Global Issues

Fix Immigration Without Sacrificing Innocent Children

Immigration - Bloomberg

Whoever said there are no bad ideas never spent any time in Washington. Michael R. Bloomberg Bloomberg Many never get off the ground, thankfully, but one of the worst I can remember hearing is now under serious consideration by the Department of Homeland Security: forcibly separating children from their parents when… Fix Immigration Without… Read More »

Hard times for feminists in China

Feminism - Sup China

On January 21, 2017, more than half a million people showed up for the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., and hundreds of similar protests took place around the globe. Jiayun Feng SUP China But not in China, a country with 645 million women — nearly one-sixth of the world’s female population. China’s absence in… Hard times for… Read More »

The Hysteria Over Russia Is Causing Serious Foreign Policy Problems

Russia - The Federalist

National security experts say the domestic political situation is leading to a rapid deterioration of the already fragile relationship with Russia. Mollie Hemingway The Federalist The fifth season of “The Americans,” the FX series about two Soviet spies posing as an American couple living near Washington DC in the 1980s, began airing this week. The Washington Post’s… The Hysteria Over… Read More »

Stop targeting humanitarian workers

Humanitarian - Al Jazeera

Humanitarian workers have to balance the risks they are facing with the life-saving impact of their humanitarian work. Dominik Stillhart Al Jazeera News Names you’ve never heard. Places you’ve never… Stop targeting humanitarian… Read More »

Why economists can’t forecast

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You knew it all along: Economists can’t forecast the economy worth a hoot. Robert J. Samuelson The Washington Post And now we have a scholarly study that confirms it. Better yet, the… Why economists can’t… Read More »

Gender Equality in Principle But Not in Reality – Report

Equality - Pro bono

Seven in 10 Australians think women and men still don’t have full equal rights, while only six in 10 actively support women’s rights, according to a new global study coinciding with International Women’s Day. Lina Caneva Pro Bono Australia The new data from Ipsos showed that although the vast majority of people around the world say they believe men and women should be treated equally (88 per cent on average), most still think the current situation is one of… Gender ... Read More »

Book Review: Vanguard of the Imam: Religion, Politics, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

BOOK 1 - AEI

One of the biggest holes in scholarship about Iran has been a deep, detailed analysis of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) since the 1993 study, Warriors of Islam by Kenneth Katzman, a Library of Congress specialist. Michael Rubin AEI That has now changed, first with Danish scholar Ali Alfoneh’s 2013 Iran Unveiled and then with Vanguard of the Imam by Ostrovar, a long-time Iran analyst, now at the Naval Postgraduate School. Ostovar traces the… Book Review: Vanguard… Read More »

Bangladesh’s new child marriage law swings in the wrong direction

Children - The COnversation

Bangladesh is a global poster child when it comes to improving women’s status in the developing and the Muslim worlds. M Niaz Asadullah and Zaki Wahhaj The Conversation It also outranks all of its South Asian neighbours in terms of gender equality. The World Economic Forum’s… Bangladesh’s new child… Read More »

It’s never too late to learn

India - Asia Times

Newfound literacy for 30 grandmothers has reaped rewards for not only themselves but their entire community Anusha Venkat Asia Times Just after lunch, Kantabai Laxman More makes the short walk to her school – nothing but a thatched shed put up under a mango tree that’s much younger than her. And she is… It’s never too… Read More »

Gender equality: A game changer for nature

Women - Al Jazeer

As increasing numbers of women are empowered through conservation projects that mainstream gender equality. Aban Marker Kabraji Al Jazeera News In Fiyoaree, the Maldives, Leena wakes up every day just a little before sunrise for her morning prayer. She prepares breakfast… Gender equality: A… Read More »

WikiLeaks says it releases files on ‘CIA’s cyber spying tools’

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Anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks published on March 7 what it said were thousands of pages of internal Central Intelligence Agency discussions about hacking techniques used over several years, renewing concerns about the… Hurriyet The discussion transcripts showed that CIA hackers could get into Apple Inc. iPhones, Google Inc. Android devices and… WikiLeaks says it… Read More »

Will Trump split the Israeli right?

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and first lady Melania Trump greet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara (2ndL) as they arrive at the South Portico of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 15, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  - RTSYTO0

Top police investigators from the anti-corruption unit Lahav 433 interrogated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on March 6 for the fourth time. Ben Caspit Al Monitor This round of questioning, which lasted almost five hours, focused on Netanyahu’s discussions with Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Arnon Mozes and their alleged conspiratorial plotting. In the middle… Will Trump split… Read More »

What the WA election campaign says about One Nation’s future

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Days out from the WA election, there are two big questions: Will One Nation hold a balance of power in the WA senate, and what has the campaign told us about the… James Purtill ABC Who wins the election looks… Leaked internal Liberal polling suggests the party will lose government in a… What the WA… Read More »

Humanity’s problem with Germany

Daily Sabah

Germany is behind the EU’s indecisiveness in an unpredictable economic and political crisis today. Celim Ertem Daily Sabah Germany’s direct and indirect intervention in Turkey’s political process nowadays is undoubtedly a result of the policy of indirect annexation it initiated in the early 1990s. The year 1989… Humanity’s problem with… Read More »

Feminism’s new frontier: Localising aid

Feminism - Al Jazeera

Forming real partnerships between donors and local organisations is key to achieving progress in women’s rights issues. Jessica Neuwirth Al Jazeera News This International Women’s Day, my hope is that we start rethinking existing patterns on how human rights funding decisions are made. Recent discussions on… Feminism’s new frontier… Read More »

‘Civil war’ over Homeland Security push

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Sky News has confirmed ASIO and the Australian Federal police have recently advised against creating a US-style Department of… Sky News with AAP The government is considering a proposal to merge at least half a dozen relevant federal agencies from two departments into a… ‘This proposal is very controversial in the government and… ‘Civil war’ over… Read More »