Global Issues

The Goldman Sachs tape shows May is not leading on Brexit, but following

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In private comments pre-referendum the prime minister warned companies would relocate if the UK left the EU. So why is she pursuing hard Brexit? Anne Perkins The road on which Theresa May currently finds herself is well travelled. Most successful politicians rely on a… The Goldman Sachs… Read More »

Humans create carbon emissions which spawn Australia’s extreme weather – report

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State of the Climate report from CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology says human activities have driven ‘significant changes’ to Australia’s climate Michael Slezak Carbon emissions from human activities have driven significant changes to the climate in Australia, including about 1C of warming and an… Humans create carbon… Read More »

Enough is enough: we’ve reached a tipping point on sexual assault

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In the words of Elizabeth Warren, “women have had it” with guys like Trump, and the others who grab, insult and harass us. There’s a new defiance in the air Jessica Valenti Most times, it’s easier to say nothing. When a man gropes you on a subway. If a stranger tells you to smile as you walk down the… Enough is enough… Read More »

Challenging the ‘birthright lottery’ can provide a better way to view refugees

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­ One of the great obstacles in securing more humane approaches to refugee issues is the perception on the part of politicians that harsh treatment of refugees is a vote-winner with at least some of their constituents. This way of thinking hardly points to great skills of leadership. “I must follow the… Challenging the ‘birthright… Read More »

Libyan PM open to security cooperation with Russia

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Head of Libya’s UN-backed unity government voices readiness to step up security, military cooperation with Moscow World Bulletin / News Desk Fayez al-Sarraj, prime minister of Libya’s UN-backed unity government, has expressed his government’s willingness to step up security and… Libyan PM open… Read More »

Doctor studying sexual abuse says we need to change our social response to perpetrators

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THE thought of giving a sex offender a second chance is a hard pill to swallow. Why should they be given the opportunity to move on in life, after taking the innocence away from another person; particularly a child. But Andrew Frost, who has been working alongside both offenders and victims for the… Doctor studying sexual… Read More »

Kevin Rudd caught up in Hillary Clinton email hack over failed UN bid

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AS Kevin Rudd was tenaciously working behind-the-scenes to drum up support for his failed United Nations secretary-general bid, he apparently reached out to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign chairman John Podesta. If WikiLeaks’ dump of hacked emails from Mr Podesta’s gmail account are accurate, the… Kevin Rudd caught… Read More »

Role of Solicitor-General has been damaged and the government must work to fix it

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­ On Monday night, over 250 people gathered to celebrate 100 years since the appointment of the first Commonwealth Solicitor-General, Sir Robert Garran. Gabrielle Appleby The event marked a century of an office that is widely accepted as being integral to government under the… Role of Solicitor… Read More »

Could federalism offer a future for Scotland in the UK?

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Federalism is regularly mentioned as a potential answer to Scotland’s constitutional debate. By CHRIS MCCALL But could such a system work in the UK? Kezia Dugdale, Gordon Brown and Kenny MacAskill are just some of the politicans to raise the idea of Scotland gaining extensive powers while remaining part of the UK under a… Could federalism offer… Read More »

Does America Need Rodrigo Duterte?

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Washington’s influence is not worth courting conflict with China. Doug Bandow America’s alliance structure in Europe and Asia dates back more than six decades. A few of the smaller, less viable organizations collapsed (CENTO… Does America Need… Read More »

After 3 Years Of Drought, A Starving Madagascar Teeters On The Brink Of ‘Catastrophe’

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Nearly 850,000 people on the island nation are facing “alarming” levels of hunger, according to U.N. agencies. Dominique Mosbergen Even in good years, hunger is rife in Madagascar. More than 90 percent of its population lives below the poverty line, and nearly half of the… After 3 Years… Read More »

Sweden places ban on drone filming without surveillance permit

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If you were thinking of using a drone to document your travel to cities like Stockholm or Gothenburg, you will be disappointed to learn Sweden has now stopped your thumbs in their figurative tracks. The country’s Supreme Administrative Court has effectively banned personal drone filming, unless deemed to be for the purpose of… Sweden places ban… Read More »

Center-right opposition claims victory in Lithuania vote, to start coalition talks

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Lithuania’s center-right opposition Peasants and Greens party declared victory after a second round of voting in a general election on Oct. 23 and said it would start negotiations with the Homeland Union and Social Democrats over forming a coalition government. Vilnius The Peasants and Greens won 54 seats in the 141-member parliament, making it the… Center-right opposition… Read More »

“More Dangerous than the Cold War”: By Cooperating With Washington On Syria Russia Walked Into A Trap

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A month ago I wrote a column , “He Who Hesitates Is Lost—And Russia Hesitated.” By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts Global Research, Paul Craig Roberts Institute for Political Economy The consequences of this hesitation are now apparent: 1. A UN report orchestrated by Washington has accused Syria and Russia of war crimes in Aleppo. According to the report, “indiscriminate airstrikes across the eastern part of the city by Government forces and their allies [Russia] are responsible for the… “More Dangerous than… Read More »

Why Sectarian Violence Is Resurging in Pakistan

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Lashkar-e-Jhangvi is resurfacing in the geographical arch stretching from Balkh and Kabul in Afghanistan to Balochistan and Karachi in Pakistan. Abdul Basit After a decline in scale and casualties, the anti-Shia sectarian violence is once again resurging in Pakistan. In the… Why Sectarian Violence… Read More »

Murder of Brazil official marks new low in war on Amazon environmentalists

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Luiz Alberto Araújo, a local government official in Pará state, was gunned down in front of his family: ‘It sends a message that no one is untouchable’ Matt Sandy in Rio de Janeiro It was just after sunset in Altamira, a small town nestled on a curve of the Xingu river in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, when Luiz Alberto Araújo, the… Murder of Brazil… Read More »