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Turkey minister barred from Austria rally for failed coup anniversary

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The Austrian authorities have barred Turkey’s economy minister from entering the country to attend a rally to mark the first anniversary of the failed coup attempt. BBC Nihat Zeybekci’s visit would represent a danger to “public order and security”, an Austrian spokesman said. The Turkish government did not comment immediately on the… Relations are already tense as Austria has criticised the Turkish government’s response to the… Turkey minister barred… Read More »

How Can Greece Pay Back China?

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: China and Greece have an almost entirely one-sided economic relationship. Roie Yellinek       BESA China’s deep involvement in Greece is part of a long-term strategy to achieve control of the marine paths from China to the EU. This strategy means China is willing to invest and take part in the rehabilitation of Greece – but there will be a price to be paid for… How Can Greece… Read More »

KKK marchers in Virginia town met by throngs of counter-protesters

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Supporters of the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan marched in Charlottesville, Virginia on July 8 to protest the planned removal of a statue of General Robert E. Lee, who oversaw Confederate forces in the… Hurriyet The Klan marchers were met by hundreds of jeering counter-protesters in this quiet university town, where the protest by the notorious white power group was authorized by officials in… Dozens of marchers – some carrying Confederate flags, a… KKK marchers in… Read More »

These countries have the most positive influence on the world

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The idea of the United States as a “shining city upon a hill” is most closely associated with President Ronald Reagan but has been used by politicians since the… Keith Breene  World Economic Forum The founding founders wanted America to be a beacon of freedom and democracy that would light the way for the rest of the… But it seems the brightness of that light has faded of late, with a new survey showing a significant and sudden drop in ... Read More »

Yanis Varoufakis: A New Deal for the 21st Century

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ATHENS — The recent elections in France and Britain have confirmed the political establishment’s simultaneous vulnerability and vigor in the face of a nationalist insurgency. Yanis Varoufakis The New York Times This contradiction is the motif of the moment — personified by the new French president, Emmanuel Macron, whose résumé made him a darling of the elites but who rode a wave of anti… A similar paradox is visible in Britain in the… Yanis Varoufakis: A… Read More »

Colombia’s FARC Ends its 53-year Insurgency

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With the official disarming of its main rebel organisation, Colombia has passed a remarkable new milestone in its peace process. ICG But major challenges remain: the destruction of remote arms dumps, reintegration of ex-combatants, and progress towards peace with other armed groups. The International Crisis Group celebrates the most significant achievement of the Colombian peace process to date: the… Colombia’s FARC Ends… Read More »

What does ‘the last chance’ really mean?

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The imperial origins and neo-imperial purposes of a misleading mantra Klearchos A. Kyriakides Published in Agora Dialogue on 4 July 2017 Introduction  On 28 June 2017, the ‘Conference on Cyprus’ was ‘reconvened’ in the luxury Alpine resort of Crans Montana in Switzerland. In common with what occurred in connection with the ‘Conference on Cyprus’ held in Geneva on 12 January 2017, the ‘reconvened’ version has been accompanied by the widespread dissemination of a simple proposition: that the ‘Conference on Cyprus’ ... Read More »

March for ‘justice’ by Erdogan opponents in Turkey gains momentum and alarms government

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DUZCE, Turkey — The midday sun was roasting, their limbs were aching, and the protesters, from Turkey’s largest opposition party, still had 125 miles to march before Istanbul, their destination. Kareem Fahim The Washington Post The road had been hard: One elderly protester died of cardiac arrest, and another was hospitalized with heart spasms. But spirits were soaring as they walked through Duzce last week, holding banners that said “justice,” to protest a… March for ‘justice… Read More »

Calls on surveillance partnership of intelligence agencies to respect strong encryption

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Liberty Victoria is one of 83 organisations and experts from 5 nations demanding “Five Eyes” respect strong… On Friday 30 June 2017, 83 organisations and individuals from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States sent letters to their respective governments insisting that government officials defend strong… The letter comes on the heels of a meeting of the “Five Eyes” ministerial meeting in Ottawa, Canada last… Calls on surveillance… Read More »

Thousands march in Hong Kong to show dissent for Chinese rule

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Rally by pro-democracy groups on 20th anniversary of city’s handover to Chinese rule follows Xi Jinping’s visit and labelling of any challenge to it as ‘a red… Tom Phillips and Benjamin Haas in Hong Kong The Guardian Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters have marched across Hong Kong to mark the 20th anniversary of its return to Chinese control with a high-profile show of… China’s president Xi Jinping, who had been in the former British colony on a… Thousands march ... Read More »

The History of Fake News

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Why can’t America reliably separate out fact, falsehood, opinion and reasoned analysis? David V. Gioe The National Interest It was a clear autumn day in Washington, DC on October 27, 1941, when President Franklin Roosevelt delivered his Navy Day speech to the American people. Halloween was later that week, but Adolf Hitler and… The History of… Read More »

We’re being squeezed by nationalism, says Douglas Alexander

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Douglas Alexander has said Brexit should be used to build a new British settlement through consensus that rejects the rise of “nationalism, populism and xenophobia” of… Tom Peterkin The Scotsman The former Europe minister called for “new thinking” on how Scotland reacts to EU withdrawal and warns that people in Scotland are feeling “squeezed” between English and… Alexander argues for control over agriculture, fisheries, and… We’re being squeezed… Read More »

Donald Trump and Thucydides’ Trap – a lesson or a lure?

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Right now the single most influential historian in the world is probably Thucydides, an ancient Greek who wrote the definitive account of the Peloponnesian War between the city-states of Sparta and… Simon Caterson Daily Review But while a knowledge of the classical world is handy in discerning historical patterns and analogising international relations, how useful is it really in understanding the true nature of the… As we seek to learn all we can from the lessons of history, it is ... Read More »

‘We’ve lost democracy’: on the road with Turkey’s justice marchers

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Thousands are walking the 280 miles from Ankara to Istanbul to protest against a government crackdown on politicians, journalists and civil servants Kareem Shaheen and Gözde Hatunoğlu in Düzce The Guardian Hıdır Aydur rested his blistered feet under the shade of a tree on the side of the highway that runs between Ankara and Istanbul. The 57-year-old, from Erzincan in Turkey’s north-east, who has diabetes, had been marching for 15 days. He is one of thousands journeying by foot from ... Read More »

For Australia to prosper, free speech must be extended to all of us

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When I criticised representation in politics, Eric Abetz suggested I move to an Arab dictatorship. Yet a deep malaise exists in society and we need to talk about it Yassmin Abdel-Magied The Guardian Australia has all the ingredients for a flourishing, harmonious and inclusive society. We have incredible monetary wealth, with the longest streak of economic growth of any developed nation. We are home to the oldest continuous living civilisation, the source of millennia of… For Australia to… Read More »

Why do politicians get away with peddling porkies and ‘alternative facts’?

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Analysis In my house, if you claim to know something, you’d better be correct. It’s become a common reflex to ask whether the dispenser of facts is 100 per cent certain of their veracity. Emma Alberici ABC Such is the quest to be first with knowledge that serious familial opprobrium rains on those who dare to insist they’re right when they are not. So when I recently declared that I was 110 per cent confident that Uluru was the town ... Read More »