CHINA TRIES TO REASSURE ON ECONOMY, CUTS GROWTH TARGET

BEIJING (AP) -- China's leadership tried to quell anxiety about its slowing economy following financial turmoil and rising labor unrest as it cut its growth target Saturday and promised to open oil and telecoms industries to private competitors in sweeping industrial reforms. Premier Li Keqiang (pronounced "Lee Kuh-chee-yang") announced a growth target of 6.5 to … Continue reading CHINA TRIES TO REASSURE ON ECONOMY, CUTS GROWTH TARGET

Journalists detained covering Oromo Protests | Ethiopia

Press freedom in Ethiopia is dwindling in light of recent anti-government protests and the severe drought in the Horn of Africa state, according to a journalists’ association. William Davison Two journalists and a translator were arbitrarily detained for 24 hours on Thursday when reporting on the protests in Oromia, according to a statement issued by … Continue reading Journalists detained covering Oromo Protests | Ethiopia

The Objective Standard: Ayn Rand

Everyone today knows that governments such as Nazi, communist, and theocratic regimes have tortured, slaughtered, and otherwise ruined the lives of hundreds of millions of people (and counting). A person forced by a government into a eugenics lab or a concentration camp cannot live as a human being, because he cannot act on the judgment … Continue reading The Objective Standard: Ayn Rand

Obama Renews Declaration that Venezuela is a National Security Threat

Venezuela's opposition to socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro this week has called on the Organization of American States to help them oust him, Time reports. At the same time, President Obama is continuing to (bombastically) refer to that nation's economic and political troubles as a threat to U.S. national security, renewing a similar declaration made last … Continue reading Obama Renews Declaration that Venezuela is a National Security Threat

China Battling to Maintain Growth

By Xiaoyi Shao and Jake Spring BEIJING (Reuters) - China faces a tough battle to keep its economy growing by at least 6.5 percent over the next five years while creating more jobs and restructuring inefficient industries, Premier Li Keqiang said as he opened China's annual parliament on Saturday. Growth of 6.5 percent would mark … Continue reading China Battling to Maintain Growth

Sex, violence, class, power, politics – the school rugby row has it all

by Stuart Jeffries The idea of a ban on tackling in school rugby is easy enough to defend or decry – but my experiences of the scrum on a grammar school playing field in 1970s Birmingham tells me this can be a truly formative game There are two ways of taking a man down in Mixed Martial … Continue reading Sex, violence, class, power, politics – the school rugby row has it all

VOTES DELIVER ANYTHING BUT CLARITY IN GOP RACE

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Offering anything but clarity, Republicans delivered a split verdict between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz in the latest round of presidential voting, offering fresh evidence of the turmoil still roiling the GOP after 19 states have had their say. Trump, still the front-runner in the delegate count, bagged Kentucky … Continue reading VOTES DELIVER ANYTHING BUT CLARITY IN GOP RACE

The Coup That Set Ghana and Africa 50 Years Back

By Charles Quist-Adade Nkrumah wanted to industrialize Ghana within a generation, and everything was on course until the Americans and their British cousins used some disgruntled and self-serving Ghanaian soldiers to stage that terrible coup on 24 February 1966. It was a major setback, not only for Ghana but the whole of Africa! A few … Continue reading The Coup That Set Ghana and Africa 50 Years Back

Turkey agrees to take back people who don’t qualify for EU asylum

Diplomats claim breakthrough after Turkish PM pledges to readmit those not permitted to enter EU as asylum applicants hit record numbers Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has been in Brussels in negotiations with Frans Timmermans, the vice-president of the European commission. European diplomats are claiming a breakthrough in the continent’s migration crisis after reporting that … Continue reading Turkey agrees to take back people who don’t qualify for EU asylum

Ethiopia anti-doping agency: 9 athletes under investigation

BY ELIAS MESERET FEB. 29, 2016 4:53 PM EST ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Nine Ethiopian runners, five of them "top athletes," are under investigation for doping, the general secretary of the country's anti-doping agency said Monday, raising fears of another damaging scandal for track and field in the run-up to the Rio Olympics. Solomon … Continue reading Ethiopia anti-doping agency: 9 athletes under investigation