Global Issues

The case for collaborating on climate change

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International collaboration and holistic responses are our best way forward in the fight against climate change. Ed Davey Al Jazeera News Last month the UK Prime Minister Theresa May reminded senior Republicans in Philadelphia of the power and importance of the relationship between Britain and the United States. She argued that… The case for… Read More »

Brexit Britain’s Nato strategy is fatally flawed

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Theresa May wants to engage with our European neighbours to secure our defences, but her government’s most pressing policy is to shun them Martin Kettle The Guardian The phrase, in different forms, is as familiar as any in politics. “The first duty… Brexit Britain’s Nato… Read More »

World community sizes up a diminished Trump

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For the world at large, the resignation by the US National Security Advisor Michael Flynn on Monday is not about an obscure 19th century law that defines a phone conversation between him and the Russian ambassador. M.K. Bhadrakumar Asia Times What it conveys are three things. First, the US… World community sizes… Read More »

The Red Detachment of Women marches forward – but to where?

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National Ballet of China has been traveling the world performing its signature oeuvre, which has attracted both anger and applause Antonia Finnane Asia Times The National Ballet of China has come to Melbourne armed to the teeth for the Australian premiere of its signature oeuvre, The Red Detachment of Women, first staged in 1964. This strongly narrative… The Red Detachment… Read More »

Migrants are always the scapegoats. But now they’re taking on Ukip’s lies

Migrants - The Guartdian

Migrants’ honest and compelling stories of contributing to Britain every single day can win over xenophobes Owen Jones The Guardian Ake Achi doesn’t remember when he started working on his family’s plantation in Ivory Coast. “Since I could… Migrants are always… Read More »

Between genders in Prague

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One of Europe’s most developed post-communist countries struggles to let go of binary identities. Morgan Childs Politico PRAGUE — Viktor Heumann lives in limbo: not as a female, the gender that appears on his national ID card, and not as a male, the gender with which he identifies. To bureaucrats and officials, he is gender-neutral “Viki.” Heumann is one… Between genders in… Read More »

America’s Crisis Of Democracy Looks Shockingly Like Poland’s

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What’s happening in the era of Trump almost seems like déjà vu for this European country. Christian Borys, Oskar Górzyński The Huffington Post  WARSAW, Poland ― U.S. President Donald Trump’s inauguration and the subsequent deluge of shocking events that followed have set the… Many Americans are concerned that their country is going down an alarming and unprecedented path, as… America’s Crisis Of… Read More »

Democracy Promotion Is Smart Security Policy

Democracy - National Interest

Domestic divisions and propaganda offensives undermine U.S. interests. Adrian A. Basora and Kenneth Yalowitz The National Interest We cannot “make America great again” unless America is secure both at home and in its global position. But what does… Democracy Promotion Is… Read More »

NATO survival will depend on Germany

US Defence Minister James Mattis greets officials as he attends a NATO defence ministers meetings at NATO headquarters in Brussels on February 15, 2017.  / AFP / EMMANUEL DUNAND        (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Europe is $100 billion short of strategic autonomy. Fabrice Pothier Politico Berlin could close that gap. The United States will… NATO survival will… Read More »

Glimmer of hope for 10,000 refugees left stranded by Australia’s inaction

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A federal court verdict exposed how valid citizenship applications from people who arrived by boat were shunted into a drawer and ignored. Ben Doherty The Guardian Now the immigration department has to say what it is going to do about them. Kyar was overjoyed to the receive the letter, embossed with the coat of arms of Australia and the… Glimmer of hope… Read More »

Leviathan Gears Up For Development Phase As Sanctioning Nears

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Work to develop the gigantic Leviathan Field in the Mediterranean Sea offshore Israel is progressing with project sanctioning expected… Velda Addison E&P Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE: NBL) delivered an update on the field, which holds about 622 Bcm (22 Tcf) of natural gas, during a conference call Feb. 14 after releasing its fourth-quarter 2016 results and… Leviathan Gears Up… Read More »

Suffer the little children: Sexual abuse and neglect by Church and state

Children - IA

Where is the outrage from our government at 4,444 reported cases of child sexual abuse over 30 years? The silence is deafening, says John Passant. John Passant Independent Australia IMAGINE if the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse had found and reported on widespread systemic abuse of children by Islamic religious leaders? The condemnation would… Suffer the little… Read More »

What Did Trump Know, and When Did He Know It?

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During the Watergate scandal, until now the most outrageous political scandal in American history, the crucial question was drawled by Senator Howard Baker of Tennessee: “What did the president know, and when did he know it?” Nicholas Kristof The New York Times Today the question is the same. This is not about Mike Flynn. It is about the president who… What Did Trump… Read More »

Flynn, Russia and the World of Conspiracy Thinking

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Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has a well deserved reputation for conspiracy thinking. Melvin Goodman CounterPunch Presumably he will assume that the U.S. intelligence community, including the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the.. Ironically, the Kremlin, which has lived historically in a… Flynn, Russia and… Read More »

Defense Secretary Mattis issues new ultimatum to NATO allies on defense spending

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BRUSSELS — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis issued an ultimatum Wednesday to allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, warning that if they do not boost their defense spending to goals set by the… Dan Lamothe and Michael Birnbaum The Washington Post “I owe it to you all to give you clarity on the political reality in the United States and to state the… Defense Secretary Mattis… Read More »

My generation fought for equality and security. But that spirit seems lost now

Activism - The Guardian

Brexit Britain is stumbling blindly into separation from a stable community – and social injustice is on the rise. Franklin Medhurst The Guardian We need to rediscover what’s important to us There are alive… My generation fought… Read More »