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The Wuhan Virus Could Hurt the Party’s Legitimacy

Foreign Policy - Fri, 31/01/2020 - 19:18
Local authorities are taking a bigger hit than the central government.

Quand l'homme a peur de son nombre

Le Monde Diplomatique - Fri, 31/01/2020 - 19:10
La planète semble hantée par la menace de la surpopulation. Cette hantise trouve naturellement sa place dans les ouvrages de science-fiction. Mais, alors que le discours xénophobe se gave, en Occident, de slogans racistes pour préserver la virginité blanche, rares sont les écrivains contemporains (...) / , , - 1990/06

Northern Ireland Is in a Culture War. Brexit Is Making It Worse.

Foreign Policy - Fri, 31/01/2020 - 18:59
Nationalists and unionists are in a battle for cultural supremacy, complicating the U.K.’s withdrawal from the EU.

State Department Pressed Pompeo to Emphasize ‘One Mission’ in Ukraine

Foreign Policy - Fri, 31/01/2020 - 17:49
Memo urges secretary of state to cut through confusion created by impeachment testimony.

Suriname’s climate promise, for a sustainable future

UN News Centre - Fri, 31/01/2020 - 17:37
Suriname has become the second nation globally to outline updated plans to fight climate change in the hope of ensuring that any future increase in the temperature of the planet does not exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

US Middle East peace plan ‘lopsided’, says independent UN rights expert

UN News Centre - Fri, 31/01/2020 - 17:29
A United States plan released this week to resolve the decades-long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is “lopsided” and will only entrench occupation, an independent UN human rights expert said on Friday. 

Do not confuse food charity with ‘right to food’, UN expert tells Italians, labelling food system exploitative

UN News Centre - Fri, 31/01/2020 - 17:25
A sophisticated Italian food system is placing a heavy burden on Italy’s workers and farmers, an independent UN human rights expert said on Friday, following an 11-day visit to the country that many regard as the world’s food capital.

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Le Monde Diplomatique - Fri, 31/01/2020 - 17:08
Dans une série historique constellée d'énormités, on peut relever quelques morceaux de bravoure. Les réalisateurs ne semblent même pas avoir pris la peine de relire leur scénario : entre le deuxième et le dernier épisode d'« Apocalypse - la guerre froide », le nombre des victimes de Mao progresse de (...) / , , , - 2020/02

Trump Has Sabotaged America’s Coronavirus Response

Foreign Policy - Fri, 31/01/2020 - 17:07
As it improvises its way through a public health crisis, the United States has never been less prepared for a pandemic.

Britain Knows It’s Selling Out Its National Security to Huawei

Foreign Policy - Fri, 31/01/2020 - 16:46
London’s justification for cooperating with the Chinese telecommunications company is riddled with obvious contradictions.

«<small class="fine"> </small>Je suis travailliste, j'ai voté conservateur<small class="fine"> </small>»

Le Monde Diplomatique - Fri, 31/01/2020 - 15:07
Dans un article publié sur le site The Full Brexit, le comédien Chris McGlade explique les raisons du basculement à droite d'anciens bastions travaillistes lors des élections générales britanniques (« Why Labour's “red wall” finally crumbled », 17 décembre 2019). / Royaume-Uni, Parti politique, (...) / , , , , , - 2020/02

How mobile money is rebuilding lives in Sudan

UN News Centre - Fri, 31/01/2020 - 06:20
When Mohammed Ahmed left Sudan in search of better life, he couldn’t have imagined that he would find financial security back home. But, some four years later, he now runs a thriving business, thanks to an innovative scheme involving the UN migration agency (IOM), based on the use of mobile money.

How to Prepare for a Coronavirus Pandemic

Foreign Affairs - Fri, 31/01/2020 - 06:00

When the first reports of a coronavirus outbreak hit the airwaves in early January, several dozen people had already caught the disease in or around the Chinese city of Wuhan. In the weeks since, the virus, nCoV, has spread quickly and the number of infections has grown by the day, even as Wuhan and other Chinese cities isolated large numbers of patients and quarantined some 50 million residents. At the latest count (as of Friday morning), there have been 213 deaths in China out of a total of 9,776 confirmed cases, and the virus has spread to more than 20 countries. On Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the disease a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern.”

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Brexit Is Just the Beginning

Foreign Affairs - Fri, 31/01/2020 - 06:00

On the night of January 31, with little fanfare, without even a Big Ben bong, the United Kingdom will officially leave the European Union. After almost 50 years of EU membership and three years of bitter division over the vote to leave, the moment of formal departure is a historic milestone. But to say that the British are finally “getting Brexit done,” as Prime Minister Boris Johnson has claimed ad nauseam, is hopelessly optimistic. Friday marks the beginning of a new and uncertain phase of Brexit, not its end. 

The British government still needs to negotiate the terms of its future relations with the EU, a task so complex that many doubt it can be completed by the end of the year, when another ominous deadline looms. In the meantime, the country will be stuck in EU purgatory, bound by the bloc’s laws and regulations but powerless to shape them. Trade deals with other countries remain to be hammered out. And at home, the toxic fallout of Brexit division will linger—and potentially reshape British politics for years to come.

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UN chief underscores value of cooperation with Southeast Asian countries

UN News Centre - Thu, 30/01/2020 - 23:50
In a briefing to the Security Council on Thursday, Secretary-General António Guterres underlined the value of cooperation between the UN and the 10-member regional bloc, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). 

Brexit Officially Arrives

Foreign Policy - Thu, 30/01/2020 - 23:30
The United Kingdom will leave the European Union with little fanfare at midnight Brussels time today.

Can the U.S.-U.K. Special Relationship Weather the Huawei Storm?

Foreign Policy - Thu, 30/01/2020 - 23:10
Boris Johnson breaks with Trump, opening Britain’s doors to a Chinese telecommunications giant that Washington fears is an espionage threat.

Coronavirus spread now a global emergency declares World Health Organization

UN News Centre - Thu, 30/01/2020 - 22:56
The rise in new coronavirus cases outside China, now constitutes a global health emergency, the World Health Organization’s Emergency Committee declared on Thursday, calling on all countries to take urgent measures to contain the respiratory disease.

Iraqi F-16s Could Be in Jeopardy Amid Iran Tensions

Foreign Policy - Thu, 30/01/2020 - 22:07
Sensitive U.S. technology feared vulnerable to Iranian-backed militias after contractors evacuate Balad air base.

Coding in Namibia: UN supports young women’s computing career dreams

UN News Centre - Thu, 30/01/2020 - 21:44
Six young women from Namibia are on the path to a career in the field of information and communications technology (ICT), with the support of the UN office in the country.