Global Issues

Free range is a con. There’s no such thing as an ethical egg

Slapping ‘free range’ on a box of eggs simply hides the catalogue of routine horrors that are allowed under this reassuring banner Chas Newkey-Burden The Guardian Meat eaters may think vegans look down on them – but actually no one is more scornful of carnivores than the meat industry that feeds them. While frontline workers… Free range is a con… Read More »

Dutch politics stops minding its language

The prime minister is starting to sound like his main challenger, giving a coarse tone to the campaign. Naomi O’Leary Politico AMSTERDAM — Prime Minister Mark Rutte is imitating the brash rhetorical style of opponent Geert Wilders as he tries to fend off the advance of his far-right party ahead of a March election. Wilders’ Freedom Party (PVV) has… Dutch politics stops… Read More »

Why are Islamist armed groups clashing in Syria?

Rebel alliances in Syria fluctuate frequently, mirroring the ever-changing complexities of the region. Rami G Khouri Al Jazeera News The fresh clashes in Syria’s Idlib region between a dozen important Islamist and extremist rebel movements are battles for turf and authority on the ground – but they also mirror northern Syria’s ever-changing complexities, as…. Why are Islamist armed… Read More »

Why is Russia so happy with Trump?

The Russian ruling elite is hoping it would be able to negotiate a new world order with Trump. Ivan Kurilla Al Jazeera News The inauguration of Donald J Trump as the 45th President of the United States caused anger, anxiety, and demonstrations across the world. Few were the countries that… Why is Russia so happy… Read More »

Failed Islamic State?

The once-sleepy town of Idlib is fast becoming a hotbed for militants who are being funnelled there by outside powers, possibly as part of grand plan Sami Moubayed Asia Times Until a few years ago, Idlib was nothing but a sleepy and forgotten city in the Syrian northwest, famed for its agricultural fields and for a celebrated resistance leader it produced at the end of World War I, who staged a… Failed Islamic… Read More »

Donald Trump Supporters Are Playing With Nationalistic Fire: Welcome To The Age Of Unreason

In a post-truth world where ‘alternative facts’ are now peddled by leaders and their advisers, the need for a transparent media is greater than ever, writes Johan Lidberg. Dr Johan Lidberg New Matilda Trump in the US, Brexit in the UK, Le Pen in France, Hanson in Australia, racist and xenophobic party gains in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Holland, Austria, Poland and Hungary – the common denominators are… Donald Trump Supporters Are… Read More »

After Washington and London, Berlin changes its foreign policy

The Chancellor Angela Merkel has moved her Minister of Economy, Sigmar Gabriel, to the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Voltaire Mr Gabriel is a former trade unionist known for his criticisms of the US’s imperial policy under George W. Bush and Barack Obama. We must highlight the… After Washington and London… Read More »

Pope Francis: You cannot reject refugees and call yourself a Christian

Pope Francis condemned the hypocrisy from Christians who are merciless to refugees and people of other faiths, addressing a gathering of a pilgrimage of Catholics and Lutherans from Germany, reports Catholic News Service. Kenneth Lipp U.S. Uncut Francis rebuked “the contradiction of those who want to… “This is not… Pope Francis: You… Read More »

Court Rules Against Monsanto, Allows California To Put Cancer Warning On Roundup

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – California can require Monsanto to label its popular weed-killer Roundup as a possible cancer threat despite an insistence from the chemical giant that it poses no risk to people, a judge tentatively ruled… The Associated Press CBS Sacramento California would be the first state to order such labeling if it carries out the… Court Rules Against… Read More »

Who’s top rooster in the South China Sea?

It’s not a matter of “if” but “when” there is a serious confrontation between Messrs Trump and Xi over “access” to the South China Sea. Pepe Escobar Asia Times The stakes could not be higher As we enter the… Who’s top rooster in… Read More »

Can you be feminist and pro-life? The question misses the point

The Women’s March on Washington, attended by a crowd estimated to be about three times the size of Donald Trump’s inauguration, carried with it a powerful, global message for women’s equality and human rights. Rachel Hirsch ABC The spirit of women’s solidarity, however, was soon marred with controversy, on account of the reported exclusion from the march of pro-life women’s groups and pro-life women in general. The politics of the March… Can you be feminist and… Read More »

International Holocaust Remembrance Day – in pictures

Auschwitz survivors gather at the former camp in Poland on the 72nd anniversary of its liberation, as commemoration events are held around the world… The Guardian The main entrance to Auschwitz II-Birkenau concentration camp in Oświęcim, Poland… International Holocaust Remembrance… Read More »