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Minister: Watch over EEZ

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IT is imperative to stay alert and keep a close watch over our exclusive economic zone (EEZ), says Minister for Fisheries Semi… Alisi Vucago Fiji Times He said monitoring our territorial waters was imperative to not only monitor illegal fishing, but also other activities including the trafficking of drugs and… “We need to plan for the future and secure our expansion in… Minister: Watch over… Read More »

US Deploys Two More Aircraft Carriers Toward Korean Peninsula: Yonhap

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According to a report by South Korea’s primary news outlet, Yonhap, the Pentagon has directed a total of three US aircraft carriers toward the… Tyler Durden Zero Hedge Yonhap reports that in addition to the CVN-70 Carl Vinson, which is expected to arrive off the South Korean coast on April 25, the CVN-76 Ronald Reagan – currently in home port in Yokosuka, Japan – and… According to the senior government official. the US… US Deploys Two… Read More »

How Western civilisation could collapse

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Some possible precipitating factors are already in place How the West reacts to them will determine the world’s future, says Rachel Nuwer. Rachel Nuwer BBC The political economist Benjamin Friedman once compared modern Western society to a stable bicycle whose wheels are kept spinning by economic growth. Should that forward… How Western civilisation… Read More »

China’s man on North Korea crisis cools heels in Beijing

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The travels and travails of China’s veteran point man on North Korea underscore China’s growing frustration in its efforts to broker a… By Jack Kim and Christian Shepherd Reuters Wu Dawei, 70, spent an unusually long five days in Seoul last week. He met with presidential candidates as well as South Korea’s chief nuclear envoy, partly in a… But Wu had not been able to confirm plans to visit North Korea, South… China’s man on… Read More »

North Korean envoy at UN warns of nuclear war possibility

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United Nations (CNN) – Only at a North Korean press conference at the United Nations, can you hear a diplomat say he hoped journalists had a… By Richard Roth, CNN North Korea has consistently issued threats of war toward the United States in recent decades, but the Trump administration’s announced end of a… North Korea’s UN deputy representative, Kim In Ryong, on Monday unleashed at a… North Korean envoy… Read More »

Washington pushes world to brink of nuclear war

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The repeated statements by US Vice President Mike Pence and other Trump administration officials Monday that the “era of strategic patience” with… Bill Van Auken WSWS “Just in the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new president in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan,” Pence… “North Korea would do well not to test his resolve or the strength of the armed forces of the… Washington pushes world… Read More »

A tale of two Slavic strongmen

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For all their differences, Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko are cut from the same… VIJAI MAHESHWARI Politico KIEV, Ukarine — On the surface, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko have every reason to be bosom… Both are strongmen of the Russian-speaking world, their… A tale of… Read More »

US West enters ‘new era’ of unstoppable wildfires because of climate change, experts warn

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‘This is bigger than us and we’re going to have to adapt to wildfire, rather than the other way… Ian Johnston Environment Correspondent Independent The western United States has entered a “new era of wildfires” with average temperatures now two degrees Celsius higher and the… Some blazes should be allowed to burn themselves out and fires should even be set deliberately as part of a… US West enters… Read More »

Why Don’t All Jobs Matter?

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President Trump is still promising to bring back coal jobs. But the underlying reasons for coal employment’s decline — automation, falling electricity demand, cheap… Paul Krugman The New York Times Meanwhile, last week the Treasury Department officially (and correctly) declined to name China as a currency… So will the Trump administration ever do anything substantive to bring back mining and… Why Don’t All… Read More »

Stressed out Scots teachers ‘turning to drink and drugs’

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Stress at work is leading some teachers to become increasingly reliant on caffeine, alcohol and prescription drugs, while a number have seen relationships break down, according to a… SARAH BRADLEY The Scotsman The NASUWT survey indicates that more than four-fifths of school staff in the UK (83 per cent) think that their job has had a negative impact on… Union leaders have also… Stressed out Scots… Read More »

Nuclear war has become thinkable again – we need a reminder of what it means

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As Trump faces down North Korea, it’s alarming to think that most of the world’s nuclear warheads are now in the hands of men who are prepared to… Paul Mason The Guardian Last week, Donald Trump deployed his superweapon Moab, the “mother of all bombs” – 10 tonnes of high explosive detonated in mid-air in such a… The Russian media immediately reminded us that their own thermobaric… Nuclear war has… Read More »

China factories put weight behind forecast-busting 6.9% GDP

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Economic growth accelerates in first quarter as signs emerge of recovery taking broader… STEVE WANG and BEN RICHARDSON Asia Times China’s economic growth accelerated for the second straight quarter, beating expectations as a robust performance by the nation’s manufacturers weighed in… Growth in the secondary sector of the economy — manufacturing and… China factories put… Read More »

Churches demand Manus Island asylum seekers be evacuated

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Advocates want those detained brought to Australia after violent clashes alleged between asylum seekers and naval personnel on… Guardian staff and agencies With Australian Associated Press The Guardian Churches and refugee advocates are calling for asylum seekers on Manus Island to be evacuated to Australia after shots were fired… The Human Rights Law Centre, the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce and Amnesty International have said the… Churches demand Manus… Read More »

The Kantorowicz Conundrum

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At bottom, Ernst Kantorowicz was an imperious mandarin who viewed the passions of the vulgar multitude, whether in Germany or the… Jacob Heilbrunn The National Interest IN 1954, George F. Kennan was completing his two-volume history Russia Leaves the War at the Institute for Advanced Study in… One evening he met with Ernst Kantorowicz, a German medievalist who had fled the Nazi regime, to discuss his… The Kantorowicz… Read More »

Uncertain road ahead as Erdoğan claims victory

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ISTANBUL — It was a nail-biting count, beginning with a large “Yes” lead gradually erased as a “No” result inched closer as the… ZIA WEISE Politico Yet in the end, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan narrowly emerged as the winner of Turkey’s referendum, at least according to his own declaration — and… As the president’s supporters swarmed the streets in celebration, opposition parties said they would contest the… Uncertain road ahead… Read More »

Tories claim SNP misled public on currency ahead of IndyRef

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SNP ministers have been accused of misleading the public on their independence currency plans after newly-released Scottish… Tom Peterkin The Scotsman The documents, made public under freedom of information legislation, outlined the government’s plans to create a multi… The SNP campaigned for independence on the… Tories claim SNP… Read More »