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Global Affairs

Project Global Affairs is dedicated to providing and discussing quality coverage of (you guessed it) global affairs on WikiTribune. For related Projects go to ‘See Also’ below. Guidelines, tips, and ideas are all mutable so please edit and improve. You can pitch ideas on the TALK page, or for more topical issues, on the Daily News Agenda.

Looking to make a Global Affairs project from the perspective of your own country, for its readers? Click ‘Add New Project’, or discuss on this project’s TALK page.

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  1. Avoid partisan reporting. Let the reader take what they want away from the article.
  2. Just because a subject comes across in a negative/positive light, does not mean coverage is ‘skewed’. Reporting on the facts is very different from steering the reader towards a conclusion. We should always aim to do the former, and not think of how the subject may end up being perceived subjectively in the eyes of the reader.
  3. There are many ways to get primary sources for articles – in many places you have a legal right to request documents, or local government officials can be sought out at meetings.
  4. When citing coverage about new laws etc. link to an official website, rather than any secondary coverage.
  5. Whenever making a statement about an event, statistics, something someone said, or a policy, link to the source.
  6. This is a given for all of our articles, but is particularly crucial for articles about global affairs: never present anyone’s opinion as facts. In the event that an author includes a personal opinion, it must be clearly stated as such, with the person’s expertise in the area explicitly presented.
  7. When referencing government departments, agencies and public bodies, use the full descriptions and initial capitals every time they are mentioned. Do not use more vague terms such as ”the justice department”, ”the immigration department” etc. This improves accuracy and avoids ambiguity. The same goes for politicians and civil servants – include their position or job title when they are first mentioned in an article. Capitalise job titles but descriptions can be lowercase e.g. President Ram Nath Kovind later becomes the president.

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Global Affairs

Talk about this Project

  1. I am writing an article going into the political and economic background of Puerto Rico’s debt crisis, examining whether these factors left the island particularly vulnerable to Hurricane Maria. It would be great to get input from anyone with knowledge of these issues and experience living in Puerto Rico.

  2. For an article on the International Criminal Court, what interviewees have said is that the source of widespread criticism ultimately comes from people who are at risk of being tried before it. Does anyone know NGOs who work with victims or local communities who might be able to offer a perspective from people who have “achieved justice” i.e. been victims of crimes that were tried at the court?

  3. In yesterday’s WikiTribune Briefing, the latest North Korean missile launch was mentioned. Here are some additional thoughts:

    The launch of long-range missiles by North Korea has raised concerns in many quarters: D. Trump has threatened to use ”fire and fury”, Beijing has for the first time officially voiced criticism against Pyongyang, Moscow has remained cautious. The only declared target is Guam, which US anti-missile defence is confident it can protect.

    This new ”missile crisis” is mostly reported from a Western perspective. It would be interesting to write a story centered on the countries and populations who would be most seriously affected in South Korea, Japan (and possibly China), whether by an incident involving a North Korean missile launch (South Korea, Japan, China, Russia), or by preemptive measures under consideration (South Korea, Japan, US).

    Here are just a few non-Western sources (in English, but it would be useful to dig deeper into the local language primary news outlets):
    – Chosun Ilbo: President MOON Jae-In opposes deployment of US nuclear arms in his country, http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2017/09/15/2017091500805.html
    – The Korea Times: President MOON says dialogue with North is ”impossible”, http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www2/index.asp
    – Asahi Shimbun: Statement by ONODERA Itsunori, Japanese defence minister, http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201709150048.html
    – Yomiuri Shimbun (Japan’s largest circulation), English version: Behind the scenes, North Korea’s relentless nuclear advance, http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003934204

    By the way, the first 2 articles above underline the South Korean president’s conundrum: he recognizes that dialogue is impossible with the North, but at the same time he rules out the stationing of US nuclear arms in South Korea.

    Would there be any Korean-speakers, preferably with experience in Korean affairs, willing to contribute to a story on this missile crisis as experienced in South Korea, Japan, North Korea and China?

  4. Hello George,

    thanks for your message.

    Could you tell me if any date has been set for publication? I have 2 articles,
    – 1 accepted (it seems), ”Could Brexite be reversed? A view from across the Channel”
    – 1 under review (?), ”Europe Tomorrow” in 5 parts.

    Best wishes to you on joining WIKItribune as a journalist!
    Jean-Jacques.

  5. Hello, may I join this WikiProject?

    Why I’m interested in joining:

    – Background: retired diplomat, including 10 years as an ambassador; lectures, articles, debates on global trends, international affairs, Europe, EU, USA, Asia, defence and security, Internet governance, culture.

    – Already active on WIKItribune: 2 essays awaiting approval; helped in editing articles; I’m the person who suggested changing this WikiProject from ”World Politics” to ”Global Affairs”.

    I’m willing to
    – contribute articles (Essay, Guest Commentary),
    – do editorial work.

    Thank you.
    Jean-Jacques.

    1. Hi Jean-Jacques,

      Absolutely, your contributions are welcome and incredibly valuable. I’ve added you to the project – please feel free to play around as much as you’d like! Thank you so much for your two essays.

      Thanks!
      George

  6. Hello,

    I suggest changing this project’s title from ”World Politics” to ”Global Affairs”.

    ”Politics” usually applies to the act of governing, as well as to the structure and activities of political parties. Nowadays, so many issues are intertwined that they are truly global, both by their widespread geographic extent, and by the implication of governments, corporations, NGOs, civil society.

    As someone familiar with international affairs (a retired ambassador), I think a change in this project’s title would ”speak” more to people with some experience in this field, and it would also present a more accurate picture of this field to the general reader.

    1. Rewrite

      I do believe you are correct! I’ve changed this for you – but next time, please do feel free to do this yourself after leaving a message like this if you feel technically comfortable doing so. Worst that can happen is another user reverses your decision – and I think it’s a good one.

  7. Hello,

    I suggest changing this project’s title from ”World Politics” to ”Global Affairs”.

    ”Politics” usually applies to the act of governing, as well as to the structure and activities of political parties. Nowadays, so many issues are intertwined that they are truly global, both by their widespread geographic extent, and by the implication of governments, corporations, NGOs, civil society.

    As a professional (a retired ambassador), I think a change in this project’s title would ”speak” more to people with some experience in this field, while presenting a more accurate picture to the general reader.

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