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Chris Hall August 18, 2017
In opening talks with representatives from Canada and Mexico to renegotiate the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement, the US representative argued for a complete overhaul of the 23-year-old trade deal. “NAFTA has fundamentally failed many, many Americans,” insists Robert Lighthizer in an article by Chris Hall for CBC News. The United States has trade deficits with Canada and Mexico, but overall,...
Florian Gathmann, Walter Mayr, Veit Medick, Peter Müller and Wolf Wiedmann-Schmidt August 18, 2017
Politicians in Europe seek to manage the flow of migrants from Africa and the Middle East. Proposals include funding camps in Libya, managed by EU or UN officials to prevent migrants from undertaking treacherous journeys across the Mediterranean, and “a network of safe places” to reduce human smuggling. Libya’s government and economy are unstable, and officials lack control over much of the...
August 17, 2017
Right-wing extremist groups are descending on US college campuses, trying to recruit followers, attract publicity and incite outrage with various causes including white nationalism. Such appearances in diverse college towns like Berkeley, California, and Charlottesville, Virginia, have triggered protests, violence and fierce debates over the constitutional right to free speech. “College campuses...
Gulrez Shah Azhar August 17, 2017
Severe weather threatens livelihoods and increases despair. A study from University of California, Berkeley, connects rising temperatures with suicides among Indian farmers. Other studies demonstrate that aggression increases with hot temperatures. “As global temperatures rise and droughts become more common, political agitation, social unrest, and even violence will likely follow,” explains...
Hooyeon Kim, David Tweed, and Narae Kim August 16, 2017
South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in is adamant: His country would be most impacted by any military action against North Korea and he has a right to veto any such action. Moon “vowed to prevent war at any cost – a statement that drew a sharp contrast with President Donald Trump, who has warned of ‘fire and fury’ if North Korea continues to threaten the US,” report a team of reporters for Bloomberg...
Barney Henderson August 16, 2017
This August marks 70 years since the Great Partition divided British India into two independent nations: India and Pakistan. The Indian independence movement engaged in non-violent struggle under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi and diplomacy efforts in international forums in the wake of the Second World War, just as the old British and French empires were on the verge of collapse. As Barney...
August 15, 2017
Whether shutting down completely or going digital-only, many English-language newspapers in Latin American countries, including those in Argentina, Venezuela and Peru, are confronting the realities of technological change. The Internet has upended a previously successful business model for newspapers, as Anglophone immigrants and tourists can now use the Internet to “browse their hometown papers...

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