UN Body: War on Drugs Is “System of Racial Control”

March 20, 2019

In the run-up to a UN meeting on global narcotics policy, the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent has condemned the global war on drugs as disproportionately targeting people of African heritage, characterizing anti-drug policies “as a system of racial control.”

ISO Publishes Guidelines on “Human-Centred” Workplace

March 20, 2019

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published global guidelines calling on businesses and other organizations to maintain a “human-centred” workplace model by taking on the challenges technologies like artificial intelligence pose to employment in a “sustainable” way.

Diplomats: EU Rule of Law “Peer Review” Process Gains Steam

March 20, 2019

German and Belgian diplomats have reported that over 20 EU member states recently backed a proposal for a bloc-wide “peer-review mechanism” through which governments would spotlight alleged political interference with the rule of law in other EU countries.

New Zealand Official Criticizes Politicization of Attack on Mosques

March 20, 2019

New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has criticized Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for politicizing the recent high-casualty attack on two mosques in Christchurch by characterizing the attack in a local election campaign as a contemporary battle by the West against Islam.

 

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  • UN Body: War on Drugs Is “System of Racial Control”

    March 20, 2019

    In the run-up to a UN meeting on global narcotics policy, the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent has condemned the global war on drugs as disproportionately targeting people of African heritage, characterizing anti-drug policies “as a system of racial control.”

     
  • US Official Outlines Visa Ban for ICC Investigators

    March 18, 2019

    US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo has announced that the US government will ban visas for personnel from the International Criminal Court (ICC) seeking to enter the country to investigate “war crimes” allegedly committed by members of the US armed forces in Afghanistan.

     
  • NATO Members Increase Defense Spending

    March 18, 2019

    Politico reports that, amid ongoing pressure by the Trump Administration on fellow NATO members to hit the treaty alliance’s two percent target for defense spending, such spending as a proportion of GDP by the EU members of NATO hit a five-year high in 2018.

     
 
  • ISO Publishes Guidelines on “Human-Centred” Workplace

    March 20, 2019

    The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published global guidelines calling on businesses and other organizations to maintain a “human-centred” workplace model by taking on the challenges technologies like artificial intelligence pose to employment in a “sustainable” way.

     
  • US Opposes "Prescriptive" Global Approach to Plastics Regulation

    March 18, 2019

    At the recent UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, US diplomats warned against an overly “prescriptive” approach to global governance of plastic waste, opposing the approach proposed by Malaysia and Turkey of creating a legally binding treaty to cut down on plastic production.

     
  • UN Report Calls for “Gender Mainstreaming” in Plastics Policies

    March 14, 2019

    Three reports recently published by the UN Environment Programme include global guidelines on how governments and international organizations should monitor and measure plastic pollution in the ocean and a call for “gender mainstreaming” in developing anti-plastic pollution policies.

     
 
  • Diplomats: EU Rule of Law “Peer Review” Process Gains Steam

    March 20, 2019

    German and Belgian diplomats have reported that over 20 EU member states recently backed a proposal for a bloc-wide “peer-review mechanism” through which governments would spotlight alleged political interference with the rule of law in other EU countries.

     
  • UK Lawmakers Approve Brexit Delay, Reject New Referendum

    March 14, 2019

    In a series of votes today, the UK House of Commons approved a motion authorizing the Prime Minister to negotiate a delayed departure from the EU and rejected an amendment calling for a second popular referendum on Brexit.

     
  • Merkel Supports Proposal for EU Aircraft Carrier

    March 14, 2019

    Deutsche Welle reports that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has supported proposals by head of her governing CDU party Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer for a “common European aircraft carrier” and a permanent EU seat on the UN Security Council.

     
 
  • New Zealand Official Criticizes Politicization of Attack on Mosques

    March 20, 2019

    New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has criticized Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for politicizing the recent high-casualty attack on two mosques in Christchurch by characterizing the attack in a local election campaign as a contemporary battle by the West against Islam.

     
  • US Secretary Labels Taliban a Terrorist Group

    March 14, 2019

    US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo’s characterization of the Taliban as terrorists raised eyebrows in the press and diplomatic community given that the US is currently negotiating with the Taliban for an agreement to end 19 years of continual warfare by the group to make the Southwest Asian country a sharia state.

     
  • London Mosque Invites Cryptocurrency Donations

    March 14, 2019

    A London mosque has announced that it will begin accepting cryptocurrency donations to support mosque renovations and programs for the poor, opening the door for UK mosques to develop a sharia-compliant blockchain economy.