Global Issues

Israel/Palestine: Parameters for a Two-State Settlement

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The collapse of U.S.-led Israeli-Palestinian talks in 2014 led to political instability, rising violence and settlement expansion. ICG To improve his successors’ peace-making chances, President Obama should push for a new UN Security Council resolution setting out the basic parameters of a deal. Executive Summary President Obama has a final chance to shape his legacy as a… Israel/Palestine: Parameters… Read More »

Trump claims ‘serious’ fraud, says millions voted illegally

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President-elect Donald Trump made unsubstantiated claims Nov. 27 of serious U.S. voter fraud and said “millions of people” had cast their ballots illegally, offering no evidence for the assertions he put forth on Twitter. Hurriyet Trump’s shock path to the White House saw him fall short of his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the… Trump claims ‘serious… Read More »

US, Turkey Military Operations in Syria Are Intervention

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Washington and Ankara do not coordinate their military operations on Syria’s territory with Damascus, their presence in the country can be regarded as intervention, a senior Syrian Army official told Sputnik. Sputnik On August 24, Turkish forces, backed by US-led coalition aircraft, began a… US, Turkey Military… Read More »

FactCheck Q&A: what are the facts on funding for domestic violence legal services in Australia?

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The Conversation is fact-checking claims made on Q&A, broadcast Mondays on the ABC at 9.35pm. The Conversation Thank you to everyone who sent us quotes for checking via Twitter using hashtags #FactCheck and #QandA, on Facebook or by email. In response to a question regarding violence against… FactCheck Q&A: what are the facts on funding for… Read More »

Why Yemen Will Be Donald Trump’s Litmus Test

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Will the president-elect buy into Saudi Arabia’s and the neoconservatives’ Iran-centric view of the conflict? Michael Horton The civil war in Yemen—in which the United States is deeply involved—will be a litmus test for the… Why Yemen Will… Read More »

Happy Birthday Timor! Our Gift To You Is To Steal Your Oil, And Your Future

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As one of our closest – and poorest – neighbours marks 14 years of independence, Australia is still stealing their natural resources. New Matilda Ella Fabry Ella Fabry explains. Tomorrow, November 28, one of the world’s newest nations… Happy Birthday Timor! Our Gift To You Is… Read More »

Only Power Rules: Turkey After the Failed Coup

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THERE ARE MANY THINGS I remember about the night of July 15 in Istanbul. Los Angeles Review of Books Nick Ashdown I was with my then girlfriend and her friends when we heard a military coup was taking place. We decided to do the most… Only Power Rules: Turkey After the… Read More »

Greece has taken a principled stand over guarantees

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In your editorial “Greece must stop blocking a deal” (Cyprus Mail, November 24), Greece is blamed for not adopting “a supportive role, instead of undermining the process as it had done in the last week”. Cyprus Mail Myron M Nicolatos, president of the Cyprus supreme court President Anastasiades is also blamed, for standing next to Prime Minister Tsipras and “nodding approvingly” while the… Greece has taken a… Read More »

The ‘latte libel’ is a brilliant strategy. The left cannot counter it with facts alone

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Rational argument and good policy cannot win against the emotional appeal of railing against elites. Just ask Hillary Clinton and Julia Gillard The Guardian Alex Frankel Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign was superior to Donald Trump’s in almost every way. But Trump won because he had a stronger, more emotive and relevant narrative. Trump’s campaign borrowed its narrative strategy from the… The ‘latte libel’ is a… Read More »

The tarnished city on the hill

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The end of American exceptionalism is bad news for Europe. Politico By DIMITAR BECHEV Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election has left a trail of political debris in its wake. At the top of the long list of casualties is the… The tarnished city… Read More »

The Personal Feud That’s Strangling Afghanistan’s Precious Mineral Trade

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Complicated power struggles are paralyzing the country’s development. Franz J. Marty The settlement in the shadows of the mighty peaks and cliffs of the Hindu Kush in Afghanistan’s northeastern province of Badakhshan is mostly deserted. The small stone huts are crumbling, and… The Personal Feud… Read More »

How Fidel Castro changed Cuba: a small island at the centre of the world

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Late on November 25 2016, it was announced that one of the last remaining iconic political figures of the 20th century, Fidel Castro Ruz, had died. The Conversation Mervyn Bain  Castro had played a less prominent role in the Cuban political system since 2006, when his health began to deteriorate, but… How Fidel Castro… Read More »

Politicians warned to tone down Brexit talk by equality body

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The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has written to the UK’s political parties telling them to tone down their Brexit rhetoric. The Scotsman By JACK MAIDMENT The letter suggests there needs to be a discussion about British values as the Government looks to formalise the… Politicians warned to… Read More »

Youths detained in maximum security adult jail ‘held in solitary confinement’

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Up to 40 youths moved to adult jail ‘unfit for children’ following riots at two juvenile prisons haven’t seen the sky for a week, say lawyers The Guardian Melissa Davey Human rights lawyers say that children being kept in a maximum security prison in Victoria are being held in solitary confinement, denied access to fresh air, feel threatened and are kept in conditions that are “unequivocally unfit for children”. Up to 40 children were transferred to a secure unit of… ... Read More »

FASD: Record Indigenous incarceration rates could be avoided with early clinical assessment: experts

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Leading experts in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) believe Australia’s record rates of Indigenous incarceration could be dramatically reduced if children were clinically assessed when their troubled behaviour first emerged in the classroom or at home. ABC Russel Skelton The experts said parents, teachers and health workers were often well aware of unacceptable behaviour in young people — both Indigenous and non-Indigenous — long before they appeared before the courts. Around 70 per cent of young people in… FASD: Record ... Read More »

Kuwait poll: Opposition wins nearly half of parliament

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Kuwait’s opposition groups have won 24 of the 50 contested seats in the country’s parliamentary elections. Al Jazeera Kuwait opposition groups and their allies have won nearly half parliament’s 50 seats, raising fears of fresh political wrangling in the… Kuwait poll: Opposition… Read More »