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22.11.2016

EU lawmakers urge suspension of Turkey membership talks

EU lawmakers urge suspension of Turkey membership talks

A broad majority of EU lawmakers have called for ceasing membership talks with Turkey due to its post-coup purges and President Erdogan’s increasingly authoritarian actions. But EU’s top diplomat has warned against it. The European Parliament debated Turkey’s EU membership issue on Tuesday – the second day of a four-day… »

22.11.2016

China takes the driver’s seat on free trade

China takes the driver’s seat on free trade

Two months before the inauguration of Donald Trump as the next US President and the likely end of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal, signs emerge that the Asia-Pacific region is turning towards a Plan B. During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised to pull the US out of the… »

21.11.2016

Degrowth – is it time for a new kind of economics?

Degrowth – is it time for a new kind of economics?

With the planet reaching its biophysical limits on what it can provide us, a growing number of economists and environmentalists say we need to switch focus from economic growth to human and ecological wellbeing. At the Cyclonomia bike kitchen in Budapest, all tools and equipment are communally owned. The around… »

15.11.2016

Berlin likely to semi-legalize marijuana

Berlin likely to semi-legalize marijuana

A coalition of political parties in the German capital has agreed to push for partial decriminalization of cannabis. The initial effects will be limited, but marijuana legalization advocates are still pretty stoked. Almost completely obscured by the US election was the news that as part of their coalition negotiations to… »

29.10.2016

Ross Sea in Antarctica to become world’s largest marine sanctuary

Ross Sea in Antarctica to become world’s largest marine sanctuary

Officials in New Zealand have said the countries that decide the fate of Antarctica have agreed to create a huge marine sanctuary. An area twice the size of Texas will become the world’s largest marine-protected area. New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully said on Friday that the 24 countries and… »

27.10.2016

Opinion: Arms exports – Germany a party to war

Opinion: Arms exports – Germany a party to war

Once again, Germany’s arms exports have increased – including to Saudi Arabia. The oil-rich kingdom is waging war in Yemen. By supplying it with weapons Germany, too, is a warring party, writes Matthias von Hein. “The German government pursues a restrained, responsible arms export policy.” These are the reassuring words… »

25.10.2016

Darfur genocide: Silence harming women

Darfur genocide: Silence harming women

Activists and the victims of the Darfur genocide are calling on the international community to do more to end the on-going violence against women and children in the Darfur region of Sudan. Women and children as young as seven years old have allegedly been raped in Darfur since the so-called… »

24.10.2016

Human rights ‘not a zero-sum game,’ says award-winning journalist

Human rights ‘not a zero-sum game,’ says award-winning journalist

Carolin Emcke received the German Book Trade’s peace prize for this year. In her acceptance speech, Emcke openly addressed the debate around personal rights, including homosexuality and the Islamic veil. Nearly 1,000 guests, including German President Joachim Gauck, were present during the award ceremony at Frankfurt’s St. Paul’s Church on… »

21.10.2016

Opposition to nuclear energy grows in Japan

Opposition to nuclear energy grows in Japan

Opinion polls show the Japanese people oppose nuclear plants going back into operation. It underlines the scale of the problem facing the government in convincing everyone that it’s safe. Julian Ryall reports from Tokyo. Before October 16, Ryuichi Yoneyama had contested four regional elections and been soundly beaten each time. »

20.10.2016

‘Architect’ of Rousseff impeachment arrested on corruption charges

‘Architect’ of Rousseff impeachment arrested on corruption charges

Eduardo Cunha has been charged with taking millions in bribes, money laundering and depositing funds in a secret Swiss account. The former Brazilian lawmaker was instrumental in the impeachment of ex-president Rousseff. The Petrobas corruption probe continued to send shockwaves through the Brazilian political system as it claimed yet another… »

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