Democracy

Holyrood’s legal intervention over Brexit cost nearly £140k

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THE Scottish Government spent almost £140,000 on its intervention in the Article 50 case at the UK Supreme Court, figures show.. The Scotsman A response to a written Scottish parliamentary question showed that £128,877 was spent on “external legal fees”, while there was an £800 court fee to intervene in the case… Holyrood’s legal intervention… Read More »

America’s Crisis Of Democracy Looks Shockingly Like Poland’s

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What’s happening in the era of Trump almost seems like déjà vu for this European country. Christian Borys, Oskar Górzyński The Huffington Post  WARSAW, Poland ― U.S. President Donald Trump’s inauguration and the subsequent deluge of shocking events that followed have set the… Many Americans are concerned that their country is going down an alarming and unprecedented path, as… America’s Crisis Of… Read More »

Democracy Promotion Is Smart Security Policy

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Domestic divisions and propaganda offensives undermine U.S. interests. Adrian A. Basora and Kenneth Yalowitz The National Interest We cannot “make America great again” unless America is secure both at home and in its global position. But what does… Democracy Promotion Is… Read More »

What Did Trump Know, and When Did He Know It?

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During the Watergate scandal, until now the most outrageous political scandal in American history, the crucial question was drawled by Senator Howard Baker of Tennessee: “What did the president know, and when did he know it?” Nicholas Kristof The New York Times Today the question is the same. This is not about Mike Flynn. It is about the president who… What Did Trump… Read More »

Triggs: public servants should know human rights obligations

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Public servants should at least be aware of the human rights treaties to which Australia is party and the obligations they entail, says Gillian Triggs — and many do want to know how to do their… David Donaldson The Mandarin Public servants need to remember their obligations under international human rights treaties, despite… Triggs: public servants… Read More »

Liberals to put One Nation ahead of Nationals in unprecedented election deal

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The Turnbull government is defending an unprecedented preference deal that will see the Liberals put One Nation ahead of the Nationals in Western Australia, with a senior frontbencher saying Pauline Hanson’s party is more “sophisticated” than… Adam Gartrell Brisbane Times Arthur Sinodinos says One Nation has “evolved” in the 16 years since his… Liberals to put… Read More »

‘I feel like I have been buried alive’: families live in fear and isolation as Erdoğan leads a witch-hunt

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More than 125,000 people have been sacked on suspicion of links to a dissident cleric. Two teachers and a law student describe how this has affected… Constanze Letsch The Guardian On 1 September, the life of Ahmet and Fatma Özer*, married teachers from Istanbul, changed… Accused of being sympathisers of Fethullah… ‘I feel like I… Read More »

Steve Bannon Cited Italian Thinker Who Inspired Fascists

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ROME — Those trying to divine the roots of Stephen K. Bannon’s dark and at times apocalyptic worldview have repeatedly combed over a… JASON HOROWITZ The New York Times But for all the examination of those remarks, a passing reference by Mr. Bannon to an esoteric Italian philosopher has gone little noticed, except perhaps by… Steve Bannon Cited… Read More »

Swiss voters accept new citizenship rules

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Voters decide to make it easier for third-generation immigrants to become citizens, according to official results. Al Jazeera News agencies Swiss voters have approved a measure to make it easier for third-generation immigrants to become citizens, in a defeat for right-wing nationalists who… Swiss voters accept… Read More »

Americans aren’t as attached to democracy as you might think

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A new national survey suggests that we can no longer take for granted that our fellow citizens will stand up for the rule of law and democracy Austin Sarat The Guardian There is much to celebrate in the court decision against President Trump’s immigration ban. It was a stirring… Americans aren’t as… Read More »

We don’t need a monarch, but a thinker!

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The German singer Rio Reiser once envisioned his hypothetical kingdom with these lyrics: “I’d travel the world including the USA, I’d like to bite Ronald Reagans calves like a doggie. I would change my crown daily, would bathe twice. The German Army would only play the pop charts…”. Dietmar Bartsch The European Three decades after Reiser’s hit, a threatening reincarnation of Ronald Reagan governs the… We don’t need… Read More »

Why is Turkey holding a referendum?

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A new draft constitution that would significantly increase the powers of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to be put to a… BBC Here, the BBC’s Turkey correspondent, Mark Lowen, explains why opponents of the bill have fought it every step of the… In one brawl, a government MP alleged an… Why is Turkey… Read More »

Is the Two State Solution still a possibility in the Middle East?

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Dr Ibrahim Natil discusses Netanyahu’s controversial approval of massive building plans in the occupied Palestinian territory defying the the UN and the international community. Ibrahim Natil Independent Australia DESPITE DECEMBER’S UN Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016), the current government of Israel still defies the international community and approves massive building plans cross the West Bank in the occupied Palestinian… Is the Two State… Read More »

Australia urged to act as outrage over Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya grows

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Bangkok: A coalition of organisations has called on the Australian government to urgently pressure Myanmar authorities to condemn atrocities, including the slaughter of babies, in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State and… Lindsay Murdoch The Canberra Times “The recounts from Rohingya people fleeing Myanmar are horrific and truly devastating,” said Kate Lee, executive officer of… Australia urged to… Read More »

First we take Hässleholm … Swedish far-right rises

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Sweden Democrats have risen in the polls on an anti-immigrant message to threaten the… Richard Orange Politico HÄSSLEHOLM, Sweden — When the leader of the Moderates, Anna Kinberg Batra, recently announced that her party would be open to negotiating with the Sweden Democrats, it sent shockwaves through the… First we take… Read More »

South Africa Zuma: Violence at State of Nation address

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Punches have been thrown in South Africa’s parliament as opposition MPs tried to disrupt the State of the Nation address by President Jacob… BBC Members of the radical Economic Freedom Fighters’ party (EFF), all dressed in red, scuffled with security guards who ejected them from the… Mr Zuma had… South Africa Zuma… Read More »