Politics

Dismayed by democracy? The alternative is far worse

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The twin prospects of Brexit and Trump may not appeal, but denying people the right to vote is much more dangerous Tom Clark The Guardian The vote always had to be fought for, and the battle was often noisy. From the 1866 Hyde Park riots through… Dismayed by democracy? The… Read More »

Canada’s Donald Trump? ‘Shark Tank’ star Kevin O’Leary runs for Tory leadership

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(CNN)Canada’s got its own reality TV star vying for the nation’s top job. Joshua Berlinger CNN Kevin O’Leary, the business man-turned-reality TV star, announced Wednesday that he will stand in the now 14-person race to lead Canada’s Conservative party. The winner will likely Canada’s Donald Trump? ‘Shark Tank’ star… Read More »

Germany to review over 500 asylum applications over security risk

Migrants wait for a first registration at the registration point for asylum seekers in Erding near Munich, southern Germany, on November 15, 2016. 
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Authorities have lost track of three people who may post a threat, MP said. Cynthia Kroet Politico Authorities are investigating 547 asylum seekers who may pose a security threat to Germany, according to the country’s interior minister, Thomas de Maizière, Reuters reported Thursday. De Maizière told parliament… Germany to review over… Read More »

No peace in sight for Myanmar

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Aung San Suu Kyi’s peace process has been undercut by escalated ethnic armed conflicts, military obstinance and a hardline negotiating stance Bertil Lintner Asia Times Government delegates and ethnic armed group representatives met in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai from January 12-14, the latest confab in a national peace process launched by Myanmar’s democratically elected… No peace in sight for… Read More »

If we scrapped the states, increasing Canberra’s clout would be a backward step

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If you were starting Australia all over again, you would have a national government and 20 regional governments. John Quiggin The Conversation That was one of the things I agreed with Gough Whitlam on. … Anything that can reduce or… If we scrapped the states… Read More »

Print Email Facebook Twitter More Edward Snowden’s residency permit in Russia extended by three years, lawyer says

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Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has been allowed to remain in Russia for another three years and will next year qualify to apply for Russian citizenship, his Russian lawyer has been quoted as saying. ABC Russian authorities said earlier on Wednesday they had extended a residency permit for Snowden, who was given asylum in Russia after leaking classified information about US spy operations. That permit is now valid until… Print  Email  Facebook  Twitter  More… Read More »

Burqa ban not the answer to solving problems for Queenslanders: Ali Kadri

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Banning the burqa will not solve issues for Queenslanders and is instead a diversionary tactic, Islamic Council of Queensland spokesman Ali Kadri says. Felicity Caldwell Brisbane Times Senator Pauline Hanson this week said One Nation would move to prohibit burqas in government buildings if her party won the upcoming Queensland election. It has been an ongoing issue for… Burqa ban not the answer to… Read More »

EXCLUSIVE: Manus Island — a place of deprivation and despair

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A shocking first-hand account and photos of the appalling conditions on Manus Island as shared by a hospital volunteer. Sarah Smith reports. Sarah Smith Independent Australia HELEN FOX is agitated: “The doctors in the hospital… EXCLUSIVE: Manus Island… Read More »

What I’ve witnessed in Turkey is an assault on democracy itself

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Erdoğan, emboldened by the rise of Trump, is crushing fragile freedoms – tens of thousands detained and the press muzzled. Owen Jones The Guardian The west must end its silence Democracy is a bundle of… What I’ve witnessed in… Read More »

Dalai Lama: 5 things to keep in mind for the next four years

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(CNN) – The Dalai Lama has some advice for anyone who is looking for happiness, no matter what their circumstances. Jen Christensen CNN The Nobel Peace Prize-winning spiritual and political leader of the Tibetan people in exile, spoke about the incoming administration in an interview with CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta. The “president, of course, (is a) very… Dalai Lama: 5 things to keep in… Read More »

Why Ankara’s honeymoon with Trump may be short-lived

A man walks past the Trump Towers building in Istanbul on July 30, 2015. US billionaire Donald Trump handily leads all fellow Republicans in the 2016 presidential race, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats trump him in head-to-head matchups, a poll said July 30. AFP PHOTO/ OZAN KOSE        (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey has increased pressure on Washington in recent weeks, as President-elect Donald Trump has been preparing to be sworn in, by openly renouncing the outgoing Obama administration and signaling to the new administration what its conditions for improved ties with the United States will be. Semih Idiz Al Monitor Ankara clearly expects the Trump administration to place the rapidly deteriorating relationship between the two countries on a smoother trajectory. Remarks by Rex Tillerson… Why Ankara’s honeymoon with… Read More »

Barack Obama transfers $500m to Green Climate Fund in attempt to protect Paris deal

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New instalment leaves $2bn owing, with Donald Trump expected to cease any further payments Michael Slezak The Guardian Barack Obama has heeded calls to help secure the future of the historic Paris agreement by transferring a second $500m instalment to the Green Climate Fund, just three… Barack Obama transfers… Read More »

Universal human rights and the Responsibility to Protect

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Dr Adam Henry analyses the international political commitment to the principle of ‘Responsibility to Protect’ and its inherent problems. Adam Henry Independent Australia THE QUESTION of human rights is often presented by many experts as a vexing one. What can be… Universal human rights and… Read More »

Judy Asks: Is a Cyprus Deal in Sight?

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A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the… Posted by: Judy Dempsey Carnegie Europe Thanos DokosDirector general of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) The reluctance of Greek Cypriots to… Judy Asks: Is… Read More »

Brexit may be just what the doctor ordered — for Ireland

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One way Ireland is trying to benefit is becoming host of the European Medicines Agency, which faces leaving London. Helen Collis Politico DUBLIN — Brexit might be good for Ireland after all. The Irish government, which… Brexit may be just what the… Read More »

‘He Is Going to Test Our Democracy as It Has Never Been Tested’

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Why Nixon’s former lawyer John Dean worries Trump could be one of the most corrupt presidents ever—and get away with… McKay Coppins The Atlantic Sometime early last fall, John Dean says he began having nightmares about a Trump presidency. He would wake in the middle of the… * ‘He Is Going… Read More »