Politics

Home Office ‘chaos’ over asylum appeals

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Theresa May’s department withdraws thousands of asylum refusals before appeals, leaving people in legal limbo Jump to comments Thousands of decisions by the Home Office to refuse asylum seekers and migrants permission to remain in the UK have been withdrawn before a series of appeals. A letter to Labour MP Paul Blomfield from Home Office minister James Brokenshire, filed in ... Read More »

As a Briton, I hang my head in shame. We must return the Parthenon marbles

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Now Amal Clooney has reignited the debate over the Parthenon’s crowning glory, it’s time we rectified a historic wrong. Reunite these ancient sculptures with their home Almost every day I take a walk around the Acropolis. “Around” is the operative word, because the Greeks have gone to great lengths to unite their Athenian antiquities with a pedestrian path. At the ... Read More »

Indonesia’s transition to democracy under threat as new president is sworn in

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On October 20, the new president of Indonesia, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, will be sworn in, but his incoming administration already faces political crisis. It might just be the crisis Indonesia needs to complete its transition to democracy. After Suhartoresigned in 1998, Indonesia rapidly introduced the institutions of liberal democracy, including popular elections, separation of powers and legal and judicial checks ... Read More »

Chinese President Xi Jinping warns against ‘immoral’ art

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Chinese President Xi Jinping has told artists, authors and actors that their work should present socialist values and not carry the “stench of money”. Mr Xi delivered a speech to some of China’s leading creative figures, according to state news agency Xinhua. He told them not to pursue commercial gain at the expense of artistic and moral value, Xinhua said. ... Read More »

Turkey Loses U.N. Security Council Seat in Huge Upset

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In a tremendous upset, Turkey lost a contest in the United Nations General Assembly, exposing increasingly contentious frictions with some of its neighbors and world powers. Trying to become a nonpermanent member of the Security Council, Turkey lost out to Spain and New Zealand in a contest for two available seats reserved for a voting bloc called the Western European ... Read More »

Australian support for Hong Kong protests runs second to business interests

A pro-democracy activist in Hong Kong. Photo: Getty Images

There has been a deafening silence in support of the students protesting for greater democracy in Hong Kong. This movement, known as the umbrella revolution (for protection against tear gas), has been underway since September 28. It is a civil disobedience campaign concentrated in the Central business and governmental district and called therefore the Occupy Central with Love and Peace ... Read More »

Afghanistan’s Political Transition

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Afghanistan’s new president, Ashraf Ghani, inherits a government that is running out of money and losing ground to the insurgency. As foreign troops withdraw, the new government must stay united and move quickly on reforms. In its latest report, Afghanistan’s Political Transition, the International Crisis Group examines the politics surrounding the deeply contested 2014 presidential election, analysing threats and opportunities. ... Read More »

Islam, Muslims and the cheap politics of fear

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s dog-whistle politics  have once more brought the “question” of Hizb ut-Tahrir to the table of public debate. It is unfortunate that discussion about Islam and Muslims only finds traction when politicians decide to use them in the cheap politics of fear. The result is that discussion about these matters only seriously takes place in the context ... Read More »

CPS tells George Galloway he faces no charges over ‘Israel-free zone’ speech

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George Galloway will not face charges over a speech he made in August declaring Bradford an “Israel-free zone”. The Respect MP for Bradford West was interviewed by police under caution over claims that his statements in Leeds had incited racial hatred. The Crown Prosecution Service said on Wednesday night it had decided not to charge Galloway, who labelled the allegations ... Read More »