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Supreme Court fight becomes battle for Kavanaugh’s papers

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The Senate fight over documents related to President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court is boiling over. By JORDAIN CARNEY The Hill Trump pick Brett Kavanaugh, a circuit judge since 2006 who previously worked for President George Bush’s administration and Kenneth Starr’s investigation, has a voluminous paper trail that lawmakers estimate tops a million pages. Democrats want to see as many of those papers as they can, while Republicans seeking to confirm Kavanaugh before the midterm elections favor a… Supreme Court fight… Read More »

Israeli Arab MP resigns over controversial ‘nation state’ law

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An Israeli Arab politician has resigned in opposition to a controversial new law which declares Israel to be the nation state of the Jewish people. BBC Zouheir Bahloul, 67, branded parliament “racist” and “destructive” for passing the law, which also puts Hebrew above Arabic as the official language. “[The law] removes the Arab population from the path of equality in Israel,” he told Israeli TV network Reshet. The bill passed on 19 July, provoking anger from Israel’s Arab minority. Arab ... Read More »

Foreign policy concerns swayed Malaysia’s voters

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Malaysia’s recent election on 9 May 2018 saw a dramatic result — the incumbent Barisan Nasional ruling coalition that had ruled Malaysia for 61 years crumbled, and Pakatan Harapan, a coalition of opposition parties, emerged victorious. Adam Leong Kok Wey One of the numerous reasons why the ruling party lost in the elections is that Malaysia’s foreign policy was perceived by a large segment of its people to be too cosy to China. Malaysia’s foreign policy decision-making has long been ... Read More »

Go ahead, white Australia, eat your kebabs while you remind us of your ‘values’

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When I think about white fragility and its moral pretensions I marvel at the great hoax of it all Randa Abdel-Fattah The Guardian I know who I am. Most racialised people do. History matters to us. We know that the answers to who we are as a nation lie in a story that did not start with the last election or 9/11 or Tampa or deaths in custody or the stolen generations. We know that if we were to approach the ... Read More »

Tensions Rise Ahead of Zimbabwe’s Elections

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On 30 July Zimbabwe will hold elections. For the first time since independence Robert Mugabe is not a candidate. Piers Pigou ICG His successor presents himself as a reformer – but many doubt the polls will be clean. The opposition warns that Zimbabweans will not tolerate another stolen election. What’s so important about the credibility of these polls? On 30 July 2018 Zimbabweans will go to the polls to elect a president, parliamentarians and local councillors. The elections are an ... Read More »

With anti-Muslim laws, Europe enters new dark age

Women wearing niqab are pictured in front of the Danish Parliament in Copenhagen, Denmark, on May 31, 2018. - The Danish parliament on Thursday, May 31,2018, passed a law banning the Islamic full-face veil in public spaces, becoming the latest European country to do so. (Photo by Mads Claus Rasmussen / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP) / Denmark OUT        (Photo credit should read MADS CLAUS RASMUSSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Leading rabbi condemns discrimination in the name of security. Pinchas Goldschmidt Politico LONDON — What has become of Europe? New laws targeting Muslims are reminiscent of a time when innocent Jewish children were abducted by masked monks and imprisoned in monasteries to “save” them from the eternal fire of hell. In our blind mistrust of religious differences, we are returning to the Middle Ages, when the only model for integration was the forced conversion of the minority religion to the ... Read More »

Dialogue is Essential to Unite Cameroon’s Disparate Voices

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In March 2018, Crisis Group’s Giustra Fellow, Tanda Theophilus, travelled for four weeks to the cities of Buea and Douala, which are at the heart of the Anglophone crisis that pits separatists against the government of Cameroon. Tanda Theophilus ICG He gauged the atmosphere in the Anglophone Southwest and Francophone Littoral regions ahead of the October presidential election. DOUALA, Cameroon – On the way from Douala to Buea, my vehicle slows at the toll gate on the bridge across the ... Read More »

Fairfax Nine takeover: Australia’s oldest media empire ends with $4bn merger

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Combined media company will rival Murdoch’s News Corp Australia in size Amanda Meade The Guardian Australia’s oldest newspaper company Fairfax Media has been swallowed up by the national television network, Nine Entertainment, in a shock mergerthat spells the end of the 177-year-old legacy media name. While journalists at Fairfax’s two largest mastheads, the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald, furiously accused chief executive Greg Hywood of selling them out, media buyers and analysts welcomed what is the first major media consolidation since federal ... Read More »

Labour Members Move To Suspend Brexiteer MP Frank Field For Backing Tories

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Some party members want whip withdrawn as a punishment Paul Waugh HuffPost Veteran MP Frank Field is facing a move by his local Labour activists to have him suspended from the party as a punishment for voting with Theresa May on Brexit. The former minister’s Merseyside constituency party will on Friday discuss an emergency motion to demand the “immediate” withdrawal of the Labour whip in protest at him backing the government last week. Members of Birkenhead constituency Labour party (CLP) ... Read More »

Patriotic songs and self-criticism: why China is ‘re-educating’ Muslims in mass detention camps

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China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs denies their existence. But extensive reporting by international media and human rights groups indicates upwards of hundreds of thousands of Uighurs — a… The Conversation By Michael Clarke ABC The camps are not only massive, with some exceeding 10,000 square metres, but have also been likened to prison-like compounds, with, “reinforced security doors and windows, surveillance systems… The US Congressional-Executive Commission on China calls it, “The largest mass incarceration of a minority population in the ... Read More »

‘People weren’t told the TRUTH!’ Now Elton John launches FURIOUS attack on Brexit

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SIR ELTON JOHN claimed British people “weren’t told the truth” prior to the Brexit referendum as he hit out at the “completely ridiculous” promises made during the campaign. By CHARLOTTE DAVIS Express The British singer claimed British Brexit voters did not know what they were voting for in the 2016 referendum when 17.4 million Britons voted to leave the European Union. Sir Elton said Brexit was like “walking through Hampton Court maze blindfolded, being turned around 16 times and trying to find your way ... Read More »

Pakistan election: Bloodshed and accusations of foul play taint historic democratic vote

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More than 350,000 army personnel stationed across the country, as suicide bombing kills at least 32 Adam Withnall. Maija Liuhto  Mohammad Zubair Khan Independent Pakistan voted on Wednesday in a historic general election that was as bitter, heated and bloody as expected following weeks of acrimonious campaigning. In the city of Quetta near the Afghanistan border, a suicide bomber drove a motorbike into a crowd of people near a polling station. Witnesses told The Independent the target appeared to be a police van, and there ... Read More »

Rare witness to horror of Stalin’s Gulag prisons dies

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A rare survivor of the harshest Stalin-era labour camps has died aged 89 in Russia’s far east. BBC Vasily Kovalyov had survived icy punishment cells and beatings in the USSR’s notorious Gulag prison system. During an escape attempt in 1954 he spent five months hiding in a freezing mine with two other prisoners. Kovalyov’s story was featured in Vesma, a news site based in Magadan. The communist regime shipped thousands of “enemies” to prison camps via Magadan. In 1950 Kovalyov, ... Read More »

Pakistan election: As the country heads to the polls, is it a democratic election or a soft coup?

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Pakistan is on edge as voters go to the polls today in national elections. If the vote goes smoothly, it’ll be only the second time since Pakistan became independent 70 years ago that power has been transferred peacefully from one government to another. By South Asia correspondent Siobhan Heanue ABC But there are fears of a creeping coup, amid accusations of military intervention. Who is vying for power? Two of the main players are the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) party ... Read More »

Polish Senate speaker: We are not anti-Europe

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In a DW interview, Senate speaker Stanislaw Karczewski defended the country’s controversial judicial reforms that have been challenged by the EU. He also praised the Polish people for being… Bartosz Dudek, Harald Biskup Deutsche Welle: The European Union — in particular the European Commission — accuses Poland of undermining the separation of powers. There is also considerable criticism of the Supreme Court reforms. How do… Stanislaw Karczewski: I understand the interest in the reforms of our judicial system. I can assure you that in Poland, ... Read More »

Vietnam: Clean Up Abysmal Rights Record

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Past UN Member Recommendations Ignored © 2018 Reuters/Kham HRW (Geneva) – Vietnam’s government should release all political prisoners and uphold its pledges to respect basic civil and political rights, Human Rights Watch said in a submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council. Vietnam will be appearing before the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in January 2019. During its 2014 UPR review, Vietnam accepted 182 out of 227 recommendations it received from UN member countries. Since then, the Vietnamese government ... Read More »