Global Issues

The Daily Grind of Recycling

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Warm feelings about saving the planet have given way to the drudgery of sorting and rinsing and nagging from the government. Stephen L. Carter Bloomberg The other day, I had an epiphany: If recycling were not required by law, I probably wouldn’t bother. Okay, I’m a horrible person. But bear with me. In the wake of a blizzard, I was rolling the huge town-provided recycling bin to the curb for pickup. Downhill. Through the snow. On a steep driveway, imprecisely plowed. ... Read More »

Abe in Latvia Calls for Pressure on North Korea

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The international community should step up pressure on North Korea to help defuse the stand-off over the isolated country’s pursuit of long-range nuclear weapons, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Saturday during a visit to Latvia. Aaron Eglitis Bloomberg “As the international order founded on the rule of law is being challenged, our two nations need to closely work together to maintain and strengthen the system,” Abe said in a statement after meeting Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis. The two ... Read More »

Deadly ‘long-lost disease’ diphtheria rages through Rohingya camps

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In a makeshift bamboo clinic, small children struggle to draw breath through surgical masks, victims of a forgotten but deadly disease that has torn through the teeming Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh. UKHIA, Bangladesh Hurriyet Diphtheria had been all but eradicated in Bangladesh until last year, when more than 650,000 Rohingya poured across the border fleeing a bloody military crackdown in neighboring Myanmar. Packed into an area meant for a much smaller number of refugees and with little sanitation or ... Read More »

Meet the theologian who helped MLK see the value of nonviolence

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After this last tumultuous year of political rancor and racial animus, many people could well be asking what can sustain them over the next coming days: How do they make the space for self-care alongside a constant call to activism? Paul Harvey The Conversation Or, how do they turn off their phones, when there are more calls to be made and focus instead on inward cultivation? As a historian of American race and religion, I have studied how figures in ... Read More »

Far right group threatens to take a stand over ‘African gangs’

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Members of the nationalist True Blue Crew are planning to “take a stand on the streets” in response to Melbourne’s so-called ‘African gang crisis’ Liam Mannix The Age Posts on their public Facebook page say the Crew will meet Sunday afternoon in the south-eastern suburbs to discuss possible action. Police are on high alert and will monitor the meeting. The Crew is attempting to frustrate those efforts, keeping the details of the exact location under wraps. Participants will be sent location details Sunday morning, ... Read More »

Farage calls for a second EU membership referendum

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Nigel Farage has endorsed the idea of a second referendum on the UK leaving the European Union By NEOnline | IR NewEurope In an interview with the Channel Five show the “Wright Stuff,” the former UKIP leader argued that a second referendum would “kill off” the issue for a generation. “The percentage that would vote to leave next time would be very much bigger than it was last time round,” Farage argued with confidence. He went on to suggest that ... Read More »

Money for nothing: is Finland’s universal basic income trial too good to be true?

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Europe’s first national experiment in giving citizens free cash has attracted huge media attention But one year in, what does this project really hope to prove? Jon Henley in Helsinki The Guardian One year on from its launch, the world remains fascinated by Finland’s groundbreaking universal basic income trial: Europe’s first national, government-backed experiment in giving citizens free cash. In January 2017, the Nordic nation began paying a random but mandatory sample of 2,000 unemployed people aged 25 to 58 a monthly ... Read More »

Trump calls Haiti a ‘shithole’as Haitians remember anniversary of devastating earthquake that killed thousands

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On the day Haitians everywhere remembered the thousands of lives lost and the devastation caused by the earthquake eight years ago, President Donald Trump delivered another blow to the country, reportedly calling it a “shithole.” Beatrice Dupuy Newsweek The remark, the latest disparaging comment from the president about Haiti, did not fall on deaf ears. Haitians and Haitian Americans were once again outraged by the president who had reportedly once said Haitians “all have AIDS.” Haitian government officials Friday said the president’s comments reflected ... Read More »

Romanian PM’s execution comment sparks spat with Hungary

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Romanian Prime Minister Tudose and Social Democrat leader Dragnea reached an agreement on October 12, 2017 on a cabinet reshuffle, avoiding a new political crisis three months after the overthrow of the previous left-wing government. / AFP PHOTO / DANIEL MIHAILESCU        (Photo credit should read DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP/Getty Images)

Mihai Tudose suggested that ethnic Hungarians be hanged for seeking autonomy. Carmen Paun Politico Tensions are running high between Budapest and Bucharest after the Romanian prime minister made a veiled threat to hang members of the country’s Hungarian minority. On Monday, three Hungarian minority parties signed a resolution calling for autonomy for the Romanian region of Szeklerland, in which ethnic Hungarians are a majority. In response, Mihai Tudose said on a late night TV show on Wednesday that “if the flag of the Székely community will wave ... Read More »

Brexit: Ruth Davidson ‘frustrated’ over delays to promised amendments

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Ruth Davidson has said she is “frustrated” over delays to promised amendments to key Brexit legislation Russel Jackson The Scotsman The Scottish Conservative leader said she would meet Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday to discuss the hold-up in changes to the EU Withdrawal Bill. She told the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland programme that the delays were a result of work between UK and Scottish Government officials taking longer than expected. The Scottish and Welsh Governments have said they cannot ... Read More »

Cypriot veterans win right to claim damages over UK torture claims

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Government’s arguments against claim rejected, paving way for ex-guerrillas to sue for alleged abuse during independence fight Helena Smith The Guardian A high court judge has opened the way for 34 Greek Cypriots to seek damages from Britain, following claims of torture and human rights abuses at the hands of colonial forces during the island’s struggle for independence in the 1950s. Passing judgment at the Royal Courts of Justice, Mr Justice Kerr dismissed the British government’s argument that Cypriot law applied in ... Read More »

Trump attacks protections for immigrants from ‘shithole’ countries in Oval Office meeting

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Washington: US President Donald Trump grew frustrated with lawmakers in the Oval Office on Thursday when they suggested restoring protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal, two people briefed on the… Josh Dawsey The Sydney Morning Herald Washington Post, Reuters “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump is reported to have said, referring to African countries and Haiti. He then suggested that the US should instead bring ... Read More »

Feature: Israel’s tiny navy plays key role in national defense

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JERUSALEM, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) – The Israeli navy plays a major role in the country’s defense, although it has enjoyed less of the limelight that other units in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have. Keren Setton Editor: Jiaxin The navy is the smallest unit of the IDF, with tens of marine vessels at service. But it is responsible for protecting Israel’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and is also tasked with safeguarding newly found natural gas reserves and curbing potential threats ... Read More »

Sudanese heritage youth in Australia are frequently maligned by fear-mongering and racism

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Recent criminal incidents in Melbourne involving young people of African heritage have enabled the media and politicians such as Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to again capitalise on the opportunity to demonise those of African descent in Australia. Melanie Baak The Conversation This has become a common occurrence, traceable back at least to the media reporting of the murder of South Sudanese Melburnian Liep Gony in 2007. The then immigration minister, Kevin Andrews, responded by restricting the numbers of refugees ... Read More »

NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio: Do Not Tear Salvatorian Families Apart

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UPDATED | This week, the federal Department of Homeland Security announced it was ending a humanitarian program called Temporary Protected Status for people from El Salvador. Bill De Blasio Newsweek TPS has provided these men, women and children the ability to live and work legally in the United States since 2001, when a series of earthquakes destabilized their homeland. This is not American. This is not what conforms to our longstanding values and our beliefs. We should not accept it, ... Read More »

Global warming will expose millions more to floods

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Global warming is expected to unleash more rain, exposing millions more people to river flooding particularly in the United States and parts of Asia, Africa and central Europe, researchers have said. MIAMI – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The study in the journal Science Advances calculates how much more flood protection will be needed to keep the risks of high-end floods constant in the next 25 years. Unless actions are taken – such as enhancing dykes, boosting building standards, relocating settlements and ... Read More »