Global Issues

The liberal left is trapped in a death spiral: progressives need to throw the reset switch

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At a crucial moment in history, it’s worth thinking about the evolution of progressive ideas, in the US, the UK and in Australia.. The remarkable story in the latest Mother Jones about life in the American private prison system helps us think through a remarkable US election – and, more generally, the death spiral in which the liberal left seems to have trapped itself… Source: The liberal left is trapped in a death spiral: progressives need to throw the reset ... Read More »

Viewpoint: Why the US can afford to ignore Canada

Despite being an important trade and defence partner, the US tends to ignore Canada. But that’s paradoxically because the two get along so well, as Jordan Michael Smith writes. US President Barack Obama’s visit to Ottawa today comes six years after his last trip to Canada. Canadians could be forgiven for hoping that Mr Obama would pay more attention to America’s northern neighbour than he has… Source: Viewpoint: Why the US can afford to ignore Canada – BBC News Read More »

Bernie Sanders real campaign is just getting started

Bernie Sanders’ revolution is hardly over. He has more power than ever and millions of foot-soldiers ready to push his agenda, says Jordan Chariton.. Jordan Chariton, a political reporter for “The Young Turks” news show… Source: Bernie Sanders real campaign is just getting started—commentary Read More »

The noble aim of open justice and the public’s right to know

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In high-profile court cases there is much we never get to hear about. Do we wrap our jurors in cotton wool, and what is the public’s right to know?.. Barrels of ink are required for the reporting of high crimes and misdemeanours. A decent murder, drugs trafficking, corporate skulduggery or kidnapping trial is a favourite part of the media diet and also feeds the insatiable appetite of the public’s curiosity, or as we sometimes more grandly put it, “the public’s ... Read More »

The 2016 U.S. Election: A Possible Repeat of the 1964 Election?

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I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.  Barry Goldwater (1909-1998) US Senator (R-Arizona) and 1964 Republican Presidential candidate, (in his Acceptance speech as the 1964 Republican Presidential candidate, in San Francisco, July 16, 1964) Sometimes, I think this country would be better off if we could just saw off the Eastern Seaboard and let it float out to sea.  ... Read More »

Abortion rights advocates celebrate after US Supreme Court strikes down restrictive Texas law

The US Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to abortion rights advocates, striking down a Texas law imposing strict regulations on abortion doctors and facilities that its critics contended were specifically designed to shut down clinics… Source: Abortion rights advocates celebrate after US Supreme Court strikes down restrictive Texas law Read More »

Inequality not personalities drove Britain to Brexit

Angst, alienation and resentment fueled the vote to leave the EU.. By MATTHEW GOODWIN  LONDON — Brexit delivered a political earthquake, the tremors of which will be felt for generations. Within only a matter of days Britain voted to end its membership of the European Union, saw its currency slump to a 31-year low, watched the prime minister resign, revived an old constitutional crisis in Scotland and triggered a new one in Northern Ireland, and looked on as the main opposition Labour ... Read More »

Somalia rides the ups and downs of a global oil crisis

Consumer benefits fuelled by low oil price, fail to reach poorest Somalis dependent on public transport.. Mogadishu, Somalia – Drivers in the morning rush hour in Mogadishu jostle for space to fill their tanks in one of the newly opened petrol stations in the city. An attendant shouts at the drivers, directing them: “Come forward a bit, a bit more. Stop.” These scenes are new to the city and its residents… Source: Somalia rides the ups and downs of a global ... Read More »

‘Why are you here?’ Jean-Claude Juncker asks Brexit lawmakers

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker asked lawmakers of Britain’s anti-EU UKIP on Tuesday why they had attended a European Parliament session to discuss the consequences of the British vote to leave the bloc… Source: ‘Why are you here?’ Jean-Claude Juncker asks Brexit lawmakers Read More »

Universal support needed to tackle global warming, UN climate chief says

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Private sector needs to work in Africa, Asia and Latin America to drive down carbon emissions, Christiana Figueres to tell business and climate summit.. “Universal support” is needed from businesses across the world to tackle global warming, the United Nations climate chief says… Source: Universal support needed to tackle global warming, UN climate chief says | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

Why it is right to legalise physician-assisted death

The path to legalising physician-assisted death is now open.. The Victorian Parliament’s upper house committee of inquiry into “End of Life Choices” has produced a remarkably comprehensive and erudite report. The public and institutional response to the inquiry has been greater than for any previous inquiry. There were 925 individual submissions and 112 from organisations. In addition, the majority of committee members took the trouble to visit countries where jurisdiction allowed some form of assisted dying. Notably, the dissenting members of ... Read More »

‘I am gay – but I wasn’t born this way’

Is sexuality purely the result of our biology? Brandon Ambrosino argues that simplistic explanations have ignored the fluid, shape-shifting nature of our desires.. By Brandon Ambrosino / Images by Ignacio Lehmann “You can’t be gay.” She was on top of me… Source: BBC – Future – ‘I am gay – but I wasn’t born this way’ Read More »

Israel and Turkey reach deal to restore relations

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Deal comes six years after an Israeli raid killed Turkish activists on a flotilla seeking to deliver aid to Gaza.. Israel and Turkey have reached an agreement to normalise ties, according to Israeli and Turkish media. The highly anticipated agreement was reported on Sunday, six years after an Israeli raid that killed 10 Turkish activists as an aid flotilla sought to break the blockade on the Gaza Strip… Source: Israel and Turkey reach deal to restore relations Read More »

EU to Ireland: You cannot go back on water charges

Commissioner Karmenu Vella tells MEP country must not back out of commitment.. The European Commission has insisted Ireland cannot abolish water charges without breaching European law. In a written response to MEP Marian Harkin, the Commission said Ireland had committed to water charges in 2010 and it could not revert on that… Source: EU to Ireland: You cannot go back on water charges  Read More »

‘Go back home’ – Bitter backlash post EU referendum

Since the EU referendum results revealed the UK voted Leave, reports online have emerged of an anti-foreign sentiment.. A number of incidents where people have experienced hostility because of the colour of their skin and their ethnic background have been shared online… Source: ‘Go back home’ – Bitter backlash post EU referendum – BBC News Read More »

Nirmala Sitharaman talks of pulse imports from Burma, Africa

Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said pulses will be imported from Burma, Africa and Canada and 1 lakh tonnes of lentil will be available in markets soon to keep a lid on prices.. The government is also encouraging farmers to increase production of pulses. Sitharaman, who was at Bilaspur to highlight achievements of the Modi… Source: Nirmala Sitharaman talks of pulse imports from Burma, Africa | The Financial Express Read More »