Global Issues

Out of obscurity

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The Asian giant has been helping its neighbour’s economic development for more than two decades Asia Times By SANDRA LOWE Laos’ emergence on the regional and international stage has seen it formulate the ambitious goal of shedding its… Out of obscurity… Read More »

State of emergency to be extended until July 15 in France

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French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says 17 attacks have been thwarted in the country so far this year and he is asking Parliament to extend the state of emergency until July 15. Hurriyet PARIS – The Associated Press Speaking after an extraordinary cabinet meeting, Cazeneuve said on Dec. 10 that Parliament will vote on the… State of emergency to… Read More »

Gambia leader Yahya Jammeh rejects election result

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Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh has rejected the result of the presidential election held earlier this month, a week after admitting defeat. BBC Speaking on state TV, Mr Jammeh cited “abnormalities” in the vote and called for fresh elections. Mr Jammeh, who came to power in a… Gambia leader Yahya… Read More »

Why Trump makes this small country so nervous

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Russia is always a threat but now they’re worried the U.S. won’t back them up. Politico By BENJAMIN ORESKES TALLINN, Estonia — The scene outside Alexander Nevsky Cathedral one evening earlier this month had all the… Why Trump makes… Read More »

The latest Productivity Commission report isn’t strong enough on improving consumer protection

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The Productivity Commission’s latest report on how consumer law is being enforced assumes the law is working well when, in a number of areas, it’s failing abysmally. The Conversation Allan Asher It’s time to recognise that better coordination and enforcement are needed. The report from the Commission joins a few more, such as… The latest Productivity Commission report isn’t strong enough on… Read More »

Canada has ‘achievable’ strategy to tackle climate change, Trudeau says

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Trudeau — joined by premiers, territorial leaders and indigenous leaders — to announce details of a strategy involving 11 of the 13 provinces and territories to set out how Canada will meet or beat its 2030 target pledged in Paris for curtailing greenhouse gas emissions. The Star By BRUCE CAMPION-SMITH Ottawa Bureau, TONDA MACCHARLES Ottawa Bureau reporter, ALEX BOUTILIER Ottawa Bureau Reporter OTTAWA—Canada has an “ambitious and achievable” strategy to… Canada has ‘achievable… Read More »

Romanians vote in the shadow of corruption

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Elections in Romania this weekend will test whether the country intends to clean up its political system. Politico By CARMEN PAUN Romania’s parliamentary elections on Sunday will test the country’s determination to clean up its political system a… Romanians vote in… Read More »

Aleppo battle: UN says hundreds of men missing

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Hundreds of men appear to have gone missing after crossing from rebel-held areas of Aleppo into government territory, UN officials say. BBC News Forces led by Syria’s government have seized at least 75% of eastern parts of the city from rebels in recent weeks. Tens of thousands of civilians have fled those… Aleppo battle: UN says hundreds of… Read More »

Global Leadership Doesn’t Mean Another Vietnam or Iraq

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U.S. engagement to deter and repel aggression has been extraordinarily successful. The National Interest James F. Jeffrey In a recent National Interest essay, “Don’t Let the DC Blob Guide Trump’s Foreign Policy,” Gordon Adams and… Global Leadership Doesn’t… Read More »

Buenos Aires fines public sex harassment

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Authorities in the Argentinian capital will fine people up to $60 for sexual harassment in public places under a new law. Hurriyet BUENOS AIRES – Agence France-Presse The bill was passed in the city legislature on Dec. 7 in Buenos Aires, where casual sexual harassment is common and traditionally widely tolerated. It sets fines for “direct or… Buenos Aires fines… Read More »

ECB’s quantitative easing programme investing billions in fossil fuels

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EU emissions pledge could be undermined by bank’s investments in oil, gas and auto industries, new analysis shows The Guardian Arthur Neslen in Brussels The European Central Bank’s (ECB) quantitative easing programme is systematically investing billions of euros in the oil, gas and… ECB’s quantitative easing… Read More »

Climate refugees in South Asia need protection, advocates say

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South Asia is the world’s most disaster-prone region according to the United Nations Thomson Reuters Foundation News Sebastien Malo NEW YORK, Dec 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – People forced to leave their homes because of climate change in South Asia should get the same protections given to political refugees, advocates said on Thursday. Governments in South Asia have failed to… Climate refugees in South Asia need… Read More »

British Govt-Funded Outlet Offered Journalist $17,000 a Month to Produce Propaganda for Syrian Rebels

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Emails reveal that a popular source for mainstream Western media is a U.K.-backed propaganda outlet. By Rania Khalek AlterNet The Revolutionary Forces of Syria (RFS) media office, a major Syrian opposition media outfit and… British Govt-Funded… Read More »

Euthanasia is not the answer for the vast majority

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On a daily basis Palliative Care Victoria receives distressed calls from people seeking help for a person who is dying and suffering needlessly. The Canberra Times Odette Waanders In hospitals, aged care facilities, and homes across Victoria people are dying difficult deaths without receiving palliative care and the support their carers need. Inadequate training of health professionals in… Euthanasia is not the answer for the… Read More »

Our drugs policies have failed. It’s time to reinvent them based on what actually works

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There is only one way to make better decisions about illicit drugs and so save lives and money: we need to change the way drugs policies are made. The Conversation Alison Ritter The alternative is to remain stuck in the same futile cycle. Every time a young person dies tragically and needlessly at… Our drugs policies have failed. It’s time to… Read More »

What Kellyanne Conway gets right (and wrong) about moms and work

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As if she didn’t have enough on her hands with the president-elect, Donald Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway has plunged full-force into a topic at least as emotionally charged: the Mommy Wars. The Washington Post Ruth Marcus Speaking at a Politico “Women Rule” event Wednesday, Conway cited her four young children as the reason for declining a White House job. “My children are 12, 12, 8 and 7, which is bad idea, bad… What Kellyanne Conway gets right (and wrong) about… Read More »