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China’s Weapons of Trade War

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Keyu Jin BEIJING – China exports more to the United States than the US exports to China. That makes US President Donald Trump furious – so...

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Society

Leaked Draft of ACA Replacement Reveals Massive Cuts to Subsidies, Medicaid

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017

Originally published on Common Dreams. By Nika Knight A leaked draft of a House bill to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was published Friday by Politico, and it reveals that...

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Politics

Beijing’s New Scorched-Earth Policy Against the Uighurs

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017

Originally Published on The Jamestown Foundation Under the pretext of joining the global war on terrorism, the Xi Jinping administration has imposed unprecedentedly harsh...

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Geopolitics

Baltic Dread

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Imbi Paju TALLINN – News media nowadays are rife with speculation about whether – if not when – US President Donald Trump and Russian President...

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Beijing’s New Scorched-Earth Policy Against the Uighurs

Beijing’s New Scorched-Earth Policy Against the Uighurs

Feb 24, 2017

Originally Published on The Jamestown Foundation Under the pretext of joining the global war on terrorism, the Xi Jinping administration has imposed unprecedentedly harsh restrictions on the civil liberties and rights of the 10 million Uighurs living in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR). The shift in President Xi’s Xinjiang policy was marked by the...

Baltic Dread

Baltic Dread

Feb 24, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Imbi Paju TALLINN – News media nowadays are rife with speculation about whether – if not when – US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will divide the world between them. We in Estonia and the other Baltic states now fear being consigned to Russia’s sphere of influence once more. Indeed, for many...

Iraq government, Shia militias, Daesh all committed war crimes in 2016 – Amnesty

Iraq government, Shia militias, Daesh all committed war crimes in 2016 – Amnesty

Feb 24, 2017

Originally published on Middle East Monitor By Middle East Monitor A major international human rights organisation has said that the Iraqi authorities, Iran-backed Shia jihadists and Daesh militants had all perpetrated war crimes throughout 2016, as a US and Iran-backed war against the militant group continues into 2017. Amnesty International accused all...

Leaked Draft of ACA Replacement Reveals Massive Cuts to Subsidies, Medicaid

Leaked Draft of ACA Replacement Reveals Massive Cuts to Subsidies, Medicaid

Feb 24, 2017

Originally published on Common Dreams. By Nika Knight A leaked draft of a House bill to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was published Friday by Politico, and it reveals that Republicans are moving towards slashing subsidies and ending the Medicaid expansion—moves that are vastly out of step with the opinions of the American public. The draft (pdf) reveals...

Merkel Under Pressure for Refugee Policy in Germany

Merkel Under Pressure for Refugee Policy in Germany

Feb 24, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Wolfgang Kerler Wolfgang Kerler, a reporter for German public broadcaster ARD, is a specialist on globalization, digitalization, migration and investigative reporting. MUNICH, Feb 23 2017 (IPS) – Internationally, German chancellor Angela Merkel was praised for her humanitarian decision to open...

Huge Health Needs for World’s One Billion Migrants

Huge Health Needs for World’s One Billion Migrants

Feb 24, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   ByIPS World Desk ROME/COLOMBO, Feb 24 2017 (IPS) – With an estimated 1 billion migrants today –or one in every seven people– their health needs are huge. Nevertheless, health systems are struggling to adapt and consequently access to health services among migrant populations varies widely and is...

A Pax Russica in the Middle East? Putin will have to do more to make it stick

A Pax Russica in the Middle East? Putin will have to do more to make it stick

Feb 24, 2017

Luigi Narbone, European University Institute Can Russia succeed where the West has failed, stabilising the Middle East and North Africa through some kind of Pax Russica? The question might have sounded strange not so long ago, but in less than two years, a mix of decisive action, unwavering and often ruthless use of military power, and bold political-diplomatic...

Syria’s Balance of Terror

Syria’s Balance of Terror

Feb 24, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Omar Ashour LONDON – As the civil war in Syria nears the six-year mark, the mounting death toll and constantly shifting military landscape is making a mockery of the diplomatic track. With yet another round of talks on the horizon – new United Nations-led discussions are scheduled to begin today in Geneva – it’s worth asking...

Unrest Brings North-East Nigeria Next to Starvation

Unrest Brings North-East Nigeria Next to Starvation

Feb 24, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Lyndal Rowlands UNITED NATIONS, Feb 24 2017 (IPS) – Years of violence and unrest in North-East Nigeria have left millions of people at risk of starving to death. Both the violent up surging of Boko Haram and the government’s harsh military crackdown have left already historically marginalised...

Global Arms Trade Hits Highest Level Since Cold War Ended

Global Arms Trade Hits Highest Level Since Cold War Ended

Feb 24, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Phil Harris ROME (IDN) – With the global arms trade having reached its highest level since the end of the Cold War, the United States leads the list of countries transferring major weapons, and flows have increased to the Middle East, Asia and Oceania. Releasing its latest figures on arms...

How ‘evolving’ technology leads to fewer choices and creates mountains of waste

How ‘evolving’ technology leads to fewer choices and creates mountains of waste

Feb 22, 2017

Sharad Sinha, Nanyang Technological University Let me ask you a question. Are you periodically forced to buy a new laptop because the technology – hardware or software – in your current laptop is no longer supported even though it’s fully functional? The Microsoft Windows operating system is estimated to power about 90% of world’s personal computers today....

How to counter Trump’s efforts to reduce outrage

How to counter Trump’s efforts to reduce outrage

Feb 22, 2017

This article was originally published on Waging Nonviolence.   By Brian Martin The Trump administration’s policies have already triggered public outrage and massive opposition. To understand the techniques that make opposition effective, it is useful to look at regular patterns of injustice and outrage. When powerful groups do things that might trigger...

The Rise of One-Person Households

The Rise of One-Person Households

Feb 22, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Joseph Chamie Joseph Chamie is an independent consulting demographer and a former director of the United Nations Population Division. NEW YORK, Feb 22 2017 (IPS) – A significant global demographic change having far-reaching consequences yet receiving scant attention is the rise of one-person...

China’s Weapons of Trade War

China’s Weapons of Trade War

Feb 22, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Keyu Jin BEIJING – China exports more to the United States than the US exports to China. That makes US President Donald Trump furious – so furious, in fact, that he may be willing to start a trade war over it. Trump has leveled tough protectionist threats against China. As he attempts to consolidate his presidency, he is...

Rights Group Warns of Growing Division and Fear

Rights Group Warns of Growing Division and Fear

Feb 22, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By A.D. McKenzie PARIS (IDN | SWAN) – Politicians have shamelessly been peddling a “toxic rhetoric” that is creating a more divided and dangerous world, according to human rights group Amnesty International. Speaking at the launch of its annual report on rights around the world in Paris on...

Humankind’s Ability to Feed Itself, Now in Jeopardy

Humankind’s Ability to Feed Itself, Now in Jeopardy

Feb 22, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By IPS World Desk ROME, Feb 22 2017 (IPS) – Mankind’s future ability to feed itself is in jeopardy due to intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and the fallout from a changing climate, warns a new United Nations’ report. Though very real and significant progress in...

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