“Can Cyprus Become A United Country?”

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Lecture At Cyprus University “Greece is the Mother of Democracy.  South Africa is its youngest daughter”. By: George Bizos SC * So said Nelson Mandela shortly after his release after twenty seven years of imprisonment. His answer to the question would have been “yes, it can”. He was no stranger to Hellenism. He was a graduate of Arts and Law. He played the role of Creon in Sophocles’s play “Antigone” whilst in prison. He had read Plato, Thucydides, Aristotle, Zenon and ... Read More »

Role of Solicitor-General has been damaged and the government must work to fix it

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­ On Monday night, over 250 people gathered to celebrate 100 years since the appointment of the first Commonwealth Solicitor-General, Sir Robert Garran. Gabrielle Appleby The event marked a century of an office that is widely accepted as being integral to government under the… Role of Solicitor… Read More »

Could federalism offer a future for Scotland in the UK?

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Federalism is regularly mentioned as a potential answer to Scotland’s constitutional debate. By CHRIS MCCALL But could such a system work in the UK? Kezia Dugdale, Gordon Brown and Kenny MacAskill are just some of the politicans to raise the idea of Scotland gaining extensive powers while remaining part of the UK under a… Could federalism offer… Read More »

Center-right opposition claims victory in Lithuania vote, to start coalition talks

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Lithuania’s center-right opposition Peasants and Greens party declared victory after a second round of voting in a general election on Oct. 23 and said it would start negotiations with the Homeland Union and Social Democrats over forming a coalition government. Vilnius The Peasants and Greens won 54 seats in the 141-member parliament, making it the… Center-right opposition… Read More »

Spain’s Socialists to make way for Rajoy government

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Divisive vote result means Spain will see new government following 310 days of political deadlock World Bulletin / News Desk Spain’s Socialists voted on Sunday to facilitate a minority government led by acting conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. The move by the… Spain’s Socialists to… Read More »

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


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


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 »