Is this the next UN Secretary General?

While the U.S. election steals the media spotlight, Stefan Labbé updates on another important leadership campaign — that for Secretary General of the United Nations.. This December, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will finish his second five-year term. So far, 11 candidates have come forward to replace him in what is often said to be the world’s most impossible job. For an organization that proselytizes transparency and good governance, the selection process for the next Secretary General (SG) is opening up ... Read More »

3 Reasons China Fears Brexit

China’s economic opportunities in Europe would vanish with Britain’s departure.. Ivan Lidarev No doubt, the United States stands to lose a great deal from a Brexit. In recent months, countless commentators, as well as the Obama administration, haveemphatically made this point. But few analysts have noted that the same holds true for China. Britain’s departure from the EU would be a costly economic and political blow to China, which worries Beijing. Thus, China has quietly but… Source: 3 Reasons China ... Read More »

Premarket: Sell-off abates as Brexit opinion seen shifting

Shares, oil and bond yields rose on Friday after a tumultuous week and as campaigning for Britain’s EU membership vote next week was suspended after the killing of a pro-”Remain” politician. European bourses rebounded 1.5 per cent after a third straight week of falls and bond markets saw benchmark 10-year German bond yields claw back up to the zero mark as risk appetite slowly began to return… Source: Premarket: Sell-off abates as Brexit opinion seen shifting – The Globe and ... Read More »

The Guardian view on Jo Cox: an attack on humanity, idealism and democracy

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Editorial: The MP murdered on the street embodied decency and a commitment to all that humanity has in common. What a contrast with her assailant and so much that is rotten in politics… Source: The Guardian view on Jo Cox: an attack on humanity, idealism and democracy | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Bernie Sanders stays in race, but hints at dropping out: ‘I intend to play a role in defeating Donald Trump’


Sen. Bernie Sanders hinted that he may soon officially drop out of the Democratic presidential primary. In a video address to supporters on Thursday, Sanders said that he is prepared to help defeat presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. “The major political task that we face in the next five months is to make certain that Donald Trump is defeated and defeated badly,” Sanders said. “And I personally intend to begin my role in that process in a very short period of time.”… ... Read More »

What Does Davutoğlu’s Departure Mean for the AKParty and Turkey at Large?

“Unusual” is no longer a sufficient word to describe the nature of political developments in Turkey. The AKParty has changed its chairman along with a major reshuffle of the composition of the party’s main decision-making bodies. Moreover, the new party chairman, who automatically became the new premier, has put in place a new government with significant changes to the cabinet. All this has happened in a very short period of time and with very little fuss… Source: What Does Davutoğlu’s ... Read More »

Parakeelia, Privacy, And The Need For A Federal Anti-Corruption Body

Another day, another Liberal Party funding scandal. This is what happens when you leave politicians to regulate themselves, writes Ben Eltham. According to the Miriam Webster dictionary, parakelia is “a succulent herb (Calandrinia balonensis) that is an important livestock feed in drier parts of interior Australia.”. A succulent snack of a different nature is currently intriguing. More… Source: Parakeelia, Privacy, And The Need For A Federal Anti-Corruption Body – New Matilda Read More »

Fear and Loathing in the Levant: Turkey Changes its Syria Policy and Strategy

Turkey’s strategic position in northern Aleppo and the Manbij pocket has collapsed, forcing the Turkish government to recalibrate its Syria policy. This shift in Turkish policy began in June 2015, when Turkish officials began to speak openly about the need for a safe zone between the Euphrates River and the opposition held city of Azaz. This policy proposal differed from Turkey’s previous insistence on a comprehensive no-fly-zone over all of Syria, enforced with American, Turkish, and other allied aircraft. This ... Read More »

Turkey fails to meet criteria for visa-free EU travel

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European commission says Turkey has not met conditions of possible deal including border security and human rights issues.. Turkey has missed an EU deadline that would have allowed its citizens visa-free travel through most of Europe, amid ongoing tensions over a controversial migration deal… Source: Turkey fails to meet criteria for visa-free EU travel | World news | The Guardian Read More »

The Pentagon’s Real Strategy: Keeping the Money Flowing

These days, lamenting the apparently aimless character of Washington’s military operations in the Greater Middle East has become conventional wisdom among administration critics of every sort. Senator John McCain thunders that “this president has no strategy to successfully reverse the tide of slaughter and mayhem” in that region. Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies bemoans the “lack of a viable and public strategy.” Andrew Bacevich suggests that “there is no strategy. None. Zilch.”… Source: The Pentagon’s Real ... Read More »

Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems

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Financial meltdown, environmental disaster and even the rise of Donald Trump – neoliberalism has played its part in them all. Why has the left failed to come up with an alternative? Imagine if the people of the Soviet Union had never heard of communism. The ideology that dominates our lives has, for most of us, no name. Mention it in conversation and you’ll be rewarded with a shrug. Even if your listeners have heard the term before, they will struggle ... Read More »

Who is Sheldon Adelson and can he sway the US election?

We ask if the casino tycoon and pro-Israel mega-donor wields more cash than clout or if he will soon become king-maker.. New York, US – It is testament to his status in United States politics that Sheldon Adelson has a primary election named after him. The “Adelson primary”, as it is known informally, is not a… Source: Who is Sheldon Adelson and can he sway the US election? – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

The economic shock of a ‘Brexit’

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By Sebastian Mallaby Sebastian Mallaby is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Washington Post Global Opinions contributing columnist. He is an editor at InFacts.org, a website campaigning to keep Britain in the European Union. LONDON For the first time since the start of Britain’s referendum fight over Europe, the polls predict “Brexit.” The four most recent national surveys put the “Leave” side ahead with margins of between one and 10 percentage points. Most people, including ... Read More »

Sanders, the Windows 95 of Progressive Politics?

As the Democratic primaries came to an end Tuesday night, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton met. Mr. Sanders presumably made a strong case that the ideas and ideological direction of his campaign should be incorporated into her campaign and, if she wins, her presidency. Earlier in the day, in anticipation of the meeting, he said, “I think the time is now — in fact, the time is long overdue — for a fundamental transformation of the Democratic Party.”… Source: Sanders, ... Read More »

In PNG and Nauru, Australia’s immigration policy comes at the expense of democracy

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Australia’s offshore detention policy relies on the weakness of its post-colonial states, even as it weakens them further.. A regional solution for refugees. That was the liberal sweetener in the “expert panel” report of 2012, a document that endorsed the deterrent of offshore processing. Duly fortified against her left flank (one of the “experts” was Paris Aristotle, a well-respected “refugee advocate”), then prime minister Julia Gillard declared her government would “move urgently to restart offshore processing on Manus Island and ... Read More »

Donald Trump and NRA to discuss gun rights for terror suspects

Orlando nightclub shooting has has renewed debate over gun control regulations in US.. US presidential hopeful Donald Trump is to meet the National Rifle Association (NRA) to discuss ways to block people on terrorism watch lists or no-fly lists from buying guns. The presumptive Republican nominee’s meeting with the gun lobbying group comes as his party scrambles to respond in the aftermath of the worst mass shooting in modern US history… Source: Donald Trump and NRA to discuss gun rights ... Read More »