Global Issues

Communications ‘chaos’ alleged before asylum seeker boat sank off Christmas Island

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Survivors and relatives who lost family members are suing the Australian government for negligence Ben Doherty “Complete chaos” in communications between customs, the navy and government officials in Canberra meant “at least 20 minutes were… Source: Communications ‘chaos’ alleged before asylum seeker boat sank off Christmas Island | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Pressure Mounts on Pound as Hard-Brexit View Back in Spotlight

The pound approached its weakest level in three years versus the euro amid speculation that support in government is building for a so-called hard Brexit. Anooja Debnath Charlotte Ryan Sterling dropped versus most of its Group-of-10 peers amid concerns that the U.K. would surrender access to the European Union’s single market in return for securing… Source: Pressure Mounts on Pound as Hard-Brexit View Back in Spotlight – Bloomberg Read More »

Two Dozen Christians Deported From Saudi Arabia For Praying

Saudi Arabia has deported 27 Christians for having a service in their home to mark the festival of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven, according to news reports. Ruth Gledhill  The deportation was carried out because the Christians’ prayers were “unIslamic”, according to EWTN. The women, some of whom had children with them, argued… Source: Two Dozen Christians Deported From Saudi Arabia For Praying | Christian News on Christian Today Read More »

Why did the British vote for Brexit?

What were the root causes of Brexit? Was it about sovereignty and “taking back control”? Was it about immigration? Was it just a chance to give David Cameron’s government a good kicking? Globalisation, immigration, lows wages, de-industrialisation – all of these have been blamed as root causes of Brexit. On the other hand, some… Source: Why did the British vote for Brexit? — Debating Europe Read More »

Hollande confirms Calais migrant camp shutdown, urges UK help

President Francois Hollande said on Sept. 26 that France will completely shut down “the Jungle” migrant camp in Calais and called on London to help deal with the plight of thousands of people whose dream is ultimately to get to Britain. CALAIS, France – Reuters “The situation is unacceptable and everyone here knows it,” Hollande said on a visit to the… Source: Hollande confirms Calais migrant camp shutdown, urges UK help – EUROPE Read More »

US Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen shreds credibility as economic leaders falter

Analysis Credibility is an elusive ideal; difficult to attain and deceptively easy to squander. By business editor Ian Verrender Janet Yellen, the head of the world’s biggest central bank, the US Federal Reserve, last week shredded what remained of hers and the organisation she chairs. Once again, she hesitated when decisiveness was required. Once again, she capitulated to… Source: US Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen shreds credibility as economic leaders falter – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Illegal phoenix activity is costing us billions – here’s how it could be stemmed

A proposal designed to stop illegal phoenix activity being actively considered in New Zealand could be similarly adopted in Australia, potentially saving billions of dollars. Helen Anderson  Illegal phoenix activity – which involves directors intentionally liquidating companies after shifting their assets to new (“phoenix”) companies to… Source: Illegal phoenix activity is costing us billions – here’s how it could be stemmed Read More »

Why Congress Supports Saudi Arms Sales

In allowing arms sales to Saudi Arabia, Congress protected American jobs, U.S. companies and the wider defense industry. Oleg Svet Senators Paul Ryan and Chris Murphy recently proposed a congressional resolution to stop a $1.15 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia. Their measure… Source: Why Congress Supports Saudi Arms Sales | The National Interest Read More »

Bosnian Serb referendum on disputed 9 January holiday

Bosnian Serbs are voting on whether to keep 9 January as a national holiday in defiance of Bosnia’s highest court. It has ruled the date discriminates against Muslim Bosniaks and Catholic Croats and should be changed. Serbs declared the creation of their own state within… Source: Bosnian Serb referendum on disputed 9 January holiday – BBC News Read More »

Why we should lock more people up, and it’s not what you think

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I’VE always thought jail is mostly a bad idea: It takes young people and puts them in constant contact with society’s very worst. Jason Murphy They eventually emerge with no skills but a tight-knit network of former criminals. Under my theory, jail is mostly unhelpful for the people that are in there… Source: Australian jail: What we could learn from the Norwegians Read More »

During China talks, Duterte will demand Filipino fishermen’s right to livelihood

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will visit China within the year. While no details are yet known on when this will push through, he said he will insist on the fishing rights of the Philippines in the disputed West Philippine Sea. By LORENZ NIEL SANTOS Filipino fishermen and Chinese Coast Guard are still playing cat and mouse despite the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) that such action by… Source: During China talks, Duterte will demand Filipino fishermen’s right to ... Read More »

‘Draw and you’ll go to jail’: the fight to save comics from the censor

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From worried parents to policemen with built-in ‘Satan detectors’, underground comics have never lacked enemies. David Barnett And for 30 years Neil Gaiman and his friends have fought back in the name of free speech In 1994, Mike Diana found himself in jail near his home in Largo, Florida. Sitting alongside rapists, muggers and murderers, he… Source: ‘Draw and you’ll go to jail’: the fight to save comics from the censor | Books | The Guardian Read More »

Tony Blair voices anger at pursuit of British soldiers for alleged war abuses

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Former prime minister says such investigations should never have happened and that soldiers and their families should not face such an ordeal Press Association Tony Blair has added his voice to the mounting criticism of investigations into British troops facing allegations of serious misconduct in Iraq or Afghanistan… Source: Tony Blair voices anger at pursuit of British soldiers for alleged war abuses | Politics | The Guardian Read More »

A long road to reconciliation

Seven years after the end of the civil war and 18 months into a new government, Jo Eckersley and Ashwin Hemmathagama report from Sri Lanka on a country still struggling to unite. Thurairaja Kanagamma hasn’t stepped foot on her land for 29 years. She lost her home in the Jaffna peninsula in 1989, when fighting escalated between government forces and… Source: A long road to reconciliation — New Internationalist Read More »

Stephen Collins: Worrying signs the past is about to repeat itself

Irish politicians who led us out of financial crisis are not getting the credit for it Stephen Collins Why is it that former Greek minister for finance Yanis Varoufakis, who was such an abject failure in office, is lionised by the Irish media while his counterparts here… Source: Stephen Collins: Worrying signs the past is about to repeat itself Read More »

How to Spark a War in Asia

Both Washington and Beijing need to prevent their allies from creating security crises. Ted Galen Carpenter A major challenge for a great power is preventing allies and client states from creating unwanted security crises. No matter how close or friendly an ally might be, it has its own policy agenda, and… Source: How to Spark a War in Asia | The National Interest Read More »