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Four Years as Green Party Leader: It’s Been a Privilege and an Honour | Natalie Bennett

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I know some will find my decision not to re-stand for the leadership hard to understand, and I’ve been moved by the generous words of support from many party members and supporters urging me to continue, but I hope that my decision will help make it clear that the Green Party doesn’t operate like other political parties, with a steep hierarchy up which many are seeking to scramble, while those at the top defend their positions. We’re a team, we ... Read More »

Multiculturalism: not an ideal, but a reality

We need to create human societies from people of many different backgrounds.. I’m reading Stan Grant’s book Talking To My Country. A journalist with Aboriginal and Irish heritage, Grant wrote an article last year at the height of the Adam Goodes drama, which proved very telling. The story was both simple and complex. In expressing the historic principle at stake with dignity and clarity while also illuminating the complexities of the issues of Aboriginal identity it raised, Grant was in ... Read More »

‘The Green tide is coming in’: Di Natale challenges Turnbull, Shorten to leaders debate

Greens leader Richard Di Natale has challenged Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten to include him in the next leaders debate, claiming the rising “Green tide” is causing panic in Labor and Liberal ranks… Under soft green lighting at the Greens national conference in Melbourne on Saturday morning, Dr Di Natale told the party faithful the establishment was running scared. Comparing the old parties to the Coles and Woolworths duopoly, who “shut out the little guy”… Source: ‘The Green tide is coming in’: ... Read More »

Sadiq Khan and the Future of Europe

WASHINGTON — As the votes in London’s mayoral election were being counted on May 5, almost every British Muslim I know seemed to have only one thought: Would Sadiq Khan pull it off? He did. Mr. Khan, the son of Pakistani immigrants, was elected as the first Muslim mayor of a Western capital city, with more than 1.3 million votes, in… Source: Sadiq Khan and the Future of Europe – The New York Times Read More »

Rousseff impeachment: Senate votes to send president to trial

After more than 20 hours of speeches, the Brazilian Senate voted in favour of suspending President Dilma Rousseff in the early hours of Thursday morning. A “half plus one” majority, from 81 senators, was needed to carry the vote and set in motion a 180-day suspension for Ms Rousseff, who will now be put on trial on charges of mismanaging the nation’s budget. If she is found guilty she will be impeached… Source: Rousseff impeachment: Senate votes to send president ... Read More »

How Turkey Became A De Facto Dictatorship

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The forced resignation of Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu suggests only one thing—President Erdogan, who is totally absorbed by his lust for power, will tolerate no one in his government to deviate from any of his political positions. Prime Minister Davutoğlu was no exception. Although the Turkish constitution grants the Prime Minister executive powers while leaving the role of the president largely ceremonial, this is not what Erdogan had in mind when he asked then-Foreign Minister Davutoğlu to form a ... Read More »

Kim Jong-un gets a grander title as three journalists are expelled from North Korea

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KIM Jong-un has given himself a new title — party chairman — as three journalists were expelled from North Korea for “insulting the dignity” of the country… Source: Kim Jong-un gets a grander title as three journalists are expelled from North Korea | HeraldSun Read More »

Fintan O’Toole on an astonishing ideological volte-face

Maybe we’ve just seen the greatest ideological reversal in Irish politics. I genuinely hope so’.. Who wrote this scathing attack on the nature of the Irish State? “We have previously enjoyed and wasted prosperity before. WhileIreland has been a wealthy country for a generation, the gap between rich and poor has remained far too large. Even before the economic collapse, Ireland had the highest rate of jobless households in Europe, facilitated by… Source: Fintan O’Toole on an astonishing ideological volte-face Read More »

Political donation laws must be reformed to make campaign financing more transparent

Editorial Seven years ago, a Victorian parliamentary inquiry suggested Australia was ranked “among the least regulated jurisdictions in the Western world” in terms of the laws that govern political donations and campaign financing. It is altogether dispiriting that nothing has changed in the interim. In terms of transparency, accountability and timeliness, the laws remain hopelessly inadequate… Source: Political donation laws must be reformed to make campaign financing more transparent Read More »

Philippines election: ‘Dictator-in-waiting’ Rodrigo Duterte headed for a huge victory

Philippines’ outgoing president compared his now likely successor to Adolf Hitler before 50 million people cast their ballots… A foul-mouthed anti-establishment outsider has been elected president of the Philippines in an extraordinary political upset that will return the island-nation to authoritarian rule 30 years after a popular uprising ousted the dictator Ferdinand Marcos… Source: Philippines election: ‘Dictator-in-waiting’ Rodrigo Duterte headed for a huge victory Read More »

Aung San Suu Kyi’s Cowardly Stance on the Rohingya

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The Rohingya are a Muslim minority in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar that has been systematically denied the most elemental rights: citizenship, freedom of worship, education, marriage and travel. THE EDITORIAL BOARD  Tens of thousands of the Rohingya were driven from their homes by violence in 2012; last year many tried to flee persecution and… Aung San Suu Kyi’s Cowardly… Read More »

Grim Legacy of VD for Cyprus: Non Implementation of Self-Determination Created Tragedy: Should the UN Legitimize the Travesty?

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Today marks the anniversary of the defeat of Nazism. The 9th of May 1945, Victory Day, marks the date Nazi Germany, bent on subjugating the whole world, was utterly defeated by the Allied Powers. The latter through their commitments signed under both the Atlantic (1941) and the UN Charter (1945) undertook, inter alia, to… Source: Grim Legacy of VD for Cyprus: Non Implementation of Self-Determination Created Tragedy: Should the UN Legitimize the Travesty? | INTERSECURITYFORUM Read More »

Bulgarian Socialists pick first female leader

Bulgaria’s Socialist Party (BSP), the biggest opposition party in the Balkan country, chose a new leader on May 8 with the task of winning back disaffected voters and pushing for an early general election.. Kornelia Ninova, the first female leader in the BSP’s 125-year history, won 395 votes from delegates at the party’s congress, with her predecessor Mihail Mikov coming second on 349… Source: Bulgarian Socialists pick first female leader – EUROPE Read More »

Russia beams message into Georgia: ‘You belong to us’

With EU membership a distant prospect, Moscow fires up its propaganda machine in Tbilisi… TBILISI, Georgia — The EU used to be seen here as a beacon of democracy and prosperity. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the prospect of membership fueled reforms all over the region. The allure of today’s European Union, plagued with crisis, appears to be waning… Source: Russia beams message into Georgia: ‘You belong to us’ – POLITICO Read More »

Brexit – the day after: what would it be like?

A UK withdrawal from the EU could have profound consequences for Britain, Ireland and Europe. The first part of a series imagines the immediate aftermath of an exit vote.. It is the morning of Friday, June 24th, 2016, at 10 Downing Street, and for David Cameron the news is still sinking in: the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union… Source: Brexit – the day after: what would it be like? Read More »

Analysis: UK election results marked by a deceptive stability

Fragmentation of the British political system progresses a stage further in wake of results.. Thursday’s elections have left the Scottish National Party (SNP) in power in Edinburgh, Labour governing in Cardiff, and all but a handful of English councils controlled by the same party as before… Source: Analysis: UK election results marked by a deceptive stability Read More »