British PM Announces EU "Single Market" Exit

January 18, 2017

Politico reports that, in a speech this week, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced that her government's plans to depart the EU will include exiting the bloc's "single market" and parts of its customs union, which would permit the UK to control immigration from other EU countries and withdraw from the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the EU.

Haley Questions Benefits of US Funding for UN

January 18, 2017

The Telegraph reports that, in testimony before a congressional select committee, South Carolina Governor and the prospective nominee for US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley expressed her skepticism of the benefits the US receives from funding the UN and criticized the UN Security Council's recent resolution condemning Israeli settlements.

German Officials Plan Social Media "Hate Speech" Fines

January 18, 2017

Bloomberg reports that German officials, including the country's Justice Minister Heiko Maas, have begun drafting legislation to fine social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter if they do not respond to complaints about hate speech on their platforms within 24 hours.

UN Rights Chief Pushes BHR Agenda in Davos

January 18, 2017

On the occasion of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra-ad Al Hussein highlighted his office's attempts to use the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR) as a comprehensive tool to pressure companies to contribute to nontraditional economic and social "human rights."

 

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  • WEF Seeks Global Governance for "Inclusive" Growth

    January 23, 2017

    The World Economic Forum (WEF) has produced a report calling for new standards of measuring global economic performance, including by ranking economies on "carbon intensity," and proposing a "coordinated international initiative" on developing a socially "inclusive" framework of economic growth around the world.

     
  • NGO Spotlights Roles of Repressive Regimes at UN

    January 23, 2017

    The nongovernmental organization UN Watch has published a 2017 update highlighting major human rights and other positions at the UN held by governments widely considered by experts to be human rights abusers, including Iran, China, Syria, Sudan, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela.

     
  • Op-ed Outlines UN's Plans for Israel, Palestine

    January 23, 2017

    An opinion piece by Uri Savir on news website Al-Monitor outlines the views of a UN source on how the organization's new Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will propose to develop a diplomatic plan for a two-state Israel-Palestine solution with or without the support of Israel and labels Israel's moves to withdraw from such efforts "fundamentally mistaken."

     
 
  • NGO Seeks Ramped-up Corporate Tax to End Poverty

    January 23, 2017

    The nongovernmental organization Oxfam has published a report calling for broad efforts, including through global governance, to redistribute the revenues of corporations to reduce poverty and to ensure that "the proceeds of business activity" go to "society, workers, and local communities."

     
  • Tech Group Protests Data Gathering on Migrants

    January 23, 2017

    The Verge reports that a group called the Tech Workers Coalition is participating in a campaign protesting the involvement of the software company Palantir Technologies in gathering and analyzing data on migrants in the US for federal authorities, voicing special concern about future Trump Administration policies toward illegal migrants.

     
  • NGOs Extract Sustainability Pledge from Korindo

    January 23, 2017

    Demonstrating the influence of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in pressuring companies to sign on to their "sustainability" agenda, the website Eco-Business reports that manufacturing company Korindo has responded to NGO accusations of irresponsible forestry practices in Indonesia by pledging to perform impact assessments before taking action on forested land.

     
 
  • NGO Criticizes "Shortcomings" in ECtHR Migration Decision

    January 23, 2017

    Lawyers from the nongovernmental organization Open Society Foundations have criticized a decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) Grand Chamber for "watering down" human rights law as interpreted by a lower judicial body by permitting the removal of migrants from an Italian island without an individual interview of each migrant.

     
  • Auditors Call for Stronger EU Measures on Food Waste

    January 23, 2017

    The European Court of Auditors has published a press release calling on the European Commission to strengthen measures aimed at reducing food waste in the EU, including by developing a food waste "action plan" and generating food-saving action throughout "the entire food supply chain."

     
  • EU Committee Seeks Centralized Law on Robotics

    January 23, 2017

    The European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee has adopted a report calling on the European Commission to create a "European agency for robotics and artificial intelligence" to provide centralized EU standards on social, environmental, and health impacts of robots and "to ensure that robots are and will remain in the service of humans."

     
 
  • Bangladesh Textbooks Signal Growing Islamist Impact

    January 23, 2017

    Last-minute revisions to Bangladesh's public school textbooks at the demand of an umbrella group of conservative Islamist religious scholars. whose goals are gender-segregation of education and a national curriculum and textbook board that exclude non-Muslims from membership, signal the growing influence of Islamists on the country's government and society.

     
  • Iran's Conservatives Seek to Undermine Reformer's Legacy

    January 23, 2017

    The hardline conservatives in Iran's Islamist theocracy have moved into high-gear to rewrite the history of Islamist reformer Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, whose recent death has re-energized political and media debate in Iran about the value of liberalizing reforms to the country's hardline Islamist regime.

     
  • Indonesia Detains Possible IS Jihadis Deported from Turkey

    January 23, 2017

    Indonesian officials arrested a group of 17 individuals deported from Turkey as possible jihadis en route to Islamic State (IS) positions in Syria, reflecting the Indonesian government's concern with growing Islamist radicalism in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.