Global Issues

We don’t need a monarch, but a thinker!

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The German singer Rio Reiser once envisioned his hypothetical kingdom with these lyrics: “I’d travel the world including the USA, I’d like to bite Ronald Reagans calves like a doggie. I would change my crown daily, would bathe twice. The German Army would only play the pop charts…”. Dietmar Bartsch The European Three decades after Reiser’s hit, a threatening reincarnation of Ronald Reagan governs the… We don’t need… Read More »

Trump Faces Dilemma in Battle Against ISIS: Turkey or the Kurds

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While campaigning, Trump said he would attempt to bring Turkey and the Kurds together after years of hostilities in order to fight ISIS. Amir Tibon Haaretz Facts on the ground may force the U.S. president down a different path.. Last July, in the midst of the presidential election campaign, Donald Trump declared in an interview that he was “a big fan of the Kurds.” … Trump Faces Dilemma… Read More »

North Korea Fires Unidentified Ballistic Missile

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The launch came as Trump hosted Japan’s prime minister in Florida. The Huffington Post North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea off its east coast early on Sunday, the first such test since U.S. President Donald Trump was elected, and… The test was of a medium- or… North Korea Fires… Read More »

Cliff Taylor: Trump’s tax package is bad news for Ireland

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US president plans to increase taxes on those importing to sell into the American market Cliff Taylor The Irish Times From an Irish viewpoint, the tax debate in the US has taken a nasty… At their worst, the proposals now on the table could fundamentally change the world of foreign direct… Cliff Taylor: Trump’s… Read More »

UK’s cash-starved parks at tipping point of decline, MPs warn

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Slashed budgets risk the nation’s 27,000 parks becoming no-go areas, with negative effects on park-goers’ health and the… Damian Carrington The Guardian The UK’s cash-starved parks are at a tipping point of decline, MPs have warned, with severe impacts expected for park-goers’ health, community cohesion and the… UK’s cash-starved… Read More »

Hundreds Arrested in US Immigration Enforcement Raids

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U.S. immigration authorities arrested hundreds of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally in raids across the country this week, although authorities said the enforcement action wasn’t linked to a… VoA The raids targeted undocumented immigrants with criminal histories, Gillian Christensen, a… Hundreds Arrested in… Read More »

Chinese man trapped in India goes home after 50 years

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A Chinese man who was trapped in India for more than 50 years has finally been reunited with his… BBC The BBC had reported how Wang Qi, an army surveyor who says he accidentally crossed into India in 1963, had not been given the necessary documents to leave the… Following the report, he was visited by Chinese diplomats, who… Chinese man trapped… Read More »

The environmental costs of Trump’s wall

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It looks like Donald Trump’s “great, great wall” is actually going to happen. Shonil Bhagwat The Conversation Its likely impact on human society has been well-noted, but in the longer-term a barrier across an entire continent will also have severe ecological consequences. The US-Mexico border… The environmental costs… Read More »

The Donald Trump Effect Is Reviving The Media He Claims To Target

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We live in an era of controversy, sensationalism, and ‘fake news.’ It could encourage more Americans to pay for high-quality journalism. Gracy Olmstead The Federalist People have been saying that journalism is dying—or dead—for a while now. Since the Internet… The Donald Trump… Read More »

Why is Turkey holding a referendum?

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A new draft constitution that would significantly increase the powers of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to be put to a… BBC Here, the BBC’s Turkey correspondent, Mark Lowen, explains why opponents of the bill have fought it every step of the… In one brawl, a government MP alleged an… Why is Turkey… Read More »

Steinmeier: Pragmatic, assertive, popular

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Frank-Walter Steinmeier is Germany’s next president. The Social Democrat has been a high-ranking politician for almost 20 years and once set his sights on becoming chancellor – but was… Richard A. Fuchs Deutsche Welle On February 12, Frank-Walter Steinmeier will be elected president as the agreed-upon candidate of the CDU, CSU and SPD parties that form the… Steinmeier: Pragmatic, assertive… Read More »

Is the Two State Solution still a possibility in the Middle East?

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Dr Ibrahim Natil discusses Netanyahu’s controversial approval of massive building plans in the occupied Palestinian territory defying the the UN and the international community. Ibrahim Natil Independent Australia DESPITE DECEMBER’S UN Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016), the current government of Israel still defies the international community and approves massive building plans cross the West Bank in the occupied Palestinian… Is the Two State… Read More »

Congress Investigates Federal Climate Study After Whistleblower Exposes Fake Science

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The scientific community and media outlets that claimed Trump will silence scientists are now attacking one of their own for speaking up. Julie Kelly The Federalist Congress is ramping up its investigation into a key climate study, now under further scrutiny after a federal whistleblower raised more questions about it this week. The scandal some… Congress Investigates Federal… Read More »

The age of hyper-terrorism and ‘low cost’ terrorism

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On February 13, 2016, while speaking at the Munich Security Conference, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls reflected on the terrorist attacks in Paris over the previous year. Michael Rubin AEI “We have entered…a new era characterized by the lasting presence of ‘hyper-terrorism,’ he declared, adding, “There will be attacks. Large-scale attacks… The age of… Read More »

Australia urged to act as outrage over Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya grows

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Bangkok: A coalition of organisations has called on the Australian government to urgently pressure Myanmar authorities to condemn atrocities, including the slaughter of babies, in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State and… Lindsay Murdoch The Canberra Times “The recounts from Rohingya people fleeing Myanmar are horrific and truly devastating,” said Kate Lee, executive officer of… Australia urged to… Read More »

Breaking Up the Family as a Way to Break Up the Mob

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REGGIO CALABRIA, Italy — Fighting the mafia at the very toe of Italy, Roberto Di Bella has seen a lot: children as young as 11 or 12 serving as lookouts during murders, attending drug deals and… Gaia Pianigiani The New York Times But it was the day he charged the younger brother of a minor he had jailed years before that he decided to take a… Breaking Up the… Read More »