Global Issues

China-Australia Extradition Treaty Collapses Amid Human Rights Concerns

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It fell apart not long after Barnaby Joyce insisted it was a “pretty safe deal”. Karen Barlow HuffPost CANBERRA – The Turnbull Government has shelved plans to enact an extradition treaty with China, under the combined opposition of Labor, the Greens, Nick Xenophon Team, former Liberal senator Cory Bernardi, and a… China-Australia Extradition… Read More »

Britain’s messy divorce from Europe isn’t going well

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As Britain formally triggers the doleful negotiations to exclude itself from the mainstream of European politics and economics, Prime Minister Theresa May refuses to use the word “divorce” to describe what is happening. Chris Patten Asia Times My wife, a retired family lawyer and mediator, thinks May could be correct. After all, the… Britain’s messy divorce… Read More »

Iraq’s new marginalised population

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Iraqi families with relatives affiliated to ISIL are struggling to find a place for themselves in their own country. Belkis Wille Al Jazeera News Across Iraq, as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) loses its territorial footholds, it is leaving behind entire populations terrorised by its fighters, but also a community of families tainted by their… Iraq’s new marginalised… Read More »

Humankind can’t see the wood for the trees when it comes to clean air

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We depend on forests to regulate climate and keep our air clean, yet we destroy them at an increasing rate. Justin Adams assesses plans to restore the world’s woodlands Justin Adams Irish Examiner HUMANKIND has always had a tricky relationship with forests. We depend on… Humankind can’t see… Read More »

EU should apply effective asylum seekers policy!

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If the EU fails in passing the difficult test of patience and ability to act promptly in the migrant policy, the current leaders will have to say goodbye to their posts Tomas Zdechovsky Daily Sabah Although the reverberations of last year’s migrant crisis are noticeable even today, a brief look at the print media or news servers gives the impression that the situation is returning back to normal. Yes, considering the… EU should apply… Read More »

Larry Summers: The robots are coming, whether Trump’s Treasury secretary admits it or not

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As I learned (sometimes painfully) during my time at the Treasury Department, words spoken by Treasury secretaries can over time have enormous consequences, and… Lawrence H. Summers The Washington Post In this regard, I am very surprised by two comments made by Secretary Steven Mnuchin in his… In reference to a question about artificial intelligence… Larry Summers: The… Read More »

Turkey determined to test NATO

A Turkish flag (R) flies among others flags of NATO members during the North Atlantic Council (NAC) following Turkey's request for Article 4 consultations, at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, July 28, 2015. Turkey sought moral support for its campaign against militants in Syria and Iraq at an emergency meeting on Tuesday with its North Atlantic allies, with both NATO and Ankara playing down any idea of a call for military help from the alliance. Turkey requested urgent consultations with its 27 NATO partners in Brussels after stepping up its role in the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State with air strikes, also hitting Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) camps in Iraq at the weekend. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir  - RTX1M3E0

Following Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s March 10 meeting in Moscow with President Vladimir Putin, it was reported that Turkey was engaged in negotiations to procure the Russian-made S-400 air defense system. Fehim Tastekin Al Monitor Sergei Chemezov, CEO of the Russian state-owned Rostec, said on March 14 that Turkey had asked for credit to buy the system, but that a deal had not yet been reached. “As soon as… Turkey determined to… Read More »

When the Law Opposes the Truth Rather Than Protects It

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Would we be allowed to ask who ISIS are inspired by? Douglas Murray Gatestone Institute Would they be allowed to say that the perpetrator was a Muslim? Would they be… When the Law… Read More »

How French ”Intellectuals” ruined the West: Postmodernism and its impact, explained

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Postmodernism presents a threat not only to liberal democracy but to modernity… Helen Pluckrose Areo Magazine That may sound like a bold or even hyperbolic claim, but the reality is that the cluster of ideas and values at the root of postmodernism have broken the bounds of academia and… The irrational and identitarian “symptoms” of… How French ”Intellectuals… Read More »

Nuclear power is dying. Can radical innovation save it?

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Among experts who study energy policy, there’s remarkably widespread agreement that tackling climate change would be much, much easier if we could quickly and cheaply build lots of new nuclear power plants. Brad Plumer VOX It’s not always a popular argument, but it’s a compelling one on its face. This paper from… Nuclear power is… Read More »

Technology-facilitated abuse: The new breed of domestic violence

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Domestic violence is a serious issue in Australia and globally. Hadeel Al-Alosi ABC It is an inherently gendered crime. Research consistently shows… Technology-facilitated abuse… Read More »

Political Islam Is Today’s Anti-American ‘Long March Through The Institutions’

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Political Islam implies a constitutional order fundamentally incompatible with the U.S. Constitution and the ‘constitution of liberty’ that is the foundation of the American way of life. Ayaan Hirsi Ali The Federalist It is refreshing and heartening that President Trump acknowledges the need for an ideological campaign against “radical Islam.” This deserves to… Political Islam Is… Read More »

From spy to president: the rise of Vladimir Putin

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He’s intent on pushing back against the Western world order … and it appears to be working. Sam Ellis VOX Vladimir Putin has been ruling Russia since 1999. In that time… From spy to… Read More »

Hostile Takeover: How Nationalism Could Fracture Europe’s Political and Economic Union

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Dutch and French political forces could wreak havoc on the European system. Scott B. MacDonald The National Interest The European Union is now sixty years old. Instead of being… Hostile Takeover: How… Read More »

Fake News: The Unravelling of US Empire From Within

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Setting the Stage of the Press-President War Prof. John McMurtry Global Research US ruling ideology and Washington power have become unstuck as never before. A war of… Fake News: The… Read More »

One Nation and the rise of fascism

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Like Hitler, One Nation employs conspiracy theories to create divisions and fuel the rise of fascism in Australia, says John Passant. John Passant Independent Australia BACK IN 1998, I wrote an article for the Canberra Times arguing that One Nation was an organisation that had the potential to become fascist. I argued that… One Nation and… Read More »