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The Dreamers: Doubts About Brexit on the Rise in Britain – Jörg Schindler | Der Spiegel

The Dreamers:  Doubts About Brexit on the Rise in Britain

It has often been said that Brexit means Brexit. But does it? With Prime Minister Theresa May showing weakness and the negotiations dragging, some are hoping that Britain’s departure from the EU can be warded off.

Jörg Schindler | Der Spiegel

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in Bedfordshire is an extremely British institution. For the past 128 years it has dedicated itself to protecting endangered species such as the black-legged kittiwake, great crested grebe and the wood warbler. And now the society, with a membership of 1 million, has another mission: Stopping Brexit.       Continue reading

Respect your elders: Why cultural norms benefit Mugabe – BBC News

Respect your elders: Why cultural norms benefit Mugabe – BBC News

School children hold an image of Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe in April 2017

President Robert Mugabe’s first public appearance after the military takeover in Zimbabwe will have puzzled some.

Here he was at a university graduation ceremony, given the authority to hand students their degrees – almost as if nothing had happened.

It tells us two things.

Firstly, this was political theatre. The suggestion being that behind-the-scenes negotiations over his exit deal are cordial.

But it was also more than spectacle. It showed that President Mugabe’s opponents want to treat the elder statesman with dignity.

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Nobody is going to bail out Venezuela – Henkel Garcia

Nobody is going to bail out Venezuela

Venezuela – Click to enlarge

Venezuela, the South American country convulsed by economic and humanitarian catastrophe, has defaulted on some of its debt after missing an interest payment due in October. Even as investors meet in Caracas to discuss restructuring US$60 billion in foreign debt, the country is in urgent need of international financial assistance.

Yet few nations are rushing in to aid the ailing country. Under the authoritarian regime of Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela is isolated in Latin America, and the United StatesCanada and the European Union have all imposed sanctions against Venezuelan officials. Maduro has at times suggested he would not even accept humanitarian aid.     READ MORE

The Hollywood Sexual Harassment Saga  – By Yvonne Sam

The Sexual Harassment Saga  – By Yvonne Sam

Is Hollywood in need of a boost— The Chickens have finally come home to roost.

While the tsunami of revelation of sexual harassment and inappropriate sexual behaviours swirls around Hollywood, it is worth mentioning that content unavoidably reflects the culture that creates it.   Silence further serves as complicity to the sordidity.

Suddenly and without warning the floodgates of Hollywood have been thrown wide open, and pouring out (even from between the cracks) like molten lava have been accusations and revelations of predatory sexual behavior. Name after name has been followed by shame after blame as the list grows with each beat of a female’s heart or unrequited male alarm charm.    Continue reading

Over 15,000 Scientists Just Issued a ‘Second Notice’ to Humanity. Can We Listen Now

"Humanity is not taking the urgent steps needed to safeguard our imperiled biosphere," over 15,000 scientists warned in a letter published Monday. (Photo: NASA)

“Humanity is not taking the urgent steps needed to safeguard our imperiled biosphere,” (Photo: NASA)

by Andrea Germanos, – Common Dreams

Over 15,000 scientists hailing from more than 180 countries just issued a dire warning to humanity: “Time is running out” to stop business as usual, as threats from rising greenhouse gases to biodiversity loss are pushing the biosphere to the brink.

Reassessing warning issued 25 years ago, the “second notice” to humanity warns of “widespread misery and catastrophic biodiversity loss” unless business-as-usual is upended.

President Donald Trump – Speech in VIETNAM at APEC Summit – Nov 9, 2017

President Donald Trump – Speech in VIETNAM at APEC Summit – Nov 9, 2017

10 Companies That Secretly Control The World – video

10 Companies That Secretly Control The World

Alltime10s   Published on Apr 23, 2017

Guyana urged to guard against Trinidadian takeover of oil & gas sector

Guyana urged to guard against Trinidadian takeover of oil & gas sector

Speaking in his weekly OilNOW column; Are We Ready for Prime Time? Guyana’s former Minister of Natural Resources, Robert Persaud, said recent history has shown that the twin island republic has been less than welcoming in their approach to facilitate Guyanese business, but now project an air of ‘entitlement’ for Guyana to do likewise.    Continue reading

Donald Trump and the Erosion of American Greatness – Roger Cohen | Der Spiegel

Moral Emptiness: Donald Trump and the Erosion of American Greatness

Some say Donald Trump’s presidency does not present an existential threat to the American Republic. But after a year of MAGA, it has become clear that a disaster is unfolding whose consequences for humanity and decency will be substantial.

An Essay by Roger Cohen | Der Spiegel

Ten months into the Trump presidency, the world has not gone over a cliff. Nuclear brinkmanship with North Korea has not produced Armageddon. That this must be considered an achievement is testimony to how alarming Donald Trump’s erratic belligerence has been.

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany has concluded that Europeans must now take “our destiny into our own hands.” Dismay is widespread. The post-war order, stripped of its American point of reference, is frayed to the breaking point.    Continue reading

Tax avoidance: Paradise Papers leak reveals secrets of the world elite’s hidden wealth

 – Paradise Papers leak reveals secrets of the world elite’s hidden wealth

The world’s biggest businesses, heads of state and global figures in politics, entertainment and sport who have sheltered their wealth in secretive tax havens are being revealed this week in a major new investigation into Britain’s offshore empires.

The details come from a leak of 13.4m files that expose the global environments in which tax abuses can thrive – and the complex and seemingly artificial ways the wealthiest corporations can legally protect their wealth.

The material, which has come from two offshore service providers and the company registries of 19 tax havens, was obtained by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and shared by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists with partners including the Guardian, the BBC and the New York Times.

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