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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 »

Colombia referendum: Peace deal with FARC rejected

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President Santos says ceasefire to remain in place as rebels also vow commitment to peace talks after shock vote result. Voters in Colombia’s referendum have narrowly rejected a peace accord between the government and the Marxist group, FARC. The outcome of Sunday’s vote endangers a deal expected to end 52 years of war and allow FARC fighters to re-enter society and form a… Colombia referendum: Peace deal with FARC rejected… Read More »

Farrel Corcoran: Media letting Ireland sleepwalk into further loss of sovereignty

TTIP and CETA trade deals with US and Canada have huge implications yet lack coverage Farrel Corcoran Today, less than nine months after the joint committee of inquiry into the banking crisis published its report – including a section on the… Source: Farrel Corcoran: Media letting Ireland sleepwalk into further loss of sovereignty Read More »

Paris climate deal: US and China announce ratification

The US and China – together responsible for 40% of the world’s carbon emissions – both ratify the Paris global climate agreement. After arriving with other leaders of G20 nations for a summit in the city of Hangzhou, Mr Obama said: “History will judge today’s effort as pivotal.” CO2 emissions are the… Source: Paris climate deal: US and China announce ratification – BBC News Read More »

Belfast rights campaigner begins legal challenge to Brexit

Raymond McCord, whose son was killed by UVF, takes case over peace process concerns Alan Erwin in Belfast A campaigner for the rights of victims of the Troubles has launched the first legal challenge in Northern Ireland to the UK leaving the European Union… Source: Belfast rights campaigner begins legal challenge to Brexit Read More »

Does TPP matter? Does Singapore matter?

During his recent trip to the US, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, along with US President Barack Obama, made a joint pitch for the ratification of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. However, the hope that the TTP would form the foundation of a robust and prosperous East Asian security regime centered on economic integration and positive US engagement is fading as China… Source: Does TPP matter? Does Singapore matter? – Asia Times Read More »

Preventing Renewed War in South Sudan

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Juba/Addis Ababa/Brussels The honeymoon period is now over for the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan, which formally ended the civil war in August 2015. Its guarantors need to act urgently in the next days to save it and prevent the country from returning to full-scale combat. The agreement successfully enabled the return of Riek Machar, leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO), to Juba and the subsequent formation of the Transitional Government of ... Read More »

M’sia, Philippines, Indonesia agreed to establish trilateral maritime patrols

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia have agreed in principle for their respective armed forces or relevant agencies to establish a trilateral maritime patrol working group to… Source: M’sia, Philippines, Indonesia agreed to establish trilateral maritime patrols – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily News | Largest English Daily In Borneo Read More »

WTF is TTIP? The EU-US trade deal explained

Proponents of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership say it will boost economies – Ireland’s in particular. So why are people so suspicious of it? It was June 2013 and Ireland was nearing the end of its six-month presidency of the European Union. At a meeting in Luxembourg, the then minister for trade Richard Bruton hailed an historic agreement. After months of behind-the-scenes negotiations, led mostly by… Source: WTF is TTIP? The EU-US trade deal explained Read More »

Afghanistan signs draft accord with militant leader

Afghanistan signed a draft agreement with the Hezb-e-Islami militant group on May 18 in a move the government hopes could lead to a full peace accord with one of the most notorious warlords in the insurgency.  Hezb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is a veteran of decades of Afghan war and rights groups have accused his group of widespread abuses, particularly during the civil war of the early 1990s, when he briefly served as prime minister… Source: Afghanistan signs draft accord with ... Read More »

Colombia’s FARC agrees to remove child soldiers from ranks

Colombia’s Marxist FARC rebels agreed May 15 to remove child soldiers from their ranks as part of the peace deal they are close to signing with the government. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) agreed to “implement departure of those under 15 years of age as soon as terms are agreed upon,” the parties said in a statement from Cuba, which is hosting peace negotiations… Source: Colombia’s FARC agrees to remove child soldiers from ranks – AMERICAS Read More »

New Zealand’s indigenous reconciliation efforts show having a treaty isn’t enough

Australia is being held back by its unresolved relationship with its Indigenous population. Drawing on attempts at reconciliation overseas, this series explores different ways of addressing this unfinished business. Today, lessons from New Zealand. The relationship between Māori and the British Crown (which delegated its authority to the New Zealand government) has historically been filled… Source: New Zealand’s indigenous reconciliation efforts show having a treaty isn’t enough Read More »

Asia’s economic ties with Latin America: NAFTA and China

Second of two parts In the first part of this article, I recounted the story of the unlikely creation of NAFTA after Mexico ditched half a century of inward-looking, protectionist policies and proposed a free trade agreement to the United States, which eventually turned into the North American Free Trade Agreement, including Canada, in 1994. Also, we narrated how soon-after NAFTA’s trade started expanding fast, China’s… Source: Asia’s economic ties with Latin America: NAFTA and China – Asia Times Read More »