Islamism and Populism Ascend in Turkey Coup Aftermath

July 20, 2016

Democracy is the loser in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt in Turkey, as President Erdogan's Islamist government has arbitrarily detained 6,000-plus "coup plotters" in the judiciary, armed forces, and police, many of whom belong to the country's competing Islamist movement led by Pennsylvania cleric Fetullah Gulen.

EU Parliament Reports Call for "More Europe"

July 20, 2016

According to Politico, in the face of calls from EU leaders and member states to step back from EU federalism following the UK's vote to leave the bloc, Members of the European Parliament have produced a set of reports seeking more measures to solve problems at the EU level and treaty changes that bring more power to Brussels.

NGOs Criticize UNCTAD Trade, IP Involvement

July 20, 2016

Intellectual Property Watch reports that a letter published by a network of nongovernmental organizations calls on the UN Conference on Trade and Development to reject involvement in the promotion of "trade liberalization" and intellectual property rights and instead should focus on advancing the UN's agenda on "sustainable development."

World Bank Event Seeks Business Funding of Climate Efforts

July 20, 2016

At a recent forum in Vienna, the World Bank and 12 other groups published a guide called Principles for Dialogue on Climate Action that seeks pathways for governments to persuade businesses to invest billions of dollars in funding and collaborate in a variety of ways to implement the UN's agenda on climate change.

 

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  • ILO Official Points to Labor Policies for Growth

    July 26, 2016

    At a recent meeting in Beijing, Director-General of the International Labour Organization Guy Ryder called on countries to focus on government action in support of the labor market, including minimum wage increases, to support global economic growth.

     
  • OECD Calls for More Progressive Tax Systems

    July 26, 2016

    The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has published a report on how governments should encourage "inclusive" economic growth by promoting progressive tax systems that prioritize "sharing the benefits more evenly within society."

     
  • Mediterranean Countries Agree to Climate Action

    July 26, 2016

    The EU Committee of the Regions has released an article describing its support of the recent Tangier Declaration, an agreement on a regional approach to countering global warming in the Mediterranean region adopted in the run-up to the November 2016 COP22 global climate meeting in Marrakech.

     
 
  • HRW: World Bank Project Safeguards Are Insufficient

    July 26, 2016

    As activist groups place increasing pressure on businesses and development organizations to implement the UN's human rights agenda, Human Rights Watch has expressed disappointment with the World Bank's new framework of environmental and social safeguards in the projects it finances for not including a binding commitment to respect human rights.

     
  • Japanese NCP Accepts Power Plant Complaint

    July 26, 2016

    Japan's National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises has accepted a complaint supported by activist organizations Greenpeace Indonesia and Friends of the Earth Japan calling, in part, on an energy company to perform human rights and environmental "due diligence" prior to constructing a power plant in Indonesia.

     
  • Article Criticizes EU Conflict Minerals Agreement

    July 26, 2016

    A blog post published by nongovernmental organization Global Witness criticizes legislation agreed by the EU institutions on "conflict minerals" for not going far enough in requiring companies to publicly report their efforts to exclude all such minerals from their products.

     
 
  • TUC Demands Post-Brexit Preservation of Workers' Rights

    July 26, 2016

    The Trades Union Congress has called on the British Government to maintain the same level of workers' rights in the UK following the country's exit from the EU and is seeking a "central role" in Brexit negotiations.

     
  • S&P Labels EU Structure "Unsustainable"

    July 26, 2016

    City A.M. reports that the credit rating agency Standard & Poor's has issued a report declaring the EU's "pooling" of national sovereignty "unsustainable in its current form" and calling either for deeper integration in the EU or a looser confederation of nation states.

     
  • UK Councillor Seeks Stronger Post-Brexit EU Institutions

    July 26, 2016

    Richard Lewis of the Scottish National Party writes that the UK's exit permits an opportunity for the EU to deepen integration and provide for stronger institutions, including a directly elected EU President and Members of the European Parliament who can launch their own legislation.

     
 
  • Academic Complains of "Hate Speech" on Facebook

    July 26, 2016

    Asserting that the freedom of expression "must come with limits and responsibilities," Dr. Imran Awan of Birmingham City University has published an article condemning what he deems to be the low enforcement by Facebook and UK authorities of laws and policies prohibiting "Islamophobic hate speech" on the social media website.

     
  • UN Event Seeks Legislative Action on "Violent Extremism"

    July 26, 2016

    Emphasizing the need for "soft power" to prevent worldwide "violent extremism" at an event hosted in part by the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and other speakers called for parliamentarians to help address extremism, mainly through policies instituting "mandatory education on culture of peace."

     
  • Syrian Refugee Suicide Bomber in Germany Was IS Loyalist

    July 26, 2016

    Evidence has emerged that a young Syrian refugee in Germany who detonated a suicide bomb injuring 15 people in a US military garrison town was an Islamic State loyalist, spiking security concerns about links among Germany's refugee policy, Islamist terrorism, and youth radicalization.