Humanizing Our Militarized Border

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The recent Encuentro (or Encounter) At the Border in the middle of Ambos Nogales — the term used to consider Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, as one community — was a wonderful distraction from the Donald and Hillary Show, which may be the most tiresome and preposterous encuentro in American political history. by JOHN GRANT For two days, from north and south, people trekked to the two Nogaleses to participate in the gatherings and… Humanizing Our Militarized… Read More »

Spain’s Socialists to make way for Rajoy government

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Divisive vote result means Spain will see new government following 310 days of political deadlock World Bulletin / News Desk Spain’s Socialists voted on Sunday to facilitate a minority government led by acting conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. The move by the… Spain’s Socialists to… Read More »

Australia’s Shift Towards Totalitarianism

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A suite of harsh anti-protest laws were passed by the NSW parliament on March 17 this year. By Sydney Criminal Lawyers The legislation has increased police powers to prevent public protests and created a new offence of “aggravated unlawful entry on inclosed lands.” Among other things, the… Australia’s Shift Towards… Read More »

Last-ditch talks aim to save EU-Canada trade deal

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BRUSSELS: The head of the European parliament and Canada’s trade minister held last-ditch talks Saturday aimed at salvaging a trade deal threatened by a Belgian region’s refusal to sign on Agence France Presse EU assembly chief Martin Schulz also planned an 11th-hour huddle with Paul… Last-ditch talks… Read More »

Ousted Thai PM says junta has ordered her assets seized

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Yingluck Shinawatra has also been fined 35 billion baht over rice subsidy scheme that helped put her in power By REUTERS Thailand’s ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra said the military junta that overthrew her has ordered her assets seized and… Ousted Thai PM… Read More »

How Erdogan’s Family Uses Non-Profits In D.C. For Lobbying

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“We created ‘Everything For Turkey Platform’ as if it was apolitical… a structure that was supposed to voice democratic demands of Turks in the U.S. … But because [Turkey’s ruling party] AK Party is not officially here, all our activities so far have been outright political. I am not disturbed by that. Of course, we… How Erdogan’s Family… Read More »

Asia-Pacific women dismayed at US presidential campaign

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Politicians, commentators express disbelief that Donald Trump has made it this far, compare US unfavorably with their own countries on gender issues By REUTERS Women in the Asia-Pacific region have expressed dismay about the US presidential campaign’s focus on the emotional topic of sexual harassment, saying it shows Asia-Pacific women… Read More »

Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton: How Trump Exposed Americans’ Divisions

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Trump is a seriously flawed candidate who has one great virtue: he has forced American politics to look itself in the face Daniel McCarthy What new outrage would Donald Trump serve up at the final presidential debate? For over a… Donald Trump vs… Read More »

Sturgeon unveils indyref2 vote plan `before Brexit’

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Nicola Sturgeon has today unveiled the Scottish Government’s plans for a second independence referendum which would take place “before the UK leaves the EU” in just over two years. By SCOTT MACNAB The draft Bill proposes that Scots will again be asked “Should Scotland be an Independent Country?” as happened in… Sturgeon unveils indyref2… Read More »

Jacqui Lambie demands pre-emptive pardons for Australians accused of war crimes

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Former soldier-turned-independent senator Jacqui Lambie is demanding a pre-emptive pardon for any defence personnel accused of war crimes against the Taliban or Islamic State. By Defence reporter Andrew Greene Her call comes a week after the ABC revealed a secretive Defence review of Australia’s special forces has begun hearing allegations of… Jacqui Lambie demands… Read More »

When truth is the first casualty of politics and journalism

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Donald Trump’s conduct throughout his campaign for president of the United States has brought into renewed focus a question made famous by Pontius Pilate: what is truth? Denis Muller Trump has exploited the 24/7 symbiotic news cyclone in which social media and the professional journalism of traditional media are both… When truth is the… Read More »

Myanmar’s Peace Process: Getting to a Political Dialogue

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After almost 70 years of armed conflict, Myanmar has a rare but fading opportunity to finalise a broad-based, federal settlement. The government must adopt a more flexible approach that allays opposition concerns, and armed groups need to go beyond preliminaries and… Myanmar’s Peace Process… Read More »

Pro-West Montenegro ruling party wins, but falls short of single-party government

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Montenegro’s pro-West ruling party has won the most votes in the small Balkan country’s parliamentary election on Oct. 16, according to unofficial results, but without enough support to govern alone and assure the country’s chartered course into NATO and other Western institutions. PODGORICA The tense election was marked by the arrest of 20 people suspected of planning politically motivated armed attacks after the… Pro-West Montenegro… Read More »

Belgium split over EU-Canada trade deal Ceta

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Belgium’s Foreign Minister Didier Reynders says EU leaders may agree on a landmark EU-Canada trade deal this week – but only if objections from his country’s Wallonia region can be met. EU trade ministers are discussing the Ceta deal in Luxembourg, and Wallonia’s concerns cannot be ignored. Belgium’s national government backs the… Belgium split over… Read More »

‘I am young, I am gay, I am black’: 13th NT Parliament opens to maiden speeches

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“Madam Speaker, I am young, I am gay, I am black, a true blue Territorian,” were among the stirring words that opened the 13th Parliament of the Northern Territory. By Stephanie Zillman Newly elected member for Namatjira Chansey Paech, told the Parliament he was proud of who he was, and that he wore his various labels with pride. “I am a Centralian man, I am the… ‘I am young, I… Read More »

Pauline Hanson cracks down on dual-citizen terrorists’ entire families: ‘I don’t want them here’

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Pauline Hanson wants laws stripping dual-national terrorists of their citizenship to go further, calling for their families to be deported as well. AAP A dual-national terrorist is set to become the first to be stripped of citizenship after the controversial laws cleared federal parliament last year, but… Pauline Hanson cracks… Read More »