Agreement

Israel says it approves of the controversial transfer of two Egyptian islands to Saudi control

Prausf 4d

The transfer of the islands has provoked anger in Egypt [AFP] Israel says it backs the controversial handover of two Red Sea islands from Egyptian to Saudi control, despite having no formal relations with Riyadh. The New Arab Tiran and Sanafir islands in the Gulf of Aqaba have been under Cairo’s administration since at least the 1950s, but will be handed over to Saudi Arabia later this… Israel says it… Read More »

Egypt Gives Saudi Arabia 2 Islands in a Show of Gratitude

Prausf 3c

CAIRO — Since King Salman of Saudi Arabia arrived in Cairo on Thursday for a five-day visit, the leader of the oil-rich kingdom has lavished his Egyptian allies with promises of aid and… DECLAN WALSH  The New York Times But this time, instead of writing a blank check with little more than a polite “thank you” to show for it, King Salman will return home Monday with something more substantial in return: two islands in a… Egypt’s cabinet announced on ... Read More »

To slow climate change, India joins the renewable energy revolution

After 1a

On June 3, two days after President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi exchanged a hug with French President Emmanuel Macron during an… Arun Agrawal The Conversation Modi and Macron pledged to achieve emissions reductions beyond their… For observers who equate India’s energy production with a… To slow climate… Read More »

MIT issues statement regarding research on Paris Agreement

MIT 1a logo LLLL

MIT issued the following statement on Thursday, June 1 2017. A set of talking points circulated in support of President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement included this statement: “The [Paris] deal also accomplishes LITTLE for the climate MIT “According to researchers at MIT, if all member nations met their obligations, the impact on the climate would be negligible. The impacts have… The researchers in MIT’s Joint Program on the Science and MIT issues statement… Read More »

The US has ditched the Paris climate agreement – what does this mean for the rest of the world?

Egn 1a

After just five months in power, the new President of the US has done it. Emily Farnworth  World Economic Forum He has ripped up the most powerful demonstration of collective and responsible global citizenship that the world has experienced in this century. The US President has ignored many voices in making his decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement – an agreement ratified by 147 countries, including his own. Pleas from businesses, investors, city mayors, his… The US has… Read More »

Constitutional recognition still open for discussion, Aboriginal leader Pat Dodson says

Pat Dodson 1a ABC Goldfields Esperance Jarrod Lucas

Aboriginal leader and federal Labor frontbencher Pat Dodson has cautioned the Government not to “abandon” the work it has already done on constitutional recognition after yesterday’s Uluru… By political reporters Dan Conifer and Stephen Dziedzic  ABC After three days of talks in central Australia, indigenous leaders yesterday released the Uluru Statement of the… The delegates rejected “simple acknowledgement” in the constitution, instead calling for a… Constitutional recognition still… Read More »

Listening to the heart: what now for Indigenous recognition after the Uluru summit?

Frauk 8h

Delegates at the First Nations Constitutional Convention at Uluru have issued a powerful “statement from the heart”. Harry Hobbs The Conversation They called for the establishment of a “First Nations Voice” enshrined in the Australian Constitution, and a commission to progress treaty-making between governments and Indigenous people. The Uluru statement reflects long-held Indigenous aspirations. But, in… Listening to the… Read More »

EU ponders invisible Irish border after Brexit

Cele 8h

Nobody wants a return to a hard border in Northern Ireland but avoiding one is easier said than done. MAÏA DE LA BAUME AND SIMON MARKS  Politico WICKLOW, Ireland — When is a border not a border? That is the politically-charged riddle Brexit negotiators will grapple with when they come to discussing Northern Ireland and its frontier with the Republic of Ireland to the… EU ponders invisible… Read More »

EU lawyers admit that £92billion Brexit Bill is IMPOSSIBLE to enforce and warn Eurocrats against attempting to make the UK pay the massive bill

Moog 1a

It is ‘legally impossible’ to enforce demands for Britain to pay a massive £92billion (€100billion) divorce bill, lawyers in Brussels have reportedly privately admitted. By KATE FERGUSON, POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT FOR MAILONLINE Daily Mail The shock revelation is contained in minutes of a meeting and given to the Brexit negotiation team in Brussels. But the European Commission has ignored the advice of its own lawyers and… EU lawyers admit… Read More »

The Trump Administration’s Potentially Constructive Objectives for NAFTA

Prauk 3c

After a campaign in which presidential candidate Donald Trump(link is external) vilified the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as one of the worst trade deals in history, the… Jeffrey J. Schott (PIIE) Photo Credit: REUTERS/Eric Thayer In a few areas, as expected, new US goals sharply deviate from past US practice and the provisions of the… These need clarification and… But in a draft letter… The Trump Administration’s… Read More »

Perspective for ‘Turkish Stream’ Project: Possible Scenarios and Challenges

Mext 1a

Following the cancellation of South Stream, Russia announced its plans to reroute the pipeline to Turkey, instead of… Ilgar Gurbanov * Natural Gas World The new pipeline was dubbed “Turkish Stream”, with same capacity of South Stream, but less vulnerable to EU competition… “Turkish Stream” has also experienced… Perspective for ‘Turkish… Read More »

East Timor axes Australia border treaty over oil reserves

East Timor 2b holding a flag LLLL

East Timor says it wants to tear up a controversial 2006 maritime border treaty with Australia which has soured relations between the two countries. BBC The treaty dealt with how oil and gas beneath the Timor Sea should be shared, but has been disputed ever since. East Timor, one… East Timor axes… Read More »

Climate vulnerable nations aim for 100 per cent renewable energy at talks in Marrakech

Murrr 1a

More than 45 countries, among the most vulnerable to climate change, have said they will switch entirely to renewable energy as soon as possible. The announcement was made at climate talks in Marrakech, Morocco, where negotiators have been hammering out the details of an… Climate vulnerable nations… Read More »

Colombia peace deal: Government and Farc reach new agreement

Ceno 3c

The Colombian government and the Farc rebel group have announced a new peace agreement, six weeks after the original deal was rejected in a popular vote. Alvaro Uribe, a former president who led the “no” campaign, was involved in this round of negotiations intended to end 52… Colombia peace deal… Read More »

Last-ditch talks aim to save EU-Canada trade deal

Murti 1a

BRUSSELS: The head of the European parliament and Canada’s trade minister held last-ditch talks Saturday aimed at salvaging a trade deal threatened by a Belgian region’s refusal to sign on Agence France Presse EU assembly chief Martin Schulz also planned an 11th-hour huddle with Paul… Last-ditch talks… Read More »

Towards NAFTA-EU Economic Integration?

US & EU flags 1a caricature LLL

 “Back-Door” Canada-EU Trade Agreement (CETA) Sets the Stage… The TTIP is Alive? By Prof Michel Chossudovsky The ratification of the CETA agreement is imminent, with far-reaching economic and social implications. France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls is… Towards NAFTA-EU… Read More »