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Small-scale fisheries are throwing away fish that could feed those in poverty

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At least 7.3m tons of fish (usually dead or dying) are thought to be discarded each year from marine fisheries around the world. Benjamin L. Jones Leanne Cullen-Unsworth Richard K.F. Unsworth The Conversation But these estimates come mostly from observations of large-scale industrial fisheries. Limited attention has been paid to small-scale fisheries, which are assumed to have low discard rates – some estimate as little as 3.7% total catch, compared to more than 60% for some large-scale shrimp trawlers. Small-scale ... Read More »

EU and Russia Vie for Influence in Volatile Balkans Region

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European Union promotes Balkans expansion to counter Russia’s push for influence in volatile, strategically significant region. By DUSAN STOJANOVIC, Associated Press U.S.News BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — For years, Russia has worked to gain influence in Southeast Europe, using Serbia as a foothold to establish a friendly pocket on a hostile continent. The European Union finally is pushing back. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is embarking on a seven-nation Balkans tour Sunday to promote the EU’s new eastward expansion strategy. Russia ... Read More »

Europe Still Doesn’t Take Its Own Defense Seriously

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If candidate Donald Trump had one signature position, it was criticizing America’s populous, prosperous allies for leeching off the U.S. military. Doug Bandow The National Interest He even talked about charging them for the Pentagon’s services. But like many other issues, he proved to be more bark than bite. Whether reflecting a lack of belief or attention, he left European policy to his Europhile officials, who told European leaders to ignore the president. “There is a lot more support for ... Read More »

Slavery: Australia’s hidden shame is being uncovered

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IT HAPPENS behind closed doors in homes all around Australia with increasing regularity and the numbers are simply staggering. WARNING: Graphic. Rohan Smith News. WARNING: Graphic WHAT Graeme John Slattery did to a woman in his garage will go down as one of the sickest crimes in Australian history. Slattery, from Warrnambool on Victoria’s south-west coast, kept a slave against her will and forced her to drink motor oil and stand on her head while naked. He paraded his victim ... Read More »

Venezuela: Electoral authority rejects President Maduro’s mega-elections

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In a setback to President Nicolas Maduro, the CNE announced it would not be able to organize all the elections on one day. DW The OAS and the US have criticized the vote, set to take place in April. The National Electoral Council (CNE) of Venezuela has ruled out the possibility of carrying out legislative, state and municipal elections, in conjunction with the scheduled presidential elections on April 22, as President Maduro had proposed. Tibisay Lucena, the president of the CNE, ... Read More »

Julian Assange: Ecuador says latest talks on release failed

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Ecuador says the country’s latest efforts to negotiate the departure of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from its London embassy have failed BBC Foreign minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa said the UK was unwilling to take part in talks about his release. A UK Foreign Office spokesman said Mr Assange should “leave the embassy to face justice”. Mr Assange, 46, has been staying at the country’s London embassy since 2012 where he was granted political asylum. Last week, the arrest warrant against him ... Read More »

Turkey’s march on Manbij stalled by wall of reality

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Turkey’s Syria adventure is heading into deeper uncertainty, facing obscure American and Russian moves and the bitter realities of the field. Fehim Tastekin Al-Monitor The idea was to finish the operation against the Kurds in Afrin quickly and march on to Manbij Then, Turkey’s military planned to cross to the eastern side of the Euphrates River and deliver major blows to the main body of the Kurdish “democratic autonomy” in areas like Ras al-Ain and Tell Abyad, where Kurds do ... Read More »

Tech vs. Democracy

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In an age when most people get their news from social media, mafia states have had little trouble censoring social-media content that their leaders deem harmful to their interests. Guy Verhofstadt Project Syndicate But for liberal democracies, regulating social media is not so straightforward, because governments must strike a balance between competing principles. BRUSSELS – Instagram, a photo-sharing platform owned by Facebook, recently caved in to a demand by the Russian government that it remove posts by opposition leader Alexey ... Read More »

Young people can’t change US gun law alone – but they could tip the balance

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From the civil rights movement to the Florida schoolchildren’s protest, youthful energy has proved a powerful force Gary Younge The Guardian In May 1963 a white police officer in Birmingham, Alabama, tried to scare some black children as they went to protest against segregation. As fellow policemen turned hoses and dogs on black youngsters nearby, the kids made it plain they knew what they were doing and continued marching towards the demonstrations. A reporter asked one of them her age. ... Read More »

Does Kafka’s ‘The Trial’ Have Lessons for Today?

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The Synetic theater’s bold adaptation of The Trial features the surrealism, disorientation and overwhelming sense of dread that one would expect from Kafka. Matthew Reisener The National Interest Paata Tsikurishvili, the founding artistic director of Synetic Theater in Arlington, Virginia, is famous for his wordless productions of plays ranging from Shakespeare to Moliere to Dante. His cast of actors fuses mime, dance and music to create dramas that may refer to the present but have an artistic merit that also ... Read More »

Syria: ‘Unlawful’ civilian deaths in Afrin condemned as Assad forces raise stakes in Kurdish-Turkey conflict

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More than 100 civilians have died in month-old-offensive, Human Rights Watch says, as new presence of Syrian government allied forces complicates battle Bethan McKernan Beirut Independent Human Rights Watch (HRW) has condemned Turkey’s offensive on a Kurdish held area of northern Syria as causing unnecessary civilian casualties, as some counts put the toll as high as 120. The statement on Friday cited three attacks in the contested canton of Afrin in late January that killed a total of 26 civilians, including 17 children. The Turkish military… Syria: ‘Unlawful’ civilian… Read More »

Black Teens Have Been Fighting for Gun Reform for Years

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Teens’ recent fight for gun control is awesome and inspiring, but don’t forget that it’s exactly what young black activists have been doing. teenVOGUE Lincoln Anthony Blades The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, in Parkland, Florida, which claimed 17 lives, is symptomatic of the plague of mass gun violence in the United States. Students from Stoneman Douglas responded powerfully to the loss of life in displays of courage that exemplified what kids are capable of. These teens started ... Read More »

Can Sudan Manage Economic Discontent amid Volatile Geopolitics?

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Facing an economic crisis at home, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has avoided picking sides in the spat between Gulf powers. But friction with Egypt and divisions in the Gulf have made such flexibility in regional relations more difficult to achieve. ICG There was guarded hope in Khartoum when the U.S. government removed many of its economic and trade sanctions on Sudan in October 2017. Officials thought Washington would move forward with normalising relations, the next step being to strike Sudan ... Read More »

Drill, drill and drill

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Global energy demand will continue to grow, and even though the trend will be toward renewables, the government of Newfoundland and Labrador believes that oil and gas will remain an important part of the global energy mix for some time. by Mark Sabourin EcoLog It says the oil and gas industry is adapting to a long-term market of stable, lower prices. The province that once feasted at the table of hundred-dollar oil and that is now nibbling on its crumbs ... Read More »