Global Issues

Taiwan joins global anti-nuclear trend

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Island’s legislature approves changes to shut down all nuclear power plants by 2025, following a global movement since Japan’s Fukushima disaster in 2011 Liu Hsiu Wen Asia Times The government will shut down all of the island’s nuclear power plants and liberalize the domestic market by 2025 in Taiwan’s biggest energy reforms in three decades. Lawmakers approved changes to… Taiwan joins global anti-nuclear… Read More »

Dalai Lama: 5 things to keep in mind for the next four years

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(CNN) – The Dalai Lama has some advice for anyone who is looking for happiness, no matter what their circumstances. Jen Christensen CNN The Nobel Peace Prize-winning spiritual and political leader of the Tibetan people in exile, spoke about the incoming administration in an interview with CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta. The “president, of course, (is a) very… Dalai Lama: 5 things to keep in… Read More »

Why Ankara’s honeymoon with Trump may be short-lived

A man walks past the Trump Towers building in Istanbul on July 30, 2015. US billionaire Donald Trump handily leads all fellow Republicans in the 2016 presidential race, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats trump him in head-to-head matchups, a poll said July 30. AFP PHOTO/ OZAN KOSE        (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey has increased pressure on Washington in recent weeks, as President-elect Donald Trump has been preparing to be sworn in, by openly renouncing the outgoing Obama administration and signaling to the new administration what its conditions for improved ties with the United States will be. Semih Idiz Al Monitor Ankara clearly expects the Trump administration to place the rapidly deteriorating relationship between the two countries on a smoother trajectory. Remarks by Rex Tillerson… Why Ankara’s honeymoon with… Read More »

Barack Obama transfers $500m to Green Climate Fund in attempt to protect Paris deal

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New instalment leaves $2bn owing, with Donald Trump expected to cease any further payments Michael Slezak The Guardian Barack Obama has heeded calls to help secure the future of the historic Paris agreement by transferring a second $500m instalment to the Green Climate Fund, just three… Barack Obama transfers… Read More »

Innovation is critical for the next generation of farming

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Agriculture must produce enough to feed a growing world population while minimizing its ecological footprint. Bernd Naaf Politico Several times a year, when I am able to spend time in the fields with them, I simply marvel at the abilities of modern farmers to provide the food we all need to live. On a per capita… Innovation is critical… Read More »

Universal human rights and the Responsibility to Protect

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Dr Adam Henry analyses the international political commitment to the principle of ‘Responsibility to Protect’ and its inherent problems. Adam Henry Independent Australia THE QUESTION of human rights is often presented by many experts as a vexing one. What can be… Universal human rights and… Read More »

Judy Asks: Is a Cyprus Deal in Sight?

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A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the… Posted by: Judy Dempsey Carnegie Europe Thanos DokosDirector general of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) The reluctance of Greek Cypriots to… Judy Asks: Is… Read More »

Brexit may be just what the doctor ordered — for Ireland

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One way Ireland is trying to benefit is becoming host of the European Medicines Agency, which faces leaving London. Helen Collis Politico DUBLIN — Brexit might be good for Ireland after all. The Irish government, which… Brexit may be just what the… Read More »

‘He Is Going to Test Our Democracy as It Has Never Been Tested’

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Why Nixon’s former lawyer John Dean worries Trump could be one of the most corrupt presidents ever—and get away with… McKay Coppins The Atlantic Sometime early last fall, John Dean says he began having nightmares about a Trump presidency. He would wake in the middle of the… * ‘He Is Going… Read More »

Middle classes in crisis, IMF’s Christine Lagarde tells Davos 2017

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IMF head wins support from outgoing US vice-president Joe Biden as she uses American term for working people in demanding action over rising… Larry Elliott in Davos The Guardian The head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, has called for urgent action to tackle a “middle-class crisis” hitting working people as… Middle classes in… Read More »

Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence commuted by Barack Obama

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The whistleblower, who has been imprisoned for six years for leaking state secrets, is now set to go free on 17 May Ed Pilkington in New York and David Smith and Lauren Gambino in Washington The Guardian Chelsea Manning, the US army soldier who became one of the most prominent whistleblowers of modern times when she exposed the… Chelsea Manning’s prison… Read More »

The Legitimate President

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The evidence is… Courts must use the broad discretionary powers with which they are vested to enjoin Donald Trump, an illegitimate president, from taking… The Huffington Post On Friday, a prominent Democrat on Capitol Hill finally said… “I don’t see this president-elect as a… The Legitimate… Read More »

Turnbull makes a good start on expenses, but needs to go further

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It is regrettable that the path leading to the establishment of an independent body to oversee the work-related expenses of parliamentarians has been so… Colleen Lewis The Conversation It is also regrettable that it took such an inordinate amount of time for a political leader to conclude that creating such a body was essential to tackling the ever-widening trust deficit between MPs and those they… We need to criticise MPs’ questionable… Turnbull makes a good start on… Read More »

Secret Service, Agents Settle Over Racial Discrimination Allegations

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A long-running lawsuit accusing the Secret Service of discriminating against black agents appears to be coming to an end without a trial. Camila Domonoske npr The Department of Homeland Security, the Secret Service and more than 100 agents have reached a settlement agreement, the department says. A court still needs to… Secret Service, Agents Settle Over… Read More »

Letter to BBC

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Mr A Chitty London BBC Complaints PO Box 1922 Darlington DL3 0UR 17 January 2017 Dear Sir or Madam, It is with regret that I find myself writing to the BBC once again on the topic of Cyprus. Despite a plethora of complaints from myself and others in the British Cypriot community during 2016, it would appear that the BBC has taken no notice and continues to misrepresent the facts of the Cyprus situation. I implore the BBC to properly ... Read More »

How The Right Can Bridge The Journalism Gap Now That Clinton’s Loss Changed The Culture Wars

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Hillary Clinton’s loss changed the media and culture wars. Leslie Loftis The Federalist Conservatives need to realize this, stop being defensive and clickbaity, and get back into real journalism. The culture wars have fundamentally How The Right Can Bridge The… Read More »