December 13, 2018

World

"The country's new president wants to increase development in the Amazon rainforest, which absorbs a massive amount of carbon emissions."

"When scholars of international relations predict that the 2000s will be a “Chinese century”, they are not being premature. Although America remains the lone superpower, China has already replaced it as the driver of global change."

Brazil, the world's fourth-largest democracy, has just elected a neofascist to be its president. But while the global left is condemning Bolsonaro, Brazil seems united behind him.

"China is accused of locking up hundreds of thousands of Muslims without trial in its western region of Xinjiang... Now a BBC investigation has found important new evidence of the reality."

"It is reasonable for Americans to have security concerns about immigration. But as a scholar of forced migration, I believe it’s also important to consider why migrants travel in groups: their own safety."

"...there is a more fundamental question which, so far as I can tell, generally goes unexamined in our immigration conversations: Why is there no right to live where you please?"

"Can the Trump administration unite a deeply divided country behind an expensive, risky and ambitious foreign-policy agenda to block the objectives of America’s determined rivals? And can its strategy work?"

"Now I’m starting to wonder how I can go at all. And I’m also wondering why more Muslims don’t question the powers that control our most sacred site—and how the Saudis have already twisted it to their own political and financial ends."

"Poland is voting in local elections that will test the conservative ruling party’s grip on public opinion as it rends the country away from its European Union allies."

Bhutan is famed for its isolated location, stunning scenery and devotion to the principle of “Gross National Happiness,” which seeks to balance economic growth with other forms of contentment.

In Jamal Khashoggi's final column for the Washington Post, the late columnist makes an impassioned plea for freedom of expression in the Arab world. "Arab governments have been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate."

“The Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986 left a ring of ghost villages as residents fled… now people are choosing to live in the crumbling houses on the edge of the exclusion zone.”

“The great sticking point—around the Irish border—has always been there.”

“America’s economy, thanks to Trump’s deep cuts in taxes and regulations, is powering ahead.”

“Some Catholic leaders are using the sex abuse crisis to unseat Pope Francis.”

“You buy a purse at Walmart. There’s a note inside from a ‘Chinese prisoner.’ Now what?”

“Conservatives win in Ontario and Quebec and may soon lead as many as six of 10 provinces.”

“The latest disaster in Indonesia shows the need for the global system put in place in the wake of 2004’s devastating waves.”

Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and political dissident, has gone missing. Was he killed for his political beliefs?

Australia’s economy thrives on immigration – and could collapse if the influx of immigrants slows down.

“Indonesia covers many complex tectonic environments. Many details of these are still poorly understood, which hampers our ability to predict earthquake and tsunami risks.”

“The case of Tunisia shows that the anger of disappointed middle-class youths is driving radicalization more than poverty or unemployment.”

“Washington should listen to the will of the American people and leave Baghdad.”

“The United States supplies bombs and other support for the war that’s killed civilians and is creating famine.”

“It is the greatest story of our time, and it’s one few have heard of. Mankind is defeating extreme poverty.”

“If Washington’s mayhem doesn’t interfere, discussion of Iran is poised to dominate the UN General Assembly.”

Brexit was just the start. Add Irexit to the mix, and factor in the brewing trouble over Poland and Hungary’s brotherhood of democratic backsliding, and we’re looking at a full-blown EU crisis.

China's massive and rapid investments in Africa have been criticized by some as a form of economic colonialism. Others are just wondering why the West is missing out on the opportunity.

North Korea has committed itself to denuclearization… again. The breakthrough deal between North and South Korea is being celebrated. But why should we trust North Korea this time?

“The repression of the Turkic Uighur Muslim community in western China [.] is a key part of Beijing’s new imperial policy. Only by understanding the dynamics of Chinese empire can one grasp this brutal campaign.”

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