Opinion

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 »

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 »

Will China intervene in North Korea?

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If China intervenes in North Korea, it would not to be to save Kim Jong-un. Salvatore Babones Al Jazeera North Korea is in the headlines – again. For a small, poor country of 25 million people, it sure does make a lot of news. This time it’s the perennial issue of nuclear testing. North Korea has tested five nuclear devices since… Donald Trump is in… Will China intervene… Read More »

Is this the beginning of the end for neoliberalism?

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Letters Your editorial on the French elections (11 April), with its encouraging mention of the rise of the higher tax and spend candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon, failed to… The Guardian Prior to the 2012 election, polls showed that over 80% of French across the political spectrum thought that free trade had a… So it’s not just immigration that is… Is this the… Read More »

Politicians with a ‘winning at all costs’ mentality are damaging Australia

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Australia is a representative democracy Citizens who are equal, with a shared responsibility for good government, elect people of different backgrounds and perspectives to… Tony Fitzgerald Brisbane Times Those elected are not obliged to tell the truth or act in the public interest or forbidden to act in their own interests or the interests of their… They can also enact unjust… Politicians with a… Read More »

The White House forgets the Holocaust (again)

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Remember how the Trump administration deliberately ignored the Jewish victims of the Holocaust? Timothy Snyder The Guardian That is key to understanding Sean Spicer’s gaffe In a press conference,,, The White House… Read More »

When children see war as better than peace

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Children born of wartime rape in northern Uganda endure post-war violence, stigma, social-exclusion McGill University Eurek Alert For most people, the end of a war offers relief, hope, and an end to violence. This may not… When children see… Read More »

Israel’s ‘slow’ plan for peace

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The most prominent Israeli politician with a chance of replacing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu believes that peace with the Palestinians will take decades. Daoud Kuttab Al Monitor Speaking at a rally in Netanya, north of Tel Aviv, on March 26, Yair Lapid, chairman of the center-right Yesh Atid, said “Any negotiations with Palestinians would need to be conducted in very slow stages.” By “slow” he… Israel’s ‘slow’ plan… Read More »

The insecurity of inequality

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Global inequality today is at a level last seen in the late 19th century – and it is continuing to rise. Kaushik Basu Asia Times With it has come a surging sense of disenfranchisement that has fueled alienation and anger, and even bred nationalism and xenophobia. As people struggle… The insecurity of… Read More »

Dreaming ‘hot zone’ found at the back of the brain

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The stuff of dreams has bewildered science for years, but a new study has found a so-called “hot zone” near the back of the brain… Dani Cooper and Genelle Weule ABC The study also confirmed that dreaming does not just happen in the rapid eye movement (REM) phase, associated with fast rhythms of… Monitoring of this hot zone led to predictions about when a person was dreaming in non-REM sleep and even some aspects of the… Dreaming ‘hot zone… Read More »

Toward an enlightened environmentalism

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The relationship between business, politics and the environment is about to become more complicated. Mark Malloch Brown Arab News As US President Donald Trump’s administration threatens to dismantle vital environmental protections, some of which have existed for decades, business leaders are increasingly recognizing — and acting upon — the need for… Toward an enlightened… Read More »

Sticky tar of climate politics oozes over oil reserve valuations

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Environmentalist ideology and political ambition in combination make for a dangerous blend, and nowhere is that truth clearer than in the context of climate politics, the valuation of fossil-fuel reserves and accusations of “fraud.” Benjamin Zycher AEI With the deregulatory decisions of the Trump administration, in particular in the context of a severe prospective reduction in federal efforts to control emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG), various pressure groups and state… Sticky tar of… Read More »

Welcome to ‘the world’s largest death row’

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Despite allegations of rights abuses, Pakistan continues to be one of the five most prolific executioners in the world. Asad Hashim Al Jazeera News Lahore, Pakistan – Exhausted from a full day’s work, 25-year-old student Sohail Yafat knew he had one last stop to make before heading home: a visit to a colleague’s ailing father at the Punjab Institute of Cardiology hospital, in his… Welcome to ‘the… Read More »

We are stepping into a new world…

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The meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping was one of the most important summits of 2017. Celim Ertem Daily Sabah This meeting took place at the very beginning of the new path both the U.S. and China are about to walk down. China is striving… We are stepping… Read More »

Co-ordination a must for eurozone survival

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The eurozone crisis is far less dangerous now than during its peak years of 2010-13. Herman Van Rompuy, Fabian Zuleeg, and Janis A Emmanouilidis Irish Examiner Growth has picked up across the EU and 5m jobs were created between 2014 and 2017. But the EU… Co-ordination a… Read More »

The EU’s emphasis on migrant returns has some serious human rights problems

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In yet another move intended to increase migrant returns, the European Commission has presented new measures for an “efficient and credible” return policy in the European Union. Daniela DeBono The Conversation One might read the March 2 2017 announcement as part of the perennial performance put on by EU member states to demonstrate control and assert their authority to affect deportations. Various official speeches… The EU’s emphasis… Read More »