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It may seem far-off, but we can already see, amid the clamour for climate action, support for dangerous distractions such as -national justice and equity dimensions. They correctly frame equity as non-negotiable and as the key to climate ambition rather than an obstacle. This is exactly the kind of attitude that the world urgently needs […]

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“Today is the first seance,” says a short-haired woman in a pink cocktail dress, seconds before blissful footage of fog flowing over a lake takes over the screen while acoustic guitar music plays. The scene is meant to give viewers a taste of the mysteries to come, but it feels more like the beginning of […]

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Russia Rejects UN Statement Singling Out Hafter’s Forces

April 8, 2019           |                                       

Russia blocked attempted UN Security Council measures on the ongoing fighting around Libya’s capital of Tripoli, objecting to language which singled out the Libyan National Army (LNA) of Khalifa Hafter and demanding that they immediately halt all activity. Russia is not the only nation seen as favoring the LNA, as both Egypt and the United […]

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“Funding is…a matter of collective experimentation – and even of historical creation or invention.” This quote – from Brazilian academic and activist Marcelo Lopez de Souza – sums up one of the key lessons we’ve learnt from working with a diverse range of community development practitioners and academics from across the globe who are grappling […]

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We are in a radical moment. The planet is burning. Inequality is biting. Nationalism is on the rise. Resurgent but nostalgic ideologies, from statist socialism to the nationalist right, will fail to meet these challenges. The former saps freedom and innovation; the latter is obsessed by vilifying ‘enemies’ rather than providing real answers. At their […]

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The Ukrainian presidential elections have come down to a choice between a crook and a clown. So far the clown is winning. Volodymyr Zelensky, a prominent comedian without political experience, received 30 percent of the vote in a multi-candidate election last Sunday. Incumbent President Petro Poroshenko, a corrupt oligarch, came in second with 16 percent. […]

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Like all novelists—women novelists especially—Sally Rooney is often asked stupid questions. In an interview with The Tangerine magazine after the 2017 release of her first novel, Conversations with Friends, she described being asked by a radio host whether she (like the novel’s protagonist, Frances) had ever had an affair with a married man. Besides being […]

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<!– –> (Alex Wong/Getty Images) Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has sued the FEC in an attempt to overturn rules that limit how much money a candidate can raise to reimburse themselves for campaign loans, Buzzfeed News reported Monday. Current rules allow candidates to raise up to $250,000 from donors to repay personal loans. Cruz loaned […]

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Venezuela's Maduro Announces Major Energy Rationing Amid New Power Outages

April 1, 2019           |                                       

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced that the government will reduce the length of the country’s workday and keep schools closed as it attempts to ration electricity in the face of continued power cuts. Maduro said in a nationally televised address on March 31 that the 30-day plan will help deal with the power outages […]

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What are we supposed to do with rural America? This is a question that keeps Paul Krugman up at night. It bothers him because he’s both a liberal and a true believer in capitalism. He sees deindustrialization—capitalism’s logical consequence —leaving people behind in rural areas, but he doesn’t have a way to square this troubling […]

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Most Americans don’t realize it, but the United States didn’t always have a President. From 1781 to 1789, the nation was governed by the Articles of Confederation, which due to fears about creating another king put all the power in the hands of the states. This quickly became unworkable, so the states called for the […]

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U.S. Lawmakers Rip Trump’s Proposal For Massive State Department Funding Cut

March 28, 2019           |                                       

U.S. lawmakers from both parties have ripped President Donald Trump’s plan to drastically cut funding for the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Representative Eliot Engel, Democratic chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said on March 27 that Trump’s proposal was “dead” on arrival in Congress. “This budget…signals to the […]

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Don’t Make A 'Mess' In Space, U.S. Warns Countries After Indian Test Launch

March 28, 2019           |                                       

India says it has successfully test-fired an antisatellite weapon in a move that brought a warning from the United States that countries around the world should avoid making a “mess” in space from all the debris. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a live broadcast on March 27 that Indian scientists had destroyed one of […]

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The leadership of the Congressional Progressive Caucus has met with the top brass at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and pushed back hard against a new party policy to blacklist consultants who work with primary challengers. Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., vice chair of the caucus, was also in the meeting with Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., […]

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