Global Issues

Euro ‘could fail’, says man tipped as US ambassador to EU

The man tipped to be Donald Trump’s ambassador to the European Union has told the BBC the single currency “could collapse” in the next 18 months. Kamal Ahmed BBC News Professor Ted Malloch said he would “short the euro” – taking a market position which bets on the value of the currency falling. He also said Britain could… Euro ‘could fail’, says man… Read More »

5 ways Martin Schulz plans to dethrone Angela Merkel

Here’s how he might improve his odds in the election. Florian Eder Politico Social Democrat leader Sigmar Gabriel’s decision not to compete in September’s elections puts Martin Schulz in the hot seat, with the daunting job of trying to stop Angela Merkel from a fourth term as German chancellor. Schulz, whose term as… 5 ways Martin Schulz plans… Read More »

Russia blocks Dailymotion over copyright infringement

Russian authorities have ordered the blocking of video website Dailymotion after a reality TV station complained of copyright infringement, the channel’s owner said Wednesday. French Press Agency Daily Sabah A Moscow court “approved the demand by the Piatnitsa channel to block Dailymotion on Russian territory” on December 2, the station’s owner Gazprom Media said in a statement. The site was still accessible… Russia blocks Dailymotion over… Read More »

Egypt: The war of attrition against revolutionaries

Six years after the January 25 Revolution, Egypt’s civil society faces a systemic crackdown, but remains defiant. Khaled Diab Al Jazeera News With the world’s attention on Washington and the new administration’s open assault on the media and journalists, whom Donald Trump described as “among the most dishonest human beings on earth“, few eyes are turned to… Egypt: The war of… Read More »

How Theresa May will surprise Trump at their first summit

If President Donald Trump hopes he has found a loyal and willing ally from across the pond in Theresa May, who visits him on Friday, he could be in for a big… By Judy Dempsey The Washington Post Yes, its an honor that the British prime minister becomes the first leader to meet Trump since his inauguration on…The symbolism… How Theresa May… Read More »

Brexit is still happening, just not the way May hoped

The recent British Supreme Court ruling will not stop Brexit but it will change how it is approached. Simon Usherwood Al Jazeera News The British Supreme Court ruling of January 24 was a mixed result for the Prime Minister Theresa May’s government (PDF). On the one hand, they saw… Brexit is still happening, just… Read More »

Get ready for the first shocks of Trump’s disaster capitalism

WE ALREADY KNOW that the Trump administration plans to deregulate markets, wage all-out war on “radical Islamic terrorism,” trash climate science and unleash a fossil-fuel frenzy. Naomi Klein The Intercept It’s a vision that can be counted on to generate a tsunami of crises and shocks: economic shocks, as market bubbles burst; security shocks, as blowback from foreign belligerence comes home; weather shocks, as our climate is… GET READY FOR THE… Read More »

Police pursuits: when does the end justify the means?

The carnage in Melbourne’s CBD on Friday, in which five pedestrians died after being hit by a vehicle driven by a wanted offender, has again highlighted the issue of police pursuits. Terry Goldsworthy ABC Any policy governing police pursuits must balance the need to apprehend offenders with community safety. So what is the appropriate balance? And have Australian jurisdictions… Police pursuits: when does the… Read More »

Linda Sarsour’s Muslim Identity Politics Epitomize Feminism’s Hypocrisy

Although she thinks a President Trump will turn back the clock 300 years, Linda Sarsour forgets that Islam never left the Middle Ages in its view of women. Shireen Qudosi The Federalist A Frankenstein’s monster of identity politics, the Women’s March on Washington heaved through the streets of DC one day after the inauguration in a fit of depraved hypocrisy. That hypocrisy shadows… Linda Sarsour’s Muslim… Read More »

This photo sums up Trump’s assault on women’s rights

After a weekend of inspiring protest, we had to watch the world’s most powerful man sign away the reproductive rights of women in developing countries Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett The Guardian Look at these men. Look at them. Gathered around the most… This photo sums up Trump’s… Read More »

Is Ankara waking up to what Trump really represents?

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s inner circle and political supporters in the media continue to vent their anger at former President Barack Obama with outlandishly exaggerated claims, while expressing hope that Turkish-US ties will be much better under President Donald Trump. Semih Idiz Al Monitor Erdogan’s foreign policy adviser Saadet Oruc, a former journalist who also writes a column in the pro-government daily Star, for example, points out that although Obama raised great expectations initially, he ended up as “one of… ... Read More »