Global Issues

Trump must conform with constitution or he will be removed, ex Bush adviser Richard Painter says

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The Trump presidency is only days old and already there are serious moves to have him forced out of office, and the man leading the charge is from the President’s own political… Stan Grant ABC Richard Painter is a lawyer who advised former president George W Bush on… He could not bring himself to vote for Donald Trump, admitting he supported instead Mr Trump’s Democratic rival, Hillary … He has many concerns about… Trump must conform with… Read More »

Cyprus talks: the EU offers all the guarantees Cyprus needs – OPINION

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The seemingly intractable Cyprus problem has been dubbed the ‘graveyard of diplomats’, an unforgiving label alluding to the failed attempts of the international community over the past decades to successfully assemble the puzzle that is, admittedly, the… Nikos Christodoulides, Cyprus government spokesman Euronews And yet, the latest efforts in the… Cyprus talks: the… Read More »

From war to more war

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Experience tells us it matters little whether a liberal democrat or an autocratic republican sits in the White House. Stanley L Cohen The Guardian Well, it’s over … and good riddance. What began with a purchased… From war to more… Read More »

Britain ‘putting arms sales to Turkey above human rights’

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Campaigners say UK pursues profits as Erdoğan continues crackdown… Jamie Doward The Guardian Britain has sold almost £50m-worth of arms to Turkey since the crackdown on opposition groups by the government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan after last year’s failed coup attempt… Britain ‘putting arms… Read More »

JFK’s Daughter Caroline Kennedy Just Made A Historical Career Announcement – Get Ready

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Up until the Trump administration took over the White House just a couple days ago, Caroline Kennedy was the American Ambassador to Japan… Pearson McKinney Bipartisan Report When Trump gained control, Kennedy was sent packing, returning to civilian life in the states… There was no one appointed to take over the… JFK’s Daughter Caroline… Read More »

World looks for a better doctor

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan leaves  after delivering a speech during the World Health Assembly, with some 3,000 delegates from its 194 member states on May 23, 2016 in Geneva.

The spiralling crisis surrounding the Zika virus is the result of decades of policy failures on mosquito control and poor access to family planning services, the World Health Organization said on May 23. / AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI        (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Margaret Chan’s controversial legacy shapes search for new head of World Health Organization. Natalie Huet Politico GENEVA — As the world’s top doctor, Margaret Chan is best known as the woman who cried wolf during a flu pandemic and who failed to contain the deadliest outbreak of Ebola. After a decade at the World… World looks for a better… Read More »

Naomi Klein Getting Caught Up In The Climate Wars

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She’s a powerful and passionate writer and activist, writes Geoff Russell. But she’s missed the mark on the causes of cancer and dispossession. Geoff Russell New Matilda Almost since the beginning there was “the left” and “the right”. We are talking politics here, not handedness. “The left” was always… Naomi Klein Getting… Read More »

This year will be key for democracy in Africa, how many will stand test?

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This year has already brought some changes. Nic Cheeseman Daily Nation The US, Ghana and The Gambia have inaugurated new presidents while a mutiny has threatened to undermine political stability in Cote d’Ivoire. On a more personal and less This year will be key for… Read More »

The Arab Spring is far from over

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Like the French Revolution, it could play out over decades and reshape the… KOERT DEBEUF Politico My friend Ahmed Maher was released from prison on January 5. Ahmed was the leader of the April 6 Youth Movement that organized the Egyptian revolution against the then… The Arab Spring… Read More »

Gambia crisis ends as Jammeh leaves for exile

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Leader of 22 years, who for weeks refused to cede power, flies out of the capital Banjul and into… Al Jazeera Source: News agencies Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh flew out of the capital Banjul on Saturday and into exile after stepping down from power following a weeks-long standoff with President Adama Barrow, who won the… Gambia crisis ends… Read More »

Europe needs refashioning to address its anger and fears

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Britain’s departure is an ideal chance for remaining states to rewrite the rules on taxation and… Lodewijk Asscher The Guardian With the rightwing and populist tide that seemingly holds Europe in its grip, scapegoat politics is gaining the upper… I share the passion of my progressive colleagues to provide a strong, social and… Europe needs refashioning… Read More »

Sewage leak closing Tasmanian oyster farms, deterring swimmers

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A sewage leak, which has closed some Tasmanian oyster farms, will cost jobs and hurt the economy in the St Helen’s region, the mayor has… Georgie Burgess ABC Heavy rainfall on Friday caused a TasWater pump station to overflow and leak raw sewage into Georges Bay on the state’s east… Sewage leak closing… Read More »

Perspective for ‘Turkish Stream’ Project: Possible Scenarios and Challenges

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Following the cancellation of South Stream, Russia announced its plans to reroute the pipeline to Turkey, instead of… Ilgar Gurbanov * Natural Gas World The new pipeline was dubbed “Turkish Stream”, with same capacity of South Stream, but less vulnerable to EU competition… “Turkish Stream” has also experienced… Perspective for ‘Turkish… Read More »

Sydney Women’s March: big turnout but ‘it’s not all about Donald Trump’

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Protests should be viewed as anti-hatred, anti-bigotry and anti-misogyny, says journalist Tracey Spicer, emcee of the event Michael Slezak The Guardian About 5,000 women, men and children took to the streets in Sydney on Saturday to champion the cause of women and other groups, whose rights appear threatened by Donald Trump. There was an uplifting… Sydney Women’s March… Read More »

Putin-Trump alliance against ISIS and Al-Qaeda on the way?

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US President Trump’s emphasis on defeating ISIS and Jihadi terrorism finds an echo in the words of Russian President Putin, creating the possibility of an alliance between the two to combat ISIS and… ALEXANDER MERCOURIS The Duran Both Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump have repeatedly made clear their utter… Putin-Trump alliance… Read More »

At the Women’s March, it’s the men who mattered most. Here’s why.

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Women everywhere. Pink hats, black hats, hard hats, no… By Petula Dvorak By Petula Dvorak Columnist The Washington Post A crushing polite crowd, well prepared with healthy snacks and… A crowd so sprawling, it nearly covered the march route end-to… It was mighty and… Best of all, there were men… At the Women’s… Read More »