Hillary Clinton lobbied by Cherie Blair to meet Qatari royal, emails reveal

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Lobbying activities of Clintons and Blairs under scrutiny after emails show wife of former British PM sought ‘women to women’ meeting for US secretary of state The Guardian – Dan Roberts in Washington and Owen Gibson in London Cherie Blair repeatedly pressured Hillary Clinton to meet a leading Qatari royal when Clinton was US secretary of state, according to newly ... Read More »

Why Greece Never Got A Fair Chance

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Despite having experienced an angry German government almost push Greece out of the Eurozone in 2012 first hand, I never thought we would be standing at this crossroads again. It took many of us – advisers, EU technocrats, American politicians and some academics several weeks to convince the key-decision makers in Berlin not to pull the trigger, and it was ... Read More »

Chechnya: The Inner Abroad

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ICG – Europe Report N°236 – EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS This report is also available in: Russian Chechnya has made great progress in suppressing insurgency, reconstructing cities and improving its image and official economic indicators. Moscow sees it as a successful model for regions afflicted by deadly violence associated with Islamist insurgency. But stability is deceptive. The leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, ... Read More »

Greece in chaos: will Syriza’s last desperate gamble pay off?

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The banks are closed, the bailout referendum is looming – and Europe’s only far-left government is struggling to hold on to its mass support. In less than a week, it will either be triumphant or finished The Guardian - Paul Mason @paulmasonnews If it all ends on Monday, with the Greeks voting for austerity in order to keep the euro, the ... Read More »

A Hard Day’s Work Deserves a Fair Day’s Pay

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It’s been a good few days for America. The Huffington Post - Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States On Thursday, the Supreme Court reaffirmed the Affordable Care Act. It is here to stay. And, Democrats and Republicans in Congress paved the way for the United States to rewrite the rules of global trade to benefit American workers and ... Read More »

It’s the principle that stops refugees from facing harm. So why is it absent from Labor’s platform?

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Shorten hardens language on asylum seekers But it is still unclear whether a Labor government would order boats to be turned back.  Video The Sydney Morning Herald - James Massola, Political correspondent Labor edges towards adopting Coalition policy Deaths and injuries at immigration detention centres revealed Analysis: Labor’s draft policy avoids the hard calls Comment: Boats policy sinks to new ... Read More »

Son of mafia boss did work experience at Australian embassy, investigation claims

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Investigation claims mafia links to senior Australian politicians The Independent – Siobhan Fenton   A number of links have existed between the Italian mafia and senior Australian politicians, it has been alleged. The relationship between the two groups was so close that the son of a “key mafia figure” completed work experience at the Australian embassy in Rome, despite the same ... Read More »

Europe’s Attack On Greek Democracy

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The rising crescendo of bickering and acrimony within Europe might seem to outsiders to be the inevitable result of the bitter endgame playing out between Greece and its creditors. In fact, European leaders are finally beginning to reveal the true nature of the ongoing debt dispute, and the answer is not pleasant: it is about power and democracy much more ... Read More »

The Next Few Days Have the Potential to Transform Greece and Europe

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As it turns out, the Greek crisis ends not with a bang, but with a referendum. The New York Times - Neil Irwin It has been easy to ignore the doings in Greece for the last few years, with the perpetual series of summits in Brussels that never seem to resolve anything. But it’s time to pay attention. These next ... Read More »