Global Issues

Famine-hit South Sudan hikes fees for work permits

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Work permit fees increased 100-fold for foreign aid workers to $10,000, officials say, despite ongoing famine. Al Jazeera War-ravaged South Sudan has hiked work permit fees 100-fold for foreign aid workers to $10,000, officials said, despite suffering from famine. The world’s youngest… Famine-hit South… Read More »

IS or Taliban? Hospital raid leaves Kabul stupefied

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KABUL, Afghanistan  -The Islamic State group claimed a spectacular assault on Afghanistan’s largest navy hospital that bore the hallmarks of the Taliban, prompting officers to voice misgivings as IS’s nascent presence within the… Usman SHARIFI Agence France-Presse Philippine News Now IS claimed through its propaganda company Amaq that its fighters dressed as docs stormed the… IS or Taliban… Read More »

Why do politicians continue to push the zombie creed of austerity?

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The fiction of financial constraint perpetuated by the budget allows authority figures to treat us like children – but it’s time we understood the facts Eliane Glaser The Guardian For her fifth birthday, my daughter requested a unicorn cake and an angel cake. When I told… Why do politicians… Read More »

Juncker: No to nationalism, yes to industry

PORT TALBOT, WALES - AUGUST 8:  Residential housing rests near the Corus steelworks on August 8, 2006 in Port Talbot, Wales.  Corus, formerly known as British Steel is Europe's second biggest steelmaker. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Commission president outlines his vision for Europe as EU leaders gather in Brussels. Jean-Claude Juncker Politico As EU leaders gather in Brussels Thursday, they will take stock of Europe’s efforts to create jobs, generate growth and improve competitiveness. European industry has Juncker: No to… Read More »

Dying robots and failing hope: Fukushima clean-up falters six years after tsunami

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Exploration work inside the nuclear plant’s failed reactors has barely begun, with the scale of the task described as ‘almost beyond comprehension’ Justin McCurry at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant The Guardian Barely a fifth of the way into their mission, the engineers monitoring the Scorpion’s progress conceded defeat. With a… Dying robots and… Read More »

Consumerism: Double-ended slavery of new age

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The parts of the world that are exploiting the most and as such, causing large scale injustices and inequalities are the ones that are setting standards for human rights, equalities and freedoms Ergin Yaman Daily Sabah Mankind, which has largely lost its ties with innate values and natural moral senses, the quality of which normally define the quality of spiritual satisfaction, has been exposed to new ways of spiritual satisfaction that completely… Consumerism: Double-ended… Read More »

Theresa May’s Brexit poker face

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Everyone at the EU summit had one question on their mind: What’s May’s date for triggering Article 50? Charlie Cooper Politico She didn’t come to talk about Brexit, but in Brussels there’s not much else they want to hear about from Theresa May. The closest anyone… Theresa May’s Brexit… Read More »

Leveraging women’s economic potential

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UN marks International Women’s Day with equality pledge Belen  Garijo Politico The role of women today is arguably more important than in any other time in history, ensuring women are strong contributors to our society and economies. To celebrate women… Leveraging women’s economic… Read More »

Collapse of European Security: Huge Responsibilities of Angela Merkel

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The article below is very informative and eloquent in analyzing Europe’s fundamental security concerns. Dr Yiorghos Leventis * It appeared in the Greek website www.troktiko2.com on 7 January 2017. The author is Ioannis Michaletos. It is an excellent piece of analysis. Michaletos makes very valid points. The article deserves reaching international audience. I took the effort to render it in English: Throughout the so-called Arab Spring, all reliable organizations, state as well as NGOs issued a worldwide warning for serious risks emanating from ... Read More »

Is an ‘Arab NATO’ in the works?

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attends the graduation of 83 aviation and military science at the Air Force Academy in Cairo, Egypt July 20, 2016 in this handout picture courtesy of the Egyptian Presidency. The Egyptian Presidency/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. - RTSIXGQ

CAIRO — The convergence of views between Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and US President Donald Trump has seemingly led Trump to turn into a facilitator of Sisi’s dreams. These dreams include banning the Muslim Brotherhood and founding a joint Arab force. Ahmed Fouad Al Monitor On Feb. 15, The Wall Street Journal quoted unnamed Arab officials as saying that the Trump administration is in talks with Arab allies about forming a military alliance that would share intelligence with Israel ... Read More »

‘But what about the railways …?’ ​​The myth of Britain’s gifts to India

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Apologists for empire like to claim that the British brought democracy, the rule of law and trains to India. Shashi Tharoor The Guardian Isn’t it a bit rich to oppress, torture and imprison a people for 200 years, then take credit for benefits that were entirely accidental? Many modern apologists for British colonial rule in India no… ‘But what about… Read More »

What’s holding Arab women back from achieving equality?

Women - The Conversation

No country in the world has achieved full gender equality, but the Arab region – a diverse grouping of 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa – ranks lowest in the world, according to the 2016 Global Gender Gap Report. Lina Abirafeh The Conversation Despite some advances in women’s economic equality in Qatar, Algeria and the United Arab Emirates, at the present rate, the region’s 39% gender gap (compared to 33% in South Asia and 32% in Sub-Saharan ... Read More »

Women who inspire

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Three remarkable and distinguished women are raising awareness and taking action for gender equality on the occasion of International Women’s… Panos Apostolou SBS “Food For Thought Network” and its president Varvara Ioannou invited the National Congress of Australia’s first Peoples’ Chairwoman, consultant… Women who… Read More »

Fix Immigration Without Sacrificing Innocent Children

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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

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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 »