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Australia’s Shift Towards Totalitarianism

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A suite of harsh anti-protest laws were passed by the NSW parliament on March 17 this year. By Sydney Criminal Lawyers The legislation has increased police powers to prevent public protests and created a new offence of “aggravated unlawful entry on inclosed lands.” Among other things, the… Australia’s Shift Towards… Read More »

Ousted Thai PM says junta has ordered her assets seized

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Yingluck Shinawatra has also been fined 35 billion baht over rice subsidy scheme that helped put her in power By REUTERS Thailand’s ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra said the military junta that overthrew her has ordered her assets seized and… Ousted Thai PM… Read More »

Ukraine’s Unlucky Town Called Happiness

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As great powers debate Russia’s place in the world, its role in eastern Ukraine’s 2-1/2-year-old war, and the Minsk peace process to end it, ordinary people living along the front line in eastern Ukraine are just as worried about many of the local leaders’ Soviet-style habits of governance, corruption and patronage. The small front-line town in eastern Ukraine is called Schastia, or Ukrainian for “Happiness”. Four grandmothers sit outside in the… Ukraine’s Unlucky Town… Read More »

EU ‘very concerned’ over Hungary newspaper suspension

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The EU said Oct. 10 it is “very concerned” after Hungary’s main opposition newspaper halted publication, sparking fears of a clampdown on press freedom by the right-wing government. BRUSSELS – Agence France-Presse Left-leaning Nepszabadsag newspaper is to be sold, its editor said on Oct. 9, and while the… EU ‘very concerned’ over… Read More »

Standoff between Brandis and solicitor-general threatens the rule of law

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On Wednesday, a Senate committee took evidence in an inquiry investigating the issue of a direction from Attorney-General George Brandis to the solicitor-general, Justin Gleeson. Gabrielle Appleby By the end of the day, the shadow attorney-general, Mark Dreyfus, was… Standoff between Brandis and… Read More »

Confrontation in Zimbabwe Turns Increasingly Violent

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Abductions, assaults by pro-government thugs and anti-government demonstrations met by tear gas and water cannon all signal rising levels of violence in Zimbabwe. Piers Pigou The situation is aggravated by the government’s failure to implement proposals for reform and… Confrontation in Zimbabwe Turns… Read More »

Lies, fearmongering and fables: that’s our democracy

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People power can challenge the status quo, but only if we understand our political system has inherent flaws George Monbiot People power can challenge the status quo, but only if we understand our political system has inherent flaws… Lies, fearmongering and fables: that’s our… Read More »

I’ve fought my whole life for secularism – I know that banning the burkini makes no sense

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The great French scholar of secularism Jean Baubérot said that a secular state does not discriminate against people on the grounds of their religion or non-religious worldview.. Andrew Copson Independent Today judges in France will rule on the legality of the burkini ban which has been enforced across 26 towns on the grounds that the… I’ve fought my… Read More »

Bulgaria parliament bans full-face veils in public

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Under the law, the garment will be banned in public institutions, schools, areas of administrative and public services. Bulgaria’s parliament has approved a nationwide law banning the wearing of face-covering veils from most public places. Source: Bulgaria parliament bans full-face veils in public – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

The Wall Street Journal is Wrong: António Guterres is the Best to Run the UN

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This post is co-authored by Alexandra Carreira André Corrêa d’Almeida On merit, skills and qualifications, Guterres is by far the best candidate to run the United Nations. Former Prime-Minister of Portugal, 10 years UN High Commissioner for Refugees during one of the worst refugee crisis since World War II, António Guterres has also won all five secret straws held so far – well ahead of everyone else… Source: The Wall Street Journal is Wrong: António Guterres is the Best to ... Read More »

Why did the British vote for Brexit?

What were the root causes of Brexit? Was it about sovereignty and “taking back control”? Was it about immigration? Was it just a chance to give David Cameron’s government a good kicking? Globalisation, immigration, lows wages, de-industrialisation – all of these have been blamed as root causes of Brexit. On the other hand, some… Source: Why did the British vote for Brexit? — Debating Europe Read More »

Bosnian Serb referendum on disputed 9 January holiday

Bosnian Serbs are voting on whether to keep 9 January as a national holiday in defiance of Bosnia’s highest court. It has ruled the date discriminates against Muslim Bosniaks and Catholic Croats and should be changed. Serbs declared the creation of their own state within… Source: Bosnian Serb referendum on disputed 9 January holiday – BBC News Read More »

A long road to reconciliation

Seven years after the end of the civil war and 18 months into a new government, Jo Eckersley and Ashwin Hemmathagama report from Sri Lanka on a country still struggling to unite. Thurairaja Kanagamma hasn’t stepped foot on her land for 29 years. She lost her home in the Jaffna peninsula in 1989, when fighting escalated between government forces and… Source: A long road to reconciliation — New Internationalist Read More »

The familiar axes of politics are changing, with momentous consequences

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Political identities have changed significantly, and politics has shifted with them. COLIN CROUCH From the time of the French Revolution, mass politics has revolved around two core conflicts: that between preferences for more or less economic inequality; and… Source: The familiar axes of politics are changing, with momentous consequences | openDemocracy Read More »

Southern Thailand’s Peace Dialogue: No Traction

The August bombings in seven of Thailand’s tourist towns portend a wider conflict, while the peace dialogue process has lost momentum. To get back on track, fragmented militants must end doubtful hopes of victory through violence, and the government must commit to a… Source: Southern Thailand’s Peace Dialogue: No Traction | International Crisis Group Read More »

Greece rejects three Turkish coup plotter soldiers’ asylum applications

Greece’s political asylum commission on Sept. 21 rejected the asylum application of three of the eight coup plotter soldiers who escaped to the country after the failed coup attempt of July 15, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported. The application of one of the soldiers was rejected on the grounds of evidence that he participated in the coup attempt, while the other two soldiers refused to cooperate with the… Source: Greece rejects three Turkish coup plotter soldiers’ asylum applications – EUROPE Read More »