Global Issues

Turkey admits some post-coup crackdown dismissals may be ‘unfair’

Turkey has admitted there may have been some “unfair” treatment in its post-coup crackdown as it voiced anger with Germany for barring President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from addressing a rally in Cologne. Retaliating after a military attempt to unseat him, Mr Erdogan has launched a purge that has seen tens of thousands people suspended from their jobs and almost 19,000 detained… Source: Turkey admits some post-coup crackdown dismissals may be ‘unfair’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Protest against abuse of children in detention shuts down Melbourne intersection

Four women who locked themselves into a makeshift metal cage were preparing to spend the night on the corner of Flinders and Swanston streets to protest against the abuse of children of prisons. On Saturday, police closed the intersection to all traffic, maintaining only a minimal presence to oversee the crowd of about 100 peaceful agitators… Source: Protest against abuse of children in detention shuts down Melbourne intersection Read More »

The secrecy surrounding Australia’s border security regime has gone too far

Jordina Rust and George Georgiou With doctors working in immigration detention now challenging the Border Force Act in the High Court, serious questions should be asked by the Australian public about the inability of doctors to speak out about what happens to the asylum seekers and refugees that they treat in offshore detention centres… Source: The secrecy surrounding Australia’s border security regime has gone too far Read More »

‘No real shift’ in support for Scottish independence post-Brexit

A NEW poll has found “no real shift” in opinion towards Scottish independence in the wake of the Brexit vote.. The YouGov poll found Scots would vote to remain in the UK by 53% to 47% if another referendum on the issue were held now… Source: ‘No real shift’ in support for Scottish independence post-Brexit – The Scotsman Read More »

Former bankers sentenced to jail over Anglo fraud scheme

Willie McAteer and John Bowe of Anglo and Denis Casey of Irish Life convicted of fraud Ruadhán Mac Cormaic, Joe Brennan, Ciarán Hancock Three former bankers were in Mountjoy Prison in Dublin last night after receiving jail sentences for their roles in a €7 billion fraud committed at the height of the banking crisis in 2008… Source: Former bankers sentenced to jail over Anglo fraud scheme Read More »

Q&A with international peacemaker José Ramos-Horta

At the forefront of Timor-Leste’s fight for independence, José Ramos-Horta remains an active figure in world politics. He shares his thoughts on Kevin Rudd, hypocrisy over maritime borders and making another bid for the Timorese presidency… Source: Q&A with international peacemaker José Ramos-Horta | The Saturday Paper Read More »

Report highlights cosy relationship between mining industry and political parties

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THE cosy and often secretive relationship between political parties and their donors in the mining industry has been highlighted in a report that looks at six controversial projects in Queensland including Adani’s Carmichael mine… Source: Report highlights cosy relationship between mining industry and political parties | Greasing The Wheels Read More »

Myanmar’s New Government: Finding Its Feet?

The first four months of Myanmar’s democratic government have set a positive tone. But de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi needs to find ways to bring peace with ethnic insurgents closer, rebalance relations with China, and overcome deeply ingrained problems in Rakhine State… Source: Myanmar’s New Government: Finding Its Feet? | International Crisis Group Read More »

Marine Corps F-35B Stealth Fighter Is Ready For War, General Says

The Marine Corps expects to send its first squadron of F-35Bs to Japan in January ahead of a deployment with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. But there’s nothing stopping the Marines’ two operational squadrons of 5th-generation fighters from deploying earlier if called upon, Marine… Source: Marine Corps F-35B Stealth Fighter Is Ready For War, General Says | Read More »

The Other People Opposed To Kevin Rudd’s UN Bid

Feeling bad for Kevin Rudd? The men held on Manus Island aren’t too worried that Rudd’s last shot at glory has gone down in flames, writes Max Chalmers. For perhaps the first time, and almost certainly the last time, Eric Abetz and the people detained on Manus Island agree on… Source: The Other People Opposed To Kevin Rudd’s UN Bid – New Matilda Read More »

Pope Francis walks alone through horrors of Auschwitz

OSWIECIM, Poland Pope Francis on July 29 walked alone through the notorious wrought-iron “Arbeit Macht Frei” gate as he visited the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. Free for once of his security entourage or cardinals, he sat on a bench among the trees and bowed his head in prayer, remaining at length in silent contemplation before meeting Holocaust survivors… Source: Pope Francis walks alone through horrors of Auschwitz – EUROPE Read More »

Grattan on Friday: Turnbull should move to add justice to Closing the Gap targets

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When he became prime minister Tony Abbott brought the Indigenous affairs portfolio under the umbrella of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C). It was a mark of the priority he said he wanted to give the area. It’s questionable how well the bureaucratic reshuffling has worked. Certainly not well enough, it seems, for a red flag to be raised when the… Source: Grattan on Friday: Turnbull should move to add justice to Closing the Gap targets Read More »

IMF admits disastrous love affair with the euro led to immolation of Greece

The International Monetary Fund’s top staff misled their own board, made a series of calamitous misjudgments in Greece, became euphoric cheerleaders for the euro project, ignored warning signs of impending crisis, and collectively failed to grasp an elemental concept of currency theory. Ambrose Evans-Pritchard Source: IMF admits disastrous love affair with the euro led to immolation of Greece Read More »

Militant group Al-Nusra Front breaks off Al-Qaeda ties

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Syrian Al-Nusra Front vows to now continue fighting as ‘Conquest of Damascus Front’ By Mohamad Misto ANKARA Syrian militant group Al-Nusra Front has terminated all ties with Al Qaeda, the group’s leader told a Qatar-based television network Thursday… Source: Militant group Al-Nusra Front breaks off Al-Qaeda ties Read More »

Kurdish journalist Renas Lelikan accused of terror links denied bail

Kurdish journalist Renas Lelikan, who was arrested in Sydney last week and charged with being a member of a terrorist organisation, is denied bail.. Renas Lelikan, 38, is accused of being a member of the banned organisation, the PKK, which is fighting against the Islamic State (IS) terror group in northern Iraq… Source: Kurdish journalist Renas Lelikan accused of terror links denied bail – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Easy Prey: Criminal Violence and Central American Migration

Massive deportations from Mexico and the U.S. have not stopped Central Americans fleeing endemic poverty and epidemic violence. Erecting more barriers and forcing migrants and refugees underground deepens the humanitarian crisis – and strengthens the illegal networks turning much of Central America into a criminal battleground… Source: Easy Prey: Criminal Violence and Central American Migration | International Crisis Group Read More »