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Ceta talks: EU hopes to unblock Canada trade deal - BBC News

Ceta talks: EU hopes to unblock Canada trade deal - BBC News | Global Politics | Scoop.it
The EU Parliament president says he is optimistic that a trade deal between the EU and Canada can be signed despite last-minute obstacles.
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Australia must face up to cost of carbon reductions – European climate expert

Australia must face up to cost of carbon reductions – European climate expert | Global Politics | Scoop.it
Former European commissioner Connie Hedegaard agrees with Tony Abbott that wind turbines are not ‘beautiful’, but calls power plants ‘visually awful’ The former European commissioner for climate action Connie Hedegaard has urged countries to...
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North Korea steps back from war footing after South halts border propaganda

North Korea steps back from war footing after South halts border propaganda | Global Politics | Scoop.it
Military postures to be rolled back by both sides and South Korea will halt loudspeaker broadcasts at the border, calming days of heightened tensions North and South Korea reached agreement early on Tuesday to end a standoff involving an exchange...
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Alexis Holwerda's curator insight, August 31, 2015 10:26 PM

North and South Korea have both agreed to step back from a standoff. Their exchange involved North Korea agreeing to end its "semi state of war."

 

This new development is inherently important to international relations. First, this is an excellent example of reciprocity, as both countries are gaining something out of the deal. Also, tensions between North and South Korea not only affect them, but also their allied countries. Both countries agreed to rollback heightened militaries on their borders, which shows a newfound cooperation between the two.

 

Personally, I feel this development is really important. The two countries have been fighting each other for so long, it is a relief that they are finally starting to compromise. With both countries backing down their militaries, the threat of nuclear war also goes down, which is always a plus.

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Donald Trump, Human Bias, and the Art of the Deal

Donald Trump, Human Bias, and the Art of the Deal | Global Politics | Scoop.it
Tomorrow morning, I teach a seminar on “Perception, Cognition, and Biases” as part of our introductory Think, Decide, and Communicate course.
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How do politicians attempt to influence our thinking about them and their political positions?

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Japan's economy shrinks by 0.4% in a blow for 'Abenomics' growth plan

Japan's economy shrinks by 0.4% in a blow for 'Abenomics' growth plan | Global Politics | Scoop.it
The second quarter of the year saw output contract by 0.4% despite prime minister Shinzo Abe’s huge stimulus programme to reverse years of poor growth Japan’s economy shrunk 0.4% in the second quarter of the year, official data showed on Monday,...
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An added variable to consider in the current development of Japanese foreign policy.

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Protesters from Pacific islands hit by climate change vow to block coal exports in Australia video

Protesters from Pacific islands hit by climate change vow to block coal exports in Australia video | Global Politics | Scoop.it
A group of protesters from islands across the south Pacific have arrived in Australia pledging to block coal exports from the NSW port of Newcastle.
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Russia, Europe, and the new international order | European Council on Foreign Relations

Russia, Europe, and the new international order | European Council on Foreign Relations | Global Politics | Scoop.it
ECFR conducts research and promotes informed debate across Europe on the development of a coherent and effective European foreign policy.
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Racism row Austrian MEP told to quit

Racism row Austrian MEP told to quit | Global Politics | Scoop.it
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Some Eurosceptic parties are more extreme than others.

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US secretly created 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest and undermine government

US secretly created 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest and undermine government | Global Politics | Scoop.it
USAid started ZunZuneo, a social network built on texts, in hope it could be used to organize 'smart mobs' to trigger Cuban spring In July 2010, Joe McSpedon, a US government official, flew to Barcelona to put the final touches on a secret plan to...
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Cholera epidemic in Haiti 'poses major threat to Latin America and Caribbean'

Cholera epidemic in Haiti 'poses major threat to Latin America and Caribbean' | Global Politics | Scoop.it
UN assistant secretary general says deadly outbreak, which has been blamed on UN troops, demands decisive action Haiti needs a "Marshall plan" for water and sanitation to quell a cholera epidemic which poses a major threat to the Caribbean and...
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Ukraine – Cyber Speculation Run Rampant

Ukraine – Cyber Speculation Run Rampant | Global Politics | Scoop.it
With my most of research right now heavily focused on cyber conflict, it might be useful to review all the news on the cyber situation between Ukraine and Russia.  There have been many posts on the Duck and elsewhere covering the conflict (here,...
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A Government to Fill the Void in Lebanon

A Government to Fill the Void in Lebanon | Global Politics | Scoop.it
If the creation of a cabinet does indeed result in intensified efforts to “disassociate” Lebanon from Syria, it may grant Lebanon some well-earned breathing space-but tightening the border could also increase the pressure within Syrian borders.
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Useful primer on Lebanon.

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Denmark reveals €800m tax fraud – the country's biggest

Denmark reveals €800m tax fraud – the country's biggest | Global Politics | Scoop.it
Tax authority alerts police amid suspicion that foreign companies have defrauded its system over past three years Denmark’s tax authority said on Wednesday that it had alerted police after foreign companies appeared to have drained more than 800m...
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Serbia and Kosovo in cooperation deal

Serbia and Kosovo in cooperation deal | Global Politics | Scoop.it
EU announces step towards normality in relationship that has remained volatile since war that was followed by majority ethnic Albanian region breaking away Related: Kosovans risk perils of roads, forests and criminals in chase for better life in...
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A bit of better news from the Western Balkans for a change and a reminder that the EU can deliver important diplomatic action.
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International Affairs Today: Towards Order or Anarchy?

Organised by PSIG with GCSP Chair: Michael Parmly Speakers: Michael Moller, Acting Director General of United Nations Office in Geneva Miguel Angel ...
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Good discussion of this issue.

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Brazilian president under fire as tens of thousands protest in 200 cities

Brazilian president under fire as tens of thousands protest in 200 cities | Global Politics | Scoop.it
Dilma Rousseff faces calls for impeachment and accusations of corruptionDemonstrators take on leaders: ‘We don’t have politicians – we have thieves’ Tens of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets on Sunday to protest against President Dilma...
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Island dispute drags on: Abe's Russian diplomacy draws sneers in Moscow, baffles West- Nikkei Asian Review

Island dispute drags on: Abe's Russian diplomacy draws sneers in Moscow, baffles West- Nikkei Asian Review | Global Politics | Scoop.it
MOSCOW -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is taking diplomatic risks with little prospect of a payoff in his push to improve Japan's relations with Russia.
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Interesting to see how the shifting power patterns are impacting on the foreign policy of different states.

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Getting Started with Online Teaching


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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, April 9, 2014 9:43 AM

There are two stages-the development phase and the teaching phase-with plenty of steps provided on how to complete both stages.

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Election result could transform India’s defence industry

Election result could transform India’s defence industry | Global Politics | Scoop.it
INDIA has been trying to establish a robust high-tech indigenous defence industry for many years.
But the 2014 data on international arms transfers recently released by the Stockholm International
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This is interesting.  India's position in the wider power structure is to some extent undermined by its inability to source its own weapons systems.

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How China is affecting Europe's position in the world - The Economist

How China is affecting Europe's position in the world - The Economist | Global Politics | Scoop.it
How China is affecting Europe's position in the world
The Economist
Barack Obama and Xi Jinping both paid homage to the European Union and sought better trade relations with Europe, the world's biggest exporter.
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Interesting piece from both a Great power politics perspective as well as diplomatic culture

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Mexican vigilantes who ousted Knights Templar cartel could bring new violence

Mexican vigilantes who ousted Knights Templar cartel could bring new violence | Global Politics | Scoop.it
Government feels unable to disarm militias without handing back control to the drug gang they helped defeat in Michoacán
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The challenges of sovereignty.

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Pakistan poised to launch military push against Taliban

Pakistan poised to launch military push against Taliban | Global Politics | Scoop.it
Defence minister warns that government will bomb militant hideouts or invade tribal areas if insurgent attacks continue Pakistan could launch a full-scale military operation against Pakistani Taliban insurgents in tribal areas near the Afghan...
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Ukraine crisis: US-Europe rifts surfacing as Putin tightens Crimea grip

Ukraine crisis: US-Europe rifts surfacing as Putin tightens Crimea grip | Global Politics | Scoop.it
Barack Obama threatens to 'isolate Russia' as EU ministers resist trade sanctions A rift appeared to be opening up on Monday night between the US and Europe on how to punish Vladimir Putin for his occupation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula, with...
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