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Tamara Qiblawi October 22, 2019
Thousands have turned out throughout Lebanon to protest an economy in decline. About 30 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, and 30 percent of the people are also refugees. Public debt is high and young adults are abandoning the stagnant economy. The government has passed austerity measures, and fury erupted after a tax was proposed on voice over internet protocol calls on...
Tonda MacCharles October 22, 2019
Justin Trudeau will continue on as Canada’s prime minister but without winning a majority in the 338-seat Commons, he will be forced to negotiate with other parties. Preliminary results showed he was 13 seats short. Conservatives won the overall popular vote, defeating some high-profile ministers. “The overall result reflected voter ambivalence toward the two major federal parties, which had been...
October 22, 2019
Rising energy costs lead to consternation in emerging economies, especially net importers of oil as well as the many that rely on fuel subsidies. A proposed hike in subway fares by Chile's President Sebastián Piñera prompted protests that led to protests, clashes with security forces – leading to more than 300 arrests and three deaths. “The protest by students began on Monday when hundreds...
Dana Milbank October 21, 2019
Whether on denying climate change is a problem or pulling US troops from Syria while giving Kurdish allies five days to avoid Turkish forces, Donald Trump rationalizes policies that the rest of the world find incomprehensible. The US president seems alone against the world, suggests Dana Milbank for the Washington Post. Trump blames the intelligence community, the news media, academia and...
October 21, 2019
Plastic sachets are the plastic bags used to package and redistribute bulk supplies of all types of food and other small items. The Philippines, an economy that participates in such repackaging, uses about 60 billion plastic sachets each year, suggests the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives. Engineers in the Philippines have developed a process that shreds and mixes such plastic waste...
Roya Mahboob October 20, 2019
International aid for Afghanistan funds programs that strengthen democracy, while improving health and education systems. The young country, with a median population of 25 and a population of 35 million, struggles with poverty, extremism, political divisions and large numbers of children going uneducated. The World Bank estimated the per capita income at $560. “Human rights groups continue to...
Oleksiy Sorokin. October 19, 2019
Government officials withholding military aid to Ukraine for a political favor is at the heart of an impeachment inquiry underway since September 24. A telephone call and testimony to three committees of the House of Representatives indicate that Donald Trump directed his private attorney and government staff to re-investigate and disqualify numerous US investigations that have found Russia was...