Categories

Posts Tagged ‘worldpost’

Pardon Me?

20Nov

Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail, August 2016 The issue of whether Hillary Clinton mishandled classified information during her tenure as Secretary of State was a recurring theme in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election

Read more

PUKHRAYAN, India/NEW DELHI, India Nov 20 (Reuters) – At least 119 people were killed and more than 150 injured when an Indian express train derailed in northern state of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, with the toll set to rise amid a scramble to locate survivors.

Read more

Last Tuesday, November 8 marked the 27th year since the Berlin Wall fell. On the exact same day a man wanting to build a wall was elected as President of the United States.

Read more

Members of the Afghan national women’s cycling team have kept on riding through misogyny, harassment and physical violence. Now a corruption scandal threatens to knock the trailblazers off their bikes for good

Read more

What Africa expects from COP22

17Nov

Photo Credit: Oxfam In 2001, the Marrakech Accords paved the way for the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which was designed to provide technological and financial support to help developing countries offset the impacts of climate change.

Read more

Last Tango in Riyadh

04Sep

In 2015, Salman bin Abdul-Aziz ascended the throne of Saudi Arabia. He wasted little time in turning his tribe’s long-held rule of succession, designed to maintain tribal harmony, on its head, by nudging aside the Crown Prince and imposing a nephew as the new Crown Prince and making his 30-year old son Deputy Crown Prince and effective day-to–day ruler of the realm and ahead of hundreds of senior princes

Read more

MANILA – Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte declared on Saturday a “state of lawlessness” in the country after an explosion in a market killed 14 people in his home city of Davao while he was on a regular weekend visit there. Duterte, who ran Davao for more than two decades as its crime-busting mayor, said the explosion late on Friday outside a high-end hotel intensified what was an “extraordinary time” in the Philippines, and police and military would redouble efforts to crush crime, drugs and insurgency.

Read more

Danielle Resnick , The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) More…

Read more

Shocking video footage shows a large white truck driving into a crowd gathered at a Bastille Day celebration in Nice, France, on Thursday. At least 70 people were killed and dozens injured in what officials called “an attack” as the vehicle, loaded with guns and grenades , zigzagged to “ kill as many as possible ,” according to a witness. The footage below appears to show officials trying to get the truck to stop before it speeds ahead toward the crowded street.

Read more

A harrowing photo from  Thursday’s truck attack in Nice, France , shows a covered body lying on the ground next to a child’s doll. The image, taken by Reuters’ Eric Gaillard, is striking a chord in the wake of the attack, which killed over 70 people. More…

Read more

The conjunction between the efforts on Syria and Yemen is interesting, especially as the talks also coincided with Saudi Arabia for the first time agreeing to Iranian participation in an international conference on Syria.

Read more

In mezzo alle continue incursioni aeree e durante il massacro di Siriani innocenti di cui siamo tutti testimoni, la recente distruzione dell’Arco di Trionfo a Palmira in Siria da parte dei militanti dello Stato Islamico non ha semplicemente ridotto in macerie un altro monumento della storia romana.

Read more

The remains of the neighborhood several of my family members lived in.

Read more

If what we see going on in Israel-Palestine is not yet a third Intifada, one may not be far off. As presented in the mainstream press , the stabbings of Israeli settlers, the rock-throwing, the mass uprisings, all seem chalked up to some inexplicable proclivity toward violence on the part of Palestinians

Read more

Germany Can’t Indefinitely Absorb Refugees

13Oct

What do we owe to those threatened by war and violence? What, and how much

Read more

World leaders came together last week in New York City and adopted a set of relevant, achievable and measurable goals to lift the world out of poverty and hunger, address climate change and take action for the betterment of human lives everywhere. All 17 goals adopted are important and key to achieving sustainable development. But just as important is the protection and preservation of our global cultural heritage

Read more

By James M. Dorsey The rise of Islamic State (IS) beyond the borders of Syria and Iraq over the past one year has drawn comparison with the spread of communism more than a century ago. It has also pitted proponents of kinetic realpolitik seeking military defeat of the extremist against supporters of the notion that jihadism poses primarily an ideational threat

Read more

Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the balcony at the US Capitol on September 24, 2015. By Jason Berry WASHINGTON — Before Congress on Thursday, Pope Francis praised Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker Movement “for her social activism, her passion for justice and for the cause of the oppressed,” likening her faith to “the example of the saints.” Inspired by Day, Barbara Blaine in the mid-1980s moved into a Catholic Worker House on the South Side of Chicago where women fleeing domestic abuse found safe harbor with their kids.

Read more

The Polls Were Wrong … Again

21Sep

The Greek polls were wrong again. Syriza had expected to win by a 3% margin; they won by 7.4%. Here are a few observations from the vote: 1

Read more

In ten days from now in New York, initiatives, talks, understandings, and deals will come together under two main titles: terrorism and immigration.

Read more

I just returned from Tokyo, where I took part as a panelist at the G1 Global Conference.

Read more

While the recent economic turmoil in China is prompting a number of African countries to reconsider their growing economic dependence on the PRC , not so in South Africa. Both the government and the ruling African National Congress party have seemingly found their geopolitical soulmate in China

Read more

Living With the Migrants

06Sep

To judge by the bewilderment of responsible European politicians, but also of all the rest of us Europeans, it seems that there are two big psychological obstacles that make dealing with the current issue of immigration more difficult, as if it weren’t already difficult enough on its own. The first is our habit — explained by circumstances and history, and to which there are hardly any more living generations that are immune — to think that the part of the world in which we live always offers living conditions that are both good and slowly improving, along with more widespread affluence, growing wealth, more material goods and the chance to enjoy them. Or at most that there may be slowdowns and setbacks along this journey, but not reversals.

Read more

The major powers’ disregard for Lebanese affairs has allowed regional powers influential in Lebanon to neglect Lebanon, its state, constitution, people and independence. The youth movement that started with the slogan You Stink has sought to rouse the international community from its slumber to force the ruling political class to change, and stop ignoring the constitution and ordinary people’s rights, from having a president to collecting waste.

Read more

Preserving World Heritage

01Sep

Photo courtesy Bernard Gagnon When I heard about ISIS’s bombing of the Temples of Baalshamin and Bel in Palmyra, Syria, my first thoughts were that as horrible as such “monument terrorism” is, it is not nearly as horrific as the group’s mass rapes and killings. Indeed, one of those killings combined both cultural and human destruction: a week before the papers announced that the 2,000-year-old Temple of Baalshamin had been blown up, ISIS members publicly beheaded Khaled al-Asad, the 82-year-old antiquities expert who was known as “Mr. Palmyra” for his lifelong devotion to protecting the site and its treasures

Read more

By James M. Dorsey A series of recent mass protests in several Arab countries have called into question suggestions that civil wars, brutal crackdowns and military coups and interventions have quelled popular willingness to stand up for rights in the Middle East. The protests, although focussed on specific social and economic demands, fundamentally have the same objectives as popular revolts four years ago that toppled four autocrats: dignity, social justice and greater freedoms

Read more

There have been interesting developments this week in US-Russian relations with the Gulf states, Egypt, and Turkey – and also interesting developments in the political discourse of both Iran and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The strategic dialogue between the United States and Egypt resumed earlier this week, for the first time since 2009, tackling the future of US-Egyptian relations. The relations had become tense following the Muslim Brotherhood rise to power in Cairo.

Read more

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The father of a Palestinian toddler killed in a firebomb attack blamed on Jewish extremists has died of wounds sustained in the same incident, his family said Saturday. In the pre-dawn attack on July 31, assailants hurled firebombs into a bedroom of the Dawabsheh family’s home in the West Bank village of Duma

Read more

In his magnum opus War and Peace (1869), Russian literary genius Leo Tolstoy eloquently underplayed the impact of singular leaders (think of Napoleon Bonaparte) on the dialectical flow of history. Preempting the social scientists of the 20th century, he brilliantly discussed the importance of vast “impersonal forces” — the complex interaction of socio-cultural, politico-economic, and ecological factors — that undergird the very canvass upon which ambitious men and women jostle to leave a lasting mark. For every Tolstoy, however, there is a Shakespeare and Voltaire, who will preach the undeniable impact of human agency: That is to say, the intended and unintended consequences of individuals’ actions on their broader social milieu.

Read more

  Lighting 3’s Constantinos Bouroussis and Lambros Doulos at Startupbootcamp HighTechXL Final Selection Days. The last three weeks have been kind of hellish for the Greek economy and society — a referendum announcement, capital controls on the banks, uncertainty after a ‘NO’ vote on the European creditors agreement proposal, another round of negotiations between the Greek Prime Minister Tsipras and Eurozone leaders and then the third bailout agreement in five years, reportedly worth 85 billion euros

Read more

Alexis Tsipras’ "Betrayal"

15Jul

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, during an interview with state television. (Alexandros Vlachos / EFE) 14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 14 July 2015 — A week ago he was a hero lauded by the official Cuban media, today he is a political corpse many fear to mention.

Read more

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panama is joining several other Latin American nations in dropping out of the Miss Universe pageant in protest over Donald Trump’s comments about immigrants.

Read more

The Turkish coast guard rescued a 10-month-old girl who drifted more than half a mile out to sea in a flotation device , the BBC reported.

Read more

Greeks will vote in a referendum Sunday on whether the government should accept a proposed bailout deal which would provide critical funding if the country implements more economic and labor reforms. The problem is that the question is so unclear, many don’t really understand what Greece is actually voting for or against. More…

Read more

Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Athens Friday night, two days before Greeks are expected to vote in a crucial referendum on a bailout deal with the country’s international creditors. “Yes” and “no” voters rallied simultaneously in downtown Athens. An estimated 25,000 people came out to Syntagma Square in support of the “no” camp, police said .

Read more

By James M. Dorsey Criticism this week by soccer player Ahmed al-Merghani of general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al Sisi’s hard-handed repression of dissent and failure to defeat a mushrooming insurgency in the Sinai peninsula signals mounting discontent in Egypt. More..

Read more

By James M. Dorsey Turkish soccer player Alpaslan Ozturk’s decision to risk fame and wealth by expressing support for the embattled Turkic Uighur minority in Xinjiang reflects pressures in China’s ties to Turkey, its most complex relationship in the Muslim world and a key node on the Silk Road that Beijing hopes to revive with massive investment in infrastructure across the Eurasian land mass.

Read more

Currently, there are two key opportunities led by the United Nations worth supporting because there are no alternatives, both in Libya and Yemen.

Read more

Are we living Islam’s darkest hour?

28Jun

How much terrorism can the world take in 24 hours? Friday 26 June, 2015 will certainly go down in history as a day that pushed the limit.

Read more

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A fire on a music stage spread into a crowd of spectators at a party Saturday night at a Taiwan water park, injuring more than 200 people, authorities said. An accidental explosion of an unknown powder set off the fire near the stage in front of about 1,000 spectators, said Wang Wei-sheng, a liaison with the New Taipei City fire department command center. More..

Read more

By George Georgiopoulos and Lefteris Papadimas ATHENS, June 27 (Reuters) – More than a third of automated teller machines across Greece ran out of cash on Saturday before they were replenished as Greeks pulled out money on fears their country was set to crash out of the euro, three banking sources said. More…

Read more

BEIJING (AP) — China’s central bank announced Saturday the fourth round of interest cuts in seven months and lower deposit-reserve ratios for some banks to lend to small and rural businesses, as Beijing tries to shore up the country’s sluggish economy. The announcement for the world’s second-largest economy also followed a nearly 20 percent drop in China’s stock market over the past two weeks. More…

Read more

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving world headlines.

Read more

An emerging bailout deal between Greece and its creditors likely would continue the status quo of austerity. This ongoing economic pain may embolden Greek authoritarian political forces that have ties to Russia, experts say

Read more

As Debt Deal Looms, Greeks Dream Big

26Jun

As Greek leaders work around the clock to negotiate a new bailout deal with their creditors, ordinary Greeks remain anxious about what lies ahead.

Read more

WARSAW (Reuters) – Around 1,400 passengers of the Polish airline LOT were grounded at Warsaw’s Chopin airport on Sunday after hackers attacked the airline ground computer systems used to issue flight plans, the company said. The computer system was hacked in the afternoon and fixed after around five hours, during which 10 of the state-owned carrier’s national and international flights were canceled and about a dozen more delayed, spokesman Adrian Kubicki said. LOT was taking care of the passengers on Sunday evening and some were already able to board flights.

Read more

Every day, hundreds of refugees arrive at the Greek island of Lesbos, seeking a refuge in Europe from their war-stricken homelands. Most of them hail from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, traveling from Turkey to the Greek islands across dangerous seas and on overcrowded boats, the Associated Press reports .

Read more

Greece the IMF and Ukraine

17Jun

Are you wondering why the IMF is standing by Ukraine against Ukraine’s creditors, while the IMF is refusing to extend even a smidgeon of an olive branch to Greece? Creditors have loaned Ukraine $70 billion dollars

Read more

It’s appalling to see how Israel is treated by a totally different standard than other countries in the international system. Of course, Israel deserves scrutiny, as does every other nation. But it also merits equal treatment — nothing more, nothing less

Read more

A three-minute video, posted by a Saudi government-backed organization to YouTube on June 4, has garnered 150,000 views in 48 hours and sparked a discussion in the kingdom about how to stem sectarian conflict. In “The Hidden Killer,” a voice speaking Saudi-inflected Arabic asks the viewer to guess the identity of a force “worse than disease, natural disasters, and famine” which kills not only innocents by the hundreds of thousands but also entire states

Read more

The end of the upswing phase of the commodity price super-cycle after its peak in 2011 has lowered economic growth prospects in most of Latin America. While that broad statement can hardly be disputed, chapter 3 of the latest IMF Western Hemisphere Regional Economic Outlook called attention to underlying significant differences among countries in the region.

Read more

KRUEN, Germany, June 7 (Reuters) – Britain is to expand its military training mission in Iraq in the coming weeks, Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Sunday, saying the Iraqi army needed more help to deal with improvised bombs planted by Islamic State militants.

Read more

It’s all too easy to think of anything counted in the millions as an abstraction — even if it’s World War II, and the topic at hand is the millions of lives lost. That’s what makes ” The Fallen of World War II ,” a short visualization by filmmaker Neil Halloran , so impactful. The 18-minute long video, released on Memorial Day , breaks down the war’s tragedies with a deeply engaging look at the shocking number of people who died, where they came from and how they lost their lives.

Read more

JUBA, South Sudan — After more than a year in exile, five former political detainees arrived in South Sudan’s capital city of Juba this week for several days of talks with President Salva Kiir.

Read more

ROME, June 6 (Reuters) – More than 2,000 migrants were rescued from five wooden boats in the Mediterranean on Saturday and as many as seven other vessels have been reported at sea, the privately funded Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) and Italy’s coastguard said. “MOAS coordinated the rescue of over 2,000 people together with Italian, Irish and Germany ships,” the group tweeted

Read more

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi told state TV on Sunday that Iraq’s government lost 2,300 Humvee vehicles when Islamic State insurgents seized the city of Mosul in June 2014. The Islamic State, also known as ISIS, took over Iraq’s second-largest city following the staggering collapse of the Iraqi military in the region. Faced with the militants’ advance, the Iraqi troops defending the city fled so hastily that some soldiers reportedly stripped off their uniforms and left behind the equipment they carried

Read more

By Gul Yousufzai QUETTA, Pakistan, May 29 (Reuters) – Gunmen disguised as members of the Pakistani security forces killed at least 22 passengers on Friday night after forcing them off buses traveling from the western city of Quetta to Karachi on the southern coast, officials said.

Read more

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Dizzying temperatures caused water shortages in thousands of Indian villages and killed hundreds more people over the past day, driving the death toll from a weekslong heat wave to at least 1,826, officials said Friday. Meteorological officials called the heat wave “severe” and warned that it would continue for at least two days across a huge swathe of the South Asian country from Tamil Nadu in the south to the Himalayan foothill state of Himachal Pradesh.

Read more

PAJU, South Korea, May 24 (Reuters) – A group of international women activists crossed the heavily-fortified Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea on Sunday in what they said was a symbolic act for peace. North and South Korea are still technically at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. Despite its name the DMZ is one of the most heavily militarized and fortified borders in the world.

Read more

KATHMANDU, May 24 (Reuters) – Nepali authorities urged thousands of villagers on Sunday to move to safety after a landslide likely triggered by recent earthquakes blocked a river, raising fears of a devastating flash flood, officials said. The landslide at Ramche village in Myagdi district, about 140 km (90 miles) northwest of Kathmandu, struck on Saturday night and blocked the Kali Gandaki River

Read more

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Four Malaysian navy ships began searching the seas for stranded boat people Thursday in the first official rescue operation since desperate migrants started washing onto Southeast Asia’s shores, and the U.S. military gave the first indication it was ready to take a direct role in helping address the crisis

Read more

SEOUL, May 20 (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday his plan to go to North Korea for a visit to an industrial complex had been scrapped after Pyongyang retracted its earlier approval, calling the move “deeply regrettable.” “Early this morning, the authorities of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea informed us, through their diplomatic channels, that they were reversing their decision for me to visit the Kaesong industrial complex,” Ban said in a speech at a forum in Seoul. More..

Read more

Celebrating Destruction

14May

Everyone on the Mall near the Washington Monument was looking up at the sky. I was there, too

Read more

New technologies rarely emerge from the laboratory fully-formed and highly-efficient. ENIAC, the first electronic general-purpose computer, occupied 167 square meters and consumed 150 kilowatts of power

Read more

By Elizabeth Pineau HAVANA, May 11 (Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande is making the first visit to Cuba by a French head of state on Monday, attempting to carve out a larger role in the Communist-run nation at the time of Cuba’s historic opening with the United States. Hollande was scheduled to meet Cuban President Raul Castro, deliver a speech and participate in an economic forum in Cuba as part of his swing through the Caribbean.

Read more

Some of the most powerful critiques of the Communist governments in East-Central Europe were moral. Vaclav Havel, for instance, argued that the regimes, with their propaganda and inequalities and corruption, were built on a foundation of lies

Read more

They grew up in the age of Amazon, with computers and iPods manufactured worlds away. But for these New Yorkers, handicraft is far from a thing of the past. In workshops sprinkled across Brooklyn, small groups of artisans are using their hands to bring manufacturing back to a city and a country where most consumer goods are imported.

Read more

While most historic moments can’t be condensed into a single quote, and global leaders’ actions have often proved more important than their rhetoric, there are also many instances in the past where the power of words has been abundantly clear. Some of those quotes have shown humanity’s best impulses, some its worst, and others have become a way to represent almost ineffable world-changing events. More…

Read more

The models stood on the streets of Shanghai, dressed in ripped clothing with dirt smudged across their faces, carrying beggar’s sticks and asking for food.

Read more

(Recasts, edits, oil market) RIYADH, April 29 (Reuters) – Saudi King Salman on Wednesday appointed Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef as his new heir, replacing the monarch’s half brother Prince Muqrin, and made his son, Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman, second in line to succeed. He also replaced veteran foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, who had served in the role since March 1975, with the kingdom’s Washington ambassador Adel al-Jubeir, the first non-royal to hold the post. The changes signaled a major shift at the top of the ruling Al Saud family away from princes chosen by the late King Abdullah, who died in January, and towards those close to the new monarch.

Read more

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A powerful aftershock shook Nepal on Sunday, making buildings sway and sending panicked Kathmandu residents running into the streets a day after a massive earthquake left more than 2,200 people dead. The cawing of crows mixed with terrified screams as the magnitude 6.7 aftershock pummeled the capital city early Sunday afternoon. It came as planeloads of supplies, doctors and relief workers from neighboring countries began arriving in this poor Himalayan nation.

Read more

Du grain à moudre

14Abr

Il n’est pas facile d’admettre que les aliments qu’on achète dans les magasins ne sont pas toujours bons à consommer. Les scandales alimentaires ont lieu partout dans le monde; ils sont bien plus fréquents et portent bien plus à conséquence que la plupart des gens ne l’imaginent

Read more

Raymond Lun runs his fashion store on Haven Street, a quiet back street just a few hundred meters from the heart of Causeway Bay, one of Hong Kong’s busiest shopping districts. A fashion designer and tailor, after graduating from fashion design school, he worked with a local tailor for six years, then went and lived in Australia for a year. More..

Read more

(Refiles fixing byline) By Mohammed Mukhashaf and Angus McDowall ADEN/RIYADH, April 12 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia dismissed Iranian calls to end air strikes on neighboring Yemen on Sunday as Saudi-led attacks hit a military camp in the Yemeni city of Taiz, killing eight civilians according to a medical source.

Read more