Global Issues

Venezuela shuts Colombia border to fight currency smuggling

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Dec. 12 ordered the closure of Venezuela’s border with Colombia for 72 hours in a crackdown on what he said were “mafias” smuggling hard-to-find cash that was destabilizing the socialist economy. Hurriyet CARACAS, Venezuela – The Associated Press The move comes as Maduro is trying to get a… Venezuela shuts Colombia… Read More »

Rex Tillerson named as Donald Trump’s secretary of state

Senators from Republican and Democrat parties have raised concerns about ExxonMobil chief’s close ties to Vladimir Putin The Guardian Lauren Gambino Rex Tillerson, the president and chief executive of ExxonMobil, has been officially named as Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state, the president-elect’s transition team has said. “His tenacity, broad experience and… Rex Tillerson named as… Read More »

SickKids urged to do more on Motherisk scandal

Children’s Aid Societies say hospital must help more with aftermath of testing probe. The Star Rachel Mendleson Children’s Aid Societies are calling on the Hospital for Sick Children to “step up” and own the role it played in the Motherisk scandal that saw faulty drug and alcohol hair tests used in thousands of child protection cases. Mary Ballantyne, executive director of the Ontario Association of… SickKids urged to do more on… Read More »

Victorian police sold illegal drugs, corruption report finds

Commission finds police used ice, cocaine and ecstasy, met with traffickers and joked about their own drug use The Guardian Victorian police sent each other joking texts about their drug use, while one was building a “sophisticated drug syndicate”, the state’s anti-corruption investigation has found. Police partying on ice, cocaine and… Victorian police sold illegal… Read More »

Life on Earth is Dying. Thousands of Species Cease to Exist

On the day that you read this article, 200 species of life on Earth (plants, birds, animals, fish, amphibians, insects, reptiles) will cease to exist. Global Research By Robert J. Burrowes Tomorrow, another 200 species will vanish forever. The human onslaught to destroy life on Earth is unprecedented in… Life on Earth is… Read More »

Social Democrats easily win Romania parliamentary elections

Romania’s left-leaning Social Democrats easily won parliamentary elections a year after a major anti-corruption drive forced the last Socialist prime minister from power, near-final results released showed Dec. 12. BUCHAREST – The Associated Press Hurriyet Election authorities said that with 99 percent of the votes from the… Social Democrats easily… Read More »

China ‘seriously concerned’ after Trump questions Taiwan policy

President-elect says he sees no reason why the US should continuing abiding by One China policy unless a bargain is reached with Beijing involving trade The Guardian Tom Phillips The Chinese government has warned Donald Trump it is “seriously concerned” after the US president-elect indicated he might jettison a four-decade understanding with Beijing unless its leaders were prepared to strike a… China ‘seriously concerned’ after… Read More »

Colombia: Botched plastic surgeries and misogyny

Colombian women, victims of unsafe plastic surgeries, struggle to find justice and understanding in a sexist society. Al Jazeera News Catalina Ruiz-Navarro In Colombia, more than 350,000 plastic surgeries are performed each year; that is, 978 procedures a day, 40 an hour and three procedures every five minutes. Plastic surgery is one of the most profitable branches of… Colombia: Botched plastic surgeries and… Read More »

Not every antisemite is a Nazi

Each time we use words like “Nazi” or call someone a Hitler, we reduce the enormity of Hitler’s destruction and of Nazi evil. TheJPost By MICAH HALPERN There are plenty of antisemites out there, real antisemites – and the worst of them fall into… Not every antisemite… Read More »

Battle for Aleppo: ‘The sound of bullets doesn’t stop’

As the Syrian government army makes advances in east Aleppo, civilians say the situation is getting worse. Al Jazeera News Zouhir Al Shimale and Adam Lucente Residents in rebel-controlled east Aleppo – now down to a handful of neighbourhoods – say they fear retribution if they flee to government-held areas. Aisha, a mother of three children, is one of… Battle for Aleppo: ‘The sound of… Read More »

Lebanese activists succeed in first step to repealing controversial ‘rape law’

The Lebanese parliament’s Administration and Justice Committee agreed Dec. 7 to abolish Article 522 of the penal code, which allows rapists to avoid prosecution if they marry their victims. Al Monitor Florence Massena The committee is currently discussing a draft law that will be presented later on to parliament, and it is considering amending articles 503-522 about misdemeanors and honor violations, by adding penalties and forcing stricter punishments. Civil society and feminist organizations have… Lebanese activists succeed in first step ... Read More »

Ice loss spreads up Antarctic glaciers

The scale and pace of change now taking place in West Antarctica is captured in a new, long-term satellite record. BBC News Jonathan Amos Scientists have combined nearly a quarter of a century of observations to show how the region’s great glaciers are losing height by up to 7m per year. The satellite data also traces the way this… Ice loss spreads up… Read More »

Who was behind Cairo church bombing?

CAIRO — Egyptian officials said today they have arrested four suspects and identified a man they believe to be the suicide bomber responsible for a blast that ripped through a Coptic church Saturday in Cairo, killing 25 people and wounding dozens of others. Al Monitor Ayah Aman Authorities said Monday they had arrested three men and a woman and were searching for two more people in connection with the bombing. No group as of yet has accepted responsibility for… Who ... Read More »