Global Issues

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 »

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 »

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 »

Mums, Grandmums And Kids Have Just Invaded Tanya Plibersek’s Office Over ALP Refugee Policies

Regardless of where you sit on the political spectrum, if you support cruel and inhumane treatment of refugees then Mums 4 Refugees will target you. Chris Graham reports She might be considered an icon of the ‘Labor left’, but right now, Tanya Plibersek is a target of a group of mothers, grandmothers and kids… Source: Mums, Grandmums And Kids Have Just Invaded Tanya Plibersek’s Office Over ALP Refugee Policies – New Matilda Read More »

Mistreatment of juveniles in Northern Territory detention could be classed as torture: UN expert

The mistreatment of juvenile detainees in the Northern Territory could amount to torture and is “very worrisome”, a UN expert on torture has said. Four Corners this week aired footage showing teenagers being tear-gassed, physically assaulted, forcefully stripped naked, shackled and hooded in Territory prisons and youth detention centres between 2010 and 2015… Source: Mistreatment of juveniles in Northern Territory detention could be classed as torture: UN expert – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

‘You are stupid’: Judge ‘insulted and demeaned’ lawyer in courtroom clashes

A judge repeatedly called a lawyer incompetent, called his questions “incredibly stupid”, called him “stupid”, and said his failings meant his client could not get a fair trial. The extraordinary clash between Victorian County Court Judge Mark Dean and defence counsel Benjamin Lindner in a criminal trial has Victorian legal circles buzzing, Fairfax Media understands… Source: ‘You are stupid’: Judge ‘insulted and demeaned’ lawyer in courtroom clashes Read More »

Has jihadist terrorism plunged us into a Third World War?

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POPE Francis has warned the world is at war over jihadist terrorism.. Speaking to reporters ahead of his visit to Poland today, the Catholic world leader addressed the murder of priest Father Jacques Hamel at the hands of French jihadists earlier this week… Source: Has ISIS caused World War 3?: Pope Francis warns world is at war Read More »

Australian elections results: Ex-banker will form new government

The Australian elections had no surprises in the return of one or other of the Establishment globalist parties, Liberal and Labor, to Government. What is encouraging however, and a transformative shift that might bode well for the future, is the number of “conservative” parties that recognise the menace of international finance, and the need for new banking and trade systems… Source: Australian elections results: Ex-banker will form new government | Katehon think tank. Geopolitics & Tradition Read More »

Spec Ops Troops Are Getting Their Own Mini-Subs

U.S. Special Operations Command has inked a $166 million contract with Lockheed Martin to provide dry combat submersibles designed to transport operators to their mission sites underwater. The surface-launched mini-subs will be used in “harsh maritime environments by leveraging commercial submersible technologies and international classing safety certification,” according to the… Source: Spec Ops Troops Are Getting Their Own Mini-Subs | Read More »