Politics

Turkey’s growing presence in Jerusalem ‘potential threat’: Israeli report

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The report describes what it says are the numerous ways Turkey has been active in East Jerusalem, remarking on the prevalence of the Turkish flag in every corner of the Old City. Yeni Şafak A report published by an Israeli think-tank referred to Turkish citizens visiting the Old City of Jerusalem as a “potential threat,” and remarked on the prevalence of the Turkish flag across East Jerusalem as a… The report, titled “Erdoğan’s Turkey Intensifies Involvement in Gaza and Jerusalem,” ... Read More »

Pakistan election: As the country heads to the polls, is it a democratic election or a soft coup?

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Pakistan is on edge as voters go to the polls today in national elections. If the vote goes smoothly, it’ll be only the second time since Pakistan became independent 70 years ago that power has been transferred peacefully from one government to another. By South Asia correspondent Siobhan Heanue ABC But there are fears of a creeping coup, amid accusations of military intervention. Who is vying for power? Two of the main players are the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) party ... Read More »

Polish Senate speaker: We are not anti-Europe

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In a DW interview, Senate speaker Stanislaw Karczewski defended the country’s controversial judicial reforms that have been challenged by the EU. He also praised the Polish people for being… Bartosz Dudek, Harald Biskup Deutsche Welle: The European Union — in particular the European Commission — accuses Poland of undermining the separation of powers. There is also considerable criticism of the Supreme Court reforms. How do… Stanislaw Karczewski: I understand the interest in the reforms of our judicial system. I can assure you that in Poland, ... Read More »

WSU Researchers see positive policing changes after cannabis legalization

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Clearance rates improve for burglaries, vehicle thefts Washington State University EurekAlert! PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have found that marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington has not hurt police effectiveness. In fact, clearance rates for certain crimes have improved. Clearance rates — the number of cases solved, typically by the arrest of a suspect — were falling for violent and property crimes in the two states before they authorized retail sales of marijuana late in 2012. The rates ... Read More »

Vietnam: Clean Up Abysmal Rights Record

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Past UN Member Recommendations Ignored © 2018 Reuters/Kham HRW (Geneva) – Vietnam’s government should release all political prisoners and uphold its pledges to respect basic civil and political rights, Human Rights Watch said in a submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council. Vietnam will be appearing before the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in January 2019. During its 2014 UPR review, Vietnam accepted 182 out of 227 recommendations it received from UN member countries. Since then, the Vietnamese government ... Read More »

Why Vietnam is quitting Facebook

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Activists, dissidents and writers are gravitating to other social media platforms as Facebook appears to acquiesce to government censorship demands David Hutt Asia Times When logging onto Minds, an open-source social media platform, it is hard to miss the huge number of posts written in Vietnamese. Of the platform’s over one million users, about 10% hail from Vietnam, according to recent media reports. What’s more, roughly 100,000 of those Vietnamese users signed up in the period of just one week, ... Read More »

Europe’s far right doesn’t bear hug Steve Bannon back

LILLE, FRANCE - MARCH 10:  Former U.S. President Donald Trump advisor Steve Bannon gives a press conference during the French far-right Front National (FN) party annual congress on March 10, 2018 at the Grand Palais in Lille, north of France. Le Pen will attempt to revive her battered party this weekend at a conference with a proposal to ditch the tainted National Front brand, seen as a key hurdle to winning power.   (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

Continent’s populists are ambivalent about help from ‘architect’ of Donald Trump’s victory. By MAÏA DE LA BAUME AND LAURENS CERULUS Politico Steve Bannon is out to be a big player in European politics. But his potential European partners are ambivalent, saying they want to keep the controversial American at arm’s length even as they seek to tap his expertise on how to disrupt politics on the… This initial reception signals potential limits to the Bannon push into the Old World — as well as ... Read More »

America is in the middle of a battle over the meaning of words like ‘diversity’

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You might think that the culture war over race and immigration primarily transpires in dramatic events, like the woman who climbed the Statue of Liberty to protest Trump’s child detention policy or the events in Charlottesville last summer. Jennifer Mercieca The Conversation But it also exists in the banal and everyday ways that we communicate. It involves battles over the dominant meaning of words, and how we use those words to describe our values and construct our policies. For example, ... Read More »

Justice for the next Generation? The Collapse of Values.

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I was honoured to be invited to give the 2018 Hobart Oration. Julian Burnside It is sponsored by the Bob Brown Foundation. Here is what I said. Hobart Oration 23 July 2018:  Justice for the next Generation?  The Collapse of Values. The two great issues our generation is leaving the next are climate change and the treatment of refugees. Climate change I have no hesitation in saying that climate change is the number one issue today: refugees are a second-order issue, ... Read More »

Is Trump a danger — or just ‘incompetent’ and a ‘buffoon’?

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(CNN) – In The Boston Globe last week, distinguished scholar Andrew Bacevich put forth some strong criticism of President Donald Trump’s opponents. Julian Zelizer He said he increasingly has come to believe that “Trump’s election has induced a paranoid response, one that, unless curbed, may well pose a greater danger to the country than Trump himself. This paranoid response finds expression in obsessive attention given to just about anything Trump says, along with equally obsessive speculation about what he might do ... Read More »

Trade war a reality, French finance minister warns

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A trade war is now a reality, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has warned as G20 ministers gather for a summit in Argentina. BBC The current US trade policy of imposing unilateral tariffs is based on “the law of the jungle”, he said. But US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin defended the tariffs and urged the EU and China to open their markets to allow free competition. Last week, US President Donald Trump described the EU as a “foe” on trade. ... Read More »

Timor-Leste activists ‘shocked’ by Australia’s prosecution of spy Witness K and lawyer

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Activists compare treatment of Australian spy and lawyer Bernard Collaery to acts of Suharto-led Indonesia Helen Davidson The Guardian Timor-Leste activists have condemned the Australian government over the prosecution of Witness K and lawyer Bernard Collaery for their roles in revealing the bugging of the Timor-Leste cabinet during negotiations on an oil and gas treaty. The activists from the Movement Against the Occupation of the Timor Sea (MKOTT) have joined mounting criticism of the prosecution, comparing the act to the targeting they and ... Read More »

‘We’ve not ruled anything out!’ McDonnell REFUSES to rule out second referendum on Brexit

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LABOUR’s John McDonnell has refused to rule out a second referendum on Brexit but admitted that it was “not our policy to have another referendum” instead demanding another General Election. Holly Pyne Express Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said Labour‘s policy was not to have a second referendum on Brexit, before adding nothing was ruled out. Mr McDonnell told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “We’re not averse to any form of democratic engagement, but our view is that’s not our policy to have ... Read More »

Ecuador ‘close’ to evicting Julian Assange from London embassy

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London: Ecuador is close to withdrawing asylum for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and evicting him from the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he has been living for six years, journalist… The Age Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno went to Britain on Friday to meet with officials to finalise a deal under which protection for Assange will be withdrawn and he will be turned over to British authorities, Greenwald… The Australian national has resided in Ecuador’s London embassy since 2012, after he ... Read More »

Germany’s G20 call for multilateral trade falls on deaf US ears at summit

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German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz has added his voice to calls by the IMF and others to avoid a trade war with the US. DW But the US’ man at the G20, Steve Mnuchin, continued to threaten tariffs if US demands are not met. German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz on Saturday reiterated calls for “free and fair world trade” at the G20 meeting in Buenos Aires. Scholz went on to reject US criticism of European trade policy. “The EU pursues a very rational ... Read More »

Toronto’s FCJ Refugee Centre Allows Asylum Seekers To Share Their Stories

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“I want the politicians to know one thing: I can do great things.” Liam Casey Canadian Press HuffPost TORONTO — Inside a large brick home in midtown Toronto, people pore over documents needed to file refugee claims, discuss the legal aid system, and work through the challenges of finding housing. The FCJ Refugee Centre is a place where those who’ve been accepted as refugees help others seeking asylum deal with all sorts of practical issues. It’s also an environment where ... Read More »