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Romanian justice minister resigns after angry anti-corruption protests

Plan to decriminalise offences and issue jail pardons prompted hundreds of thousands of Romanians to take to the… Kit Gillet in Bucharest The Guardian Romania’s justice minister has resigned following the largest street protests in the country since the fall of communism in… Florin Iordache was one of the… Romanian justice minister… Read More »

Machines Can Replace Millions of Bureaucrats

When it comes to robots displacing humans from the job market, government bureaucrats are generally not what springs to… Leonid Bershidsky Bloomberg The recent McKinsey report on the future of jobs estimates the automation potential of administrative jobs at just 39 percent, far less than the… And yet the… Machines Can Replace… Read More »

May gets green light to trigger Brexit as Labour splits deepen

MPs have given ministers the go-ahead to begin the taking the UK out of the EU by passing legislation to trigger Article 50 of the… Paris Gourtsoyannis The Scotsman The House of Commons voted by 494 to 122 pass the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill, giving Theresa May the… Ministers succeeded in rushing the… May gets green… Read More »

Newton Emerson: Time for the Sinn Féin crocodile to be fed

Stormont’s veto system has worked so far, but the next generation will expect more… Newton Emerson The Irish Times Broadly speaking, Arlene Foster is correct. Feed the Sinn Féin crocodile and it will just come back for more. Republicans intend to settle for nothing less than a united Ireland, implicitly recognised by … Newton Emerson: Time… Read More »

What will Donald Trump mean for America’s half a million homeless people?

Bad weather has been forecast — high winds and freezing rain — but today Daniel is lucky: he has the sun on his face and a spot at the entrance to the famous Santa Monica Pier, one of LA’s premier beachside… RN – By Antony Funnell ABC It’s a commanding view, but Daniel’s not there for the sightseeing, he’s there to beg. What will Donald… Read More »

Lobby for Cyprus statement on ‘talks’ to settle the Cyprus issue

Any settlement to the Cyprus issue must be just, sustainable and above all, in line with the rule of law. It must be for the benefit of all citizens and lawful residents of the Republic of Cyprus, which encompasses the entire island. It should not be overlooked that the so-called ‘Cyprus problem’ has been caused by Turkish-inspired constitutional segregation, which has been aggravated by Turkey’s invasion, occupation, ethnic cleansing and colonisation of 37 per cent of the territory and 57 ... Read More »

Václav Havel’s Lessons on How to Create a “Parallel Polis”

The recent political earthquakes have found us intellectually and emotionally underprepared, even helpless. By Pankaj Mishra The New Yorker None of our usual categories (left, right, liberal, conservative, progressive, reactionary) and perspectives (class, race, gender) seem able to explain how a compulsive liar and serial groper became the world’s most powerful man. Turning away from this unintelligible disaster, many seek enlightenment in literary and philosophical texts from the past, such as Hannah Arendt’s “The Origins of Totalitarianism,” George Orwell’s “1984,” and Sinclair ... Read More »

China’s Naval Shipbuilding Sets Sail

The United States needs to reengineer a naval shipbuilding “sweet spot.” Andrew S. Erickson The National Interest China has parlayed the world’s second-largest economy and second-largest defense budget into the world’s largest ongoing comprehensive naval buildup, which has already yielded the… All that is only part of an… China’s Naval Shipbuilding… Read More »

Colombia opens talks with ELN rebels

The Colombian government has opened the first round of peace talks with the ELN rebel group, seeking to end a 53-year conflict that has killed more than… SANGOLQUI – Agence France–Presse Hurriyet The negotiations with the National Liberation Army (ELN) – the country’s last active rebel group – mark a new milestone in the… Colombia opens talks… Read More »

Quinoa genome could see ‘super-food’ prices tumble

Scientists have successfully decoded the genome of quinoa, one of the world’s most nutritious but underutilised… Matt McGrath, Environment correspondent BBC The South American grain is a hugely popular “super-food” because it is well balanced and gluten… However, prices for quinoa have rocketed in recent years as demand exceeded… Quinoa genome could… Read More »

Massive ancient undersea landslide discovered off Great Barrier Reef

Scientists were amazed to find remains of 300,000-year-old sediment slip while conducting 3D mapping of deep sea floor… Australian Associated Press The Guardian Evidence of a massive undersea landslide that took place more than 300,000 years ago has been discovered off the Great Barrier Reef… Massive ancient undersea… Read More »

Crisis, what crisis? How smart solar can protect our vulnerable power grids

Some commentators seem to be worried that our electricity networks are facing an impending voltage crisis, citing fears that renewables (rooftop solar panels in particular) will threaten the quality of our power supply. Lawrence McIntosh and Dani Alexander The Conversation These concerns hinge on the fact that solar panels and other domestic generators can push up voltages, potentially making it harder for network companies to maintain stability across the grid. But what is… Crisis, what crisis… Read More »