Erdogan in His Labyrinth

Roger Cohen – The New York Times

Pity the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in his labyrinth.

It’s a large labyrinth. As he drifts from room to room — and there are about 1,000 of them in his new Ankara palace — Erdogan no doubt has time to reflect on Turkey’s travails and perhaps ponder how events can escape the control of even the most megalomaniacal ruler.

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What Will New Leadership Mean for the UN?

By Barbara Crossette – The Nation

The new UN secretary general and General Assembly president are being chosen in a process of unprecedented openness.

In a year when people who follow the United Nations are focusing on the election of the next secretary general, the center of early action in that election has moved for the first time in history from the secretive deliberations of the Security Council to an unprecedented open campaign in the General Assembly, which normally has only a rubber-stamp role.

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The Geography of Poverty

By Jomo Kwame Sundaram

JAKARTA, Jun 30 2016 (IPS) – World leaders agreed in 2000 to halve the number of people living in poverty by 2015. The poverty line was defined as the purchasing power parity (PPP) equivalent to a US dollar a day, later adjusted to the 2005 PPP equivalent of $1.25 daily in 2008 to the 2012 PPP equivalent of $1.90 daily in 2015. As the cost of living rise unevenly across the world, the World Bank periodically updates the global poverty line to reflect these changes. Nevertheless, there are many concerns about how the line was defined and has been revised over the decades.

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Let There Be Work: Italian Ministry of the Interior Announces Initiative on Employment of Refugees

By Rose Delaney

ROME, Jun 29 2016 (IPS) – Thus far, 2016 has proved fatal for the thousands of migrants crossing the Mediterranean in a bid to find safety in Italy. Alarmingly, between January and March, a spiralling death toll was recorded among refugees and migrants attempting to reach Italy by boat from North Africa.

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After Brexit, the People’s Spring Is Inevitable

By MARINE LE PEN* – The New York Times

PARIS — IF there’s one thing that chafes French pride, it’s seeing the British steal the limelight. But in the face of real courage, even the proudest French person can only tip his hat and bow. The decision that the people of Britain have just made was indeed an act of courage — the courage of a people who embrace their freedom.

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Song-do, the global city without soul

By Francesco Martone*

Song-do – roughly two and a half hours metro trip from Seul, South Korea – is a city built out of nothing, on 6.5 square kilometers reclaimed from the sea, by a human hand that alters boundaries and morphologies. It would eventualy host 250,000 and is rapidly becoming a trendy location to the extent that various soap opera stars moved in what they would like to see as the Beverly Hills of the East.

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Political Elites’ Program of Austerity Set the Stage for Brexit

By Dawn Foster – The Nation

Scapegoating immigrants for economic suffering is easier than confronting the politicians that crafted austerity policy.

At 4:00 AM following the UK referendum on EU membership, Nigel Farage, the leader of the Eurosceptic UK Independence Party gave a tentative victory speech. Bullish and beaming, but couching his cheer in caveats that not all areas had declared results, flanked by jeering young men pogoing in suits, Farage announced that if the Leave campaign had won, “We will have done so without a single bullet being fired.”

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Xenophobic Rhetoric, Now Socially and Politically ‘Acceptable’ ?

By Baher Kamal

ROME, Jun 23 2016 (IPS) – “Xenophobic and racist rhetoric seems not only to be on the rise, but also to be becoming more socially and politically acceptable.”

The warning has been heralded by the authoritative voice of Mogens Lykketoft, current president of the United Nations General Assembly, who on World Refugee Day on June 20, reacted to the just announced new record number of people displaced from their homes due to conflict and persecution.

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Islamophobia Documentary

Dear readers,

Sending you the link for the Islamophobia panel documentary
Best regards, The Editor – Other News

Islamophobia Documentary
Dear Friends, Chers Amis

This video as a souvenir of our joint action on Islamophobia/ Cette video en souvenir de notre action conjointe sur l’islamophobie
With best regards,/ Meilleures pensées,
Idriss Jazairy, Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of the unilateral coercive measures
of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Below is the link for the Islamophobia panel documentary:

The Right to Development: 30 Years On

Viewpoint by Marin Khor *

This article is based on the text of a speech at a panel discussion at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 15 June 2016.

GENEVA (IDN | South Centre) – The Declaration on the Right to Development, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1986 (as Document 41/128) is 30 years old. It is appropriate to celebrate this anniversary. For the right to development has had great resonance among people all over the world, including in developing and poor countries. Even the term itself “the right to development” carries a great sense and weight of meaning and of hope.

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What Is Putin Up To in China?

By Damien Sharkov – Newsweek

Selling arms and oil and unnerving the West will be on the agenda for Putin’s China visit.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will be on his way to China on Friday, the Kremlin has announced, in what has become an almost routine visit in recent years.

The two have enjoyed a close relationship since Chinese President Xi Jinping made Putin the first foreign leader he visited after becoming president in 2013 and since then regular annual meetings between the two have usually also come with announcements of significant new economic and political joint deals. As Putin is due to meet his Chinese counterpart this week, here are the most likely talking points and possible announcements.

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The Brexit crash will make all of you poorer – be warned

George Soros*

My 60 years of experience tells me the pound will plummet, along with your living standards. The only winners will be speculators

David Cameron, along with the Treasury, the Bank of England, the International Monetary Fund and others have been attacked by the leave campaign for exaggerating the economic risks of Brexit. This criticism has been widely accepted by the British media and many financial analysts. As a result, British voters are now grossly underestimating the true costs of leaving.

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