Politics

Comment: How many guns is too many guns?

Something is broken in our firearm laws when people are allowed to build up their own private arsenals. By David Shoebridge * How many guns is too many guns? It’s not just an academic question. In NSW, the extent of gun ownership tells us something about how the gun… Source: Comment: How many guns is too many guns? | SBS News Read More »

Clinton and Goldman: Why It Matters

To understand the significance of Hillary Clinton’s repeated dealings with Goldman Sachs and its top executives since the financial crisis, we have to bring together two strands of history. One concerns Bill and Hillary Clinton’s long-running connections to Goldman, among their closest with… Source: Clinton and Goldman: Why It Matters by Simon Head | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books Read More »

If Britain votes to leave the E.U., Germany could be one of the biggest losers

Officials fear an “out” vote could splinter the bloc, an institution central to modern German identity… Source: If Britain votes to leave the E.U., Germany could be one of the biggest losers – The Washington Post Read More »

Barack Obama’s biggest mistake as president? His failure to explain big picture

Washington: Libya? Really, Mr President. Had Obama deflected Fox News’ question on the “worst” mistakes of his presidency, he might have delayed the inevitable end-of-term scrutiny, in which analysts, hacks and opportunists pile on, to identify the failures of the most powerful office in the world. But in focusing attention on just a part of the… Source: Barack Obama’s biggest mistake as president? His failure to explain big picture Read More »

If Britain leaves EU, Germany could be one of the biggest losers

BERLIN – The Germans are not known for emoting, and the country’s famously flinty finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, is no exception… Source: If Britain leaves EU, Germany could be one of the biggest losers – Houston Chronicle Read More »

Australian oil and gas lobby spent millions advocating against climate action: report

Australia’s oil and gas industry lobby group spent $3 million last year “obstructing” ambitious climate change policy through its advocacy work, according to an assessment by not-for-profit research group InfluenceMap… Source: Australian oil and gas lobby spent millions advocating against climate action: report Read More »

Bob Hawke calls for euthanasia to be made legal in Australia

Former prime minister says he has discussed end-of-life options with his wife, Blanche D’Alpuget. Bob Hawke has put his political influence behind the campaign to introduce assisted dying laws in Australia, saying it is “absurd that euthanasia is not legal in this country”… Source: Bob Hawke calls for euthanasia to be made legal in Australia | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Brexit makes for EU banking shake-up

If the U.K. opts for the Brexit in June, the European banking system will feel the impact first.. The banking industry is set for big changes if Britons vote to quit the European Union in June… Source: Brexit makes for EU banking shake-up Read More »

How a vulgar poem is giving Germany’s Merkel a real headache

It all started with a joke. Last week, German comedian Jan Böhmermann aired a segment on his show in which he read an openly offensive poem, directed at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in which he accused him of bestiality and other unsavory things… Source: How a vulgar poem is giving Germany’s Merkel a real headache – The Washington Post Read More »

Political Conflict, Extremism and Criminal Justice in Bangladesh

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Political repression is reaching new highs in Bangladesh. The government’s abuse of rule of law institutions for political ends has created an atmosphere of injustice that is increasingly exploited by anti-state extremist groups. The gruesome recent killing of a secular blogger is just another tragic result of these groups’ growing power and impunity… Source: Political Conflict, Extremism and Criminal Justice in Bangladesh – International Crisis Group Read More »

Brexit and the Balance of Power

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Faced with a rising China, a declining but risk-inclined Russia, and the prospect of prolonged turmoil in the Middle East, close transatlantic cooperation will be crucial to maintaining a liberal international order over the long term. By weakening both Europe and Britain, the UK’s withdrawal from the EU would threaten such an order… Source: Brexit and the Balance of Power by Joseph S. Nye – Project Syndicate Read More »

Q&A With Christine Lagarde

With so many financial markets driven by the utterings of central bankers, the words of the woman who is in effect the central banker’s central banker matter enormously. Christine Lagarde, 60, who is about to begin her second five-year term as head of the International Monetary Fund, has a remarkable… Source: Q&A With Christine Lagarde Read More »

Singapore’s PM Lee Hsien Loong at war with sister over Lee Kuan Yew commemorations

An unprecedented family feud between Singapore’s prime minister and his sister over the death of their father Lee Kuan Yew has burst into the open in the strictly-controlled city-state.. Lee Hsien Loong said that he is “deeply saddened” that his sister Lee Wei Ling had accused him of abusing his power to commemorate the first anniversary of their father’s death in order to… Source: Singapore’s PM Lee Hsien Loong at war with sister over Lee Kuan Yew commemorations Read More »

Christians fear losing ancient churches in Turkey after government takeover

For centuries, Christians in Turkey, though a minority in the predominantly Muslim country, have maintained and protected their sacred places of worship. These ancient churches are even older than Islam. Now, Christians in Turkey are fearful that they… Source: Christians fear losing ancient churches in Turkey after government takeover | Christian News on Christian Today Read More »

Support for Queensland bill of rights not universal

It’s designed to enshrine rights many Queenslanders take for granted in law, but the proposal for a Human Rights Act has met with a mixed response. The parliamentary committee charged with examining a bill of rights for Queensland – whether there is a need for one, and if so, what it… Source: Support for Queensland bill of rights not universal Read More »

Diplomats gone wild: Saudi staffers run riot on our roads with police powerless to stop them

Imagine driving at 135km/h past Parliament House at 2am on a Tuesday, leading police on a pursuit, failing to provide a valid licence, blaming your behaviour on a lack of antibiotics and getting away with it. That’s exactly what happened to one diplomat at the royal embassy of Saudi Arabia who used… Source: Diplomats gone wild: Saudi staffers run riot on our roads with police powerless to stop them Read More »