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How Europe Risks Losing Its Humanity in the Migrant Crisis

“In treating needy refugees like invaders,” writes journalist Robert Fisk, Europe may be losing its compassion, which he describes as “the one victory [it] learned from the Second World War.”

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Paris to Ban Cars for a Day

In an attempt to encourage more sustainable transport and raise awareness of high levels of pollution that the city suffers from, the French capital will go car-free Sept. 27.

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Northern Forests Face Onslaught From Heat and Drought

Many Northern Hemisphere forests face destruction as climate change brings both fiercer droughts and higher temperatures.

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Migrant Crisis: 71 People Found Dead in Abandoned Truck in Austria

Austrian authorities report that four children—three boys ages 7 to 10, and a toddler girl—were among the passengers whose bodies were found in east Vienna on Thursday in the back of an abandoned truck, locked inside with no ventilation in the summer heat.

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Extreme Weather Puts Africa’s Food Security at Risk

A British government scientific panel says increasingly frequent heat waves, droughts and other extreme weather threaten more—and more severe—global food crises.

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More Than 2,000 Are Thought to Have Died This Year Trying to Cross Into Europe by Sea

As the Mediterranean migrant crisis hits a deadly milestone, the International Organization for Migration warns of a worsening situation and confirms that the route is the “deadliest for migrants in search of a better life.”

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Greek Reforms ‘Will Fail,’ Former Finance Minister Varoufakis Says

Yanis Varoufakis, who resigned recently, predicted that the measures will “go down in history as the greatest disaster of macroeconomic management ever.”

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The Iran Deal May Not Be Perfect, but It’s Better Than the Alternative

To understand why the Iran nuclear deal is such a triumph, consider the most likely alternative: war.

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How Goldman Sachs Helped Create the Greek Debt Crisis

The investment bank turned a huge profit by helping to hide the real extent of Greece’s debt, and in the process almost doubled it.

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71% of the World’s Population Survives on Less Than $10 a Day

A new report from the Pew Research Center explains that the notion of a global middle class is “more promise than reality.”

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Here’s What 5 Top Economists Are Telling Angela Merkel About the Greek Debt Crisis

The German chancellor is being advised by the likes of Thomas Piketty and Jeffrey Sachs, among others, on how her decisions regarding Greece will shape how generations come to view her; a writer argues that there is “quiet racism” in Instagram filters; meanwhile, AirBnB may be destroying the creative class. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Piketty on Germany’s Hypocrisy: It ‘Has No Standing to Lecture Other Nations’

“Those who want to chase Greece out of the eurozone today,” the French economist says, “will end up on the trash heap of history.”

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Global Warming Threatens Colder Climate for Europe

New evidence appears that increased melting of sea ice as the Earth warms could weaken the Gulf Stream and reduce temperatures in Western Europe.

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Economists Krugman and Stiglitz on Why Greeks Should Vote ‘No’ on the Referendum

Nobel Prize-winning economists Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Krugman maintain that Greece must keep going it alone and vote “no” on the upcoming referendum on the bailout.

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Greece Nearing Financial Collapse Against Looming IMF Deadline

The future of Greece and the European project as a whole hangs in the balance as the country confirms nonpayment to the International Monetary Fund.

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Dutch City to Experiment With Universal Basic Income

The city of Utrecht in the Netherlands is considering introducing a universal basic income—an income unconditionally granted to all its residents on an individual basis, without a means test or work requirement.

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New Flood Alert as Warming Increases Sea-Level Threat

Scientists warn countries in northern Europe to plan for dramatic new worst-case scenarios as climate change increases the risk of seas sweeping inland.

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Iceland Jailed Bankers and Rejected Austerity—and It’s Been a Success

Iceland’s insistence on following a different drummer after the global economic collapse is evidence that a more ethical approach can work.

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European Power Market Is Slipping Away From King Coal

Analysis of falling demand for electricity within the EU sends a stark warning to investors in new coal plants that their assets could be left stranded.

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World Leaders Urged to Kick Killer Coal Habit

An Oxfam report says all coal-fired power plants in the G7 group of countries should be phased out to save lives, money and the planet.

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New Energy Policy Needed as Nuclear Giants Take a Hit

Plans for a worldwide fleet of huge new nuclear reactors have collapsed, with the cancellation of a major project and no new orders being placed.

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Why Ireland’s ‘Yes’ Vote Matters So Much

There is much more to be done before Ireland can make wider claims to equality, but the long-time-coming sexual rights revolution is finally changing the nation’s landscape of Catholic morality.

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The Vatican Will Officially Recognize Palestine as a State

In recognizing Palestinian statehood, the Holy See will join major international entities such as the United Nations and the European Parliament.

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Swedish Supreme Court Rejects Julian Assange Appeal

Despite the rejection, lawyers for the WikiLeaks founder say they are encouraged by the judges’ 4-1 split, which may indicate that the court will change its decision.

Posted on May 11, 2015 READ MORE



Five More Years of Tory Government: What Fresh Hell Is This?

Now free to pursue a radical agenda, David Cameron will lead Britain even further down the murky path of austerity, privatization, increased surveillance and jingoism.

Posted on May 8, 2015 READ MORE


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Why We Should Care About the Upcoming U.K. Elections

The British general election may prove as significant for Europe, and even for the United States, as for Britain itself.

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England Set for Big Increase in Record Warm Years

Research using records dating back to 1659 shows at least a 13-fold rise in the likelihood of human-influenced climate change pushing up temperatures in central England.

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Thousands March Against Spain’s Anti-Protest Laws in the World’s First Hologram Protest (Video)

What do you do when your government won’t let you express yourself freely? Well, you turn yourself into a hologram, of course.

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Spain Could Be First Net Carbon Zero G-20 State (Video)

CleanTechnica reports that Spain got nearly 70 percent of its electricity from plants that did not generate carbon dioxide in March. The two biggest non-carbon energy sources were nuclear and wind.

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Unfinished Nuclear Plants Raise Safety Doubts

A new generation of giant reactors, meant to provide fresh hope for nuclear power in Europe, has been found to have a serious safety problem.

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Dear Sweden: Your Dispute With Saudi Arabia Makes This a Good Time to Adopt Electric Cars (Video)

You wonder if part of the friction between Sweden’s new left-wing government and Saudi Arabia is between a strong female leader like Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström and the geriatric male chauvinist leadership of Saudi Arabia, who won’t even let women drive.

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Europe’s Millennials ‘Suffered Disproportionately’ From the Financial Crisis and Austerity

Europe’s youths have shifted their views and feel increasingly powerless to effect change. In a world filled with so much socio-economic instability, can we blame them?

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The Pro-Workers, Pro-Growth Experiment in Greece Is Under Threat

While the wealthiest 85 individuals on the planet own more wealth than the bottom half of the world’s population—and when the top 1 percent will soon own more wealth than the bottom 99 percent—the people of Greece and the anti-austerity party, Syriza, they elected to lead them are struggling to rebuild their economy so that ordinary people there can live with a shred of dignity and security.

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 READ MORE



Al-Qaeda’s Feud With Denmark

Denmark, a relatively small country with a population of 5.7 million, is clearly in al-Qaeda’s sights, and not only because of the Jyllands Posten publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

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U.S., NATO Must Seek Diplomatic Resolution to Ukraine Crisis

Nothing Washington or NATO can do for Ukraine will give it anything approaching an independent ability to expel Russian-reinforced Ukrainian separatists and expel the Russian invaders who support them.

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 READ MORE



Obama Gives Putin His Opinion on Ukraine Clash

President Obama tackled what was no doubt one of the more daunting items on his to-do list Tuesday when he called up his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, and presented his take on what Putin should do about Ukraine.

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Thousands of Croatia’s Poorest Citizens Just Had Their Debts Wiped Out

A program called “fresh start” began Monday in Croatia and it’s as incredible as it sounds.

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The Collapse of Europe?

The European project is teetering on the edge of failure. Growth is anemic at best and socio-economic inequality is on the rise. The countries of Eastern and Central Europe, even relatively successful Poland, have failed to bridge the income gap with the richer half of the continent. And the highly indebted periphery is in revolt.

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 READ MORE


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War Mania Will Only Fan Muslim Cultural Crisis in Europe

The upheaval in non-Muslim attitudes towards Muslims presents a bigger and more urgent problem than what the Muslims think about us, even when they kill us.

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 READ MORE



East vs. West: ‘It’s Time for a New Enlightenment’

Pankaj Mishra, Indian author of “From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia,” manifests the direction of thought and feeling that seems most likely to save populations caught in the violence of increasingly opposed cultural traditions after Charlie Hebdo.

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President Hollande: Anti-Muslimism Is as Bad as Anti-Semitism

French President Francois Hollande addressed the Institute of the Arab World on Friday, in a bid to reassure French Muslims, who fear being the victims of a collective guilt campaign or reprisals after the attack of radicals on Charlie Hebdo.

Posted on Jan 17, 2015 READ MORE



Top 7 Things to Know About the Belgian Anti-Terror Op That Left 2 Dead

Belgian police launched a counter-terrorism operation on Thursday in the eastern city of Verviers near the German border.

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Vladimir Putin Invites Kim Jong Un to Moscow

Amid U.S. and European sanctions that are driving Russia into the arms of its Asian neighbors, President Vladimir Putin has invited the North Korean leader to Moscow next year to mark the 70th anniversary of the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II.

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Three Members of Congress Just Reignited the Cold War While No One Was Looking

Late Thursday night, the House of Representatives unanimously passed a far-reaching Russia sanctions bill. According to the congressional record, it took only three congressmen and one second.

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Putin, Blocked by Europe, Turns to Turkey for Gas Pipeline

Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and its heavy interference in Ukraine have had a significant consequence for Russia’s hydrocarbon industry.

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