Rouhani: More negotiations only solution for nuclear deal


President’s remarks were his first on four-month extension until November of talks agreed last week after two sides said progress made so far was still short of a final breakthrough. TEHRAN – More negotiations are the only solution to Iran’s decade-long nuclear standoff with the West, President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday. Rouhani’s remarks were his first on the four-month extension ... Read More »

Free Tibet exposes fake Twitter accounts by China propagandists

One of the fake Twitter accounts used to spread the Chinese line on Tibet

Images of Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett and actor Erica Durance among those used in accounts to promote Beijing’s line on Himalayan region What do the late Pink Floyd vocalist Syd Barrett, the Canadian actor Erica Durance, and Brazilian model Felipe Berto have in common? They all suddenly appear to be big supporters of China‘s policies inTibet. Not that they had any ... Read More »

The Netherlands Says the Murder of Dutch Citizens on MH17 Was a War Crime


The news: Dutch prosecutors are launching a new investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 — and are now calling the murder of all on board a war crime. The majority of the victims in the July 17 crash — 193 out of 298 total passengers — were Dutch citizens. To underline just how sobering that number is, Vox outlined that MH17 claimed a bigger share of the ... Read More »

Not All Jews Support Israel


To both Jews and non-Jews the idea of an anti-Zionist Jew can sound like a contradiction in terms—an abuse of Rabbi Hillel’s most famous ethical aphorism, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me.” But for Sam Weinstein, and for around 30 others, me included, tucked together in a small Jewish bloc at Saturday’s Gaza demo in ... Read More »

US Secretary of State accidentally heard criticising Israel’s military action in Gaza


(Hot mic moment at 11:07) The United States Secretary of State has been caught on a ‘hot mic’ apparently criticising Israel’s military action in Gaza. John Kerry was preparing for an interview when he was heard ‘sarcastically’ telling an aide Israel’s strikes had been ‘pinpoint’. ‘It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation, it’s a hell of a pinpoint operation,’ he ... Read More »

Putin’s L.America ‘big tour’, deals done

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A six-day tour by Russian President Vladimir Putin to Latin America ended with a long anticipated creation of the BRICS bank and the signing of energy agreements, as Russia looks to build alliances to counter Western influence. The Latin America tour started with the visit to Cuba, where Putin signed a new agreement on oil exploration in Caribbean waters which ... Read More »

Obama sees progress in Iran nuclear talks

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US President Barack Obama says talks with Iran on its nuclear program may need to extend beyond a weekend deadline, with negotiations showing a “credible way forward”. OBAMA said on Wednesday he was consulting with Congress – where there is strong criticism of his quest for a diplomatic deal with Iran – as negotiators meet in Vienna ahead of Sunday’s ... Read More »

James McGrath calls for tax changes including GST hike, sale of ‘biased’ ABC in maiden speech to Senate


One of the Government’s newest – and arguably one of its most influential – senators is calling for the GST to be increased and broadened, the abolition of the federal health and education departments and the privatisation of the ABC if it fails to address concerns of left wing bias. In his maiden speech to Parliament, Senator James McGrath, who ... Read More »