Society

Peace is still possible in Duterte’s Philippines

Rodrigo Duterte’s presidency can be an opportunity to rally a divided nation under one flag and end the reign of terror. Richard Javad Heydarian Al Jazeera News “Let us fix Mindanao”, beseeched Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte in the final leg of his presidential campaign in front of thousands of enthusiastic supporters. “I am pleading… Peace is still… Read More »

Erdogan’s perpetual quest for an enemy

Over the weekend, a crisis erupted between Turkey and the Netherlands after Dutch authorities refused to allow Turkish ministers to address a rally in Rotterdam in which the ministers were going to urge expatriate Turks to… Michael Rubin AEI Apparently because of permitting issues, Dutch authorities did not allow the Turkish ministers to address the rally, a slight which Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan escalated sharply: crowds held anti-Dutch rallies in front of… Erdogan’s perpetual quest… Read More »

The biggest energy challenges facing humanity

Getting power to people where and when it’s needed could rewrite the geopolitical rulebook Richard Gray BBC News Every day, our species chews its way through more than a million terajoules of energy. That’s roughly equivalent… The biggest energy… Read More »

The need for a museum on British colonisation of India

The decolonisation of the mind is among the greatest challenges today’s Indians have to face. Shashi Tharoor Al Jazeera News I recently wrote to the government of India to propose that one of India’s most renowned heritage buildings, the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata, be converted into a museum that displays the truth of the British Raj – a museum, in… The need for… Read More »

Stagnating Turkish Tourism Looking For Alternative Source Markets

Turkish tourism has been stagnating for the past… TourismReview The industry has been suffering for many reasons. Safety concerns, political instability and terrorism are some of the issues connected to the fall of the once top summer… However, all may not be lost just yet, as Turkey aims to revive its main source markets like Russia, as well as concentrate on new… Stagnating Turkish Tourism… Read More »

Current regulations unable to control trade in products from slave labor, expert says.

Leading expert on modern-day slavery Kevin Bales talks about the lack of tools available to stop the flow of money from consumers to networks facilitating human rights abuse and environmental destruction. Ana Aranha and João Diaz Mongbay Miners in Ghana, fishers in Bangladesh and loggers in Brazil have two things in common: many are vulnerable workers often submitted to slave-like conditions while engaging in an activity destructive to forests, rivers and… Current regulations unable… Read More »

Balkan migration route is ‘not closed’

One year on from when the borders were sealed, refugees are still using South East Europe to enter the… By Andrea Dernbach | Der Tagesspiegel | translated by Sam Morgan EURACTIV But now the journey is more difficult, expensive and brutal. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports. Despite the Balkan migration route having been officially closed for 12 months, Austrian Interior Minister Hans-Peter Doskozil and his Slovenian counterpart, Boštjan Šefic, have complained that it is still… Balkan migration route… Read More »

The assisted suicide project – a never ending story

In June last year the Legal and Social Issues Committee of the Victorian Parliament released its report in the matter of the ‘Inquiry into End of Life Choices’. Paul Russell On Line Opinion Recommendation 49 of that report called upon the Victorian Parliament to legislate assisted suicide for people, “suffering from a serious and incurable condition which is causing enduring and unbearable suffering” and that… The assisted suicide… Read More »

What Happens When You Take Full Responsibility for Your Life

Leave yourself “no outlet.” Benjamin P. Hardy Inc Four realities exist. The first is that indecision is potentially your greatest threat. The second is that most people are “drifting,” which means they haven’t taken command of their mind or their… Drifting is when you let external circumstances determine where you go in… What Happens When… Read More »

EU, NATO plead for calm as feud with Turkey escalates

The furor appears to have pushed the already tense relations between Europe and Ankara to the brink. David M. Herszenhorn Politico Senior EU and NATO officials pleaded for restraint Monday as a nasty political feud between Ankara and European capitals over Turkey’s upcoming constitutional referendum continued to escalate. All sides were… EU, NATO plead… Read More »

Why is Grexit again in the news? Who is to pay for Eurozone’s banking problems?

Grexit, Greece’s exit from the euro area, is back in the news – for the wrong reasons. During this past week, the country’s creditors, the European Commission, the European Central Bank, the European Stability Mechanism… Dennis Kefalakos European Sting They bluntly demand more suffocating austere measures from the Greek government, despite the clear success story it accomplished in 2016, with a strong primary (including interest, not principal repayment) budget surplus and… Why is Grexit again… Read More »

The case for cash

Two possible drawbacks of high-denomination bills are discussed by Kenneth Rogoff in his book. James McAndrews Asia Times There is another side to this argument. Cash is an… The case for… Read More »

Warning: living in a city could seriously damage your health

More people than ever live in urban environments, where dirty air, noise and stress must be tackled Florence Williams The Guardian I recently spent some time walking around Washington DC, where I live, with an aethalometer sticking out of my shirt collar. I carried the… Warning: living in… Read More »

UNICEF: 2016 was the worst year yet for Syrian children

The number of Syrian children maimed, killed or recruited to fight increased dramatically over the past year. Al Jazeera News On a winter morning in January, Majed, 13, and his friend Omar, 11, were heading to a public park near their homes in eastern Aleppo to play and ride their bikes. It was only… UNICEF: 2016 was… Read More »