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Being ‘Poor’ Is Nothing To Be Ashamed Of

It’s time we recognised retirees for their holistic contribution Kasy Chambers  The Huffington Post Mahatma Ghandi famously said that the true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable… Australia, while a democratic and economically prosperous nation, is still home to many… Being ‘Poor’ Is… Read More »

Farmer on Trial Defends Smuggling Migrants: ‘I Am a Frenchman.’

NICE, France — At times it was hard to know who was on trial, the smuggler or the state. By ADAM NOSSITER  The New York Times The defendant, Cédric Herrou, 37, a slightly built olive farmer, did not deny that for months he had illegally spirited dozens of migrants through the remote mountain valley where he lives. He would do… Farmer on Trial… Read More »

Italian banks: It’s Rome’s turn to confront Berlin’s aggressiveness

Italy, after Greece, is now the next target of the archetypical Teutonic aggressiveness, aimed this time at making the life difficult for Paolo Gentiloni the new Prime Minister. Dennis Kefalakakos The European Sting The problems Rome has with the country’s banking system are being exaggerated and used by Berlin to either pave the road leading outside the euro area or turn the country into an impoverished, obedient and second rate euro… Italian banks: It’s Rome’s… Read More »

10 Conflicts to Watch in 2017

From Turkey to Mexico, the list of the world’s most volatile flashpoints got a lot more unpredictable this year BY JEAN-MARIE GUÉHENNO Foreign Policy The world is entering its most dangerous chapter in decades. The sharp uptick in war over recent years is outstripping our ability to cope with the… 10 Conflicts to… Read More »

Climate change: Fresh doubt over global warming ‘pause’

A controversial study that found there has been no slowdown in global warming has been supported by new research. Matt McGrath BBC News Many researchers had accepted that the rate of global warming had slowed in the first 15 years of this century. But new analysis in the… Climate change: Fresh… Read More »

Why most rapes go unreported in India

The woman whose humiliation was captured on video in Bangalore over the New Year is not alone in fearing retaliation and further indignity Anusha Venkat Asia Times After New Year’s Eve turned out to be a night of shame for Bangalore, India’s IT capital, as girls who had gathered on MG Road to welcome 2017 were reportedly groped en masse, politicians were quick to put the blame squarely on… Why most rapes go… Read More »

Dealing with the Cyprus problem: an alternative proposal

In recent years a consensus has developed on dealing with the division of Cyprus: things will get better only if there is a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation on the island. Andreas Theophanous Europe’s World But this is not necessarily the case as the solution that will be discussed at talks in Geneva from 9 to 12 January has a… Dealing with the… Read More »

South Africa: Countdown for Matric Results

Pretoria — The wait is almost over for the Class of 2016 as Matric learners will tomorrow find out their fate as the National Senior Certificate Examination (NSC) results are set to be released. AllAfrica This evening, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will announce the… South Africa: Countdown… Read More »

McCain and Graham vs. Trump and Putin

The two GOP mavericks take center stage Thursday with a hearing on cyber threats. Burgess Everett and Austin Wright Politico John McCain and Lindsey Graham have spent the past eight years chiding President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, sarcastically calling the president naïve when it comes to world affairs and regularly grilling his Cabinet members… McCain and Graham vs… Read More »

UK’s EU envoy quits over ‘muddled thinking’ on Brexit

British diplomats must challenge “muddled thinking” and “ill-founded arguments” on Brexit, the UK’s ambassador to the EU has said in his resignation letter. By ESZTER ZALAN EuObserver Sir Ivan Rogers delivered his thinly veiled criticism of the British government on Tuesday (3 January), quitting his post 10… UK’s EU envoy… Read More »

Guéhenno to Trump: You Cannot ‘just crush’ ISIS

Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Crisis Group’s President and CEO, speaks to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour about the international challenges that are likely to persist in 2017 and the growing need for robust international structures to meet the… ICG In a broad discussion with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, the… Guéhenno to Trump… Read More »

Erdogan’s Turkey is no ally of the United States.

Among Donald Trump’s odd fixations are foreign strongmen. They are a reality and must be dealt with. Doug Bandow The American Spectator Sometimes they can and do aid U.S. policy. But just because they are quick to toss opponents into jail doesn’t mean that they necessarily are the sort of decisive leaders Washington should back. On Election… Erdogan’s Turkey is… Read More »