Jacqui Lambie demands pre-emptive pardons for Australians accused of war crimes

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Former soldier-turned-independent senator Jacqui Lambie is demanding a pre-emptive pardon for any defence personnel accused of war crimes against the Taliban or Islamic State. By Defence reporter Andrew Greene Her call comes a week after the ABC revealed a secretive Defence review of Australia’s special forces has begun hearing allegations of… Jacqui Lambie demands… Read More »

EU Dancing to Washington’s Tune in Syria

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The EU’s threat to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in order to accuse Moscow and Damascus of war crimes is yet another attempt by the US and its European allies to throw a wrench in the Russo-Syrian counter-terrorism operation, experts suggest. On Monday EU foreign ministers strongly criticized Russia for the country’s air operation over Aleppo and hinted at the… EU Dancing to… Read More »

Myanmar’s Peace Process: Getting to a Political Dialogue

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After almost 70 years of armed conflict, Myanmar has a rare but fading opportunity to finalise a broad-based, federal settlement. The government must adopt a more flexible approach that allays opposition concerns, and armed groups need to go beyond preliminaries and… Myanmar’s Peace Process… Read More »

India and China to draw up joint road map against terror

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping say no country is immune to the growing global menace By ASIA TIMES STAFF India and China have agreed to draw up a joint road map to combat terror saying no country can remain indifferent to the… India and China… Read More »

Why Russia Fears NATO

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Adam Twardowski takes umbrage at arguments that I and other members of the realism and restraint camp have made that NATO’s behavior over the past two decades has exacerbated tensions with Russia. Ted Galen Carpenter He begins his rebuttal with a drive-by smear that is increasingly in vogue among neoconservatives, dismissing such… Why Russia Fears… Read More »

Guantanamo torture victims should be allowed UN visit

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Why does the US think it is acceptable to deny ‘high-value detainees’ at Guantanamo medical and psychological help? by Andy Worthington From Guantanamo, Ammar al-Baluchi, one of 15 “high-value detainee”, known as HVDs, has written to Professor Juan Mendez, the… Guantanamo torture… Read More »

Afghan Anti-Warlord Campaigner Malalai Joya Blames U.S. for Violence

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Malalai Joya has been described as the “Bravest Woman in Afghanistan” for standing up to the very warlords who are being brought in the cold by her U.S.-backed government. by F. BRINLEY BRUTON American bombs began raining down on Afghanistan 15 years ago Friday, marking the… Afghan Anti-Warlord Campaigner… Read More »

Sanctioned Murder: Australia’s Role In Drone Strikes On Innocent Civilians Is Growing

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Not content with just brutalising Aboriginal people and refugees, Australia is increasing its involvement in a covert program that has killed thousands of innocent people abroad. Michael Brull explains. By Michael Brull  The Australian government takes part in the murder of people overseas. They help… Sanctioned Murder: Australia’s Role In… Read More »

Nigeria finally bans Shiite Muslims

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Almost a year after the killing of more than 380 Shiite Muslims in Zaria in Kaduna state, Nigeria, the government has declared the sect with at least 4 million followers unlawful. MOHAMMED MOMOH in Abuja The sect had a violent clash with the Nigerian Army in December 2015 leading to deaths, arrests and… Nigeria finally bans… Read More »

Syrian refugees share excitement and nerves while journeying to new home in Australia

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The number of Syrian refugees arriving in Australia is increasing, as families who received visas under the Government’s new protection program begin to arrive. Correspondents Report By Middle East correspondent Sophie McNeill Middle East correspondent Sophie McNeill travelled with some of these newest Australians, on the journey to their new home. I could spot them at… Syrian refugees share excitement and… Read More »

Confrontation in Zimbabwe Turns Increasingly Violent

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Abductions, assaults by pro-government thugs and anti-government demonstrations met by tear gas and water cannon all signal rising levels of violence in Zimbabwe. Piers Pigou The situation is aggravated by the government’s failure to implement proposals for reform and… Confrontation in Zimbabwe Turns… Read More »

Ashraf Ghani’s gamble with ‘butcher of Kabul’

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For the Afghan president, a deal with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is a political win, but it may not bring political stability. by Najib Sharifi Last week, the Afghan government signed a peace deal with the notorious warlord and… Ashraf Ghani’s gamble with… Read More »

Reassembling Colombia’s Rejected Peace Deal

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Three interlocking sets of negotiations can still end Colombia’s 52 years of civil war, even after a 2 October referendum voted down a 26 September peace deal. But success will need energetic new engagement by all sides – especially in the region. Reassembling Colombia’s Rejected… Read More »

Why the United States Should Exercise Restraint Before Launching A New War in Syria

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The Russians might not be willing to back down in a confrontation with American forces. Dave Majumdar Tensions between Russia and the United States are coming to a head over the civil war in Syria. Washington has suspended bilateral talkswith Russia to end the… Why the United States Should Exercise Restraint Before… Read More »

Central Bank Crisis Risks Famine in Yemen


Efforts to move Yemen’s Central Bank will likely add to risks of insolvency and starvation, while complicating and deepening civil war divisions. Regional and international powers should rally round this critical institution and… Source: Central Bank Crisis Risks Famine in Yemen | International Crisis Group Read More »

Why Congress Supports Saudi Arms Sales

In allowing arms sales to Saudi Arabia, Congress protected American jobs, U.S. companies and the wider defense industry. Oleg Svet Senators Paul Ryan and Chris Murphy recently proposed a congressional resolution to stop a $1.15 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia. Their measure… Source: Why Congress Supports Saudi Arms Sales | The National Interest Read More »