Global Issues

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

The latest Productivity Commission report isn’t strong enough on improving consumer protection

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The Productivity Commission’s latest report on how consumer law is being enforced assumes the law is working well when, in a number of areas, it’s failing abysmally. The Conversation Allan Asher It’s time to recognise that better coordination and enforcement are needed. The report from the Commission joins a few more, such as… The latest Productivity Commission report isn’t strong enough on… Read More »

Canada has ‘achievable’ strategy to tackle climate change, Trudeau says

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Trudeau — joined by premiers, territorial leaders and indigenous leaders — to announce details of a strategy involving 11 of the 13 provinces and territories to set out how Canada will meet or beat its 2030 target pledged in Paris for curtailing greenhouse gas emissions. The Star By BRUCE CAMPION-SMITH Ottawa Bureau, TONDA MACCHARLES Ottawa Bureau reporter, ALEX BOUTILIER Ottawa Bureau Reporter OTTAWA—Canada has an “ambitious and achievable” strategy to… Canada has ‘achievable… Read More »

Romanians vote in the shadow of corruption

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Elections in Romania this weekend will test whether the country intends to clean up its political system. Politico By CARMEN PAUN Romania’s parliamentary elections on Sunday will test the country’s determination to clean up its political system a… Romanians vote in… Read More »

Aleppo battle: UN says hundreds of men missing

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Hundreds of men appear to have gone missing after crossing from rebel-held areas of Aleppo into government territory, UN officials say. BBC News Forces led by Syria’s government have seized at least 75% of eastern parts of the city from rebels in recent weeks. Tens of thousands of civilians have fled those… Aleppo battle: UN says hundreds of… Read More »

Global Leadership Doesn’t Mean Another Vietnam or Iraq

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U.S. engagement to deter and repel aggression has been extraordinarily successful. The National Interest James F. Jeffrey In a recent National Interest essay, “Don’t Let the DC Blob Guide Trump’s Foreign Policy,” Gordon Adams and… Global Leadership Doesn’t… Read More »