Democracy

Don’t Elect Dangerous Derryn Hinch: The Case For Treating Criminals Humanely

The Human Headline’s march towards a Victorian Senate seat should concern progressives everywhere, writes David Heslin. Of all the minor party candidates competing in this year’s federal election, none seem to have enjoyed quite as much good fortune as Derryn Hinch. Not only has his Justice Party received high preferences from both major… Source: Don’t Elect Dangerous Derryn Hinch: The Case For Treating Criminals Humanely – New Matilda Read More »

Is this the next UN Secretary General?

While the U.S. election steals the media spotlight, Stefan Labbé updates on another important leadership campaign — that for Secretary General of the United Nations.. This December, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will finish his second five-year term. So far, 11 candidates have come forward to replace him in what is often said to be the world’s most impossible job. For an organization that proselytizes transparency and good governance, the selection process for the next Secretary General (SG) is opening up ... Read More »

The Guardian view on Jo Cox: an attack on humanity, idealism and democracy

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Editorial: The MP murdered on the street embodied decency and a commitment to all that humanity has in common. What a contrast with her assailant and so much that is rotten in politics… Source: The Guardian view on Jo Cox: an attack on humanity, idealism and democracy | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Bernie Sanders stays in race, but hints at dropping out: ‘I intend to play a role in defeating Donald Trump’

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Sen. Bernie Sanders hinted that he may soon officially drop out of the Democratic presidential primary. In a video address to supporters on Thursday, Sanders said that he is prepared to help defeat presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. “The major political task that we face in the next five months is to make certain that Donald Trump is defeated and defeated badly,” Sanders said. “And I personally intend to begin my role in that process in a very short period of time.”… ... Read More »

What Does Davutoğlu’s Departure Mean for the AKParty and Turkey at Large?

“Unusual” is no longer a sufficient word to describe the nature of political developments in Turkey. The AKParty has changed its chairman along with a major reshuffle of the composition of the party’s main decision-making bodies. Moreover, the new party chairman, who automatically became the new premier, has put in place a new government with significant changes to the cabinet. All this has happened in a very short period of time and with very little fuss… Source: What Does Davutoğlu’s ... Read More »

Parakeelia, Privacy, And The Need For A Federal Anti-Corruption Body

Another day, another Liberal Party funding scandal. This is what happens when you leave politicians to regulate themselves, writes Ben Eltham. According to the Miriam Webster dictionary, parakelia is “a succulent herb (Calandrinia balonensis) that is an important livestock feed in drier parts of interior Australia.”. A succulent snack of a different nature is currently intriguing. More… Source: Parakeelia, Privacy, And The Need For A Federal Anti-Corruption Body – New Matilda Read More »

Fear and Loathing in the Levant: Turkey Changes its Syria Policy and Strategy

Turkey’s strategic position in northern Aleppo and the Manbij pocket has collapsed, forcing the Turkish government to recalibrate its Syria policy. This shift in Turkish policy began in June 2015, when Turkish officials began to speak openly about the need for a safe zone between the Euphrates River and the opposition held city of Azaz. This policy proposal differed from Turkey’s previous insistence on a comprehensive no-fly-zone over all of Syria, enforced with American, Turkish, and other allied aircraft. This ... Read More »

Turkey fails to meet criteria for visa-free EU travel

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European commission says Turkey has not met conditions of possible deal including border security and human rights issues.. Turkey has missed an EU deadline that would have allowed its citizens visa-free travel through most of Europe, amid ongoing tensions over a controversial migration deal… Source: Turkey fails to meet criteria for visa-free EU travel | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Who is Sheldon Adelson and can he sway the US election?

We ask if the casino tycoon and pro-Israel mega-donor wields more cash than clout or if he will soon become king-maker.. New York, US – It is testament to his status in United States politics that Sheldon Adelson has a primary election named after him. The “Adelson primary”, as it is known informally, is not a… Source: Who is Sheldon Adelson and can he sway the US election? – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

In PNG and Nauru, Australia’s immigration policy comes at the expense of democracy

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Australia’s offshore detention policy relies on the weakness of its post-colonial states, even as it weakens them further.. A regional solution for refugees. That was the liberal sweetener in the “expert panel” report of 2012, a document that endorsed the deterrent of offshore processing. Duly fortified against her left flank (one of the “experts” was Paris Aristotle, a well-respected “refugee advocate”), then prime minister Julia Gillard declared her government would “move urgently to restart offshore processing on Manus Island and ... Read More »

Putin’s Vision of the Future

Vladimir Putin saved Russia from the scavengers of the Yeltsin era. What’s more, he’s fundamentally re-forming the world’s biggest country in ways few understand. Unfortunately, most of this select group are bitter enemies of the notion of a Russian led world. While think tanks and “new world” evangelists in the west promise change and progress, Putin and his colleagues are at work, resolutely forging a new Russia… Source: Putin’s Vision of the Future Read More »

The Recolonization of Latin America: The Struggle for Venezuela’s Soul

Washington wants Latin and Central America recolonized, US-controlled tyranny replacing sovereign independence throughout the hemisphere. At an Association of Caribbean States summit last week in Havana, Cuban President Raul Castro expressed alarm about Latin American and Caribbean “turbulence,” calling it the result “of an imperialist and oligarchic counteroffensive against popular and progressive governments.” Washington orchestrated Brazil’s coup, wrongfully impeaching President Dilma Rousseff, forcing her to step down for 180 days, facing Senate trial controlled by right-wing fascists sure to convict ... Read More »

Italian newspaper draws criticism with ‘Mein Kampf’ giveaway

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi calls the decision by Il Giornale ‘squalid’.. An Italian newspaper has been criticised for distributing free copies of an annotated version of Hitler’s Mein Kampf with a paid supplement to Saturday’s edition. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Twitter that Il Giornale’s decision to give away the copies of the Nazi leader’s political treatise was “squalid” and expressed solidarity with Italy’s Jewish community… Source: Italian newspaper draws criticism with ‘Mein Kampf’ giveaway Read More »

Brexit: ‘Leave’ or ‘Out’ 10 points ahead in poll on Britain’s EU referendum

The “Leave” or “Out” camp was 10 points ahead of “Remain” with less than two weeks to go before Britain’s referendum on whether to stay in the European Union, according to a poll by ORB for The Independent newspaper published on Friday. It was the biggest lead enjoyed by those wanting Britain to quit the 28-member bloc since the poll series started a year ago, The Independent said. Britons will vote on June 23 on whether to leave the world’s ... Read More »

Erdoğan lifts Turkish MPs’ immunity in bid to kick out pro-Kurdish parties

President signs bill that allows prosecution of lawmakers currently under investigation – most of whom are from pro-Kurdish or opposition parties.. The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has signed a bill lifting lawmakers’ immunity from prosecution – a constitutional change likely to remove a pro-Kurdish opposition party from parliament… Source: Erdoğan lifts Turkish MPs’ immunity in bid to kick out pro-Kurdish parties | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Switzerland holds referendum on basic income

Swiss voters have overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to introduce a guaranteed basic income for all. Final results from Sunday’s referendum showed that nearly 77% opposed the plan, with only 23% backing it. The proposal had called for adults to be paid an unconditional monthly income, whether they worked or not. The supporters camp had suggested a monthly income of 2,500 Swiss francs (£1,755; $2,555) for adults and also SFr625 for each child… Source: Switzerland holds referendum on basic income – ... Read More »