Repression, violation of human rights and legislation preventing freedom of expression have been the emblem of the regime of Vladimir Putin, Amnesty International has said in a new report.
In order to continue to support the world’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens, Justine Greening should reaffirm the UK’s commitment to the New Deal and its support for the integration of the New Deal into the post-MDG agenda when she goes to the International Dialogue event on Friday.
I have just returned from South Korea, a country that it’s easy to forget has been at war with its northern neighbour since 1953. While much has been written on North Korea and the international response, little has been written on the views of those in the eye of the storm: people living in South Korea. These were the views that I was most interested in.
As well as pointing out the flaws in Cameron’s diplomatic strategy, pro-Europeans should embrace an agenda of reform where there is much greater likelihood of progress (and no need for a new treaty). This should include pro-growth and pro-democracy measures as set out in IPPR’s recent publication ‘Staying In’ as well as a closer look at EU rules on state aid, corporate tax avoidance, and access to welfare for intra-European migrants.
We know the drill now. A eurozone member finds itself in dire financial straits. A cabal of finance ministers, European officials, domestic technocrats and global financiers pushes the stricken national government towards severe public spending cuts and tax rises. The social unrest caused by these policies bleeds into some form of populism, be it left-orientated (Syriza in Greece; 15M in Spain), right-orientated (Golden Dawn in Greece) or somewhere in the fuzzy middle (Beppe Grillo in Italy).
Liam Fox has been criticised by human rights groups for his decision to appear at a conference in Bahrain designed to improve the country’s image.
Since his inaugural address as President of China, analysts and interested parties have been decoding the message that Xi Jinping brings and what change, if any, can be expected in China.
With North Korea in mind, Left Foot Forward has taken a look around the world at who’s in and who’s out of the WMD club.
Britain and other European countries can play an important supporting role in a US-led process, but the stronger their relationship with both Israelis and Palestinians, the more constructive a role they will be able to play.
Supporters of international development should watch this week’s budget announcement very carefully. As is so often the case, what is missing from the chancellor’s announcement could tell us as much as what is included about where the Coalition’s priorities lie.