Global Issues

Icelanders vote for stability as Pirates fall short of expectations

Icelanders opted for stability in a general election, results showed on Oct. 30, with the anti-establishment Pirate Party falling short of expectations and the junior partner in the outgoing government emerging on top. REYKJAVIK – Reuters With voters still angered by the 2008 financial crisis and the naming of several government figures in an… Icelanders vote for… Read More »

Syria: The Next U.S. President’s First 100 Days

America’s goal should be ending the civil war, not regime change. Amitai Etzioni According to the Washington Post, there is already a lively debateamong Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s foreign-policy advisers about what is to be done in Syria if she becomes the next president. Arguments are between those who… Syria: The Next… Read More »

African Powers Must Support Democracy in DR Congo

African leaders meeting in Luanda this week got part of the way to solving the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) political crisis, endorsing a proposed sixteen-month delay for the DRC’s presidential election. Richard Moncrieff But to ensure the frustration of the DRC opposition and popular anger does not spill over into more violence, they must do much more to make sure the… African Powers Must… Read More »

Kristalina Georgieva to quit Commission for World Bank job

A source said the Bulgarian was frustrated with the ‘poisonous’ influence of Jean-Claude Juncker’s chief of staff. By RYAN HEATH Kristalina Georgieva resigned Friday as vice president of the European Commission to take a job as CEO of the World Bank, after becoming frustrated by the… Kristalina Georgieva to… Read More »

Lofty ambitions confront reality in Turkish Stream pipeline

Russia and Turkey signed an agreement to build a gas pipeline early this month, provoking worry that the Turkish Stream pipeline could render Ukraine obsolete as a gas conduit to Europe. By Josh Kovensky Ankara appears to have ambitions to become a gas transit hub connecting Central Asia, the Black Sea region and the… Lofty ambitions confront… Read More »

World’s largest marine protected area declared in Antarctica

Delegates from 24 countries and the European Union have agreed that the Ross Sea in Antarctica will become the world’s largest marine protected area (MPA). Some 1.57m sq km (600,000 sq miles) of the Southern Ocean will gain protection from commercial fishing for 35 years. Environmentalists have welcomed the… World’s largest marine… Read More »

Oregon wildlife refuge occupiers in shock acquittal

Seven leaders of an armed militia who led a 41-day stand-off at a US federal wildlife refuge in Oregon have been cleared of the charges against them. The surprise verdict acquitted them of conspiracy and firearms offences. A lawyer for one of the… Oregon wildlife refuge… Read More »

Unwanted: $10B gas deal with Israel that Jordan needs

For one hour every Sunday, Alaa Wishah and his family sit at home in the dark. The pharmacist in Jordan’s capital of Amman isn’t trying to save money. Wishah, his wife and their three children are joining the protest against a $10 billion energy import agreement with Israel that has revived old animosities in this part of the… Unwanted: $10B gas… Read More »

Belgian politicians drop opposition to EU-Canada trade deal

EU leaders hope deal will be signed as Belgian PM says leaders of five regional parliaments have reached an agreement Jennifer Rankin in Brussels European Union leaders have expressed hope of signing a trade deal with Canada after Belgian politicians overcame differences that had been blocking the treaty. The Belgian… Belgian politicians drop… Read More »

The Guardian view on child refugees: too little, too late

The Calais camp has been allowed to grow from problem to crisis, a disaster for the migrants and shaming for the government Editorial At last, child refugees are being rescued from the squalor and danger of the Calais camp and brought to Britain. But the process has taken far too long; and even now it… The Guardian view… Read More »