Court dismisses claim of German complicity in Yemeni drone killings

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Judge says German government not obliged to prohibit US from using Ramstein airbase for relaying drone control signalling but allows campaigners to appeal The Guardian - Kate Connolly in Cologne A court in Cologne has dismissed a claim brought by three Yemenis accusing the German government of complicity in the deaths of civilians for allowing the US to relay drone data ... Read More »

Give asylum seekers proper assessments

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Since September 2013, the Abbott government has pursued a policy of turning back boats laden with people who either want to seek asylum or are opportunistic migrants. The Age - Editorial  In that time, 18 boats have been prevented from reaching our shores. We know that much, and not much more because details of the government’s gung-ho Operation Sovereign Borders, ... Read More »

Defence secretary warns of China’s ‘unprecedented’ land reclamation activity in South China Sea

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The secretary of the Defence department, Dennis Richardson, has expressed Australia’s strong concern about China’s recent land reclamation in the South China Sea area. The Conversation - Michelle Grattan The speed and scale of the reclamation on disputed reefs and other features raised the question of China’s intent and purpose, Richardson said in very pointed comments, noting that if it were ... Read More »

Spain’s Two-Party System Makeover

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It could be in for a long-overdue democratic renewal. The National Interest – Stan Veuger * Spain woke up on Monday to confirmation that its relatively stable two-party system of the past thirty-five years had been fundamentally transformed. In last year’s European elections, the center-left Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) and the center-right People’s Party (PP) saw their joint vote share reduced from close ... Read More »

Revoking citizenship should be based on conviction, not ministerial decision, former security law monitor Bret Walker says

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Leading barrister and former independent monitor of national security legislation Bret Walker SC has spoken out about the implications of the proposed move to strip dual citizens involved in terrorism of their Australian citizenship. ABC – Lateline – By Steve Cannane He told Lateline there must be a judicial system deciding on charges and convictions, not ministerial opinion based on confidential intelligence that ... Read More »

New York Times can no longer rule Turkey, Erdoğan says

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has continued his salvoes against the New York Times over the U.S. daily’s recent editorial criticizing him. YÜKSEKOVA – Hurriyet Erdoğan joined Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu in another grand airport opening on May 26, this time in the predominantly Kurdish-populated southeastern Anatolian province of Hakkari, issuing strong criticisms against the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP). The ... Read More »

Polls close in Suriname general election

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BBC - People in the South American nation of Suriname have voted in a general election. All 51 seats in the National Assembly are being chosen. The new National Assembly will then choose the next president of Suriname’s half-a-million-strong population. Former military ruler Desi Bouterse, who has been convicted of drug trafficking in the Netherlands, said he was confident he ... Read More »

Nepal’s Political Faultlines

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International Crisis Group worked regularly on Nepal from 2003-2012, publishing 33 reports in the period leading up to and following the 2006 Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended the country’s decade-long civil war. Since 2012, Crisis Group has maintained a watching brief on the country. ICG - By Anagha Neelakantan Nepal’s people live a constant struggle to accumulate some insulation from the ... Read More »

If You Thought Sorry Was The Hardest Word, Try Mentioning Compensation

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Today is National Sorry Day. And as we continue to dodge justice and repeat the mistakes of our past, we still have plenty to be sorry for, writes Amy McQuire. New Matilda – By Amy McQuire It’s been 18 long years since the Bringing Them Home report was tabled in Parliament. To commemorate this, Aboriginal communities and organisations across the country ... Read More »