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UK Hydrographic Office welcomes Maritime 2050 strategy

UK Government aims to support autonomous navigation and map over 6 million square kilometres of the world’s oceans The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has welcomed the publication of the UK government’s ‘Maritime 2050’ strategy paper, which sets out the vision for the future of the UK maritime sector. The strategy, which has been developed in consultation with agencies including the UKHO and the wider public and private sectors, sets out a series of detailed recommendations to help the UK maintain ... Read More »

The cave rescue you didn’t hear about — and its tragic outcome

Indian authorities have recovered one body from a flooded mine shaft where 15 miners were trapped in the northern state of Meghalaya last month. Siobhan Heanue ABC For 40 days loved ones hoped for good news, but there was little media coverage of the disaster, even in India. Rescuers struggled to pump water out of the mine after it flooded on December 13, and Indian navy divers were called in to help. The rescue operation was compared with the successful ... Read More »

How technology is disrupting the legal sector – to its benefit

Innovative law firms using artificial intelligence to save on cost, time and lawyers Sandra O’Connell The Irish Times The legal sector, like financial services and the media, is undergoing digital disruption. The difference is that law firms are initiating this disruption themselves. In October 2018, A&L Goodbody was named the most innovative law firm in Ireland at the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards. The award recognised the firm’s use of technology in providing innovative client solutions – including its use ... Read More »

Explained // What’s Behind Turkey’s Fervent Support for Venezuela’s Maduro

Economic and political ties between Ankara and Caracas have grown stronger, with Turkey being shipped tons of Venezuelan gold for refinement and processing. Haaretz and Reuters Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has called Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to offer support after the opposition leader declared himself interim president and won the backing of Washington and… Socialist Maduro described Juan Guaido’s move as a coup attempt. The United States, Canada and right-leaning Latin American governments recognised Guaido. Economic and political ties between Ankara and Caracas have grown stronger, ... Read More »

In Syria, Israel and Iran’s Conflict is Escalating

The Israel military forces said that an overnight operation on 20-21 January 2019 targeted the elite Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Syrian air defences near Damascus in Syria. fanack This is the latest move by Israel against Iran in Syria since the beginning of its involvement in the conflict. The Israeli strike, according to IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, targeted munitions depots, intelligence sites, a training camp and more, as well as Iranian warehouses at the Damascus International Airport and Syrian anti-aircraft batteries ... Read More »

A New Dimension of Violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

Ethnic Rakhine insurgents have attacked four police stations in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, provoking a military counteroffensive. ICG Escalation could imperil both prospects for Rohingya repatriation and the country’s transition toward civilian rule. All sides should step back from confrontation and pursue talks about Rakhine State’s future. What’s new? Arakan Army attacks on remote police outposts in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State left thirteen officers dead, prompting the government to order military “clearance operations” against the ethnic Rakhine insurgents. The looming violent… ... Read More »

Exclusive: U.N. expert to lead international inquiry into Khashoggi murder

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions told Reuters on Thursday she will travel to Turkey next week to head an “independent international inquiry” into the… Stephanie Nebehay Reuters Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post and a critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed and dismembered by Saudi agents at its consulate in Istanbul on Oct 2, provoking an international outcry. Earlier on Thursday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said ... Read More »

Every day is Survival Day in the colony of Australia

January 26 is redneck Christmas and white supremacist festivus rolled into one Scott Trindall for IndigenousX The Guardian When you think about it you realise that Australia’s only really got a couple of holidays that aren’t religion-based or coincide with the local show. And, given that Aussies love taking a day off – we lead the world in chucking sickies – you can start to appreciate why so many white people have such a strong affinity with January 26 and ... Read More »

Fundamental freedoms and the right to participate in public and political life

Almost two quarters of a century have already passed since July 20, 1974 when Turkey invaded Cyprus, occupied 40% of its territory and used all possible means to force the 200 000 Christian inhabitants of the occupied area to flee their ancestral homes and settle in the free southern part of the island as refugees. Mattheos Economides Agora Dialogue More than 7 000 Cypriots of Greek origin were murdered by the invaders and around 2000 were held hostages, the fate ... Read More »

Samos: grim winter leads to protests by refugees living in limbo on Greek island

As winter took its toll in January on the Aegean island of Samos, the refugee population stuck there have held peaceful protests against their conditions. But tensions are rising. Authors: The Conversation The weather on Samos, a Greek island off the Turkish coast, is chaotic and ever changing. When we were there in July 2018, we experienced temperatures in the high 30s with limited protection from the sun and the heat. Now, the winter weather alternates from freezing cold, to ... Read More »

Half Of Canadians Think The U.S. Is Full Of Nazis: Survey

The study also found our Holocaust knowledge is not very good. Sara Boboltz HuffPost Nearly half of all Canadians believe the United States has a Nazi problem, according to a survey about Holocaust remembrance released Thursday. It’s no mystery where they got that perception. Last year, a group of neo-Nazis received the red-carpet treatment from U.S. law enforcement as they traveled to Washington for a rally. A respected Holocaust scholar seriously comparedcertain American elected officials to those in Germany during the rise of ... Read More »

In Venezuela, a High-stakes Gambit

The Venezuelan National Assembly’s chairman, Juan Guaidó, has declared himself interim president, with the support of several foreign governments. Phil Gunson ICG Unless the Venezuelan military backs his move, it is unlikely to topple incumbent President Nicolás Maduro and could unleash greater repression and even outside military intervention. What is happening in Venezuela? On 23 January, amid a mass opposition demonstration that brought hundreds of thousands onto the streets of the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, opposition politician Juan Guaidó, chairman of ... Read More »

Europe in pieces: Where voters disagree

How a divided Continent faces the 2019 election. By Ryan Heath, Arnau Busquets Guàrdia, Hanne Cokelaere and Hanna Pawelec Politico The European Parliament election in May is expected to produce a major turnover in political power in the EU’s institutions, with populist parties making new gains and voters across the bloc split on what issues to prioritize in the ballot.  But what are voters most concerned about and do they trust the European Union to deliver? Here’s a look at ... Read More »

Do truth and reconciliation commissions heal divided nations?

As long as unresolved historic injustices continue to fester in the world, there will be a demand for truth commissions. Bonny Ibhawoh The Conversation Unfortunately, there is no end to the need. The goal of a truth commission — in some forms also called a truth and reconciliation commission, as it is in Canada — is to hold public hearings to establish the scale and impact of a past injustice, typically involving wide-scale human rights abuses, and make it part ... Read More »