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Stamping out political rorts requires a cultural change, not more bodies to police it

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Calls for a federal Independent Commission against Corruption-like body are growing following Health Minister Sussan Ley standing aside while several of her travel entitlement claims are investigated. Adam Graycar  The Conversation However, a federal ICAC will not solve the… Stamping out political… Read More »

Turkey’s bloody 2016 puts West’s portal to Middle East in jeopardy

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A dramatic coup attempt, 100 terror attacks that killed more than 500 people, the brazen assassination of a Russian diplomat and a shocking nightclub attack that left 39 dead in Istanbul on the final day of the year underscored the precarious status of the… FoxNews Turkey’s descent into… Turkey’s bloody 2016… Read More »

The ‘Intellectual Partition’ of Cyprus, the ‘Macmillan Doctrine’ and the talks held in Geneva in August 1974 and January 2017

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In his seminal book, Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle considers the virtues associated with justice, as well as the vices inherent in injustice. Klearchos A. Kyriakides Published in Agora Dialogue on 9 January 2017 In this context, Aristotle engages in a deep discussion as to the two types of transaction into which a party may enter. On the one hand, there are just transactions into which a party may enter voluntarily. On the other hand, there are unjust transactions, which may come ... Read More »

Citizens’ juries could help build a democratic utopia

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Pessimism reigns, but if we could only reconnect then we might fall back in love with politics Zoe Williams The Guardian While in so many obvious and petrifying ways politics has never been bleaker, there is a level on which I have never felt more optimistic. And for better reasons than… Citizens’ juries could help… Read More »

Ethics office: Trump nominees’ hearings schedule ‘of great concern’

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Not all of the Cabinet choices have undergone the ethics review that helps secretaries avoid conflicts of interest. By BURGESS EVERETT  Politico Senate Republicans’ confirmation hearings schedule for President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet choices is of “great concern” to the… Ethics office: Trump… Read More »

Namechecked by Obama, gay ex-Navy officer joins race to revive Democrats

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Washington; The gay, 34-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana – namechecked recently by President Obama – has entered the contest for chairman of the Democratic party, presenting himself as an alternative to the two leading candidates. Jonathan Martin Warning that beleaguered Democrats can ill afford a… Namechecked by Obama… New York Times Read More »

Obama, Kissinger and Nuland: Cyprus 1974 – Cyprus 2017

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In July 1974 the US-controlled Athens military junta organized a coup d’état in Cyprus and an assassination attempt against the President of Cyprus Archbishop Makarios. Dimitris Konstantakopoulos * Defend Democracy Press Everything was executed in exactly the same way as it had been a year before in Santiago Chile. (Cyprus is an… Obama, Kissinger and… Read More »

The Federal Government Attacks its Watchers

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In recent years, the Federal Government has made an art form of undermining the autonomy of independent statutory offices established to hold it to account. Spencer Zifcak Agora Dialogue One by one, statutory offices have been subject to forceful governmental and media assaults. These assaults have not related to the performance by statutory office holders of their statutorily mandated duties. There has been no suggestion of negligence or lack of competence. Instead they have been motivated, seemingly, by nothing more ... Read More »

Assassination in Ankara

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Russia, NATO, and Turkey’s Violent Politics By Halil Karaveli Foreign Affairs On December 19, Mevlut Mert Altintas, a Turkish police officer, assassinated Andrei Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey. His action… Assassination in… Read More »

The End of Democracy in Turkey

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Following the New Year’s Eve attack in Istanbul, democracy in Turkey is likely to enter a death spiral. The New Yorker The issue isn’t the attack itself, terrible as it was. On New Year’s Eve, a lone gunman made his way into the Reina dance club, which was jammed with revellers, and… The End of… Read More »

Political Islamists brace for Trump era

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Donald Trump’s election has sent shock waves throughout the loosely knit community of religious-minded Muslims working to gain political power through democratic means. Julian Pecquet Al Monitor From Washington to London to Istanbul, the broad spectrum of so-called political Islamists are bracing for what many fear is a becoming witch hunt that threatens to undo the few gains they were able to secure post-Arab Spring. For the past… Political Islamists brace… Read More »

House Republicans vote to eviscerate independent ethics office

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The rules package also includes a means for Republican leaders to punish lawmakers if there is a repeat of the Democratic sit-in last summer over gun control. Donna Cassata The Star WASHINGTON—House Republicans on Monday voted to eviscerate the Office of Congressional Ethics, the independent body created in 2008 to investigate allegations of misconduct by lawmakers after several bribery and… House Republicans vote… Read More »

France’s Francois Hollande warns against nationalism in last New Year address

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Paris: French President Francois Hollande has warned against the risks of nationalism in his last New Year address ahead of the election of his successor next spring. Reuters The Age Hollande, who said this month he would not seek a second term in 2017, defended his legacy as president and addressed the… France’s Francois Hollande… Read More »

A year to protect democracy

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The most important political task of 2017 transcends the normal run of issues and controversies. E.J. Dionne Jr. The Washington Post Our greatest obligation will be to defend democracy itself, along with republican norms for governing and the openness that free societies require. To say this… A year to… Read More »

A principled basis for a just and lasting Cyprus settlement in the light of International and European Law

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International Expert Panel Covered By The Committee For A European Solution In Cyprus Preamble 1. The purpose of this Report, prepared by an International Expert Panel, is to seek a just Cyprus settlement providing for the peaceful and prosperous future of all the people of the island. In order to do this, one must apply the key principles drawn from international and European law which apply in the settlement of international disputes, including disputes concerning members of the European Union. ... Read More »

Why the West’s Betrayal of Democratic Russia Brought Us Putin

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The West’s inability to accept Russia on equal terms after 1991 made the emergence of a nationalistic strongman… By Angus Roxburgh The Moscow Times This year was the 25th anniversary of the August coup against Gorbachev, and the demise of the Soviet… In Moscow in August 1991 I joined the crowds outside the… Why the West… Read More »