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Global Politics - Yemen
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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Watch This Indian Actress Shut Down A Reporter For Telling Her To Keep Quiet About Women's Rights

Watch This Indian Actress Shut Down A Reporter For Telling Her To Keep Quiet About Women's Rights | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it
"As a woman, I should lie about the state of women that's in our country?"

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China sends fighter jets into disputed air space - FT.com

China sends fighter jets into disputed air space - FT.com | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it
China sent fighter jets into its new air defence zone on Thursday further escalating tensions in the East China Sea that have also drawn in the US.
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Now I got quite excited when I read that the USA had sent bombers into the area.

 

Bomb the islands, I thought, and keep bombing them until there is nothing left showing over the water.

 

More and more world politics reminds me of toddlers fighting over toys.

 

Am I just getting too jaded and cynical?

 

Seriously, it's a tiny planet - why can't we get along? We don't have room for a naughty corner.

 

 

 

 

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China escalates islands dispute with Japan

China escalates islands dispute with Japan | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it
US warns Beiljing it will back up Tokyo as China sets up 'defence zone' around Senkakus
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What would Thatcher do?

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In Tanzania, MOOCs Seen as "Too Western"

In Tanzania, MOOCs Seen as "Too Western" | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it
For many low income countries around the world, including Tanzania, MOOCs are being hailed as digital salvation, bringing “elite” education to the masses.

 

But not everyboy sees it the same way.


Via Online Africa
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The question of what education we really need in the 21st Century, and how we actually go about delivering it, is a question that has to be answered.

 

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Dad-of-three's random act of kindness as he sits outside coffee shop like a homeless person and GIVES out cash

Dad-of-three's random act of kindness as he sits outside coffee shop like a homeless person and GIVES out cash | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it
Dickon Johnstone, 37, ended up giving away £36 in just 30 minutes in Aylesbury town centre
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This is a really nice story

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Police: Lambeth slavery victims initially 'lived in a collective' with male suspect

Police: Lambeth slavery victims initially 'lived in a collective' with male suspect | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it
Detectives investigating slavery allegations involving three women in south London think that two of the victims initially began living with the male suspect in a like-minded “collective”.
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This gets weirder.

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Beyond the politics of climate change

Beyond the politics of climate change | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it

NOW is probably a watershed moment for the climate change debate. A concise summary of a section of the long-awaited 5th assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change came end-September this year, asserting that scientists are 95 per cent convinced that humans are the ‘dominant cause’ of global warming since the 1950s. The report makes that claim despite observing an inexplicable ‘pause’ in warming since 1998, which it conspicuously downplays. This has brought the pitched battle between the climate sceptics and the climate evangelists to a new crescendo. To put more fuel to the fire, there has been a sharper polarisation of a new North-South divide on another popular debate, i.e. why should the most vulnerable countries in the South suffer because of the major polluters in the North. To make things even more interesting, everyone is watching China, the wild card that is sure to tip the equilibrium in this geopolitical posturing.


Via IFPRI South Asia
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"more fuel to the fire"? Surely that 's the last thing we need?
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All about Adam

All about Adam | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it

THAT old-time religion is strong in America. To take just one measure, for decades more than 40% of all Americans have consistently told Gallup pollsters that God created humans in pretty much their current form, less than 10,000 years ago. They are embracing an account of man’s origins promoted by Young Earth Creationists who lean on a painstakingly literal reading of the Scriptures, swatting aside the counter-claims of science (fossils are a relic of Noah’s flood, they argue, and evolution is a myth peddled by atheists). In a recent poll 58% of Republicans and 41% of Democrats backed creationism. The glue that underpins such faith is the principle of Biblical inerrancy—a certainty that the Scriptures are infallibly and unchangingly true.

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One thing that bothers me about this whole debate is the human energy that is taken away from solving the real and evident problems that the world faces today.

 

The real world - the one outside the window - the one with people in it.

 

With so many people in the world facing hunger, or with no easy access to safe drinking water; with all the forms of physical, psychological, and political violence that surround us ... does it really make any difference what we believe about how life started?

 

Do an atheist and a theist arguing about evolution and creation make the world a better place?

 

Does scoring points in a debate help feed a child? Dig a well? Build a school?

 

And if they don't, what IS the point?

 

As a friend of mine used to say: "Don't tell me what you believe - tell me what you DO"

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Listen! Beowulf opening line misinterpreted for 200 years

Listen! Beowulf opening line misinterpreted for 200 years | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it
It is perhaps the most important word in one of the greatest and most famous sentences in the history of the English language.
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OK, nothing to do with politics - but it's Beowulf, the Sutton Hoo helmet, and Seamus.

 

That's more than enough reason to share it.

 

The only better reason would be if it included a video of Seamus reciting Beowulf in the original, while wearing the helmet.

 

I came over all faint as I typed that last sentence.

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ICC to prosecute former heads of states, even if their countries are not ICC members…

ICC to prosecute former heads of states, even if their countries are not ICC members… | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it
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A dream so many of us have is to see Blair and Bush in court

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Britons are 'less optimistic for their children than parents in Nigeria, Ghana and Uganda' - Telegraph

Britons are 'less optimistic for their children than parents in Nigeria, Ghana and Uganda' - Telegraph | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it
Almost three quarters of British parents believe their children will be worse off than they were, a study has found (Britons are 'less optimistic for their children than parents in Nigeria, Ghana and Uganda' http://t.co/PUDGfoA7Ks)...

Via Yekoz
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Africans can clearly see - and believe - that things will get better for future generations.

 

Why not the British?

 

What does "worse off" mean for each if these groups? Health? Education? Material possessions?

 

Is it an "apple and oranges" situation?

 

 

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The rules

The rules | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it

Rafael Behr: An etiquette guide to rewriting history.

 

The Conservatives have tried to expunge from the internet all speeches and press releases dating from the time before David Cameron became prime minister.

 

This naturally led everyone on the internet to remind themselves of all the things Cameron once said, compare them to things he had done, and so understand immediately why he would want them deleted. This demonstrates the first rule of rewriting history – it only works if people don't notice that you've done it.

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12 Brilliant Political Cartoons From 2013

12 Brilliant Political Cartoons From 2013 | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it
Britain doesn't just have some of the best journalists in the world, it has excellent cartoonists too . Here are 12 of the best from the last year, taken from The Best of Britain's Politica...

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What does secularism mean to you? | Rationalist Association

Our panel, including Will Self, AL Kennedy, Jenni Murray and Jim Al-Khalili, give their views.

 

This feature is an exclusive preview from the Winter 2013 issue of New Humanist magazine, which is published by the Rationalist Association

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Jim Al-Khalili: "... to me, secularism means freedom: freedom to think what I want and to hold a worldview that is not forced upon me by government or society."

 

There is nothing wrong with that, surely.

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Vatican displays Saint Peter's bones for the first time

Vatican displays Saint Peter's bones for the first time | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it
Pope Francis holds relics thought to belong to the apostle during mass at St Peter's Square
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Bone worship? Isn't this the 21st century?

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A Visual Guide To Teaching Students Digital Citizenship Skills

A Visual Guide To Teaching Students Digital Citizenship Skills | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it
While looking for a better way to start teaching students digital citizenship skills, one teacher decided to make a visual guide herself - and share it!

Via Mario Zidar
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Global Politics includes the digital world
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Japan warns of 'unpredictable events' over China's new air zone

Japan warns of 'unpredictable events' over China's new air zone | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida warned Sunday that "unpredictable events" could follow China's unilateral declaration of an air defence zone over waters including disputed Tokyo-controlled islands.
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They could throw a big party for the Chinese government, with games, and balloons, and ice-cream, and cake - THAT is the only thing that would be unpredictable.
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Iran, world powers reach historic nuclear deal

Iran, world powers reach historic nuclear deal | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it
The agreement halts progress at Iran’s major nuclear facilities, eases some sanctions.
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This is probably a good thing.

 

Who knows?

 

But at least Kerry can pronounce "Iran" correctly.

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Software Is Reorganizing the World | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

Software Is Reorganizing the World | Wired Opinion | Wired.com | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it
When cloud formations take physical shape, neither their scale nor duration has an upper bound: We may begin to see cloud towns, then cloud cities, and ultimately cloud countries. At first this sounds rather implausible.
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Call me a reactionary old Luddite (and don't think you'd be the first) - but is anyone else just a little bit scared by all this?

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Community Post: 10 Teenage Girls Who Have Changed The World

Community Post: 10 Teenage Girls Who Have Changed The World | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it
Teen girls get a bad rap as either screaming fangirls or emotional messes. That's not entirely fair.

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Be afraid, boys, very afraid.
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'We need more wars': Head of controversial private outsourcing firm blames lack of conflict for spectacular collapse in Army recruitment since it took charge

'We need more wars': Head of controversial private outsourcing firm blames lack of conflict for spectacular collapse in Army recruitment since it took charge | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it
The head of a controversial private outsourcing firm accused of presiding over a collapse in Army recruitment has attempted to blame a lack of war for its failure to sign up new soldiers.
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War! huh, yeah. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing ... well, except business. It's good for business.

 

Pindar does, however, make a very interesting point.

 

A couple of links quickly found:

http://cultureofpeaceprogram.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=612:is-it-true-that-war-is-good-for-society&catid=86:social-theory-eng&Itemid=263


http://www.jstor.org/stable/25102290

 

http://www.opendemocracy.net/globalization-vision_reflections/war_sense_3970.jsp

 

eprints.lse.ac.uk/28496/1/WP48.2.pdf‎ qcpages.qc.edu/~redwards/Papers/edwards-warcosts.pdfqcpages.qc.edu/~redwards/Papers/edwards-warcosts.pdf  

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Warning of language skills shortage

Warning of language skills shortage | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it

The UK has an "alarming shortage" of people able to speak the 10 languages vital to our future prosperity and global standing, warns a report.

 

Schools should teach a wider range of languages, with language skills given the same status as the sciences and maths, argues the British Council.

 

More adults should learn at least one new language, say the authors.

 

Failure to act risks the UK losing out "both economically and culturally", said John Worne of the British Council.

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Old guard's candidate beats favourite in tense Maldives vote

Old guard's candidate beats favourite in tense Maldives vote | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it
MALDIVES-ELECTION/ (UPDATE 3, PIX, TV):UPDATE 3-Old guard's candidate beats favourite in tense Maldives vote
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Transatlantic exchanges that helped take the West to war

Transatlantic exchanges that helped take the West to war | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it

In Sir John Chilcot’s diplomatic shorthand, they are the “difficult documents”.


For the rest of us – those looking to brand Tony Blair and George Bush as war criminals, or those who believe the pair saved Iraq from the excesses of Saddam and the world from a potential WMD catastrophe – they are the communications that will reveal how close Washington and Whitehall were in the run-up to the 2003 war.

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in the dock

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