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Bosnian Serb referendum on disputed 9 January holiday

Bosnian Serbs are voting on whether to keep 9 January as a national holiday in defiance of Bosnia’s highest court. It has ruled the date discriminates against Muslim Bosniaks and Catholic Croats and should be changed. Serbs declared the creation of their own state within… Source: Bosnian Serb referendum on disputed 9 January holiday – BBC News Read More »

Why we should lock more people up, and it’s not what you think

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I’VE always thought jail is mostly a bad idea: It takes young people and puts them in constant contact with society’s very worst. Jason Murphy They eventually emerge with no skills but a tight-knit network of former criminals. Under my theory, jail is mostly unhelpful for the people that are in there… Source: Australian jail: What we could learn from the Norwegians Read More »

During China talks, Duterte will demand Filipino fishermen’s right to livelihood

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will visit China within the year. While no details are yet known on when this will push through, he said he will insist on the fishing rights of the Philippines in the disputed West Philippine Sea. By LORENZ NIEL SANTOS Filipino fishermen and Chinese Coast Guard are still playing cat and mouse despite the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) that such action by… Source: During China talks, Duterte will demand Filipino fishermen’s right to ... Read More »

Jordan: Nahed Hattar shot dead ahead of cartoon trial

Gunman kills prominent writer Nahed Hattar outside Amman court where he was facing charges over “offensive” cartoon. A gunman has shot dead prominent Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar outside a court where he was facing charges for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam, state news agency Petra reported. Hattar was struck by three bullets before the… Source: Jordan: Nahed Hattar shot dead ahead of cartoon trial – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

‘Draw and you’ll go to jail’: the fight to save comics from the censor

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From worried parents to policemen with built-in ‘Satan detectors’, underground comics have never lacked enemies. David Barnett And for 30 years Neil Gaiman and his friends have fought back in the name of free speech In 1994, Mike Diana found himself in jail near his home in Largo, Florida. Sitting alongside rapists, muggers and murderers, he… Source: ‘Draw and you’ll go to jail’: the fight to save comics from the censor | Books | The Guardian Read More »

Tony Blair voices anger at pursuit of British soldiers for alleged war abuses

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Former prime minister says such investigations should never have happened and that soldiers and their families should not face such an ordeal Press Association Tony Blair has added his voice to the mounting criticism of investigations into British troops facing allegations of serious misconduct in Iraq or Afghanistan… Source: Tony Blair voices anger at pursuit of British soldiers for alleged war abuses | Politics | The Guardian Read More »

A long road to reconciliation

Seven years after the end of the civil war and 18 months into a new government, Jo Eckersley and Ashwin Hemmathagama report from Sri Lanka on a country still struggling to unite. Thurairaja Kanagamma hasn’t stepped foot on her land for 29 years. She lost her home in the Jaffna peninsula in 1989, when fighting escalated between government forces and… Source: A long road to reconciliation — New Internationalist Read More »

Breda O’Brien: Zappone has got it wrong on childcare

Incentivising people to send children to a crèche ignores many other options Breda O’Brien According to a recent ICTU (Irish Congress of Trade Unions) study of its members, just under 30 per cent of parents rely on relatives for childcare, about 30 per cent on childminders in their own or the… Source: Breda O’Brien: Zappone has got it wrong on childcare Read More »

Stephen Collins: Worrying signs the past is about to repeat itself

Irish politicians who led us out of financial crisis are not getting the credit for it Stephen Collins Why is it that former Greek minister for finance Yanis Varoufakis, who was such an abject failure in office, is lionised by the Irish media while his counterparts here… Source: Stephen Collins: Worrying signs the past is about to repeat itself Read More »

How to Spark a War in Asia

Both Washington and Beijing need to prevent their allies from creating security crises. Ted Galen Carpenter A major challenge for a great power is preventing allies and client states from creating unwanted security crises. No matter how close or friendly an ally might be, it has its own policy agenda, and… Source: How to Spark a War in Asia | The National Interest Read More »

Bridging past and present, the African American Museum opening is a dynamic celebration

In a dim, quiet backroom in the National Museum of African American History and Culture, a gray-haired man paused in front of a bronze casket, and he stood to pay his last respects to Emmett Till. By Monica Hesse and Krissah Thompson “Jesus,” whispered the man, a retired college administrator named Samuel L. Wright. He leaned forward. He saw that behind the glass, inside the coffin, lay a picture of the… Source: Bridging past and present, the African American Museum ... Read More »

Farrel Corcoran: Media letting Ireland sleepwalk into further loss of sovereignty

TTIP and CETA trade deals with US and Canada have huge implications yet lack coverage Farrel Corcoran Today, less than nine months after the joint committee of inquiry into the banking crisis published its report – including a section on the… Source: Farrel Corcoran: Media letting Ireland sleepwalk into further loss of sovereignty Read More »

The familiar axes of politics are changing, with momentous consequences

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Political identities have changed significantly, and politics has shifted with them. COLIN CROUCH From the time of the French Revolution, mass politics has revolved around two core conflicts: that between preferences for more or less economic inequality; and… Source: The familiar axes of politics are changing, with momentous consequences | openDemocracy Read More »

Why Industrial Farms Are Good for the Environment

Stillwater, Okla. — There is much to like about small, local farms and their influence on what we eat. But if we are to sustainably deal with problems presented by population growth and climate change, we need to look to the farmers who grow a majority of the country’s food and fiber. By JAYSON LUSK Large farmers — who are responsible for 80 percent of the food sales in the United States, though they make up fewer than 8 percent ... Read More »