Settlers clash with Israeli police in West Bank

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Jewish settlers clashed with Israeli police on July 28 as authorities took control of homes being built in the occupied West Bank, after a court ruled that the illegal structures must be demolished. Hurriyet – JERUSALEM – Agence France-Presse The Israeli High Court last month ordered the two structures in the Beit El settlement north of Ramallah to be razed ... Read More »

Turkey joining Islamic State offensive — so why is it targeting the Kurds?

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Between 03.40 and 03.53 on July 24, three Turkish F-16 jets bombed three Islamic State targets in Syria. This was the first time the Turkish military has taken direct action against the terrorist group. The Conversation – Simon Mabon * As the airstrikes began, Turkish police arrested a large number of suspected IS sympathisers across the state. The Turkish government ... Read More »

Political donations: why voters are tuning out

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The demand is real for the resolve to reform electoral funding and lobbying. The Age - John Hewson * On the pub test, many are concerned that we have “the best government money can buy”. Whether it’s the Independent Commission Against Corruption hearings in New South Wales, individual politicians caught with their hands out, dubious council planning decisions, “corrupted” infrastructure projects, big miners being ... Read More »

South Sudan: Keeping Faith with the IGAD Peace Process

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Nairobi/Addis Ababa/Brussels, ICG - Africa Report N°228 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY For more than eighteen months, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the regional body mediating peace negotiations to end South Sudan’s civil war, has struggled to secure a deal in the face of deep regional divisions and the parties’ truculence. To overcome these challenges, it announced a revised, expanded mediation – ... Read More »

Senators give medical marijuana the green light

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Health Department warns move could conflict with Australian law and an international convention. The Sydney Morning Herald – Adam Gartrell, National Political Correspondent Medical marijuana poised to become boom local industry Bipartisan political support for medicinal cannabis no guarantee for patients Legalising medical marijuana does not increase teen use: study Senators from across the political divide will endorse a bill to ... Read More »

Westminster paedophile scandal casts shadows over British establishment

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London: In October 2012, Labour MP Tom Watson stood up in the British House of Commons and lobbed a grenade – metaphorically speaking. Brisbane Times - Nick Miller, Europe Correspondent Tapping a sheaf of paper in his hands, he told the Prime Minister that police had – or used to have – a file of evidence containing “clear intelligence suggesting a ... Read More »

Plibersek ‘proud’ of Labor boat policy

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TANYA Plibersek has sought to show solidarity with Labor’s new position on asylum seeker boat turnbacks, saying the party has struck a “terrific position”. Herald Sun – By Colin Brinsden From: AAP THE deputy Labor leader, from the NSW Left, avoided personally voting on the proposal to allow a future Labor government to adopt the policy at the ALP national ... Read More »

Greece, the Sacrificial Lamb

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ATHENS — AS the Greek crisis proceeds to its next stage, Germany, Greece and the triumvirate of the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and the European Commission (now better known as the troika) have all faced serious criticism. The New York Times - By JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ * While there is plenty of blame to share, we shouldn’t ... Read More »

Boat turnbacks: Bill Shorten says he will not shirk hard decisions on asylum

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Labor asylum seeker policy would double humanitarian places, establish an independent child’s advocate and restore the refugee review tribunal The Guardian – Gabrielle Chan @gabriellechan Bill Shorten declared he would not shirk hard decisions as he argued for Labor to use boat turnbacks in an asylum seeker policy which would double humanitarian places, establish an independent child’s advocate and restore the ... Read More »