Politics

Nigerian President Buhari ‘not demanding’ Cameron apology

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says he wants the return of stolen assets, not an apology, after UK PM calls his country “fantastically corrupt”. Speaking at an anti-corruption event in London, Mr Buhari said he was more interested in the return of stolen assets held in British banks. Mr Cameron made the unguarded comments in a conversation with the Queen… Source: Nigerian President Buhari ‘not demanding’ Cameron apology – BBC News Read More »

How East Timor’s democracy is making it an outcast

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Five years since submitting its formal membership application to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the small Pacific country of East Timor is more determined than ever to join. It should be simple. According to ASEAN’s 1967 Bangkok Declaration, the main condition for joining the economic and political alliance is that the applicant country must be geographically located in Southeast Asia. But the 2007 ASEAN Charter introduced new… Source: How East Timor’s democracy is making it an outcast – ... Read More »

The Obama Administration Just Granted Henry Kissinger a Distinguished Public Service Award

An outsized personality who has committed outsized mayhem, Kissinger eclipses his own context. By Greg Grandin Kissinger, again. Yesterday Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter honored Henry A. Kissinger at the Pentagon by presenting the former secretary of state with the Distinguished Public Service Award, apparently the highest… Source: The Obama Administration Just Granted Henry Kissinger a Distinguished Public Service Award | The Nation Read More »

Can India Balance Between China and America?

Washington wants stronger ties, but New Delhi must remain a swing state.. Ajaya Kumar Das Some in the Indian strategic community believe that recent moves to enhance defense cooperation with the United States could make India, among others, an element in American strategy to limit Beijing’s rising power to the… Source: Can India Balance Between China and America? | The National Interest Read More »

London mayor to visit US ‘in case Trump wins’

Newly elected mayor said he will visit to see the US once more in case he is shut out by Trump policies.. London’s first Muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan, says if Donald Trump becomes president of the United States he will be barred from entering the country on account of his faith. The UK Labour Party candidate secured victory over Conservative challenger Zac Goldsmith on Saturday, and is already looking ahead to his future responsibilities abroad… Source: London mayor to visit ... Read More »

Kim Jong-un gets a grander title as three journalists are expelled from North Korea

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KIM Jong-un has given himself a new title — party chairman — as three journalists were expelled from North Korea for “insulting the dignity” of the country… Source: Kim Jong-un gets a grander title as three journalists are expelled from North Korea | HeraldSun Read More »

Fintan O’Toole on an astonishing ideological volte-face

Maybe we’ve just seen the greatest ideological reversal in Irish politics. I genuinely hope so’.. Who wrote this scathing attack on the nature of the Irish State? “We have previously enjoyed and wasted prosperity before. WhileIreland has been a wealthy country for a generation, the gap between rich and poor has remained far too large. Even before the economic collapse, Ireland had the highest rate of jobless households in Europe, facilitated by… Source: Fintan O’Toole on an astonishing ideological volte-face Read More »

Political donation laws must be reformed to make campaign financing more transparent

Editorial Seven years ago, a Victorian parliamentary inquiry suggested Australia was ranked “among the least regulated jurisdictions in the Western world” in terms of the laws that govern political donations and campaign financing. It is altogether dispiriting that nothing has changed in the interim. In terms of transparency, accountability and timeliness, the laws remain hopelessly inadequate… Source: Political donation laws must be reformed to make campaign financing more transparent Read More »

Philippines election: ‘Dictator-in-waiting’ Rodrigo Duterte headed for a huge victory

Philippines’ outgoing president compared his now likely successor to Adolf Hitler before 50 million people cast their ballots… A foul-mouthed anti-establishment outsider has been elected president of the Philippines in an extraordinary political upset that will return the island-nation to authoritarian rule 30 years after a popular uprising ousted the dictator Ferdinand Marcos… Source: Philippines election: ‘Dictator-in-waiting’ Rodrigo Duterte headed for a huge victory Read More »

The choice for Europe: rescue Greece or create a failed state

It’s no longer about austerity. This is a battle for the soul of Europe.. Between now and mid-June the European political elite must give its answer to an existential question. Will it honour the deal it made to rescue Greece last July; or will it push the radical left government into default –effectively creating a failed state in Europe?… Source: The choice for Europe: rescue Greece or create a failed state | Paul Mason | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Aung San Suu Kyi’s Cowardly Stance on the Rohingya

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The Rohingya are a Muslim minority in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar that has been systematically denied the most elemental rights: citizenship, freedom of worship, education, marriage and travel. THE EDITORIAL BOARD  Tens of thousands of the Rohingya were driven from their homes by violence in 2012; last year many tried to flee persecution and… Aung San Suu Kyi’s Cowardly… Read More »

Grim Legacy of VD for Cyprus: Non Implementation of Self-Determination Created Tragedy: Should the UN Legitimize the Travesty?

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Today marks the anniversary of the defeat of Nazism. The 9th of May 1945, Victory Day, marks the date Nazi Germany, bent on subjugating the whole world, was utterly defeated by the Allied Powers. The latter through their commitments signed under both the Atlantic (1941) and the UN Charter (1945) undertook, inter alia, to… Source: Grim Legacy of VD for Cyprus: Non Implementation of Self-Determination Created Tragedy: Should the UN Legitimize the Travesty? | INTERSECURITYFORUM Read More »

Federal election 2016: Thanks for paying for my house, loser

The Prime Minister is correct. There are a lot of mum and dads with negatively geared property investments. Once upon a time, I was one of them. It was great for me. Not so much for you… Source: Federal election 2016: Thanks for paying for my house, loser Read More »

Why Turkey’s Historic Churches Are Being Turned Into Mosques

Christians in Turkey have become a tiny minority. The few remaining Christian churches in Anatolia are also on the path to total annihilation. Christians in Turkey have – throughout the centuries — been turned into a tiny, dwindling minority. The remaining few Christian churches in Anatolia are also on the path to total annihilation. Hagia Sophia in Trabzon: Church-mosque-museum and… Source: Why Turkey’s Historic Churches Are Being Turned Into Mosques Read More »

Bulgarian Socialists pick first female leader

Bulgaria’s Socialist Party (BSP), the biggest opposition party in the Balkan country, chose a new leader on May 8 with the task of winning back disaffected voters and pushing for an early general election.. Kornelia Ninova, the first female leader in the BSP’s 125-year history, won 395 votes from delegates at the party’s congress, with her predecessor Mihail Mikov coming second on 349… Source: Bulgarian Socialists pick first female leader – EUROPE Read More »

India stares at complete breakdown of ties with Nepal

The cancellation of the visit by the Nepalese President Bidhya Devi Bhandari to India on Monday; the abandonment of the idea of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attending the ‘Buddh Purnima’ in Lumbini on May 21; Kathmandu’s decision to recall its ambassador in New Delhi – the weekend is packed with dramatic developments that have deeply wounded the India-Nepal relationship… Source: India stares at complete breakdown of ties with Nepal – Asia Times Read More »