Global Issues

Turkey doesn’t want to join Europe – it wants to undermine it

On 18 March 2016, the European Union (EU) struck a controversial deal with Turkey, aiming to stem the flow of refugees fleeing across the Aegean Sea. According to the deal, any refugee arriving on the shores of Greece can now be deported back to Turkey if their claim is rejected. In order to determine the validity of refugee claims, border authorities will conduct a swift individual interview. If sent back, the EU will resettle one Syrian refugee from camps in ... Read More »

There’s Nothing ‘PC’ About Objecting To Racial Profiling, It Just Doesn’t Work

OPINION: Critics say opposition to racial profiling hampers police, and accuse activists of being politically correct. But as the evidence makes clear, the discriminatory practice in fact lowers the success rate of searches. On top of harming minority groups it also wastes time and resources, writes Tamar Hopkins. Victoria Police’s zero tolerance policy on racialMore… Source: There’s Nothing ‘PC’ About Objecting To Racial Profiling, It Just Doesn’t Work – New Matilda Read More »

Barack Obama: ‘drug addiction is a health problem, not a criminal problem’

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Speaking at a drug abuse summit in Atlanta, the US president committed to tackling heroin and prescription opioid epidemic with prevention and treatment. Barack Obama committed Tuesday to take on America’s growing heroin and prescription opioid epidemic by devoting resources to prevention and treatment, rather than to the “war on drugs” policies of… Source: Barack Obama: ‘drug addiction is a health problem, not a criminal problem’ | US news | The Guardian Read More »

Global Price Decline Unlikely to Impact Trans-Adriatic Pipeline

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A planned pipeline that would link the gas fields of Azerbaijan to eager European consumers is unlikely to be impacted by the broader, sustained decline in global energy prices, according to a project manager from Greece. Speaking at an energy conference in Athens, Rikard Scoufias – a local manager for the Trans Adriatic Pipeline- stated that the… Source: Global Price Decline Unlikely to Impact Trans-Adriatic Pipeline – Forbes Read More »

Myanmar swears in first elected civilian president

Myanmar’s new president has been sworn in, the first elected civilian leader in more than 50 years. Htin Kyaw from the National League for Democracy (NLD) takes over from Thein Sein, who introduced wide-ranging reforms during his five years in power. Although NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi is barred from the presidency, she has said she will rule by proxy… Source: Myanmar swears in first elected civilian president – BBC News Read More »

Schengen agreement: Closing borders isn’t the answer to terrorism in Europe

Many of the terrorist attacks carried out in Europe recently were by “homegrown” jihadists. So where does this leave populist foreign politicians who are critical of Europe’s open borders? Paola Totaro writes. The Economist magazine’s front cover pretty much nailed it: “Europe’s new normal” said the headline… Source: Schengen agreement: Closing borders isn’t the answer to terrorism in Europe – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Brazil Finance minister disregards calls from Lula for tax breaks and more credit

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Brazilian Finance Minister Nelson Barbosa said on Tuesday it is not the time for more tax breaks, disagreeing publicly with former president Lula da Silva’s call for fiscal stimulus to revive a moribund economy. Lula, President Dilma Rousseff’s predecessor and political mentor, urged the government this week to give more tax… Source: Brazil Finance minister disregards calls from Lula for tax breaks and more credit — MercoPress Read More »

The fall and fall of German social democracy

The SPD has lost voters to the left and the right, and needs to get them back fast to avoid becoming irrelevant. BERLIN — It’s not just Angela Merkel’s conservatives who are licking their wounds after a crushing defeat in German regional elections — the Social Democratic party is hurting too, and badly. The major losses the SPD suffered in two of the… Source: The fall and fall of German social democracy – POLITICO Read More »

Europe Versus the Islamic State

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PARIS – Ever since the terrorist attacks in January on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket, Parisians knew that barbarism lurked around the corner, and that it would strike again. But it is one thing to know something, to anticipate it, and another to be confronted with the grim reality. On Friday night, reality struck us with a vengeance. We are at war. It would be wrong – even dangerous – not to… Source: Europe Versus the ... Read More »

Ms Dhu’s Hidden Pain: How To Hurt An Aboriginal Family Without Even Really Trying

A decision by a West Australian coroner to suppress video of the final hours of a young woman’s excruciating death has re-traumatised a devastated family, writes Amy McQuire Four months shy of her 23rd birthday, Yamatji woman Ms Dhu lay in excruciating pain, unable to sit up, in a South Hedland watchhouse. It was aMore… Source: Ms Dhu’s Hidden Pain: How To Hurt An Aboriginal Family Without Even Really Trying – New Matilda Read More »

Philippines mulls submarines as China row simmers: Aquino

The Philippines may invest in its first-ever submarine fleet to help protect its territory in the disputed South China Sea, President Benigno Aquino said Wednesday. The impoverished nation, which has never before operated submarines and until now relied largely on US surplus ships, has been ramping… Source: Philippines mulls submarines as China row simmers: Aquino Read More »

‘Lahore, Lahore hai’: the attack on my hometown has rocked me to the core

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Every innocent life taken by a terrorist’s bomb is as precious as the next, whether it happens in Lahore or Brussels. They all leave lifelong horror and grief in their wake… Source: ‘Lahore, Lahore hai’: the attack on my hometown has rocked me to the core | Mehreen Faruqi | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Reviving the Mediterranean’s Lost Cosmopolitanism

Eastern Mediterranean cities that view migration as a threat today thrived on the ubiquitous presence of multicultural societies a century ago. Iason Athanasiadis opens our Reviving Cities series by explaining that the roots of today’s slow-motion refugee ‘disaster’ can be found in the region’s trend towards introversion… Source: Reviving the Mediterranean’s Lost Cosmopolitanism | Refugees Deeply Read More »

When Socialism was Popular in the United States

If socialist sentiment is undeniably on the rise, an organized socialist movement is only in its infancy. As we continue to reflect on how to transform this new interest in socialism into an organized political force, the preceding history of the Socialist Party of America may provide some insights… Source: When Socialism was Popular in the United States Read More »

Van Gogh masterpiece to remain in US after Supreme Court ruling

A Vincent Van Gogh masterpiece will be able to remain in the United States after the US Supreme Court rejected an appeal from the descendant of a Russian collector whose property was nationalised after the 1917 Revolution. The decision ends Frenchman Pierre Konowaloff’s last legal recourse to claim The Night Cafe, which the Dutch artist painted in the southern French city of Arles in September 1888… Source: Van Gogh masterpiece to remain in US after Supreme Court ruling – ABC ... Read More »

After 115 years, Scotland is coal-free : Renew Economy

After some 115 years, Scotland has burned its last lump of coal for electricity. The Longannet power station, the last and largest coal-fired power plant in Scotland, ceased operations last Thursday. What once was the largest coal plant in Europe shut down after 46 years before the eyes of workers and journalists, who gathered in the main control room. “Ok, here we go,” said one worker moments… Source: After 115 years, Scotland is coal-free : Renew Economy Read More »