Global Issues

Colombia referendum: Peace deal with FARC rejected

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President Santos says ceasefire to remain in place as rebels also vow commitment to peace talks after shock vote result. Voters in Colombia’s referendum have narrowly rejected a peace accord between the government and the Marxist group, FARC. The outcome of Sunday’s vote endangers a deal expected to end 52 years of war and allow FARC fighters to re-enter society and form a… Colombia referendum: Peace deal with FARC rejected… Read More »

Hungary holds referendum on EU mandatory migrant plan

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Polls have closed in Hungary in a referendum on whether to accept mandatory EU quotas for relocating migrants. Early indications show most who voted overwhelmingly rejected the quota system but turnout could be less than 50% which would make the vote invalid. Right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban opposes plans to… Hungary holds referendum on EU mandatory migrant plan… Read More »

Trump, the media, and the populist politics of the pogrom

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The coming of the internet, and the global spread of social media, has triggered a period of intensifying cultural chaos. The global consequences are profound. Brian McNair Short term, the digital communications revolution has allowed a cheap con man like Donald Trump to connect directly with… Trump, the media, and the populist politics of the pogrom… Read More »

Iran showcases new combat drone, copied from US unmanned aircraft

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guards unveiled a home-built drone that they said was capable of carrying bombs, state media reported on Oct. 1, in what appeared to be another copy of a reconnaissance U.S. drone that Iran captured five years ago. DUBAI – Reuters The drone, called Saegheh, or lightning, was unveiled at an expo showcasing the latest achievements by the Revolutionary Guards’ aerospace arm. Iran showcases new combat drone, copied from US unmanned aircraft… Read More »

China’s yuan joins elite club of IMF reserve currencies

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REUTERS, AP, AFP-JIJI BEIJING/WASHINGTON – China’s yuan is joining the International Monetary Fund’s basket of reserve currencies as of Saturday, a milestone for the government’s campaign for recognition as a global economic power. The yuan joins the dollar, euro, yen and pound in the IMF’s special drawing rights (SDR) basket, which… China’s yuan joins elite club of IMF reserve currencies… Read More »

Agrichemicals and ever more intensive farming will not feed the world

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Our food production system is broken, with steep losses in biodiversity. The answer is not more chemicals from a few increasingly dominant companies Felicity Lawrence British farmers growing wheat typically treat each crop over its growing cycle with four fungicides, three herbicides, one insecticide and… Agrichemicals and ever more intensive farming will not feed the world… Read More »

I’ve fought my whole life for secularism – I know that banning the burkini makes no sense

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The great French scholar of secularism Jean Baubérot said that a secular state does not discriminate against people on the grounds of their religion or non-religious worldview.. Andrew Copson Independent Today judges in France will rule on the legality of the burkini ban which has been enforced across 26 towns on the grounds that the… I’ve fought my… Read More »

Can I Ever Get Pregnant? And Other Questions About Zika Virus

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Zika has hit Florida and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its recommendations on pregnancy, sex and the risk of Zika virus. by MAGGIE FOX Zika’s steady spread across Latin America and Pacific island nations — and its inevitable arrival in parts of the continental U.S. — has many people worried. Here are… Can I Ever Get Pregnant? And Other Questions About Zika Virus… Read More »

Japanese politicians wear ‘pregnancy’ vests to urge men to help at home

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In Japan, where women do five times as much housework as men, three male politicians have donned “pregnancy” vests in a campaign urging men to help out more at home. TOKYO – Reuters In a video titled “The Governor is a Pregnant Woman,” the three men, all governors of southwestern prefectures, put on a 7.3 kilogram (16 pound) vest that simulates a… Source: Japanese politicians wear ‘pregnancy’ vests to urge men to help at home – ASIA Read More »

Bulgaria parliament bans full-face veils in public

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Under the law, the garment will be banned in public institutions, schools, areas of administrative and public services. Bulgaria’s parliament has approved a nationwide law banning the wearing of face-covering veils from most public places. Source: Bulgaria parliament bans full-face veils in public – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

The word ‘Muslim’ belongs to the ‘war on terror’. It has little to do with me

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The word ‘Muslim’ belongs to the ‘war on terror’. It has little to do with me Yassir Morsi I agree with the 49% of Australians who polled in favour to “stop Muslim immigration”? I agree. The “Muslim” threatens to destroy an innocent and… * The word ‘Muslim’ belongs to the ‘war on terror’. It has little to do with me… Read More »

The Dying Art Of Judgement: How To Follow The Rules Without Even Really Trying

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Bad things happen when good people stay silent, and when politicians and public servants put process before outcome, writes Rajan Venkataraman. By Rajan Venkataraman In November 2014, the Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives, Bronwyn Bishop, chartered a helicopter at public expense to take her to a… The Dying Art Of Judgement: How To Follow The Rules Without Even Really Trying… Read More »

Uzbekistan: In Transition

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Domestic repression and self-imposed isolation has characterised Uzbekistan for much of the time since its independence in 1991. Following the death of Islam Karimov, the country’s long-time and only post-Soviet president, the outside world must seize a rare opportunity to… Source: Uzbekistan: In Transition | International Crisis Group Read More »

Can Washington Confront Russia, China and Terror All at Once?

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Now is the time to invest in the future of America’s military. Rachel Zissimos , Justin T. Johnson Much has changed in the fifteen years since the 9/11 attacks. The “low-end” threat posed by terrorist organizations continues. But… Source: Can Washington Confront Russia, China and Terror All at Once? | The National Interest Read More »

Three Japan conglomerates aim to merge nuclear fuel operations: Source

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By Makiko Yamazaki and Kentaro Hamada TOKYO (Reuters) – Three Japanese conglomerates are in talks to combine their loss-making domestic nuclear fuel operations, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said, as the outlook for restarts of reactors following the Fukushima nuclear crisis remains bleak. Hitachi Ltd, Toshiba Corp and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd aim to… Source: Three Japan conglomerates aim to merge nuclear fuel operations: Source – Asia Times Read More »

A Wide Gulf Persists Between Black And White Perceptions Of Policing 

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As Spaniards migrate from villages to cities for work, education and access to health care, rural hamlets are ending up on the auction block. SONARI GLINTON Foreigners are in the market for these properties… Source: A Wide Gulf Persists Between Black And White Perceptions Of Policing : The Two-Way : NPR Read More »