Global Issues

Who are Egypt’s Coptic Christians and why are they persecuted?

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Coptic Christians, known as Copts, are the largest ethno-religious minority in Egypt, constituting roughly 10 per cent of the country’s… Steven Viney ABC Although many now identify as Arabs, Copts do not historically believe themselves to be of Arab origin, but are instead… The word Coptic is derived from the ancient Greek word for… Who are Egypt’s… Read More »

Great Barrier Reef at ‘terminal stage’: scientists despair at latest coral bleaching data

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‘Last year was bad enough, this is a disaster,’ says one expert as Australia Research Council finds fresh damage across… Christopher Knaus and Nick Evershed The Guardian Back-to-back severe bleaching events have affected two-thirds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, new aerial surveys have… The findings have caused alarm among scientists, who say the proximity of the… Great Barrier Reef at… Read More »

Why can’t America just take out Assad?

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The Trump administration has done an abrupt about-face on Syria, contradicting its own nascent foreign… David Alpher The Conversation Within 24 hours, it went from calling out the Assad regime for using chemical weapons to launching missiles at military… As limited as the strikes were, there are also statements that plans are in the… Why can’t America… Read More »

Why Does the West Keep Colluding with Terrorists?

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Like other criticisms of Hirsi Ali, the effort was to portray her as the problem itself rather than as the response to a problem. Douglas Murray Gatestone Institute That this type of campaign can succeed — that speakers can be stopped from speaking in Western democracies because of the implicit or explicit threat of violence — is a problem our societies need to face. There is a… Why Does the… Read More »

The Balkans Will Be America and Russia’s Next (Virtual) Battlefield

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If Putin wants to stir up trouble anywhere else, it’s the obvious place to… James Jay Carafano The National Interest U.S. interest in the Balkans has waxed and… It is time for wax… The Balkans have been on America’s back burner since the end of the Clinton… Investing some attention and exerting some influence on the region should be more than a second-tier item on the administration’s foreign… The Balkans Will… Read More »

Birmingham woman standing in defiance of EDL protester goes viral

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Photograph of young woman becomes symbol of city standing up to far-right group English Defence League during… Frances Perraudin North of England reporter The Guardian A photograph showing a young woman smiling bemusedly at an incensed English Defence League protester has… The image, which has been shared thousands of times on social media, was captured during a demonstration by the… Birmingham woman standing… Read More »

Anti-graft body investigating China’s chief insurance regulator

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Xiang Junbo, head of the China Insurance Regulatory Commission and a member of the central bank’s monetary policy committee, is suspected of ‘serious disciplinary violations’, a… Reuters Asia Times The head of China’s insurance regulator is being investigated for… China’s top leaders have pledged this year to… Anti-graft body… Read More »

Muted start to election campaigning in Algeria

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The May 4 parliamentary poll will be the first since the legislature adopted landmark constitution reforms last… Al Jazeera Source: AFP news agency Campaigning for Algeria’s May 4 parliamentary elections got off to a muted start on Sunday, with the public showing little interest in the… It’s the first election since the legislature’s powers were boosted by amendments to the… Muted start to… Read More »

Egyptians respond to ISIS church bombings: ‘Your terrorism brings us together’

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Egyptians of different faiths rallied together on Sunday in defiance of ISIS, after the group claimed responsibility for two Coptic Christian church bombings hundreds… Emanuella Grinberg and Sarah Sirgany CNN The attacks left at least 43 dead and dozens more injured, amid grim scenes of hollowed-out churches, with body parts and… Outraged Egyptians posted messages of solidarity with members of the… Egyptians respond to… Read More »

Drop The Target: Senior Conservative MPs demand five-year immigration ban

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Pro-Brexit politicians tell PM their hardline plan ‘will deliver on the will of the… Rachael Revesz Independent Senior Conservative MPs are demanding Theresa May impose a five-year ban on unskilled immigrant visas, arguing the focus should be on… Leave Means Leave, a hardline pro-Brexit group that wants to leave the EU single market and “take control” of the UK’s borders, is… The group, which includes at… Drop The Target… Read More »

Mothers of Ukrainian Soldiers Demand Impeachment of Poroshenko

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In the near future Ukrainians could expect neither positive changes nor stability In the course of last month, more and more Ukrainians clamoured for impeachment of… ISF Specifically, women representing the movement “Mothers for Poroshenko’s Impeachment” gathered at the building of the presidential… They rally under the slogan “Poroshenko is killing our… Mothers of Ukrainian… Read More »

Russia sends warship to battlegroup off Syrian coast

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Naval move will overshadow US secretary of state Rex Tillerson’s visit to… Alec Luhn Moscow The Observer The Guardian A warship armed with cruise missiles has joined the Russian battlegroup off the coast of Syria as part of Moscow’s response to US cruise missile strikes on the Syrian airbase of… Russia’s angry declarations, a world away from hopes of a rapprochement voiced in Washington and… Russia sends warship… Read More »

Sweden truck attack tests ideas of inclusion and openness

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London: Stockholm has joined an awful, growing list Nice, Berlin, London. Nick Miller WAtoday The details change but the weapon, the screams, the terror are the… As always, it is important to remember there are limits to what we know, and that most are assuming much… At the time of writing it is strongly likely, though not certain, this was a,,, Sweden truck attack… Read More »

The US Provided Cover for the Saudi Starvation Strategy in Yemen

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As Yemen’s population has teetered on the brink of mass starvation in recent months, the United States has played a crucial role in enabling the… Gareth Porter Truthout Both the Obama and Trump administrations have prioritized the US’s alliance with the Saudis and their Gulf allies over the… Although the UN agencies have offered no public estimate of the… The US Provided… Read More »

Eta disarms: French police secure weapons near Bayonne

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Police in France have begun to make safe eight caches of weapons handed over by Basque separatist group… BBC At a ceremony in Bayonne on Saturday, Eta passed details of the sites to the authorities in a move signalling the end of the last insurgency in… Eta killed more than 800 people in some 40 years of violence as it sought to carve out an independent country straddling Spain and… Eta disarms: French… Read More »

Dalai Lama’s rapturous welcome at Buddhist monastery

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The Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has said the only way for the world to confront terror attacks is through greater contact… BBC He was speaking to the BBC in the wake of the Brussels… He also spoke about the challenges faced by the Tibetan movement, especially with increasing Chinese pressure on Western countries to… Dalai Lama’s rapturous… Read More »