Global Issues

How to relaunch the EU

EU - Politico

We ask Europe’s leaders what they’d change about the Union, as it braces for Britain’s exit and a new wave of reform. Politico As Britain pulls the trigger on exit negotiations from the European Union, the one thing the bloc’s remaining 27 members can agree on is that it’s in dire need of an overhaul. POLITICO asked seven… How to relaunch… Read More »

You can’t compromise on civil rights. But North Carolina just did.

North Carolina

At a local coffeehouse in this small town Thursday morning, most patrons’ minds were on House Bill 2 — the state’s infamous “bathroom bill” that prevents transgender people from using the… Steven Petrow The Washington Post An important deadline was about to expire: The NCAA had threatened to remove all championship basketball games from the state through 2022 if H.B. 2 was not repealed by Thursday. Because the political… You can’t compromise… Read More »

Paul Keating says neo-liberalism is at ‘a dead end’ after Sally McManus speech

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EXCLUSIVE – Former prime minister Paul Keating – architect of some of the most profound economic reforms in the country’s history during the 1980s – has launched a surprise critique of the liberal economic philosophy he once championed, declaring it has “run into a… Deborah Snow The Sydney Morning Herald Mr Keating made his remarks in response to a speech delivered by the… Paul Keating says… Read More »

Call to limit asylum seeker detention to 90 days

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Asylum seekers should not be held in immigration detention for more than 90 days, a parliamentary inquiry has… Tim Lester Brisbane Times The inquiry also says in cases where the Immigration Department fails to meet the 90-day deadline, it should be forced to publish the… But opposition MPs in the inquiry declined to back the contentious… Call to limit… Read More »

Nine years after the Apology: We said sorry … but are we really?

Discrimination - IA

Nine years after acknowledging ills of the past, the fight is continuing for Indigenous Australians, writes Adrian Arndt. Adrian Arndt Independent Australia THE 13th of February 2008 will always be a monumental day in the Australian calendar. A day that… Nine years after… Read More »

Nick Xenophon’s proposed bill to ban gambling ads during sports broadcasts in doubt

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If you are a parent who was hoping those incessant gambling ads would be banned during sporting broadcasts, and were pinning your hopes on senator Nick Xenophon’s private member’s bill to ban them — well, bad luck. By national sport correspondent Mary Gearin ABC The bill has been all but killed off by a Senate Estimates Committee, with the Coalition and Labor recommending against the reforms. The senator and his NXT party had proposed the ban, as well as the establishment ... Read More »

Russian and America Media Polarization: Where It Comes From, Where It’s Going

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This is how the media—in Russia as well as the American free market—helps shape public opinion. Maria Snegovaya The National Interest Both Russians and Republicans now seem to like each other more. These similar trends… Russian and America… Read More »

Palestinians: We Have the Right to Poison the Minds of our Children

Palestine - Gatestone

The Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas wish to continue teaching children that the conflict with Israel is not over a two-state solution, but the “liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea,”… Bassam Tawil Gatestone Institute The goal is for the students to believe that Israel is one big settlement that has no place in the Middle East. Along with Hamas… Palestinians: We Have… Read More »

Gun culture is more dangerous than any gunman

Gun culture - Brisbane

The recent furore over the importation of powerful pump action shotguns might have been couched in terms of liberty, but there is a dark side just beneath the surface. Bill O’Chee Brisbane Times That dark side is revealed in some of the conspiracy laden gun magazines now entering the country from the United States. If the one… Gun culture is… Read More »

Othering Islam and Muslims in America

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The otherization of Muslims and Islam by Trump and his administration has awakened a sleeping civil society giant, a human decency guided by universal ethical and moral imperatives that soon… Hatem Bazian Daily Sabah Since its founding, the United States of America has consistently struggled to define its identity and to classify who belongs and who are ostracized. From the first… Othering Islam and… Read More »

Testimony: The US-Mexico Partnership

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During his candidacy for the U.S. presidency, Donald J. Trump tapped into American anxiety about lost jobs and illegal immigration to garner popular support. Roger F. Noriega AEI That anxiety is very real, but candidate Trump offered a questionable diagnosis and impractical remedy. Unfortunately for Mexico… Testimony: The US-Mexico… Read More »

UW professor: The information war is real, and we’re losing it

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A UW professor started studying social networks to help people respond to disasters. But she got dragged down a rabbit hole of twitter-boosted conspiracy theories, and ended up mapping our… Danny Westneat / Columnist The Seattle Times It started with the Boston marathon bombing, four years… University of Washington professor Kate Starbird was sifting through thousands of tweets sent in the… UW professor: The... Read More »

Brexit brings nuclear (con)fusion

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The world’s biggest active nuclear fusion project could lose EU funding just as it gears up for its grand finale. Sara Stefanini Politico CULHAM, England — Just as European scientists here gear up to put decades of experiments to the test and try to bottle up the nuclear reaction that powers every star in the universe, Brexit is… Brexit brings nuclear… Read More »

Group rights are inimical to human rights

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Bill Shorten’s 18C zinger is “What exactly does the Prime Minister want people to be able to say that they cannot say now?” Graham Young On Line Opinion Not exactly a zinger, because a review of the 18C cases reveals mostly a world of trivial sleights and domestic disputes, with the occasional newspaper comment thrown in for good measure. There is no… Group rights are… Read More »

European elections: Careful what you promise, citizens are watching

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Members of the European Parliament made a number of big promises ahead of the last election, it is time they were held accountable for the pledges they made, write Allan Päll and Petros Fassoulas. Allan Päll and Petros Fassoulas Euractiv In January, the European Parliament elected its new president and vice-presidents, committees were reshuffled, and power sharing between political groups was renegotiated. It offered another… European elections: Careful… Read More »

Russia’s new protest generation

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In Russia a new generation of discontented youth has come of age. Roman Dobrokhotov Al Jazeera News Last Sunday mass demonstrations took place in almost 100 Russian cities. They were the… Russia’s new protest… Read More »