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He was warned not to go out onto the street, even for the weekly shop but his brother laughed and told him not to stop fretting like an old woman. Confidently, they walked out of their house and proceeded down the block , when suddenly they were set upon by masked men. They kicked them into a kneeling position and ... Read More »

Israel, Gaza militants agree to a 12-hour truce

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(Reuters) – A 12-hour humanitarian truce went into effect on Saturday after Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip agreed to a U.N. request for a pause in fighting, and efforts to secure a long-term cease-fire moved ahead. Israel’s military said it would hold fire starting at 8 a.m. (6 a.m. British Time) but would pursue its search ... Read More »

Ex-Chief of C.I.A. Shapes Response to Detention Report

A military base in Stare Kiejkuty, Poland, which was a suspected location for the C.I.A.’s detentions and interrogations. Credit Tomasz Waszcuk/European Pressphoto Agency

WASHINGTON — Just after the Senate Intelligence Committee voted in April todeclassify hundreds of pages of a withering report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s detention and interrogation program, C.I.A. Director John O. Brennan convened a meeting of the men who had played a role overseeing the program in its seven-year history. The spies, past and present, faced each other around the long ... Read More »

Rand Paul lays out his ‘third way’ proposals to attract minorities to the GOP

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-K.Y.) continued his quest to expand the Republican Party’s inclusiveness on Friday with a bipartisan speech to the National Urban League in Cincinnati, where he pressed for fairer treatment of minorities in criminal justice and education. He suggested that “race still plays a role in the enforcement of the law” and argued more needs to be done to ensure minorities receive fair ... Read More »

Are voters set to stop giving first-term leaders a second chance?

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In today’s politics, few governments are ever safe. Even freshly minted administrations now age at an incredible speed. The most casual observer will know how much trouble the Abbott government finds itself in. Its slide in popularity began before Christmas – remarkable, given that it was elected only in September – and became entrenched soon after the details of the first Hockey budget started ... Read More »

The Cyprus issue: 40 years’ resolution and the matter of natural gas

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Dr. Can Erimtan is an independent scholar residing in İstanbul, with a wide interest in the politics, history and culture of the Balkans and the Greater Middle East. He tweets at @theerimtanangle Last Sunday, 20 July 2014, marked the 40th anniversary of Turkey’s direct involvement on the island of Cyprus. The so-called Attila-1 offensive was a military intervention aimed at bringing ... Read More »

High Court asylum case pits the executive against the judiciary

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The full bench of the High Court will hear the case of 157 Sri Lankan asylum seekers currently on an Australian customs vessel over two days, starting on August 5. But when the High Court issued an injunction to prevent the attempted return of the asylum seekers to Sri Lankan authorities earlier in July, it placed itself in a significant power struggle with ... Read More »

Tony Abbott achieves the impossible: unity among economists

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Economists are refuting the three big picture claims made by the government: 1) We have a budget emergency 2) We have a debt crisis and 3) The carbon tax was ruining the economy  Jump to comments There’s a joke about economists: if you ask five economists the same question you’ll get six different answers. Granted, it’s not a very good ... Read More »

Get Fact: were there really 50,000 boat arrivals a year under Labor?


Prime Minister Tony Abbott has consistently said that the number of asylum seekers arriving by boat (or “illegal maritime arrivals”, in the government’s parlance) reached a rate of almost 50,000 a year by midway through last year. But did it? Certainly, if true, these are arresting figures. In fact, the government reported only 17,202 asylum seekers in 2012 and a further 13,108 to the ... Read More »