Global Issues

Free speech: would removing Section 18C really give us the right to be bigots?

Despite previously saying we all have the right to be bigots, Attorney-General George Brandis now says reform of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act is no longer on the government’s agenda. However, there are several senators – some new, some returning – who beg to differ. David Leyonhjelm, Bob Day, Derryn Hinch and One… Source: Free speech: would removing Section 18C really give us the right to be bigots? Read More »

Museveni’s Post-election Politics: Keeping a Lid on Uganda’s Opposition

Six months after its February general election the political atmosphere in Uganda is unsettled, securitised and paranoid. Opposition leaders and some supporters – seeking to rally a popular movement against the regime – are regularly harassed, accused of treason and temporarily detained. The ruling elite is clearly concerned about the opposition’s growing support. Its hard-fisted approach to the problem, alongside a… Source: Museveni’s Post-election Politics: Keeping a Lid on Uganda’s Opposition | International Crisis Group Read More »

The breaking down of the European Convention on Human Rights, and the UK’s responsibility

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Numerous members of the new Government have stated that they want a greater role in the world for a post-Brexit UK, rather than a diminished one. George Stafford If the Government is to be diplomatically resurgent, what sort of challenges might it wish to confront? It could do far worse than face up to the… The breaking down… Read More »

Asylum seekers: Australia’s silence over ‘on-water matters’ faces legal test

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Freedom of information case pursued by Guardian Australia journalist Paul Farrell to be heard in administrative appeals tribunal A landmark freedom of information case set to be heard on Monday will test whether the Australian government can hide details of asylum seeker boat… Source: Asylum seekers: Australia’s silence over ‘on-water matters’ faces legal test | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Capitalism and Democracy [part 3]

Signs of our troubled times: in a southern hemisphere democracy, where the wealthiest 20% of households are now 70 times richer than the bottom 20%, a prime minister gets back into office with the help of a million dollars from his own pocket. In the northern hemisphere, in the heartlands of the European Union, an avowedly socialist party governs a… Source: Capitalism and Democracy [part 3] Read More »

Turkey’s purge marks endgame in Islamist civil war

ISTANBUL — Last month’s failed coup brought into relief a bitter struggle at the heart of Turkish politics. By Ishaan Tharoor From his humble childhood in a working-class neighborhood of Istanbul, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has steadily transformed the… Source: Turkey’s purge marks endgame in Islamist civil war – The Washington Post Read More »

Stephen Collins: Ireland not immune to virus that spawned Donald Trump’s success

Irish voters are also no longer won over by facts; instead emotion carries all before it.. Stephen Collins The emergence of Donald Trump as a serious candidate for the American presidency and the decision of the British… Source: Stephen Collins: Ireland not immune to virus that spawned Donald Trump’s success  Read More »

America and Britain: Three Priorities for Boris Johnson and John Kerry

This is a chance to revive the special relationship.. Luke Coffey In June 17.4 million Brits voted to leave the European Union. It was the single largest political mandate the British public has ever delivered. The United Kingdom is only now entering the beginning stages of actually leaving the EU — a process that will take at least two years according to the… Source: America and Britain: Three Priorities for Boris Johnson and John Kerry | The National Interest Read More »

Japan: Chinese fleet sails near disputed islands

Japan protests to China, saying Beijing has sent a fleet of more than 200 ships towards disputed islands in the East China Sea.. The fleet included fishing boats and coastguard ships, Japan says, and three vessels appeared to be armed. Officials have protested to Chinese diplomats… Source: Japan: Chinese fleet sails near disputed islands – BBC News Read More »

Along Russia’s borders: What are the non-NATO security risks?

Along Russia’s peripheries lies a string of countries with a track record of domestic upheavals and occasional spasms of aggressive foreign policy. To what extent do they pose a security threat to Moscow?… Source: Along Russia’s borders: What are the non-NATO security risks? | Russia Beyond The Headlines Read More »

Slow-motion Coup in Venezuela?

Nicolás Maduro was elected president of Venezuela in April 2013 by a narrow margin. His term is due to end in January 2019, unless the opposition Democratic Unity (MUD) alliance can force a recall referendum this year – and win it. But does President Maduro really run the country?… Source: Slow-motion Coup in Venezuela? | International Crisis Group Read More »

Child sexual abuse inquiry: Rudd vows to press on after Dame Lowell Goddard resignation

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Home secretary pushes ahead with finding new leader, saying ‘success of this inquiry remains an absolute priority’.. The chair of the public inquiry into institutional child abuse has resigned, saying it was beset with a “legacy of failure” that was hard to shake off… Source: Child sexual abuse inquiry: Rudd vows to press on after Dame Lowell Goddard resignation | Society | The Guardian Read More »

Pollution may shorten lung cancer patients’ lives, research shows

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American study of people with early-stage disease adds to evicence about health impact of airborne toxins.. Air pollution may shorten the life of people who are suffering from lung cancer, researchers have found… Source: Pollution may shorten lung cancer patients’ lives, research shows | Society | The Guardian Read More »

FactCheck Q&A: as the climate changes, are 750 million refugees predicted to move away from flooding?

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PETER SINGER: That is going to basically inundate every coastal city around the world, including, of course, all Australian major cities are coastal. It is going – estimated to cause something like 750 million refugees just moving away from that flooding. Never mind those who also because refugees because (indistinct)… VIRGINIA TRIOLI: Some of those claims are contested, of course? PETER SINGER: Well, they are contested but do you want to take the… Source: FactCheck Q&A: as the climate changes, ... Read More »

Sharing economy will have dramatic effect on workplace conditions, says law firm

In a world of digital disruption with the likes of Uber and Airbnb, the focus is now turning to how rapid changes to business and lifestyles could translate to the workplace. In a report released today, law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth said there would be likely challenges to legal rights for both employers and employees given the move to contracting and more flexible work arrangements… Source: Sharing economy will have dramatic effect on workplace conditions, says law firm – ABC ... Read More »

Cyprus to inform UN on Turkey’s latest threats regarding EEZ

Cyprus’ Foreign Ministry has started moving on its action plan in dealing with the new Turkish warnings regarding the third licensing round in the island’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). On Tuesday the Ministry reported that they would be sending a letter to the United Nations (UN) Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, on the matter… Source: Cyprus to inform UN on Turkey’s latest threats regarding EEZ | News Read More »