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China hits back at int’l reaction over Liu’s death

China lashed out July 14 at international criticism after it denied Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo’s dying wish to leave the country and faced pressure to set the… Hurriyet Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Beijing lodged official protests with the United States, France, Germany and the United Nations human rights office over their “irresponsible remarks” regarding Liu Xiaobo, and… “Conferring the prize to such a person goes against the purposes of this award. It’s a blasphemy of the peace prize,” ... Read More »

Turkey Uncensored: The Fate of Assyrian Christian Churches and Monasteries

The Turkish government has recently seized numerous properties belonging to Assyrian (Syriac) Christians − such as churches, monasteries and cemeteries − and… Uzay Bulut Philos Project On June 23, the Armenian-Turkish newspaper Agos reported, ”””Inquiries by the Mor Gabriel Monastery Foundation revealed that dozens of churches and monasteries have””” Kuryakos Ergün, the president of the Mor Gabriel Monastery Foundation, told The Philos Project that the decision of allocating the churches and monasteries to the… Turkey Uncensored: The… Read More »

Why Can’t the U.S. Left Get Venezuela Right?

As Venezuela’s fascist-minded oligarchy conspires with U.S. imperialism to overthrow the democratically elected government of Nicolas Maduro, few in the… Shamus Cooke CounterPunch Instead of denouncing rightwing violence that aims at regime change, many on the U.S. left have stayed silent, or opted to give an evenhanded analysis that supports neither the Maduro government nor the oligarchy trying to… Rather, the left prioritizes its energy on lecturing on… Why Can’t the… Read More »

The only hope for democracy is for politicians to stand up to political parties

Opinion Democracy has largely been reduced to a contest between three dominant parties, two of which act in coalition. Tony Fitzgerald  ABC Each is a private organisation with a small membership which primarily represents the interests — in particular the economic interests — of a section of the… They dominate public discussion and debate and one or other of them has governed Australia for more than 70… They enacted the… The only hope… Read More »

The brain drain and youth depression taking over Greece

As Greece’s financial struggle from the crash continues to worsen, Theresa May warns that failure to tackle the UK’s deficit could see it spiral into a ‘Greek-style… Chloe Farand Independent Chloe Farand meets the young and old Greeks who are worse affected by the lack of jobs and cut to… “Many people in this village live off a plot of land in the winter because there just aren’t any jobs here,” says a mother of… The situation in Greece is worse now than it has ever… The ... Read More »

Five reasons why Game of Thrones satisfies our needs (apart from all the sex and violence)

Game of Thrones has become something of a TV event over the past six years – the last season attracted more than 5m viewers per… Tom van Laer  The Conversation On the face of it, the attractions are obvious: large helpings of sex and violence, bolstered by a serpentine storyline said to be inspired by the War of the Roses, one of the bloodiest periods of English… Yet, I think the series meets deeper, more fundamental human needs than just ... Read More »

Kin Aesthetics // Excommunicate Me from the Church of Social Justice

There is a particularly aggressive strand of social justice activism weaving in and out of my Seattle community that has troubled me, silenced my loved ones, and turned away potential allies. Frances S. Lee  Catalyst I believe in justice. I believe in liberation. I believe it is our duty to obliterate white supremacy, anti-blackness, cisheteropatriarchy, ableism, capitalism, and imperialism. And I also believe there should be openness around the tactics we use and ways our… Excommunicate Me from… Read More »

What is net neutrality and why should I care?

It may not stop traffic – of either the vehicular or digital kind – but there is a huge protest taking place in the United States today and, unusually, this one is being staged by many of the… Keith Breene World Economic Forum Many of the major names on the internet including Google, Facebook and Amazon will hold virtual hands with hundreds of other sites that peddle everything from post-it notes to porn to… The mass action is expected to ... Read More »

Al Gore: Australian government subsidising coal power would be ‘crazy’

Former US vice president and climate change campaigner says providing funding for infrastructure to support Adani coal mine is ‘just… Calla Wahlquist The Guardian Any move by the Australian government to subsidise coal-fired power would be “crazy” and providing funding for infrastructure to support the Adani coal mine is “just nuts,” former US vice president and… “Globally, the world is moving rapidly away from subsidies to fossil fuels,” he… “It would be odd if Australia went in the opposite direction ... Read More »

Is Turkey the most Orwellian country?

It’s been almost 70 years since English novelist Eric Arthur Blair, writing under the pseudonym George Orwell, penned “1984,” his famous dystopian novel which depicted life in Oceania, a state in… Michael Rubin AEIdeas The state prosecutes “thought crime” and independent thinking. The “Inner Party” strictly controls policy, even as members of the “Outer Party” fill other bureaucratic slots in order to keep the… Historical revisionism is rife and… Is Turkey the… Read More »

Malcolm Turnbull speech: Libs a centrist party of freedom but not at cost of security

THE tenor of our times is change, and at a pace and scale utterly unprecedented in human history. Malcolm Turnbull, The Courier-Mail And in such times, what price political labels? The truth is the labels have lost almost all meaning in the furious outrage cycle of social media politics, long cast adrift to be appropriated, often cynically, by one politician or… At the heart of our political tradition, whether we describe it as the tradition of the… Malcolm Turnbull speech… Read More »

Churches must be more vocal in speaking about EU successes

At the heart of the European Union must be a vision beyond ‘prosperity’ for some… Fergus O’Ferrall The Irish Times Jacques Delors, speaking as European Commission president in 1990, made a historic appeal to the churches to contribute to giving Europe “a heart and a… As Europe faces multiple and interrelated crises how are the churches responding to that prophetic call? The perhaps surprising answer is with great wisdom and insight through the Conference of European… Churches must be… Read More »

Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Turkish President could face arrest in Sweden over ‘genocide’ lawsuit

Complaint is country’s first to be lodged against head of state, which could see him arrested if pursued by prosecutor’s… Lucy Pasha-Robinson Independent Swedish lawmakers have filed a complaint against the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accusing him of genocide, crimes against humanity and war… Five MPs filed the lawsuit with Sweden’s public prosecutor for Mr Erdogan’s role in the bloody conflict between Turkish forces and Kurdish militants since… Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Read More »

Slavery, child prostitution and sex tourism hit epidemic proportions

It is estimated by the Global Slavery Index that around the world, there are up to 45.8 million people who are currently being held as slaves for either sexual or labour… Johanna Higgs IA Through my travels and work alongside my foundation Project Monma, I have come across slavery more than… From Mauritania’s descent-based slavery system, Argentina’s human trafficking rings and sex tourism in Madagascar, the horror of slavery can take multiple… Slavery, child prostitution… Read More »

Islamophobia is still raising its ugly head in Australia

The existence and scale of Islamophobia in Australia has been hotly debated. While Muslims insist it is real and of significant scale, it has been either denied or downplayed in wider circles. Mehmet Ozalp The Conversation The main reason why Islamophobia has not been taken seriously could be due to the lack of quality data on the… Most research to date focused on surveys conducted on the negative sentiments of non… But our new study reports on actual Islamophobic incidents, ... Read More »

Can Kurt Volker Solve the Ukraine Crisis?

Kurt Volker, widely known as a tough-minded and accomplished diplomat, confronts his biggest challenge in working to implement the… Curt Mills The National Interest As Donald Trump spoke with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Hamburg late last week, his State Department announced the appointment of a… His mandate is to help implement the Minsk agreements. Kurt Volker is widely respected as an accomplished diplomat, but in Ukraine he confronts his… Can Kurt Volker… Read More »