocrisy”, Turkish daily newspapers reported on Wednesday. Livaneli noted in his resignation letter that UNESCO has remained silent in the face of human rights violations, attacks on free speech and… Source: Turkish singer steps down as UNESCO goodwill ambassador in protest of Turkey stance – Turkish Minute Read More »

What does appointment of new Turkish prime minister mean for Moscow?

RBTH asked Russian and Turkish experts if there any hope of normalizing relations between the two countries under the new head of the Turkish government.. Turkey’s governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) elected Binali Yildirim as the new head of the party at its extraordinary congress on May 22 and, in accordance with Turkish law, appointed him as the new prime minister… Source: What does appointment of new Turkish prime minister mean for Moscow? | Russia Beyond The Headlines Read More »

My brain made me do it: will neuroscience change the way we punish criminals?

Australian law may be on the cusp of a brain-based revolution that will reshape the way we deal with criminals. Some researchers, such as neuroscientist David Eagleman, have argued that neuroscience should radically change our practices of punishment. According to Eagleman, the courts should give up on the notion of punishment altogether and instead focus on managing criminals and… Source: My brain made me do it: will neuroscience change the way we punish criminals? Read More »

Greens candidate pulls out of anti-racism protest over violence fears

The Greens candidate in the inner city seat of Wills has pulled out of an anti-racism rally in Coburg this weekend because of police fears of violence. Samantha Ratnam, who will stand down as City of Moreland Mayor on Friday to contest the election, was due to speak at the “Moreland says no to racism’ rally on Saturday. But on Thursday afternoon she decided to pull out… Source: Greens candidate pulls out of anti-racism protest over violence fears Read More »

South Sudan’s South: Conflict in the Equatorias

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The 2015 Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan reached a milestone with the formation of a transitional government in Juba in April. Yet fault lines like those in the Equatorias remain outstanding. A committed, inclusive political response is vital to stop low-level conflicts continuing indefinitely… Source: South Sudan’s South: Conflict in the Equatorias – International Crisis Group Read More »

Julian Assange: Swedish court upholds arrest warrant for Australian WikiLeaks founder

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange still faces arrest after a Swedish court upholds a warrant over rape allegations.. A Swedish lower court has upheld the arrest warrant for Julian Assange, saying the Wikileaks founder’s stay at Ecuador’s London embassy did not equal detention. Assange, 44, is wanted by Swedish authorities for questioning over allegations, which he denies, that he committed rape in 2010… Source: Julian Assange: Swedish court upholds arrest warrant for Australian WikiLeaks founder – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Yanis Varoufakis: Australia’s negative gearing is ‘scandalous’

The former Greek finance minister has a laundry list of suggestions to fix Australia’s economy. Here for Sydney Writers’ festival, he doesn’t hold back. here are two seats to choose from: a deep, soft black-leather couch, or a red one that has the utilitarian look of a school chair. Yanis Varoufakis – a man who has described himself as an “erratic Marxist”… Source: Yanis Varoufakis: Australia’s negative gearing is ‘scandalous’ | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Poisoned at work: 13-year-old among hundreds sickened on tobacco farms

Ayu vomits every year while harvesting tobacco on her family’s farm near Garut in West Java. She is one of hundreds of children believed to be poisoned by their work… Source: Poisoned at work: 13-year-old among hundreds sickened on tobacco farms Read More »

UNESCO points at importance of media in saving lives during crises

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova has highlighted the importance of the role of media during times of conflicts in saving lives in an address at the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul that was chaired by Hürriyet Chairwoman Vuslat Doğan Sabancı. “The role of the media is extremely important in reducing the life-threatening risks in crisis and conflict environments. The media allows the flow of information during a crisis,” Bokova said May 24 at the session titled… Source: UNESCO points at ... Read More »

Bank of England could wade into EU debate AGAIN, admits Mark Carney

THE Bank of England is poised to anger Brexit campaigners by wading into the European Union debate again.. Earlier this month the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) claimed Brexit could tip the country into recession. And Governor Mark Carney yesterday refused to rule out another intervention ahead of the June 23 vote. He said he did not expect the MPC to say “something substantially different” about the… Source: Bank of England could wade into EU debate AGAIN, admits Mark Carney ... Read More »

Ancient crayfish and worms may die out together

Research suggests that bizarre, tentacled worms which live attached to crayfish in the rivers of Australia are at risk of extinction – because the crayfish themselves are endangered. It would be an example of coextinction, where one organism dies out because it depends on another doomed species. Just a few millimetres long, the worms eat even tinier animals in the water or inside the crayfish gill chamber… Source: Ancient crayfish and worms may die out together – BBC News Read More »

The Iranian Moment and Turkey

Turkey is in a critical position as a consequence of both its proximity to multiple crises and its unique exposure to deteriorating security relationships in both the south and the east. It must keep regional conflicts from further undermining the country’s internal security. It must also strengthen ties to NATO and EU partners whose demands on Turkey are set to increase, but… Source: The Iranian Moment and Turkey | The German Marshall Fund of the United States Read More »