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A Promising Start for a High Seas Treaty

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 9 2016 (IPS) – Delegates from 83 countries came together at the United Nations from March 28 to April 8 for the first in a series of landmark meetings on ocean protection. This Preparatory Committee will help forge an agreement to determine how nations move forward to protect the high seas—the 64 percent of the ocean.. Elizabeth Wilson is the director of international ocean policy at The Pew Charitable Trusts… Source: A Promising Start for a High Seas ... Read More »

Grand National 2016 Protest Outside Aintree Racecourse

‘You bet, they die.’ Animal rights campaigners shouted “shame on you” to racegoers attending the final day of the Grand National meeting on Saturday. Dozens of protestors stood outside Aintree Racecourse, holding placards that read “National disgrace” and “You bet, they die”… Source: Grand National 2016 Protest Outside Aintree Racecourse Read More »

British-born Kim West reunites with son Ben Ford after 30 years, falls in love and plans to have his baby

In what can be called a strange love story a 51-year-old woman has reportedly fallen in love with her biological son, who has left his wife in Colorado to pursue a relationship with his mother. Kim West, who grew up in Islington, London, had given up her son for adoption soon after his birth, but they… Source: British-born Kim West reunites with son Ben Ford after 30 years, falls in love and plans to have his baby Read More »

Nuit debout protesters occupy French cities in revolutionary call for change

For more than a week, vast nocturnal gatherings have spread across France in a citizen-led movement that has rattled the government.. As night fell over Paris, thousands of people sat cross-legged in the vast square at Place de la République, taking turns to pass round a microphone… Source: Nuit debout protesters occupy French cities in revolutionary call for change | World news | The Guardian Read More »

What the Panama Papers tell us about Ireland

What links Putin, Flannery, and a Cavan man called ‘Paudie’? The Panama Papers dominated global media this week, toppling the Icelandic prime minister and embarrassing the UK’s, infuriating President Putin and prompting China to leap into censorship mode to try to protect its political… Source: What the Panama Papers tell us about Ireland Read More »

High Court the final authority? Think again

US mining company Nucoil is using a free trade agreement to put pressure on the Australian government to pay compensation over cancelled licences.. Remember the Doyle’s Creek corruption scandal in NSW involving Eddie Obeid and coal mining licences? Source: High Court the final authority? Think again Read More »

Future bright for Timor-Leste with hatchery opening

A new hatchery has been unveiled in Timor-Lester as a crucial part of its National Aquaculture Development Strategy (2012-2030). The plan aims to reduce undernourishment by increasing the consumption of fish per capita from 6-15kg by 2020… Source: World Fishing & Aquaculture | Future bright for Timor-Leste with hatchery opening Read More »

Steps Toward Stabilising Syria’s Northern Border

On both sides of the Syria-Turkey border, the uncompromising strategies of Ankara, Turkey’s insurgent Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), and its Syria-based affiliate, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), are propelling a dangerous conflict toward escalation. The lone force able to head it off is the United States, and if it fails, Islamic State is ready to exploit any new disorder… Source: Steps Toward Stabilising Syria’s Northern Border – International Crisis Group Read More »

Britain suffers biggest downturn in productivity since the financial crisis

Britain has lurched further into its national productivity crisis, with hourly output at the end of last year registering its biggest quarterly fall since the 2008 financial crisis. Productivity, the crucial statistical metric that underpins overall economic growth and sustainable increases in national living standards, fell by 1.2 per cent in the three months to December, the Office for National Statistics has confirmed… Source: Britain suffers biggest downturn in productivity since the financial crisis | Business News | News | ... Read More »

Statement on Lessons from Latin America: UNGASS Must Not Become a Missed Opportunity

AFP/ Raul ArboledaSince 1961, the international community has invested huge resources to enforce the UN mandate to create a “drug free” world. Yet, after decades of interdiction and eradication, organised crime around the globe has merely shifted routes and markets. Massive corruption, violence and human rights abuses are… Source: Statement on Lessons from Latin America: UNGASS Must Not Become a Missed Opportunity – International Crisis Group Read More »

Greens leader Richard Di Natale launches plan to ban all gambling ads

Greens policy would be next step after Gillard government put a stop to promotion of live odds during matches.. Advertisements for gambling would be treated like tobacco promotions and banned completely under a policy announced by the Greens… Source: Greens leader Richard Di Natale launches plan to ban all gambling ads | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Lebanon ex-minister jailed for 13 years on ‘terror’ charges

A Lebanese military court sentenced former information minister Michel Samaha to 13 years in prison with hard labour on April 8 for attempting to carry out “terrorist acts”, a judicial source told AFP.. Samaha was convicted of transporting explosives to carry out attacks and assassinations of political and religious figures in Lebanon with the help of Syrian security… Source: Lebanon ex-minister jailed for 13 years on ‘terror’ charges – MIDEAST Read More »

Why few Americans in Panama Papers? Lawyer doesn’t want them

Rich and influential people around the globe have found themselves under siege since a major data leak revealed their ties to secretive financial accounts and shell companies in low-tax havens used to hide wealth.. The uproar has brought down the prime minister of Iceland and raised questions about the presidents of Argentina and Ukraine, senior… Source: Why few Americans in Panama Papers? Lawyer doesn’t want them – Chicago Tribune Read More »

Bribing Nigerian official ‘a cost of doing business’, ex-Securency employee tells UK court

Bribing a Nigerian official was just “a cost of doing business”, the former financial director for Australian Reserve Bank subsidiary Securency has told a London court.. “At the time there was disappointment, but I agreed to proceed with it,” said David Ellery, who was Securency’s financial controller and company secretary until 2010… Source: Bribing Nigerian official ‘a cost of doing business’, ex-Securency employee tells UK court Read More »