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What’s on Kim Jong-un’s mind?

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Kim Jong-un’s actions may seem ‘irrational’ on the surface, but he knows what he is doing and his policies are working. Andrei Lankov Al Jazeera News In recent months, North Korea has found itself at the centre of international attention. Its policies are… What’s on Kim… Read More »

Hope for justice in Syria from an unlikely source

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An independent mechanism established by the UNGA is working towards abolishing the rein of criminal impunity in Syria. David Tolbert Al Jazeera News Six years into the carnage in Syria, atrocious crimes run rampant, with savage abuses committed against all groups in the devastated country, and the murderous regime, abetted by powerful allies, is still in power. The United Nations… Hope for justice… Read More »

How culture could help end Palestinian divisions

Palestinian artists perform at al-Shawa theatre in Gaza City March 9, 2010. Live theatre is rare in the Gaza Strip; public criticism of its Islamist rulers is rare too. So perhaps it was no surprise that a play which gives vent to Palestinians' frustrations with their leaders should be a hit. Picture taken March 9, 2010. To match Reuters Life! PALESTINIANS-GAZA/THEATRE   REUTERS/Suhaib Salem (GAZA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT POLITICS SOCIETY) - RTR2BXPY

Amid the deteriorating economic conditions plaguing the Gaza Strip, culture has become the least of society’s daily needs. Asmaa al-Ghoul Al Monitor Watching a play or listening to poems is no longer on the list of Gazans’ priorities at a time when unemployment increases by the day and the economy tilts on the brink of collapse. The number of… How culture could… Read More »

Donald Trump: Is there a ‘deep state’ in America and is it trying to take down the President?

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If you’ve been following US politics (and who hasn’t been over the past few months) you may have come across the term “deep state”. Michael Collett ABC The idea is that unelected members of America’s security agencies (the intelligence community or IC) and bureaucracy are secretly pulling the strings of government. And according to Washington… Donald Trump: Is… Read More »

The widely advertised hazards of the EU not that ominous; the sting is financial woes

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Last Monday, Deutsche Bank’s management surprised everybody quite negatively by asking its shareholders for an €8 billion capital injection. Dennis Kefalakos European Sting Only hours before that, the London Stock Exchange had almost terminated the long negotiated merger procedure with the Deutsche Börse, the German bourse in Frankfurt. The LSE directors… The widely advertised… Read More »

Democracy needs more trees and less Trump

Democracy - The Conversation

For almost all of its more than 2,500-year history, democracy has been thought of as an attribute of purely human societies. John Dryzek The Conversation For most of that history democracy was generally reviled and excoriated; only in the late 20th century did it come to be widely celebrated, and indeed widely practised. But now democracy… Democracy needs more… Read More »

‘If we do nothing, then we become the abusers’

Scandal - Irish examiner

On Tuesday night, two whistleblowers at the heart of the Grace scandal arrived at the front gates of Leinster House for the Dáil debate on the scandal. Daniel McConnell Irish Examiner Neither of the two women, who have risked everything to speak out and get justice, could have imagined how dramatic the night would be. As the debate… ‘If we do nothing… Read More »

Famine-hit South Sudan hikes fees for work permits

Famine - Al Jazeera

Work permit fees increased 100-fold for foreign aid workers to $10,000, officials say, despite ongoing famine. Al Jazeera War-ravaged South Sudan has hiked work permit fees 100-fold for foreign aid workers to $10,000, officials said, despite suffering from famine. The world’s youngest… Famine-hit South… Read More »

What our backyards can tell us about the world

Backyards - The Conversation

Our backyards are home to many scuttling, slithering and scampering creatures, which are often the subject of fascination. Kathryn Teare Ada Lambert The Conversation But they can also play a key role in tracking the changes in the world around us – for science. Science is a… What our backyards… Read More »

IS or Taliban? Hospital raid leaves Kabul stupefied

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KABUL, Afghanistan  -The Islamic State group claimed a spectacular assault on Afghanistan’s largest navy hospital that bore the hallmarks of the Taliban, prompting officers to voice misgivings as IS’s nascent presence within the… Usman SHARIFI Agence France-Presse Philippine News Now IS claimed through its propaganda company Amaq that its fighters dressed as docs stormed the… IS or Taliban… Read More »

Why do politicians continue to push the zombie creed of austerity?

Politicians - The Guardian

The fiction of financial constraint perpetuated by the budget allows authority figures to treat us like children – but it’s time we understood the facts Eliane Glaser The Guardian For her fifth birthday, my daughter requested a unicorn cake and an angel cake. When I told… Why do politicians… Read More »

Juncker: No to nationalism, yes to industry

PORT TALBOT, WALES - AUGUST 8:  Residential housing rests near the Corus steelworks on August 8, 2006 in Port Talbot, Wales.  Corus, formerly known as British Steel is Europe's second biggest steelmaker. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Commission president outlines his vision for Europe as EU leaders gather in Brussels. Jean-Claude Juncker Politico As EU leaders gather in Brussels Thursday, they will take stock of Europe’s efforts to create jobs, generate growth and improve competitiveness. European industry has Juncker: No to… Read More »

Dying robots and failing hope: Fukushima clean-up falters six years after tsunami

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Exploration work inside the nuclear plant’s failed reactors has barely begun, with the scale of the task described as ‘almost beyond comprehension’ Justin McCurry at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant The Guardian Barely a fifth of the way into their mission, the engineers monitoring the Scorpion’s progress conceded defeat. With a… Dying robots and… Read More »

Consumerism: Double-ended slavery of new age

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The parts of the world that are exploiting the most and as such, causing large scale injustices and inequalities are the ones that are setting standards for human rights, equalities and freedoms Ergin Yaman Daily Sabah Mankind, which has largely lost its ties with innate values and natural moral senses, the quality of which normally define the quality of spiritual satisfaction, has been exposed to new ways of spiritual satisfaction that completely… Consumerism: Double-ended… Read More »

Leveraging women’s economic potential

Women - Politico

UN marks International Women’s Day with equality pledge Belen  Garijo Politico The role of women today is arguably more important than in any other time in history, ensuring women are strong contributors to our society and economies. To celebrate women… Leveraging women’s economic… Read More »

Collapse of European Security: Huge Responsibilities of Angela Merkel

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The article below is very informative and eloquent in analyzing Europe’s fundamental security concerns. Dr Yiorghos Leventis * It appeared in the Greek website www.troktiko2.com on 7 January 2017. The author is Ioannis Michaletos. It is an excellent piece of analysis. Michaletos makes very valid points. The article deserves reaching international audience. I took the effort to render it in English: Throughout the so-called Arab Spring, all reliable organizations, state as well as NGOs issued a worldwide warning for serious risks emanating from ... Read More »