Global Issues

No news from Öcalan, concerns grow

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For almost one year now, there have been no news on the condition of Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan and three prisoners with him. ANF – SEDAT SUR They have been under absolute isolation. Lawyer Eren Keskin said there are serious concerns. Human rights defender and lawyer Eren Keskin stated that there is no legal basis for the isolation imposed upon Öcalan and stressed that this needs to end immediately and… No news from… Read More »

Israel says it approves of the controversial transfer of two Egyptian islands to Saudi control

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The transfer of the islands has provoked anger in Egypt [AFP] Israel says it backs the controversial handover of two Red Sea islands from Egyptian to Saudi control, despite having no formal relations with Riyadh. The New Arab Tiran and Sanafir islands in the Gulf of Aqaba have been under Cairo’s administration since at least the 1950s, but will be handed over to Saudi Arabia later this… Israel says it… Read More »

Turkey Hires More U.S. Lobbying Firms as its Reputation is Further Tarnished

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As Turkey becomes the target of worldwide condemnation for its human rights violations, the Turkish government decides to spend a fortune on lobbying and public relations firms to try to cleanse its… Harut Sassounian The Armenian Weekly On the heels of the April 16 flawed referendum which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan barely won to give himself a wide-ranging dictatorial powers, and his bodyguards’ brutal attack in front of the Turkish Embassy in Washington D.C., on… Turkey Hires More… Read More »

Japan warns Russia not to conduct survey in EEZ without permission

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Tokyo has asked Russia not to conduct marine surveys or resource exploration within Japan’s exclusive economic zone without permission, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Tuesday. the japan times Kyodo On the morning of June 5, the Japan Coast Guard spotted a Russian vessel hanging what appeared to be a wire within Japan’s EEZ near the Soya Strait, which lies between Hokkaido and the Russian island of Sakhalin, Kishida told a news conference. The Foreign Ministry told the Russian Embassy in ... Read More »

Meadows: Freedom Caucus eyeing $1.5 trillion debt ceiling increase

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Some House Freedom Caucus conservatives want to raise the debt ceiling by a smaller amount than the Trump administration would like — just long enough to clear the 2018 mid-term elections, the… Rachael Bade Politico The Freedom Caucus has not taken an official position on a specific… But Chairman Mark Meadows emerged from a group meeting Tuesday night saying some of his conservative colleagues are looking at a $1.5… Meadows: Freedom Caucus… Read More »

Panama cuts ties with Taiwan, switches to China

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Panama and China announced June 13 they were establishing diplomatic relations, as the Central American nation became the latest to dump Taiwan for closer ties with the… BEIJING – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The move prompted an angry response from Taiwan and will likely further strain ties between Taipei and Beijing, which considers the self-ruled island a renegade province awaiting reunification with the… Taiwan is recognized by around 20 countries worldwide and its status is one of the… Panama cuts ties… Read More »

Turkey’s Evolving Array of Diplomatic Challenges

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As the Turkish leadership becomes increasingly isolated from its traditional allies, Ankara seems tempted to seek refuge in an unconvincing regional role. Marc Pierini Carnegie Europe Long gone are the happy days when Turkey’s foreign policy motto was “zero problems with neighbors.” Nowadays, Ankara is facing new diplomatic challenges on multiple fronts, at a time when domestic politics are more polarized than ever since the Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power in… The list of headaches is long, ... Read More »

Let’s call child sexual abuse in the church what it is: Catholic extremism

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I’m taken with Abbott’s notion that we need to correctly name a challenge in order to meet it. Kristina Keneally The Guardian Bland labels allow abusers to hide behind their institution. Call it the Abbott Test for Moral Action. We can’t defeat a threat until we properly identify and name it, and the most important threats are those that have already proven… Former prime minister Tony Abbott led a chorus of voices last week demanding that political leaders define recent ... Read More »

Ali Sherif al-Emadi: Sanctions will not harm economy

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Finance minister says Qatar can defend economy and currency against tough sanctions imposed by neighbouring GCC nations. Al Jazeera and news agencies Qatar can easily defend its economy and currency against sanctions by other Arab states, Qatari finance minister Ali Sherif al-Emadi told CNBC television in an interview broadcast on… He said that the countries that had imposed sanctions on Qatar would also lose money because of the damage to business in the… Ali Sherif al… Read More »

Could expanding forests be the key to our climate strategy?

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Forests have been removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing carbon for more than 300 million years. William Moomaw  World Economic Forum When we cut down or burn trees and disturb forest soils, we release that stored carbon to the atmosphere. Since the start of the Industrial Revolution, one-third of all carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere from human activities have come from deforestation… Could expanding forests… Read More »

Govt working on legal framework for quick offshore auction

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The government today said that the mines ministry is closely working with its law counterpart to evolve an enabling framework which would result in auction of offshore mineral blocks… DNA “We are working with the Law Ministry to work on what enabling framework can be quickly brought up by which we can quickly start that auction,” Mines Minister Piyush Goyal said while addressing a… As far as the current law is concerned, Goyal said, there… Govt working on… Read More »

‘Totally unwarranted and draconian’: Lawyers condemn Peter Dutton ‘power grab’ on citizenship

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Lawyers, including the country’s peak law body, have condemned Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s latest citizenship crackdown as a power grab that threatens the independence of the… Michael Koziol Fergus Hunter The Sydney Morning Herald Under changes to be put to Parliament this week, the minister will be empowered to overrule citizenship decisions of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, in a bid to put a stop to its… Mr Dutton said the… ‘Totally unwarranted and… Read More »

How to Go the Resistance Distance: Pop-Up Schools for Novice Activists

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Modeled after the Civil Rights Era’s citizenship and freedom schools, the new Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership teaches skills for the… Chuck Collins yes! More than 200 people crammed into a meeting room at Smith College to listen to Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum speak at the May 4 opening ceremony of the… The new school provides in-person training opportunities in activism in five… How to Go… Read More »

Egypt will not reinstate ban on grain fungus

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CAIRO: Egypt will not reinstate a controversial ban on ergot, state grain buyer General Authority for Supply Commodities (GASC) told Reuters on Saturday, despite a court ruling, which could allow a return to the… Reuters Arab News Traders said the previous zero-tolerance requirement, which the Egyptian agricultural department said was to protect human and plant health, is impossible to fulfill and… But an Egyptian court said this week it was planning to overturn a… Egypt will not… Read More »

George Osborne: Theresa May is ‘dead women walking’

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Former chancellor attacked the Prime Minister saying that she will never lead the party into another General Election after last week’s humiliation at the ballot box. Gavin Cordon The Scotsman Mr Osborne said the Prime Minister was “dead woman walking” and could be ousted in a matter of days. However, Graham Brady, the influential chairman of the Conservative backbench 1922 Committee, said there was no appetite for a leadership contest which could see the party having to fight another General… ... Read More »

America’s Political Gamble in Syria May Not Pay Off

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President Trump’s plan to defeat the Islamic State relies on the complex web of relations between the United States, Turkey and the… Matthew RJ Brodsky The National Interest As the Islamic State’s territory continues to shrink in the Middle East, its henchmen and those inspired by the extremist group are increasingly lashing out at soft targets in the… The types of attacks recently experienced in London and Manchester are likely to continue until the… America’s Political Gamble… Read More »