Global Issues

Modi defends move to demonetise high-value currency

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Move to withdraw high-value banknotes, which took toll on country’s poor, called “historic purification ritual” by PM. Al Jazeera India’s prime minister has defended his government’s decision to demonetise the country’s highest-value currency bills in an unusual New Year’s Eve message to the… Modi defends move… Read More »

Syria conflict: UN endorses Syria ceasefire deal

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The UN Security Council has endorsed the Syria ceasefire deal and plans for peace talks between both sides of the conflict in a Russia-led resolution. BBC It also calls for rapid access for humanitarian aid to be delivered across the country. Syria’s main… Syria conflict: UN… Read More »

The media we need in 2017

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Post-truth is a symptom not the disease, while we need a media that challenges rather than normalises the far-right. Rachel Shabi Al Jazeera News On December 20, in a piece both depressingly necessary and emblematic of the year, Britain’s Channel 4 news released a fact-check. It assessed claims… The media we… Read More »

Is Erdogan trying to wreck US-Turkey relations?

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s frustration over his failed and costly Syria policies ventured into the bizarre when he claimed he had “confirmed evidence, with pictures, photos and videos” of the US providing support for the Islamic State (IS), the… Al-Monitor Is Erdogan trying… Read More »

Why Nationalism?

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The very fabric of Western nations is shifting. Europeans will soon be minorities in their own countries, their languages replaced and their cultures forgotten, with younger generations forced to pay into social systems that are so generous with strangers, they have become unsustainable for themselves. Lauren Southern The Daily Caller National Geographic depicted this future when they featured a Middle-Eastern family on their front cover; above them was emblazoned the words, “The New Europeans.” Right now, in… Why Nationalism… Read More »

Britain scolds Kerry for comments on Israeli government

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The United Kingdom scolded U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for describing the Israeli government as the “most right-wing in Israeli history,” a move that aligns British Prime Minister Theresa May more closely with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. Hurriyet In a 70-minute speech just weeks before the… Britain scolds Kerry… Read More »

If you think a progressive alliance will save us, better think again

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The idea that parties will work together to oppose the Tories is seductive, but there are too many hurdles to prevent it actually happening The Guardian Martin Kettle Labour has held the Cumbrian parliamentary seat of Copeland continuously for more than 80 years. Yet the Conservatives… If you think a… Read More »

Mauritius: Marine Spatial Plan to Be Elaborated for the Exclusive Economic Zone of Mauritius

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A Marine Spatial Plan for the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Republic of Mauritius will be elaborated in view of the increasing demand for marine space in the EEZ for various purposes, particularly, agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture, tourism and leisure. AllAfrica The main purpose of marine spatial planning is to identify the… Mauritius: Marine Spatial… Read More »

Italy’s lost decade

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Is Italy the world’s new Greece? Desmond Lachman AEI Judging by the still relatively buoyant Italian sovereign bond market, one could be forgiven for thinking that all is well with the Italian economy. Similarly, one could be excused for believing that Italy poses little threat to the… Italy’s lost decade… Read More »

Trump’s Extreme Oligarchy

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  WASHINGTON, DC – US President-elect Donald Trump is filling his cabinet with rich people. Simon Johnson Project Syndicate According to the latest count, his nominees include five billionaires and six multimillionaires. This is what is known as oligarchy: direct control of the… Trump’s Extreme Oligarchy… Read More »

The toothless United Nations must seize this last chance to save itself

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As the new UN secretary general, António Guterres must make the security council matter again – we need it more than ever The Guardian Mary Dejevsky As the Syrian government and its backers tighten their grip on Aleppo, and Turkey and Russia reveal yet another ceasefire in Syria, the same questions trouble many an outraged onlooker. Has the United Nations ever… The toothless United… Read More »

End violence in Myanmar, Nobel laureates urge U.N. Security Council


NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – More than a dozen Nobel laureates including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Malala Yousafzai urged the U.N. Security Council on Thursday to end “ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity” in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine State. By Sebastien Malo At least 86 people have been killed in a… End violence in… Read More »

Post-Brexit, Britain will love Europe

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May sought to drum up trade deals on Monday for a post-Brexit world, as she came under increasing pressure from all sides to define what that would look like. MPs were set to discuss an online petition calling for a second referendum that has received more than four million signatures. / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS        (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Without the poison of EU membership and with Donald Trump in the White House, Britain may feel European after all. Politico Tom McTague LONDON — Brexit may finally have turned Britain pro-European. Once divorce proceedings… Post-Brexit, Britain… Read More »

Israel’s never-ending crimes: It’s not just settlements

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Israel has not just committed unspeakable acts of genocide but done so with absolute transparency. Al Jazeera News Stanley L Cohen Last week, the world stood fixated at a largely symbolic gesture by the United Nations in which it found the continued Israeli occupation of the West Bank of Palestine to be illegal. Or did it… Israel’s never-ending… Read More »

Why Iran’s ‘green gold’ is set to rebound

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In Kerman province in southern Iran, cities have grown rich from pistachios, but time is running out for the industry as unconstrained farming and climate change take a devastating toll. Some of Firouzabadi's pistachio trees have been around long enough to remember the golden age of Shah Abbas in the 17th century, but the leaves have turned yellow-green from the salty water he now dredges up. / AFP / ATTA KENARE / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY ERIC RANDOLPH         (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

TEHRAN, Iran — While Iran may be known for its massive oil and natural gas reserves to many people around the world, it is also known to some for its top-quality pistachios. Al Monitor Maysam Bizaer Production of the nut in Iran dates to the fifth century B.C. For the last… Why Iran’s ‘green gold’… Read More »

Birds migrating earlier as temperatures rise

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Migrating birds are arriving at their breeding grounds earlier as global temperatures rise, a study has found. BBC News Birds have reached their summer breeding grounds on average about one day earlier per degree of increasing global temperatures, according to the research by Edinburgh University. The study looked at… Birds migrating earlier… Read More »