“Green” investment funds spring back

By Ross Kerber May, 2017 BOSTON (Reuters) – After U.S. President Donald Trump’s election last November, investors pulled nearly $68 million (53 million pounds) from so-called “green” mutual funds, reflecting fear that his pro-coal agenda would hurt renewable energy firms. But now

Broad alliances trump Trump for Israeli security

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs May 27, 2017 Israel lives in a hostile neighbourhood, and has always had trouble making and keeping trustworthy friends. Many of the European countries were supportive both before and immediately after the founding of the state of Israel

India’s Maoist uprising morphs into women’s armed insurgency

  JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs May 20, 2017 Women guerrilla fighters are at the forefront of an emerging insurgent war in India aimed at protecting women from sexual violence and human rights abuse. On April 24, about 300 guerrillas, half of them

Everyday chemicals affect brain, IQ — study

By Barbara Demeneix, Muséum national d’histoire naturelle (MNHN) – Sorbonne Universités  May, 2017 All vertebrates – from frogs and birds to human beings – require the same thyroid hormone to thrive. Every stage of brain development is modulated by thyroid hormone and, over

Trump-Kim smackdown leaves South Koreans cold

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs May 13, 2017 For a while it looked as though Donald Trump was the white horse on a cresting wave of right-wing demagogy rushing to break over liberal democracies world-wide. But the defeat of Trump’s neo-Nazi fellow travellers

Journalism at risk from surveillance, data collection: UNESCO report

By Julie Posetti May 3, 2017 The ability of journalists to report without fear is under threat from mass surveillance and data retention. Released this week, my UNESCO report Protecting Journalism Sources in the Digital Age shows that laws protecting journalists and sources

Venezuela spins at the rim of a black hole

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs May 5, 2017 Venezuela is being sucked into a political and social vacuum because neither its local leaders nor regional players have the slightest idea where the country of 30 million people should be heading or how to