Global Issues

An exclusive tour of Ai Weiwei’s new work

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A huge new artwork by Ai Weiwei in Prague attempts to put our attention back on the global refugee… BBC Rob Cameron meets the artist and takes a… A 70-m (230-ft) life raft hangs in the vast hall of Prague’s Trade Fair Palace. In it sit 258 faceless, inflatable… Although Ai Weiwei’s monumental new artwork is as light as air, it’s subject matter is… An exclusive tour… Read More »

Depressed by politics? Just let go

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When is politics like a tree? Arthur C. Brooks AEI If you study and write about happiness as I do, you become attuned to patterns. For instance, when… Depressed by politics… Read More »

Humans may have transformed the Sahara from lush paradise to barren desert

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Once upon a time, the Sahara was green. David K Wright The Conversation There were vast lakes. Hippos and giraffe… Humans may have transformed… Read More »

Hijab at work: EU court is authorising discrimination

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The latest ECJ ruling limits religious people – especially Muslim women – to being behind the scenes in the workplace. Shelina Janmohamed Al Jazeera News On March 14, the European Court of Justice ruled that when it comes to the workplace, the ban on the wearing of “any political, philosophical or religious sign” such as headscarves need not constitute direct discrimination. But it can… Hijab at work… Read More »

NUCLEAR TURKEY? Imam close to Erdogan calls for weapons NOW amid tensions with EU

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TURKEY should ignore rules set by ‘the West’ and build its own NUCLEAR WEAPONS – an Imam close to president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has advised – as the fallout between Brussels and Ankara… ZOIE O’BRIEN Express The worrying advice has been called weeks ahead of a Turkish referendum aimed at giving more power to President Erdogan – and… NUCLEAR TURKEY? Imam… Read More »

Dutch elections: Not a populist revolt

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This time the polls overestimated rather than underestimated support for the populist option. Joris Luyendijk Al Jazeera News Not a populist revolt American or British style, but fragmentation Israeli style. That is the… Dutch elections: Not… Read More »

The Right to Choose Includes the Right to Choose Life

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The issue is not whether there should be choice, but rather who should make the choice. Alan M. Dershowitz Gatestone Institute Why should pregnant females who have compelling reasons — medical, emotional, familial, religious, financial — not have the right to choose? Why should the… The Right to… Read More »

Trouble brewing in Netherlands as Erdogan supporters win first seats in Dutch election

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A TURKISH-DUTCH party has secured its first ever seats in the Netherlands parliament as the Turkey row… KATIE MANSFIELD Express Denk, a party founded by Tunahan Kuzu and Selçuk Öztürk has become the first ever ethic minority party in the Dutch… The party, which has long been accused of being a… Trouble brewing in… Read More »

Condemned To Repeat History

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In June 2016, the Presbyterian Church USA held its 222nd General Assembly in Portland, Oregon. Michael Youssef The Daily Caller A Muslim community leader gave the invocation, praying, “Lead us on the straight path — the path of all the prophets: Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad.” This prayer was… Condemned To Repeat… Read More »

A political scientist explains how big data is transforming politics

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“Big data makes it easy for candidates to dismiss their opponents.” Sean Illing Vox “Big data revolutionized the way American politicians win elections. In the process, it broke American… This was the central claim in a recent column by NBC’s Chuck Todd and Carrie Dann. The argument is simple enough: Politics “broke” because the… A political scientist… Read More »

Planet’s dwindling water resources poses an existential threat

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The depletion of the Earth’s water resources continues apace, but we can take decisions and actions as governments, societies and individuals to address that, writes Yasmin Siddiqi. Irish Examiner WE live on a parched planet. Farmers till arid… Planet’s dwindling water… Read More »

Yemen at ‘point of no return’ as conflict leaves almost 7 million close to famine

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Governments have been warned they face enduring shame should famine take hold in Yemen, where two-thirds of the population face severe food… Les Roopanarine, Patrick Wintour, Saeed Kamali Dehghan and Ahmad Algohbary in Ibb The Guardian Aid agencies have warned that Yemen is “at the point of no return” after new figures released by the UN indicated 17 million people are… Yemen at ‘point… Read More »

Is China becoming a responsible global power?

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Reading pronouncements by Chinese leaders and officials in recent days, one may have the impression that it is not the United States or any other powers, but rather China that is becoming the main global force for stability, security, and prosperity. Xuan Loc Doan Asia Times In his Report on the Work of the Government March 5 to the National People’s Congress (NPC), the one-party country’s parliament, Li Keqiang stated twice that China is a “responsible country.” It was apparently… Is ... Read More »

How To Be A ‘Woke’ White Person: Join The Alt-Right

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Why is it that the rules for being a good anti-racist white person are so eerily similar to the behavior of the racist ‘alt-right’? Robert Tracinski The Federalist An image has been circulating around the Internet listing “10 Ways You Can Actively Reject Your White Privilege.” Take a read… How To Be… Read More »

Donald Trump sends ‘hate group’ to a UN conference on women’s rights

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The US delegation includes groups that believe the UN’s advocacy on gender equality and LGBTQI rights is a threat to… Mythili Sampathkumar Independent Two groups who have advocated against expanding rights and funding for women and the LGBTIQ community are attending a… Both groups were named by the State Department as part of the… Donald Trump sends… Read More »

Facing Famine, 20 Million People Need Food, Not Bombs

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The world is facing the most serious humanitarian catastrophe since the end of World War II. Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan Democracy Now Twenty million people are at risk of starving to death in Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria and South Sudan. Meanwhile, President Donald… Facing Famine, 20… Read More »