Global Issues

Trump’s immigration agenda is alive and well in Austin. So is the fear it’s struck in immigrants’ hearts.

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Rumor and terror in one immigrant community Dara Lind Vox It was a Thursday morning in Austin, and suddenly ICE was… A hotline for deportation-fearing immigrants — which typically got a call or two a day — started fielding a call a minute, overwhelming the volunteers manning the… The pleas were vivid: They just took away a member of my family. They just raided my neighbor’s house. They followed him and… Trump’s immigration agenda… Read More »

Patriot power: How France’s alt-right seeks to sway election

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France, despite its reputation as a beacon of progressive liberalism, has been at the forefront of a burgeoning pan-European far… Henri Astier BBC Marine Le Pen, an anti-immigration Eurosceptic who may well top the first round of France’s presidential election on 23 April, is… Its themes are familiar in the era of Donald Trump and Brexit: concern for… Patriot power: How… Read More »

EU, US come up short on Syria

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Aid agencies expect pledges at a Brussels donors’ conference to be ‘significantly lower’ than last… DAVID M. HERSZENHORN AND JACOPO BARIGAZZI  Politico An EU plea for more than $8 billion in emergency aid for Syria met resistance at an international donors’ conference on Wednesday, in the wake of a suspected chemical attack in Idlib that served as a… The killing of more than 70 people underscored the failure of a… EU, US come… Read More »

Israel appoints its first female Muslim diplomat

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Rasha Atamny, 31, from Baqa al-Gharbiya, will be heading to… DOV LIEBER The Times of Israel The Foreign Ministry on Wednesday appointed Rasha Atamny, 31, to represent the Jewish state in Ankara, Turkey, making her Israel’s… Atamny, who is completing the final months of the ministry’s cadet course, will serve as the embassy’s first secretary in the… Israel appoints its… Read More »

Venezuelan Authorities Arrest COPEI President for Alleged Treason and Conspiracy

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Jeanette Charles (VA): The president of the Independent Political Electoral Organization Committee (COPEI), also known as the Social Christian Party, was arrested by… nsnbc Roberto Enríquez was detained by military counter-intelliegence officials over accusations of treason and instigation to… The Christian Democratic leader is currently being held at the… Venezuelan Authorities Arrest… Read More »

Make car makers, not drivers, pay for the diesel crisis, experts say

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German and French governments have already required that manufacturers fix vehicles spewing high levels of toxic pollution but UK is ‘doing… Damian Carrington Environment editor The Guardian The diesel-fuelled air pollution crisis should be solved by making motor companies recall and upgrade the dirty cars they sold, experts said on Wednesday. Make car makers… Read More »

Fear, prejudice and gut reactions: is that the future for our politics?

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Be it antisemitism or Islamophobia, in these times of crisis it seems that historic scars are opening up… Rafael Behr The Guardian A young man wearing a top hat cuts a cigar with a red sickle. His nose is distended into a hook. He is surrounded by images of French politicians Fear, prejudice and… Read More »

Protecting high quality of judiciary crucial to Irish democracy

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No rationale for having a majority of lay people choosing judges has been… Paul McGarry The Irish Times In observing the latest volte-face from the Law Society in relation to judicial appointments, it is difficult to see any motivating factor other than a desire to have more solicitors appointed as… However, the… Protecting high quality… Read More »

5 takeaways from France’s chaotic presidential debate

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The main candidates were joined by a motley collection of other contenders, making for lively… NICHOLAS VINOCUR Politico PARIS — Eleven candidates for the French presidency faced off in a debate Tuesday that was more lively and more chaotic than previous… Frontrunners Marine Le Pen, François Fillon and Emmanuel Macron took… 5 takeaways from… Read More »

Let’s do a Brexit deal with the Parthenon marbles

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Britain has the perfect opportunity to return the artefacts to Greece. It’s the right thing to do – and could earn concessions in… Geoffrey Robertson The Guardian Not yet a week since the triggering of article 50, and already hope of cordial negotiations… At the weekend, amid early jostling over the post-Brexit fate of Gibraltar, former Tory leader Michael Howard implied that one way to resolve that situation could be a war with Spain. Let’s do a… Read More »

When a drug epidemic’s victims are white

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How racial bias and segregation molded a gentler response to the opioid… German Lopez Vox When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie discusses his compassionate approach to the ongoing opioid epidemic, he frequently brings up a close friend from law… He describes this friend as perfect — incredibly smart, with a… When a drug… Read More »

Sturgeon tells US audience that Scots are ready for independence

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Nicola Sturgeon has told a US audience that Scotland is ready to take its place as an “equal partner” in the global family of nations by… Scott Macnab The Scotsman The First Minister stepped up the pressure on Theresa May to allow a second referendum to be staged during a keynote speech at… Ms Sturgeon argued in… Sturgeon tells US… Read More »

Evidence of ancient ‘geological Brexit’ revealed

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The UK has now started the formal process of leaving the EU, but scientists say they have evidence of a much earlier… Rebecca Morelle BBC They have worked out how a thin strip of land that once connected ancient Britain to Europe was… The researchers believe a large lake overflowed 450,000 years ago, damaging the land link, then a later flood fully opened the… Evidence of ancient… Read More »

The Presidency debate: Social inclusion

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After years of austerity, confidence in Europe’s capacity to care for the weakest and most disadvantaged has come under close… By Brian Maguire, Evan Lamos and Olivier Billot | EURACTIV.com The Maltese presidency pledges to lead by example advancing Europe social policy in close consultation with social partners, civil society and… The Presidency is a video series by EURACTIV, looking at the… The Presidency debate… Read More »

Syria conflict: Dozens dead, including children, in suspected chemical attack in Idlib

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The deadliest chemical weapons attack in years in Syria killed dozens of people in northern Idlib province on Tuesday morning, including women and children, and sickened scores more, according… The Age New York Times, Reuters A few hours later, according to several witnesses, another airstrike hit one of the clinics treating victims, who had been farmed out to… Syria conflict: Dozens… Read More »

Kirkuk provincial council decides to hold referendum for annexation to KRG

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The Kirkuk provincial council has decided to hold a referendum regarding the annexation of the city by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Anadolu Agency quoted the… Kirkuk Hurriyet The session was boycotted by Turkmen and… Both Iraq and Turkey strongly oppose KRG’s desire to incorporate Kirkuk into… Kirkuk provincial council… Read More »