Mapped: The world’s most open governments


Raziye Akkoc The Telegraph It comes as no surprise that Nordic countries top the WJP Open Government Index but the UK’s position as having the eighth most open government out of more than a 100 countries is welcome news. Click to find out each country’s score An improving economy and better resources in the developing world may not equal a ... Read More »

Watch Barack Obama’s historic handshake with President Raul Castro


US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro shake hands at a summit in Panama, a symbolically charged gesture as the pair seek to restore ties between two Cold War foes Leon Siciliano, and AP, video source APTN The Telegraph With a cordial evening handshake, President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro moved Friday toward a groundbreaking meeting ... Read More »

Hope On the Horizon For A West Papua Free Of Indonesian Abuses


The fight for independence by one of our nearest neighbours shows no sign of abating. And there’s hope says one of its leaders. Amy McQuire reports. New Matilda – By Amy McQuire * There is a silent genocide in his homeland of West Papua, independence leader Benny Wenda says, but it is slowly becoming difficult for the world to ignore. “A ... Read More »

Greece and Russia: The Myths and the Reality

Tsipras coming out of Maximou 1a LLLLLLL

The trip of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to Moscow has provoked strong reactions from certain circles in Europe and the United States. Due to its Orthodox heritage, Greece is seen as a country that is ready to participate in a Samuel Huntington-style “Clash of Civilizations” between the West and Russia. The Moscow Times  By Emmanuel Karagiannis * But in the era of modernity, religious affinity rarely dictates foreign policy choices. In fact, Western media rhetoric about ... Read More »

Greece puts figure of €279bn on claim for German reparations

Esh 2b

Athens officially quantifies sum which includes repayment of forced loan and return of archaeological treasures The Guardian – Reuters Greece’s deputy finance minister has said that Germany owes it nearly €279bn (£205bn) in reparations for the Nazi occupation of the country. Greek governments and private citizens have pushed for war damages from Germany for decades but the Greek government has ... Read More »

How we’ve failed as a nation on arbitrary detention

UN flag 1a LLL

The United Nations is not lecturing us, but doing its job, responding to complaints and defending human rights. The Sydney Morning Herald – Olivia Ball * The Abbott government has submitted a tardy and disappointing response to the United Nations Human Rights Committee’s ruling that 46 refugees subject to secret ASIO assessments are being arbitrarily detained. The refugees’ lawyer, Professor Ben ... Read More »

Russia Nervously Eyes the U.S.-Iran Deal

Dele 2b

When a group of weary diplomats announced a framework for an Iranian nuclear accord last week in Lausanne, there was one diplomat in the mix whose feigned enthusiasm was hard to miss. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov left the talks at their most critical point March 30, much to the annoyance of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who apparently ... Read More »

First Turkish Cypriot Head Boy for ES

English School 1a In Nicosia LLLLLL

A Turkish Cypriot pupil has, for the first time in the English School’s long history, been elected as Head Boy. InCyprus – Onat Ataman was voted Head Boy at elections at the school earlier this week. Reacting to the news, Akel welcomed the move saying: “This development shows the progress made in relations between pupils from the two communities.” It ... Read More »

The Greek crisis and the clash of philosophies within the EU

Gr flag carried by man in shorts 1a IMAGE CREDITS CC  FLICKR  Ed Yourdon

Web exclusive Europe’s World Listening to German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble and his Greek counterpart Yanis Varoufakis speaking about the recent Eurogroup agreement on Greece, one could be forgiven for thinking they were talking about two completely different texts. There are obviously deep differences between them over substance and status that are far from being resolved. FUTURE EUROPE WRITTEN BY: ... Read More »