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Ensuring the E.U.’s Natural Gas Supply

European demand for natural gas is likely to increase, but the future of the supply remains uncertain. Whether Russia or the European Union take the lead, whoever builds the best pipeline will secure access to the market for decades to come… Source: Ensuring the E.U.’s Natural Gas Supply · Handelsblatt Global Edition Read More »

History repeats: 20 years of political homophobia from the religious right

The erosion of Safe Schools has echoes of a similar program undermined by religious conservatives 20 years ago, but the issue of LGBTI rights isn’t going away. Almost 20 years ago in 1997, a federal youth suicide prevention program aimed at gay and lesbian teenagers was scrapped after a backlash from the religious right… Source: History repeats: 20 years of political homophobia from the religious right | Brian Greig | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Refugee organisations lay off staff as 12,000 Syrian refugees to be resettled in Australia in limbo

Carmen Lazar is used to receiving thanks from Syrian refugees, including digital bouquets of flowers posted on her Facebook page, but now the tireless president of the NSW based Assyrian Resource Centre has been called a “liar” by those who had hoped to call Australia home by now. As well as managing disappointment, other refugee organisations have been forced to lay off… Source: Refugee organisations lay off staff as 12,000 Syrian refugees to be resettled in Australia in limbo Read More »

Bruton wrong to claim Ireland could win independence by peaceful means alone

History shows hopes of Home Rule settlement were baseless John Bruton, the former taoiseach, speaking in Dublin on September 18th, 2014, the centenary day of the Home Rule Act, declared himself to be a supporter of John Redmond and his policies rather than those of Pearse and his colleagues… Source: Bruton wrong to claim Ireland could win independence by peaceful means alone Read More »

Growing up in a conflict zone puts brain development at risk

Syria and Colombia serve as an example of the consequences more than 87 million children face for growing up in conflict zones… Source: LatinAmerican Post – Growing up in a conflict zone puts brain development at risk Read More »

EU referendum: Brexit could take up to 10 years to happen, warns former top civil servant

Lord O’Donnell, the former Cabinet Secretary, warns that Britain’s withdrawal from the EU would take far longer than the two years prescribed under Article 50. Negotiating Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union would take “a very long time” and the country would be likely to walk away without any “great… Source: EU referendum: Brexit could take up to 10 years to happen, warns former top civil servant – Telegraph Read More »

Turkey doesn’t want to join Europe – it wants to undermine it

On 18 March 2016, the European Union (EU) struck a controversial deal with Turkey, aiming to stem the flow of refugees fleeing across the Aegean Sea. According to the deal, any refugee arriving on the shores of Greece can now be deported back to Turkey if their claim is rejected. In order to determine the validity of refugee claims, border authorities will conduct a swift individual interview. If sent back, the EU will resettle one Syrian refugee from camps in ... Read More »

Barack Obama: ‘drug addiction is a health problem, not a criminal problem’

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Speaking at a drug abuse summit in Atlanta, the US president committed to tackling heroin and prescription opioid epidemic with prevention and treatment. Barack Obama committed Tuesday to take on America’s growing heroin and prescription opioid epidemic by devoting resources to prevention and treatment, rather than to the “war on drugs” policies of… Source: Barack Obama: ‘drug addiction is a health problem, not a criminal problem’ | US news | The Guardian Read More »

Global Price Decline Unlikely to Impact Trans-Adriatic Pipeline

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A planned pipeline that would link the gas fields of Azerbaijan to eager European consumers is unlikely to be impacted by the broader, sustained decline in global energy prices, according to a project manager from Greece. Speaking at an energy conference in Athens, Rikard Scoufias – a local manager for the Trans Adriatic Pipeline- stated that the… Source: Global Price Decline Unlikely to Impact Trans-Adriatic Pipeline – Forbes Read More »

Myanmar swears in first elected civilian president

Myanmar’s new president has been sworn in, the first elected civilian leader in more than 50 years. Htin Kyaw from the National League for Democracy (NLD) takes over from Thein Sein, who introduced wide-ranging reforms during his five years in power. Although NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi is barred from the presidency, she has said she will rule by proxy… Source: Myanmar swears in first elected civilian president – BBC News Read More »

Schengen agreement: Closing borders isn’t the answer to terrorism in Europe

Many of the terrorist attacks carried out in Europe recently were by “homegrown” jihadists. So where does this leave populist foreign politicians who are critical of Europe’s open borders? Paola Totaro writes. The Economist magazine’s front cover pretty much nailed it: “Europe’s new normal” said the headline… Source: Schengen agreement: Closing borders isn’t the answer to terrorism in Europe – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Brazil Finance minister disregards calls from Lula for tax breaks and more credit

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Brazilian Finance Minister Nelson Barbosa said on Tuesday it is not the time for more tax breaks, disagreeing publicly with former president Lula da Silva’s call for fiscal stimulus to revive a moribund economy. Lula, President Dilma Rousseff’s predecessor and political mentor, urged the government this week to give more tax… Source: Brazil Finance minister disregards calls from Lula for tax breaks and more credit — MercoPress Read More »

The fall and fall of German social democracy

The SPD has lost voters to the left and the right, and needs to get them back fast to avoid becoming irrelevant. BERLIN — It’s not just Angela Merkel’s conservatives who are licking their wounds after a crushing defeat in German regional elections — the Social Democratic party is hurting too, and badly. The major losses the SPD suffered in two of the… Source: The fall and fall of German social democracy – POLITICO Read More »

Europe Versus the Islamic State

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PARIS – Ever since the terrorist attacks in January on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket, Parisians knew that barbarism lurked around the corner, and that it would strike again. But it is one thing to know something, to anticipate it, and another to be confronted with the grim reality. On Friday night, reality struck us with a vengeance. We are at war. It would be wrong – even dangerous – not to… Source: Europe Versus the ... Read More »

Philippines mulls submarines as China row simmers: Aquino

The Philippines may invest in its first-ever submarine fleet to help protect its territory in the disputed South China Sea, President Benigno Aquino said Wednesday. The impoverished nation, which has never before operated submarines and until now relied largely on US surplus ships, has been ramping… Source: Philippines mulls submarines as China row simmers: Aquino Read More »

Japan has no idea what just happened to its $278m orbiting satellite

But it appears to be in pieces. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is at a loss to explain what’s happened to its Hitomi satellite, with fears that the spacecraft might have disintegrated in space. The space agency acknowledged that it had lost contact with the satellite on… Source: Japan has no idea what just happened to its $278m orbiting satellite – ScienceAlert Read More »