Global Issues

U.N. Sees Slavery Risk As Number Of Solo Migrant Children Hits Record High

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Some 300,000 children traveled alone worldwide from 2015 to 2016. Anastasia Moloney Reuters HuffPost A record number of refugee and migrant children are traveling solo to escape violence and poverty, falling prey to abuse and human traffickers in their journey to a new life, the United Nations children’s agency said on Wednesday. Be it to escape war in Syria or gang violence in… U.N. Sees Slavery… Read More »

Crimea – Cyprus Self-Determination: Universal Principle for Universal Implementation

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Around ninety per cent of the inhabitants of Crimea are Russian-speaking, Russian-cultured and Russian-educated, and it would be strange if they did not vote for accession to a country that welcomes their kinship, empathy and loyalty. Dr. Yiorghos Leventis ISF Moreover, in the March 2014 referendum on self-determination there was not “a single case of bloodshed in the run-up to the plebiscite, the free vote as to whether the population wished to accede to Russia or support the “status of ... Read More »

Axworthy: ‘We can’t simply leave refugee policy to border control’

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Former Canadian minister of foreign affairs Lloyd Axworthy on the world’s flawed refugee system, why serious reform is needed, and his new project — the… Mary Ambrose OpenCanada When Lloyd Axworthy was in grade 11, an inspirational talk by Canadian prime minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lester B. Pearson set Axworthy on a path that would lead him to serve under three Canadian prime ministers and… After an illustrative 27-year political career, in… Axworthy: ‘We can’t… Read More »

Government has role to play in stopping modern slavery

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We might think slavery is something relegated to the annals of history, but it is a huge modern-day problem. And a global one. Molly Harriss Olson Brisbane Times The Global Slavery Index estimates that 45.8 million people in 167 countries are in some form of modern slavery. And the International Labour Organisation (ILO) said that 21 million people were in forced labour in 2012, generating a profit of nearly… Government has role… Read More »

Sri Lanka’s Transition to Nowhere

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Fragile hopes for lasting peace and cooperation across party and ethnic lines are imperilled. ICG To avoid leaders of the corrupt and violent former regime taking back control of the country, President Sirisena’s two-year-old “unity government” should put aside short-term calculations and… Executive Summary Two years into President Maithripala Sirisena’s term, Sri Lanka’s fragile hopes for lasting peace and… Sri Lanka’s Transition… Read More »

Russia, Saudi Arabia call to extend oil output deal

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The world’s biggest oil producers Russia and Saudi Arabia on Monday called for the extension of an output reduction deal ahead of an OPEC meeting later this month. Daily Sabah with wires “To underscore the determination of oil producers to ensure market stability, predictability and sustainable development, the joint actions of participating producers should be… The statement added that Russian… Russia, Saudi Arabia… Read More »

Stephen Fry Explains Why People Believe Donald Trump

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It’s all to do with the Dunning-Kruger effect. Chris York HuffPost Say what you like about him, one thing you can’t accuse Donald Trump of lacking is confidence in his own beliefs. Even when they are demonstrably wrong. But what’s perhaps more worrying is the sheer number of people who believe him. From climate change being a hoax to immigrants raising the crime rate, there is barely a topic the President hasn’t eschewed a… Stephen Fry Explains… Read More »

A Pakistani man is detained indefinitely in Australia, and there is little courts can do

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A man who came to Australia 17 years ago has been in detention for nearly five years with little prospect of being repatriated, or even resettled elsewhere Richard Ackland The Guardian A Pakistani national who came to Australia 17 years ago has been holed up in immigration detention since November 2012 with little prospect of being repatriated to his homeland any time soon, or even resettled in a… It’s one of those unsettling… A Pakistani man… Read More »

Video: 150 years of Canadian foreign policy

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On July 1, Canada celebrates 150 years of nationhood — marking the uniting of three British colonies (Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick). How has Canada’s foreign policy changed over… OpenCanada With the anniversary in mind, this OpenCanada video, written by journalist Michael Petrou and animated by Emmy Award-winning art director Santosh Isaac, explores the challenges and… From Canada’s outsized contributions during… Video: 150 years… Read More »

How Macron Could Destroy the European Union

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Emmanuel Macron’s banking skills can’t save the European Union from itself. Amitai Etzioni The National Interest Emmanuel Macron is calling for concentrating more power in the hands of “Brussels,” that is, in the hands of the European Commission. This is despite the fact that Britain is leaving the European Union because of popular rebellion against violations of national sovereignty by… How Macron Could… Read More »

Corruption on a Commonwealth level higher than documented, expert says

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The Federal Parliament should assume that there is more corruption yet to be exposed, a governance and public policy expert says. Felicity Caldwell Brisbane Times Griffith University professor AJ Brown made the comments at a Senate Select Committee investigating the adequacy of the federal government’s current framework to address corruption and misconduct and whether a… “I think the committee and the… Corruption on a… Read More »

There’s no such thing as a ‘pure’ European—or anyone else

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When the first busloads of migrants from Syria and Iraq rolled into Germany 2 years ago, some small towns were overwhelmed. Ann Gibbons Science The village of Sumte, population 102, had to take in 750 asylum seekers. Most villagers swung into action, in keeping with Germany’s strong Willkommenskultur, or “welcome culture.” But one self… There’s no such… Read More »

Cyprus: The Beginnings of a Racial Bizonal – Bicommunal Federation

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The solution negotiated by the Greek side for the Cyprus issue gradually shifted to a two-state confederation and an institutional framework that would confirm Ankara’s sovereignty over the entire island and preserve the interests of the US and NATO in the region. Stephanos Constantinides Agora Dialogue 15.05 2017 This new state structure will emerge with the dissolution of the Republic of Cyprus and will be structured on the basis of racial criteria. Στις απαρχές της φυλετικής διζωνικής – δικοινοτικής ομοσπονδίας ... Read More »

Universities fear ‘catastrophic’ funding cuts under new performance targets

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Victorian universities suffering the country’s lowest completion rates fear they will be subject to “catastrophic” funding cuts under a new federal government policy linking funding to… Timna Jacks The Age Universities will face a 7.5 per cent cut to their Commonwealth Grant Scheme from 2019 if they do not satisfy new performance targets, including retention, completion and… The government’s new… Universities fear ‘catastrophic… Read More »

Trump Revealed Highly Classified Intelligence to Russia, in Break With Ally, Officials Say

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WASHINGTON — President Trump boasted about highly classified intelligence in a meeting with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador last week, providing details that could expose the source of the information and the manner in which it was collected, a current and a… MATTHEW ROSENBERG and ERIC SCHMITT The New York Times The intelligence disclosed by Mr. Trump in a meeting with Sergey V… A Middle Eastern… Trump Revealed Highly… Read More »

Microsoft president blasts NSA for its role in ‘WannaCry’ computer ransom attack

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A Microsoft executive sharply criticized a U.S. spy agency Sunday for its role in weaponizing a weakness in Windows and allowing it to be stolen by hackers and used to launch history’s largest ransomware attack. Chris O’Brien Los Angeles Times “This attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of… He compared it to the… Microsoft president blasts… Read More »