This site gathers links and commentary on what I think are useful news items that match my interests as a development journalist and communications researcher.
Bad news for WTO on protectionism
The G20 nations, self-proclaimed promoters of freer trade, have introduced unprecedented measures restricting trade and have seen "a notable rise in anti-trade rhetoric" since October 2015, the World Trade Organization notes in its latest monitoring report.
Business funding of public projects, including actions by Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, has come under cold scrutiny lately. Are the ideological purists missing the story? An auto company is underwriting a major international environmental project.
The Swiss web journal LeNews published a detailed article on migrants and crime in a discussion of a nationwide vote on 28 February to automatically expel foreigners convicted of serious crimes, including/plus theft, drug offences and fraud.
Le News asks: "Swiss vote to automatically expel foreign criminals. Sensible or perverse?" It doesn't have an either/or answer.
President Barack Obama promised to close Guantánamo prison on Cuban territory within a year on 22 January 2009. He repeated his vow in the latest State of the Union address. David Smith of the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper made a two-day Pentagon-controlled visit in February 2016. In the meantime, officials are digging in their heels against action.
ProPublica, the public-interest journalism site, is offering a Nonprofit Explorer webapp to check out non-governmental organizations in the U.S. for their spending, expenses, remuneration of officials and other financial details.
An intern at inkl.com, the Australian-based subscription news filter site, offers a rundown of the position of big players on the climate scene as the World Summit opens in Paris (30 November-11 December 2015). Sheida Danai, a freelance journalist, points out that China plans to double its emissions while the United States Congres is considered unlikely to approve any treaty.
Security snoopers vs Wikileakers, who are more important for media in society? Or is it the collapse of traditional business models with the rise of social media? Swiss journalists came together at the Fourth Journalistic Assizes on 27 October at the Swiss Press Club in Geneva.
You probably read the news that the World Health Organization has ruled that red and processed meats are carcinogenic. What you may not have seen is an assessment of what that means in fact.
Kevin Drum at Mother Jones has analysed the report. He concludes: "If you're really worried about cancer, cut out the smoking, the drinking, the overeating, and the city living. Once you've done that, then it's time to decide if you also want to skip the bacon."
Truthiness in the Democrats' first Presidential debate
If you were as surprised as me to hear Bernie Saunders declare that Afro-American youth unemployment is over 50%, you might want to check out PolitiFact's review of truthiness in the first Democratic Presidential hopefuls' debate on 13 October 2015.
According to Katie Saunders, in the Pulitzer Prize-winning project of the Tampa Bay Times, he should have said that over half African-American high-school grads are not in full-time jobs.