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September 3, 2019
The United Kingdom faces an October deadline, already extended, for exiting the European Union. A majority of UK parliament members from a mix of parties united in emergency debate to defeat the government on a no-deal Brexit after the prime minister announced a five-week suspension. The opposition fears economic chaos, disruption to travel and basic supplies and a hard border for Ireland, but...
Ross Gittins September 2, 2019
Advanced economies no longer work the way they once did, and no one should expect a return to "normal" anytime soon. Economists disagree about the reasons. For now, governments and citizens must adjust to a new normal, explains Ross Gittins for the Sydney Morning Herald. Some Australian leaders prepare to adjust for declines in economic growth, productivity and interest rates. Australia...
David M. Halbfinger, Ben Hubbard and Ronen Bergman September 2, 2019
Conflicts in the Middle East tend to attract interventions and proxy wars with regional players trying to reduce the influence of rivals. A team of writers for the New York Times reports that a shadow war between Israel and Iran is escalating with Israel pushing back at Iran's expansion in Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq and Syria. “Israel accuses Iran of trying to establish an overland arms-supply...
Rudabeh Shahid, Champa Patel and Ravi Hemadri September 1, 2019
Far-right governments abruptly revise policies and eliminate rights for immigrants and religious minorities, leaving some stateless. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees estimates there are 10 million stateless people worldwide. India has stripped the state of Jammu and Kashmir of autonomy and special status, and similar disenfranchisement is underway for as many as 4 million Muslims in Assam....
Vivienne Walt September 1, 2019
China’s investment in the historic port of Piraeus has lifted Greece’s economy and dampened populist opposition to foreign investment. “Situated at the edge of Athens – a short sail from the Middle East and Africa – the port has been a strategic jewel for nearly 2,500 years, ever since the Athenians and Spartans defeated the Persian emperor in a nearby sea battle for Mediterranean supremacy,”...
Morgan Meaker August 31, 2019
China has been accused of detaining as many as 3 million Uyghurs and other Muslims, most from Xinjiang province, including the highly educated and even members of the Chinese Communist Party, in reeducation camps. China targets the Uyghurs out of insecurity over any separatist movement and ideological competition from religion. “During the past decade, Uyghurs have reported ongoing human rights...
August 29, 2019
Italy has formed a new government under Premier-designate Giuseppe Conte nine days after he resigned. The new coalition of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the center-left Democratic Party is less hostile to the European Union than the previous coalition that included the far-right Nationalist League. The 5-Star Movement led all parties in the 2018 legislative election, with more than...