Global Issues

Somalia rides the ups and downs of a global oil crisis

Consumer benefits fuelled by low oil price, fail to reach poorest Somalis dependent on public transport.. Mogadishu, Somalia – Drivers in the morning rush hour in Mogadishu jostle for space to fill their tanks in one of the newly opened petrol stations in the city. An attendant shouts at the drivers, directing them: “Come forward a bit, a bit more. Stop.” These scenes are new to the city and its residents… Source: Somalia rides the ups and downs of a global ... Read More »

‘Why are you here?’ Jean-Claude Juncker asks Brexit lawmakers

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker asked lawmakers of Britain’s anti-EU UKIP on Tuesday why they had attended a European Parliament session to discuss the consequences of the British vote to leave the bloc… Source: ‘Why are you here?’ Jean-Claude Juncker asks Brexit lawmakers Read More »

Universal support needed to tackle global warming, UN climate chief says

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Private sector needs to work in Africa, Asia and Latin America to drive down carbon emissions, Christiana Figueres to tell business and climate summit.. “Universal support” is needed from businesses across the world to tackle global warming, the United Nations climate chief says… Source: Universal support needed to tackle global warming, UN climate chief says | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

Why it is right to legalise physician-assisted death

The path to legalising physician-assisted death is now open.. The Victorian Parliament’s upper house committee of inquiry into “End of Life Choices” has produced a remarkably comprehensive and erudite report. The public and institutional response to the inquiry has been greater than for any previous inquiry. There were 925 individual submissions and 112 from organisations. In addition, the majority of committee members took the trouble to visit countries where jurisdiction allowed some form of assisted dying. Notably, the dissenting members of ... Read More »

‘I am gay – but I wasn’t born this way’

Is sexuality purely the result of our biology? Brandon Ambrosino argues that simplistic explanations have ignored the fluid, shape-shifting nature of our desires.. By Brandon Ambrosino / Images by Ignacio Lehmann “You can’t be gay.” She was on top of me… Source: BBC – Future – ‘I am gay – but I wasn’t born this way’ Read More »

Israel and Turkey reach deal to restore relations

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Deal comes six years after an Israeli raid killed Turkish activists on a flotilla seeking to deliver aid to Gaza.. Israel and Turkey have reached an agreement to normalise ties, according to Israeli and Turkish media. The highly anticipated agreement was reported on Sunday, six years after an Israeli raid that killed 10 Turkish activists as an aid flotilla sought to break the blockade on the Gaza Strip… Source: Israel and Turkey reach deal to restore relations Read More »

EU to Ireland: You cannot go back on water charges

Commissioner Karmenu Vella tells MEP country must not back out of commitment.. The European Commission has insisted Ireland cannot abolish water charges without breaching European law. In a written response to MEP Marian Harkin, the Commission said Ireland had committed to water charges in 2010 and it could not revert on that… Source: EU to Ireland: You cannot go back on water charges  Read More »

‘Go back home’ – Bitter backlash post EU referendum

Since the EU referendum results revealed the UK voted Leave, reports online have emerged of an anti-foreign sentiment.. A number of incidents where people have experienced hostility because of the colour of their skin and their ethnic background have been shared online… Source: ‘Go back home’ – Bitter backlash post EU referendum – BBC News Read More »

Nirmala Sitharaman talks of pulse imports from Burma, Africa

Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said pulses will be imported from Burma, Africa and Canada and 1 lakh tonnes of lentil will be available in markets soon to keep a lid on prices.. The government is also encouraging farmers to increase production of pulses. Sitharaman, who was at Bilaspur to highlight achievements of the Modi… Source: Nirmala Sitharaman talks of pulse imports from Burma, Africa | The Financial Express Read More »

UK that Scotland voted to stay in ‘does not exist anymore’: Sturgeon

The Britain that Scotland voted to stay a part of in a 2014 referendum “does not exist anymore,” Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on June 26 following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union (EU). “The U.K. that Scotland voted to stay in in 2014 does not exist anymore,” Sturgeon told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show after saying a second independence referendum was now “highly likely,” AFP reported… Source: UK that Scotland voted to stay in ‘does not exist ... Read More »

Creationism Banned From UK Schools

The United Kingdom government has banned the teaching of creationism as a scientific theory in free schools and academies, which are the equivalent of a ‘public’ school in the United State. The move was done in the interests of having a “broad and balanced curriculum,” according to UPI. The remarkable decision was part of a document published on June 9th that laid out new clauses for church academies and stated that creationism is not widely accepted as a scientific theory. ... Read More »

A more humane Australian foreign policy

Australia is committed to a better world,” said Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in announcing Australia’s bid for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council last year. The bid was originally launched by the Labor government and is for a two year term commencing in 2018. In announcing support for the bid, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop stressed Australia’s record of support for human rights, and spoke of five pillars underlying the bid: “freedoms of expression and of religion; good ... Read More »

Fintan O’Toole: Brexit fantasy is about to come crashing down

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Brexit vote reveals rancour and distrust at the heart of the English body politic.. Mark Paul and Joe Brennan look at how Brexit will affect the Irish economy. Did you ever see a slightly drunk man trying that trick with the tablecloth? He thinks he can whip the cloth off the table with a fast, clean snap, but leave all the crockery perfectly intact… Source: Fintan O’Toole: Brexit fantasy is about to come crashing down Read More »

Brexit won’t shield Britain from the horror of a disintegrating EU

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Bringing democrats together across borders is needed now to prevent a slide into a xenophobic, 1930s-like abyss Leave won because too many British voters identified the EU with authoritarianism, irrationality and contempt for parliamentary democracy while too few believed those of us who claimed that another EU was possible… Source: Brexit won’t shield Britain from the horror of a disintegrating EU | Yanis Varoufakis | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Pope Francis speaks of ‘genocide’ in Armenia

During his visit to Yerevan, leader of the Catholic Church describes 1915 killing as great catastrophe of last century.. Pope Francis has denounced the mass killing of Armenians a century ago by Ottoman forces as “genocide”, risking strong reaction from Turkey as he met Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan… Source: Pope Francis speaks of ‘genocide’ in Armenia – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

PM: Malaysia well-positioned to face any volatility post-Brexit referendum

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia, which has sound fundamentals, diversified economic structure and ample liquidity in its financial markets, is well-positioned to face any volatility following the UK referendum result, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. “I am confident we will be able to weather this period of uncertainty. The government will also continue to strengthen the economy and further our fiscal reforms,” he said in a statement yesterday. He said exit from the 28-nation European Union (EU) would not ... Read More »