Global Issues

The Kantorowicz Conundrum

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At bottom, Ernst Kantorowicz was an imperious mandarin who viewed the passions of the vulgar multitude, whether in Germany or the… Jacob Heilbrunn The National Interest IN 1954, George F. Kennan was completing his two-volume history Russia Leaves the War at the Institute for Advanced Study in… One evening he met with Ernst Kantorowicz, a German medievalist who had fled the Nazi regime, to discuss his… The Kantorowicz… Read More »

Tories claim SNP misled public on currency ahead of IndyRef

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SNP ministers have been accused of misleading the public on their independence currency plans after newly-released Scottish… Tom Peterkin The Scotsman The documents, made public under freedom of information legislation, outlined the government’s plans to create a multi… The SNP campaigned for independence on the… Tories claim SNP… Read More »

Will China intervene in North Korea?

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If China intervenes in North Korea, it would not to be to save Kim Jong-un. Salvatore Babones Al Jazeera North Korea is in the headlines – again. For a small, poor country of 25 million people, it sure does make a lot of news. This time it’s the perennial issue of nuclear testing. North Korea has tested five nuclear devices since… Donald Trump is in… Will China intervene… Read More »

Doctors will have right to refuse assisted death requests under planned reforms

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Doctors will have the right to refuse to help terminally ill patients who wish to die provided they don’t obstruct people from seeking… Farrah Tomazin The Age In a high-level report to be considered by cabinet, an expert panel is set to recommend allowing doctors to hold a “conscientious… But medical clinicians who are willing to help patients end their life may be… Doctors will have… Read More »

Turkey is sliding into dictatorship

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Turkey’s referendum Recep Tayyip Erdogan is carrying out the harshest crackdown in… The Economist The West must not abandon Turkey… TURKEY matters not just for its size, but also as a bellwether of the political forces shaping the… For centuries it was the seat of a great empire. Today, as a frontier state, it must… Turkey is sliding… Read More »

Nuclear weapons the ‘biggest threat facing humans today’

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THE threat looms large with North Korea celebrating the birthday of Kim Il-sung and Donald Trump poised for a preemptive attack. Here’s how it could look. Debra Killalea News.Com.Au IF a major conflict broke out between superpowers and nuclear warheads were used, the consequences would be catastrophic. In the space of minutes, entire cities would be destroyed and between one and three billion… Nuclear weapons the… Read More »

US government ‘hacked global bank system’

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A huge range of security exploits, said to be worth over $2m if sold on the black market, have been leaked… Dave Lee  BBC The tools are said to have been created by the US National Security Agency (NSA), and accompanying documents appear to indicate a possible breach of the… Such a hack could have enabled the US to covertly monitor financial transactions, researchers… US government ‘hacked… Read More »

Frenzied rescues save more than 2,000 asylum seekers

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A total of 2,074 people brought to safety in a day of non-stop rescues of those stranded in the Mediterranean… Al Jazeera – News agencies More than 2,000 asylum seekers trying to reach Europe were plucked from the Mediterranean on Friday in a series of dramatic… An Italian coast guard spokesman said 19 rescue operations by the coast guard or ships operated by non… Frenzied rescues save… Read More »

Ireland seeks common Brexit strategy with Dutch and Danes

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Enda Kenny to hold mini summit with leaders in bid to bring trade focus to EU talks Fiach Kelly The Irish Times Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to meet the leaders of like-minded EU countries to ensure that upcoming Brexit talks move swiftly on to trade and do not get delayed by the UK’s so… Mr Kenny will hold a mini-summit next week in The Hague with the prime ministers of the… Ireland seeks common… Read More »

Enough is enough – Manus attacks show Turnbull must immediately evacuate the Manus centre and bring the men to safety in Australia

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The terrifying and violent attack on the men in the Manus Island regional processing centre last night is further proof that Prime… Human Rights Law Centre Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, who has been to Manus three times to investigate conditions on the… “Enough is enough. The men on Manus must immediately be… Enough is enough… Read More »

China warns of N Korea conflict ‘at any moment’

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A conflict over North Korea could break out “at any moment,” China said April 14, warning there would be no winner in any war as tensions soar with the… Beijing Hurriyet On the same day, the Kremlin said it’s watching the developments around North Korea with “great… China’s sharp language came after U.S. President Donald Trump said the North Korea problem “will be taken care of,” as… China warns of… Read More »

BRICS Issues Joint Statement: Illegal Military Intervention in Syria Is Unacceptable

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The joint BRICS statement says military action in Syria without authorization from the UN Security Council is dangerous and… Russia Insider Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have issued a joint BRICS statement condemning military action in Syria that has not… Some highlights from the statement: BRICS Special Envoys on Middle East… BRICS Issues Joint… Read More »

Trump Administration Must Act To Address The Plight of Christians In The Middle East

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This week, Christians around the world mark the holiest week in their religious calendar, observing the Passion, crucifixion, and… Brian Katulis Elizabeth H. Prodromou The Huffington Post This sober time of reflection and prayer comes in the midst of continued threats to Christians in the Middle East – most recently in the Palm Sunday bombings at two churches in… Over the past decade, some of the oldest Christian communities have… Trump Administration Must… Read More »

CGA to buy devices to protect EEZ

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The Coast Guard Administration (CGA) is to buy thermal imaging devices and drones to boost its efforts in deterring Chinese fishing boats from… Cheng Hung-ta and Jonathan Chin Taipei Times Lee made the announcement at a meeting of the legislature’s Internal Administration Committee, during which lawmakers demanded that the… Lee was reporting to the committee in connection with the… CGA to buy… Read More »

Erdogan Moves to Repair Late Crack in Referendum Alliance

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing a last-minute threat to his bid to centralize executive power from an unlikely source: the… Onur Ant Bloomberg Devlet Bahceli, head of Turkey’s Nationalist Movement Party MHP, accused key Erdogan advisers late Thursday of undermining the ruling party’s goal of introducing an… At the heart of Bahceli’s criticism was Sukru Karatepe, a… Erdogan Moves to… Read More »

How to fix the Supreme Court

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The way we choose Supreme Court nominees is broken. Here’s how to fix it. Ezra Klein Vox It’s worth taking a step back to realize just how broken the process for selecting Supreme Court justices… In 2016, Senate Republicans responded to Antonin Scalia’s death by inventing and establishing the absurd faux principle that open seats on the Supreme Court cannot be filled in an… How to fix… Read More »