G7 leaders to hold emergency talks over Amazon wildfires crisis

Brazils handling of fires to top agenda in Biarritz as France and Ireland threaten to block trade deal Leaders of the worlds major democracies are due to hold emergency talks this weekend on the wildfires engulfing the Amazon, as international efforts to force Brazil to change its deforestation policies gathered momentum. As heads of state and government were due to arrive at the G7 in Biarritz on Saturday, France and Ireland fuelled the fires. Other EU members were under pressure …

John Bolton in UK to meet Johnson and Brexit hardliners

US security adviser expected to urge tougher line on Tehran and Chinese tech firm Huawei John Bolton, the hawkish US national security adviser, has started two days of meetings in London with key figures in Boris Johnsons government as the US pitches to steer a post-Brexit UK further away from Europe on a range of issues including trade, the role of the Chinese technology firm Huawei. Bolton is the most senior Trump official to visit since Johnson became prime minister, …

Hungry kids collapse as looters take millions: life in todays Zimbabwe

Far from seeing reform after Robert Mugabe was toppled, the country has fallen into crisis as millions are reduced to paupers In the streets of Mbare, the children play, neighbours talk and a wintry sun lights neat houses with carefully tended vegetable plots. But the apparent tranquillity of this poor suburb of military takeover, and a year since the dictators former right-hand man, medical treatment in Singapore since April, an official statement revealed last week. Though there were many sceptics, …

Trump’s threat of new China tariffs sparks backlash from US retailers

Industry warns of job losses and higher consumer prices after president targets another $300bn in imports US retailers were lining up on Thursday night against Donald Trumps threat to impose tariffs on a fresh $300bn of Chinese imports in September, if a August 1, 2019 Moodys Investors Service swiftly warned that the extra tariffs would prove to be an economic burden amid decelerating growth. The escalation of trade tensions will increasingly weigh on the global economy and supply chains in …

It wont be long: why a Honduran community will soon be under water

Rising sea levels are destroying coastal towns in Honduras and shrimp farms which export to the UK and US are making it worse Eric Pineda runs a modest beachfront restaurant which serves up plates of fresh fish and rice and faces imminent destruction. A recent tidal surge razed the nightclub next door, leaving a pastel pink ruin, and in the past two years, several other businesses between Pinedas property and the Pacific Ocean have been destroyed by sudden waves. Every …

Trump’s threat to tax French wines labelled ‘completely moronic’

Retaliatory proposal follows Frances announced levy for US technology companies A threat by Donald Trump to tax French wines in retaliation to a proposed levy aimed at big US technology companies is completely moronic, Frances agriculture minister has said. French plans to place a 3% tax on the GAFAs Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple drew an angry response from the US president, who warned last week that his administration would announce substantial reciprocal action. They shouldnt have done this, Trump …

The Great Hack review searing expos of the Cambridge Analytica scandal

This chilling documentary lays bare the cynicism and chaos surrounding the data research company that harvested information from millions of Facebook users Data rights are human rights is the rallying cry of this gripping, challenging documentary by Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim, about the biggest scandal of our time: the gigantic question mark over the legality of Trump campaign, the Leave.EU campaign and many other reckless electoral adventures all over the world and their connection with Facebook users and their …

How the state runs business in China

The long read: Much of modern Chinas epic growth was driven by private enterprise but under Xi Jinping, the Communist party has returned to being the ultimate authority in business as well as politics When China, the party is the ultimate authority. In the early optimistic glow of Xis ascension to the leadership, a number of western commentators talked up his appreciation of markets. After all, from 1985 to 2007, Xi had served in two provinces, Fujian and Zhejiang, which …

Taiwan pledges help for Hong Kong protesters seeking sanctuary

More than 30 protesters arrive in Taiwan to seek shelter from prosecution Taiwans government has said it will provide assistance to Hong Kong protesters seeking sanctuary, after local media reported dozens of activists involved in an unprecedented storming of the citys parliament had fled to the island. The pledge risks infuriating Beijing but comes as Taiwan gears up for a presidential election where a dominating issue will be relations with the mainland which regards the self-ruled island as its own …

Christine Lagarde will have to confront Berlin if shes to save the euro | Yanis Varoufakis

The European Central Bank chief must call for an end to the eurozones suicidal fiscal rules, says Yanis Varoufakis, former finance minister of Greece Christine Lagarde was a key member of the infamous closure of Greeces banks. Now, four years later, Lagarde has been anointed to cut our public debt was right and proper. Lagardes priority was holding the troikas line and minimising any challenge to its collective authority. The question now is whether Lagardes skills are in tune with …