01 Dec

News and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

The Guardian

  • Police and protesters clash in Kiev, Ukraine

    Pro-EU protesters chase police from central Kiev

    Chants of ‘revolution’ resound across Independence Square in reaction to President Yanukovych’s refusal to sign EU free trade deal……………..

    Protesters shout slogans in front of Herod's Gate, Jerusalem, in support of Bedouin Arabs

    Protesters shout slogans in front of Herod’s Gate, Jerusalem, in support of Bedouin Arabs. Photograph: Imago / Barcroft Media

    Israel’s plan to forcibly resettle Negev Bedouins prompts global protests

    in Jerusalem

    1 Dec 2013: ‘Day of rage’ over demolition of ‘unrecognised’ villages in Bedouins’ ancestral lands turns violent, with 40 arrests made

    Several thousand people worldwide have taken part in protests at the Israeli government’s plans to forcibly remove Bedouin Arabs from their villages in the Negev desert.

    In Israeli towns and cities mounted police used teargas, stun grenades and water cannon against demonstrators, in what the Association of Civil Rights in Israel described as a “disproportionate” response to stone-throwing. More than 40 people were arrested at protests across the country, and 15 police officers were injured………………

    Obama listens to immigration protesters

    President says Obamacare ‘is going to be a legacy I am extraordinarily proud of’ despite problems with rollout.

    Barack Obama said on Friday he has “nowhere to go but up”, as healthcare travails drive his presidency to a nadir of popularity.

    The president said he would bounce back and that Americans would eventually appreciate his Affordable Care Act, despite its troubled rollout. The reforms will face another crucial test on Saturday, the White House’s self-imposed deadline for improvements to be made to, the exchange…………….

    A Philippine Air Force crewman looks out over the typhoon Haiyan-ravaged city of Tacloban

    A Philippine Air Force crewman looks out from his helicopter over the typhoon Haiyan-ravaged city of Tacloban. Photograph: Dita Alangkara/AP

    Three weeks ago the most powerful typhoon ever recorded to hit land destroyed parts of the Philippines. The devastation has been catastrophic, flattening homes, schools and hospitals and leaving thousands dead and 5.5 million children affected.

    Unicef has worked in the Philippines since 1948 and experienced staff returning from the worst affected areas such as Leyte are reporting having never seen anything like this – not even after the Asian tsunami on Boxing day almost a decade ago. They have seen hundreds of kilometres of coconut groves literally blown away by 300kph winds. A coconut tree takes 12 years to grow, so this is a decade of livelihoods wiped out in a single storm………………………


    TPP protest
    Demonstrators opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are seen on Pennsylvania Avenue, near the White House, on September 24, 2013 in Washington, DC.

    Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

    US push on intellectual property conflicts with international norms

    Revelation of secret agreement shows need for transparency and accountability

    by Carolina Rossini and Burcu Kilic

    WikiLeaks has once again provided key insight into the secret workings of governments. In a Nov. 13 release, the anti-secrecy organization published the draft text  of the intellectual property chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).

    One of the most controversial pieces of international law in recent years, the TPP is President Barack Obama’s signature Asia-Pacific economic project aimed at protecting American interests in the region. The current negotiations include twelve countries: the U.S., Japan, Australia, Peru, Malaysia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Chile, Singapore, Canada, Mexico, and Brunei. Over time, the U.S. hopes to expand TPP’s reach to incorporate all members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum — comprising roughly 40 percent of the world’s population, 55 percent of global GDP, and some of the world’s fastest growing economies. It is possible that South Korea, Thailand and even China might join the TPP in the future.




    Commerce & Trade


    Walmart strike

    Demonstrators march and block traffic at a major intersection outside a Wal-Mart store during rush hour, Sept. 5, 2013, in Hyattsville, Md.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

    Commentary: Strikers at fast-food chains and big-box stores demand respect and freedom from abusive labor practices

    Low-wage workers are fighting for more than just money

    Strikers at fast-food chains and big-box stores demand respect and freedom from abusive labor practices…………….


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