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This ancient building material could fuel a future infrastructure boom

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Last month, Bangladesh’s capital city became home to the world’s first cell tower constructed entirely out of bamboo — proof that emerging… Nyshka Chandran CNBC Developed by Malaysian infrastructure services firm edotco and the Bangladesh University of Engineering, the tower took just 12 days to build, versus… Bamboo boasts a low carbon footprint as it… This ancient building… Read More »

Secret aid worker: we’ve lost our humanity to jargon and statistics

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Aid workers are referred to as humanitarians, but acronyms and infantalising policies mean that is not a worthy description of our… Secret aid worker The Guardian I can’t stand it when people refer to my work as humanitarian Any humanity has long disappeared from the aid and development… Somewhere along the way, with our technical jargon, sophisticated statistical… Secret aid worker… Read More »

‘Need to protect interest in Exclusive Economic Zone’

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CM also appeals for steps to safeguard fishermen from attack by Sri Lankan… TAMIL NADU The Hindu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Monday urged that the Indian fishermen must be protected from attacks (by Sri Lankan Navy) and called for safeguarding the maritime interests of the… Speaking at an event on board INS Chennai , which was dedicated to the… ‘Need to protect… Read More »

The More Things Change, the More Iraq Stays the Same

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Some of those watching the Tomahawk missiles lift off from the USS Porter on April 7, 2017, to strike Syria might have been reminded of similar scenes in January 1991, when the Tomahawk was chosen to open the… Seth J. Frantzman The National Interest The United States has been increasingly involved in Iraq since August of… First, the United States helped… The More Things… Read More »

Turks Vote to Give Away Their Democracy

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  In a bitter Irony, nearly 55 million Turks went to the ballot box on April 16 to exercise their basic democratic right to… Burak Bekdil Middle East Forum The Gatestone Institute But they voted in favour of giving away their democracy. The system for which they voted looks more like the Middle Eastern sultanate than democracy in the… According to unofficial… Turks Vote to… Read More »

In Turkey, the Victims Change but the Regime Remains the Same

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Some 51.4 percent of the more than 58 million Turks who turned out to vote on April 16 said yes to the ruling Justice and… Uzay Bulut PhilosProject With that vote, they decided to shift to an executive presidential… It is debatable if the government would still have won if it had not detained thousands of political dissidents, imposed a… In Turkey, the… Read More »

Minister: Watch over EEZ

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IT is imperative to stay alert and keep a close watch over our exclusive economic zone (EEZ), says Minister for Fisheries Semi… Alisi Vucago Fiji Times He said monitoring our territorial waters was imperative to not only monitor illegal fishing, but also other activities including the trafficking of drugs and… “We need to plan for the future and secure our expansion in… Minister: Watch over… Read More »

US Deploys Two More Aircraft Carriers Toward Korean Peninsula: Yonhap

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According to a report by South Korea’s primary news outlet, Yonhap, the Pentagon has directed a total of three US aircraft carriers toward the… Tyler Durden Zero Hedge Yonhap reports that in addition to the CVN-70 Carl Vinson, which is expected to arrive off the South Korean coast on April 25, the CVN-76 Ronald Reagan – currently in home port in Yokosuka, Japan – and… According to the senior government official. the US… US Deploys Two… Read More »

How Western civilisation could collapse

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Some possible precipitating factors are already in place How the West reacts to them will determine the world’s future, says Rachel Nuwer. Rachel Nuwer BBC The political economist Benjamin Friedman once compared modern Western society to a stable bicycle whose wheels are kept spinning by economic growth. Should that forward… How Western civilisation… Read More »

North Korean envoy at UN warns of nuclear war possibility

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United Nations (CNN) – Only at a North Korean press conference at the United Nations, can you hear a diplomat say he hoped journalists had a… By Richard Roth, CNN North Korea has consistently issued threats of war toward the United States in recent decades, but the Trump administration’s announced end of a… North Korea’s UN deputy representative, Kim In Ryong, on Monday unleashed at a… North Korean envoy… Read More »

Washington pushes world to brink of nuclear war

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The repeated statements by US Vice President Mike Pence and other Trump administration officials Monday that the “era of strategic patience” with… Bill Van Auken WSWS “Just in the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new president in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan,” Pence… “North Korea would do well not to test his resolve or the strength of the armed forces of the… Washington pushes world… Read More »

A tale of two Slavic strongmen

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For all their differences, Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko are cut from the same… VIJAI MAHESHWARI Politico KIEV, Ukarine — On the surface, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko have every reason to be bosom… Both are strongmen of the Russian-speaking world, their… A tale of… Read More »

US West enters ‘new era’ of unstoppable wildfires because of climate change, experts warn

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‘This is bigger than us and we’re going to have to adapt to wildfire, rather than the other way… Ian Johnston Environment Correspondent Independent The western United States has entered a “new era of wildfires” with average temperatures now two degrees Celsius higher and the… Some blazes should be allowed to burn themselves out and fires should even be set deliberately as part of a… US West enters… Read More »

Why Don’t All Jobs Matter?

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President Trump is still promising to bring back coal jobs. But the underlying reasons for coal employment’s decline — automation, falling electricity demand, cheap… Paul Krugman The New York Times Meanwhile, last week the Treasury Department officially (and correctly) declined to name China as a currency… So will the Trump administration ever do anything substantive to bring back mining and… Why Don’t All… Read More »