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Global warming will expose millions more to floods

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Global warming is expected to unleash more rain, exposing millions more people to river flooding particularly in the United States and parts of Asia, Africa and central Europe, researchers have said. MIAMI – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The study in the journal Science Advances calculates how much more flood protection will be needed to keep the risks of high-end floods constant in the next 25 years. Unless actions are taken – such as enhancing dykes, boosting building standards, relocating settlements and ... Read More »

How Washington Will Lose Its Influence in Asia

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There is no guarantee that President Trump will ask Congress to renew the Trade Protection Authority Act before it expires Peter C.Y. Chow The National Interest As Douglas Irwin said, if “truth” is the first to be sacrificed in the war, then “free trade” will be the scapegoat in the populist electoral politics. The most recent examples are the Brexit and the U.S. withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP-12). While the British government is facing contentious negotiations with the ... Read More »

Down the Aisles, a Secret Shelter for the Homeless

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Between the racks of canned beans and rolls of toilet paper in a bodega in Borough Park, Brooklyn, a staircase hides beside the shelves. Written by SARAH MASLIN NIR; Photographs by VICTOR J. BLUE The New York Times It leads to a cavern where, for the past 14 years, the bodega owner has quietly housed scores of homeless men, some with violent pasts and mental illness. He takes them in, from local park benches and street corners, unable to bear the idea ... Read More »

In My Chronic Illness, I Found a Deeper Meaning

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I became disabled overnight in a car accident. The car accident was a dream, but the disability was real. Elliot Kukla The New York Times I dreamed I was driving through the ravaged streets of Oakland, Calif., at the end of the world. I turned the corner and careened inescapably into a white chemical blaze. I woke with a start, the white flash still burning behind my eyes, the worst headache of my life piercing my left temporal lobe. I ... Read More »

Be afraid, be very afraid: North Korea’s long-term strategy

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The TV camera focuses on Kim Jong-un. “Fellow countrymen, I am determined to make sure that you have not endured your many sacrifices in vain,” he says. Bradley Martin Asia Times “We have forced the world to notice us and respect us, and now we need to translate that achievement into food, clothing and shelter for our long-suffering population. “Today, I am ordering military storehouses opened. We will distribute a million tons of war-reserve rice to our citizens, who need ... Read More »

‘Proven to work’: scheme tackling alcoholism helps keep young offenders out of jail

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At one time Domac Gile-Lul was drinking four litres of wine a day Experts say the program that rescued him saves lives Charlotte Grieve The Guardian “I’ve been very stressed. I’m very relieved that it’s all over. I know it was my fault.” Domac Gile-Lul was told he will not be going to jail and his debt of more than $7,300 in infringement notices has been wiped. It was his fifth driving offence, this time driving without a licence. “You’ve ... Read More »

Tom Arnold: How Ireland can influence the world

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We should place food and nutrition at the heart of our foreign policy Irish Ambassadors from around the globe will meet in Dublin next week to strategise on the direction of our foreign policy post-Brexit The Irish Times They will plan for changing Irish relationships with the UK, EU-26 and the wider international community, and identify opportunities for Irish influence at European and international level. It is difficult for a small country to carve out a distinctive policy position and ... Read More »

A new Kodak moment: shares soar as company launches KODAKCoin cryptocurrency

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Shares of Eastman Kodak surged by as much as 147 per cent on Tuesday after the one-time leader in photography became the latest company to jump on the cryptocurrency bandwagon Reuters Brisbane Times The storied Rochester, New York-based company said in a statement it is launching a cryptocurrency called “KODAKCoin” for photographers, part of “KODAKOne”, an image rights management platform launched in a licensing partnership with WENN Digital. The platform uses blockchain technology, the backbone of bitcoin and other digital ... Read More »

Women speak out against #metoo ‘witch hunt’

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HOLLYWOOD is full of women speaking out about harassment These high-profile women are against the movement AFP FRANCE’S most revered actress, Catherine Deneuve, declared Tuesday that men should be “free to hit on” women, condemning a new “puritanism” she claimed has been sparked by sexual harassment scandals. She was one of around 100 French women writers, performers and academics who wrote an open letter deploring the wave of “denunciations” that has followed claims that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted ... Read More »

Emmanuel Macron breaks French taboo on farm subsidies

French presidential election candidate for the En Marche ! movement Emmanuel Macron looks on in a farm in Usseau near Poitiers, central France, on April 29, 2017 while campaigning ahead of the second and final round of the presidential elections which takes place on May 7.  / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Eric FEFERBERG        (Photo credit should read ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)

Facing a multibillion-euro cash crunch in the EU budget, Paris is dropping its insistence on preserving the status quo for farmers. By EMMET LIVINGSTONE, MAÏA DE LA BAUME AND DAVID M. HERSZENHORN Politico France’s president has crossed the manure-lined Rubicon In a shift liable to ignite a civil war in French politics, Emmanuel Macron is breaking with France’s traditionally ironclad defense of farmers’ subsidies. If one thing was ever considered certain in negotiations over the EU budget every seven years, it was that ... Read More »

Julian Assange granted Ecuadorian passport – reports

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WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange has cryptically uploaded a picture of himself dressed in the national colors of Ecuador. The country’s media reports the whistleblower has been granted an Ecuadorian ID. RT Assange’s ID was issued on December 21, Ecuadorian outlet El Universo reports, citing “reliable sources” and providing the civil registry number to check on the government website. The document number 1729926483, upon checking on the Internal Revenue Service, is indeed registered to one Julian Paul Assange. Meanwhile, Assange uploaded a photo of himself ... Read More »

Emma Watson’s willingness to face the truth about race is refreshing

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I hope that the actor’s acknowledgment that she has benefited from being white will lead others to ask themselves hard questions too Lola Okolosie The Guardian Feminism, to quote bell hooks, is for everybody. It’s a simple enough statement. Utopian in its vision, it has however proved, for the very constituency who should have been most receptive to its premise – feminists – contentious. A simmering argument within the movement, along with debates about how far it has included working-class, LGBTQI ... Read More »

The US ‘Betrayed’ Russia, but It Is Not ‘News That’s Fit to Print’

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New evidence that Washington broke its promise not to expand NATO “one inch eastward”—a fateful decision with ongoing ramifications—has not been reported by The New York Times or other agenda-setting media outlets. Stephen F. Cohen The Nation Stephen F. Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian Studies and Politics (at NYU and Princeton), and John Batchelor continue their (usually) weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. (Previous installments, now in their fourth year, are at TheNation.com.) Cohen returns to a subject ... Read More »

‘Not the way they wanted to die’: Final wishes of thousands of Australians going unmet

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The desire of thousands of gravely ill Australians to die without pain and surrounded by family is going unmet because palliative care services fall badly short, the national peak body has warned. Nicole Hasham Brisbane Times Just one palliative medicine specialist is available for every 704 deaths each year, according to Palliative Care Australia. It has called on the Turnbull government to make palliative care a national health priority, appoint a ‘national palliative care commissioner’ and ensure health workers can ... Read More »

A little restraint might save the world and boost happiness

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Have you noticed that self-denial is creeping slowly back into vogue? Oh sure, it’s not yet enough to truly counterbalance our society’s rampant consumerism and it’s often only for a limited time – more Dry January than lifelong teetotallerhood. Caitlin Fitzsimmons Brisbane Times But it’s interesting to see all the Buy Nothing groups pop up and all the articles about people who gave up buying new clothes for a year and found themselves, or not, in the process. When I ... Read More »

Brexit bill may have broken international environment law, says UN

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Exclusive: compliance committee considers complaint alleging government breached Aarhus convention by not consulting public over withdrawal bill Laura Laker The Guardian The British government may have breached a major “environmental democracy” law by failing to consult the public when drawing up Brexit legislation. A UN-backed committee has confirmed it is considering a complaint from Friends of the Earth that the government’s EU withdrawal bill breached the Aarhus convention, which requires public consultation on any new environmental law. Most of the… Brexit bill may… Read More »