Global Issues

NATO head backs stronger European defence

“Stronger European defence will be good for the European Union, it will be good for Europe and will be good for NATO,” he said at a press conference with Italian foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni in Rome. World Bulletin / News Desk NATO head Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Friday European efforts for a more closely integrated defence policy, boosted since Britain’s vote to leave the… NATO head backs… Read More »

Theresa May leaves out Scottish Secretary from Brexit cabinet

Theresa May has been accused of treating Scotland with contempt by failing to include the Scottish Secretary in her Brexit Cabinet committee. By TOM PETERKIN The SNP reacted with fury when it emerged that David Mundell will not be a full member of the UK Government’s decision making body on… Theresa May leaves… Read More »

The Quiet Fight for Iran’s Future

The future direction of Iran’s foreign policy is all about internal politics. Farhad Rezaei Iran watchers have puzzled to assess whether the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that Iran and the… The Quiet Fight… Read More »

Assange interrogation postponed: Ecuador prosecutors

The interrogation of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on a Swedish rape accusation has been postponed by a month at his request, Ecuadoran prosecutors said Oct. 12. QUITO – Agence France-Presse The questioning, initially scheduled for Oct. 17, will now take place on Nov. 14 at 10:00 a.m. at Ecuador’s embassy in London, where… Assange interrogation postponed… Read More »

 Will a New Secretary General Invigorate the UN?

To the disappointment of many UN watchers, the next secretary general will be a man—and a Western European. But he is a passionate defender of human rights and humanitarianism. By Barbara Crossette António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres was born and… Will a New… Read More »

US election: New president to face chilly relations with Cold War rivals Russia

For all the bluster and bravado, accusations and denials over tapes and emails, there was a quiet but deadly serious issue raised in the second US presidential debate: what to do about Syria and, more broadly, how to counter Russia in that blighted nation and other places. Analysis By chief foreign correspondent Philip Williams In the past few weeks there has been a steady deterioration in relations between the West and… US election: New… Read More »

Beijing’s South China Sea island buildup ‘for military purposes’

America’s satellite spy chief Robert Cardillo rejects China’s claim that the land reclamation projects are commercial or tourist-related By BILL GERTZ, @BillGertz The head of one of America’s secret spy agencies recently disclosed that China is seeking to control the South China Sea through the… Beijing’s South China… Read More »

Single women can’t afford to live in the city and men can. Is that fair?

Two alarming reports that have surfaced expose the economic bedrock on which the material disadvantage of Australian women is perpetuated Van Badham and Gabrielle Jackson It’s not often Margaret Thatcher is quoted in support of structural feminist arguments for fairness. She wasn’t actually talking about women when she Single women can’t… Read More »

Parents protest refugee children starting school in Greece

Police in a northern Greek village escorted refugee children to school, as local parents protested the launch of a national programme to educate migrant youngsters. Source: AFP Around 100 police formed a corridor to enable some 40 puzzled-looking children from Syria and Afghanistan to enter the… Parents protest refugee… Read More »

Colombia to launch peace talks with ELN rebels

The Colombian government and the country’s second-largest rebel group, the leftist National Liberation Army (ELN), announced Oct. 10 they would launch negotiations on Oct. 27 in Ecuador’s capital, with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos predicting “total peace.” Both sides have committed to doing everything in their power to “create an environment favorable to peace” once the… Colombia to launch… Read More »

End the Nuclear Insanity

This month the United Nations has the opportunity to take a major step toward the elimination of nuclear weapons. José Ramos-Horta  Kailash Satyarthi  Muhammad Yunus  It is an opportunity that must not be lost. More than four decades ago, the nations with nuclear arsenals and the… End the Nuclear… Read More »