Global Issues

Will Trump split the Israeli right?

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and first lady Melania Trump greet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara (2ndL) as they arrive at the South Portico of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 15, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  - RTSYTO0

Top police investigators from the anti-corruption unit Lahav 433 interrogated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on March 6 for the fourth time. Ben Caspit Al Monitor This round of questioning, which lasted almost five hours, focused on Netanyahu’s discussions with Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Arnon Mozes and their alleged conspiratorial plotting. In the middle… Will Trump split… Read More »

What the WA election campaign says about One Nation’s future

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Days out from the WA election, there are two big questions: Will One Nation hold a balance of power in the WA senate, and what has the campaign told us about the… James Purtill ABC Who wins the election looks… Leaked internal Liberal polling suggests the party will lose government in a… What the WA… Read More »

Gender equality: A game changer for nature

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As increasing numbers of women are empowered through conservation projects that mainstream gender equality. Aban Marker Kabraji Al Jazeera News In Fiyoaree, the Maldives, Leena wakes up every day just a little before sunrise for her morning prayer. She prepares breakfast… Gender equality: A… Read More »

WikiLeaks says it releases files on ‘CIA’s cyber spying tools’

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Anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks published on March 7 what it said were thousands of pages of internal Central Intelligence Agency discussions about hacking techniques used over several years, renewing concerns about the… Hurriyet The discussion transcripts showed that CIA hackers could get into Apple Inc. iPhones, Google Inc. Android devices and… WikiLeaks says it… Read More »

Humanity’s problem with Germany

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Germany is behind the EU’s indecisiveness in an unpredictable economic and political crisis today. Celim Ertem Daily Sabah Germany’s direct and indirect intervention in Turkey’s political process nowadays is undoubtedly a result of the policy of indirect annexation it initiated in the early 1990s. The year 1989… Humanity’s problem with… Read More »

Feminism’s new frontier: Localising aid

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Forming real partnerships between donors and local organisations is key to achieving progress in women’s rights issues. Jessica Neuwirth Al Jazeera News This International Women’s Day, my hope is that we start rethinking existing patterns on how human rights funding decisions are made. Recent discussions on… Feminism’s new frontier… Read More »

‘Civil war’ over Homeland Security push

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Sky News has confirmed ASIO and the Australian Federal police have recently advised against creating a US-style Department of… Sky News with AAP The government is considering a proposal to merge at least half a dozen relevant federal agencies from two departments into a… ‘This proposal is very controversial in the government and… ‘Civil war’ over… Read More »

EU citizens have a right to live in the UK – let’s keep it that way

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The 3 million EU citizens living in this country make an important contribution. Harriet Harman The Guardian I urge Theresa May not to try to overturn their right to remain During the debate… EU citizens have… Read More »

‘Which is the good one?’ You can’t tell a good Muslim from a bad one: Hanson

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One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has continued her attack against Muslims and Islam during an interview on commercial television. SBS Pauline Hanson has declared Muslims have “no respect” for Australia and there is no way to tell which Muslim is “a good Muslim” in an interview on Channel Nine’s A Current Affair. The One Nation…. ‘Which is the… Read More »

Europe’s future: Small steps rather than big dreams?

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How do you celebrate in a time of acute anxiety, how do you party in the midst of a family divorce and how do you mark an anniversary when allies predict your demise? Gavin Hewitt BBC News Europe does not know but less than three weeks’ time, on 25 March, its leaders will gather in the Piazza del Campidoglio, the square designed by Michelangelo to try to answer those questions. They will be… Europe’s future: Small… Read More »

The Travel Ban: An Assault on Islam?

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To the Editor: Vipan Chandra The New York Times Re “Trump’s New Ban Halts Travelers From 6 Nations” (front page, March 7): The Trump administration… The Travel Ban… Read More »

Can international force save Gaza?

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Anyone following media reports about the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip did not need the assessment offered by Military Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Herzl Halevy that the powder keg that is Gaza will blow up in Israel’s face. Akiva Eldar Al Monitor A recent survey commissioned by the Israeli human rights organization Gisha shows that 67% of Israelis believe the nearly decadelong Israeli blockade of Gaza has undermined Israeli security, and 70% believe that an improvement… Can international force… Read More »

A Polish plan runs into economic reality

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Since he joined the Polish government in November 2015, first as minister of development and later also as minister of finance, Mateusz Morawiecki has been extremely critical of the legacy left by his predecessors. Dalibor Rohac and Martin Miszerak AEI His criticisms are not unfounded. Yet his own… A Polish plan… Read More »

Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War: a 2400-year-old text that explains Trump

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Forget modern dystopian novels. Greek history offers a far better guide to today’s US… Mark Thomas The Age Donald Trump has provoked an unlikely boom in a few market niches: for the makers of red baseball caps, among late-night comedians, and for those who own the royalties to dystopian… George Orwell’s 1984 has… Thucydides’ History of… Read More »

If you want to support refugee women on Nauru, let us speak

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I escaped a violent husband and father in Iran to come to a country which claims to uphold women’s rights. Mina Taherkhani The Guardian All I have experienced is terror and panic. I am Mina Taherkhani. I’m 35 years old. I escaped from violence to seek peace and freedom. I’ve been in the detention centre in Nauru for… If you want… Read More »

Australian report finds disturbing evidence of gender inequality

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Sex discrimination commissioner Kate Jenkins reveals widespread opposition to advancing equality, despite stark evidence progress is needed Melissa Davey The Guardian Incorrect assumptions are being made that gender equality has been achieved despite disturbing and comprehensive evidence to the contrary, an investigation by Australia’s sex discrimination commissioner, Kate Jenkins, has found. Her findings include… Australian report finds… Read More »