Global Issues

In the line of fire – from racists

On a Wednesday evening at a local bar in Kansas, Indian software engineers Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani were chatting over their customary after-work whiskies. Sharon Verghis Brisbane Times Another patron, Adam W. Purinton, a Navy veteran, 51, started hurling racial slurs at the pair. Purinton was tossed out by security, but returned and fired on the two men. Kuchibhotla, 32, was… In the line… Read More »

Leadership through ethics

The call for ethics and transparency seems to have become a fairly standard issue, with just about every person in a leadership position — regardless of their background, affiliation, stance, independence or even qualification… Khalid Abdulla-Janahi Arab News It is so common, that it has become expected, almost required. These often loud… Leadership through… Read More »

The rise(s) and fall(s) of the European Union

Sixty years of highs and, lately, mostly… The world’s most complex democratic experiment took shape 60 years ago this week in the lingering shadow of the world’s greatest, ugliest… RYAN HEATH Politico From those early days of six members through to today’s 28 and soon to be 27 members, it’s been a rollercoaster ride all the… The rise(s) and… Read More »

UN to probe alleged crimes against Rohingya in Myanmar

UN mission will investigate allegations of killings, rape and torture by security forces against Rohingya in… Al Jazeera The leading United Nations rights body has agreed to send a fact-finding mission to Myanmar to investigate alleged abuses by security forces against Rohingya… Tens of thousands of people have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state since the… UN to probe… Read More »

‘We have taken corrective action’: Nóirín O’Sullivan makes statement amid new Garda controversies

Taoiseach confident in Commissioner but says controversy… Denis Staunton in Rome, Conor Lally Security and Crime Editor, Kitty Holland The Irish Times It is “inevitable” that more examples of “bad practice” will be uncovered in An Garda Síochána, Chief Commissioner Noírín O’Sullivan has said in a lengthy and defiant statement issued on… The statement comes amid… ‘We have taken… Read More »

Video: ‘White Pride’ marchers make Nazi salutes on Royal Mile

FOOTAGE has emerged of ‘White Pride’ protesters making pro-Nazi salutes in central Edinburgh, while a crowd of people vocally condemn their… Diane King The Scotsman  Posted earlier today on Twitter by journalist @AileanBeaton, the short video shows at least two men raising their right arms in the air to make a ‘sieg-heil’ fascist salute outside the Tron Kirk on the Royal… Video: ‘White Pride… Read More »

A sea in peril

While rival claimants jockey for strategic position in the South China Sea, an emerging environmental disaster has gone largely… DAN SOUTHERLAND Asia Times China will soon host a dialogue with Southeast Asian nations aimed at managing tensions in the South China… But it’s not clear whether the talks will help to save a marine environment that in parts is facing… A sea in… Read More »

End the death penalty for mentally ill criminals

Legislators in six states — Indiana, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia — have proposed legislation to prohibit the death penalty for individuals with severe mental illness. By Bob Taft and Joseph E. Kernan The Washington Post As former governors of states that are grappling with this issue, we strongly support this effort to end an inhumane practice that fails to respect common standards of decency and comport with recommendations of mental-health… End the death… Read More »

Faking It: Europe-Turkey Relations

Relations between Europe and Turkey are tense. Michael Rubin AEI In the past weeks, Turkey has called the Netherlands “the capital of fascism” and accused Germany of “fascist actions” reminiscent of the Nazi period, after Germany cancelled political rallies aimed at gathering support for… Faking It: Europe-Turkey… Read More »

Citizens should demand the type of leader they want

Many times in the past, we have heard aspirants claim they are running for office in response to popular grass-roots demands. Godwin Murunga Daily Nation Often, it is difficult, even impossible, to verify these claims. In many more instances, those who make the claims end up losing spectacularly in the elections while others do not even make it to the final ballot. In most cases… Citizens should demand… Read More »

Pauline Hanson’s Muslim ban ‘what terrorists want’, says Turnbull

Terrorists’ objective is ‘to get broader society to turn on Muslims at large’, says PM after One Nation leader calls for… Australian Associated Press The Guardian The prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has suggested Queensland senator Pauline Hanson is doing what Islamist terrorists want by promoting a Muslim… The prime minister was critical of the… Pauline Hanson’s Muslim… Read More »

Ousted Egypt president Mubarak freed from detention, says lawyer

Egypt’s ousted president Hosni Mubarak left a military hospital on March 24 where he had spent much of the last six years in detention, his lawyer… Hurriyet Mubarak had been cleared for release earlier this month after a top court finally acquitted him of involvement in protester deaths during the… “Yes,” his lawyer Farid al-Deeb told… Ousted Egypt president… Read More »