Global Issues

Post Sydney siege idea over gun laws is absurd

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Editorial If the government cannot protect individual Australians from evil acts of the sort that occurred at Sydney’s Martin Place on Monday, then it ought not to stand in the way of a rational discussion about the practical right to self-defence, Senate crossbencher David Leyonhjelm said on Thursday. The liberalisation of Australia’s gun laws, for that is what Senator Leyonhjelm ... Read More »

War’s many victims

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Atrocities, culture and religion Erasmus, Religion and public policy / Τhe Economist – BY B.C IF YOU know anything about the laws of conflict, you probably know that destroying or stealing the cultural and spiritual heritage of an enemy or an occupied land can be a war crime, especially if it’s done in a systematic way. That principle is laid out with ever-growing clarity in every modern document that aspires to ... Read More »

On guns, David Leyonhjelm is neither a champion nor a villain. He’s a libertarian

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How can David Leyonhjelm support marriage equality on one hand and want us all to be armed on the other? His libertarian world view is alien to most Australians The Guardian - Eleanor Robertson Australian progressives tend to have a love-hate relationship with Senator David Leyonhjelm, a “purist libertarian” who won his Senate race thanks to enviable luck and the psephological ... Read More »

Eastern Ukraine: A Dangerous Winter

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Winter in Ukraine is injecting further uncertainty into an already volatile conflict. After well over 5,000 deaths and eight months of war, eastern Ukraine – particularly the separatist-held parts of Donetsk and Luhansk – now runs the risk of a humanitarian crisis. ICG All parties involved in the conflict should refrain from offensive operations, concentrating instead on helping the population ... Read More »

Erdoğan is a man of strong character: Putin

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Russian President Vladimir Putin praised on Thursday his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, as a “man of strong character” who refused to keep an energy agreement between Ankara and Moscow a secret to avoid Western pressure. Today’sZaman Answering a question on the Western request for Turkey to join sanctions against Russia during an annual press conference in Moscow, Putin said ... Read More »

Citing Health Risks, Cuomo Bans Fracking in New York State

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration announced on Wednesday that it would ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State because of concerns over health risks, ending years of debate over a method of extracting natural gas. The New York Times – THOMAS KAPLAN  Fracking, as it is known, was heavily promoted as a source of economic revival for depressed communities along New ... Read More »

North Korea was ‘centrally involved’ in Sony Hacking, US officials say

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US intelligence officials have concluded that the North Korean government was “centrally involved” in the recent attacks on Sony Pictures’ computers, a determination reached just as Sony on canceled its release of the comedy The Interview, which is based on a plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader. David E. Sanger, Nicole Perlroth Senior administration officials, who ... Read More »

Time for debate on tougher bail is over

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TOUGHER bail laws will apply across NSW from next January, when the state government’s new bail legislation finally comes into effect. This is not soon enough. Following Man Haron Monis’s Martin Place siege, which resulted in the tragic deaths of two innocent people, there is now an overwhelming case for the immediate introduction of tougher bail laws. The Daily Telegraph ... Read More »

Child soldier recruitment soars in Central African Republic: Save the Children

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A new report by aid agency Save the Children estimates there are as many as 10,000 active child soldiers fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR) – a four fold increase since a violent civil war broke out two years ago. ABC – Africa Correspondent Martin Cuddihy Recruitment there started when violence broke out in 2012 between majority Christian and Muslim ... Read More »

International Migrants Day

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“On International Migrants Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to shape diverse and open societies that provide opportunities and lives of dignity for all migrants.” UN Ban Ki-moon Message for International Migrants Day, 18 December 2014 On 4 December 2000, the UN General Assembly, taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world,proclaimed 18 December as International ... Read More »