Global Issues

What makes a life? It’s more than just breathing

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When all the things that we live for are denied us, never to return, we should be able to be assisted to depart. The Age - Julie Landvogt “Dying with dignity” … the idea should be reframed. What about “living with dignity”, and when that is no longer possible, it’s time to make an end. My mother is a Holocaust survivor; ... Read More »

Iran nuclear talks intensify as key deadline nears

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BBC – Talks have resumed in Switzerland ahead of Tuesday’s deadline for a preliminary nuclear deal with Iran. Foreign ministers from six world powers are meeting their Iranian counterpart, amid hopes of a breakthrough after almost 18 months of negotiations. They want to impose limits that would prevent Iran from producing enough fuel for a nuclear weapon within a year. Iran, ... Read More »

‘Despicable’ behaviour eroded legal profession’s faith in government

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The former president of the Queensland Bar Association has opened fire on the “despotic” actions of the Newman government, labelling former attorney-general Jarrod Bleijie as “incompetent”. Lawyers Weekly – Felicity Nelson In a speech delivered to the Queensland Bar Association on 25 March, Peter Davis QC said he was appalled by the government’s “insidious attacks” on the profession and the courts. He said ... Read More »

New doubt on Greek bailout

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Greek proposals for a revised bailout program don’t have enough detail to satisfy the government’s international creditors, eurozone officials said, making it more likely that Athens will need to go several more weeks without a new infusion of desperately-needed cash. Officials from Greece’s leftist government were in Brussels over the weekend to present the proposals to officials from the European ... Read More »

China’s Nightmare: Vietnam’s New Killer Submarines

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Vietnam’s new submarines could alter the balance in the South China Sea quite dramatically. The National Interest – Lyle J. Goldstein * After a brief respite, the South China Sea cauldron is starting to boil once again. This time, the hub-bub concerns not a close call between aircraft, nor dueling flotillas of coast guard vessels surrounding a mysterious oil exploration rig, nor the ... Read More »

Arab League agrees to create joint military force

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BBC – The heads of Arab League countries meeting in Egypt have agreed to create a joint Arab military force. The League has been meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh amid a crisis in Yemen and the threat of jihadists who have made major gains in Iraq, Syria and Libya. However, establishing the make-up and remit of the force could take months, ... Read More »

How to Build Your Own Political Dynasty: An Instruction Manual

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So, you want political power? You can picture your name on elementary schools and highways; you dream of a crowd chanting your name under raining red, white, and blue confetti. The Huffington Post - Madeleine Colbert, Freshman, Yale University In America, this means you have to run a top-notch, cutthroat campaign while also remaining likable to voters. This requires hiring the best ... Read More »

David Cameron would serve ‘essentially a full term’, says Iain Duncan Smith

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Welfare secretary says PM would have to call leadership contest before 2020 campaign if re-elected, apparently contradicting Cameron’s comments The Guardian - Rajeev Syal Iain Duncan Smith has appeared to confirm that David Cameron will have to step down before a 2020 general election, in an intervention that could damage the Tories’ general election campaign. The welfare secretary agreed under questioning ... Read More »