Politics

Shutdown enters 33rd day with no breakthrough in sight as US Senate sets votes

There was no sign of quick relief for 800,000 federal workers going without pay because of the partial government shutdown as the U.S. Senate scheduled votes on competing proposals to end the… WASHINGTON – Reuters Hurriyet Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he planned to hold a vote on Jan. 24 on a Democratic proposal that would fund the government for three weeks but does not include the… Its prospects appeared grim. The House of Representatives has passed several similar bills, but Trump has rejected ... Read More »

Immigration advocates to meet with Pence on deal to protect Dreamers, end shutdown

WASHINGTON – A group of immigration advocates is planning to meet Thursday with Vice President Mike Pence and top adviser and President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner to see if there is a… Franco Ordoñez Miami Herald Trump may also “pop in” to the meeting being organized with officials from the League of United Latin American Citizens, Libre Initiative, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and… On Saturday, Trump spoke from the Oval Office and offered Democrats a three-year extension of protections ... Read More »

No thanks Brussels! British fishermen tell May to REJECT EU’s no-deal Brexit fishing plans

EU chiefs will launch an attempt to guarantee European fishermen access to British waters in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it has emerged. By JOE BARNES, BRUSSELS CORRESPONDENT Express EU Commission contingency planning reveals eurocrats will seek to secure Europe’s fishermen continued access to British fishing waters as part of a deal to limit the disruption of a hard Brexit. Brussels will also move to spend taxpayers’ money in order to compensate the bloc’s fishing vessels to “help off-set some ... Read More »

Does Journalism Have a Future?

In an era of social media and fake news, journalists who have survived the print plunge have new foes to face. Jill Lepore The New Yorker – Audio: Listen to this article. To hear more, download the Audm iPhone app. The wood-panelled tailgate of the 1972 Oldsmobile station wagon dangled open like a broken jaw, making a wobbly bench on which four kids could sit, eight legs swinging. Every Sunday morning, long before dawn, we’d get yanked out of bed ... Read More »

Corporations ‘failing to pay proper tax rates’ in EU

An investigation by the Greens in the European Parliament has shown big companies throughout the bloc are failing to pay their statutory taxes. The party has called for more social responsibility. Jane Mcintosh DW The only state in the EU where big corporations pay the statutory rate of tax is Bulgaria. In all other states, they pay, on average, less than the official rate. Those are among the key findings in a report is to be presented in Brussels Tuesday by ... Read More »

Davos 2019: David Attenborough issues stark warning about future of civilisation as he demands ‘practical solutions’ to combat climate change

‘What we do now…will profoundly affect the next few thousand years’ Zamira Rahim Independent Sir David Attenborough has issued a stark warning about climate change to business figures gathered in Davos, telling them that “what we do now…will profoundly affect the next few thousand years”. On the eve of this year’s World Economic Forum, the renowned naturalist told the audience that the worlds of business and politics should “get on with the practical solutions” needed to prevent environmental damage. “As a species we are expert ... Read More »

Left Behind: How Privatization Disenfranchises the Poor and Endangers Democracies

Public services are dividing countries instead of uniting them. Joergen Oerstroem Moeller The National Interest In Democracies Are Fighting for Their Lives, Joergen Oerstroem Moeller described how democracies are under pressure. The following article is an analysis of how he came to that conclusion. The Privatization of Online Money 1. Public services are dividing the nation instead of uniting it. Public services used to serve a double purpose. The first one was to deliver electricity, water, transport, postal services, etc. ... Read More »

Bogotá Bomb Shatters Peace Talks with Colombia’s Last Guerrillas

After Bogotá’s deadliest bombing since 2003, the government is likely to crack down hard on Colombia’s last guerrilla group, the ELN. In this Q&A, Crisis Group’s Senior Analyst for Colombia Kyle Johnson says any new military campaign should distinguish between ELN factions and is unlikely to inflict a lasting defeat on the rebels. What happened? On 17 January, a car drove into the General Santander police academy in Bogotá and exploded, killing 21 police officers and injuring 68 more. Though the perpetrator also died, the ... Read More »

The Real Issue Behind the Border Wall Debate

For the United States, immigration has always been a necessity and an agony. The debate over a wall separating the United States and Mexico goes to the heart of American society. The wall itself is about preventing illegal immigration, but the debate inevitably flows to the question of immigration in general, as it always has in American history. George Friedman Geopolitical Futures An Agonizing Experience The American nation was forged from fragments of other nations. The English, Scotch-Irish, Swedish, Germans, ... Read More »

Turkey’s Unjust Justice System: Armenian MP Under Attack

Turkish prosecutors have filed a motion to strip an Armenian lawmaker of his parliamentary immunity over his outspoken criticism of the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Uzay Bulut Gatestone Institute Invoking Article 301 of the Turkish penal code — which states that “insulting the Republic of Turkey, the Turkish nation or Turkish government institutions” is punishable by a prison sentence — the prosecutor’s office of Diyarbakir began proceedings against Garo Paylan, who was elected in 2015 to Turkey’s Grand ... Read More »

World’s 26 richest people own as much as poorest 50%, says Oxfam

Charity calls for 1% wealth tax, saying it would raise enough to educate every child not in school Larry Elliott The Guardian The growing concentration of the world’s wealth has been highlighted by a report showing that the 26 richest billionaires own as many assets as the 3.8 billion people who make up the poorest half of the… In an annual wealth check released to mark the start of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the development charity Oxfam said 2018 had ... Read More »

The impact of any no-deal Brexit upon the Republic of Cyprus and the Sovereign Base Areas in the Island of Cyprus

An Open Letter addressed to the President of the European Commission, the President of the Republic of Cyprus, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and the Administrator of the Sovereign Base Areas By Klearchos A. Kyriakides Published by Agora Dialogue on 21 January 2019 at  http://agora-dialogue.com/ Date: 21 January 2019 Dear President Juncker, President Anastasiades, Prime Minister May and Major General Illingworth Re: The impact of any no-deal Brexit upon the Republic of Cyprus and the Sovereign Base Areas ... Read More »

Davos 2019: Global elites in crisis as they gather amid populist assault and accusations of failure

World leaders meet as once-dominant ideology of global trade threatened by nationalism Facing populist backlash and a worrying economic outlook, the world’s financial and political elite will gather in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday to discuss the future of global politics. Conrad Duncan Independent The influential World Economic Forum (WEF) takes place as nationalist movements continue to gain strength across Europe and the Americas, and the event’s once-dominant ideology of unrestricted global trade and… In France and the UK, politicians have struggled through months of chaos, caused by the gilets jaunes (yellow vests) movement and… Davos ... Read More »

Dublin rejects idea of alternative deal for Irish border post Brexit

Ireland’s deputy prime minister insists country is committed to Brexit withdrawal agreement in full. Jakob Hanke Politico Ireland Sunday rejected the idea of negotiating a bilateral agreement with the U.K. as an alternative to the so-called backstop mechanism for avoiding a hard border with Northern Ireland after Brexit. “We remain united [and] focused on protecting Ireland,” Deputy Prime Minister Simon Coveney wrote on Twitter. “That includes continued support for the EU/UK agreed [Withdrawal Agreement] in full, including the… The Sunday Times had reported that British ... Read More »

Lebanon restricts dollar cash-outs in bid to bolster currency

A central bank decree that foreign currency entering via non-financial institutions must be cashed out in Lebanese pounds has sparked fears of a currency crisis Nasser Elamine Asia Times The Lebanese Central Bank has issued a circular requiring non-financial institutions that carry out money transfers from abroad to begin cashing out the amounts strictly in Lebanese pounds, sparking panic among a… The bank justified the January 14 announcement as a bid to shore up the national currency and to render transfers via ... Read More »

China’s looming great wall of debt may have ‘major global implications’

While many countries struggled following the 2008 global financial crisis, China appeared as though it had largely escaped unscathed. Tasha Wibawa ABC But observers are becoming increasingly concerned Beijing will struggle to repay an ever-increasing mountain of debt, with potential detrimental consequences for the global market. China’s debt has been a key factor to its economic success in riding out the GFC, due to a large government stimulus injected into its economy. However, the financial boost has mostly led to ... Read More »