Global Issues

How Trumpocracy corrupts democracy

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American democracy is a complex, self-organising system. Sandra Navidi Daily Nation In terms of network science, President Donald Trump is a “superhub”: the most well-connected human “node”, located in the centre of the network. While he does… How Trumpocracy corrupts… Read More »

EU expects home-team advantage in Brexit talks

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Thorny issues like financial settlement and citizens’ rights after Brexit will dominate initial rounds of talks. Maia De La Baume and Ryan Heath Politico The European Commission intends to conduct Brexit negotiations with the U.K. government in Brussels, rather than alternating with London, and sees the talks taking place in “rounds” as has been the case with EU trade deals… EU expects home-team… Read More »

Tribunal into McCabe case set to sit for first time

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Mr Justice Charleton to examine allegation of smear campaign against whistleblower Conor Lally The Irish Times FIACH KELLY The tribunal of inquiry into alleged Garda malpractice around whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe will sit on Monday for the first time.. Tribunal chairman Mr Justice Peter Charleton has surprised many by the speed at which the first sitting has been organised… Tribunal into McCabe… Read More »

People’s Bank of China Devalues Yuan By 0.23%

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China again devalued the yuan, setting the rate at 6.8814 yuan per… Sputnik BEIJING (Sputnik) — The People’s Bank of China on Monday once again devalued the yuan, setting the rate at 6.8814 yuan per…The new midpoint rate is 0.23 percent weaker than Friday’s rate of 6.8655 yuan per… People’s Bank of… Read More »

Catholicism has done more harm to Australia than Islam. Where’s the outrage?

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Every Muslim who speaks out is expected to own, explain and condemn any act carried out by Muslims worldwide. The same doesn’t… Kristina Keneally The Guardian There is zero chance that sharia law – as a repressive criminal code used in certain Muslim majority nations – is going to be enshrined in Australia. Zero. Catholicism has done… Read More »

Chinese wages now higher than in Brazil, Argentina and Mexico

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Hourly rates close in on pay levels in western laggards Greece and… Steve Johnson FT Average wages in China’s manufacturing sector have soared above those in countries such as Brazil and Mexico and are fast catching up with Greece and Portugal after a decade of breakneck growth that has seen Chinese… Chinese wages now… Read More »

Environmentalists who exposed logging have charges thrown out

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Two environmentalists who entered an East Gippsland logging coupe to document the destruction of rainforest have had charges against them… Bianca Hall The Age The court decision is the final chapter on what has been a two-year saga for Ed Hill and Joe Henderson, whose actions led to the state government conceding it… Environmentalists who exposed… Read More »

Opposition leader detained in Kyrgyzstan

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A veteran opposition leader in Kyrgyzstan was arrested on corruption charges, security services said yesterday, as political tensions mount in the Central Asian country ahead of a November presidential… Hurriyet BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan – Agence France-Presse The State Committee for National Security (GKNB) said Omurbek Tekebayev, who leads the nominally socialist Ata-Meken party, was detained yesterday after landing at the country’s… Opposition leader detained… Read More »

US Governors to Focus on Child Hunger, Infrastructure Efforts

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A national gathering of U.S. state leaders continues Sunday in Washington, with a focus on child hunger and infrastructure efforts. VoA The annual National Governors Association (NGA) meeting follows President Donald Trump’s recent orders to get tougher on the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the… US Governors to… Read More »

Blue ACLU Ribbons Are The Stars’ Best Accessories At 2017 Oscars

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Solidarity in style. By Jamie Feldman The Huffington Post The dresses, hair, makeup and jewelry took a back seat to a more meaningful accessory at the Oscars on… Many of Hollywood’s brightest were seen sporting blue ribbons in solidarity with the America’s Civil Liberties Union. The non-profit, which is “devoted to protecting the… Blue ACLU Ribbons… Read More »

Theresa May urges voters: Use local ballot to reject indyref2

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The Prime Minister has urged voters in Scotland to use May’s council elections to make clear to Nicola Sturgeon that they do not want to have another independence… KATRINE BUSSEY The Scotsman Theresa May said voters should choose the Conservatives in the local government ballot to send a “clear message” on the… Ever since the… Theresa May urges… Read More »

How Do You Solve a Problem Like North Korea?

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How to solve the DPRK problem: a little less diplomatic conversation, a little more action. Daniel R. DePetris The National Interest How does one punish a country that is the most diplomatically isolated in the world, already sanctioned to the teeth, but seemingly immune to the… How Do You… Read More »

The old British tactic of divide and rule in Europe will not work for Brexit negotiations

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The other 27 governments in the EU may struggle to maintain a common line once the phoney war ends. TOM NUTTALL NewStatsman As usual, Yes Minister put it best. For 500 years Britain had pursued a single policy towards its Continental neighbours, Sir Humphrey noted to his baffled minister in an episode from 1980. The aim? “To create a… The old British… Read More »

Germany hate crime: Nearly 10 attacks a day on migrants in 2016

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Nearly 10 attacks were made on migrants in Germany every day in 2016, the interior ministry says. BBC A total of 560 people were injured in the violence, including 43 children. Three-quarters of the attacks targeted migrants outside of their accommodation, while nearly 1,000 attacks were on… Germany hate crime… Read More »

Remaking the Republican Party: Populism a la Trump

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Donald Trump and his chief adviser Stephen Bannon signalled a total rebranding of conservatives at the CPAC. Gregory Aftandilian Al Jazeera News Even though US President Donald Trump has been criticised by “true” conservatives for his past liberal positions on social issues and his denunciations of trade pacts, his February 24 speech at the Conservative Political Action… Remaking the Republican… Read More »

China Wants to Turn Water Into Territory in the South China Sea (and Beyond)

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Why the world should be concerned James Holmes The National Security China’s longstanding campaign to redefine water as territory—territory where the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) fiat is law—proceeds… Lovers of maritime freedom must reject this campaign in all its… China Wants to… Read More »