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UN Security Council OKs African troop surge in Somalia fight against al-Shabab

UN Security Council OKs African troop surge in Somalia fight against al-Shabab | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it
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UN Security Council OKs African troop surge in Somalia fight against al-Shabab
Washington Post
UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council has approved a surge of African Union troops to fight al-Shabab militants in Somalia.
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That's nice. What lovely people the UN are.

 

It's almost as if they have suddenly discovered a use for Africa

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Taking care of business the sneaky way: Transparency International’s 20 year battle with corruption - The World Daily

Taking care of business the sneaky way: Transparency International’s 20 year battle with corruption - The World Daily | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it

Forget the 1 per cent.  A British report last year declared that .0001 per cent of the world’s population hold $21 trillion in hidden assets: equal to the combined GDP of the U.S. and Japan, two of the world’s wealthiest countries.

Meanwhile, a recent survey of more than 110,000 people worldwide found that more than one in four had paid a bribe when dealing with public institutions and services.

If that sounds grim, Transparency International – the global organization dedicated to battling corruption – says that on its 20th anniversary, Friday,  there is still much to celebrate.

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Progress On Iran Nuclear Deal?

Progress On Iran Nuclear Deal? | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it

From www.outsidethebeltway.com- Today, 10:12 AM

Secretary of State John Kerry is in Geneva today, joining European officials at the talks over Iran’s nuclear program amid reports that those talks may be close to a preliminary deal of some kind.

 

With expectations rising of an interim nuclear deal between the major powers and Iran, Secretary of State John Kerry cut short a Middle East trip and flew here on Friday to lead a concerted diplomatic push to close what he and allies described as important issues that still needed to be resolved.


Via Chris Goldsmith
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"important issues" - such as, oh, I don't know ...  "are radical Islamist psychopaths any closer to getting their hands nuclear weapons?"

 

That kind of "issue".

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Americans already think a third of the budget goes to foreign aid. What if it did?

Americans already think a third of the budget goes to foreign aid. What if it did? | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it
Let's increase foreign aid by $1.47 trillion a year. The reasons not to are quite weak.
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But does aid help? Or does it actually make things worse?

 

Everyone should read "Dead Aid" by Dambisa Moyo - a radical look at what aid is and what is does (and doesn't do)

 

(ISBN 978-0141031187  -  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dead-Aid-working-another-Africa/dp/0141031182/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383960143&sr=8-1&keywords=dead+aid )

 

Amazon note: "Dambisa Moyo's Dead Aid reveals why millions are actually poorer because of aid, unable to escape corruption and reduced, in the West's eyes, to a childlike state of beggary.

 

We all want to help. Over the past fifty years $1 trillion of development aid has flowed from Western governments to Africa, with rock stars and actors campaigning for more. But this has not helped Africa. It has ruined it.


Dead Aid shows us another way. Using hard evidence to illustrate her case, Moyo shows how, with access to capital and with the right policies, even the poorest nations can turn themselves around. First we must destroy the myth that aid works - and make charity history."

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Text to Text | Einstein and ‘Where Science and Religion Coexist’

Text to Text | Einstein and ‘Where Science and Religion Coexist’ | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it
We take on the question of the compatibility of science and religion, with a 1930 Op-Ed written by Albert Einstein; a 2013 report on a science and religion conference; and a video of physicist Richard Feynman.

Via Charles Fischer, LostInBeijing
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Charles Fischer's curator insight, October 31, 2013 8:41 AM

A fantastic pairing for exploring science and religion. As a potentially heated and/or controversial topic, make sure to keep the conversation anchored to the texts as much as possible and choose the opening question with care.

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The Third Way: Israel Can't Solve its Asylum Seeker Issue That Easily -Think Africa Press

The Third Way: Israel Can't Solve its Asylum Seeker Issue That Easily -Think Africa Press | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it
Israeli politicians have announced a deal whereby an East African country, believed by most to be Uganda, will accept its African asylum seekers. But is this even legal?

 

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Ku? Poa? Buena onda? What’s Cool Around the World.

Ku? Poa? Buena onda? What’s Cool Around the World. | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it

In America we have at least a passing idea of what's "cool" to us today, even if a singular definition is forever eluding us. But what does it look like in other corners of the world? As with all discussions of cool, this does not attempt to be a comprehensive or conclusive definition of coolness-but rather a snapshot of the concept as perceived outside of the U.S. So here's to being ku, buena onda, or poa—and remember that no matter what anyone else may say, cool can be found pretty much anywhere.

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Bona!

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How #skybluepink and 3,500 strangers comforted dying man - Brian Curtis

How #skybluepink and 3,500 strangers comforted dying man - Brian Curtis | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it

What is the colour of love? For Brandon Curtis -- and now, perhaps, for thousands of strangers around the world -- it's sky blue pink.

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Politics is people.

 

That's why this story is added here.
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ICC rules against Kenya's Ruto

ICC rules against Kenya's Ruto | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it

The International Criminal Court has told Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto he must attend most of his trial on charges of crimes against humanity.

 

Prosecutors had appealed against an earlier decision which would have let him spend most of his time in Kenya.

 

While he must appear at most of his trial, the court ruled he can be excused on a "case by case" basis.

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Saudi Arabia to hit back at US in Syria

Saudi Arabia to hit back at US in Syria | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it
Tensions between the two countries have grown sharply in recent months
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More "Politics by Sulking"

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Where does aid money really go -- and what is it spent on?

Where does aid money really go -- and what is it spent on? | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it
Rich nations may report impressive aid spending, but large amounts of aid money never actually leave donor countries, explains an expert.
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How to rebuild the Republican brand

How to rebuild the Republican brand | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it

The Republican Party drew its lowest approval ratings in history during the US government shutdown and debt ceiling impasse. Political strategists offer five recommendations for how to rebuild the party's brand.

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I keep saying the same thing: we all know what the Republicans are against ... but what are they actually FOR?

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White Supremacist Finds Out He's Part Black

White Supremacist Finds Out He's Part Black | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it
HA! Ha ha ha ha hahahaahaaa!

Via Nathalie96
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It doesn't get much funnier, does it?



I think DNA testing should be compulsory for all racists: https://www.genebase.com/orderAdvanced.php?is_special=ZGFwX3VzX2VuZ191cw==

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Texas anti-LGBT crusader won local election by pretending to be black | The Raw Story

Texas anti-LGBT crusader won local election by pretending to be black | The Raw Story | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it
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The fact that this "conservative white Republican with tea party leanings" see nothing wrong with what he has done tells you everything you need to to know about conservative white Republicans with tea party leanings.

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The trouble with democracy

The trouble with democracy | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it
Government shutdowns, petty policy squabbles, voter disaffection – democracy doesn't seem to work very well. But what's the alternative? And can we rely on muddling through? By David Runciman

Via John Milton
earthdog58's insight:

This is a very thought-provoking essay.

 

But then, does ANY political system actually work? What do we mean by "work"?

 

I was especially interested in what he says about China - there is a lot about the Chinese way of doing things that is really very effective.

 

And there is so much about the ridiculously expensive theatrical nonsense  of the US presidential election system that rather makes one wish for the clearer simplicity of dictatorship.

 

Lee Kuan Yew, anyone?

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MDGs in the LDCs: Six lessons for post-2015

MDGs in the LDCs: Six lessons for post-2015 | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it
AS the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) draws near, the state of delivery regarding these development targets has become a matter of renewed and intense debate. Both national governments and the international development community are preoccupied with generating the ‘final push’ towards accelerated implementation of the MDGs. At the same time, there appears to be an explicit understanding that the MDGs are going to continue beyond 2015 in one form or another. In this regard, the state of attainment of MDGs in the least-developed countries (LDCs) — one of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups of countries — remains a matter of special developmental concern.

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Life of a Salesman: The Youth Bringing Quality Products to Nairobi's Slums | Think Africa Press

Life of a Salesman: The Youth Bringing Quality Products to Nairobi's Slums | Think Africa Press | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it
With a winning smile, a spring in their step and some borrowed high-quality wares, young Nairobi slum-dwellers are helping themselves by helping others.

 

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People will always improvise, adapt, and overcome.

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14 Republicans who might run in 2016

14 Republicans who might run in 2016 | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it
The GOP has a history of nominating people who have run before, which could give heart to some familiar faces. But there’s also a crop of young rising stars who could steal the show.
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Why can't Australian citizens read the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement?

Why can't Australian citizens read the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement? | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it
Brendan Molloy: Journalists have been banned from a briefing about the TPP. Why the secrecy – and why can only wealthy lobbyists access the text?
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Africa must reject regime change, says Zuma

Africa must reject regime change, says Zuma | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it
The people of Africa must reject any idea from outside the continent which would lead to regime change in an African state, President Jacob Zuma has said.
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Because, let's face it, some of these regimes have such a history of succe ... oh, wait.
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earthdog58's curator insight, October 26, 2013 11:46 PM

Because, let's face it, some of these regimes have such a history of succe ... oh, wait.

earthdog58's curator insight, October 26, 2013 11:47 PM
Because, let's face it, some of these regimes have such a history of succe ... oh, wait.
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Merkel's call to Obama: are you bugging my phone?

Merkel's call to Obama: are you bugging my phone? | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it
Germany sees credible evidence of US monitoring of chancellor as NSA surveillance row intensifies
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I wish I could have heard that call - will the NSA put it on youtube?

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Uganda: Corruption Report Fingers Museveni

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A new report on corruption in Uganda names President Yoweri Museveni as one of those responsible for what it calls widespread "bribery, nepotism, and misuse of official positions and resources" in the country.

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Military bulletproofing technology finds a role in some U.S. classrooms | Al Jazeera America

Military bulletproofing technology finds a role in some U.S. classrooms | Al Jazeera America | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it
Hardwire creates bulletproof backpack inserts and whiteboards to protect students and teachers.

Via Nathalie96
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Because this makes better business sense that actually doing something about the guns.

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