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A vision reborn: Museum of iconic Spanish sculptor Eduardo Chillida opens once again

After closing due to management and financial problems, the magical outdoor sculpture park and gallery will welcome in visitors from April 17 to contemplate the work of one of Spain’s most internationally renowned 20th-century artists BORJA HERMOSO El Pais It’s 6pm and the fading orange light brings out a myriad of tones and colors in the corten steel structures standing in Chillida Leku, a unique outdoor museum dedicated to the work of Spanish sculptor Eduardo Chillida, located 15 minutes outside ... Read More »

Another Country Just Fell In Love with the F-35 (China Won’t Be Happy)

But will Singapore really go ahead with a purchase? Michael Peck The National Interest F-35 manufacturer Lockheed Martin will have to demonstrate that the Lightning II can operate in Singapore’s tropical climate. Singapore’s next fighter jet may be the F-35 – and China won’t like that. (This first appeared several months ag0.) Singapore’s Ministry of Defense recently announced that the F-35 is the best candidate to replace the island-nation’s 60 aging F-16 fighters. “The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) ... Read More »

How to cure America’s debt addiction (and invest in the future)

Under current policies the federal debt will rise from 78% to almost 180% of U.S. GDP in three decades. William G. Gale and David Wessel Brookings In his new book, “Fiscal Therapy: Curing America’s Debt Addiction and Investing in the Future,” Brookings Senior Fellow William Gale explores policies to raise revenue, control spending, and increase public investments, and solve our debt problem. In this episode, Senior Fellow David Wessel interviews Gale about his new book and policy ideas. Also, Christen Linke Young, a ... Read More »

Being BAME often means being over qualified and under paid – here’s how pay reporting could help

As companies with more than 250 employees submit their gender pay figures to the government for the second year in a row, it’s become an increasingly accepted way to combat the gender pay gap. Tolu Olarewaju The Conversation Similar plans are being considered for ethnicity pay. This is because the UK government’s Race Disparity Audit has showed widely varying outcomes in areas including education, employment, health and criminal justice between Britain’s white and ethnic minority populations. Mandatory pay reporting could ... Read More »

Are China and Russia going to dominate the Mediterranean Sea?

As NATO celebrated its 70th anniversary in Washington, one compelling security issue received insufficient attention: Chinese acquisitions of critical European infrastructure, especially ports. Trudy Rubin The Inquirer Chinese state-controlled firms now hold stakes in more than a dozen European ports on the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, from Belgium to Spain to ownership of the legendary Greek port of Piraeus. Already, one-tenth of Europe’s container terminal capacity is under Chinese control. A week ago, defying allies, Italy became the first major ... Read More »

The nations of the Amazon want the name back

Online retail giant Amazon and the governments of eight South American countries have been given a final deadline to reach an agreement over how to use the “.amazon” web address extension after a seven-year dispute. What will happen next? Pablo Uchoa BBC It’s a name that evokes epic proportions: the world’s largest rainforest; a global tech company; and now a diplomatic saga nearing its end. This is the battle of the Amazon and it starts back in 2012. The Internet ... Read More »

The EU’s China Conundrum

The European Union is increasingly caught between the United States and China. Until it finds a common strategic purpose, the bloc will struggle to advance its interests and is increasingly likely to fall victim to great-power plays. Philippe Legrain Project Syndicate LONDON – Europeans can’t agree on how to handle a rising China. While European Union leaders were gathering in Brussels recently to discuss a more assertive common approach, Chinese President Xi Jinping was visiting Rome. Xi was there to ... Read More »

Le maréchal Haftar échoue à prendre le contrôle de Tripoli

Les forces du maréchal Haftar se sont engagées dans une offensive pour prendre Tripoli. Elles ont été repoussées aux portes de la capitale. Cette bataille coïncide avec la visite du secrétaire général de l’ONU. Auteur: Nafissa Amadou Deutsche Welle Le maréchal Khalifa Haftar avait appelé jeudi 4 avril ses hommes, qui jusqu’à présent contrôlent l’Est et une grande partie du sud du pays, à descendre sur la capitale Tripoli, où siège le gouvernement d’union nationale dirigé par Fayez al-Sarraj et reconnu par la ... Read More »

Polish teachers threaten national walkout

The looming strike is a big problem for the ruling party ahead of the European election. Annabelle Chapman Politico WARSAW — Polish teachers’ unions on Friday rejected a pay offer from the government and vowed to walk off the job on Monday — causing a massive political headache for the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party. The government pay proposal “only worsens the conflict,” Sławomir Broniarz, the head of the Polish Teachers’ Union, told reporters after talks broke off on ... Read More »

Crisis Group Yemen Update #8

This is the eighth briefing note in Crisis Group’s Yemen Campaign. ICG This week, we explain why ending the internal conflict in Taiz should be a priority step toward national-level peacebuilding efforts. Trendline: Trouble in Taiz Taiz, Yemen’s largest pre-war manufacturing hub and cultural capital nestled in the country’s central highlands, is widely regarded by its inhabitants as a forgotten city. Any future political settlement will have to include a mechanism to end the struggle for Taiz, but internal wrangling ... Read More »

‘We can and must push back against the tide of fascism,’ says Arab-Israeli MK Tibi

As Israel’s General Election approaches on 9 April, MEMO interviews candidates, current and former, about their hopes for the future of Israeli politics. Rebecca Stead The Middle East Monitor Ahmad Tibi is, in many ways, the face of Palestinian politics within Israel. Boasting 20 years’ service as a Knesset Member (MK), he sees no reason why he shouldn’t one day become Israel’s Prime Minister. Yet with only days to go until the General Election, Tibi must battle anti-Palestinian rhetoric, an ... Read More »

‘Yo no fumaba’: El estigma que enfrentan los pacientes de cáncer de pulmón en México

CIUDAD DE MÉXICO — Cuando a Judith Bautista Villa, de 40 años, le preguntan por la cicatriz que tiene en la cabeza, ella responde sin vergüenza que la operaron para extraerle un tumor cerebral, pero que el tumor original todavía se encuentra alojado en su pulmón. Por RODRIGO PÉREZ ORTEGA , NELLY TOCHE y MYRIAM VIDAL  The New York Times Después se apresura a aclarar: “Yo no fumaba”. La frase se vuelve cada vez más común entre el creciente número de personas que desarrollan ... Read More »

ΗΠΑ: Μείωση των επιτοκίων από τη Fed ζητά και πάλι ο Τραμπ

Ο πρόεδρος των ΗΠΑ Ντόναλντ Τραμπ επιμένει: ζητά από την ομοσπονδιακή τράπεζα να προχωρήσει στη μείωση των επιτοκίων, κατηγορώντας την ότι επιβραδύνει την αμερικανική οικονομία. Nooz. “Προσωπικά, πιστεύω ότι η Fed θα έπρεπε να μειώσει τα επιτόκια. Πιστεύω ότι πραγματικά μας έχουν επιβραδύνει”, είπε ο Αμερικανός πρόεδρος, επισημαίνοντας ότι “ο πληθωρισμός στη χώρα είναι ελάχιστος”. Ο Τραμπ δεν είναι ο μοναδικός που επικρίνει τη Fed, η οποία αύξησε τα επιτόκια κατά ένα τέταρτο της μονάδας τον Δεκέμβριο, ενώ η μεγαλύτερη οικονομία του κόσμου έδινε ήδη ενδείξεις επιβράδυνσης. Έκτοτε, έχει ρίξει τους τόνους και ο ... Read More »

Το Βερολίνο του Μεσοπολέμου και του τώρα: κάτι δεν πάει καλά

Ο Φόλκερ Κούτσερ, ο γερμανός συγγραφέας αστυνομικών μυθιστορημάτων που τοποθετούνται στο Βερολίνο του Μεσοπολέμου βρίσκει ότι η εποχή μας μοιάζει με την προναζιστική περίοδο της «Βαϊμάρης». Και εξηγείται. Protagon Με την ευκαιρία της προβολής στην ιταλική τηλεόραση μίας γερμανικής τηλεoπτικής σειράς, της «Babylon Berlin», η La Repubblica φιλοξενεί συνέντευξη του συγγραφέα Φόλκερ Κούτσερ στα αστυνομικά μυθιστορήματα του οποίου βασίστηκε το πρότζεκτ. Η ιταλική εφημερίδα, πέρα από την κάλυψη της επικαιρότητας, στοχεύει να αναδείξει τον κίνδυνο που συνιστά για την Ευρώπη ... Read More »

Ευρωεκλογές 2019: Λεπέν και Σαλβίνι ενώνουν τις δυνάμεις τους

Κοινή συνάντηση στα μέσα Μαΐου στην Ιταλία θα έχουν η επικεφαλής της ακροδεξιάς στη Γαλλία, Μαρίν Λεπέν και ο Ιταλός υπουργός Εσωτερικών, Ματέο Σαλβίνι, ενόψει των ευρωεκλογών, όπως έγινε γνωστό την Παρασκευή από τον Εθνικό Συναγερμό, το… CNN Τις τελευταίες ημέρες ο ιταλικός Τύπος έκανε λόγο για την 18η Μαΐου ως πιθανή ημερομηνία της συνάντησης στο Μιλάνο, προπύργιο του Σαλβίνι, του επικεφαλής της ακροδεξιάς Λέγκας του Βορρά. Η πρόεδρος του Εθνικού Συναγερμού και ο Ιταλός υπουργός Εσωτερικών συναντήθηκαν στο Παρίσι, όπου βρίσκεται ο Σαλβίνι για να παραστεί στη σύνοδο των υπουργών Εσωτερικών της ... Read More »

Wiesenthal Center Urges Removal Of Anne Frank’s Name From NGO Due To Antisemitism

Alleged Anti-Jewish conspiracy theorist and Israel-hater Daniel Bax is slated to speak at the Anne Frank Educational Center. Benjamin Weinthal JPost The Simon Wiesenthal Center called on the Frankfurt-based Anne Frank Educational Center to remove the Holocaust victim’s name from its organization after it invited an alleged anti-Jewish conspiracy theorist who loathes Israel to speak at its conference on antisemitism. The latest antisemitism scandal at the center is roiling Frankfurt’s city government. Frankfurt’s deputy mayor and city treasurer, Uwe Becker, ... Read More »