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EU needs ‘Schengen for defense’

The Italian foreign minister on what member countries should discuss in Bratislava. By PAOLO GENTILONI ROME — From Syria to Iraq, from Daesh [Islamic State] to Libya, and the flows of migrants and refugees, the unrest in the Mediterranean represents a geopolitical priority for Italy. Repeated attacks by Islamic terrorists throughout… Source: EU needs ‘Schengen for defense’ – POLITICO Read More »

‘Greece must nationalize banking system’

Rasmus believes Greece should nationalize its banking system in order to have some leverage in negotiations with the European Commission but Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the Syriza Party have never played that card. “So you would have to nationalize the banking system because that is how ECB (European Central Bank) and the Germans and the… Source: PressTV-‘Greece must nationalize banking system’ Read More »

What’s the Greatest Threat to Action on Climate Change? Nationalism.

It’s going to take global solidarity to avoid a climate-change doomsday. By Michael T. Klare In a year of record-setting heat on a blistered globe, with fast-warming oceans, fast-melting ice caps, and fast-rising sea levels, ratification of the… Source: What’s the Greatest Threat to Action on Climate Change? Nationalism. Read More »

What’s Driving the Global Refugee Crisis?

A record 65 million people have been displaced from their homes, mostly by war. Half are children. Crisis Group looks at the UN’s list of the top ten countries driving the exodus to explain what’s happened… Source: What’s Driving the Global Refugee Crisis? | International Crisis Group Read More »

Signing of new US construction law takes place a year after Berkeley balcony tragedy

Bill 465 introduced after campaign from families of Irish students killed and injured Tracy Garza in Sacramento A little over a year since the Berkeley balcony collapse that killed six students and left another seven critically wounded, California governor Jerry Brown on… Source: Signing of new US construction law takes place a year after Berkeley balcony tragedy Read More »

Inside Bashar al-Assad’s mind

Syria is a conflict with no breaks and Assad himself is insulated in its cockpit. by James Denselow Just before the latest attempt at a ceasefire began, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad visited the newly captured Damascus suburb of Daraya. Several photo opportunities showed him looking relaxed and… Source: Inside Bashar al-Assad’s mind – Al Jazeera English Read More »

Typecast as a terrorist

The Long Read: As my acting career developed, I was no longer cast as a radical Muslim – except at the airport by Riz Ahmed To begin with, auditions taught me to get through airports. In the end, it was the other way around. I’m an actor. Since I was a teenager I… Source: Typecast as a terrorist | Riz Ahmed | The Long Read | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Can the Unthinkable Happen? by Michael Tomasky

Seven weeks to go; can the unthinkable happen? We believe that surely it cannot. We can read the polls, which are more reassuring than not, and Nate Silver’s probability calculations, which have consistently shown since the summer, with fluctuations, that Hillary Clinton is far more likely to be elected than Donald Trump. We exhale and… Source: Can the Unthinkable Happen? by Michael Tomasky | The New York Review of Books Read More »

Early pre-Hispanic use of indigo blue in Peru

Archaeological research has identified the use of cultivated cotton ( Gossypium barbadense ) in the ancient Andes dating back to at least 7800 years ago. Because of unusual circumstances of preservation, 6000-year-old cotton fabrics from the Preceramic site of Huaca Prieta on the north coast of Peru retained traces of a blue pigment that was analyzed and positively identified as an… Source: Early pre-Hispanic use of indigo blue in Peru | Science Advances Read More »

After Libya’s Oil Grab, Compromise Could Lead to a Restart of Exports

The seizure of Libya’s main pre-2013 oil terminals by an opposition force is a blow to the authority of Libya’s fledgling UN-backed Presidency Council. Claudia Gazzini But smart compromises might help restart the flow of oil, as Crisis Group’s Senior Libya analyst Claudia Gazzini explains in this Q… Source: After Libya’s Oil Grab, Compromise Could Lead to a Restart of Exports | International Crisis Group Read More »

Pathways to Protection: A human rights-based response to the flight of asylum seekers by sea

President’s introduction Australia’s policy of sending asylum seekers and refugees to Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island for processing of their claims has been one of the most contentious aspects of Australia’s migration policies. Introduced in 2012, third country processing has been a key plank of successive Australian governments to deter asylum seekers from travelling to Australia by… Source: Pathways to Protection: A human rights-based response to the flight of asylum seekers by sea | Australian Human Rights Commission Read More »

‘Edward Snowden did this country a great service. Let him come home’

Bernie Sanders, Daniel Ellsberg, former members of the NSA and more weigh in on whether Obama should grant clemency to the divisive whistleblower Ed Pilkington Bernie Sanders leads a chorus of prominent public figures calling for clemency, a plea agreement or, in several cases, a full pardon for the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden… Source: ‘Edward Snowden did this country a great service. Let him come home’ | US news | The Guardian Read More »