Global Issues

Brexit won’t shield Britain from the horror of a disintegrating EU

Bringing democrats together across borders is needed now to prevent a slide into a xenophobic, 1930s-like abyss Leave won because too many British voters identified the EU with authoritarianism, irrationality and contempt for parliamentary democracy while too few believed those of us who claimed that another EU was possible… Source: Brexit won’t shield Britain from the horror of a disintegrating EU | Yanis Varoufakis | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Pope Francis speaks of ‘genocide’ in Armenia

During his visit to Yerevan, leader of the Catholic Church describes 1915 killing as great catastrophe of last century.. Pope Francis has denounced the mass killing of Armenians a century ago by Ottoman forces as “genocide”, risking strong reaction from Turkey as he met Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan… Source: Pope Francis speaks of ‘genocide’ in Armenia – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

PM: Malaysia well-positioned to face any volatility post-Brexit referendum

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia, which has sound fundamentals, diversified economic structure and ample liquidity in its financial markets, is well-positioned to face any volatility following the UK referendum result, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. “I am confident we will be able to weather this period of uncertainty. The government will also continue to strengthen the economy and further our fiscal reforms,” he said in a statement yesterday. He said exit from the 28-nation European Union (EU) would not ... Read More »

‘Fact and reason’ needed in abortion debate: Trad

Amy Remeikis Queensland’s abortion debate is heating up in the backrooms of Parliament, ahead of the review into whether the procedure should be decriminalised, with calls for “fact and reason” to over-ride “hysteria and emotion”. The state’s abortion law has remained relatively unchanged since 1899, with amendments focussing on attempts to protect medical professionals from criminal charges, rather than removing the procedure from the criminal code… Source: ‘Fact and reason’ needed in abortion debate: Trad Read More »

BREAKING: UK government confirms SECOND REFERENDUM

A representative of the Electoral Commission has confirmed that a repeat referendum over the UK’s European Union membership has been arranged for Thursday 30th June. The announcement comes after an online petition passed the 50,000,000 signatures mark – this is the level where the government is legally obliged to bypass all layers of established democratic… Source: BREAKING: UK government confirms SECOND REFERENDUM | SOUTHEND NEWS NETWORK Read More »

German government agrees to ban fracking after years of dispute

Coalition government revived proposals after companies said last week they would push ahead with projects.. German politicians have approved a law that bans fracking, ending years of dispute over the controversial technology to release oil and gas locked deep underground… Source: German government agrees to ban fracking after years of dispute | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

State Department: Azerbaijan – important partner of US

Baku, Azerbaijan By Anakhanum Idayatova – Trend: Azerbaijan is an important partner of the US, the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Bridget Brink told reporters during a press conference in Baku June 24. She noted that the US and Azerbaijan will continue their partnership in the spheres of security, energy, economy and democracy… Source: State Department: Azerbaijan – important partner of US Read More »

NSG: India’s entry bid scuttled; PM Modi fails to bag China & Switzerland’s support: 10 things to know

India’s entry bid into NSG has been scuttled, not only by China, but also Switzerland, which had earlier supported the membership proposal.. PM Narendra Modi’s last-ditch attempt to reach out to Chinese President Xi Jinping seems to have been snubbed, with China insisting that India must first sign the NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty)… Source: NSG: India’s entry bid scuttled; PM Modi fails to bag China & Switzerland’s support: 10 things to know | The Financial Express Read More »

Britain votes to leave EU, Cameron quits

Britain has voted to leave the European Union, forcing the resignation of Prime MinisterDavid Cameron and dealing the biggest blow since World War II to the European project of forging greater unity. Cameron said he would resign to make way for a new leader by early October after voters opted to exit the 28-nation alliance in defiance of his predictions of economic disaster and isolation… Source: Britain votes to leave EU, Cameron quits – EUROPE Read More »

Here’s what to read and watch to understand the European Union

By Amy Studdart Amy Studdart is a fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. On Thursday, 52 percent of my British compatriots voted to leave the European Union. Politicians and pundits seemed shocked by the result, which caused markets to tumble and cost Prime Minister David Cameron his job. But the U.K.’s international ambivalence didn’t come out of the blue; it was built on decades of fears and fissures. Here are some great books, a binge-worthy political ... Read More »

South African court refuses Zuma appeal request in arms case

A South African court has refused permission for President Jacob Zuma and prosecutors to appeal against its ruling that he should face corruption charges over a 1999 arms deal worth billions of dollars. There were “no merits” in the argument requesting an appeal, it ruled. In April, the court said a 2009 decision to drop the 783 charges against Mr Zuma was irrational. He has always denied taking bribes over the arms deal… Source: South African court refuses Zuma appeal ... Read More »

Tony Blair: Brexit’s Stunning Coup

London — THE decision of British voters in Thursday’s referendum to leave the European Union will have vast consequences for Britain, for Europe and for the world. By TONY BLAIR * For a day, the British people were the government, and by 52 percent to 48 percent, they took the decision to go… Source: Tony Blair: Brexit’s Stunning Coup – The New York Times Read More »

Cameron and Kenny agree to open talks on new Border plan

Leaders hold phone conversation Friday as Britain dismisses need for poll on Northern Ireland’s future.. Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron have agreed that officials will immediately discuss issues such as the common travel area and the Border with Northern Ireland following the Brexit referendum result… Source: Cameron and Kenny agree to open talks on new Border plan Read More »

Nicola Sturgeon announces plans for second indyref

NICOLA Sturgeon yesterday fired the starting gun for another Scottish independence referendum on a tumultuous day that saw a series of dramatic developments following the UK’s decision to quit the EU.. The First Minister said it was “highly likely” a second independence poll would be held and set out a two-year time-table as she reacted to an EU referendum result that forced an emotional David Cameron to resign as Prime Minister… Source: Nicola Sturgeon announces plans for second indyref – ... Read More »