Global Issues

Why Can’t the U.S. Left Get Venezuela Right?

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As Venezuela’s fascist-minded oligarchy conspires with U.S. imperialism to overthrow the democratically elected government of Nicolas Maduro, few in the… Shamus Cooke CounterPunch Instead of denouncing rightwing violence that aims at regime change, many on the U.S. left have stayed silent, or opted to give an evenhanded analysis that supports neither the Maduro government nor the oligarchy trying to… Rather, the left prioritizes its energy on lecturing on… Why Can’t the… Read More »

The only hope for democracy is for politicians to stand up to political parties

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Opinion Democracy has largely been reduced to a contest between three dominant parties, two of which act in coalition. Tony Fitzgerald  ABC Each is a private organisation with a small membership which primarily represents the interests — in particular the economic interests — of a section of the… They dominate public discussion and debate and one or other of them has governed Australia for more than 70… They enacted the… The only hope… Read More »

EU encourages Balkans Unity at Trieste summit

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Leaders from six western Balkan countries have agreed to form a common regional economic area at a summit in Trieste. Euronews It’s been proposed by the European Union as an extension of the already existing Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA), which is stepping stone towards full membership for the… EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini: “All the six partners of the western Balkans clearly want to be more integrated in the… EU encourages Balkans… Read More »

Democracy Breaks Out at the UN as 122 Nations Vote to Ban the Bomb

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We are witnessing a striking shift in the global paradigm of how the world views nuclear weapons. Alice Slater The Nation On July 7, 2017, at a UN Conference mandated by the UN General Assembly to negotiate a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons, the only weapons of mass destruction yet to be banned, 122 nations completed the job after three weeks, accompanied by a… The new treaty outlaws any prohibited activities related to… Democracy Breaks Out… Read More »

Nicola Sturgeon calls Brexit Repeal Bill a ‘naked power grab’

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Theresa May’s government is facing a major battle over crucial legislation to implement Brexit amid a fresh row between Edinburgh and London over sweeping… Paris Goutsoyannis The Scotsman The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill will transfer EU regulations into British statute from the day Brexit takes effect, preventing “black holes” appearing… As the bill was published at Westminster, Brexit Secretary David Davis said it would give the… Nicola Sturgeon calls… Read More »

The New Silk Road will go through Syria

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China and Syria have already begun discussing post-war infrastructure investment; with a ‘Matchmaking Fair for Syria… Pepe Escobar  Asia Times Amid the proverbial doom and gloom pervading all things Syria, the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune sometimes yield, well, good… Take what happened this past Sunday in Beijing. The China-Arab Exchange Association and the Syrian Embassy organized a Syria Day Expo crammed with… The New Silk… Read More »

The brain drain and youth depression taking over Greece

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As Greece’s financial struggle from the crash continues to worsen, Theresa May warns that failure to tackle the UK’s deficit could see it spiral into a ‘Greek-style… Chloe Farand Independent Chloe Farand meets the young and old Greeks who are worse affected by the lack of jobs and cut to… “Many people in this village live off a plot of land in the winter because there just aren’t any jobs here,” says a mother of… The situation in Greece is worse now than it has ever… The ... Read More »

The EU Is Not Out of the Danger Zone

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European leaders should convert their newfound confidence into positive energy to develop realistic solutions to the challenges that continue to plague the EU. Stefan Lehne, Tomáš Valášek Carnegie Europe Lately, Europe has been going through strange mood swings. Just a few months ago, the end seemed to be near for European integration. In light of the British vote to leave the EU and the rise of populist parties in a number of member states, many observers doubted whether the… The ... Read More »

What is net neutrality and why should I care?

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It may not stop traffic – of either the vehicular or digital kind – but there is a huge protest taking place in the United States today and, unusually, this one is being staged by many of the… Keith Breene World Economic Forum Many of the major names on the internet including Google, Facebook and Amazon will hold virtual hands with hundreds of other sites that peddle everything from post-it notes to porn to… The mass action is expected to ... Read More »

France reveals reform plan on migrants, refugees

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Draft laws aim to cut application times, find more accommodation for asylum seekers, quickly remove failed candidates Hajer M’tiri AA French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe unveiled on Wednesday draft legislation to cut asylum-application times from over a year to six months. Since last year, France has seen a 40 percent increase in the number of asylum applications, according to government figures. The Action Plan on Immigration and… France reveals reform… Read More »

Al Gore: Australian government subsidising coal power would be ‘crazy’

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Former US vice president and climate change campaigner says providing funding for infrastructure to support Adani coal mine is ‘just… Calla Wahlquist The Guardian Any move by the Australian government to subsidise coal-fired power would be “crazy” and providing funding for infrastructure to support the Adani coal mine is “just nuts,” former US vice president and… “Globally, the world is moving rapidly away from subsidies to fossil fuels,” he… “It would be odd if Australia went in the opposite direction ... Read More »

Is Turkey the most Orwellian country?

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It’s been almost 70 years since English novelist Eric Arthur Blair, writing under the pseudonym George Orwell, penned “1984,” his famous dystopian novel which depicted life in Oceania, a state in… Michael Rubin AEIdeas The state prosecutes “thought crime” and independent thinking. The “Inner Party” strictly controls policy, even as members of the “Outer Party” fill other bureaucratic slots in order to keep the… Historical revisionism is rife and… Is Turkey the… Read More »

PM orders inquiry into intimidation of MPs during general election

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May says she is ‘horrified by stories from colleagues’ as Commons debates abuse suffered in real life and on social… Rowena Mason Deputy political editor The Guardian Theresa May has ordered an investigation into intimidation experienced by candidates during the last election after a barrage of complaints by MPs about death threats and… The prime minister asked the committee on standards in public life to prepare a report, saying she was “horrified by stories from… PM orders inquiry… Read More »

Malcolm Turnbull speech: Libs a centrist party of freedom but not at cost of security

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THE tenor of our times is change, and at a pace and scale utterly unprecedented in human history. Malcolm Turnbull, The Courier-Mail And in such times, what price political labels? The truth is the labels have lost almost all meaning in the furious outrage cycle of social media politics, long cast adrift to be appropriated, often cynically, by one politician or… At the heart of our political tradition, whether we describe it as the tradition of the… Malcolm Turnbull speech… Read More »

Churches must be more vocal in speaking about EU successes

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At the heart of the European Union must be a vision beyond ‘prosperity’ for some… Fergus O’Ferrall The Irish Times Jacques Delors, speaking as European Commission president in 1990, made a historic appeal to the churches to contribute to giving Europe “a heart and a… As Europe faces multiple and interrelated crises how are the churches responding to that prophetic call? The perhaps surprising answer is with great wisdom and insight through the Conference of European… Churches must be… Read More »

UN criticism of Australian human rights record welcomed by lawyers

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Lawyers who are part of a coalition of NGOs have welcomed the wide-ranging findings made by a UN committee about Australia’s human rights record and are calling on the government to address the nation’s poor… Melissa Coade Lawyers Weekly Australia has been taken to task by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in a new report released last… The committee assessed how well Australia has managed to meet its commitments under the International Covenant on Economic, Social… ... Read More »