Politics

Boulevard of Broken Dreams: The “Street” and Politics in DR Congo

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Angry demonstrations hit Kinshasa in September as President Kabila’s aim to stay in power beyond a 19 December constitutional deadline became clearer. Regional and international actors must use diplomatic and financial levers to bring about credible democratic elections and… Boulevard of Broken… Read More »

US election: New president to face chilly relations with Cold War rivals Russia

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For all the bluster and bravado, accusations and denials over tapes and emails, there was a quiet but deadly serious issue raised in the second US presidential debate: what to do about Syria and, more broadly, how to counter Russia in that blighted nation and other places. Analysis By chief foreign correspondent Philip Williams In the past few weeks there has been a steady deterioration in relations between the West and… US election: New… Read More »

‘I Have the Impression That France Copies and Pastes US Foreign Policy’

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Relations between Paris and Moscow have hit a new low because President Francois Hollande has embraced Washington’s foreign policy, French politicians Valérie Boyer and Thierry Mariani told RT. This is the reason why the French leader has been reluctant to… ‘I Have the Impression That… Read More »

False perceptions: what lies behind our attitudes to Muslim immigration

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This week’s act of political leadership rejecting racist immigration policy is commendable, and an important marker for multiculturalism Peter Lewis This week’s joint commitment by Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten to reject One Nation’s call for a discriminatory immigration policy is more than an False perceptions: what… Read More »

Colombia to launch peace talks with ELN rebels

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The Colombian government and the country’s second-largest rebel group, the leftist National Liberation Army (ELN), announced Oct. 10 they would launch negotiations on Oct. 27 in Ecuador’s capital, with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos predicting “total peace.” Both sides have committed to doing everything in their power to “create an environment favorable to peace” once the… Colombia to launch… Read More »

End the Nuclear Insanity

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This month the United Nations has the opportunity to take a major step toward the elimination of nuclear weapons. José Ramos-Horta  Kailash Satyarthi  Muhammad Yunus  It is an opportunity that must not be lost. More than four decades ago, the nations with nuclear arsenals and the… End the Nuclear… Read More »

Lithuania readies for new government as ruling party comes third in vote

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Reuters VILNIUS: Lithuania’s ruling Social Democrats sank to a distant third place in the first round of national elections, leaving centre-right parties in pole position to form a new coalition government, surprise results showed Monday. After a campaign fought largely over Lithuania’s sluggish economy, first place went to the… Lithuania readies for new… Read More »

Nicolas Sarkozy ♥ referendums

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If elected president again, he’d ask voters to decide on immigrant family reunification and administrative detention. By NICHOLAS VINOCUR PARIS — Slipping in polls, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy got himself a new mantra when talking about solving his country’s problems: ask the people — they know best. In a primetime… Nicolas Sarkozy… Read More »

Thai King Bhumibol’s health not stable, palace says

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The health of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej is “not stable”, palace officials have said. King Bhumibol, 88, is the world’s longest reigning monarch, but has spent much of the last year in hospital and is rarely seen in public. He is widely revered in Thailand, where he is seen as an… Thai King Bhumibol’s health not… Read More »

EU ‘very concerned’ over Hungary newspaper suspension

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The EU said Oct. 10 it is “very concerned” after Hungary’s main opposition newspaper halted publication, sparking fears of a clampdown on press freedom by the right-wing government. BRUSSELS – Agence France-Presse Left-leaning Nepszabadsag newspaper is to be sold, its editor said on Oct. 9, and while the… EU ‘very concerned’ over… Read More »

Pauline Hanson and Derryn Hinch argue over Trump’s ‘sexual predator’ scandal

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Pauline Hanson and Derryn Hinch argue over Trump’s ‘sexual predator’ scandal Gareth Hutchens Pauline Hanson and Derryn Hinch have publicly clashed over the recording of US Republican candidate Donald Trump bragging about using his fame to grope women without their consent. Their argument began in a… Pauline Hanson and… Read More »

Donald and Billy on the Bus

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It’s Billy Bush’s snickering that really gets to me. In the video from 2005, published Friday by The Washington Post, you can hear Mr. Bush (first cousin to George W.) wheezing ecstatically as Donald J. Trump brags, inadvertently into a hot mic, about sexually harassing and… Donald and Billy on… Read More »

Sanctioned Murder: Australia’s Role In Drone Strikes On Innocent Civilians Is Growing

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Not content with just brutalising Aboriginal people and refugees, Australia is increasing its involvement in a covert program that has killed thousands of innocent people abroad. Michael Brull explains. By Michael Brull  The Australian government takes part in the murder of people overseas. They help… Sanctioned Murder: Australia’s Role In… Read More »

Nigeria finally bans Shiite Muslims

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Almost a year after the killing of more than 380 Shiite Muslims in Zaria in Kaduna state, Nigeria, the government has declared the sect with at least 4 million followers unlawful. MOHAMMED MOMOH in Abuja The sect had a violent clash with the Nigerian Army in December 2015 leading to deaths, arrests and… Nigeria finally bans… Read More »

Chinese Communist Party readies crackdown on Christianity

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China’s governing Communist Party is set to launch a nationwide crackdown on Christianity. Chinese Communist Party readies crackdown on Christianity – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Correspondents Report By China correspondent Matthew Carney Correspondent Matthew Carney travels through the country and speaks to churchgoers who are worried they could soon be arrested. The Communist Party has just enacted much tougher… Chinese Communist Party readies… Read More »

This is the point of no return for Donald Trump

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Disgusting comments about groping women, and a non-apology, have sealed his fate. Richard Wolffe The only question now is what the GOP can rescue of its own reputation It’s going to get worse for Donald Trump and his Republican… This is the point of no… Read More »