Global Issues

The Myth of Saudi Power

The ‘Salman Doctrine’ can’t back up its tough talk.. Mohammed Nuruzzaman Analysts from the Gulf Arab states are generally upbeat about Saudi Arabia’s possible military dominance in the Gulf neighborhood and the Middle East… Source: The Myth of Saudi Power | The National Interest Read More »

Brexit and the Balance of Power

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Faced with a rising China, a declining but risk-inclined Russia, and the prospect of prolonged turmoil in the Middle East, close transatlantic cooperation will be crucial to maintaining a liberal international order over the long term. By weakening both Europe and Britain, the UK’s withdrawal from the EU would threaten such an order… Source: Brexit and the Balance of Power by Joseph S. Nye – Project Syndicate Read More »

Political Conflict, Extremism and Criminal Justice in Bangladesh

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Political repression is reaching new highs in Bangladesh. The government’s abuse of rule of law institutions for political ends has created an atmosphere of injustice that is increasingly exploited by anti-state extremist groups. The gruesome recent killing of a secular blogger is just another tragic result of these groups’ growing power and impunity… Source: Political Conflict, Extremism and Criminal Justice in Bangladesh – International Crisis Group Read More »

Q&A With Christine Lagarde

With so many financial markets driven by the utterings of central bankers, the words of the woman who is in effect the central banker’s central banker matter enormously. Christine Lagarde, 60, who is about to begin her second five-year term as head of the International Monetary Fund, has a remarkable… Source: Q&A With Christine Lagarde Read More »

Tehran receives first batch of S-300 air defense systems from Moscow

Iran has received its first delivery of S-300 air defense systems from Russia, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hussein Jaber Ansari said on April 11.. “We announced earlier that this contract, regardless of obstacles in the past, is at the stage of completion and today I announce that the first batch of this equipment has… Source: Tehran receives first batch of S-300 air defense systems from Moscow – MIDEAST Read More »

Scottish newspaper reveals identity of superinjunction couple

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Paper, which cannot be named, prints names of pair on front page after weeks of speculation as to their identities.. A Scottish newspaper has printed the identities of a celebrity couple who took out a superinjunction to suppress details of alleged infidelity that has been the… Source: Scottish newspaper reveals identity of superinjunction couple | Media | The Guardian Read More »

Inside the first-ever summit calling for an end to the “suicidal death pact between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia”

Salon attended the 2016 Summit on Saudi Arabia, the first event of its kind to call into question U.S.-Saudi ties… Source: Inside the first-ever summit calling for an end to the “suicidal death pact between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia” – Salon.com Read More »

Singapore’s PM Lee Hsien Loong at war with sister over Lee Kuan Yew commemorations

An unprecedented family feud between Singapore’s prime minister and his sister over the death of their father Lee Kuan Yew has burst into the open in the strictly-controlled city-state.. Lee Hsien Loong said that he is “deeply saddened” that his sister Lee Wei Ling had accused him of abusing his power to commemorate the first anniversary of their father’s death in order to… Source: Singapore’s PM Lee Hsien Loong at war with sister over Lee Kuan Yew commemorations Read More »

Support for Queensland bill of rights not universal

It’s designed to enshrine rights many Queenslanders take for granted in law, but the proposal for a Human Rights Act has met with a mixed response. The parliamentary committee charged with examining a bill of rights for Queensland – whether there is a need for one, and if so, what it… Source: Support for Queensland bill of rights not universal Read More »

Christians fear losing ancient churches in Turkey after government takeover

For centuries, Christians in Turkey, though a minority in the predominantly Muslim country, have maintained and protected their sacred places of worship. These ancient churches are even older than Islam. Now, Christians in Turkey are fearful that they… Source: Christians fear losing ancient churches in Turkey after government takeover | Christian News on Christian Today Read More »

Behold, nine of the most badass women in history

Because all too often, women are ignored in history books.. 1.Tru’ng Sisters, (c. 12-43 AD).. Trưng Trắc and Trưng Nhị are renowned national heroes of Vietnam. When Trắc’s husband was executed by the Chinese during an offensive, they took up arms to fight back, gathering an army of 80,000 people to repel the Chinese invasion. They succeeded in driving the… Source: Behold, nine of the most badass women in history Read More »

Diplomats gone wild: Saudi staffers run riot on our roads with police powerless to stop them

Imagine driving at 135km/h past Parliament House at 2am on a Tuesday, leading police on a pursuit, failing to provide a valid licence, blaming your behaviour on a lack of antibiotics and getting away with it. That’s exactly what happened to one diplomat at the royal embassy of Saudi Arabia who used… Source: Diplomats gone wild: Saudi staffers run riot on our roads with police powerless to stop them Read More »

New Rules: Why West Needs NATO-Russia Council More Than Moscow

In the next two weeks, the NATO-Russia Council is expected to resume its work, German newspaper Die Welt reported.. Thus, the West would have an opportunity to discuss with Moscow the “new rules of the game,” the newspaper wrote, adding that… Source: New Rules: Why West Needs NATO-Russia Council More Than Moscow Read More »

‘I’m Carmen. Nice to meet you again’: why I faced my rapist in prison

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Thirty-three years after she was raped, Carmen Aguirre travelled to meet the man who attacked her. It is the last day of summer, and I am walking under a blue prairie sky through the grounds of a medium-security prison in Alberta, Canada. It has been 33… Source: ‘I’m Carmen. Nice to meet you again’: why I faced my rapist in prison | Society | The Guardian Read More »

Second Russian intelligence report on Turkey’s current assistance to Daesh

See the previous document : “Russian intelligence report on Turkey’s current assistance to Daesh”, Voltaire Network, 18 February 2016.Illegal trafficking in weapons and ammunition to Syrian territory under ISIL controlThe main supplier of weapons and military equipment to ISIL fighters is Turkey, which is doing so through non-governmental organizations. Work in this area is overseen by the National Intelligence… Source: Second Russian intelligence report on Turkey’s current assistance to Daesh Read More »

Austria plans to seize house where Hitler born

The Austrian government says it plans to seize Adolf Hitler’s birth house in an attempt to stop it being a focal point for Nazi sympathisers.. Officials say the decision was taken after several years of discussion about how to prevent neo-Nazi interest… Source: Austria plans to seize house where Hitler born – BBC News Read More »