Politics

Greece is still grinding toward Grexit

Stephen Pope The Greek economy grew between April and June; although only by 0.2% An estimate by the statistics service show it shrank by 0.9% year-on-year Following sales-tax increases and pension cuts, consumer spending has fallen The economy has contracted by 25% since the debt crisis in 2009 It is time to be seriously contemplating “Grexit” once again It has been a while since I took a look at the tricky trouble spot of the… Source: Greece is still grinding ... Read More »

National investment banks: a radical proposal?

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National investment banks haven’t always proved a success. JOHN MARLOW Can they be implemented as part of a left-wing economic programme?… Source: National investment banks: a radical proposal? | openDemocracy Read More »

Why is Christianity declining?

The number of Christians and cultural strength of Christianity are both declining in the United States. By David Gushee  This decline is noticeable and is affecting church life, culture, and politics. It is also deeply disturbing to most Christians, including me. These descriptive claims are found in my new book, A Letter to My Anxious Christian Friends, just out with… Source: Why is Christianity declining? | Religion News Service Read More »

Poland Wants to Take Responsibility for EU Future, Show Model for Reforms

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo stated that the European Union should be reformed to meet the needs of the Europeans, but not the continent’s elites, to increase the role of national parliaments and return the EU institutions back to their responsibilities described in EU documents… Source: Poland Wants to Take Responsibility for EU Future, Show Model for Reforms Read More »

‘Lifestyle illnesses’ costing governments hundreds of millions of dollars annually: study

The financial burden of so-called lifestyle illnesses in working people aged 45 and over is costing governments hundreds of millions of dollars annually, reveals major study… Source: ‘Lifestyle illnesses’ costing governments hundreds of millions of dollars annually: study – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

What are Russia’s objectives in the Middle East and in the Caspian?

August was a month of active Russian diplomacy in the Middle East and the Caspian region. By Yekaterina Chulkovskaya, Russia Beyond the Headlines A meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilkham Aliyev and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took place in Baku on… Source: What are Russia’s objectives in the Middle East and in the Caspian? – UPI.com Read More »

Philippine president ‘regrets’ Obama slur

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expressed regret yesterday that a tirade against Barack Obama, in which he called the U.S. leader a “son of a whore,” came across as a personal attack. Longtime allies the United States and the Philippines have seen relations plunge under a barrage of insults from Duterte since he came to office on June 30… Source: Philippine president ‘regrets’ Obama slur – ASIA Read More »

MP Andrew Wilkie says Nauru visa denial proves Australia ‘has much to hide’

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Independent MP says ‘only conclusion’ is that the government doesn’t want truth about detention regime to come out Ben Doherty Nauru’s secrecy over the Australian-run immigration detention centre on its island continues to deepen, with the independent parliamentarian Andrew Wilkie denied a… Source: MP Andrew Wilkie says Nauru visa denial proves Australia ‘has much to hide’ | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Trump Is Breaking Bad, Not Clinically Mad

Now that Donald Trump is improbably close to becoming president, several frightened commentators are suggesting he receive psychiatric evaluation to ensure he is not mentally ill. The amateur diagnoses most often floated for Trump are Narcissistic Personality Disorder or Borderline Personality Disorder. I know something about Personality Disorders, having written the… Source: Trump Is Breaking Bad, Not Clinically Mad Read More »

Alexis Tsipras, the escapologist

The Greek prime minister pulled off the seemingly impossible last year. Can he do it again? By YIANNIS BABOULIAS   A year ago, Alexis Tsipras pulled off the unlikeliest of election victories. Now he’s looking rather less invincible. The Greek prime minister and his team are hard at work publicizing a meeting of southern European leaders in Athens on… Source: Alexis Tsipras, the escapologist – POLITICO Read More »

Indonesia, 1998: A Great Moment in History

The 1998 downfall of Indonesian dictator, Suharto, prompted resolute and emotional displays of support for a transition to democracy. By Michael V. Day This was as keenly felt by ordinary Indonesians as it was by the two rivals for the presidency, Abdurrahman Wahid and Megawati Sukarnoputri. The days of transition were chaotic and violent, but the… Source: Indonesia, 1998: A Great Moment in History – AIIA Read More »

Paranoid politics: how does Donald Trump get away with it?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump seems willing to reach beyond what has been previously acceptable in his quest to be America’s next president. Lisa Barritt-Eyles  But this, combined with his refusal to back down or acknowledge error – even after attacking the parents of a Muslim soldier killed in Iraq – signals that a campaign or arguments built around “facts”, or within the… Source: Paranoid politics: how does Donald Trump get away with it? Read More »

Comment: Chinese money isn’t the issue – the whole political donations system’s screwed up

Recent weeks have seen media attention focus on the role of Chinese nationals in sponsoring or donating to Australian politicians and political parties, amidst public concerns over what these donors might potentially expect in return – from Australia’s foreign policy objectives, to favourable deals in domestic economic projects… Source: Comment: Chinese money isn’t the issue – the whole political donations system’s screwed up | SBS News Read More »

Opposing The Criminalisation Of Protest: The BDS Movement As A Beacon

In a climate where governments are ratcheting up the fear to suppress legitimate public protest, Professor Stuart Rees argues there’s an organisation that already provides a template for resistance. Governments’ fascination with suppressing democratic rights merits opposition similar to the activities to support the… Source: Opposing The Criminalisation Of Protest: The BDS Movement As A Beacon – New Matilda Read More »

GOP senior statesmen continue to hold their fire on Trump

By Josh Rogin Josh Rogin is a columnist for the Global Opinions section of The Post. With only two months left until the presidential election, the most senior national security figures in the Republican Party are largely staying on the sidelines, even though almost all are said to privately oppose Donald Trump becoming commander in chief. Many of their more junior colleagues are calling on them to get off the… Source: GOP senior statesmen continue to hold their fire on ... Read More »

G20 summit: Japan issues stark warning to Britain over Brexit 

May on diplomatic offensive as Japan says firms may leave UK if EU deal not agreed Clifford Coonan in Hangzhou British prime minister Theresa May has sought to soothe fears about Britain’s decision to leave the European Union after the United States and Japan warned of the… Source: G20 summit: Japan issues stark warning to Britain over Brexit Read More »