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Lebanon ex-minister jailed for 13 years on ‘terror’ charges

A Lebanese military court sentenced former information minister Michel Samaha to 13 years in prison with hard labour on April 8 for attempting to carry out “terrorist acts”, a judicial source told AFP.. Samaha was convicted of transporting explosives to carry out attacks and assassinations of political and religious figures in Lebanon with the help of Syrian security… Source: Lebanon ex-minister jailed for 13 years on ‘terror’ charges – MIDEAST Read More »

Why few Americans in Panama Papers? Lawyer doesn’t want them

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Rich and influential people around the globe have found themselves under siege since a major data leak revealed their ties to secretive financial accounts and shell companies in low-tax havens used to hide wealth.. The uproar has brought down the prime minister of Iceland and raised questions about the presidents of Argentina and Ukraine, senior… Source: Why few Americans in Panama Papers? Lawyer doesn’t want them – Chicago Tribune Read More »

Bribing Nigerian official ‘a cost of doing business’, ex-Securency employee tells UK court

Bribing a Nigerian official was just “a cost of doing business”, the former financial director for Australian Reserve Bank subsidiary Securency has told a London court.. “At the time there was disappointment, but I agreed to proceed with it,” said David Ellery, who was Securency’s financial controller and company secretary until 2010… Source: Bribing Nigerian official ‘a cost of doing business’, ex-Securency employee tells UK court Read More »

Story of cities #17: Canberra’s vision of the ideal city gets mired in ‘mediocrity’

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Chicago pacifist Walter Griffin’s design for Australia’s new capital promised so much – even German beer gardens. But when war broke out, his ideas were shunned by planners and politicians alike, and a more prosaic city emerged… Source: Story of cities #17: Canberra’s vision of the ideal city gets mired in ‘mediocrity’ | Cities | The Guardian Read More »

The IMF In The Eurozone Crisis: Political Bankruptcy

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It was wrong from the start. Going on the incorrect assumption that the Eurozone crisis could only be overcome with the help of the crisis-proven IMF, it was the German government above all that insisted on embedding the Fund as an equal partner in the Troika meant to draw up and monitor the rescue… Source: The IMF In The Eurozone Crisis: Political Bankruptcy Read More »

Venezuelans get Fridays off for two months to save energy

Venezuelan workers will get Fridays off for the next two months as part of an emergency plan to save electricity, the president said. Venezuela has the world’s largest proven oil reserves but its economy is a mess, with rampant inflation, shortages of goods as basic as soap and toilet paper and constant blackouts… Source: Venezuelans get Fridays off for two months to save energy – AMERICAS Read More »

Kenya: Development, County Governments and the Risk of 2017 Election Violence

ISIOLO, Kenya. Until a decade ago, few ventured beyond Isiolo without armed police escort. A dusty frontier garrison town in central Kenya, it was the gateway into the badlands of Kenya’s former Northern Frontier District. In the last two decades, as Kenya’s economy and politics have liberalised, Isiolo has transformed into a vibrant commercial hub […] Source: Kenya: Development, County Governments and the Risk of 2017 Election Violence | Crisis Group Read More »

Australia declares: I Stand with Lee Lin Chin

On Tuesday of this week, we wrote about the absurd campaign being waged against Gold Logie nominees Lee Lin Chin and Waleed Aly. But the day after, things got even more ridiculous with a piece written by News Corp’s Victoria Hannaford “six reasons why Waleed Aly shouldn’t win Gold”. Thankfully, the team behind SBS 2’s The… Source: Australia declares: I Stand with Lee Lin Chin | Daily Review: film, stage and music reviews, interviews and more Read More »

How to Preserve the Fragile Calm at Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade

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A deceptive calm on Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade is unlikely to hold under pressure from the ongoing “third intifada”, widespread dissatisfaction among Palestinian youth and growing Jewish Temple activism. Bolstering the 1967 Status Quo arrangement remains crucial, but immediate attention must be on maintaining more recent understandings on access to the Esplanade as the religious… Source: How to Preserve the Fragile Calm at Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade – International Crisis Group Read More »

‘They are hitting us’: frightening video emerges of overnight riot involving children on Nauru

Two detainees received medical treatment following an alleged riot involving children at the Nauru detention centre overnight, in a dramatic escalation of tensions on the remote Pacific island.. ‘ We have been kept in hell for three years ‘ Video footage obtained by Fairfax Media appears to show frightening scenes including young people crying and saying “they are hitting us”, before screams and loud banging can be heard… Source: ‘They are hitting us’: frightening video emerges of overnight riot involving children ... Read More »

The oligarchy and the enemies of the people murder peasants in Brazil

The Continental Articulation of Social Movements towards the ALBA emphatically condemns the events that occurred earlier today, April 7, 2016, when the Military Police entered with brutality and raining bullets into a camp of thousands of families of the Landless Workers’ Movement (MST)… Source: The oligarchy and the enemies of the people murder peasants in Brazil – The Dawn Read More »

Poll: Sanders Erases Clinton’s National Lead

The Vermont senator erases his rival’s national lead in a new poll, even as he struggles to close the delegate gap. Hillary Clinton may have amassed a nearly insurmountable lead in delegates, but rank-and-file Democrats are now virtually split between her and Bernie Sanders over which candidate should be their party’s presidential… Source: Poll: Sanders Erases Clinton’s National Lead – The Atlantic Read More »

Dennis Hastert accused of sexual abuse by at least 4, sources say

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For months, federal authorities have hinted at the motive behind the hush-money payments former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has admitted to making: the sexual abuse of a teenage boy when Hastert was still a suburban high school teacher and wrestling coach… Source: Dennis Hastert accused of sexual abuse by at least 4, sources say – Chicago Tribune Read More »

Why is Honduras the world’s deadliest country for environmentalists?

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The environment is the new battleground for human rights, and activists are getting caught in the crossfire – particularly in Honduras, where two were killed last month. ince her mother’s murder a month ago, Bertha Isabel Zuniga Cáceres has scarcely had time to grieve. The 25-year-old student is adamant that her… Source: Why is Honduras the world’s deadliest country for environmentalists? | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

Bangladesh activist Nazimuddin Samad hacked to death

The murder is the latest incident of aggression against secular bloggers and activists in the Muslim-majority country. A law student who posted pro-atheism comments on social media has been murdered, Bangladeshi police said, in the latest incident in a series of killings of secular activists and bloggers in the country… Source: Bangladesh activist Nazimuddin Samad hacked to death – AJE News Read More »

Prostitution in France made legal under new laws, but paying for it ruled illegal

France introduces new prostitution laws, making soliciting sex legal, but activities around it, like brothels and pimping illegal.. Supporters said the legislation would make it easier to crackdown on sex trafficking, but prostitutes said it would leave them in limbo… Source: Prostitution in France made legal under new laws, but paying for it ruled illegal – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »