From the UK to Greece: Austerity’s Vicious Political Agenda

Austerity protest in Athens, 2011 – Photograph Source: Kotsolis – CC BY-SA 3.0 Adam Tooze’s magnificently panoramic Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World (2018) is required reading for every individual wishing to be well-informed about our global financial system, whose fitting mantra is “put Wall Street first, worry about Main Street later”. … Continue reading “From the UK to Greece: Austerity’s Vicious Political Agenda”

China’s Grand Naval Parade Marred by Heavy Smog

 US Navy skipped the event but everyone else — including South Korea, Japan and Australia — thought better than to snub the Chinese Editor’s note: Last year for the 69th anniversary of their modern navy the Chinese staged a massive Beijing-only parade in the contested South China Sea. Having made their point, they this year for the 70th anniversary … Continue reading “China’s Grand Naval Parade Marred by Heavy Smog”

Taxes on sugary beverages are not enough on their own to halt march of obesity in Asia

New taxes on sugary drinks won’t alone solve obesity issues in Asia. By Janine from Mililani, Hawaii/Wikimedia, CC BY-NDFacing declining markets in Western countries, multinational food companies are targeting Africa, Asia, and Latin America as new consumers of packaged foods, in a move that may worsen the global epidemic of chronic illness related to diabetes. … Continue reading “Taxes on sugary beverages are not enough on their own to halt march of obesity in Asia”

Middle East Outraged at Brunei Anti-Gay Legislation for “Stealing Their Thunder”

When Brunei announced strict anti-gay legislation, which would have anal sex (not to mention adultery) punishable by stoning to death, Middle Eastern nations expressed outrage that they were being “out-medievaled” by an obscure little south-east Asian kingdom. “Being totally medieval about homosexuality and various other progressive causes has been our brand for centuries. We made … Continue reading “Middle East Outraged at Brunei Anti-Gay Legislation for “Stealing Their Thunder””

Dutch FM “deeply concerned” over Brunei death penalty expansion

The Asian state of Brunei implemented new strict Islamic laws on Wednesday, which allows the death penalty for homosexual intercourse and for women who had an abortion to be publicly flogged. The Netherlands is “deeply concerned” by these “inhumane penalties”, Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Aairs said on Twitter. “A serious breach of international human … Continue reading “Dutch FM “deeply concerned” over Brunei death penalty expansion”

Brunei: Entrée en vigueur de la charia, le sultan appelle à «renforcer» l’islam

Le sultan de Brunei a appelé mercredi à « renforcer » les enseignements islamiques dans son pays au moment où entrait en vigueur une nouvelle législation inspirée de la charia, avec la lapidation pour punir l’homosexualité et l’adultère. Le nouveau code pénal a suscité une vague de protestations d’ONG, de personnalités et de pays inquiets … Continue reading “Brunei: Entrée en vigueur de la charia, le sultan appelle à «renforcer» l’islam”