Politics

UK: Demands made of Qatar must be measured, realistic

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Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson also calls Saudi-led bloc of countries to lift embargo imposed on Qatar. Al Jazeera Britain’s foreign secretary has said that a major diplomatic crisis in the Gulf will end only when “measured and realistic” conditions are discussed, in comments made shortly after a… “Gulf unity can only be restored when all countries involved are willing to discuss terms that are measured and realistic,” Boris Johnson said on Friday, according to a… UK: Demands made… Read More »

California activist Tom Steyer adds health care to his brand

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Joining the drug price battle could boost the political fortunes of the California billionaire. Victoria Colliver Politico SAN FRANCISCO — California billionaire activist Tom Steyer made his name as an environmental activist, worked with Democratic groups to register a million new voters and redefined green politics with high-profile campaigns on climate change and clean… Now as he weighs a run for public office, he’s adding health care — specifically drug prices — to his… California activist Tom… Read More »

Theresa May’s offer to EU citizens dismissed as ‘insufficient’

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Theresa May’s hopes for an early deal on the rights of expat citizens after Brexit suffered a setback when EU leaders gave a frosty reception to proposals which she unveiled at a… ARJ SINGH The Scotsman European Council president Donald Tusk said the UK plan fell below Brussels’ expectations and could worsen the situation of three million EU citizens living in the UK, while German chancellor Angela… Mrs May insisted that her offer was “fair and serious” and should reassure ... Read More »

Exxon, Stephen Hawking, greens, and Reagan’s advisors agree on a carbon tax

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Nearly everyone other than science-denying Republican Party leaders understands the importance of a carbon pollution tax Dana Nuccitelli The Guardian What do ExxonMobil, Stephen Hawking, the Nature Conservancy, and Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of Treasury and Chief of Staff have in common? All have signed on as founding members to the Climate Leadership Council, which has met with the White House to propose a revenue-neutral carbon tax… Exxon, Stephen Hawking… Read More »

France takes tough line on Calais migrants

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CALAIS: French President Emmanuel Macron’s new government took a tough line on Calais migrants Friday, with his interior minister saying he does not want the northern port to become an… AFP Arab News Making his first visit to a city which has for years been a magnet for migrants and refugees hoping to cross to Britain, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb ruled out building a reception center for asylum… “We’ve seen this before, it starts with a few hundred people and ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia & allies demand Qatar close Turkish base, shut Al-Jazeera and more within 10 days

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The Arab states which have imposed an economic blockade on Qatar over its alleged financing of terrorism have issued a severe list of demands, which includes giving Doha 10 days to cut ties with Iran, shutting down Al-Jazeera, closing a Turkish military base and… RT The Kuwait emissary, which is serving a mediator in the diplomatic standoff, has reportedly presented the list of 13 demands from the… Doha has 10 days to comply, according to Associated Press which has seen ... Read More »

It Took Two to Make Russian Meddling Effective

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A Washington Post report on 2016 election interference raises the question: What could Obama have done differently? Julia Ioffe The Atlantic If there is one thing The Washington Post’s story on the Obama administration’s anemic response to Russian meddling in the 2016 election makes clear, it’s that it took two to make the… There is a reason the tactics Russia used on the American elections—which are similar to things they’ve done in former Soviet republics and… It Took Two… Read More »

Putin Officially Launches Deep-Water Phase Of TurkStream Gas Pipeline

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has inaugurated the deep-water phase of the TurkStream pipeline project that will deliver Russian gas to Turkey and eventually to the… RFE/RL Putin on June 23 called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from a ship off the Black Sea coast near Anapa in southern Russia to launch the… TurkStream is one of several major undersea pipeline projects the Kremlin has pushed in recent years in an… Putin Officially Launches… Read More »

With cameras banned, CNN sends sketch artist to White House briefing

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The White House has been prohibiting cameras at some press briefings, so on Friday CNN got creative and sent a sketch artist. Brian Stelter CNN Bill Hennessy, the network’s regular sketch artist for Supreme Court proceedings, headed over to the White House on Friday afternoon and drew Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s afternoon briefing. He didn’t have his usual easel, but he stood in the back of the briefing room to document the… With cameras banned… Read More »

A year after Brexit, in figures

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By the numbers From migration to Scottish Tories, what’s changed in the UK? Ginger Hervey  Politico Today marks the one-year anniversary of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. Much has changed in the country since then — a new prime minister, a resurgent Labour under Jeremy Corbyn, the Queen wearing a flag on her… Here are some of the more notable numbers from the… A year after… Read More »

Time to Repeal U.S. Sanctions on Sudan?

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The clock is ticking for President Trump who must decide by 12 July whether to lift decades-long U.S. sanctions on Sudan. ICG The failure of economic penalties to alter Khartoum’s behaviour so far means Washington should repeal some sanctions and continue a process of conditional engagement. I. Overview Decision time is fast approaching for U.S. policy toward Sudan. By 12 July 2017, the Trump administration must determine whether to permanently lift the economic and trade sanctions its… Time to Repeal… Read More »

India eyes breakthrough on US surveillance drones ahead of Modi trip

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NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON: India is pushing for US approval of its request to buy a naval variant of the Predator drone, officials said, as… Reuters Arab News Securing agreement on the purchase of 22 unarmed drones is seen in New Delhi as a key test of defense ties that flourished under former President Barack Obama but have drifted under Trump, who has courted Asian rival China as… Modi’s two-day visit to Washington begins on… India eyes breakthrough… Read More »

Nicole Rogerson says she was “appalled” at Pauline Hanson’s comments on children with autism

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Disability advocates and politicians have slammed One Nation senator Pauline Hanson’s call for children with autism and disabilities to be removed from mainstream classrooms, saying the “hurtful” idea would amount to “segregation”. ABC Duration: 5min 10sec Nicole Rogerson says… Read More »

A Misguided Cuba Roll-back

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President Trump’s new measures against Cuba preserve diplomatic relations and the right to most U.S. trade and group travel. Ivan Briscoe ICG But aggressive U.S. atmospherics risk hardening Cuba’s domestic politics and making it harder for Havana to play its mediating role in regional crises and conflicts. President Donald Trump’s 16 June announcement that his administration will partially reverse efforts to restore diplomatic ties and normalise relations with Cuba represents a… A Misguided Cuba… Read More »

South Africa court allows secret Zuma no-confidence vote

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South Africa’s highest court has ruled that a vote of no-confidence against President Jacob Zuma can be held in… BBC The constitutional court said that the Speaker of parliament had the right to order such a move. She had previously stated she did not have the… Opposition parties believe that under a secret ballot, MPs from Mr Zuma’s ANC party would vote against… He has survived several… South Africa court… Read More »

Removing Assad no longer priority in Syria: Macron

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France no longer sees the departure of President Bashar al-Assad as a priority in the Syrian conflict, President Emmanuel Macron said on June 22, making the policy official for the… PARIS – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The new French leader said instead that fighting jihadists such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) had to be the… “The real change I’ve made on this question, is that I haven’t said the… Removing Assad no… Read More »