Global Issues

Listening to the heart: what now for Indigenous recognition after the Uluru summit?

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Delegates at the First Nations Constitutional Convention at Uluru have issued a powerful “statement from the heart”. Harry Hobbs The Conversation They called for the establishment of a “First Nations Voice” enshrined in the Australian Constitution, and a commission to progress treaty-making between governments and Indigenous people. The Uluru statement reflects long-held Indigenous aspirations. But, in… Listening to the… Read More »

UK achieves solar power record as temperatures soar

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A record amount of solar power was generated on Friday as Britain basked in sunshine and temperatures of up to 28C, the National Grid has said. BBC It said 8.7 gigawatts (GW) had been generated at lunchtime, representing 24.3% of total generation across the UK. The level tops the previous record of 8.48GW set on 10 May. Duncan Burt, head of control room operations at National Grid, called it the “beginning of a new era”… UK achieves solar… Read More »

Russia Has One Super ‘Cannon’ That Can Kill Cities

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Russia maintains just one active battalion of eight 2S4s in service, with over four hundred in reserve. Sebastien Roblin The National Interest In 2000, Tyulpans played a prominent role in the siege of Grozny in the second Chechen war, systematically “leveling” the city from afar according to one analyst. 127 targets were reported destroyed by Daredevil laser-guided rounds. All together the Russian army claims to have… Russia Has One… Read More »

U.S. Quietly Lifts Limit on Number of Refugees Allowed In

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WASHINGTON — Despite repeated efforts by President Trump to curtail refugee resettlements, the State Department this week quietly lifted the department’s restriction on the number of refugees allowed to enter the United… GARDINER HARRIS  The New York Times The result could be a near doubling of refugees entering the country, from about 830 people a week in the first three weeks of this month to well over 1,500 people per week by next month, according to… Quietly Lifts Limit… Read More »

Japan’s Path to Constitutional Amendment

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The steps Shinzo Abe must take to achieve constitutional revision, and the political implications. Michael MacArthur Bosack The Diplomat The destination is set: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unequivocally announced his desire to achieve constitutional amendment by 2020. His proposed amendment: a new paragraph in Article 9 that validates the existence of the Japan Self-Defense Force (SDF). To that end, Abe has… Japan’s Path to… Read More »

Belgrade authorities demolish illegal mosque ahead of Ramadan

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BELGRADE: Local authorities demolished an illegal mosque on the outskirts of Belgrade after Serbian police secured the area in a pre-dawn action on Friday, ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, despite protests by local Muslims and… Reuters Arab News The construction of a two-story mosque without a minaret in the Zemun Polje neighborhood started in 2014 even though the authorities had refused to grant it a… On Thursday, the authorities attempted the… Belgrade authorities demolish… Read More »

US ship entered our waters without permission’: China

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The Chinese government charged on May 25 that a U.S. warship had entered its waters in the South China Sea “without permission”, prompting Beijing’s navy to warn the vessel to leave. Hurriyet The USS Dewey sailed less than 12 nautical miles from Mischief Reef – part of the Spratly Islands – on May 25, a U.S. official said earlier, the first freedom of navigation operation under President Donald Trump. “The relevant action taken by the… US ship entered… Read More »

Cyprus Responds to Bloomberg Article: Nicos Christodoulides

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To the Editor: Re article, “EU Passports for Sale in Cyprus Lure Rich Russians” (Originally published on May 11): Whilst we are strong advocates of independent and οbjective journalism, we regret to note that this article remains in our view a biased account. Bloomberg The citizenship by investment program is an investment program and in no way constitutes a “sale οf ΕU passports,” “sale οf ΕU citizenship” or “money-for-passports program” as is repeatedly and… Cyprus Responds to… Read More »

Lindt Cafe siege inquest highlights need for police to change their closed-off culture

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The New South Wales coroner, Michael Barnes, made 45 recommendations in his report on the Lindt Cafe siege. Terry Goldsworthy The Conversation These recommendations, released on Wednesday, mainly deal with police procedures and responses to terrorist incidents like the siege, which resulted in the deaths of two hostages and the offender in Sydney in 2014. Using hindsight can be beneficial Much of the controversy around the… Lindt Cafe siege… Read More »

Lloyd’s begin post-Brexit financial exodus with shock decision that will delight Juncker

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LLOYD’S of London have started their post-Brexit financial exodus by opening up a new financial hub in Brussels, the capital of the European project. Oli Smith Express Inga Beale, chief executive officer at Lloyd’s of London, picked Brussels to set up the new post-Brexit financial centre. The decision to move jobs to Brussels will fly in the face of Brexiteers who rejected the EU – including the insurer’s chairman Lord Blackwell, who is a well-known pro-Brexit… Lloyd’s begin post… Read More »

Bacteria Are Evolving To Eat The Plastic We Dump Into The Oceans

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The ocean is full of plastic, a grim marker of the Anthropocene. There are floating, continent-size patches of it in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and there are newly formed ones in the Arctic. IFLscience New Scientist There are some uninhabited islands that are drowning in the stuff. Weirdly, though, scientists have come to the conclusion that, based on the amount of plastic we make every year, there is only about one… Bacteria Are Evolving… Read More »

Qatar launches hacking probe as fake news row spreads across Gulf

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UAE and Saudi ban Qatari media after Qatar emir quoted in fake story defending Hezbollah, Hamas and Iran… MEE and agencies  Qatar said it has launched an inquiry into an unprecedented security breach, alleging “shameful” hackers posted a fake story quoting Qatar’s leader that sparked tension with Gulf… Publication of the fake story, which hit Qatar’s official news agency website and Twitter account late on Tuesday, led to ripples of… Qatar launches hacking… Read More »

Violence in central Congo leaves 400,000 children prey to deadly malnutrition – UN

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Even before the recent surge in violence, the central Greater Kasai region was one of the poorest in… Kieran Guilbert | KieranG77 | Thomson Reuters Foundation DAKAR, May 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Spiralling violence in central Democratic Republic of Congo has disrupted farming and shut down health centres, leaving hundreds of thousands of children vulnerable to life-threatening… An insurrection against the… Violence in central… Read More »

Terrorists see reason in madness of targeting public events

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Islamic extremists hit ‘lifestyle’ targets in the hope of convincing us we face a threat that is as ubiquitous as it is unpredictable Jason Burke  The Guardian In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, a network of young militants formed in London and discussed targets. They did not talk about embassies, army bases or planes. Instead they spoke of attacking “pubs… Terrorists see reason… Read More »

Somalis are fleeing famine — only to find death in a place of refuge

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iN BAIDOA, Somalia — Aftin Noor stepped back from the tiny graves he’d been digging and surveyed his work. Max Bearak  The Washington Post Exhausted, he turned his palms skyward, squinting into the relentless midday sun, and asked God for an answer. “I dug three children’s graves this morning,” said Noor, his voice cracking, his undershirt soaked with sweat. “And I have dug 20 or more this month. Why?” The immediate answer is cholera. The Somalis are fleeing… Read More »

World is plundering Africa’s wealth of ‘billions of dollars a year’

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Research by campaigners claims aid and loans to the continent are outweighed by financial flows to tax havens and costs of climate change mitigation Karen McVeigh The Guardian More wealth leaves Africa every year than enters it – by more than $40bn (£31bn) – according to research that challenges “misleading” perceptions of foreign aid. Analysis by a coalition of UK and African equality and… World is plundering… Read More »