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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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 “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 »

Belgium split over EU-Canada trade deal Ceta

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Belgium’s Foreign Minister Didier Reynders says EU leaders may agree on a landmark EU-Canada trade deal this week – but only if objections from his country’s Wallonia region can be met. EU trade ministers are discussing the Ceta deal in Luxembourg, and Wallonia’s concerns cannot be ignored. Belgium’s national government backs the… Belgium split over… Read More »

Ashraf Ghani’s gamble with ‘butcher of Kabul’

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For the Afghan president, a deal with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is a political win, but it may not bring political stability. by Najib Sharifi Last week, the Afghan government signed a peace deal with the notorious warlord and… Ashraf Ghani’s gamble with… Read More »

Reassembling Colombia’s Rejected Peace Deal

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Three interlocking sets of negotiations can still end Colombia’s 52 years of civil war, even after a 2 October referendum voted down a 26 September peace deal. But success will need energetic new engagement by all sides – especially in the region. Reassembling Colombia’s Rejected… Read More »

Paris climate deal: EU backs landmark agreement

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The European Parliament has backed the ratification of the Paris climate deal, paving the way for the world’s first global agreement. The deal aims to limit greenhouse gas emissions and keep global temperature increases “well below” 2C. Paris climate deal: EU backs landmark agreement… Read More »