Politics

ALP: Blocking democracy and a tolerable future

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At a time when fair-go Australia is desperate for enlightened leadership, Dr Geoff Davies asks: ‘Where is the ALP?’ Independent Australia Dr Geoff Davies PROGRESSIVE REFORMERS are attempting to take control of the major parties of the nominal left in the United States and the United Kingdom, in the wake of losses in national elections and the rise of reactionary forces. Even if the rebels do not take full control, there is some… ALP: Blocking democracy and a tolerable future Read More »

‘Misrepresented, recklessly’: PM rejects Dutton linking Lebanese migration with terrorism

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Speaking to SBS, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has denied Immigration Minister Peter Dutton recently linked Lebanese migration to terrorism. SBS Andrea Booth In an interview with SBS, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Immigration Minister Peter Dutton was “misrepresented, recklessly so” over his comments that appeared to link Lebanese migration in the 1970s with concerns around planned terrorist activity today. During question time on… ‘Misrepresented, recklessly’: PM rejects… Read More »

Why Matteo Renzi should vote no in the Italy referendum

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Italian PM Matteo Renzi has perhaps not contemplated that a yes vote on the referendum can be to his detriment. Al Jazeera By Silvia Mazzini A referendum should be nothing to be worried about. It is a… Why Matteo Renzi… Read More »

Thousands of protesters in Jakarta amid fury over Christian governor

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Tens of thousands of Muslims poured into central Jakarta on Dec. 2, to protest against the city’s governor, a Christian accused of insulting the Koran, fuelling tension that has alarmed Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Hurriyet JAKARTA – Reuters Widodo has blamed “political actors” for exploiting the… Thousands of protesters… Read More »

Erdoğan’s call to citizens: Sell dollars for lira, gold

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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called on Turkish citizens on Dec. 2 to convert their foreign exchange into gold or the Turkish Lira, adding that there was no option other than cutting interest rates to spur growth. Ηurriyet Following his remarks in Ankara, the lira saw fresh lows against the U.S. dollar. “Those who… Erdoğan’s call to… Read More »

Politicians must address economic anxiety or face backlash, Trudeau says

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Canadians rejected Trump-style politics in the last campaign, but the economic “anxiety” that helped elect the new president also exists in Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warns. The Star By Bruce Campion-Smith Ottawa Bureau, Robert BenzieQueen’s Park Bureau Chief Canadians rejected Trump-style politics in the last campaign, but the Politicians must address… Read More »

Iranian women demand inclusion in Rouhani’s cabinet

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The resignations of three cabinet ministers in October had raised hope among many women’s rights activists in Iran that President Hassan Rouhani would nominate at least one woman to one of the vacant positions. Al-Monitor Zahra Alipour While Rouhani pledged to incorporate more women into his government during his… Iranian women demand… Read More »

Worry not: the US-Japan alliance is safe in Trump’s hands

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‘National security and foreign policy experts in Washington are unanimous: one must distinguish between campaign rhetoric and political reality’ Asia Times By Harry J. Kazianis Normally December in Washington, D.C. is filled with one thing and one thing only: unending… Worry not: the… Read More »

Hebrides Range missile range secure until 2028

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The future of the UK’s largest missile range, based in the Western Isles, will be secure until 2028 following an announcement by the range’s operators that it has been awarded a £1bn contract amendment from the Ministry of Defence. (MoD) The Scotsman SHÂN ROSS QinetiQ, a leading science and engineering company, the… Hebrides Range missile… Read More »

Lebanon halts work as Palestinians reject wall around refugee camp

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US President-elect Donald Trump’s plan for a wall along the US-Mexico border isn’t the only one raising controversy these days. Al Monitor Haytham Mouzahem Construction began — and halted — last month on a wall at Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in… Lebanon halts work as… Read More »

This is the most dangerous time for our planet

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We can’t go on ignoring inequality, because we have the means to destroy our world but not to escape it The Guardian Stephen Hawking As a theoretical physicist based in Cambridge, I have lived my life in an extraordinarily privileged bubble. Cambridge is an unusual town, centred around… This is the most dangerous time for… Read More »

Why Portugal has become an oasis of stability

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Portugal bucks Europe’s populist trend, but financial fragility remains a threat. Politico By Paul Ames  LISBON — Any celebrations of António Costa‘s first anniversary as Why Portugal has… Read More »

Nhulunbuy MLA Guyula to stay in NT Parliament, NTEC application dismissed

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Independent Member for Nhulunbuy Yingiya Mark Guyula will retain his seat in the Northern Territory Parliament after the Court of Disputed Returns dismissed a case challenging his election. ABC Avani Dias The Northern Territory Electoral Commission (NTEC) said it had information that Mr Guyula had been a member of the Milingimbi Local Authority which could make him ineligible to nominate as a candidate in the August state election. In a statement, lawyer Ken Parish said… Nhulunbuy MLA Guyula to stay ... Read More »

As this week’s ‘glue-in’ in parliament shows, the story of protest has no end

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History shows that many protest movements are marked by long phases of apparent futility, until something finally changes The Guardian Clive Hamilton What is remarkable about Wednesday’s Parliament House protest against detention of asylum seekers is that there has not been a lot more of it. In the history of protest it was a… As this week’s ‘glue-in’ in parliament shows, the story of… Read More »

This is the most dangerous time for our planet

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We can’t go on ignoring inequality, because we have the means to destroy our world but not to escape it Stephen Hawking The Guardian As a theoretical physicist based in Cambridge, I have lived my life in an extraordinarily privileged bubble. Cambridge is an unusual town, centred around one of the… This is the… Read More »

Killing The Electoral College Is A Dumb Idea Pushed By Ignorant People

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Some very nice, apparently well-educated people are peddling absolute Pablum about the Electoral College. The Federalist By Donna Carol Voss If you want to get rid of the Electoral College, you don’t understand how it works. I mean the… Killing The Electoral… Read More »