Global Issues

To improve our political climate, change the questions we ask

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Our fractured political climate in the United States might be made worse by how we approach difficult problems, researchers say in the journal Science. Ohio State University Eurek Alert A team of political scientists suggests rather than asking citizens “What do you want,” questions should be asked in a deliberative frame: “What should we do?” “Even this small… To improve our… Read More »

May and Merkel: splitting differences

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For all their similarities, the two leaders are unlikely to become close. Tom McTague and Janosch Delcker Politico LONDON/BERLIN — The penny dropped during a phone call. In a telephone… May and Merkel… Read More »

IS supporters free to return to Australia despite tough law changes

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AUSTRALIA faces the return of some of the world’s most radical terrorists after tough laws to keep them out of the country… SHARRI MARKSON, The Daily Telegraph The Herald Sun Intelligence experts have warned the federal government nothing is stopping more than 100 homegrown terrorists — including those who have been fighting with Islamic… IS supporters free… Read More »

Breakdown of China’s plan to tackle pollution

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Steel and aluminum producers in 28 cities are told to slash output in winter and government begins moves to ban truck transport for coal Reuters Asia Times China has ordered steel and aluminum producers in 28 cities to slash output during winter and required coal transport by rail instead of truck in Tianjin and Hebei province, in Beijing’s latest effort to crack down on pollution. A 26-page document… Breakdown of China’s… Read More »

Europe eyes to replace US as China’s prime foreign partner

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Last Tuesday, Rex Tillerson, the US Secretary of State, received in Washington the top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi, in an effort to establish a “regular high-level engagement” with China, after President Donald Trump has practically destroyed the until recently multiple channels of problem solving and interaction between the two super powers. Dennis Kefalakos European Sting Obviously, Tillerson felt he had to urgently invite State Councilor Yang to the US to sort out the mess between the two countries. Reportedly, the ... Read More »

The five most urgent steps to stop women being killed

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In 2015, 140 recommendations were laid out in the Not Now, Not Ever report to tackle domestic and family violence from three fronts: culture and attitude, police response and the justice system. Amy Mitchell-Whittington Brisbane Times The report was prepared by the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland, chaired by The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce who this week finalised her second annual progress report on the… The five most… Read More »

‘Control’ is the new core of Germany’s refugee policy

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The purpose of the German chancellor’s trip to Egypt and Tunisia is to help to reduce irregular migration into the EU. Thorsten Benner Al Jazeera News On March 2 and 3, German Chancellor Angela Merkel travels to Egypt and Tunisia. Concerns about migration… ‘Control’ is the… Read More »

Even in an age of austerity, aid works. We have to keep giving

Altruism - The Guardian

Altruism aside, it makes sense to help fragile states as best we can. David Cameron The Guardian We suffer the effects when they fail There’s a big… Even in an… Read More »

Veni, vidi but does he have what it takes to vici?

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Matteo Renzi will have to reinvent himself if he wants a shot at leading the country again. Giuliano Ferrara Politico If Matteo Renzi is to successfully relaunch his political career, the former Italian prime minister needs to reinvent himself. The “strong young man” of… Veni, vidi but… Read More »

Basque novel evokes unresolved history of violence

epa05717347 Thousands of people protest during a demonstration against the dispersion of terrorist group ETA's prisoners held in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain, 14 January 2017. The protest was held against the government's decision to disperse the some 350 imprisoned ETA members and sympathizers to some 40 prisons in order to hamper communication among them.  EPA/Javier Zorrilla

Fictional account of lives shattered by Basque terrorism rekindles debate about memory and reconciliation. Diego Torres Politico BARCELONA — A novelist’s “brutal” portrayal of the impact of Basque terrorism on ordinary people’s lives has stepped in to fill the post-conflict vacuum in the northern Spanish region where there has been no peace process… Basque novel evokes… Read More »

Lies, propaganda and fake news: A challenge for our age

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With news sources splintering and falsehoods spreading widely online, can anything be done? Richard Gray BBC News Richard Gray takes an in-depth look at how we got here – and hears from the researchers and innovators seeking to save the truth. Who was the… Lies, propaganda and… Read More »

From Kissinger’s Playbook: Flynn is Gone, His Russia Policy Lives On

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Amid demonstrations against his first choice, President Donald Trump named Lieutenant General Herbert McMaster, whose book claiming the US was too soft on Vietnam is now required reading for US officers, as… Dan Glazebrook CounterPunch McMaster’s appointment came after Michael Flynn, Trump’s original choice, was forced to resign earlier this month after it… From Kissinger’s Playbook… Read More »

Turkish court upholds free speech … for Erdogan

A photo taken on July 20, 2016 shows a Turkish flag on the Istanbul Justice Palace (Adalet Sarayi).
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on July 20 chaired a crunch security meeting for the first time since the failed coup, as global alarm grew over a widening purge that has seen around 50,000 people either detained or sacked. / AFP / BULENT KILIC        (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

The botched coup attempt that rattled Turkey on July 15, 2016, marked a double setback for the country’s democracy. Ali Bayramoglu Al Monitor As the academic Vahap Coskun succinctly described it, the failed putsch “was an insurrection against the democratic order by a group that had infiltrated the state. Those in the… Turkish court upholds… Read More »

All politicians lie but it’s better if not mentioned

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We don’t need to be relativistic about it, we don’t need to introduce knee-jerk equivalences, we just need objectivity. Larry Beinhart Al Jazeera News If you are broadcasting, reporting, writing, or just repeating a story that Donald Trump lied, or that some other public figure lied, please do not tack on the tagline, “Of course, all politicians lie”. Or anything similar… All politicians lie… Read More »

What would a wise democracy look like? We, the people, would matter

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All governments would like to overcome impasses caused by contentious issues. Janette Hartz-Karp The Conversation Particularly when they turn into a political slanging match, the result is loss of money, time and public trust. Take the decades-old… What would a… Read More »

The 18C debate: how frequent are racial discrimination complaints?

18C - The Guardian

Coalition MPs have repeatedly expressed concerns about the way the Racial Discrimination Act could affect free speech. Nick Evershed The Guardian Here is the data on the number of complaints that are actually made A parliamentary committee… The 18C debate… Read More »