Global Issues

Hazara asylum seeker says he is being sent back to Afghanistan

If repatriation goes ahead, 27-year-old will be fifth Hazara to face forcible deportation back to Afghanistan after seeking asylum.. A Hazara man has said he is set to be deported to Afghanistan from an Australian immigration detention centre after a lawyer failed to lodge an appeal for his… Source: Hazara asylum seeker says he is being sent back to Afghanistan | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Barack Obama: Brexit would put UK at ‘back of the queue’ in trade talks – live

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Rolling coverage of all the day’s political developments, including President Obama’s visit to London and his press conference with David Cameron. After President Obama warned that Britain would go to the “back of the queue” for trade deal negotiations if it left the EU, Brexit… Source: Barack Obama: Brexit would put UK at ‘back of the queue’ in trade talks – live | Politics | The Guardian Read More »

Russia’s embattled economy pushes more into poverty

As their economy stalls, more Russians are being pushed into poverty. Over 19 million were living below the poverty line last year, making less than $180 a month. In St. Petersburg, CBC’s Susan Ormiston and Corinne Seminoff met a group of social workers trying to feed and house the homeless. Source: Russia’s embattled economy pushes more into poverty – World – CBC News Read More »

Take high road, Obama tells British youth

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Take high road, Obama tells British youth.. US President Barack Obama has implored young British people not to pull back from the world, a day after warning the country of the risks of voting to leave the European Union in a referendum in June… Source: Take high road, Obama tells British youth | The Courier-Mail Read More »

An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders

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Dear Bernie: I know you and I have had our differences over the past few months, so perhaps I’m not the person you’re most inclined to listen to about your political future. But please, hear me out. You’ve had a pretty good run so far. A year ago, you were trailing Hillary Clinton by 50 points in the polls. No one… Source: An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders – The Boston Globe Read More »

China and the US commit to ratifying Paris climate deal

New York: In a striking declaration that the world is finally ready to change its polluted ways, global leaders gathered at the United Nations headquarters here to sign the historic Paris climate accord, an agreement that is seen as the blueprint for rescuing the planet. The question is whether the plan will work… Source: China and the US commit to ratifying Paris climate deal Read More »

When we mourn the passing of Prince but not 500 migrants, we have to ask: have we lost all sense of perspective?

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Has something gone adrift within the moral compass of our ‘news’ reporting? Robert Fisk @indyvoices In the past week, 64 Afghans have been killed in the largest bomb to have exploded in Kabul in 15 years. At least 340 were wounded. The Taliban set off their explosives at the very wall of the ‘elite’ security force – watch out for that word ‘elite’ – which was supposed to protect the capital. Whole families were annihilated. No autopsies for them… Source: ... Read More »

Islamist Turkey seizes ALL Christian churches in city and declares them ‘state property’

TURKEY’S Islamist government has stepped up its war on Christianity by seizing all the churches in one city and declaring them state property… Source: Islamist Turkey seizes ALL Christian churches in city and declares them ‘state property’ | World | News | Daily Express Read More »

Political corruption and clashing egos push South Africa to the abyss

As if enough damage has not already been inflicted on South Africa by its current leadership, another week brought more blows to a battered country. On April 21 President Jacob Zuma presented the findings of a Commission of Inquiry that… Source: Political corruption and clashing egos push South Africa to the abyss. | America Magazine Read More »

A Scarborough ‘shoaldown’: An opportunity to push back against Beijing

Over the last few weeks any lingering doubts have surely been erased when it comes to China’s so-called ‘intentions’ in the South China Sea. There is clearly only one goal, a single strategic… Source: A Scarborough ‘shoaldown’: An opportunity to push back against Beijing – Asia Times Read More »

No matter how court rules in immigration case, questions remain

People who closely follow the Supreme Court know it’s a waiting game. There’s the wait to see if a case makes it to the court, the wait for a seat in the courtroom if it does, and then the wait—in this day and age of instant answers—for a court decision, which for major cases is typically at the end of the court’s term in… Source: No matter how court rules in immigration case, questions remain | America Magazine Read More »

The Post-Imperial Moment

Vulgar, populist anarchy will define the twenty-first century. IN 1935, the anti-Nazi writer and Austrian-Jewish intellectual Joseph Roth published a story, “The Bust of the Emperor,” about an elderly count at the chaotic fringe of the former Habsburg Empire who refused to think of himself… Source: The Post-Imperial Moment | The National Interest Read More »

Amnesty urges Nigeria to ‘come clean’ over Shiite killings

Amnesty International says satellite footage and witness accounts offer damning new evidence that Nigeria s military killed hundreds of minority Shiite Muslims late last year. The Dec. 12-14 massacre in the northern town of Zaria is currently the subject of a government inquiry… Source: Amnesty urges Nigeria to ‘come clean’ over Shiite killings – AFRICA Read More »

Mexico President Pena Nieto seeks to relax drug laws

Plan would see medical marijuana legalised and increase the amount of cannabis people can carry. Guerrero, Mexico – Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has announced a proposal to relax some of the country’s drug laws. The plan would see medicinal marijuana legalised and increase how much cannabis people can carry…. Source: Mexico President Pena Nieto seeks to relax drug laws – AJE News Read More »

Talking Point: Freedom of conscience threatened by monumental changes

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DOES Christianity oppose personal autonomy and human rights? Columnist and lawyer Greg Barns thinks so. He wrote a recent article “Powerful religious groups oppose personal freedoms” (Mercury, April 4), suggesting church opposition to euthanasia laws and same-sex marriage were examples of this anti-freedom bent…. Source: Talking Point: Freedom of conscience threatened by monumental changes | The Mercury Read More »

A look at India′s recurrent drought problem

Over a quarter of India’s population is affected by the ongoing drought conditions prevailing in large parts of the country. DW examines the reasons behind the problem and the steps needed to alleviate it… Source: A look at India′s recurrent drought problem | Asia | DW.COM | 22.04.2016 Read More »