Democracy

Whither Japan’s Democracy?

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To some observers, retired civil servant Hiroji Yamashiro, 65, has become a symbol of modern Japan’s uneasy  attitude towards dissent Daniel Hurst Asia Times To some observers, protester Hiroji Yamashiro, 65, has become a symbol of modern Japan’s uneasy attitude towards dissent. The retired civil servant, a long-standing campaigner against the US military presence in the southern prefecture of Okinawa, was detained for five months from… Whither Japan’s… Read More »

Foreign Secretary joins crucial Cyprus settlement talks in Switzerland offering full UK support

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The Foreign Secretary will fly to Switzerland later today to support the UN facilitated talks aimed at reaching a settlement to the long running Cyprus issue. Foreign & Commonwealth Office and The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP The Conference on Cyprus will reconvene in the Swiss resort of Crans Montana with the participation of the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities, and representatives of the Guarantor Powers (Greece, Turkey and UK). The Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson’s attendance demonstrates ... Read More »

Hitler-inspired Schemes of Partition Are Abolishing the Republic of Cyprus

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Turkey and the British Empire never forgave Cyprus for escaping their colonial brutality. WWI wrecked the Ottoman Empire. Evaggelos Vallianatos HuffPost Its successor state, Turkey, has been under the delusion that fomenting a zealous Islam can recreate its former power. WWII forced the diminution and abolition of the British Empire, now a weak and small version of its former self remains, known as the… Cyprus passed from the Ottoman to the British Empire in late nineteenth… Hitler-inspired Schemes… Read More »

The ‘Conference on Cyprus’ at Crans Montana, Switzerland, 28 June 2017:

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An Open Letter to the Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary of the United Kingdom For the immediate attention of the Right Honourable Boris Johnson MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, HM Government, Whitehall, London and copied to H.E. Matthew Kidd, High Commissioner of the United Kingdom, British High Commission, Alexander Pallis Street, Nicosia OPEN LETTER By email to: fcocorrespondence@fco.gov.uk  Copied to: UKinCyprus@fco.gov.uk 27 June 2017 Dear Mr Johnson Re: The ‘Conference on Cyprus’ at Crans ... Read More »

“We won’t accept just any solution on Cyprus”

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On the eve of the Conference on Cyprus, we feel compelled to express our views on the Cyprus negotiations on behalf of the Hellenic American Leadership Council (HALC), the International Coordinating Committee Justice for Cyprus (PSEKA), the Federation of Cypriot American Organizations (FCAO), the American Hellenic Institute (AHI), the American Hellenic Council (AHC), the Hellenic Federation of New Jersey, and the Coordinated Effort of Hellenes (CEH). Our community has worked with successive U.S. Administrations on behalf of a workable and ... Read More »

China releases Nobel laureate Liu with terminal cancer

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China’s jailed Nobel peace prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has been granted medical parole after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer last month, his lawyer told AFP on June… Hurriyet Liu, who had about three years of his 11-year sentence to serve, was diagnosed on May 23 and was released days later, said lawyer Mo… The 61-year-old democracy campaigner was being treated at a hospital in the northeastern city of Shenyang. “He has no special… China releases Nobel… Read More »

Charlie Flanagan: We cannot let respect for judiciary erode

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Populism and political opportunism is a threat to one of the pillars of our Constitution Charlie Flanagan The Irish Times This week I will introduce the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill in the Dáil. It seeks to modernise the process for nominating judges and gives effect to a commitment in the programme for government. It is part of a broader process of modernisation and change that has taken place right across government and the Oireachtas in recent… The introduction of… Charlie ... Read More »

‘Democracies Die Behind Closed Doors’:

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The chilling parallels between the ‘Munich Conference’ and the ‘Conference on Cyprus’ According to the celebrated American judge, Damon J. Keith, ‘democracies die behind closed doors’.  (Source: Detroit Free Press v Ashcroft, 303 F. 3d 681, Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 2002.) Klearchos A. Kyriakides Published in Agora Dialogue on 26 June 2017 Judge Keith articulated his memorable dictum as a means of justifying the cherished principle of open justice. Nevertheless, his dictum is likewise capable of being applied in other ... Read More »

Goodbye Nonpartisan Journalism. And Good Riddance.

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Disinterested reporting is overrated We don’t yet know to what extent Donald Trump will succeed in remaking the United States, but his candidacy and presidency are already remaking American… Mitchell Stephens Politico It is not just that the ranting and raving on talk radio, on cable news, on websites, on Twitter have grown, if anything… What’s more significant is how the political world’s encounter with Trump is changing our most respected journalism organizations—including the New York Times, the… Goodbye Nonpartisan ... Read More »

Turkey’s Identity Crisis

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As politicians purposefully polarize their own society for political profit, the result is rage and violence. Steven A. Cook  The Atlantic On June 14, a Turkish court sentenced Enis Berberoglu to 25 years in prison for spying. The decision sent shockwaves through Turkey, even after a year during which the government arrested, detained, or purged more than 200,000 people in the… Turkey’s Identity… Read More »

It Took Two to Make Russian Meddling Effective

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A Washington Post report on 2016 election interference raises the question: What could Obama have done differently? Julia Ioffe The Atlantic If there is one thing The Washington Post’s story on the Obama administration’s anemic response to Russian meddling in the 2016 election makes clear, it’s that it took two to make the… There is a reason the tactics Russia used on the American elections—which are similar to things they’ve done in former Soviet republics and… It Took Two… Read More »

The Evolution of Yannis: From Turkish Nationalist to Jailed Greek Activist

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Yannis Vasilis Yaylalı, an ethnic Greek peace activist born in Samsun, was recently arrested by Turkish police in the Kurdish city of Şırnak, where he had been living since… Uzay Bulut Special for the Armenian Weekly Meral Geylani, his partner and fellow activist, told the Armenian Weekly that four lawsuits have been filed against… Three of them are for “discouraging the public from military service” and one is for “publicly disrespecting Mustafa Kemal Ataturk” through his articles and… The Evolution ... Read More »

Act now to protect your digital rights, Big Brother and his Little Sisters may be watching

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Imagine China takes down its national internet blocking system – aka the Great Firewall – tomorrow. Will this affect how you use the… Jack Linchuan Qiu The Conversation Without the Great Firewall, Facebook and Google will grow exponentially in… Before long, the tech giants own a sizeable share of the Chinese market and have become good buddies with… This scenario unfolds at a time when Donald Trump’s inward-looking policy upsets Silicon Valley’s efforts to expand its global empire, and… Act ... Read More »

With cameras banned, CNN sends sketch artist to White House briefing

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The White House has been prohibiting cameras at some press briefings, so on Friday CNN got creative and sent a sketch artist. Brian Stelter CNN Bill Hennessy, the network’s regular sketch artist for Supreme Court proceedings, headed over to the White House on Friday afternoon and drew Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s afternoon briefing. He didn’t have his usual easel, but he stood in the back of the briefing room to document the… With cameras banned… Read More »

A year after Brexit, in figures

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By the numbers From migration to Scottish Tories, what’s changed in the UK? Ginger Hervey  Politico Today marks the one-year anniversary of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. Much has changed in the country since then — a new prime minister, a resurgent Labour under Jeremy Corbyn, the Queen wearing a flag on her… Here are some of the more notable numbers from the… A year after… Read More »

South Africa court allows secret Zuma no-confidence vote

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South Africa’s highest court has ruled that a vote of no-confidence against President Jacob Zuma can be held in… BBC The constitutional court said that the Speaker of parliament had the right to order such a move. She had previously stated she did not have the… Opposition parties believe that under a secret ballot, MPs from Mr Zuma’s ANC party would vote against… He has survived several… South Africa court… Read More »