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Brits in European Parliament set to miss their big moment

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A handful of UK lawmakers have been instrumental in pushing EU legislation, but could be gone by the time it gets voted on. By MAÏA DE LA BAUME Politico Think of it like having several key members of your symphony orchestra leave a few weeks before the big concert. There’s no time to replace the players so some important harmonies will be missing from the performance. Something akin to that will happen on March 29 next year at the European ... Read More »

US warships sail near disputed islands in South China Sea, officials say

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Two U.S. Navy warships sailed near South China Sea islands claimed by China after Beijing landed a nuclear-capable bomber and deployed missiles there, defense officials told Fox News on Sunday. By Lucas Tomlinson, Bradford Betz | Fox News The U.S.S Higgins, a guided-missile destroyer, and the U.S.S. Antietam, a missile cruiser, conducted “freedom of navigation” operations near the Paracel Island chain, including Woody Island, where Beijing has operated an… “U.S. forces operate in the Asia-Pacific region on a daily basis, ... Read More »

“Israel” Conspires to Sabotage the US-Turkey F-35 Deal as Ankara’s Relations With Tel Aviv Plunge to New Low

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Reports have surfaced indicating that one of the main reasons that the US has been hesitant to deliver Turkey’s order for new F-35 fighter jets is because the “Israeli” regime has been putting pressure on Washington to either scrap the deal or otherwise deprive Turkey of the performance enchanting software upgrades to the… Adam Garrie EurasiaFuture Put plainly, “Israel” wants its already delivered F-35s to have a technical advantage over those that were supposed to be delivered to Turkey in ... Read More »

Biloela residents bring fight to return ‘loved’ asylum seeker family home to Q&A panel

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At dawn on March 5, Nadesalingam and Priya and their two Australian born daughters were taken from their home in Biloela and placed into custody by Border Force officials. Rebeka Powell ABC Almost three months later, the family remains in a detention centre in Melbourne. Now Biloela locals Marie and Margot have made a public plea on Q&A to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton, to allow the family to stay in Australia. “Our town loved this ... Read More »

Making the Best of France’s Libya Summit

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Four main Libyan leaders meet in Paris on 29 May to sign a roadmap to peace, including 2018 elections with united international backing. ICG But with Libya’s UN-backed peace process at risk from the meeting’s format and the accord that France has brokered, the sides should instead commit to a broader declaration of principles. What’s new? On 29 May France will host a summit on Libya bringing together the country’s four principal competing leaders to sign an agreement on a ... Read More »

Have you got an end-of-life plan?

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Lawyers are encouraging us to think about how we want our lives to end as part of a campaign to record end-of-life wishes with a free online tool called Advance Care Directive. Melissa Coade LawyersWeekly While the topic of death and dying remain uncomfortable subjects for many, lawyers in South Australia are urging members of the community to think seriously about the end. These can include questions about whether a patient wishes to be resuscitated or placed on life support ... Read More »

High-flying lawyer for the ‘little guy’ says Australia needs to shake its ‘fearful’ outlook

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RACIAL taunts and injustices propelled a Sydney lawyer to become the champion of the “little guy”. Here’s the big problem Australia needs to fix. Ben Graham news.com.au JAHAN Kalantar is at the frontline of fighting injustice in Australia and some of what he sees on a day-to-day basis is disturbing. The high-flying Sydney lawyer from a firm which prides itself on standing up for the “little guy”, such as the desperately poor and people with mental illnesses, believes we have ... Read More »

Trump isolates US as Russia follows inclusionary foreign policies

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Contrary to Russia’s broader, encompassing policies that take the focus off its domestic politics, Washington’s recent moves have only worked to isolate the U.S. and caused widespread disappointment among its… YUSUF SELMAN İNANÇ Daily Sabah By the time former U.S. President Barack Obama left office, U.S. allies in the Middle East were displeased, disappointed and unhappy with his policies. His so-called fight against Daesh had resulted in strengthening the PKK-affiliated Democratic Union Party (PYD), which has been waging a war ... Read More »

How One Hundred Years of Solitude Redefined Latin America

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When Gabriel García Márquez wrote One Hundred Years of Solitude, he reimagined the genesis of his continent. That had real political impact, writes Felipe Restrepo Pombo. BBC Before One Hundred Years of Solitude, Latin America bore certain similarities to the imaginary place described in the first paragraph of the novel: “The world was so recent that many things lacked names, and in order to indicate them it was necessary to point”. The continent, obviously, wasn’t a new place when Gabriel ... Read More »

Britain’s May refuses to relax Northern Ireland abortion rules

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London: British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a showdown with ministers and lawmakers in her Conservative party after refusing to back reform of Northern Ireland’s highly restrictive abortion rules after… Andrew MacAskill The Age Voters in Ireland, a once deeply Catholic nation, backed the change by two-to-one, a far higher margin than any opinion poll in the run up to the vote had predicted. The prime minister is facing calls from within her cabinet and from opposition parties to scrap the ... Read More »

The Battle For Energy Dominance In The Mediterranean

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The Eastern Mediterranean is easily one of the most important and hotly contested regions in the world due to several key factors: the Suez Canal is vital to international commerce, militaries of major powers are participating in the Syrian Civil War, and the region hosts two more unresolved conflicts in divided Cyprus and Israel/Palestine. By Vanand Meliksetian for OilPrice However, recent major gas discoveries may have permanently altered the energy map of the region. If they play their cards right, ... Read More »

Why CEOs need to embrace fear

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Running a business can be a frightening undertaking. CEOs make decisions that affect the livelihoods of dozens, if not thousands. Authors: The Conversation Only one in two new businesses last more than five years, few big businesses remain intact for more than a decade, and the shelf life of a corporate CEO is an… The human emotions that come with this undertaking are often brushed aside or even frowned upon. This is despite the fact that emotions play a crucial, ... Read More »

BBC historian suggests the British Museum should have a ‘Supermarket Sweep’ where every country has two minutes to take back their artifacts

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The British Museum should have a ‘Supermarket Sweep’ where countries have two minutes to take back their artifacts, a BBC historian has suggested. By Jim Norton for the Daily Mail David Olusoga said there was a ‘moral imperative’ for relics to be returned and that it could help our relationship with the Commonwealth after Brexit. Born in Nigeria, he said he felt strongly that the Benin Bronzes should be given back to the country of his heritage after they were ... Read More »

Faith

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As a teenager politics was a fervent passion, but after three months as a junior political reporter in the Victorian Parliament in 1969, disenchantment with our democratic system displaced my… Paulyne Pogorelske The Canberra Times Five years later, living in Franco’s Spain teaching English and studying Spanish, my personal experience of fascism over five months rekindled my political enthusiasm. The totalitarian regime, with inhabitants afraid to criticise the government, let alone protest vociferously for fear of persecution, torture and imprisonment, ... Read More »

A Call for Realism in Europe

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If Europe wants to secure its fate, then it will have to balance European idealism with a renewed realism. Elmar Hellendoorn The National Interest President Donald Trump’s abrogation of the Iran agreement indicates again that progressive Europe is increasingly less relevant to the world. At the same time, the world of power politics has an increasing influence upon Europe. Originally, Realpolitiker Konrad Adenauer and Charles de Gaulle wanted to build Europe as a power bloc that could eventually even resist a ... Read More »

Nobel Laureate Economist Says American Inequality Didn’t Just Happen. It Was Created.

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How to keep power at the top of society By Joseph E. Stiglitz American inequality didn’t just happen. It was created. Market forces played a role, but it was not market forces alone. In a sense, that should be obvious: economic laws are universal, but our growing inequality— especially the amounts seized by the upper 1 percent—is a distinctly American “achievement.” That outsize inequality is not predestined offers reason for hope, but in reality it is likely to get worse. ... Read More »