Global Issues

Steinmeier: Pragmatic, assertive, popular

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Frank-Walter Steinmeier is Germany’s next president. The Social Democrat has been a high-ranking politician for almost 20 years and once set his sights on becoming chancellor – but was… Richard A. Fuchs Deutsche Welle On February 12, Frank-Walter Steinmeier will be elected president as the agreed-upon candidate of the CDU, CSU and SPD parties that form the… Steinmeier: Pragmatic, assertive… Read More »

Is the Two State Solution still a possibility in the Middle East?

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Dr Ibrahim Natil discusses Netanyahu’s controversial approval of massive building plans in the occupied Palestinian territory defying the the UN and the international community. Ibrahim Natil Independent Australia DESPITE DECEMBER’S UN Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016), the current government of Israel still defies the international community and approves massive building plans cross the West Bank in the occupied Palestinian… Is the Two State… Read More »

Congress Investigates Federal Climate Study After Whistleblower Exposes Fake Science

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The scientific community and media outlets that claimed Trump will silence scientists are now attacking one of their own for speaking up. Julie Kelly The Federalist Congress is ramping up its investigation into a key climate study, now under further scrutiny after a federal whistleblower raised more questions about it this week. The scandal some… Congress Investigates Federal… Read More »

The age of hyper-terrorism and ‘low cost’ terrorism

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On February 13, 2016, while speaking at the Munich Security Conference, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls reflected on the terrorist attacks in Paris over the previous year. Michael Rubin AEI “We have entered…a new era characterized by the lasting presence of ‘hyper-terrorism,’ he declared, adding, “There will be attacks. Large-scale attacks… The age of… Read More »

Australia urged to act as outrage over Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya grows

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Bangkok: A coalition of organisations has called on the Australian government to urgently pressure Myanmar authorities to condemn atrocities, including the slaughter of babies, in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State and… Lindsay Murdoch The Canberra Times “The recounts from Rohingya people fleeing Myanmar are horrific and truly devastating,” said Kate Lee, executive officer of… Australia urged to… Read More »

Breaking Up the Family as a Way to Break Up the Mob

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REGGIO CALABRIA, Italy — Fighting the mafia at the very toe of Italy, Roberto Di Bella has seen a lot: children as young as 11 or 12 serving as lookouts during murders, attending drug deals and… Gaia Pianigiani The New York Times But it was the day he charged the younger brother of a minor he had jailed years before that he decided to take a… Breaking Up the… Read More »

No justification for IMF to be part of Greek rescue: ECB’s Nowotny

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VIENNA (Reuters) – There is no economic or political justification for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to be part of the Greek rescue program, European Central Bank (ECB) Governing Council member Ewald Nowotny told an… Investing  The IMF and the European Union have been at odds over the terms of the… No justification for… Read More »

First we take Hässleholm … Swedish far-right rises

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Sweden Democrats have risen in the polls on an anti-immigrant message to threaten the… Richard Orange Politico HÄSSLEHOLM, Sweden — When the leader of the Moderates, Anna Kinberg Batra, recently announced that her party would be open to negotiating with the Sweden Democrats, it sent shockwaves through the… First we take… Read More »

Australia Post salary scandal highlights our nation’s growing wage inequality

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How much more than an average worker should a… Research shows Australians believe CEOs should earn eight… Carl Rhodes  The Conversation It is perhaps unsurprising, then, that revelations about the salary of Australia Posts CEO Ahmed Fahour have caused a… Fahour’s pay is estimated at up to 119 times that of a Australia Post salary… Read More »

Spanish ‘psycho-drama’ plays out at top of Podemos

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Leaders will battle for the soul of the leftist party at its conference this weekend. GUY HEDGECOE Politico MADRID — A battle at the top of Podemos, the leftist anti-austerity party that took Spanish politics by storm three years ago, has spilled out into the open ahead of a big membership conference this… Spanish ‘psycho-drama… Read More »

Media Sauce: Where’s BLeak when it comes to #FreeSpeech for cartoonists?

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A large number of Australian cartoonists have supported international efforts to get their colleagues out of detention in Malaysia, Turkey and Manus Island but, as Dr Martin Hirst discovered, there’s… Martin Hirst Independent Australia  Where’s #FreeSpeech Bill when we… The Australian’s highly… Media Sauce: Where’s… Read More »

Amazon warns that trade protectionism could hurt business: filing

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(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (O:AMZN) warned on Friday that government actions to bolster domestic companies over foreign competition could hurt its business, in a potential reference to U.S. President Donald Trump’s “America First… Jeffrey Dastin Investing In a routine description of regulatory risks in its 2016 annual filing, the… Amazon warns that… Read More »

Australian citizen, former East Timorese minister fights against ‘unfair’ seven-year jail sentence for corruption

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East Timor’s former finance minister and dual Australian citizen Emilia Pires is fighting to have her name cleared over charges she corruptly awarded a $1 million contract to her husband’s company in… ABC Pires has been sentenced to seven years’ jail, and sought to have her appeal referred to a… Australian citizen, former… Read More »

Juvenile justice to face scrutiny after Australia ratifies torture treaty

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Attorney general George Brandis announces optional protocol to the convention against torture will finally be ratified Ben Doherty and Helen Davidson and Paul Karp The Guardian Australia has promised to ratify an international treaty that will bring all its detention sites – including juvenile justice centres such as Don Dale and… Juvenile justice to… Read More »

Leading economists agree: closing borders is not the answer to inequality

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US President Donald Trump wants to build a wall along the US-Mexican border. Ashwini Deshpande The Conversation Britain wants to retreat into its shell to become an isolated island state. In France, far-right… Leading economists agree… Read More »

Out with Globalization, In with Tillerson

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Rex Tillerson needs to realize that soft power is not necessarily smart power James Jay Carafano The National Interest Now that he has moved into Foggy Bottom, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has big decisions to make. Handling Putin, Kim Jong-un, the ayatollah and Xi Jinping will, of course, top the list. But the… Out with Globalization… Read More »