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Obamacare for Geopolitics

Foreign Policy - Thu, 30/01/2020 - 21:39
The United States needs better insurance against attacks—whether by Mother Nature or human actors.

The Birth of Belarusian Nationalism

Foreign Policy - Thu, 30/01/2020 - 21:33
In trying to bring Belarus and Russia together, Lukashenko may have awakened his country’s citizens to how independent they really want to be.

Find unity ‘to halt Libya’s senseless unraveling’, UN envoy urges Security Council

UN News Centre - Thu, 30/01/2020 - 18:56
The top UN official in Libya on Thursday expressed his “deep anger and disappointment” over intensifying conflict in Libya despite a high-level summit held in the German capital of Berlin earlier this month, that set out measures to de-escalate fighting and put the divided country back on a path towards peace.

Washington Doesn’t Understand Shiite Clerics in Iran or Iraq

Foreign Policy - Thu, 30/01/2020 - 18:53
U.S. officials who praise Iraqi Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani while denouncing Iran’s supreme leader fail to grasp that the two clerical leaders have a shared interest in resisting outside threats.

Iraq: Solutions needed ‘urgently’ to quell ongoing violence, break political deadlock

UN News Centre - Thu, 30/01/2020 - 17:37
Amidst ongoing anti-government protests, rising casualties and the likelihood of further demonstrations, the top UN official in Iraq on Thursday, urged politicians to break the political deadlock, and “press ahead with substantial reforms”.

Les deux racines de la colère haïtienne

Le Monde Diplomatique - Thu, 30/01/2020 - 17:36
Depuis juillet 2018, Haïti connaît une situation insurrectionnelle. Rues barricadées, circulation bloquée, activités commerciales paralysées : le pays est régulièrement mis à l'arrêt, parfois pendant plusieurs semaines. À l'origine de ce mouvement social inédit ici, la fusion de deux colères : celle (...) / , , , , , , , - 2020/02

Pentagon Debates Drawdown in Africa, South America

Foreign Policy - Thu, 30/01/2020 - 16:39
The potential troop cuts face scrutiny inside the Trump administration and on Capitol Hill.

Les médias britanniques sont-ils tous de droite<small class="fine"> </small>?

Le Monde Diplomatique - Thu, 30/01/2020 - 15:15
Les nobles desseins imaginés par le premier directeur général de la British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) contrastent avec le paysage médiatique qu'offre le Royaume-Uni aujourd'hui, BBC comprise. La confiance de la population dans les médias est en berne depuis un quart de siècle, mais les (...) / , , , , - 2020/02

Kobe Bryant Was the United States’ Best Ambassador in China

Foreign Policy - Thu, 30/01/2020 - 08:09
The basketball legend’s death was bigger than virus news in a country that loved him.

Democracy Is Good for Your Health—And Vice Versa

Foreign Affairs - Thu, 30/01/2020 - 06:00

Next week, Iowans will caucus to choose a Democratic candidate for president. But an observer might be forgiven for thinking that the future of U.S. health care was the real choice on the ballot.

Health care has been the most discussed topic at the Democratic Party debates, to the dismay of commentators who would like the conversation to expand beyond Medicare and its financing to highlight the candidates’ other policy differences with President Donald Trump. Yet politicians and debate moderators are merely responding to recent polls: health care is the only issue that a majority of Americans agrees is extremely important in the 2020 presidential election.


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A question of trust: the UN political chief working behind the scenes to prevent tomorrow’s wars

UN News Centre - Thu, 30/01/2020 - 04:05
When it comes to dealing with armed conflict, the eyes of the world often turn to the UN Security Council and members’ attempts, with varying degrees of success, to resolve or prevent bloodshed. 

Pompeo Heads to Ukraine Amid Trump Impeachment Trial

Foreign Policy - Thu, 30/01/2020 - 02:53
Against the backdrop of U.S. domestic drama, the secretary of state’s visit to Kyiv could prove tricky.

How Is China Handling the Wuhan Virus Outbreak?

Foreign Policy - Wed, 29/01/2020 - 22:52
Chinese officials have extended the Lunar New Year holiday and started building emergency hospitals to combat the new coronavirus. Will it work?

Youth leaders share positive visions of the future, as Guterres launches UN75 in New York

UN News Centre - Wed, 29/01/2020 - 21:40
Six youth leaders from around the world were at UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday to share their ambitious visions for a future where international cooperation is prioritized and everyone’s voice is heard.   

End Syria fighting to avoid ‘even greater humanitarian catastrophe’

UN News Centre - Wed, 29/01/2020 - 21:26
The “dire and deteriorating humanitarian situation” affecting women and children in northwest Syria was the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator’s top concern on Wednesday morning as he briefed the Security Council in New York.  

The Only Sensible Iran Strategy Is Containment

Foreign Policy - Wed, 29/01/2020 - 20:50
The most effective plan against the Islamic Republic has always been the most obvious—and the one nobody in Washington seems willing to try.

China Leaps Into Breach Between Myanmar and West

Foreign Policy - Wed, 29/01/2020 - 20:50
A raft of new multibillion-dollar deals announced by Xi Jinping worry Washington and New Delhi.

How to Broaden the Coalition Against Climate Change

Foreign Policy - Wed, 29/01/2020 - 19:55
There’s a limit to what any one company can do when it operates within a system in which oil, gas, and even coal use are still rising.

Stepped-up efforts needed to combat pneumonia; save nearly nine million children’s lives

UN News Centre - Wed, 29/01/2020 - 19:03
Scaling up pneumonia-related interventions could save the lives of nearly nine million children during the course of the next decade, the United Nations Children’s Fund said on Wednesday.

Coronavirus: First case confirmed in Gulf region, more than 6,000 worldwide

UN News Centre - Wed, 29/01/2020 - 18:46
On Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that the coronavirus outbreak has now spread to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The vast majority of cases continue to be declared in China, with more than 6,000 confirmed, 68 of them outside of the country.

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