Politics

England’s history of defaulting on European lenders shows repercussions of not paying Brexit bill

Boris Johnson’s threat to withhold payment of the UK’s £39 billion Brexit divorce bill until the EU gives Britain better exit terms has been the source of much debate over whether or not it constitutes a… Authors: The Conversation Technically, the UK would argue that this is not a debt, as normally described when referring to sovereign defaults. Nevertheless, if the EU did consider it such a default, then the consequences would be very clear. They could include a hit ... Read More »

Migrants will pay the price of Mexico’s tariff deal with Trump

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is celebrating an agreement avoiding U.S. tariffs as a major political and diplomatic triumph for his government. Luis Gómez Romero The Conversation “We didn’t win everything, but we were able to claim a victory with there being no tariffs,” said chief negotiator Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico’s foreign affairs secretary, on June 9. The two neighbors have been at odds since United States President Donald Trump on May 30 threatened to hit all Mexican imports with ... Read More »

Turkey’s risky route in Idlib

As the Syrian regime’s offensive against Idlib continues, Turkey has to pull off two contradictory missions in Syria’s last rebel stronghold: Save Tell Rifaat and Idlib at the same time. Fehim Tastekin Al Monitor Russia and the Syrian regime launched air and ground operations against rebels in Idlib on April 28. While Turkey tries to prevent the operation from becoming an all-out war, it has been baffled by three major developments. First, the Turkish army and its allied militias have turned toward ... Read More »

Not everyone cares about climate change, but reproach won’t change their minds

So much for Australia’s “climate election”. In the event, voters in last month’s federal poll didn’t put climate policy at the top of their wish list. Authors: The Conversation Contrary to opinion polls predicting a groundswell of support for Labor’s relatively progressive agenda on climate and economics, the election results revealed that Australians are more divided on climate change than we thought. Voters for progressive climate policy were dismayed at the re-election of a prime minister who famously brought a ... Read More »

Chagos Islands: UK refusal to hand back archipelago disregards international law and echoes era of colonialism

A nation’s military and geo-strategic interests cannot, under international law, prevail over the sovereign rights of other states. Elena Katselli The Conversation State sovereignty, self-determination and decolonisation are fundamental legal principles the UK should honour as it refuses, despite widespread international condemnation, to hand back control of the Chagos Islands in the… Indeed, Britain’s expressed policy that it will protect its interests at any cost, even at the expense of international law and fundamental human rights, has unwelcome echoes of colonialism and ... Read More »

Uncertainty reigns in Moldova as two blocs fight for power

The Democratic Party is leading a campaign to challenge the new government’s legitimacy. Matei Rosca Politico Moldova is descending deeper into a political crisis as rival blocs fight over who should be in power. Months of political uncertainty in the wake of an inconclusive election in February appeared to be over when an unlikely coalition government of the pro-EU ACUM group and the pro-Russian Socialist Party was approved in parliament Saturday. That meant the end of the rule of the Democratic ... Read More »

Exploring the causes of persistent corruption

Corruption affects all of us. It impedes equitable development, destabilizes societies, and undermines the institutions and values of democracy. EurekAlert It is viewed by many as one of the world’s greatest problems. According to the Gallup Poll, a majority of people even place its negative impacts ahead of global problems like climate change, poverty, and terrorism. Corruption comes in various guises, including favoritism, clientelism (the exchange of goods and services for political support), and embezzlement of public funds. In their ... Read More »

Radicalization Problem of Turkish Society as Domestic and Foreign Policy Makers

Turkey virtually drifted away from NATO. In essence, this is not related to security identity. Dr. Mehmet Efe Caman POLITURCO On the contrary, it is about the changing perception of interests. The sociological and domestic policy changes in Turkey ignited a new self-identity recognition. Every self-identity is built on the “other”. The Turks determined their own self-identities based on nationality at the beginning of the 20th century. They were partly forced to do this because of realpolitik reasons. Because, the ... Read More »

Open Letter To UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres

His Excellency António Guterres Secretary-General United Nations United Nations Secretariat New York, NY 10017 U.S.A. Re: Maritime Boundary Disputes in the Eastern Mediterranean: Crises and Opportunities Excellency: I write to request your urgent intervention in defusing a looming crisis directly affecting the vital interests of all coastal States in the Eastern Mediterranean as well as, indirectly, those of dozens of others in Europe, Asia and Africa. Specifically, your assistance is required to help resolve the inter-related maritime boundary disputes among the ... Read More »

Kim Jong Un Goes Bond Villain : Throws General In Piranha-Filled Pool

The general, not named by media sources, was reported to have been punished for plotting a coup. Alex Winston JPost North Korean leader Kim Jong Un borrowed an execution technique from a James Bond movie to rid himself of a top general, according to British media. In the James Bond film, ‘You Only Live Twice’, antagonist Ernst Stavro Blofeld famously removes any opposition by releasing a trapdoor over a piranha-filled pool, causing the unfortunate victim to fall to a gruesome ... Read More »

Refugee sets fire to himself on Manus Island

A man has set himself on fire on Manus Island, the latest in more than 70 self-harm or suicide attempts at the former detention centre, sources say. AAP – SBS A refugee on Manus Island has set himself on fire, marking the latest in a rapidly rising number of suicide and self-harm attempts at the former site of the Australian-run detention centre. The Somalian man, aged about 30, set himself on fire while in the East Lorengau camp on Monday, ... Read More »

For Californians, the golden dream depends on where you live and how much you earn

There was a swagger in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s message at last month’s California Democratic Party convention — an insistence that no state offers more promise than the one he leads. John Myers Los Angeles Times “There’s no Alabama dream, no Kentucky dream,” Newsom told the party faithful. “There’s only the California dream, attainable and aspirational.” But there are stark limitations to that dream that a new nonpartisan statewide survey lays bare, a yearning unfulfilled in California’s inland regions and among ... Read More »

Sudan police try to quell civil disobedience campaign

Sudanese police fired warning shots June 9 to disperse protesters building roadblocks in the capital, as part of a civil disobedience campaign against the ruling generals following a bloody crackdown that left dozens dead. KHARTOUM- Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The campaign got underway nearly a week after the assault on demonstrators at a sit-in outside army headquarters, which followed talks breaking down between protest leaders and… Following the call for civil disobedience, protesters set about building roadblocks in Khartoum while markets ... Read More »

Iran urges Europe to normalize economic ties

Iran said on June 9 Europe was in no position to criticize Tehran for its military capabilities and it called on European leaders to normalize trade ties with the Islamic Republic despite U.S. sanctions, or face consequences. LONDON- Reuters President Donald Trump last year withdrew the United States from world powers’ 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and reposed sweeping sanctions. Trump condemned the accord, signed by his predecessor Barack Obama, as flawed for not being permanent and for not covering Iran‘s ballistic missile programme or its role in conflicts ... Read More »

With Friends Like Turkey, Who Needs Enemies?

Turkey, America’s erstwhile NATO ally, is now arming America’s enemies in Libya, a flagrant violation of the 2011 United Nations arms embargo. Richard Miniter Human Events The clearest evidence of Turkey’s violation of U.N. embargoes came in the hold of a Turkish-crewed ship named “Amazon.” It delivered some 20 Turkish-made armored vehicles, known as “MRAPs,” the military news website South Front reported. A local blogger photographed the armored vehicles on the dock. Turkey supports Libya’s Government of National Accord holed up ... Read More »

Tiananmen Square anniversary shows Mao’s legacy lives on

I lived and worked in China for the best part of a decade, and I’ve never forgotten the words of one of my closest Chinese friends: “No Mao, no China. No Deng, no China open”. By global affairs analyst Stan Grant ABC He was, of course, referring to the revolutionary Mao Zedong and one of his successors, Deng Xiaoping — two giants of the 20th century. Mao established Communist Party rule and Deng launched the economic reforms that set China ... Read More »