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ALP: Blocking democracy and a tolerable future

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At a time when fair-go Australia is desperate for enlightened leadership, Dr Geoff Davies asks: ‘Where is the ALP?’ Independent Australia Dr Geoff Davies PROGRESSIVE REFORMERS are attempting to take control of the major parties of the nominal left in the United States and the United Kingdom, in the wake of losses in national elections and the rise of reactionary forces. Even if the rebels do not take full control, there is some… ALP: Blocking democracy and a tolerable future Read More »

Why Matteo Renzi should vote no in the Italy referendum

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Italian PM Matteo Renzi has perhaps not contemplated that a yes vote on the referendum can be to his detriment. Al Jazeera By Silvia Mazzini A referendum should be nothing to be worried about. It is a… Why Matteo Renzi… Read More »

Thousands of protesters in Jakarta amid fury over Christian governor

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Tens of thousands of Muslims poured into central Jakarta on Dec. 2, to protest against the city’s governor, a Christian accused of insulting the Koran, fuelling tension that has alarmed Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Hurriyet JAKARTA – Reuters Widodo has blamed “political actors” for exploiting the… Thousands of protesters… Read More »

Politicians must address economic anxiety or face backlash, Trudeau says

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Canadians rejected Trump-style politics in the last campaign, but the economic “anxiety” that helped elect the new president also exists in Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warns. The Star By Bruce Campion-Smith Ottawa Bureau, Robert BenzieQueen’s Park Bureau Chief Canadians rejected Trump-style politics in the last campaign, but the Politicians must address… Read More »

Iranian women demand inclusion in Rouhani’s cabinet

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The resignations of three cabinet ministers in October had raised hope among many women’s rights activists in Iran that President Hassan Rouhani would nominate at least one woman to one of the vacant positions. Al-Monitor Zahra Alipour While Rouhani pledged to incorporate more women into his government during his… Iranian women demand… Read More »

Killing The Electoral College Is A Dumb Idea Pushed By Ignorant People

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Some very nice, apparently well-educated people are peddling absolute Pablum about the Electoral College. The Federalist By Donna Carol Voss If you want to get rid of the Electoral College, you don’t understand how it works. I mean the… Killing The Electoral… Read More »

Electoral donations for local governments to be revealed in real-time

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Donations made to candidates in the lead-up to local government elections will be revealed online in real-time under new laws introduced on Thursday. Brisbane Felicity Caldwell Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said the reform followed recommendations from the Crime and Corruption Commission’s Transparency and accountability in local government report. The changes would create a real-time online… Electoral donations for local governments to… Read More »

Cord to skip elections summit, says organiser extension of Jubilee

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Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) principals have declined an invite to a multi-sectoral summit on elections, terming the organiser an appendage of the Jubilee administration. Daily Nation By PATRICK LANG’AT & JOHN NGIRACHU The matter also raised storm in the National Assembly when Majority Leader Aden Duale said that a… Cord to skip… Read More »

Greek Foreign ministry slams Erdogan comment on Cypriot flag; calls it ‘historically groundless’

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Attempts by Turkey to equate the victim with the aggressor in Cyprus is ‘historically groundless’ and “arbitrary”, the spsokesman of the foreign ministry Stratos Efthimiou said on Tuesday, responding to a question about recent statements made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Cyprus’ flag. Mignatiou “Once again, the Turkish leadership is trying to equate the aggressor with the victim by making historically groundless and arbitrary arguments that attempt to erase Turkey’s responsibilities as an occupying power,” Efthimiou told journalists. ... Read More »

‘Turkey is like Germany after 1933’

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More and more Turks are applying for political asylum in Germany. Deutsche Welle Volker Witting They feel threatened and repressed by the Erdogan government, and they fear for their lives. Most applicants are Kurds, like… ‘Turkey is like… Read More »

North Korea satellite images show prison camps accused of ‘atrocities’

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Pyongyang has denied the existence of kwanliso prison camps, where the UN says inmates have faced starvation, forced labor, torture and rape The Guardian Amanda Holpuch New satellite images of North Korean prison camps have been released, showing the continued existence of political prison camps described by the United Nations as being used to perpetrate “unspeakable atrocities”. North Korea’s government denies such… North Korea satellite images show… Read More »

Romano Prodi: ‘My Commission is over’

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‘Referendums are rarely about the question they ask,’ says the former prime minister and Commission president. Politico By ALBERTO MUCCI BOLOGNA, Italy — The Italian media likes to start articles about Romano Prodi with a… Romano Prodi: ‘My… Read More »

A Yale history professor’s powerful, 20-point guide to defending democracy under a Trump presidency

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Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Quartz Timothy Snyder Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is a good time to… A Yale history… Read More »

Barnaby Joyce Is The Self-Serving Face Of Everything Wrong With Politics

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Joyce’s pork-barrelling goes beyond that of others, harming those he claims to speak for. It also undermines the already weak faith in our democratic system, writes Max Chalmers. New Matilda Max Chalmers Barnaby Joyce should send George Brandis a heartfelt thank you this weekend. The Attorney-General’s ruinous week from hell has distracted from Barnaby Joyce Is The Self-Serving Face Of… Read More »

Trump claims ‘serious’ fraud, says millions voted illegally

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President-elect Donald Trump made unsubstantiated claims Nov. 27 of serious U.S. voter fraud and said “millions of people” had cast their ballots illegally, offering no evidence for the assertions he put forth on Twitter. Hurriyet Trump’s shock path to the White House saw him fall short of his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the… Trump claims ‘serious… Read More »

Only Power Rules: Turkey After the Failed Coup

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THERE ARE MANY THINGS I remember about the night of July 15 in Istanbul. Los Angeles Review of Books Nick Ashdown I was with my then girlfriend and her friends when we heard a military coup was taking place. We decided to do the most… Only Power Rules: Turkey After the… Read More »