Global Issues

EU Dancing to Washington’s Tune in Syria

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The EU’s threat to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in order to accuse Moscow and Damascus of war crimes is yet another attempt by the US and its European allies to throw a wrench in the Russo-Syrian counter-terrorism operation, experts suggest. On Monday EU foreign ministers strongly criticized Russia for the country’s air operation over Aleppo and hinted at the… EU Dancing to… Read More »

Myanmar’s Peace Process: Getting to a Political Dialogue

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After almost 70 years of armed conflict, Myanmar has a rare but fading opportunity to finalise a broad-based, federal settlement. The government must adopt a more flexible approach that allays opposition concerns, and armed groups need to go beyond preliminaries and… Myanmar’s Peace Process… Read More »

Shoring Up the Status Quo at Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade

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Defusing conflict over Jerusalem’s holiest site Even the name of Jerusalem’s holiest site causes fundamental disagreement. For Jews, it is the Temple Mount, for Muslims, the Noble Sanctuary or the Al-Aqsa Mosque. So when the Holy Esplanade looked set to become an… Shoring Up the… Read More »

There’s still time to stop the surveillance society

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Revelations that security agencies unlawfully collected information for 17 years are worrying. But worse is a bill that threatens to normalise surveillance Gus Hosein This government’s “neither confirm nor deny” mantra over the extent of its surveillance powers has been replaced with a… There’s still time to… Read More »

Pro-West Montenegro ruling party wins, but falls short of single-party government

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Montenegro’s pro-West ruling party has won the most votes in the small Balkan country’s parliamentary election on Oct. 16, according to unofficial results, but without enough support to govern alone and assure the country’s chartered course into NATO and other Western institutions. PODGORICA The tense election was marked by the arrest of 20 people suspected of planning politically motivated armed attacks after the… Pro-West Montenegro… Read More »

Belgium split over EU-Canada trade deal Ceta

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Belgium’s Foreign Minister Didier Reynders says EU leaders may agree on a landmark EU-Canada trade deal this week – but only if objections from his country’s Wallonia region can be met. EU trade ministers are discussing the Ceta deal in Luxembourg, and Wallonia’s concerns cannot be ignored. Belgium’s national government backs the… Belgium split over… Read More »

‘I am young, I am gay, I am black’: 13th NT Parliament opens to maiden speeches

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“Madam Speaker, I am young, I am gay, I am black, a true blue Territorian,” were among the stirring words that opened the 13th Parliament of the Northern Territory. By Stephanie Zillman Newly elected member for Namatjira Chansey Paech, told the Parliament he was proud of who he was, and that he wore his various labels with pride. “I am a Centralian man, I am the… ‘I am young, I… Read More »

Pauline Hanson cracks down on dual-citizen terrorists’ entire families: ‘I don’t want them here’

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Pauline Hanson wants laws stripping dual-national terrorists of their citizenship to go further, calling for their families to be deported as well. AAP A dual-national terrorist is set to become the first to be stripped of citizenship after the controversial laws cleared federal parliament last year, but… Pauline Hanson cracks… Read More »

Bid to pressure BBC for ‘Scottish Six’ defeated in Commons

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MPs have rejected an attempt to increase the pressure on the BBC over a “Scottish Six” news programme after the SNP attached a demand for broadcasting to be devolved to the corporation’s latest charter agreement. By PARIS GOURTSOYANNIS Seeking to amend the motion agreeing the latest ten-year deal on BBC funding, the SNP’s Westminster culture spokesman John Nicolson claimed the… Bid to pressure BBC… Read More »

Ukraine’s Unlucky Town Called Happiness

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As great powers debate Russia’s place in the world, its role in eastern Ukraine’s 2-1/2-year-old war, and the Minsk peace process to end it, ordinary people living along the front line in eastern Ukraine are just as worried about many of the local leaders’ Soviet-style habits of governance, corruption and patronage. The small front-line town in eastern Ukraine is called Schastia, or Ukrainian for “Happiness”. Four grandmothers sit outside in the… Ukraine’s Unlucky Town… Read More »

Social media and crime: the good, the bad and the ugly

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The popularity of social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat have transformed the way we understand and experience crime and victimisation. Alyce McGovern Sanja Milivojevic Previously, it’s been thought that people form their opinions about crime from what they see or read in the media. But with social media taking over as… Social media and… Read More »

America’s Assad Quandary

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An excruciating fact confronts us: it does not necessarily follow that Bashar al-Assad’s departure would improve the situation in Syria. Robert D. Kaplan A PRINCIPAL tenet of realism is that disorder is worse than injustice, since injustice merely means the world is imperfect, whereas … America’s Assad… Read More »

India and China to draw up joint road map against terror

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping say no country is immune to the growing global menace By ASIA TIMES STAFF India and China have agreed to draw up a joint road map to combat terror saying no country can remain indifferent to the… India and China… Read More »

Boris Johnson’s previously unpublished ‘pro-EU’ column revealed

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Boris Johnson said the UK remaining in the EU would be a “boon for the world and for Europe”, a previously unpublished newspaper column reveals. He wrote the column in February, along with a pro-Brexit article that was later published in the Telegraph. Mr Johnson subsequently became a… Boris Johnson’s previously… Read More »

WikiLeaks releases Clinton speeches for Goldman Sachs

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Three of Hillary Clinton’s paid speeches to Goldman Sachs were released Saturday by WikiLeaks, casting an awkward spotlight on the Democrat’s ties to the biggest players on Wall Street in the final stretch of the White House race. Source: AFP Clinton’s campaign did not contest the authenticity of the remarks, which were part of a huge trove of documents hacked from the emails of campaign chairman John Podesta by… WikiLeaks releases Clinton… Read More »

Climate change: global deal reached to limit use of hydrofluorocarbons

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Global deal on HFCs – greenhouse gases far more powerful than carbon dioxide – seen as ‘largest temperature reduction ever achieved by single agreement’ Associated Press, in Rwanda A worldwide deal has been reached to limit the use of greenhouse gases far more powerful than carbon dioxide in a major effort to… Climate change: global… Read More »