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Germany is the silicon valley of political innovation

One of the more significant quotations of last week came from President Donald Trump, when he reportedly described the Germans as “bad, very bad,” referring to their automobile exports. He returned to the theme Tuesday: Another take on Germany, articulated by many economists and technology observers, is that the country has quality manufacturing but hasn’t been very innovative in other ... Read More »

Proposed UN pay cuts threaten work stoppage in Geneva

By Thalif Deen UN, May 30 (IPS) – Facing significant reductions in US financial contributions from a politically-unpredictable Donald Trump administration, the UN Secretariat is gearing itself for a rash of austerity measures and budgetary cuts, including downsizing peacekeeping operations and cuts in development aid, reproductive health and overseas travel. Read More »

Paris deal ‘crippling’ to growth: While House

US compliance with its commitments under the Paris Agreement on climate change would be “crippling” to growth, the White House said Friday. During his election campaign, avowed climate sceptic Donald Trump promised to exit the 2015 UN pact on limiting global warming. But Trump has now said he will make a decision after returning to Washington following the G7 summit ... Read More »

NASA lunar observation craft hit by meteoroid

In an extremely unlikely sequence of events a camera on a NASA craft fitted with three cameras was hit by a meteoroid while compiling an image, researchers have determined. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter called the LRO was hit in 2014. The researchers noticed that something was wrong when the craft that takes photos of the surface of the moon sent ... Read More »

8 dead in mississippi shooting

Authorities in Mississippi said Sunday that a suspect is in custody after eight people were killed in a shooting, including a sheriff’s deputy. Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain said the shootings occurred at three separate homes Saturday night in rural Lincoln County. Two of the homes are in Brookhaven and one is in Bogue Chitto. The area is ... Read More »

Trump Russia link inquiry: Kushner under FBI scrutiny

President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, is under FBI scrutiny as part of the Russia investigation, according to US media. Reports say investigators believe he has relevant information, but he is not necessarily suspected of a crime. The FBI is looking into potential Russian meddling in the 2016 election and links with Mr Trump’s campaign. The president ... Read More »

Happy Donald Trump with not-so-happy Pope Francis

Videos and photos of the President of The United States, Donald Trump, arriving in Rome, along with wife Melania Trump (who by the way, still does not want to hold hands with POTUS), were all over the Internet recently. Now, it is his meeting with Pope Francis that is making news. After an exchange of gifts and a promise that ... Read More »

Macron likely to diffuse tensions in New Caledonia as independence vote looms

By Catherine Wilson Canberra, Australia, May 22 (IPS) – The political future of New Caledonia, a French South Pacific Island territory of 273,000 people, is a profound question mark as a referendum on independence rapidly approaches next year. Equally, how the newly elected French Government, led by Emmanuel Macron, will perform as arbiter of the challenging process in the months ... Read More »

Thai military junta has failed to respect HR in three years

Thailand’s junta has failed to fulfill pledges to respect human rights and restore democratic rule three years after the military coup, Human Rights Watch said today. The ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), led by Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, has instead prolonged its crackdown on basic rights and freedoms, and devised a quasi-democratic system that the military ... Read More »