Global Issues

Russia Expected to Veto UN Resolution Blaming Syria for Chemical Attacks

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UNITED NATIONS — Russia says it will veto a draft U.N. resolution blaming the Syrian government for some chemical weapons attacks in Syria if it is brought to a… Margaret Besheer VoA “The resolution prejudges the results of the investigation, it is one-sided [and] based on insufficient evidence,” Russian Deputy U.N. Envoy Vladimir Safronkov told reporters after a… Russia Expected to… Read More »

Melting into chaos: Liquid modernity and other ideas of the late thinker Zygmunt Bauman

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Bauman left us with many ideas, continuing to write and speak until the very last days of his life. Didem Kaya Daily Sabah Much of his thoughts seem strong enough to survive the test of time and will continue to be relevant for many decades to come Giving some thought… Melting into chaos… Read More »

Media Sauce: Global report shows we don’t trust elites or institutions

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A global trust survey released this week revealed the unsurprising result that our trust in politicians, business leaders, NGOs and the media is still falling. Martin Hirst Independent Australia As Doc Martin reports, the one bright spot is that online journals like Independent Australia are gaining readers’ trust whilst the MSM continues to fail. THE EDELMAN TRUST BAROMETER… Media Sauce: Global… Read More »

Why Iran wants Palestine back on regional agenda

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Fatima Navab Safavi is the daughter of Mojtaba Navab Safavi (1924-1955), an Iranian cleric and one of the first to mobilize Iranian masses against Israel back in the early… Ali Hashem Al-Monitor Donning the traditional black chador, Safavi told Al-Monitor in an interview, “Years before the… Why Iran wants… Read More »

Julie Bishop and Theresa May divided on Syria and Bashar al-Assad

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London: A split has opened up between Britain and Australia on the future of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop rejecting British Prime Minister Theresa May’s demands for Assad to go, saying the… Latika Bourke The Canberra Times Mrs May on Thursday local time spoke with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull by… The pair discussed a… Julie Bishop and… Read More »

Donald Trump’s presidential diplomacy deal?

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Trump is treating the US as a business venture and replacing the ‘art of diplomacy’ with the ‘art of the deal’. Sean W Burges Al Jazeera News Most world leaders are having a hard time adapting to Donald Trump’s foreign policy style. None of his… Donald Trump’s presidential… Read More »

Reporters barred from U.S. press secretary briefing

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New York, February 24, 2017–The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the decision today to bar nine news outlets from an informal briefing known as “a gaggle” by President Donald Trump’s White House Press Secretary Sean… CPJ Separately, at the Conservative Party Action Conference in Maryland today, Trump said that journalists should not be allowed to use anonymous sources, and… Reporters barred from… Read More »

The Guardian view on famine: sitting by as disaster unfolds

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Millions face starvation, but the world is turning away. The Guardian We are too late to prevent this severe food crisis – but we can and must act now to save lives How can a… The Guardian view… Read More »

Slower May Be Better in Going at ISIS

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A couple of tendencies that are all too common in policymaking and policy debate tend to make for unwise foreign commitments or overextended foreign expeditions. Paul R. Pillar The National Interest One is to treat a goal that is at most an intermediate objective as if it were an end in itself. Doing so obfuscates… Slower May Be… Read More »

It’s Time To Stop Talking About A Border Wall And Start Stabilizing Mexico

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Wracked by drug wars and corruption, Mexico is in a state of crisis. John Daniel Davidson The Federalist If Trump wants a secure border, he should help stabilize, not isolate, Mexico. On Tuesday, the… It’s Time To… Read More »

My country had its own Trump. Here’s how we beat him.

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To any fair-minded observer, President Trump’s authoritarian instincts, Twitter outbursts and divisive rhetoric should be greatly concerning. Dalibor Rohac AEI Americans might take comfort in the fact that the United States is not the first country to elect and live under such a leader. I would know… My country had… Read More »

Locking teens in prison won’t break cycle of youth offending, Victorian judge says

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There must be renewed efforts to break the cycle of youth offending, instead of locking an increasing number of children up, a Victorian Supreme Court judge has said. Emma Younger ABC Justice Lex Lasry made the comments during a bail hearing for a teenager who suffered a fractured neck when he was bashed by fellow inmates at Barwon Prison. The 16-year-old, who… Locking teens in… Read More »

Elections in Europe: No risks for the EU, leaders readying to face Trump-Brexit

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Some political analysts in mainland Europe but many more in Britain and on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean in the US, have rushed to call 2017 the year that can make or break the European Union. Dennis Kefalakos European Sting They basically argue that the three crucial legislative elections due in Holland next month, in France in April – May and in Germany this September can produce high-risk Eurosceptic governments. The argument continues… Elections in Europe… Read More »

Stop writing China off as an enemy. Millennials don’t.

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Julian Gewirtz is the author of “Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists, and the Making of Global China.” Julian Gewirtz The Washington Post President Trump’s “America First” philosophy has increased tensions around the world, but the biggest shoe has yet to drop: He hasn’t laid out his policies toward China, a country he has repeatedly denounced . As a 27-year-old… Stop writing China… Read More »

Russia’s assault on America’s elections is just one example of a global threat

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One of the most startling allegations in a January report by U.S. intelligence agencies about Russian hacking was this sentence: “Russia has sought to influence elections across Europe.” David Ignatius The Washington Post This warning of a campaign far broader than the United States got little attention in America. We may be… Russia’s assault on… Read More »

How Dictators And Dummies Get Started

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During the bull market of 1929, when almost no one imagined that stock prices might fall, some investors were alarmed when they heard their newspaper boys telling them to buy. David Landau The Daily Caller The investors who listened closely to those exclamations understood that the market was far too overbought. They decided to… How Dictators And… Read More »