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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 »

Kuwait poll: Opposition wins nearly half of parliament

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Kuwait’s opposition groups have won 24 of the 50 contested seats in the country’s parliamentary elections. Al Jazeera Kuwait opposition groups and their allies have won nearly half parliament’s 50 seats, raising fears of fresh political wrangling in the… Kuwait poll: Opposition… Read More »

Hundreds of thousands protest for fifth straight week against South Korean President

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Huge rallies have been held in Seoul for a fifth straight week to protest against President Park Geun-hye, in the largest ongoing series of demonstrations in the country since the 1987 movement to democratise South Korea. ABC Ms Park’s presidency has been rocked by allegations that a close friend used her ties to the leader to meddle in state affairs and wield improper influence. Prosecutors have indicted her… Hundreds of thousands protest for… Read More »

As nationalism is weaponised, Australia desperately needs to embrace inclusive patriotism

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Malcolm Turnbull cannot claim Australia is the greatest multicultural nation and ignore Dutton’s attack on Lebanese Muslim migrants at the same time The Guardian Katharine Murphy This week I’ve found myself thinking frequently about a woman, a wife, a mother and a… As nationalism is… Read More »

Should public opinion determine policy?

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Political philosophy, like other realms of moral philosophy, deals with issues which cannot be settled by a formal test or procedure – such as a rule of law or the judgment of a political official; either because there is no rule or the rules are unclear, so that someone must first decide what the rule should be. On Line Opinion Max Atkinson A classic issue of political philosophy arises from the decision by the British Government, in response to a ... Read More »

Queensland Greens Senator Larissa Waters. (Greens MPS, Flickr) Cash For Contacts: Larissa Waters Calls For End To Secret Meetings, Sweetheart Political Deals

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When Ministers retire from politics straight into the arms of Big Corporate and Big Mining, our democracy is under threat. New Matilda Larissa Waters Greens Senator Larissa Waters argues for tighter restrictions. Australians are fed up with establishment politics and… Queensland Greens Senator… Read More »

Egypt’s anti protest law: Legalising authoritarianism

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How the Egyptian regime used the law to crack down on opposition and isolate voices of dissent. By Amr Hamzawy Since the summer of 2013, following the military coup led by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the ruling regime in Egypt has managed to… Egypt’s anti protest… Read More »