Global Issues

President Obama Weighs His Economic Legacy

Eight years after the financial crisis, unemployment is at 5 percent, deficits are down and G.D.P. is growing. Why do so many voters feel left behind? The president has a theory… By ANDREW ROSS SORKIN Source: President Obama Weighs His Economic Legacy – The New York Times Read More »

How can ‘people like us’ vote for Ronan Mullen?

Educated people voted for one of the country’s most unashamedly conservative politicians. For some of those watching this week’s Seanad election results, Independent senator Ronan Mullen’s easy re-election exposed… Source: How can ‘people like us’ vote for Ronan Mullen? Read More »

Islamic State fails to gain a foothold in Sri Lanka

After three decades of war with a local terrorist group, the island nation was beginning to enjoy peace and normalcy when the Syrian crisis erupted drawing some Sri Lankan Muslim youth to the conflict zone. Colombo responded quickly by joining hands with civil and religious groups to educate people about the danger of joining extremists groups like the… Source: Islamic State fails to gain a foothold in Sri Lanka – Asia Times Read More »

Manus Island detention centre to be shut, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says

Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says the Manus Island regional processing centre will be closed following a ruling from the country’s Supreme Court. PNG’s Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday Australia’s detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island was illegal. Mr O’Neill has released a statement which said his… Source: Manus Island detention centre to be shut, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Podemos plots Socialists’ ‘submission or suicide’

Spain heads to new ballots with the Socialists facing an enlarged anti-austerity alliance on their left. MADRID — The risk of Spain’s elections in June turning into a frustrating re-run of December’s indecisive vote has receded because of a new development on the Left… Source: Podemos plots Socialists’ ‘submission or suicide’ – POLITICO Read More »

On Passover, Israel and “Demographic Threats”

The weeklong Jewish festival of Passover is coming to a close, but like many Jews around the world I’m still digesting the myriad questions, answers and discussions that ensued as we retold the biblical story of the Exodus at our seder. While it’s a story our community returns to over and over again, I’m continually astonished at… Source: On Passover, Israel and “Demographic Threats” Read More »

Canberra rules out Australia for Manus detainees

The Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says detainees at its offshore detention facility on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea will not be brought back to Australia. PNG’s highest court ruled on Tuesday the detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island is illegal… Source: Canberra rules out Australia for Manus detainees | Radio New Zealand News Read More »

Renegotiating Puerto Rico’s debt and Trumpian anger

A majority of Americans aren’t enthusiastic about a potential President Trump. Nonetheless, anger with the political establishment about political games and backroom deals, about insiders’ arrogance, and about fear that taxpayers will end up largely being saddled with the costs of these antics seems to be a driving force behind the pro-Trump movement… Source: CHARLES SAUER: Renegotiating Puerto Rico’s debt and Trumpian anger – Washington Times Read More »

Perth church protesters spared jail for refugee sit-in at Minister’s office

A group of Perth church leaders who staged a sit-in at Minister for Justice Michael Keenan’s office to protest against refugee children living in detention centres have been given spent convictions for trespassing and released on good behaviour bonds… Source: Perth church protesters spared jail for refugee sit-in at Minister’s office Read More »

Nelson Mandela statue erected in Ramallah

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has unveiled a statue of South African anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The unveiling ceremony on April 27 was attended by Palestinian government ministers, diplomats, the leaders of various Palestinian factions and hundreds of Palestinian citizens… Source: Nelson Mandela statue erected in Ramallah – MIDEAST Read More »

Shades of Abbott as Turnbull government attacks on climate, digs in on asylum seekers

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Malcolm Turnbull’s nose was out of joint when Tony Abbott said last month the Turnbull government would be running at the election on the Abbott government’s record. Turnbull insisted that while there might be continuities there was plenty of change… Source: Shades of Abbott as Turnbull government attacks on climate, digs in on asylum seekers Read More »

Where is the balance and credibility in our federal government’s arts policy?

With the demise of the National Program for Excellence and the invention of the Catalyst Fund by the federal government in November 2015, the arts community is still at a loss around the real intent of this pool of funding. Information on the… Source: Where is the balance and credibility in our federal government’s arts policy? Read More »

Donald Trump: One reason Trump is a chance for White House

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WANT to know the real reason Donald Trump has such a strong chance of becoming the next president of the USA? It’s because he’s racist. Those who support him? They’re racist too. Which is why each new outrageous comment fails to bring him down… Source: Donald Trump: One reason Trump is a chance for White House | The Courier-Mail Read More »

PNG ruling leaves Australia further exposed

An unbending attitude may have served Peter Dutton well during his nine years in the Queensland Police Service and in his current portfolio of immigration, but stern rhetoric will not invalidate or override the practical effect of the PNG Supreme Court’s ruling on Tuesday… Source: PNG ruling leaves Australia further exposed Read More »

Eurogroup delay on Greece may not be deathblow

Reading between the lines of the canceled meeting on the Greek bailout. Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem’s cancellation of Thursday’s planned Eurogroup meeting may be a stumble but not a deathblow to negotiations around… Source: Eurogroup delay on Greece may not be deathblow – POLITICO Read More »

Genocide and Democracy in Burma

Azeem Ibrahim and Richard Cockett plot Myanmar’s uncertain trajectory. SOUTHEAST ASIA is a miracle of modernization. In the course of a few generations, the region has experienced startling change… Source: Genocide and Democracy in Burma | The National Interest Read More »