Global Issues

Turkish Embassy hires Burson-Marsteller ahead of Erdogan visit

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The country’s president, Recep Erdogan, won sweeping new powers last month in a national referendum. Alison Kanski PR Week WASHINGTON: The Embassy of Turkey has hired Burson-Marsteller for integrated PR services in the U.S. ahead of a visit by its president. The contract, which began this month, is scheduled to run through 2017. The WPP firm is set to earn $1.1 million for the… Turkish Embassy hires… Read More »

Election Hacking: A False Russian Flag in France?

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It isn’t difficult to compile a list of countries whose interests would be served by stoking tensions between Russia and the West. George Beebe The National Interest In the murky world of cyber operations, where there is smoke, there are often mirrors. And in the reports about alleged Russian hacking in the recent French presidential elections, there seems to be an… Election Hacking: A… Read More »

EU ponders invisible Irish border after Brexit

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Nobody wants a return to a hard border in Northern Ireland but avoiding one is easier said than done. MAÏA DE LA BAUME AND SIMON MARKS  Politico WICKLOW, Ireland — When is a border not a border? That is the politically-charged riddle Brexit negotiators will grapple with when they come to discussing Northern Ireland and its frontier with the Republic of Ireland to the… EU ponders invisible… Read More »

NHS services hit in global cyber-attack across 12 countries

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Theresa May confirms ransomware attack is part of wider international incident as IT systems that underpin patient safety are compromised Damien Gayle, Alexandra Topping, Ian Sample, Sarah Marsh and Vikram Dodd The Guardian Additional reporting by Sam Jones in Madrid The NHS has been hit as part of a global cyber-attack that threw hospitals and businesses in the UK and around the world into chaos. The unprecedented attack on Friday affected 12 countries and at least 16 NHS trusts in ... Read More »

Can Macron Govern France Without a Base?

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Macron doesn’t have a political base or a clear agenda, so gaining a majority that he can call his own will not be an easy task. Simon Serfaty The National Interest “France,” it has been said, “is what the French make of it, but the French are what we make of them.” Choosing Emmanuel Macron over Marine Le Pen helped the French preserve the idea they have of their country—democratic, inclusive and… Can Macron Govern… Read More »

Baby deaths soar amid crisis in Venezuela

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Thousands of babies died in Venezuela last year, new official data show, highlighting the tragic impact of the country’s economic crisis as political tension heightened with deadly street clashes May 10. Hurriyet The health ministry said deaths of infants under the age of one soared by 30 percent in 2016, a year when hospitals and… Deaths of mothers linked to childbirth soared by… Baby deaths soar… Read More »

Somalia asks world to help stabilize ravaged nation

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Somalia’s president on Ma 11 urged world powers to help him fight the “raging enemies” of terror, corruption and poverty, at an international conference aimed at stabilizing the crisis-wracked country under his new leadership. Hurriyet Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed told the London gathering that the conflict-ravaged state could thrive on the Somali natural flair for commerce if it can hold off the threats of famine, piracy and Islamic extremism. The one-day conference, attended by world leaders, is… Somalia asks world… Read More »

Czech finance minister ready to take one for the team

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His offer could resolve a political crisis that threatens to break up the ruling three-party coalition. SIEGFRIED MORTKOWITZ Politico PRAGUE — Embattled Czech Finance Minister Andrej Babiš has said he is willing to be ejected from his post to resolve a crisis that threatens to break up the ruling three-party coalition and undermine President Miloš Zeman’s authority. In an interview with POLITICO at his office in… Czech finance minister… Read More »

What Kissinger Can Teach Trump about Surviving an Impeachment

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It’s all showbiz—that’s how Henry escaped the Watergate dragnet. Greg Grandin The Nation So yesterday, with social mainstream media lit up with discussions of Watergate, Saturday Night Massacres, and impeachment, who but Henry Kissinger should show up at the Oval Office and sit down for a photo shot with Donald Trump, where Trump took questions on… About two years ago, I… By this, I… What Kissinger Can… Read More »

Court Rules Teenagers in Adult Jail Unlawful

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The detention of teenagers at a Victorian maximum security prison has been ruled unlawful by the Supreme Court – for the second time. Lina Caneva PBA In the judgement handed down on Thursday, Justice John Dixon said the detention infringed on the young people’s human rights and they should be returned to juvenile detention. The court was asked to rule on whether the… Court Rules Teenagers… Read More »

It’s a fallacy that all Australians have access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene

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Nations are gathering in New York this week to discuss the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to improve health, wealth and well-being for countries both rich and poor. Nina Lansbury Hall Cindy Shannon Paul Jagals The Conversation As a developed nation, it might be assumed that Australia will easily meet these new goals at home – including goal number 6, to… But the unpalatable truth is… It’s a fallacy… Read More »

The biggest threat to free speech isn’t 18C. It’s this

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A very noisy section of the commentariat believes that the biggest threat to free speech in Australia is anti-discrimination law, particularly the “offend and insult” provision, section 18C. Michael Bachelard Brisbane Times They are wrong. A far bigger threat is defamation law. Yes, it’s a threat to the media, and to investigative journalism particularly. But it’s also a… The biggest threat… Read More »

Dutch open world’s largest offshore wind farm

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Dutch officials on Monday opened what is being billed as one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms, with 150 turbines spinning in action far out in the North Sea. FRENCH PRESS AGENCY – AFP THE HAGUE Daily Sabah Over the next 15 years, the Gemini windpark, which lies some 85 kilometers (53 miles) off the northern coast of The Netherlands, will meet the energy needs of about 1.5… At full winds the windpark has a… Dutch open world’s… Read More »

Elon Musk: Tesla’s Solar Roofs Will Be Cheaper Than Regular Roofs & Have “Infinity Warranty”

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Last night, Elon Musk announced that Tesla’s solar roofs would be on sale starting today. Futurism At the time, he also stated that more information on the panels was forthcoming. Now, he has unveiled key details about Tesla’s “infinity warranty.” A NOTABLE ANNOUNCEMENT Last night, Elon… Elon Musk: Tesla’s… Read More »

Blocked Transition: Corruption and Regionalism in Tunisia

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Corruption and clientelism are undermining democratic transition in Tunisia, a unique success story after the 2011 Arab uprisings. ICG To put the country back on track, the government should launch a national economic dialogue including established business elites and emerging provincial business leaders. Executive Summary The political consensus in… Blocked Transition: Corruption… Read More »

The London Conference and Prospects for Peace and Stability in Somalia

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The 11 May 2017 London Conference on Somalia will discuss boosting humanitarian aid and security reforms that will increase the army’s numbers to 18,000. ICG But the government must tackle corruption and restart national reconciliation if it wants to build effectively on recent progress toward ending the 25-year conflict. The 11 May London Conference on Somalia comes at a… The London Conference… Read More »