Global Issues

Julian Assange: Swedish court upholds arrest warrant for Australian WikiLeaks founder

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange still faces arrest after a Swedish court upholds a warrant over rape allegations.. A Swedish lower court has upheld the arrest warrant for Julian Assange, saying the Wikileaks founder’s stay at Ecuador’s London embassy did not equal detention. Assange, 44, is wanted by Swedish authorities for questioning over allegations, which he denies, that he committed rape in 2010… Source: Julian Assange: Swedish court upholds arrest warrant for Australian WikiLeaks founder – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Yanis Varoufakis: Australia’s negative gearing is ‘scandalous’

The former Greek finance minister has a laundry list of suggestions to fix Australia’s economy. Here for Sydney Writers’ festival, he doesn’t hold back. here are two seats to choose from: a deep, soft black-leather couch, or a red one that has the utilitarian look of a school chair. Yanis Varoufakis – a man who has described himself as an “erratic Marxist”… Source: Yanis Varoufakis: Australia’s negative gearing is ‘scandalous’ | World news | The Guardian Read More »

UNESCO points at importance of media in saving lives during crises

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova has highlighted the importance of the role of media during times of conflicts in saving lives in an address at the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul that was chaired by Hürriyet Chairwoman Vuslat Doğan Sabancı. “The role of the media is extremely important in reducing the life-threatening risks in crisis and conflict environments. The media allows the flow of information during a crisis,” Bokova said May 24 at the session titled… Source: UNESCO points at ... Read More »

Bank of England could wade into EU debate AGAIN, admits Mark Carney

THE Bank of England is poised to anger Brexit campaigners by wading into the European Union debate again.. Earlier this month the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) claimed Brexit could tip the country into recession. And Governor Mark Carney yesterday refused to rule out another intervention ahead of the June 23 vote. He said he did not expect the MPC to say “something substantially different” about the… Source: Bank of England could wade into EU debate AGAIN, admits Mark Carney ... Read More »

Ancient crayfish and worms may die out together

Research suggests that bizarre, tentacled worms which live attached to crayfish in the rivers of Australia are at risk of extinction – because the crayfish themselves are endangered. It would be an example of coextinction, where one organism dies out because it depends on another doomed species. Just a few millimetres long, the worms eat even tinier animals in the water or inside the crayfish gill chamber… Source: Ancient crayfish and worms may die out together – BBC News Read More »

The Iranian Moment and Turkey

Turkey is in a critical position as a consequence of both its proximity to multiple crises and its unique exposure to deteriorating security relationships in both the south and the east. It must keep regional conflicts from further undermining the country’s internal security. It must also strengthen ties to NATO and EU partners whose demands on Turkey are set to increase, but… Source: The Iranian Moment and Turkey | The German Marshall Fund of the United States Read More »

China donates Rp2 billion to Indonesian Red Cross

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Chinese company PT Bauing Construction Group has donated Rp2 billion to the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI). The donation was symbolically presented by President Director of PT Bauing Construction Group Gu Shao to PMI Central Board Chief Executive Ginandjar Kartasasmita in the presence of Vice President M. Jusuf Kalla in Jakarta on Tuesday. “We thank you for the donation. These funds will be used to overcome the… Source: China donates Rp2 billion to Indonesian Red Cross – ... Read More »

Don’t Rock the Boat: How Long Can Putin Avoid Capsizing?

What will the Russian political landscape look like a decade from now? Is Russia slipping back to the Soviet past or evolving toward greater authoritarianism and aggression? Are those predicting revolution right to see the nucleus of change in civil activism and a new wave of democracy in labor protests? For all the differences in opinion, there is no doubt that a political transition is looming. The question is when… Source: Don’t Rock the Boat: How Long Can Putin Avoid ... Read More »

Vietnamese asylum seekers forcibly returned by Australia face jail

Four Vietnamese asylum seekers forcibly returned to their country by Australia will appear in court on Thursday, facing up to seven years in jail for trying to flee. Four others have already been jailed for between two and three years for illegally leaving the country, despite written assurances from the Vietnamese government – according to the commander of Operation Sovereign Borders – that they would not be charged or punished for leaving… Source: Inkl: The Guardian – AU – Vietnamese ... Read More »

The Children Of Crisis | Kailash Satyarthi

For the first time ever, the international community will come together in Istanbul for the World Humanitarian Summit on 23-24 May, 2016, to discuss the serious humanitarian crisis that the world is facing. At the summit, the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, along with our partners, will bring together leaders at a discussion on protecting children. Through a high-level panel, we will aim to build a strong political will to bring the issues of child labour, slavery and deprivation from education ... Read More »

Far-right candidate narrowly defeated in Austrian presidential election

Alexander Van der Bellen, a former Green party leader running as independent, pips the Freedom party’s Norbert Hofer.. A leftwing, independent candidate has narrowly prevented Austria from becoming the first EU country to elect a far-right head of state after a knife-edge contest ended with his opponent conceding defeat. Alexander Van der Bellen, a retired economics professor backed by the Green… Source: Far-right candidate narrowly defeated in Austrian presidential election | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Peter Young spoke out about a man’s death. Suddenly, the AFP was looking at his phone records

The Department of Immigration sought an investigation by the Australian Federal Police which resulted in a whistle-blowing psychiatrist having his phone records accessed, it has emerged.. Guardian Australia reported on Tuesday that the AFP had compiled hundreds of pages of file notes and reports involving Sydney-based psychiatrist and detention centre critic, Peter Young, including documents that show his phone records had been investigated. Source: Peter Young spoke out about a man’s death. Suddenly, the AFP was looking at his phone records Read More »

Russian TV mocks royals over Prince Charles likening Putin to Hitler

Kremlin-funded news channel regaled viewers with a mocked-up family tree linking royal family to Nazis.. The row that refuses to die descended into playground idiom when a Kremlin-funded news channel hit back on Friday at Prince Charles’s alleged likening of Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler… Source: Russian TV mocks royals over Prince Charles likening Putin to Hitler | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Haitians Protest Outside Hillary Clinton’s Office Over ‘Billions Stolen’ by Clinton Foundation

Haitian activists protested outside of the Clinton Foundation in New York over the loss of “billions of dollars” that was meant to help rebuild after the devastating 2010 earthquake. The activists are claiming the money was stolen through the Haiti Reconstruction Commission that was headed by Bill Clinton. In January 2015, the Clinton Foundation was the target of protests for wasting more than $10 billion and awarding contracts to non-Haitian companies. The activists also said Haiti as a cover for ... Read More »

China and US tensions: what are the sticking points

Analysis Beijing: A cornerstone of the Obama administration’s foreign policy, the United States’ strategic ‘pivot’ to Asia has long been seen by Beijing as a cynical ploy to counter its rise. This week Barack Obama made history by announcing the lifting of a decades-old US arms embargo on Vietnam, its former Cold War enemy, a move sure to raise eyebrows in China. Entering the final months of his presidency, Obama is in Vietnam and Japan to underscore Washington’s commitment to the region, putting potential ... Read More »