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A collection of news items on the current (April 2015) situation in Yemen <br> <br> Global Politics - as in the IB Diploma course of that name (although this page is not connected to the IBO directly in any way)
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Climate justice | Our position | The Elders

Climate justice | Our position | The Elders | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it

The Elders is an independent group of global leaders who work together for peace and human rights. They were brought together in 2007 by Nelson Mandela.

 

The Elders believe that 2014 is a critical year for action on climate change. As we rapidly approach the tipping point beyond which climate change may become irreversible, we risk inflicting one of the greatest injustices in human history, denying future generations their right to a liveable, sustainable planet. If we fail to act now, the whole of humanity stands to lose.

 

A solution is possible. We possess the tools and the technology to move towards a low-carbon economy and end our reliance on fossil fuels. With bold, transformative leadership at the global level and insight and innovation from the grassroots, we can unite around the shared vision of a sustainable, equitable world.

 

The Elders stand for solidarity and justice for climate change’s victims. We call for visionary leadership to set us on course for a carbon-neutral future. As former leaders, the Elders know that this will not be easy. But if there was ever a cause to unite mankind, climate change must surely be it.

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Pope Francis drops F-bomb

Pope Francis drops F-bomb | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it
Pope Francis inadvertently demonstrated his own fallibility during an address in St Peter’s Square when he mistakenly said the Italian word for “f---”

Via No Such Thing As The News
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As  non-Catholic, I don't really believe in the concept of the Papacy.

 

However, Pope Francis an ordinary human being - and for any leader that is important. Too many religious and political leaders in the world have the unfortunate habit of believing that they are better than the rest of us, that they know more, are above the petty lives of mere mortals.

 

Francis is not like that - he is one of us plebs (albeit an extremely intelligent and gifted pleb). And if we have to have a Pope, than he is the kind of Pope we should have - a man who reminds people daily that the essential Christian message is one of compassion.

 

Now - how can we get a better class of politician?

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Oscar Pistorius murder trial begins, with South Africa transfixed

Oscar Pistorius murder trial begins, with South Africa transfixed | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it
Bid to ascertain whether athlete deliberately killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp being compared to OJ Simpson trial
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This is going to cover the news pages over the next few weeks - well, between items about WW3 starting in the Crimea

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Ukraine 'on the brink of disaster' as Russian troop movements prompt stand-off

Ukraine 'on the brink of disaster' as Russian troop movements prompt stand-off | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it
They stood together with their arms linked: a priest, a former soldier, two housewives and a teacher, among the dozen women and men in front of a Ukrainian military base the Russian troops wanted to enter and disarm.
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An Open Letter to Africa's Leaders - Joaquim Chissano, former President of Mozambique | Soapbox

An Open Letter to Africa's Leaders - Joaquim Chissano, former President of Mozambique | Soapbox | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it

 

This is a transformative moment for Africa – and indeed, for the world.

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Chissano speaks in a voice of decent humanity amid the ignorant barbarity rising around us

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Chissano speaks in a voice of decent humanity amid the ignorant barbarity rising around us.

 

earthdog58's curator insight, March 1, 2014 5:23 AM

 

Chissano speaks in a  voice of decent humanity amid the ignorant barbarity rising around us

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It's time to reassess the goals of humanitarian aid | David Miliband

It's time to reassess the goals of humanitarian aid | David Miliband | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it
David Miliband: Those caught in conflict and natural disasters are part of growing trend exemplified by Syria, South Sudan and the Philippines
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China's smog is 'Nuclear Winter' bad

China's smog is 'Nuclear Winter' bad | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it
Just how lousy is Beijing's air these days? Chinese President Xi Jinping found it necessary to demonstrate his support for the people by ... walking around and breathing yesterday.
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I couldn't even see that far on Tuesday

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The Koreas at Night : Image of the Day

The Koreas at Night : Image of the Day | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it
Night lights illustrate dramatically the relative economic activity of cities and countries.
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Why emerging economies need a different development model

Why emerging economies need a different development model | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it

Ever since the investment bank Goldman Sachs launched the acronym BRICSin the global debate in 2001, there has been much talk about the rise of new powers in the global economy. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have become the symbols of an alleged global shift, from an old economic system led by the so-called ‘West’ (the US and Europe) to a new development trajectory, spearheaded by traditionally ‘under-developed’ countries.

 

Yet, the reality appears much more complex than this ‘global power shift’ rhetoric would suggest.


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Very interesting article looking at a variety of alternative viewpoints.

 

 

 

And, no, I have no idea why they chose that picture.

 

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Why emerging economies need a different development model

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The Problem With Little White Girls (and Boys)

The Problem With Little White Girls (and Boys) | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it

White people aren’t told that the color of their skin is a problem very often. We sail through police check points, don’t garner sideways glances in affluent neighborhoods, and are generally understood to be predispositioned for success based on a physical characteristic (the color of our skin) we have little control over beyond sunscreen and tanning oil.

 

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A very thought-provoking article - required reading before planning a Gap Year.

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Beyond the Bubble, Beyond Fukushima: Reconsidering the History of Postwar Japan

Beyond the Bubble, Beyond Fukushima: Reconsidering the History of Postwar Japan | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it

by Christopher Gerteis and Timothy S. George1 Christopher Gerteis and Timothy S. George make a case for revisiting Japan’s postwar history in the second decade of the twenty-first century. 

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A very thorough introduction to the topic.

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Ukraine: Neo-Nazi Criminal State Looming

Ukraine: Neo-Nazi Criminal State Looming | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it
“There are many who do not know they are fascists but will find it out when the time comes.” Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

 

After signing a void agreement on “crisis settlement” on Friday, the situation in Ukraine has rapidly got out of control of its signatories and “witnesses”. No provisions of this document were fulfilled. The legitimate authorities fled (or tried to flee) the country, the governmental buildings in Kiev are taken by the revolutionary mob. The radicals are dictating the new rules to façade opposition “leaders” who desperately try to bridle theMaidan.

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Nigerian languages fight for survival

Nigerian languages fight for survival | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it

Dozens of local languages in Nigeria are under threat because of neglect and outside influences, it's been reported.

 

Of Nigeria's 529 official languages, 62 are "in trouble" or "dying", the Lagos-based Guardian newspaper reports. Up to 200 Nigerian languages may be at risk in the future, the paper says.

 

Nigeria is one of the most linguistically diverse countries on earth, says Kole Omotoso, a professor at Adekunle Ajasin University. But many children don't learn their mother-tongues, so languages need to be protected and more widely taught in order to survive. "Nigerian languages remain very poorly researched compared with indigenous languages in Europe, the Americas and Australias," he adds.

earthdog58's insight:

Why should we "save" minority languages?

 

HOW do we save them?  Are full and varied recordings of the language in use, alongside dictionaries and grammars enough?

 

If we are to save them as living languages, how do we make that happen? Should we PAY people to keep languages alive? What other incentive do they have?

 

How can this all be funded? Individual countries? UNESCO?

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Russia and Ukraine: the military imbalance – graphic

Russia and Ukraine: the military imbalance – graphic | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it

Ukraine's forces in Crimea are outnumbered and outgunned, and in the east it has precious few forces at all

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Good odds on the Russians, then?

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Kerry on Russia: “You just don’t” invade another country “on a completely trumped up pretext”

Kerry on Russia: “You just don’t” invade another country “on a completely trumped up pretext” | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it
Kerry unironically called out Putin for invading Ukraine "in order to assert [his] interests" VIDEO

Via Nathalie96
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You have to laugh, eh? American and their wacky sense of humour.
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Ukraine crisis: Nato ‘betrayal’ and Brussels rhetoric pushing Vladimir Putin to act

Ukraine crisis: Nato ‘betrayal’ and Brussels rhetoric pushing Vladimir Putin to act | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it

The Americans, Churchill supposedly said, could be relied upon to do the right thing, but only after they had exhausted all the alternatives.

  

With Vladimir Putin, you might be tempted to turn that aphorism upside down: after toying with all the better options, he turns around and plumps for the absolute worst.

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21 Signs You've Been British Too Long

21 Signs You've Been British Too Long | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it
If all of these things apply to you, you may have been British too long. No need to panic.

 

(Many of these are from British Problems , which is a helpful support group if you need it.)

earthdog58's insight:

 

Why is this Global Politics?

 

Well, because we, the British, are the pinnacle of human evolution. We are simply the best.

 

That's it.

 

And everybody else knows that - but just won't admit it out aloud.

 

OK, we have had a line of increasingly crappy, moronically stupid, and morally bankrupt, governments, who have been an embarrassment to us - but which country can say they haven't? That is the nature of government - they are always knobs who spoil things for the rest of use. When they were in school, politicians were the smarmy, kiss-arse, teacher's pets who asked for extra homework; nicked people'sTwix; toadied around the bullies and fed them targets; or who snitched on the kid who drew the boobs on the blackboard when the teacher nipped out of the room for a a quick gin.

 

But the British people? We are the best.

 

And honestly, while this Buzzfeed link is funny, one can NEVER be British for too long.

 

Look at this one too: http://www.buzzfeed.com/awesomer/how-to-raise-a-proper-british-child

 

The more British people there are in the world, the better the world will be.

 

Actually.

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Scramble for Africa threatens to leave continent starving

Scramble for Africa threatens to leave continent starving | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it

In five short years, rich countries have acquired about 80 million hectares of land in Africa and other developing countries in what is now a worrying trend.

 

Critics have dubbed this “the big land grab”, or “the new type of neo-colonialism”. What is happening?

 

Now, foreigners have always owned land in Africa. What is new in this “second scramble for Africa” is the scale, size and more importantly, the exclusion of civil society and local communities in the process.

earthdog58's insight:

And this is so Europeans can have fruits and vegetables out of season.

 

The level of corruption in making these deals must be huge beyond the wildest dreams of the ever fatter politicians.

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Freedom in the World 2014 Freedom House

Freedom in the World 2014                    Freedom House | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it

The state of freedom declined for the eighth consecutive year in 2013, according to Freedom in the World 2014, Freedom House’s annual country-by-country report on global political rights and civil liberties.

Particularly notable were developments in Egypt, which endured across-the-board reversals in its democratic institutions following a military coup. There were also serious setbacks to democratic rights in other large, politically influential countries, including Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Venezuela, and Indonesia.

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Low-level cadres in China complain about a “difficult” new year amid corruption crackdown

Low-level cadres in China complain about a “difficult” new year amid corruption crackdown | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it
For these civil servants, a difficult life has nothing to do with survival. It’s only a matter of whether they can continue to abuse power.
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If only they'd let Xiao Dave take control!

 

http://www.youarerong.com/

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Al Qaeda branch in Syria issues ultimatum to splinter group

Al Qaeda branch in Syria issues ultimatum to splinter group | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it

ThAl Qaeda militia in Syria gives radical splinter group five days to end infighting and accept arbitration from Sunni clerics or face expulsion from the region.

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Things can only get worse

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Bloody Battles in Kiev

Bloody Battles in Kiev | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it
Flames engulfed the main anti-government protest camp on Kiev's Independence Square as riot police tried to force demonstrators out following the bloodiest clashes in three months of protests
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Powerful images from right inside the protests.

 

Pictures of a country breaking apart.

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Drone Wars: UK Becomes New Pakistan? Live Drone Training Flights Target Local Residents

Drone Wars: UK Becomes New Pakistan? Live Drone Training Flights Target Local Residents | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it

Drone Wars UK understands that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) will announce on Monday (24 Feb) that live training flights of the Watchkeeper drone will begin over Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire.

 

The Watchkeeper drone has been developed under a £900m MoD contract by U-TacS,  a joint-venture company owned by Thales UK and Israeli company Elbit Systems.  Watchkeeper has now gained certification from the Military Aviation Authority  - who said that the drone has met “an acceptable level for design safety and integrity”  - and has been given an interim release to service, which will allow army crews to begin training flights.  It should be noted that while Reaper drones are flown by RAF pilots with previous experience of flying, the Watchkeeper is operated by the army and flown by members of the Royal Artillery.

earthdog58's insight:

 

I'm not sure which part of this story worries me most.

 

But there is one part that I find specifically unnerving: "the Watchkeeper is operated by the army and flown by members of the Royal Artillery".

 

Now, I am sure the RA chaps are splendid fellows, and good at what they have been trained to do - shoot big guns.

 

I'm not intending to sound frivolous when I ask about the link between flying a drone and being good at video games.

 

The army is already touring the video arcades of the nation, isn't it?

 

 

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