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Brexit bill may have broken international environment law, says UN

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Exclusive: compliance committee considers complaint alleging government breached Aarhus convention by not consulting public over withdrawal bill Laura Laker The Guardian The British government may have breached a major “environmental democracy” law by failing to consult the public when drawing up Brexit legislation. A UN-backed committee has confirmed it is considering a complaint from Friends of the Earth that the government’s EU withdrawal bill breached the Aarhus convention, which requires public consultation on any new environmental law. Most of the… Brexit bill may… Read More »

Understanding the Global Refugee Crisis: A Tale of 3 Myths

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The refugee problem is universal and growing; it needs to be addressed clearly. Arie Kruglanski The National Interest According to UN sources, we are witnessing these days the largest refugee crisis since World War II, as approximately 65 million refugees roam the planet in search of a safe haven and a respite from bedlam. Their massive relocation sends tremors across continents fomenting a “refugee crisis,” and fueling the politics of fear across the globe. I recently returned from a visit to Uganda where I ... Read More »

Tunisian opposition leader calls for continued protests

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Tunisia’s main opposition party has called for continued protests against “unjust” government austerity measures, a day after widespread demonstrations left one person dead and several others injured, according to reports. AlJazeera and News Agencies Protests took place in a number of towns across Tunisia on Monday following the government’s decision to raise taxes under its 2018 Finance Act. The budget, which took effect on January 1, hiked fuel prices and introduced new tax measures related to the… Hamma Hammami, leader ... Read More »

The Paradox of Protecting Students

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In shielding students from sexual harassers, professors support a broken system. Juliana Spahr and Stephanie Young The Chronicle of Higher Education While nearly every day brings news of someone banished from the entertainment industry — Harvey Weinstein, Garrison Keillor, Louis C.K. — the situation in the academy is very different. Only a small number of tenured faculty members have lost their jobs in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment and assault. Of course, this isn’t a result of any ... Read More »

The World According to H.R. McMaster

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Why is he so worried about North Korea? Why is H.R. McMaster so alarmed by North Korea? Uri Friedman The Atlantic Why does Donald Trump’s national-security adviser insist—more vigorously than any administration official except the president himself—that Kim Jong Un must be denied the capability to place a nuclear warhead on a missile that can reach the United States, even if this requires initiating a military conflict with the North that could devolve into a cataclysmic war? While Secretary of ... Read More »

Israeli air strikes, rockets hit Syria: Syrian army

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The Israeli army overnight carried out air strikes and fired rockets at targets in Syria, causing damage near a military position, the Syrian army said in a statement on Jan. 9. DAMASCUS – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet Israel’s army has carried out several attacks on the Syrian army and its ally Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah since the start of the conflict in Syria in 2011 The Israeli air force carried out strikes on the Qutayfeh area northeast of Damascus, causing the ... Read More »

Can juries deliver justice to sexual assault victims?

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It seems we’re in an era where every time we read the news there is a new case of sexual assault While the #metoo campaign flooded my social media newsfeed and The Silence Breakers came forward, I stayed quiet. Emily Cole The Age Not because I haven’t been a victim. Just like one in six women (at least) in Australia, I too have been sexually assaulted. I stayed quiet because I was serving on a jury of a child sexual ... Read More »

Mystic Mantra: Swami Rama Tirtha and his secret law

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Talking on the phenomenon of happiness and contentment, Osho introduced a certain law that only some mystics have known. Swami Chaitanya Keerti The Asian Age Swami Rama Tirtha was a mystic saint of India who travelled to the US, preceded by Swami Vivekananda, during the last century. He was a great teacher of practical vedanta who used to call himself Baadshah Ram, Emperor Ram, even though he had renounced his family and all worldly belongings. It is reported that somebody ... Read More »

Statement of the National Coalition to Prevent an Iranian Nuclear Weapon

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The United States together with the UK, France, Germany, China, Russia and Iran should continue to implement rigorously the JCPOA. A TNI Exclusive The National Interest Prevention of an Iranian nuclear weapon is a vital U.S. national security objective. The multilateral nuclear agreement with Iran, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), assures that if it continues to comply with it, Iran cannot acquire a nuclear weapon for at least 13 years, after which time the parties can either implement ... Read More »

Somaliland passes first law against rape

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For the first time in its history, the self-declared republic of Somaliland has passed a law against rape. BBC In the past, a victim’s family could force them to marry their rapist to avoid being shamed. Rapists now stand to face at least 30 years in prison. Somaliland declared itself independent from Somalia in 1991 but is not internationally recognised as a country. There is still no law against rape in Somalia. Somaliland’s speaker of parliament, Bashe Mohamed Farah, told ... Read More »

200,000 Salvadorans may be forced to leave the U.S. as Trump ends immigration protection

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In one of its most significant immigration decisions to date, the Trump administration said Monday it will terminate the provisional residency permits of about 200,000 Salvadorans who have lived in the country since at least 2001, leaving them to potentially face deportation. Nick Miroff The Washington Post The administration said it will give the Salvadorans until Sept. 9, 2019, to leave the United States or find a way to obtain legal residency, according to a statement Monday from the Department ... Read More »

Cyprus sets sea borders for energy drilling with Greece’s backing

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NICOSIA – Facing challenges from Turkey, which has unlawfully occupied the northern third of the island since a 1974 invasion, Cyprus is moving ahead to set the rest of its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), trying to re-establish borders in the seas where it has licensed international companies to drill for oil and gas. Tornos News Cyprus will delineate the EEZ that Turkey has violated, including the north and western part, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said, calling on Greece to offer ... Read More »

Malaysia’s Mahathir named opposition PM candidate

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Malaysia’s veteran ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad was named as the opposition’s prime ministerial candidate Sunday as a bruising election battle looms against scandal-plagued premier Najib Razak and his long-ruling coalition. SHAH ALAM, Malaysia – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The decision means the 92-year-old, a hugely divisive figure criticized for ruling with an iron fist during his long reign, could return as premier 15 years after stepping down. But he also agreed to make way for jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim — his ... Read More »

Rising nationalism and the EU’s split with the East

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What’s wrong with the EU? Poland and Hungary, who only joined the bloc 13 years ago, are increasingly turning to nationalism. Volker Wagener DW examines a phenomenon that has been smoldering for some time Once upon a time, the European Union was a desirable destination for former Eastern Bloc countries. Twenty-five years ago, to be exact. Today, the European alliance faces major difficulties with some of its most recent additions — and vice versa. Poland and Hungary enjoy the EU ... Read More »