Global Issues

Japan: Open Letter to the U.S.

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In return for abolishing the Japanese military, the United States guaranteed peace and stability in Japan, Korea and, to a lesser degree, in various areas of the Pacific, in place of a not-yet-functioning United Nations. Amir George Gatestone Institute A new U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, perhaps unintentionally suggested upsetting this arrangement, which has worked so well for so many years. According to reports, Tillerson “refused to rule out increased weaponization… Japan: Open Letter… Read More »

Interculturalism: how diverse societies can do better than passive tolerance

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Western liberal democracies are again embroiled in debates about the value of multicultural policies. Glenda Ballantyne and Amrita Malhi The Conversation In Australia, the federal government has just released its own statement on multiculturalism. The current debates… Interculturalism: how diverse… Read More »

How Germany’s Merkel Can Lead the West

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Donald Trump’s presidential election was a shot heard around the world. Dictators cheered the defeat of Hillary Clinton, and democracies—in particular American allies—grew gravely concerned. Jeffrey Stacey The National Interest The entire liberal international order now appears to be at risk, with nativism and populism still on the march. Although conventional wisdom suggests the East is rising and the West is fading, now with more pivotal elections… How Germany’s Merkel… Read More »

Once The Eurozone Collapses, Will The EU Return to a “Normal Trading Union”

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Make no mistake, the currency of the Eurozone will not make it in medium term, let alone the long-term. That is, according to the experts. Graham Vanbergen Global Research Peter Navarro, the head of President Trump’s National Trade Council, said in a recent interview in the Financial Times that the euro is “like an implicit Deutsche Mark” that gives Germany an advantage when it… Once The Eurozone… Read More »

PM: Timor-Leste should be in WTO

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Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday called for Timor-Leste to be made a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), so the… Khmer Times Mr. Hun Sen made the call at the opening of the Fifth China Round Table on World Trade Organization Accessions in… Mr. Hun Sen recalled how joining the WTO in 2004 helped Cambodia open its… PM: Timor-Leste… Read More »

Tough health choices

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The GOP’s efforts to destroy healthcare for millions has hit a snag: the need to win… Markos Moulitsas The Hill After years of futility, Republicans finally unveiled a program that would eliminate health insurance for… The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that 24 million people would face life-threatening cuts to health insurance over the… Tough health… Read More »

The Europe we want: Fair, sustainable, democratic and inclusive

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The 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome is a huge opportunity to take stock of how far Europe has come – and how far we still have to go in order to offer a sustainable and prosperous future to everyone in Europe, write a number of European organisations. Luca Visentini, Petros Fassoulas, Genevieve Pons et al. Euractiv It is an opportunity that we call on the leaders of Europe to seize with both hands. We call on… The Europe we… Read More »

Democracy at risk: the terrifying power of ‘big data’

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The ‘digital revolution’ continues to change the world in profound ways. Samuel Alexander On Line Opinion Everyday computers and other information technologies reach further into our lives, often in subtle ways, reshaping global society so swiftly that the deepest impacts can easily escape notice. But whereas the… Democracy at risk… Read More »

Women must mentor other women. It’s never been more urgent

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After 108 years of celebrating ‘our’ day, women need to change the way they look at the world, so that the world can change the way it looks at us. Muthoni Thang’wa Daily Nation Otherwise we will begin to sound like a broken record. International Women’s Day… Women must mentor… Read More »

European court ruling on headscarves sparks ire in Ankara

A woman reacts as she attends the Democracy and Martyrs Rally, organized by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and supported by ruling AK Party (AKP), oppositions Republican People's Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), to protest against last month's failed military coup attempt, in Istanbul, Turkey, August 7, 2016.  REUTERS/Osman Orsal - RTSLJVF

On March 14, the European Court of Justice made a controversial ruling, stating that companies are permitted to ban employees from wearing visible religious symbols such as the Islamic headscarf. Riada Asimovic Akyol Al Monitor The decision from Europe’s top court came after two women were fired because they refused to take off their headscarves at workplaces in France and Belgium. Many right-wing political… European court ruling… Read More »

The largest humanitarian crisis since the UN’s creation

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UN officials are usually known for their measured and understated approach, even in the face of major crises and upheavals. Yossi Mekelberg Arab News Hence we must take with the utmost gravity the warning by Stephen O’Brien, undersecretary for humanitarian affairs, that “we stand at a critical point in history. Already at the… The largest humanitarian… Read More »

The Iraq War and its catastrophic consequences

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Sold to the public by Bush and Blair and their neocon allies in the media as a war that would make us safer, the illegal invasion of Iraq launched fourteen years ago this week did the exact opposite. Neil Clark RT Toast the ouster of a cigar-smoking Sound of Music-loving secular dictator if you like, but the world (and not just the Middle East) was undoubtedly a far less dangerous place on March 19, 2003, than it is today. A ... Read More »

The futility of secrets in the age of technology

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The latest CIA leak proves that state actors no longer get to decide who can be privy to information stamped ‘secret’. Andrew Mitrovica Al Jazeera News One of the jobs of so-called intelligence officers is to collect and carefully consider the facts and to offer sound, sober advice, devoid of hyperbole. This is the… The futility of… Read More »

Section 18C: What’s all the fuss and why does it matter?

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18C? Never heard of it? Stan Grant ABC Means nothing to you? You’re not alone…. Section 18C: What’s… Read More »

German City Accepts Karl Marx Statue From China, But Not Everyone’s Happy

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The German city of Trier has never been particularly fond of its most famous son, Karl Marx, who helped turn communism into an ideology that changed the course of history. npr Conservative and Catholic, the picturesque city on the French border took an ambivalent view of the radical revolutionary, born into a Jewish family in 1818. But now, as… German City Accepts… Read More »

How homophobia hurts workers and businesses

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Homophobia is costly to workers and the businesses that employ them, research shows. Raymond Trau ABC Unfortunately, it’s still prevalent in Australia and the latest lobbying from 34 business leaders for marriage equality emphasises the need for it to be addressed both within and outside the workplace. It’s little wonder… How homophobia hurts… Read More »