Global Issues

The UK is now turning its back on migrants dying at sea – have we learned nothing from Australia?

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The end of British support for search and rescue operations in the southern Mediterranean is appalling. Yet again, the British Conservatives have filched policy from their former colony Jump to comments And so, another wealthy, developed nation – this time, the United Kingdom – has decided to turn its back on people dying at sea. Sneaked out quietly in a ... Read More »

Senate Moves On Foreign Fighters Bill Despite Human Rights Risk

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A new report warns the bill could allow breaches of human rights. It may also reverse the presumption of innocence, writes Wendy Bacon. A parliamentary Committee including Coalition, Labor and Greens senators has found that a security bill expected to be passed by the Senate today potentially violates human rights in hundreds of ways and recommends that it needs further ... Read More »

The Pistorius Trial Is a Parable About Celebrity, Not South Africa

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ven as the world’s media began to converge on Pretoria’s High Court for the final act in the Oscar Pistorius drama, officials of South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority were considering their options in a hauntingly similar case. Pistorius, as we know, was charged with murder after discharging four bullets into a locked toilet cubicle. He believed an intruder was lurking ... Read More »

Today is stop Data Retention Day

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A group led by three senators will gather at Parliament House today to protest against the Government’s plans to force telcos and ISPs to store customer data. The Government wants the data stored so it can be used in criminal and anti-terrorism investigations. The plans, first mooted by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Attorney-General George Brandis in August, would lead ... Read More »

SA farming group shifts field day into Victoria to trial GM crop varieties

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A South Australian farming group has moved its field day over the border into Victoria, so producers can legally trial genetically modified (GM) crop varieties. A moratorium on GM crops in South Australia has some grain producers concerned they are being left behind in tackling weeds and improving yields. AUDIO: SA farmers express frustration at their Government’s ban of genetically modified ... Read More »

Turkey’s Contempt for NATO Principles

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When John Churchill, later the first duke of Marlborough, led the Anglo-Dutch alliance against Louis XIV, he and his ally differed constantly over tactics. Marlborough sought a knock-out. The Dutch preferred maneuver warfare to the risk of all-out battles. But the two states agreed on the broader goal: preventing Louis from achieving hegemonic continental power. Alliances – or alliance members – that cannot ... Read More »

287 Turkish women murdered in first 10 months of 2014

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Some 287 women were murdered in the first 10 months of this year in Turkey, as additional clauses to the law on the protection of families are drafted. Despite changes to laws, court rulings, restraining orders on guilty men, protection granted to exposed women, and the application of a panic button system, the number of murdered women has continued to ... Read More »

Conflict Alert: Looming Military Offensives in South Sudan

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Warring parties in South Sudan’s civil war are preparing for major offensives as seasonal rains ease. Hardliners in both the government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO) are entrenching their positions, and think, as one opposition commander declared, “we will settle this with war”. Renewed conflict is likely to be accompanied by widespread displacement, atrocity crimes and famine. ... Read More »