Global Issues

North Korea’s DMZ: NBC News Gets Rare Access to Frozen Frontier

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PANMUNJOM, North Korea — Most roads in rural North Korea are little more than dirt tracks, unpaved and constantly maintained by workers shoveling earth to fill ruts and holes. by BILL NEELY Not this one. Just south of Pyongyang, the paved highway suddenly grows to the… North Korea’s DMZ: NBC News Gets Rare Access to… Read More »

Confrontation in Zimbabwe Turns Increasingly Violent

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Abductions, assaults by pro-government thugs and anti-government demonstrations met by tear gas and water cannon all signal rising levels of violence in Zimbabwe. Piers Pigou The situation is aggravated by the government’s failure to implement proposals for reform and… Confrontation in Zimbabwe Turns… Read More »

Ashraf Ghani’s gamble with ‘butcher of Kabul’

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For the Afghan president, a deal with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is a political win, but it may not bring political stability. by Najib Sharifi Last week, the Afghan government signed a peace deal with the notorious warlord and… Ashraf Ghani’s gamble with… Read More »

Reassembling Colombia’s Rejected Peace Deal

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Three interlocking sets of negotiations can still end Colombia’s 52 years of civil war, even after a 2 October referendum voted down a 26 September peace deal. But success will need energetic new engagement by all sides – especially in the region. Reassembling Colombia’s Rejected… Read More »

Senator Nick Xenophon moves to bring down ‘dangerous’ drone rules recently introduced by CASA

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Independent senator Nick Xenophon has pledged to move an “urgent disallowance motion” to change new rules that allow people to fly light drones without a licence or training. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) recently changed rules governing the use of commercial drones. The new… Senator Nick Xenophon moves to… Read More »

Why is globalisation under attack?

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Free trade and globalisation seem to be under siege from a broad and loud range of opponents. By Mark Broad, Economics reporter, BBC News For decades there has been a strong consensus that globalisation brought more jobs, higher wages and lower prices – not just for richer countries but also for developing and… Why is globalisation under… Read More »

New UN chief warns of ‘huge challenges’ ahead

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The man set to become the next United Nations secretary-general has said he faces “huge challenges” and hopes to see unity and consensus during his term. Antonio Guterres praised the UN Security Council for its swiftness and unity in approving him by acclamation in a… New UN chief warns of ‘huge… Read More »

Can Women Be Trusted on Abortion? Two Men Weigh In

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Well, that was painful. What with the cross talk, interruptions, insults, sneers and overly rehearsed zingers, the vice-presidential debate on Tuesday surely bewildered more voters than it enlightened. By KATHA POLLITT There was one area, though, in which both Senator Tim Kaine and Gov. Mike Pence were crystal-clear and decidedly different: abortion… Can Women Be Trusted on… Read More »

Ode to Lesbos, the villagers who helped refugees – in pictures

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Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Daniel Etter, whose images from Kos touched the hearts of millions last year, returned to Greece this September to photograph the islanders who feature in the new documentary short Ode to Lesvos, created by Johnnie Walker® to shine a light on the inspirational acts of compassion shown in response to the refugee crisis. Daniel Etter Ode to Lesbos, the villagers who helped… Read More »

Alan Shatter: Difficulties of Brexit for Ireland can’t be underestimated

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Many unanticipated and unintended consequences will shortly become visible Alan Shatter We now know that the British government will trigger its article 50 notification of its intention to exit the EU before the end of… Alan Shatter: Difficulties of Brexit for Ireland can’t… Read More »

Paris climate deal: EU backs landmark agreement

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The European Parliament has backed the ratification of the Paris climate deal, paving the way for the world’s first global agreement. The deal aims to limit greenhouse gas emissions and keep global temperature increases “well below” 2C. Paris climate deal: EU backs landmark agreement… Read More »

Lies, fearmongering and fables: that’s our democracy

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People power can challenge the status quo, but only if we understand our political system has inherent flaws George Monbiot People power can challenge the status quo, but only if we understand our political system has inherent flaws… Lies, fearmongering and fables: that’s our… Read More »

How conservatives made Hanson’s ideas part of the political furniture

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A reading of Pauline Hanson: The Truth reveals the extent to which Hansonist positions have been co-opted by conservatives in politics and media Jason Wilson It’s 2016, and yet somehow ponderous Paul Kelly has still not been put out to pasture. Only in the Australian – a newspaper made by and… How conservatives made Hanson’s ideas part of the political furniture… Read More »

The Economic Disaster Behind Afghanistan’s Mounting Human Crisis

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Donors and Afghan state agencies must urgently tackle an economic crisis building up since 2014, when foreign troops started leaving and political instability worsened. The starting point must be a socio-economic assessment of just how big the problems are… The Economic Disaster Behind Afghanistan’s Mounting Human Crisis… Read More »

Why the United States Should Exercise Restraint Before Launching A New War in Syria

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The Russians might not be willing to back down in a confrontation with American forces. Dave Majumdar Tensions between Russia and the United States are coming to a head over the civil war in Syria. Washington has suspended bilateral talkswith Russia to end the… Why the United States Should Exercise Restraint Before… Read More »

Data Retention Bill: Government departments ask AFP to access metadata after legislation enacted

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Federal Government departments — that are not currently permitted to access the metadata of Australians — have attempted to work around the restrictions established in last year’s Data Retention Bill by requesting the Australian Federal Police (AFP) do the searches for them. By the National Reporting Team’s Benjamin Sveen The departments include the… Data Retention Bill: Government departments ask AFP to access metadata after legislation enacted… Read More »