Politics

Bosnian Serb referendum on disputed 9 January holiday

Bosnian Serbs are voting on whether to keep 9 January as a national holiday in defiance of Bosnia’s highest court. It has ruled the date discriminates against Muslim Bosniaks and Catholic Croats and should be changed. Serbs declared the creation of their own state within… Source: Bosnian Serb referendum on disputed 9 January holiday – BBC News Read More »

During China talks, Duterte will demand Filipino fishermen’s right to livelihood

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will visit China within the year. While no details are yet known on when this will push through, he said he will insist on the fishing rights of the Philippines in the disputed West Philippine Sea. By LORENZ NIEL SANTOS Filipino fishermen and Chinese Coast Guard are still playing cat and mouse despite the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) that such action by… Source: During China talks, Duterte will demand Filipino fishermen’s right to ... Read More »

Tony Blair voices anger at pursuit of British soldiers for alleged war abuses

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Former prime minister says such investigations should never have happened and that soldiers and their families should not face such an ordeal Press Association Tony Blair has added his voice to the mounting criticism of investigations into British troops facing allegations of serious misconduct in Iraq or Afghanistan… Source: Tony Blair voices anger at pursuit of British soldiers for alleged war abuses | Politics | The Guardian Read More »

A long road to reconciliation

Seven years after the end of the civil war and 18 months into a new government, Jo Eckersley and Ashwin Hemmathagama report from Sri Lanka on a country still struggling to unite. Thurairaja Kanagamma hasn’t stepped foot on her land for 29 years. She lost her home in the Jaffna peninsula in 1989, when fighting escalated between government forces and… Source: A long road to reconciliation — New Internationalist Read More »

Stephen Collins: Worrying signs the past is about to repeat itself

Irish politicians who led us out of financial crisis are not getting the credit for it Stephen Collins Why is it that former Greek minister for finance Yanis Varoufakis, who was such an abject failure in office, is lionised by the Irish media while his counterparts here… Source: Stephen Collins: Worrying signs the past is about to repeat itself Read More »

Farrel Corcoran: Media letting Ireland sleepwalk into further loss of sovereignty

TTIP and CETA trade deals with US and Canada have huge implications yet lack coverage Farrel Corcoran Today, less than nine months after the joint committee of inquiry into the banking crisis published its report – including a section on the… Source: Farrel Corcoran: Media letting Ireland sleepwalk into further loss of sovereignty Read More »

The familiar axes of politics are changing, with momentous consequences

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Political identities have changed significantly, and politics has shifted with them. COLIN CROUCH From the time of the French Revolution, mass politics has revolved around two core conflicts: that between preferences for more or less economic inequality; and… Source: The familiar axes of politics are changing, with momentous consequences | openDemocracy Read More »

The price of connection: ‘surveillance capitalism’

Imagine, if you can, a period long before today’s internet-based connectivity. Nick Couldry  Imagine that, in that distant time, the populations of every country were offered a new plan. The plan would involve linking up every space of social interaction, most sites of work, a large proportion of private moments of reflection, and a… Source: The price of connection: ‘surveillance capitalism’ Read More »

China’s Nine-Dash Line and its Misplaced National Pride

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Even after The Hague decision, China’s government continues to vociferously argue that its ‘nine-dash line’ of sovereignty over the entire South China Sea is based on centuries of maritime history, and that China’s claim is air tight. Daniel Wagner In a letter to The Economist, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has even asserted that ample historical documents and literature demonstrate that China was “the… Source: China’s Nine-Dash Line and its Misplaced National Pride | Huffington Post Read More »

Was it unethical for Barroso to take a job at Goldman Sachs?

Investment banking isn’t exactly the most popular profession these days. Many people haven’t forgiven the financial sector for the 2007-2008 meltdown. Many also resent having bailed out banks with public money, and subsequently watching banking executives be rewarded with healthy bonuses while public sector budgets are being squeezed. So, news that… Source: Was it unethical for Barroso to take a job at Goldman Sachs? — Debating Europe Read More »

Southern Thailand’s Peace Dialogue: No Traction

The August bombings in seven of Thailand’s tourist towns portend a wider conflict, while the peace dialogue process has lost momentum. To get back on track, fragmented militants must end doubtful hopes of victory through violence, and the government must commit to a… Source: Southern Thailand’s Peace Dialogue: No Traction | International Crisis Group Read More »

To fight racism, we need to craft a better ‘we’ and ditch the ‘us’ and ‘them’

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A sense of alienation is attracting people to populist leaders with simple solutions. But there are better solutions, ones that draw communities together Tim Hollo Pauline Hanson didn’t appear out of a vacuum. Like Donald Trump and Nigel Farage, she is a reaction to trends in our society, economy and politics. Their type… Source: To fight racism, we need to craft a better ‘we’ and ditch the ‘us’ and ‘them’ | Tim Hollo | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Who Can Lead The UN?

I won’t say that I am a person of great consequence to the UN. But for about 40 years, I have been known in its hallways, as my life and the survival of my country have been intimately intertwined with the UN’s workings. José Ramos-Horta   I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly. I arrived in a snow-covered Manhattan in early December 1975, just as Indonesian forces, with US blessing and… Source: Who Can Lead The UN? | ... Read More »

American Politics in the Time of Trump

Every four years the people of the United States of America choose the person they think most likely to keep them free and safe; and to decide what their country’s interests are and how they should be pursued. By Don Watson Among those interests are the interests of national security, which means they are in effect choosing the… Source: American Politics in the Time of Trump – AIIA Read More »

Greece rejects three Turkish coup plotter soldiers’ asylum applications

Greece’s political asylum commission on Sept. 21 rejected the asylum application of three of the eight coup plotter soldiers who escaped to the country after the failed coup attempt of July 15, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported. The application of one of the soldiers was rejected on the grounds of evidence that he participated in the coup attempt, while the other two soldiers refused to cooperate with the… Source: Greece rejects three Turkish coup plotter soldiers’ asylum applications – EUROPE Read More »

Peace Day: An Opportunity for Reflection

The International Day of Peace was inaugurated by the United Nations in 1981 and is celebrated on 21 September across the globe. By Professor Diane Bretherton, Dr Tania Miletic It provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of peace and to think about the role of the UN in creating a more peaceful world. The General Assembly has declared this as a day for strengthening the… Source: Peace Day: An Opportunity for Reflection – AIIA Read More »