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Moon Jae-in is gambling with North Korea – and it could upset the US | Michael H Fuchs

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Many South Koreans want an improved North-South relationship. But if Moon improves that relationship without denuclearization progress, it could cause a rift with WashingtonImagine you are the president of South Korea. Your country relies on its alliance with the United States as a deterrent against a nuclear-armed North Korea. Donald Trump criticizes your country over trade, spent the better part of a year threatening military strikes against North Korea, and reportedly even drafted a tweet ordering the withdrawal of the family members of US military stationed in South Korea, which would have been interpreted as a prelude to war.What would you do? You’d rush to ease tensions with North Korea as fast as you could, while trying to mediate between the US and North Korea. And that’s exactly what the world witnessed this week in the third summit this year between the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, and North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un. Mission accomplished – for the moment. Continue reading...

Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/sep/19/south-korea-north-korea-nuclear-tensions-trump
Author : Michael H Fuchs
Publish date : 2018-09-19 18:53:56
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Donald Trump urged Spain to 'build the wall' – across the Sahara

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Spanish foreign minister says US president suggested a new response to migration crisisDonald Trump suggested the Spanish government tackle the Mediterranean migration crisis by emulating one of his his most famous policies and building a wall across the Sahara desert, the country’s foreign minister has revealed.According to Josep Borrell, the US president brushed off the scepticism of Spanish diplomats – who pointed out that the Sahara stretches for 3,000 miles – saying: “The Sahara border can’t be bigger than our border with Mexico.” Continue reading...

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Author : Sam Jones in Madrid
Publish date : 2018-09-19 18:19:46
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The Guardian view on EU migration: a mutual advantage | Editorial

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The privileged access of British and EU citizens to each other’s countries has a value that economic statistics cannot measureIt is impossible to imagine Brexit without debate over immigration. So it is remarkable that the final report by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), established to inform post-Brexit policy, presumes that immigration will not be covered by the UK’s final deal with the EU. The report, published earlier this week, does not recommend the exclusion of migration from talks in Brussels. The MAC’s working timetable meant it had to imagine a world without special access of EU and UK citizens to each other’s labour markets. But that loss is not a foregone conclusion, nor is it desirable.The MAC recommends allowing in fewer low-skilled workers and more high-skilled ones. The latter group currently arrive on tier 2 visas, available to people from outside the European Economic Area, taking up jobs paying £30,000 or more a year. Their less qualified counterparts are said to exert downward pressure on wages and increase demand for public services. Those are the factors commonly cited as drivers of anti-migrant resentment, although it is not easy disaggregating economic considerations from xenophobia and nostalgia for a more ethnically homogeneous society. Continue reading...

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Publish date : 2018-09-19 16:43:38
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Everyday memories of Addis Ababa - a photo essay

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Beginning as a Tumblr page, website VintageAddis.com invites Ethiopians to share old photographs from family archives - and aims to document the lives of ordinary people throughout the twentieth century. The web project and Instagram feed started by Philipp Schütz, Wongel Abebe and Nafkot Gebeyehu reveals an intimate view of the city.Support the Project’s photobook
Terefe Berlie Asmare moved to Addis Ababa in 1980 and spent much of the next decade driving. He worked at a garage in the Ethiopian capital by day, and studied engineering by night. At weekends he would roam the countryside in his father’s car, with a tent bought from the German embassy in the boot, and a Konica in his pocket. Continue reading...

Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/sep/19/everday-memories-of-addis-ababa-a-photo-essay
Author : Tom Gardner
Publish date : 2018-09-19 15:34:07
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Global faith leaders urge action over 'ignored millions' displaced by conflict

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Open letter from 56 religious leaders calls on states at UN general assembly to support protection plan for people forced from homeMore than 50 faith leaders around the world are calling on the international community to step up protection for people displaced from their homes by violence, conflict and disasters.In an open letter, Christian, Islamic and Jewish leaders have urged governments attending the UN general assembly in New York next week to support a plan of action to prevent the forcible displacement of people and strengthen the protection of those who become refugees in their own country. Continue reading...

Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/sep/19/global-faith-leaders-urge-action-over-ignored-millions-displaced-by-conflict
Author : Harriet Sherwood Religion correspondent
Publish date : 2018-09-19 13:41:29
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May to reject Barnier’s Irish border proposals as ‘unacceptable’

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PM baulks at EU insistence on customs checks in Irish Sea in absence of free trade dealTheresa May will reject Michel Barnier’s revised Irish backstop border proposals at the Salzburg summit because the European Union is still insisting on customs checks down the Irish Sea if the two sides cannot strike a free trade agreement after Brexit.The prime minister foreshadowed the argument she will make to the other EU leaders over dinner on Wednesday evening in an article in Die Welt, which said the proposed backstop was “unacceptable” because it did not respect “the constitutional and economic integrity of the UK”. Continue reading...

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Author : Dan Sabbagh in Salzburg and Daniel Boffey in Brussels
Publish date : 2018-09-19 12:46:02
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Nobel panel's '19th member' appears in Swedish court on rape charges

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Sexual abuse claims against Jean-Claude Arnault led to deferral of literature prizeThe Frenchman at the centre of sexual abuse and financial misconduct allegations that forced the postponement of this year’s Nobel prize for literature has appeared in court in Stockholm facing two charges of rape.Jean-Claude Arnault, 72, pushed his way through a crowd of reporters outside the court building and refused to answer questions, saying only: “Leave me alone.” Björn Hurtig, his lawyer, said his client was “absolutely firm in his denial that the alleged offences took place”. Continue reading...

Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/19/jean-claude-arnault-nobel-panel-19th-member-appears-in-swedish-court
Author : Jon Henley European affairs correspondent
Publish date : 2018-09-19 11:20:35
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A year after Hurricane Harvey, some cleanup workers are still unpaid

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Amid a recovery marred by labor abuses, activists are trying to start a dialogue about the treatment of workers in HoustonOne year on from Hurricane Harvey – and as the true scale of the mess left by Hurricane Florence emerges in the Carolinas – the cleanup work in Houston still continues. And workers still digging out from the mess are fearful that they may not get paid.“As a community, we have stepped up. We have restored people’s homes and restored their lives,” the Houston mayor Sylvester Turner told a crowd at a barbecue marking the first anniversary of Hurricane Harvey last month. Across town at the historically black Texas Southern University, activists paint a less rosy picture of recovery. Continue reading...

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Author : Mike Elk in Houston, Texas
Publish date : 2018-09-19 10:00:15
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Theresa May tells Tories not to look down on people in social housing - Politics live

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Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including EU leaders arriving at Salzburg for the start of their informal summit 9.17am BST On the day Theresa May became prime minister she gave a short speech in Downing Street saying that her mission would be to fight “burning injustice” and to champion those families who are “just managing”. Since then these aspirations have almost vanished from her political agenda, submerged by Brexit, but occasionally this anti-elitist, surprisingly lefty side of May resurfaces and it will again today when she gives a speech urging her party to abandon its bias against people who live in social housing. As well as announcing an extra £2bn for housing associations, she will say:
For many people, a certain stigma still clings to social housing. Some residents feel marginalised and overlooked, and are ashamed to share the fact that their home belongs to a housing association or local authority.And on the outside, many people in society – including too many politicians – continue to look down on social housing and, by extension, the people who call it their home ... Continue reading...

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Author : Andrew Sparrow
Publish date : 2018-09-19 08:21:13
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No-deal Brexit to fuel £1,500 rise in cost of EU car in UK, says motor trade

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Industry body warns tariffs would add £5bn to cost of 2.7m vehicles, with average price rising as much as £2,700 in EUThe average cost of a car from an EU country could rise by £1,500 in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the UK’s automotive trade body has predicted.The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders warned that leaving without a deal was “not an option” for the automotive sector, which supports more than 800,000 jobs in the UK. Continue reading...

Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/sep/19/no-deal-brexit-to-fuel-1500-rise-in-cost-of-eu-car-in-uk-says-motor-trade
Author : Rob Davies
Publish date : 2018-09-19 07:00:11
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