<![CDATA[Hedgehogs.net: '' related content]]> http://www.hedgehogs.net/tag/foreign+minister?view=rss http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11406453/ukraines-vote-proves-putin-wrong-and-puts-antisemitic-past-behind Sat, 01 Nov 2014 06:30:02 +0000 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11406453/ukraines-vote-proves-putin-wrong-and-puts-antisemitic-past-behind <![CDATA[Ukraineâs vote proves Putin wrong and puts anti-Semitic past behind]]>

By John Lloyd


http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11406439/weekend-roundup-why-the-arab-spring-is-still-flowering-in-tunisia Sat, 01 Nov 2014 06:20:33 +0000 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11406439/weekend-roundup-why-the-arab-spring-is-still-flowering-in-tunisia <![CDATA[Weekend Roundup: Why the Arab Spring is Still Flowering in Tunisia]]>
While the character of Tunisian society and culture has much to celebrate with its success, including just-completed peaceful elections that favored the main secular party, there is another factor: the absence of outside intervention, particularly from the West.

In The WorldPost this week Rafik Abdessalem, Tunisia's former foreign minister, explains why despotism will never return to his country. Soumaya Ghannoushi argues that the many years that activists from the moderate Islamist Ennahdha Party spent in exile abroad taught them "the art of compromise and consensus, which may be the hallmark of the nascent Tunisian political model." Jonathan Labin, head of Middle East, Africa and Pakistan for Facebook, chronicles how the same social media that fomented political upheaval is now connecting young people in the region to jobs.

From Istanbul, WorldPost Middle East Correspondent Sophia Jones reports on violent student clashes at Istanbul University, where the war in neighboring Syria has begun to make its way into the classroom. She also reports on how the recent attack on security personnel in the Sinai has prompted a stronger crackdown on dissent in Egypt.

In another seminal election this week, Ukrainian voters tilted decisively westward. The French philosopher and champion of the Maidan movement, Bernard-Henri Lévy, discusses the significance of standing behind Kiev as it faces down Vladimir Putin. Writing from Moscow, Georgy Bovt sees disaster ahead as Russian and Western elites are no longer able to understand or even listen to each other. Writing from Tbilisi, Ghia Nodia bluntly opines that "the West can offer no conceivable partnership terms that Putin would accept." As if to prove him right, Vladimir Putin lashed out at the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi, blaming the West for instigating world disorder.

Writing from Moscow, Elena Chernenko, Vladislav Novyii and Ivan Safronov report that when Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi meet in Beijing next week at the APEC summit, they will likely sign a "digital non-aggression pact" that underscores how they see eye to eye on cybersecurity.

From Mexico City, Homero Aridjis expresses the exploding outrage across the country at the spiraling violence wrought by political corruption and drug cartels, most recently in the state of Guerrero where 43 students are missing and presumed dead.

In this week's Forgotten Fact series, The WorldPost turns to Mexico and breaks down some of the key numbers so readers can better understand the violence rocking the country.

Writing from Beijing, Lijia Zhang traces the impressive advance of women in China through the experiences of her own mother and grandmother. Artist Jia declares that she agrees with the recent statement of Xi Jinping that he has had enough of "weird" architecture in China as traditional buildings are torn down for Western-style development. WorldPost China Correspondent Matt Sheehan reports on how the continuing protests in Hong Kong are dividing the city. He also takes WorldPost readers behind the Mong Kok barricades, chronicling a 24-hour stretch with ongoing updates and photos. Human rights lawyer Gladys Li decries the historically incorrect collaboration of Hong Kong tycoons with Beijing Communists to deny full democracy to citizens. Meanwhile, Keping Yu, a key official of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee, explains that, while China is not moving toward multi-party elections, political reform that is decentralizing and balancing power is nonetheless extensive. Minxin Pei doubts that the rule of law can be squared with rule by one party.

As the Ebola scare in the U.S. begins to ebb, Sriram Shamasunder and Phuoc Le criticize the lack of support medical and public health professionals in the U.S. are getting for their efforts to fight Ebola in West Africa.

On another health front, Bartow Elmore documents how the Coca-Cola Company is coping with the American attack on obesity by ramping up sales of its full-calorie brands in overseas markets.

In the third episode of Tree Media's "Green World Rising" series, actor Leonardo DiCaprio posits that green tech can soon meet 100 percent of global energy needs.

In an interview, Peruvian novelist and Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa observes that the combination of religious hatred and "secular cynicism" sweeping the world is nourishing "monsters" like ISIS.

Finally, moral philosopher Peter Singer cautions that we are becoming "too cautious" about technological advance. "Skepticism can be lethal," he says.


EDITORS: Nathan Gardels, Senior Advisor to the Berggruen Institute on Governance and the long-time editor of NPQ and the Global Viewpoint Network of the Los Angeles Times Syndicate/Tribune Media, is the Editor-in-Chief of The WorldPost. Farah Mohamed is the Managing Editor of The WorldPost. Kathleen Miles is the Senior Editor of the WorldPost. Alex Gardels is the Associate Editor of The WorldPost. Nicholas Sabloff is the Executive International Editor at the Huffington Post, overseeing The WorldPost and HuffPost's 10 international editions. Eline Gordts is HuffPost's Senior World Editor.

CORRESPONDENTS: Sophia Jones in Istanbul; Matt Sheehan in Beijing.

EDITORIAL BOARD: Nicolas Berggruen, Nathan Gardels, Arianna Huffington, Eric Schmidt (Google Inc.), Pierre Omidyar (First Look Media) Juan Luis Cebrian (El Pais/PRISA), Walter Isaacson (Aspen Institute/TIME-CNN), John Elkann (Corriere della Sera, La Stampa), Wadah Khanfar (Al Jazeera), Dileep Padgaonkar (Times of India) and Yoichi Funabashi (Asahi Shimbun).

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS: Moises Naim (former editor of Foreign Policy), Nayan Chanda (Yale/Global; Far Eastern Economic Review) and Katherine Keating (One-On-One). Sergio Munoz Bata and Parag Khanna are Contributing Editors-At-Large.

The Asia Society and its ChinaFile, edited by Orville Schell, is our primary partner on Asia coverage. Eric X. Li and the Chunqiu Institute/Fudan University in Shanghai and Guancha.cn also provide first person voices from China. We also draw on the content of China Digital Times. Seung-yoon Lee is The WorldPost link in South Korea.

Jared Cohen of Google Ideas provides regular commentary from young thinkers, leaders and activists around the globe. Bruce Mau provides regular columns from MassiveChangeNetwork.com on the "whole mind" way of thinking. Patrick Soon-Shiong is Contributing Editor for Health and Medicine.

ADVISORY COUNCIL: Members of the Berggruen Institute's 21st Century Council and Council for the Future of Europe serve as the Advisory Council -- as well as regular contributors -- to the site. These include, Jacques Attali, Shaukat Aziz, Gordon Brown, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Juan Luis Cebrian, Jack Dorsey, Mohamed El-Erian, Francis Fukuyama, Felipe Gonzalez, John Gray, Reid Hoffman, Fred Hu, Mo Ibrahim, Alexei Kudrin, Pascal Lamy, Kishore Mahbubani, Alain Minc, Dambisa Moyo, Laura Tyson, Elon Musk, Pierre Omidyar, Raghuram Rajan, Nouriel Roubini, Nicolas Sarkozy, Eric Schmidt, Gerhard Schroeder, Peter Schwartz, Amartya Sen, Jeff Skoll, Michael Spence, Joe Stiglitz, Larry Summers, Wu Jianmin, George Yeo, Fareed Zakaria, Ernesto Zedillo, Ahmed Zewail, and Zheng Bijian.

From the Europe group, these include: Marek Belka, Tony Blair, Jacques Delors, Niall Ferguson, Anthony Giddens, Otmar Issing, Mario Monti, Robert Mundell, Peter Sutherland and Guy Verhofstadt.


The WorldPost is a global media bridge that seeks to connect the world and connect the dots. Gathering together top editors and first person contributors from all corners of the planet, we aspire to be the one publication where the whole world meets.

We not only deliver breaking news from the best sources with original reportage on the ground and user-generated content; we bring the best minds and most authoritative as well as fresh and new voices together to make sense of events from a global perspective looking around, not a national perspective looking out.
http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11405579/polands-government-flashes-of-competence Fri, 31 Oct 2014 03:49:25 +0000 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11405579/polands-government-flashes-of-competence <![CDATA[Polandâs government: Flashes of competence]]>
So far Ms Kopacz is doing well
AS A chain-smoking doctor, Ewa Kopacz clearly has a certain appetite for personal risk. In her case, it also seems to exhaust any appetite for risk. But as she prepares to take over as prime minister of Poland, following Donald Tusk’s elevation to the presidency of the European Council, her central message is one of safety. Her main promise to voters is that she will not make any radical changes before next year’s parliamentary elections.In foreign policy that means dropping the confrontational approach to Russia favoured by Mr Tusk and Radek Sikorski, his foreign minister. In domestic policy Ms Kopacz promises more nursery schools, more old-people’s homes, help for students wanting to study abroad and measures to reduce youth unemployment.“I don’t suspect she has any vision,” says Jacek Zakowski, a Polish journalist. Ms Kopacz is a pragmatic centrist, he says, with perhaps a bit more of a natural sensitivity than Mr Tusk.Although she sets out to present a motherly public persona, Ms Kopacz occasionally displays flashes of Thatcherite steel. When she was health minister in 2009, she refused to be...

http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11401014/lavrov-certain-group-of-countries-keeps-imposing-its-recipes-on-everyone-else Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:29:07 +0100 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11401014/lavrov-certain-group-of-countries-keeps-imposing-its-recipes-on-everyone-else <![CDATA[Lavrov: Certain Group of Countries Keeps âImposing Its Recipes on Everyone Elseâ]]>

http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11401008/kerry-in-berlin-to-honor-fall-of-berlin-wall-talk-with-chancellor-foreign-minister Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:29:00 +0100 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11401008/kerry-in-berlin-to-honor-fall-of-berlin-wall-talk-with-chancellor-foreign-minister <![CDATA[Kerry in Berlin to Honor Fall of Berlin Wall, Talk With Chancellor, Foreign Minister]]>

http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11400409/syria-kurds-weather-is-assault-and-await-reinforcements Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:48:56 +0100 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11400409/syria-kurds-weather-is-assault-and-await-reinforcements <![CDATA[Syria Kurds weather IS assault and await reinforcements]]> Smoke and flames rise following an explosion in the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, as seen from the southeastern Turkish village of Mursitpinar in the Sanliurfa province on October 20, 2014


http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11400329/russia-to-help-fight-islamists-in-the-middle-east Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:18:29 +0100 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11400329/russia-to-help-fight-islamists-in-the-middle-east <![CDATA[Russia to help fight Islamists in the Middle East]]> PARIS —The United States and Russia will share intelligence on Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq and work together to combat the threat of terrorism that hangs over the region, U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Tuesday after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.


http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11399272/mexico-and-impunity-when-crime-is-unchecked Fri, 17 Oct 2014 08:29:27 +0100 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11399272/mexico-and-impunity-when-crime-is-unchecked <![CDATA[Mexico and impunity: When crime is unchecked]]>
EXACTLY 200 years ago, in the badlands of southwestern Mexico, rebels fighting Spanish rule drafted the country’s first political charter. The so-called Constitution of Apatzingán of October 22nd 1814 attempted to set out a framework for the rule of law, but it was never adopted; its intellectual author, José María Morelos, was shot by a firing squad a year afterwards.Many constitutions later, the area round Apatzingán shows how far Mexico still has to go before becoming a law-abiding country. Known as Tierra Caliente (hot land) it has been the scene of a mass abduction and a massacre, both allegedly carried out by state security forces against unarmed civilians. The two atrocities seem serious enough to change the course of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s two-year-old government. Mr Peña has prioritised economic reform, and played down law and order, as the way to modernise Mexico, without admitting that both are equally important. “He had the pieces but he never had the picture of the whole puzzle, and now he’s paying the price,” says Jorge Castañeda, a former foreign minister.Mexico has been convulsed by the abduction of 43 teacher-trainees on September 26th in...

http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11397433/frances-inhumane-obsession-with-surrogacy Wed, 15 Oct 2014 07:48:55 +0100 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11397433/frances-inhumane-obsession-with-surrogacy <![CDATA[France's Inhumane Obsession With Surrogacy]]>
Children of surrogacy who are born in the U.S. attain U.S. citizenship but not that of their intended French parents. France insists that children conceived in this way should not be recognized as French because of how they came into life. However, in June 2014, a brave decision by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ordered France to reverse course and recognize children born of surrogacy despite the French ban.

"Liberté, égalité, faternité" seem to be values in short supply for Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who proposes to class children by their parents' conception decisions. A patent violation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and many other international commitments, France's official policy turns it into a national orphanage, putting these children in an almost stateless limbo without the citizenship of their parents who raise them, and without any legal status in their French home. In light of this deliberate cruelty, one might ask whether France's human-rights commitments are in fact empty promises.

In the wake of the ECHR ruling, France must balance banning surrogacy while recognizing the children born of it. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius arrogantly proposes to demand that other countries ban surrogacy for intentional parents who happen to be French. For the U.S. this is particularly inconceivable given that the federal government has no power over such state-based rules. As if Fabius could persuade President Obama to accommodate France's bizarre stance on this "slavery" and force 45 U.S. states to bend to France's will. France's leaders must stop playing political games with children's lives and reverse their vindictive policy.

Alexandre Urwicz is President of ADFH, the leading French LGBT parents' group. Reach him by email at alexandre@adfh.net.

Darren Rosenblum is a visiting professor at the Washington College of Law at American University. Reach him by email at drosenblum@wcl.american.edu.
http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11396462/while-kim-jong-un-is-absent-north-korean-diplomats-are-working-overtime Mon, 13 Oct 2014 13:49:13 +0100 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11396462/while-kim-jong-un-is-absent-north-korean-diplomats-are-working-overtime <![CDATA[While Kim Jong Un is absent, North Korean diplomats are working overtime]]> TOKYO — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may have disappeared from the public eye, but his diplomatic representatives sure haven’t.