A few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week
Even as they were being built, Rio’s Olympic projects were already starting to collapse…
It will take six months for us to even find out if anyone has yet laid an anti-dumping complaint about China’s steel dumping
Having belatedly advised Havelock North about the pollution of their water supply, local authorities seem to prematurely see light at the end of the tunnel
“War on drugs in sport” has become a proxy version of the Cold War, fixated on Russia.
The proposed new pricing regime will impose energy costs on the Kawerau mill that will be at least double their entire annual profits last year.
An Olympic medal is starting to feel less like a reward for ruthless competitive excellence, and more like a school competitions where everyone goes home with a prize.
Hopefully, the unions will not lie down and meekly accept yesterday’s Court of Appeal ruling on the employment status of support worker Janet Lowe.
The commentariat tends to treat politics as boxing – the public, however, seem to experience politics as the static pageant of a wrestling match
An IOC blanket ban on Russian athletes would have been marked contrast to its treatment of the track and field team from Kenya
Decrees include no further negative news about the President and an end to camera angles that made him ‘look shorter’.
The ongoing struggle against the Mugabe dictatorship
Why Britain’s new Tory PM is talking about inequality
Voter turnout is being actively suppressed in this year’s US elections
The current Key/McClay expedition to the UK and Europe looks decidedly peculiar.
On Brexit, the Europeans clearly want Britain to get on with it, but no British politician seems willing to step up
Now that it has woken up from its Brexit victory hangover, is Britain acting as if it has just won the World Cup? Hardly.
…And Other Notes On The Looming Aussie Election
On the brink of the Brexit vote, the irrationality of the “Leave” option is now apparent.
Once again, news packages from the US and UK underlined the difference in the treatment of the Pulse night club killings and the murder of Jo Cox.
So China and the US both have competing trade deals on offer – the TPP for the US and the RCEP for the Chinese – each of which pointedly exclude the other superpower.
Menstruation is a pivotal issue in gender equality and human rights
The changes in the global climate are as extreme as the US presidential season
The Paris conference will deliver only paper promises on global warming
Immigration has become a polarising issue in the 2016 US election campaign
NYC rekindles its love affair with its outlaw past
Countering the logic of the war economy in Syria
Under the pier, down by the sea…
How Pope Francis is selling the world on the Catholic Church