Global Issues

China human rights lawyers target smog

BEIJING — Toxic smog has found itself in the dock in China, as the authorities are taken to court over a problem that has choked entire regions, put public health at risk and forced the closure of schools and roads. The China Post At the helm is a group of human rights lawyers, who despite increasing government hostility to their work on some of China’s most sensitive cases, say popular feeling is behind them when it comes to pollution that ... Read More »

Will presidential referendum save Turkey’s democracy?

A package of constitutional amendments that would dramatically expand the powers of Turkey’s president won the support of 339 deputies in the 550-member parliament Jan. 21, surpassing the 60% threshold (330 votes) required to submit the draft to a referendum. Ali Bayramoglu Al Monitor Backed by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its de facto partner, the Nationalist Action Party (MHP), the bill is supposed to be put to a public vote within two months of the president’s ... Read More »

Trump must conform with constitution or he will be removed, ex Bush adviser Richard Painter says

The Trump presidency is only days old and already there are serious moves to have him forced out of office, and the man leading the charge is from the President’s own political… Stan Grant ABC Richard Painter is a lawyer who advised former president George W Bush on… He could not bring himself to vote for Donald Trump, admitting he supported instead Mr Trump’s Democratic rival, Hillary … He has many concerns about… Trump must conform with… Read More »

Cyprus talks: the EU offers all the guarantees Cyprus needs – OPINION

The seemingly intractable Cyprus problem has been dubbed the ‘graveyard of diplomats’, an unforgiving label alluding to the failed attempts of the international community over the past decades to successfully assemble the puzzle that is, admittedly, the… Nikos Christodoulides, Cyprus government spokesman Euronews And yet, the latest efforts in the… Cyprus talks: the… Read More »

From war to more war

Experience tells us it matters little whether a liberal democrat or an autocratic republican sits in the White House. Stanley L Cohen The Guardian Well, it’s over … and good riddance. What began with a purchased… From war to more… Read More »

Britain ‘putting arms sales to Turkey above human rights’

Campaigners say UK pursues profits as Erdoğan continues crackdown… Jamie Doward The Guardian Britain has sold almost £50m-worth of arms to Turkey since the crackdown on opposition groups by the government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan after last year’s failed coup attempt… Britain ‘putting arms… Read More »

World looks for a better doctor

Margaret Chan’s controversial legacy shapes search for new head of World Health Organization. Natalie Huet Politico GENEVA — As the world’s top doctor, Margaret Chan is best known as the woman who cried wolf during a flu pandemic and who failed to contain the deadliest outbreak of Ebola. After a decade at the World… World looks for a better… Read More »

Naomi Klein Getting Caught Up In The Climate Wars

She’s a powerful and passionate writer and activist, writes Geoff Russell. But she’s missed the mark on the causes of cancer and dispossession. Geoff Russell New Matilda Almost since the beginning there was “the left” and “the right”. We are talking politics here, not handedness. “The left” was always… Naomi Klein Getting… Read More »

The Arab Spring is far from over

Like the French Revolution, it could play out over decades and reshape the… KOERT DEBEUF Politico My friend Ahmed Maher was released from prison on January 5. Ahmed was the leader of the April 6 Youth Movement that organized the Egyptian revolution against the then… The Arab Spring… Read More »

Gambia crisis ends as Jammeh leaves for exile

Leader of 22 years, who for weeks refused to cede power, flies out of the capital Banjul and into… Al Jazeera Source: News agencies Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh flew out of the capital Banjul on Saturday and into exile after stepping down from power following a weeks-long standoff with President Adama Barrow, who won the… Gambia crisis ends… Read More »

Europe needs refashioning to address its anger and fears

Britain’s departure is an ideal chance for remaining states to rewrite the rules on taxation and… Lodewijk Asscher The Guardian With the rightwing and populist tide that seemingly holds Europe in its grip, scapegoat politics is gaining the upper… I share the passion of my progressive colleagues to provide a strong, social and… Europe needs refashioning… Read More »

Sewage leak closing Tasmanian oyster farms, deterring swimmers

A sewage leak, which has closed some Tasmanian oyster farms, will cost jobs and hurt the economy in the St Helen’s region, the mayor has… Georgie Burgess ABC Heavy rainfall on Friday caused a TasWater pump station to overflow and leak raw sewage into Georges Bay on the state’s east… Sewage leak closing… Read More »

Sydney Women’s March: big turnout but ‘it’s not all about Donald Trump’

Protests should be viewed as anti-hatred, anti-bigotry and anti-misogyny, says journalist Tracey Spicer, emcee of the event Michael Slezak The Guardian About 5,000 women, men and children took to the streets in Sydney on Saturday to champion the cause of women and other groups, whose rights appear threatened by Donald Trump. There was an uplifting… Sydney Women’s March… Read More »