Global Issues

Doubts rise over TTIP as France threatens to block EU-US deal

French president rejects trade pact in current form as lead negotiator blames Washington for impasse a day after leak revealed ‘irreconcilable’ differences.. Doubts about the controversial EU-US trade pact are mounting after the French president threatened to block the deal… Source: Doubts rise over TTIP as France threatens to block EU-US deal | Business | The Guardian Read More »

Woman who defied 300 neo-Nazis at Swedish rally speaks of anger

Tess Asplund, who was photographed with fist raised in lone protest against far-right activists, says she acted on impulse.. The lone protest of a woman defying a march of 300 uniformed neo-Nazis is set to become an iconic image of resistance to the rise of the far-right in Scandinavia… Source: Woman who defied 300 neo-Nazis at Swedish rally speaks of anger | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Asylum-seekers: Australians all, let’s hang our heads in shame

Australia is a sick country, primarily because it has become such a selfish and self-centred country. A sense of entitlement pervades, indeed is encouraged and fostered within the ruling class and politicians. For sure it’s all about us, that is, the white Anglo Christians who comprise the bulk of the Australian ruling class. Many psychologists say narcissism is rising in Australia… Source: Asylum-seekers: Australians all, let’s hang our heads in shame Read More »

EU backs Turkey visa deal, but says conditions must be met

The European Commission has given conditional backing for Turkish people to get visa-free travel inside Europe’s passport-free Schengen area. It says Turkey has made good progress on key conditions, but work remains to be done “as a matter of urgency”. The change could take effect from July, but first it… Source: EU backs Turkey visa deal, but says conditions must be met – BBC News Read More »

White flight in schools: it’s not about racism

The idea that smart kids should sacrifice their own education to drag up their peers from non-English speaking families is simply obnoxious.. What are they playing at, these smug, middle-class families deserting their local state school just because it’s next to commission housing? (White flight: race segregation in Melbourne state schools) How… Source: White flight in schools: it’s not about racism Read More »

Our detention centres are concentration camps and must be closed

The Prime Minister describes asylum seeker policy opponents as “misty eyed”. They are not – they are furious.. Many Australians may wonder why it was necessary to set up detention centres in the far north of the country, or offshore, far from the Australian mainland, surrounded by guards and razor wire, in circumstances of great secrecy, with all staff and visiting medical personnel banned… Source: Our detention centres are concentration camps and must be closed Read More »

Who Started the Second Cold War?

Friday, a Russian SU-27 did a barrel roll over a U.S. RC-135 over the Baltic, the second time in two weeks. Also in April, the U.S. destroyer Donald Cook, off Russia’s Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad, was twice buzzed by Russian planes. Vladimir Putin’s message: Keep your spy planes and ships a respectable distance away from us. Apparently, we have not received it… Source: Who Started the Second Cold War? | The American Conservative Read More »

Stopping the boats doesn’t stop the deaths

Successive Australian governments have boasted their success at “stopping the boats”  That is, they have stopped the boats arriving: we know they are still setting out, because our navy turn them back. But are we saving any lives by stopping refugees from getting to Australia?  No, we are not. Leave aside the refugees who are killed in detention (Reza Berati) or who die of medical neglect in detention (Hamid… Source: Stopping the boats doesn’t stop the deaths | Julian Burnside Read More »

The EU – A CIA Covert Operation

The upcoming British referendum on whether to stay in the European Union (EU) represents the culmination of a long term project by the United States to destroy the concept of national sovereignty in the Old World and replace it with a supranational entity with ironclad links to Washington.. Whether that longstanding ambition has succeeded will […] Source: The EU – A CIA Covert Operation – Antiwar.com Original by — Antiwar.com Read More »

America Has Never Been So Ripe for Tyranny

As this dystopian election campaign has unfolded, my mind keeps being tugged by a passage in Plato’s Republic. It has unsettled — even surprised — me from the moment I first read it in graduate school. The passage is from the part of the dialogue where Socrates and his friends are talking about the nature of different political systems, how they change over time, and how one can slowly evolve into another. And Socrates seemed pretty… Source: America Has Never Been ... Read More »

Operation Fox Hunt: Law council says extradition treaty with China is ‘a joke’

Beijing: The national peak body representing the legal profession in Australia has urged the federal government not to ratify an extradition treaty with China, citing concerns the mainland’s criminal justice system lacked procedural fairness and was “steadily marching in the wrong direction”. Addressing the parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Treaties in Canberra on Monday, the Law Council of Australia said there was no way to guarantee those extradited would be granted a fair trial, nor were there any effective measures to ... Read More »

NATO’s Dangerous Game: Bear-Baiting Russia

After the Cold War ended, many of the safeguards preventing war between Russia and the West have been allowed to lapse.. “Aggressive,” “revanchist,” “swaggering”: These are just some of the adjectives the mainstream press and leading U.S. and European political figures are routinely inserting before the words “Russia,” or “Vladimir Putin.” It is a vocabulary most Americans have not seen or heard since the height of the Cold War… Source: NATO’s Dangerous Game: Bear-Baiting Russia – FPIF Read More »

Lib Dem and lawyers back Sadiq Khan

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I have been disappointed by the Green party refusing to be drawn on the use of the second-preference vote in the London mayoral election and by its recent election broadcast suggesting that there is little distinction between the Tories and Labour. I was even more disappointed this weekend to receive in my inbox an… Source: Lib Dem and lawyers back Sadiq Khan | Letters | Politics | The Guardian Read More »

We Need To Get Our Priorities Sorted When It Comes To Funding Domestic Violence Services

If the Turnbull Government’s budget does not boost funding for domestic violence services, it will leave women in grave danger. Even though the money is there to protect them, it’s just being frittered away. Source: We Need To Get Our Priorities Sorted When It Comes To Funding Domestic Violence Services | Larissa Waters Read More »

South Korea and Iran expected to sign major trade deals

Presidents meet in Tehran with North Korea’s nuclear disarmament a topic of discussion. South Korea and Iran are expected to sign several trade deals worth billions of dollars and discuss sensitive subjects like North Korea following President Park Geun-hye’s arrival in Tehran with a large group of business leaders… Source: South Korea and Iran expected to sign major trade deals – AJE News Read More »

Puerto Rico to default on debt payment after talks fail

Puerto Rico has halted a $422m (£289m) debt payment due on Monday after talks to ease the US territory’s crisis ended without a deal. Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla said in a televised speech he had issued an executive order suspending payments. He described it as a “painful decision”, but had been warning since last year that… Source: Puerto Rico to default on debt payment after talks fail – BBC News Read More »