Global Issues

Big Business Welcomes Anti-Slavery Legislation

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A coalition of Australian big businesses has backed calls to introduce Australia’s first anti-slavery legislation. Rachel McFadden Pb The Modern Slavery Act, introduced by the federal opposition to Parliament on Monday, will mean big business will be forced to clamp down on slavery in their supply chains. If passed, the policy will mean that major Australian companies will have to publicly report all of their efforts to identify and… Labor’s legislation also called for the Read More »

UN: Turkey hinders our investigations in the South East

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UN Human Rights High Commissioner Al Hussein said: “Our attempts at investigating the severe human rights violations in South Eastern Turkey are… AFN 35th Human Rights session of the United Nations Human Rights Council started in… UN Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein’s speech at the opening started with the Israel-Palestine issue and demanded an end to the… UN: Turkey hinders… Read More »

Ambassador Slammed Donald Trump Amid UAE Campaign To Isolate Qatar

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“On what planet can trump be a president??” Yousef Al Otaiba wrote in an email on election night. Akbar Shahid Ahmed HuffPost WASHINGTON ― Yousef Al Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates’ ambassador to the U.S. and a confidant of White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, repeatedly criticized President Donald Trump in private correspondence last year ― including with… Otaiba, one of the most powerful diplomats in Washington, figures in an… Ambassador Slammed Donald… Read More »

Rethinking the condemnation of terrorism

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Condemning terrorism is simply not enough – on its own, it is probably even detrimental. We need to try something else, because the status quo is not working. Fahim Khondaker Brisbane Times The overarching tone of the counter-terrorism discussion is now more divisive than ever. There is a palpable sense of frustration among those who are trying hard to find a solution. There are now louder voices calling for a more Machiavellian option. It is a… Rethinking the condemnation… Read More »

VN proposes ASEAN-China hotline for sea disputes

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SINGAPORE  – Việt Nam has stressed the need for ASEAN and China to implement the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CEUS) and operate a… Viet Nam News Addressing the fourth special discussion held in Singapore on Saturday on practical measures to prevent encounters at sea, the Deputy Minister of Public Security, Senior Lieutenant General Bùi Văn Nam, also said that a… Nam told the meeting, held as… VN proposes ASEAN… Read More »

Teaching Humility in an Age of Arrogance

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”Humility” isn’t a word that most academics — or Americans — identify with. Michael Patrick Lynch The Chronicle Review                                             Indeed, if there is a single attitude most closely associated with our culture, it’s the opposite of humility. The defining trait of the age seems to be arrogance — in particular, the kind of arrogance personified by our tweeter in chief; the arrogance of thinking that you know it all and… Teaching Humility in… Read More »

Beijing defends sovereignty at sea

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Foreign Ministry says US, Japan out of line in comments about Nansha Islands By ZHAO LEI in Singapore | China Daily China strongly opposes irresponsible remarks concerning China made by the defense ministers of the United States and Japan at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, a… Hua Chunying said in a news release published on the ministry’s website that China has indisputable sovereignty of the Nansha Islands and its surrounding waters and has been consistently seeking to peacefully… Beijing defends ... Read More »

Why the London Terror Attack Happened Now

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One has to wonder why terrorists like those who struck on Saturday night in London, and earlier in Manchester, launched their attacks now. Jonathan Cook CounterPunch It is difficult not to infer that their violence was timed to influence the UK election this coming Thursday. Those behind the attack – whether those carrying it out or those dispatching the terrorists – want to have an… Why the London… Read More »

The story behind Israel’s atomic explosion plan

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In discussing Israel’s nuclear capabilities, even foreign publications have not gone back to 1967, to the war that transformed Israel from a state under siege and faced with annihilation into a regional empire. Ben Caspit AlMonitor The international community now believes that Israel has 90-200 nuclear warheads. According to foreign researchers, some are installed on Jericho missiles, while… The story behind… Read More »

Qatar row: Four countries cut links with Doha

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Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of destabilising the region. BBC They say Qatar backs terrorist groups including the Muslim Brotherhood. The Saudi state news agency SPA said Riyadh had closed its borders, severing land, sea and air contact with Qatar and largely isolating it. It cited officials as saying it was to “protect its national security from the… Qatar row: Four… Read More »

Big business backs Labor call for new anti-slavery legislation

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Big business has backed a Labor Party push for new laws to force major Australian companies to report on modern slavery in their supply chains. Anna Patty The Age Federal Labor will on Monday announce the new policy and call for the introduction of a Modern Slavery Act to impose new requirements on big business to report on slavery and… The policy includes the introduction of a… Big business backs… Read More »

Australia, meet your new prime minister

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Aretha Stewart-Brown is young, driven and won’t apologise for speaking out. ABC News Breakfast By Patrick Wood “I get this all the time, ‘Aretha, you’re so outspoken’ and ‘I can’t believe you’re so confident talking about this stuff’.” “And it’s like, well what did you expect?” The 16-year-old Melbourne student is an increasingly familiar voice in the Indigenous community and in the last year has become an emerging… Australia, meet your… Read More »

Egypt joins several GCC countries in severing ties with Qatar

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Egypt decided to sever all diplomatic relations with the State of Qatar, joining Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in… Staff writer, Al Arabiya English A statement from the official spokesperson of Egypt Foreign Ministry said they took the decision on Monday “in light of the insistence of the… Egypt accused the Qatari government of supporting especially the Muslim Brotherhood which it has designated as… Egypt joins several… Read More »

After Mabo: Koiki’s Vision For A New Great Society

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Australian journalist Jeff McMullen delivered the following speech to 25th Anniversary Mabo Celebration in Townsville tonight. Jeff McMullen New Matilda As we celebrate the courage and the achievements of Eddie Koiki Mabo we all walk in his determined footsteps in our hope for a brighter future. The Mabo family asked me to paint you a picture of how Australia can offer an example to the… After Mabo: Koiki’s… Read More »

Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland will be independent by 2025

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SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has said she believes Scotland will be independent by 2025. LAURA PATERSON The Scotsman In an interview on ITV’s Tonight programme she said she had not changed her timetable for a second Scottish independence referendum, and that Scotland should not be told to “shut up” by the… Asked by interviewer Julie Etchingham if she thinks the United Kingdom will have broken up by 2025, Ms… Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland… Read More »

Environment and Forestry Ministry launches book on maritime national parks

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The Environment and Forestry Ministry together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a book called The Magnificent Seven: Indonesia… The Jakarta Post “With the launch of this book, the maritime national parks in Indonesia have to be the center of economic growth for the people who live around the… We want to show the world the beauty of our marine biodiversity,” said Minister Siti…… Environment and Forestry… Read More »