Global Issues

“Nobody is ever just a refugee”: Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie calls for a new way of seeing the global migrant crisis

The Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie called on attendees of the United Nation’s World Humanitarian day last week to rethink the refugee crisis. Lily Kuo “Nobody is ever just a refugee,” said the novelist and non-fiction writer, delivering the keynote address at the event in New York. “Nobody is ever just a single thing. And yet, in the… Source: “Nobody is ever just a refugee”: Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie calls for a new way of seeing the global migrant ... Read More »

Why is sexual harassment in the AFP systemic? And can the culture be changed?

A report released this week revealed widespread and entrenched sexual harassment and bullying in the ranks of the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Like similar reviews before it, the extent and severity of sexual harassment in the AFP was reported as “shocking”. The problem was also described as “systemic” and requiring significant “cultural reform”. Acknowledging that sexual harassment is an issue that… Source: Why is sexual harassment in the AFP systemic? And can the culture be changed? Read More »

Can Saudi Arabia Escape the Trap of Endless War in Yemen?

Riyadh can’t bomb its way out of this one. Thomas W. Lippman It took only two days after the collapse of Yemen peace talks in early August for the Saudi-led coalition to resume its intense bombing of the rebel-held capital, Sanaa. With it… Source: Can Saudi Arabia Escape the Trap of Endless War in Yemen? | The National Interest Read More »

How US turned its back on its only ally, the Kurds, in effort to appease Turkey in Syria

America has chosen to placate Turkey rather than back Kurdish anti-Isis forces. By Michael Horowitz It almost seems like someone took the US strategy, and turned it upside down. Five days ago, US jets were scrambled to protect Kurdish forces in their self-declared Northern Syria Federation from… Source: How US turned its back on its only ally, the Kurds, in effort to appease Turkey in Syria Read More »

On the Verge of Peace: Colombia Reaches Final Agreement with the FARC

The comprehensive Colombia peace deal faces major challenges, including a 2 October plebiscite, disarmament and UN verification. But after four years of talks in Cuba, Colombians have passed a new landmark in the long search for an end to 52 years of armed conflict… Source: On the Verge of Peace: Colombia Reaches Final Agreement with the FARC | International Crisis Group Read More »

University of Texas students armed with sex toys protest new gun law

Students at the University of Texas have gathered on the first day of semester classes to protest against a new law allowing people to carry handguns into campus buildings, which came into effect on August 1. The “campus carry” law allows people 21 years old and over with a concealed handgun licence to carry handguns in classrooms and buildings at the university. The organisation behind the protest encouraged students to wear sex toys around the university because, while it is ... Read More »

EU to Turkey: Do you really want to join?

The EU has urged Turkey to clarify if it still wants to join the bloc, as relations between Ankara and Western allies deteriorate. By ANDREW RETTMAN The EU’s enlargement commissioner, Johannes Hahn, spoke out in Austrian newspaper Die Presse on Wednesday (24 August), saying EU concern was “justified” that Turkey had violated rule of law in its… Source: EU to Turkey: Do you really want to join? Read More »

No Compromise: Refugee Turnbacks Are Immoral And Illegal

Eminent Australians have called for compromise from activists on the turnback of refugee boats. It’s never going to happen, writes Mark Goudkamp, Sadie Grant Butler and Nick Riemer. The scale of the response to the Guardian’s revelations of abuse on Nauru should reasonably spell the… Source: No Compromise: Refugee Turnbacks Are Immoral And Illegal – New Matilda Read More »

Deja vu in France as Sarkozy sets up presidential rematch

Nicolas Sarkozy s entry into France s presidential race has compounded a haven t-we-been-here-before feeling in torpid, late-summer Paris PARIS – Agence France-Presse Despite a public yearning for political renewal, the 2017 vote for France’s top job is shaping up as a contest between faces that, to many, are drearily familiar… Source: Deja vu in France as Sarkozy sets up presidential rematch – EUROPE Read More »

Germany’s new problem border: Poland

The southern migratory route may be closed, but the eastern one is open. By JANOSCH DELCKER EISENHÜTTENSTADT, Germany — Angela Merkel thought she had regained control over Germany’s borders. Turns out the problem might have just shifted… Source: Germany’s new problem border: Poland – POLITICO Read More »

China gears up for missile warfare with US

China’s military is developing offensive and now defensive missiles in preparation for a future missile-dominated conflict with the United States. BY BILL GERTZ Beijing’s arsenal of ballistic and cruise missiles… Source: China gears up for missile warfare with US – Asia Times Read More »

Nelson Mandela and the Gay Gordons put MoD in a spin, archives reveal

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Defence officials balked at letting Scottish army band perform at ‘blatantly political’ Aberdeen ceremony backing jailed leader Luke Harding A decision by Aberdeen’s Labour council to give Nelson Mandela the freedom of the city caused turmoil inside the Ministry of Defence because of a dance performance by the… Source: Nelson Mandela and the Gay Gordons put MoD in a spin, archives reveal | UK news | The Guardian Read More »

Olympics runner Feyisa Lilesa fails to return to Ethiopia after protest in Rio

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OLYMPIC marathon silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa failed to return to Ethiopia on Monday night despite assurances he would not be punished for his Rio protest over political repression in his country.. An AFP journalist at the airport in Addis Ababa said Lilesa was not on board the plane that landed on Monday night carrying Ethiopia’s Olympics team… Source: Olympics runner Feyisa Lilesa fails to return to Ethiopia after protest in Rio Read More »

I created the burkini to give women freedom, not to take it away

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The burkini does not symbolise Islam, it symbolises leisure and happiness and fitness and health. So who is better, the Taliban or French politicians? Aheda Zanetti When I invented the burkini in early 2004, it was to give women freedom, not to take it away. My niece wanted to play netball but it was… Source: I created the burkini to give women freedom, not to take it away | Aheda Zanetti | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Parliament could force banking inquiry despite hostile Coalition, says Senate clerk

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Exclusive: Key adviser says rare and powerful ‘commission of inquiry’ could be launched without government approval if both houses vote in favour Gabrielle Chan The opposition and minor parties could force a rare and powerful “commission of inquiry” into the banks if the Coalition refuses a royal commission, according to the… Source: Parliament could force banking inquiry despite hostile Coalition, says Senate clerk | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Must you know the details? Why we need a global code on the reporting of violence

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The right for the public to read lurid details of acts of violence that have little direct relevance – and have potential to cause loss of life – is hard to justify Gunvant Patel After each new shooting or stabbing of strangers by a loner male or small group in the west, Islamic State often claims responsibility; sometimes if… Source: Must you know the details? Why we need a global code on the reporting of violence | Gunvant Patel | ... Read More »