Global Issues

Dutch letter spurs calls for Canadian transparency ahead of military deployment

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The federal government is being urged to follow the example of the Dutch government, which laid out its rationale for a military deployment to Mali in detailed 14-page letter to Parliament. The Star By BRUCE CAMPION-SMITH, Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA—As the Dutch government prepared to deploy its military to… Dutch letter spurs… Read More »

Trump presidency: Exxon’s Rex Tillerson for top diplomat?

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Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson has met President-elect Donald Trump amid growing speculation that he is being considered for US secretary of state. BBC NBC News quotes sources close to Mr Trump as saying that Mr Tillerson is likely to… Trump presidency: Exxon’s… Read More »

Justice in the dock

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The island’s legal system is ailing and urgently needs restructuring from top to bottom but it is not corrupt, Bar Association head Doros Ioannides told the Cyprus Weekly in an interview. InCyprus By Annie Charalambous He also sent a strong message to the island’s 110 judges, saying that no one is above the law and… Justice in the… Read More »

N. Korea military drill targets South’s presidential office

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South Korea warned Dec. 11 of “fatal” consequences for Pyongyang’s leadership if provoked into conflict, after North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un oversaw a military drill simulating an attack on Seoul’s presidential Blue House. Hurriyet Kim watched with binoculars as North Korea’s special operation forces conducted an… N. Korea military… Read More »

It’s time to debate sex-selective abortion, Tory leadership hopeful Pierre Lemieux says

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The former Ontario Conservative MP’s announcement has raised concerns that a debate could reopen old party divisions. The Star Andy Blatchford OTTAWA—A candidate for the Conservative leadership says it’s time for Canada to have a free and open debate about sex-selective abortion — an announcement that has raised concerns that it could reopen old party divisions. Pierre Lemieux, a former Ontario Tory MP, said in… It’s time to debate sex-selective abortion, Tory… Read More »

Gillian Triggs is still holding on, and her reward is continuing torment

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Malcolm Turnbull should be actively defending independent statutory officers, not standing by and allowing them to be torn down for doing their job The Guardian Mark Dreyfus The inability to handle criticism is always a sign of utmost weakness. That is as true for government as it is for people. It’s why the hatred this government shows for… Gillian Triggs is still holding on, and her reward is… Read More »

Oliver Stone: ‘We owe Edward Snowden a huge debt. He’s a hero for our time’

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The reliably controversial American auteur spent 18 months talking to the CIA whistle-blower for his new film The Irish Times Tara Brady Oliver Stone Exclusive Interview You don’t need to keep rewinding – and the use of the iconic phrase “back and to the left” is entirely optional – to uncover a… Oliver Stone: ‘We… Read More »

Geert Wilders: Dutch court convicts anti-Islam MP of hate speech ‘to protect rights, freedoms of others’

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A Dutch court has convicted populist anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders of hate speech in a trial he branded a politically motivated “charade” that endangered freedom of speech. ABC Presiding Judge Hendrik Steenhuis said the court would not impose a sentence because the conviction was punishment enough for a democratically elected politician. Prosecutors had asked judges to… Geert Wilders: Dutch court convicts anti-Islam MP of… Read More »

Fraud squad exposed Queensland Police Service to serious fraud risk, corruption watchdog finds

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Queensland’s corruption watchdog has found a police fraud squad initiative that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from the private sector exposed the state’s police service to a serious fraud risk. ABC Casey Briggs A Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) investigation into the Queensland Police Service’s (QPS) Project Synergy has found the program was not conducted transparently and had weaknesses assessed as “high — requires immediate management action”. “By developing work-arounds in what they saw as… Fraud squad exposed Queensland ... Read More »

Tajikistan: The success story that failed

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Once celebrated for its successful post-conflict reconciliation, Tajikistan has reverted back to the dictatorial path. Al Jazeera by Massoumeh Torfeh@massoumehtorfeh Tajikistan may be a small country in Central Asia, but it was once hailed by the United Nations as one of the… Tajikistan: The success… Read More »

Ruth Davidson defends Boris Johnson’s Saudi remarks

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Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has defended Boris Johnson over his public criticism of British ally Saudi Arabia, saying he was “absolutely right”. The Scotsman By SARAH BRADLEY The Foreign Secretary suffered a humiliating slap down from No 10 after accusing the… Ruth Davidson defends… Read More »

Ku Klux Klan members say they aren’t white supremacists

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The Klan’s official rule book, the Kloran — published in 1915 and still followed by many groups — says the organization “shall ever be true in the faithful maintenance of White Supremacy.” The Star By JAY REEVES, The Associated Press PELHAM, N.C. — In today’s racially charged environment, there’s a… Ku Klux Klan members… Read More »

Out of obscurity

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The Asian giant has been helping its neighbour’s economic development for more than two decades Asia Times By SANDRA LOWE Laos’ emergence on the regional and international stage has seen it formulate the ambitious goal of shedding its… Out of obscurity… Read More »

State of emergency to be extended until July 15 in France

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French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says 17 attacks have been thwarted in the country so far this year and he is asking Parliament to extend the state of emergency until July 15. Hurriyet PARIS – The Associated Press Speaking after an extraordinary cabinet meeting, Cazeneuve said on Dec. 10 that Parliament will vote on the… State of emergency to… Read More »

Gambia leader Yahya Jammeh rejects election result

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Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh has rejected the result of the presidential election held earlier this month, a week after admitting defeat. BBC Speaking on state TV, Mr Jammeh cited “abnormalities” in the vote and called for fresh elections. Mr Jammeh, who came to power in a… Gambia leader Yahya… Read More »

Why Trump makes this small country so nervous

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Russia is always a threat but now they’re worried the U.S. won’t back them up. Politico By BENJAMIN ORESKES TALLINN, Estonia — The scene outside Alexander Nevsky Cathedral one evening earlier this month had all the… Why Trump makes… Read More »