Global Issues

In Times Square, Protesters Take To The Streets To Say ‘I Am Muslim Too’

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At a rally in New York City’s Times Square on Sunday, protesters filled three city blocks to express solidarity with Muslims. Kat Chow npr The crowd gathered to speak out against President Trump’s executive order — now on hold after a unanimous federal appeals court decision — banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Organized by the… In Times Square… Read More »

Second independence referendum ‘weeks from being called’

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A prominent Scottish independence campaign group has launched a new fundraising drive as it expects a second referendum to be held in May or September next year.. Paul Ward The Scotsman 200 Voices: find out more about the people who have shaped Scotland Business for Scotland, which focused on the economic case for independence, said it is getting “back in full campaign mode” for a… Second independence referendum… Read More »

US carrier group patrols in tense South China Sea

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A United States aircraft carrier strike group has begun patrols in the South China Sea amid growing tension with China over control of the disputed waterway and concerns it could become a flashpoint under the… Hurriyet Reuters China’s Foreign Ministry on Feb. 15 warned Washington against challenging its sovereignty in the… The U.S. navy said the… US carrier group… Read More »

Global ‘fish wars’ could break out as climate change and rising nationalism fuel competition for world’s oceans

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Conflicts like the infamous Cod Wars between the UK and Iceland could erupt across the globe unless countries co-operate to manage stocks effectively, expert warns. Ian Johnston Independent The twin threats of climate change and growing nationalism could lead to an outbreak of conflicts over fish stocks – like the infamous Cod Wars between the UK and Iceland – that could threaten the Global ‘fish wars… Read More »

Britain attempts to brand journalists as spies

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The UK government is considering new laws that target journalists who obtain or share state secrets. Jim Killock Al Jazeera News British journalists could be treated as spies, and given up to 14 years in prison for handling state secrets, if proposals by the UK’s Law Commission become law. In 2015, the Commission… Britain attempts to… Read More »

Who’s To Say The Word ‘Slants’ Offends Asians? The Supreme Court, That’s Who.

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How an Asian-American band’s trademark battle aims to reclaim derogatory names — and the First Amendment. Cristian Farias The Huffington Post WASHINGTON ― The Supreme Court tends to take a skeptical view whenever the government polices speech it doesn’t like.. But what if the… Who’s To Say… Read More »

Hello, again, Dolly

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Twenty years ago the world met the first adult clone, a sheep called Dolly. Her legacy lives on.. The Economist IN THE summer of 1996 Karen Mycock, a cell biologist, was attending a wedding in the Scottish highlands. Returning to her hotel to change her hat, she found a fax pushed under her door.. It said: “She’s been born and… Hello, again, Dolly… Read More »

Sweden’s feminist foreign minister has dared to tell the truth about Saudi Arabia. What happens now concerns us all

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Margot Wallström’s principled stand deserves wide support. Betrayal seems more… Nick Cohen The Spectator If the cries of ‘Je suis Charlie’ were sincere, the western world would be convulsed with worry and anger about the Wallström… It has all the ingredients for a clash-of-civilisations… A few weeks ago Margot Wallström, the Swedish foreign… Sweden’s feminist foreign… Read More »

John McCain: Attacking The Free Press Is ‘How Dictators Get Started’

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“We need to learn the lessons of history.” Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) gave a staunch defense of the free press Saturday, noting that attacks on the media are “how dictators get… Mary Papenfuss The Huffington Post Speaking on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” to be aired Sunday, McCain took a swipe at President Donald Trump’s volleys against the… John McCain: Attacking… Read More »

Russia Says It Wants a ‘Post-West World Order’

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(MUNICH) — Russia wants pragmatic relations with the United States but also is hoping for the creation of a “post-West world order,” the country’s foreign minister said Saturday, dismissing the NATO military alliance as a relic of the Cold War.. Associated Press  TIME Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s comments at the… Russia Says It… Read More »

It’s more than just climate change

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A new scientific paper by a University of Maryland-led international team of distinguished scientists, including five members of the National Academies, argues that there are critical two-way feedbacks missing from current climate models… Lee Tune Phys.org The most important inadequately-modeled variables are inequality, consumption, and population… It’s more than… Read More »

Holyrood’s legal intervention over Brexit cost nearly £140k

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THE Scottish Government spent almost £140,000 on its intervention in the Article 50 case at the UK Supreme Court, figures show.. The Scotsman A response to a written Scottish parliamentary question showed that £128,877 was spent on “external legal fees”, while there was an £800 court fee to intervene in the case… Holyrood’s legal intervention… Read More »

China Cannot Be Expected to Punish North Korea

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In fact, China might exploit U.S. beliefs about its ability to control North Korea. Joel Wuthnow The National Interest North Korea’s recent ballistic missile launch—the first to occur during the Trump administration—once again raises the question of how the United States should handle the North Korean nuclear program, and… China Cannot Be… Read More »

China corruption crackdown jails senior judge

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A former vice president of the Supreme People’s Court is sent to prison for life in an ongoing nationwide crackdown on… Reuters Asia Times A Chinese court on Thursday jailed for life a former senior judge from the country’s highest court, after finding him guilty of corruption, state media said, the latest official to fall foul of a… Xi Xiaoming, a… China corruption crackdown… Read More »

Protesters in Barcelona urge Spain to take in more refugees

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Tens of thousands of demonstrators march following mayor’s call to challenge the government over its failure to accept country’s quota of.. Agence France-Presse The Guardian Tens of thousands of people marched through Barcelona on Saturday urging the Spanish government to immediately meet its pledge to take in thousands of.. Protesters in Barcelona… Read More »

Why no one’s protesting about anti-Islam campaigner Ayaan Hirsi Ali coming to Australia

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Consider this: What do you think would happen if word went around that Geert Wilders, the Dutch politician who campaigns against both Islam and immigration, was coming back to… Andrew Masterson The Age Last time he was here – in 2012 – he was the subject of protests and calls for a visa ban, and since then he’s… Why no one’s… Read More »