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Statement of the National Coalition to Prevent an Iranian Nuclear Weapon

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The United States together with the UK, France, Germany, China, Russia and Iran should continue to implement rigorously the JCPOA. A TNI Exclusive The National Interest Prevention of an Iranian nuclear weapon is a vital U.S. national security objective. The multilateral nuclear agreement with Iran, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), assures that if it continues to comply with it, Iran cannot acquire a nuclear weapon for at least 13 years, after which time the parties can either implement ... Read More »

Somaliland passes first law against rape

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For the first time in its history, the self-declared republic of Somaliland has passed a law against rape. BBC In the past, a victim’s family could force them to marry their rapist to avoid being shamed. Rapists now stand to face at least 30 years in prison. Somaliland declared itself independent from Somalia in 1991 but is not internationally recognised as a country. There is still no law against rape in Somalia. Somaliland’s speaker of parliament, Bashe Mohamed Farah, told ... Read More »

200,000 Salvadorans may be forced to leave the U.S. as Trump ends immigration protection

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In one of its most significant immigration decisions to date, the Trump administration said Monday it will terminate the provisional residency permits of about 200,000 Salvadorans who have lived in the country since at least 2001, leaving them to potentially face deportation. Nick Miroff The Washington Post The administration said it will give the Salvadorans until Sept. 9, 2019, to leave the United States or find a way to obtain legal residency, according to a statement Monday from the Department ... Read More »

Cyprus sets sea borders for energy drilling with Greece’s backing

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NICOSIA – Facing challenges from Turkey, which has unlawfully occupied the northern third of the island since a 1974 invasion, Cyprus is moving ahead to set the rest of its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), trying to re-establish borders in the seas where it has licensed international companies to drill for oil and gas. Tornos News Cyprus will delineate the EEZ that Turkey has violated, including the north and western part, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said, calling on Greece to offer ... Read More »

Malaysia’s Mahathir named opposition PM candidate

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Malaysia’s veteran ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad was named as the opposition’s prime ministerial candidate Sunday as a bruising election battle looms against scandal-plagued premier Najib Razak and his long-ruling coalition. SHAH ALAM, Malaysia – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The decision means the 92-year-old, a hugely divisive figure criticized for ruling with an iron fist during his long reign, could return as premier 15 years after stepping down. But he also agreed to make way for jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim — his ... Read More »

Rising nationalism and the EU’s split with the East

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What’s wrong with the EU? Poland and Hungary, who only joined the bloc 13 years ago, are increasingly turning to nationalism. Volker Wagener DW examines a phenomenon that has been smoldering for some time Once upon a time, the European Union was a desirable destination for former Eastern Bloc countries. Twenty-five years ago, to be exact. Today, the European alliance faces major difficulties with some of its most recent additions — and vice versa. Poland and Hungary enjoy the EU ... Read More »

Before losing battle with cancer, this 27-year-old woman penned a heartbreaking, eye-opening letter

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“That’s the thing about life, it is fragile, precious, unpredictable and each day is a gift, not a given right,” Holly Butcher wrote in an emotional post on Facebook. Alex Eriksen Yahoo Butcher, 27, lost her battle with cancer this week. Her words are drawing attention on social media, garnering more than 8,000 shares, 11,000 likes, and 2,000 comments. Butcher, from Brisbane, Australia, covers a range of life topics in her letter, including coming to grips with her mortality. She ... Read More »

Macron’s fake news law will protect democracy

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This is a POLITICO debate. For the counterargument, click here.  LONDON — President Macron kicked off the year by announcing the introduction of legislation to safeguard liberal democracy — in France at least — from fake news. By AURORE BELFRAGE Politico Twitter commentators were quick to attack him for oversimplifying the problem to make a political point. They may be right. But at its core, Macron’s instinct is the right one. We need to rethink the rules of engagement in social media and hold ... Read More »

How robots will break politics

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Automation is dramatically reshaping the workforce, but we’ve barely begun to grapple with how it will reshape society Ryan Avent Politico For those of us who have lived in relatively placid times, it is hard to believe that American politics could become more chaotic than it is today But far beyond allegations of criminal acts in the executive branch, the unending reality-show trash talk of the president on his Twitter feed or even nuclear brinkmanship, something else will push us into ... Read More »

Israel Moves to Annex the West Bank

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This Is How the Two-State Solution Dies While the media focuses on Trump, Netanyahu imposes a “solution”: There will never be a Palestinian state. Steven A. Cook Salon In between anti-government protests in Iran and President Donald Trump’s tweets about the size of his nuclear button, Huma Abedin and civil aviation safety, an important vote took place in Israel. Few people seemed to notice. The Washington Post relegated the story to its “Digest” of world news and Reuters produced a short article, but the Wall ... Read More »

The feared other: Peter Dutton’s and Australia’s pathology around race

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Dutton wants to persuade us that those who are most disempowered in our society are our greatest threat It widens the divide between us and them Joumanah El Matrah The Guardian In David Marr’s book Panic he came to the realisation that he had been writing about panic, Australian panic in particular, all his career. If we are a fearful nation, we are also a compulsive one. We aggressively return to our fears, stoke our hatreds, and obsessively and routinely ... Read More »

The harsh reality for Palestinians: The rules of the game in the Middle East are changing

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Six Arab foreign ministers met in Jordan’s capital on Saturday to discuss the response to the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital By Norman Hermant in Amman ABC They had little new to say. The head of the Arab League told a media conference there would be a renewed effort to have East Jerusalem recognised as the capital of a Palestinian state. But that approach has been tried already, and gained little traction. Washington’s announcement a month ago that it would ... Read More »

Oireachtas committee has opened the door to abortion for disability

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If no reasons for abortion need be given in the first 12 weeks any reason will do William Binchy The Irish Times The report of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution is a dismal document It proposes the introduction of abortion on demand, expressly for the first twelve weeks of the child’s life, and covertly at all stages potentially up to birth. The majority of the committee proposes the abortion of unborn children in the ... Read More »

German Ministry Confirms Connection Between Violent Gang And Turkish Gov’t

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Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Interior has confirmed that they have been assessing the relations between a violent Turkish gang group, which is in guise of a rocker club, and the Turkish government under the rule of autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. SCF A ministry spokesman has spoken to Kölner Stadt-Anzeige newspaper and said that they are assessing the relations between right-wing group Osmanen Germania and the Turkish government. “The “rocker-like” organization of Turkish nationalists that takes right-wing extremist positions maintain ... Read More »

Muslim women will not misuse the ‘triple talaq’ law

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Immediately after the Indian government announced a bill criminalising “triple talaq”, the proposal has been mired in controversy. Mariya Salim AlJazeera Banning the practice of a husband divorcing his wife by uttering “talaq” three times within Muslim communities has been under discussion in India for years now. The practice has rendered hundreds of Muslim women homeless, forced out of their matrimonial homes overnight, with many learning that they have been divorced from relatives, by phone or even by a text message. A recent ... Read More »

David Walsh on the success of Mona

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I HAVE been asked to comment on the future of our arts scene I guess I’ve been asked because the “success” of Mona creates the illusion that I know what I’m talking about David Walsh Sunday Tasmanian While I was meddling with things I don’t understand, I inadvertently became a minor celebrity. My mate Kenneth Train recently offered me some sage advice — “Celebrities should just shut up.” Unfortunately, I like the sound of my own words. So let me ... Read More »