Politics

Boris Johnson’s previously unpublished ‘pro-EU’ column revealed

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Boris Johnson said the UK remaining in the EU would be a “boon for the world and for Europe”, a previously unpublished newspaper column reveals. He wrote the column in February, along with a pro-Brexit article that was later published in the Telegraph. Mr Johnson subsequently became a… Boris Johnson’s previously… Read More »

WikiLeaks releases Clinton speeches for Goldman Sachs

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Three of Hillary Clinton’s paid speeches to Goldman Sachs were released Saturday by WikiLeaks, casting an awkward spotlight on the Democrat’s ties to the biggest players on Wall Street in the final stretch of the White House race. Source: AFP Clinton’s campaign did not contest the authenticity of the remarks, which were part of a huge trove of documents hacked from the emails of campaign chairman John Podesta by… WikiLeaks releases Clinton… Read More »

Russia’s Gazprom, India’s GAIL Could Correct LNG Contract in 6 Months – CEO

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Gazprom’s CEO Alexey Miller said that Russia’s energy giant hopes to agree with India’s state-owned oil and gas company on amendments to the contract on deliveries of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) in the next six months. GOA (Sputnik) – Russia’s energy giant Gazprom hopes to agree with India’s state-owned oil and gas company on amendments to the contract on deliveries of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) in the… Russia’s Gazprom, India’s… Read More »

From Tampa to now: how reporting on asylum seekers has been a triumph of spin over substance

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This year marks the 15th anniversary of one of the most divisive national election campaigns in Australia’s recent history: the Tampa affair. Coming just weeks after the September 11 terror attacks, the pitched battle between John Howard and Kim Beazley drew heavily on fear and panic. The divisions of… From Tampa to… Read More »

Michelle Obama has dragged this US election out of the gutter

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Donald Trump has sunk US politics in a grotesque mire of populism. Anne Perkins But the first lady’s speech on respect for women captured the best of her country Michelle Obama may have done the… Michelle Obama has… Read More »

Theresa May leaves out Scottish Secretary from Brexit cabinet

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Theresa May has been accused of treating Scotland with contempt by failing to include the Scottish Secretary in her Brexit Cabinet committee. By TOM PETERKIN The SNP reacted with fury when it emerged that David Mundell will not be a full member of the UK Government’s decision making body on… Theresa May leaves… Read More »

The Quiet Fight for Iran’s Future

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The future direction of Iran’s foreign policy is all about internal politics. Farhad Rezaei Iran watchers have puzzled to assess whether the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that Iran and the… The Quiet Fight… Read More »

Boulevard of Broken Dreams: The “Street” and Politics in DR Congo

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Angry demonstrations hit Kinshasa in September as President Kabila’s aim to stay in power beyond a 19 December constitutional deadline became clearer. Regional and international actors must use diplomatic and financial levers to bring about credible democratic elections and… Boulevard of Broken… Read More »

US election: New president to face chilly relations with Cold War rivals Russia

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For all the bluster and bravado, accusations and denials over tapes and emails, there was a quiet but deadly serious issue raised in the second US presidential debate: what to do about Syria and, more broadly, how to counter Russia in that blighted nation and other places. Analysis By chief foreign correspondent Philip Williams In the past few weeks there has been a steady deterioration in relations between the West and… US election: New… Read More »

‘I Have the Impression That France Copies and Pastes US Foreign Policy’

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Relations between Paris and Moscow have hit a new low because President Francois Hollande has embraced Washington’s foreign policy, French politicians Valérie Boyer and Thierry Mariani told RT. This is the reason why the French leader has been reluctant to… ‘I Have the Impression That… Read More »

False perceptions: what lies behind our attitudes to Muslim immigration

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This week’s act of political leadership rejecting racist immigration policy is commendable, and an important marker for multiculturalism Peter Lewis This week’s joint commitment by Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten to reject One Nation’s call for a discriminatory immigration policy is more than an False perceptions: what… Read More »

Colombia to launch peace talks with ELN rebels

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The Colombian government and the country’s second-largest rebel group, the leftist National Liberation Army (ELN), announced Oct. 10 they would launch negotiations on Oct. 27 in Ecuador’s capital, with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos predicting “total peace.” Both sides have committed to doing everything in their power to “create an environment favorable to peace” once the… Colombia to launch… Read More »

End the Nuclear Insanity

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This month the United Nations has the opportunity to take a major step toward the elimination of nuclear weapons. José Ramos-Horta  Kailash Satyarthi  Muhammad Yunus  It is an opportunity that must not be lost. More than four decades ago, the nations with nuclear arsenals and the… End the Nuclear… Read More »

Lithuania readies for new government as ruling party comes third in vote

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Reuters VILNIUS: Lithuania’s ruling Social Democrats sank to a distant third place in the first round of national elections, leaving centre-right parties in pole position to form a new coalition government, surprise results showed Monday. After a campaign fought largely over Lithuania’s sluggish economy, first place went to the… Lithuania readies for new… Read More »

Thai King Bhumibol’s health not stable, palace says

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The health of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej is “not stable”, palace officials have said. King Bhumibol, 88, is the world’s longest reigning monarch, but has spent much of the last year in hospital and is rarely seen in public. He is widely revered in Thailand, where he is seen as an… Thai King Bhumibol’s health not… Read More »

Nicolas Sarkozy ♥ referendums

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If elected president again, he’d ask voters to decide on immigrant family reunification and administrative detention. By NICHOLAS VINOCUR PARIS — Slipping in polls, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy got himself a new mantra when talking about solving his country’s problems: ask the people — they know best. In a primetime… Nicolas Sarkozy… Read More »