Global Issues

“I couldn’t sleep at night. Had I sent them home to their deaths?” – An ex-asylum officer tells all

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Some of the details described below may be upsetting. I worked for the UK Border Agency (UKBA) for 10 years, three of which were spent reviewing asylum applications.. BBC It was my job to review the cases of people coming to Britain in fear of their lives, and work out whether they were telling the truth or not… “I couldn’t sleep… Read More »

New reign takes hold in Thailand

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The country’s royal succession has been smooth, defying predictions of a tumultuous transition, as King Maha Vajiralongkorn consolidates his position Shawn W. Crispin Asia Times On government buildings, shopping malls, and luxury hotels, larger-than-life portraits of recently deceased Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej are slowly but surely being replaced with images of his succeeding son. While black-clad Thais continue… New reign takes hold in… Read More »

In the age of YouTube, what’s the point in Saudi Arabia’s cinema ban?

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In 2008, a rare screening of the Saudi comedy film “Manahi” in Jeddah raised hopes — that were eventually dashed — that a then three-decade ban on cinema in the kingdom could be lifted. Haifaa Al Mansour CNN (CNN) – This week marked the end of another period of prolonged excitement about the possibility of re-opening cinemas in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which have been banned since the 1980s. My hopes in this… In the age of YouTube, what’s… Read More »

The Guardian view on Australia Day: change the date

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26 January – a day that marks the beginning of Indigenous dispossession – is the wrong day for national… Editorial The Guardian Respectful debate is the best way to a solution that will allow all Australians to join the… Mick Dodson explained succinctly why he… The Guardian view… Read More »

A Match Made in Hell: The Budding Bromance of Trump and Erdogan

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Can two power-hungry egomaniacs forge a lasting alliance? Much depends on an extradition request, and whether Trump will continue the alliance with Syria’s… By Anna Lekas Miller The Nation Istanbul— “Your organization is terrible,” Donald Trump shouted at a CNN reporter at his January 11 news conference. “You are fake… A Match Made… Read More »

Euro ‘could fail’, says man tipped as US ambassador to EU

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The man tipped to be Donald Trump’s ambassador to the European Union has told the BBC the single currency “could collapse” in the next 18 months. Kamal Ahmed BBC News Professor Ted Malloch said he would “short the euro” – taking a market position which bets on the value of the currency falling. He also said Britain could… Euro ‘could fail’, says man… Read More »

5 ways Martin Schulz plans to dethrone Angela Merkel

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Here’s how he might improve his odds in the election. Florian Eder Politico Social Democrat leader Sigmar Gabriel’s decision not to compete in September’s elections puts Martin Schulz in the hot seat, with the daunting job of trying to stop Angela Merkel from a fourth term as German chancellor. Schulz, whose term as… 5 ways Martin Schulz plans… Read More »

Russia blocks Dailymotion over copyright infringement

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Russian authorities have ordered the blocking of video website Dailymotion after a reality TV station complained of copyright infringement, the channel’s owner said Wednesday. French Press Agency Daily Sabah A Moscow court “approved the demand by the Piatnitsa channel to block Dailymotion on Russian territory” on December 2, the station’s owner Gazprom Media said in a statement. The site was still accessible… Russia blocks Dailymotion over… Read More »

Egypt: The war of attrition against revolutionaries

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Six years after the January 25 Revolution, Egypt’s civil society faces a systemic crackdown, but remains defiant. Khaled Diab Al Jazeera News With the world’s attention on Washington and the new administration’s open assault on the media and journalists, whom Donald Trump described as “among the most dishonest human beings on earth“, few eyes are turned to… Egypt: The war of… Read More »

How Theresa May will surprise Trump at their first summit

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If President Donald Trump hopes he has found a loyal and willing ally from across the pond in Theresa May, who visits him on Friday, he could be in for a big… By Judy Dempsey The Washington Post Yes, its an honor that the British prime minister becomes the first leader to meet Trump since his inauguration on…The symbolism… How Theresa May… Read More »

Brexit is still happening, just not the way May hoped

Brexit - Al Jazeera

The recent British Supreme Court ruling will not stop Brexit but it will change how it is approached. Simon Usherwood Al Jazeera News The British Supreme Court ruling of January 24 was a mixed result for the Prime Minister Theresa May’s government (PDF). On the one hand, they saw… Brexit is still happening, just… Read More »

Get ready for the first shocks of Trump’s disaster capitalism

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WE ALREADY KNOW that the Trump administration plans to deregulate markets, wage all-out war on “radical Islamic terrorism,” trash climate science and unleash a fossil-fuel frenzy. Naomi Klein The Intercept It’s a vision that can be counted on to generate a tsunami of crises and shocks: economic shocks, as market bubbles burst; security shocks, as blowback from foreign belligerence comes home; weather shocks, as our climate is… GET READY FOR THE… Read More »

Police pursuits: when does the end justify the means?

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The carnage in Melbourne’s CBD on Friday, in which five pedestrians died after being hit by a vehicle driven by a wanted offender, has again highlighted the issue of police pursuits. Terry Goldsworthy ABC Any policy governing police pursuits must balance the need to apprehend offenders with community safety. So what is the appropriate balance? And have Australian jurisdictions… Police pursuits: when does the… Read More »

A bill has already been introduced in Congress to remove the US from the United Nations

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A bill introduced by Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers earlier this month calls on the US to “terminate” its membership in the United Nations (UN) and effectively sever all ties with the… Natasha Bertrand Business Insider The legislation, titled the “American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2017,” was proposed on January 3. It is co-sponsored by a… A bill has… Read More »

Linda Sarsour’s Muslim Identity Politics Epitomize Feminism’s Hypocrisy

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Although she thinks a President Trump will turn back the clock 300 years, Linda Sarsour forgets that Islam never left the Middle Ages in its view of women. Shireen Qudosi The Federalist A Frankenstein’s monster of identity politics, the Women’s March on Washington heaved through the streets of DC one day after the inauguration in a fit of depraved hypocrisy. That hypocrisy shadows… Linda Sarsour’s Muslim… Read More »

This photo sums up Trump’s assault on women’s rights

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After a weekend of inspiring protest, we had to watch the world’s most powerful man sign away the reproductive rights of women in developing countries Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett The Guardian Look at these men. Look at them. Gathered around the most… This photo sums up Trump’s… Read More »