Politics

Heed Hawke’s call – Australian federalism is an idea whose time has ended

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Former prime minister Bob Hawke’s recent call for the state governments to be abolished is worthy of support. Bede Harris The Conversation Labor has historically been in favour of centralisation, while the Coalition has supported federalism. So, Hawke’s position is not… Heed Hawke’s call – Australian… Read More »

How Palestinian left hopes to renew political system

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Al-Monitor met with Jamil Mezher, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine’s political bureau, at his office in Gaza City. Rasha Abou Jalal Al Monitor Among the several Palestinian issues he discussed in the interview were the decline of Arab and Palestinian leftism at the expense of the advancement of Islamist movements, the most efficient Palestinian tools to resist Israel, the… How Palestinian left hopes to… Read More »

Obama’s legacy in Asia

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After six years of major foreign policy effort, it is clear Obama failed in his Pivot to Asia. Richard Javad Heydarian Al Jazeera News “[B]y almost every measure, America is a better, stronger place than it was when we started,” declared US president Barack Hussein Obama in his emotional farewell speech. “After all, we remain the wealthiest, most powerful, and… Obama’s legacy in… Read More »

Dossiers and make believe: The CIA, Trump and unverified news

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The concept of fake news has been turned inside out with the latest Trump dossier scandal, writes Dr Binoy Kampmark. Binoy Kampmark Independent Australia MORNING BREAKFAST NEWS in London on the BBC’s Radio Four on Friday was a delightful affair filled with discussions on Russia (when do we not talk about that busy, stirring Bear these days?) Donald Trump, dossiers… Dossiers and make believe… Read More »

The Geopolitics of 2017 in 4 Maps

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International relations and geopolitics are not synonymous… at least, not the way we understand them at Geopolitical… By George Friedman and Jacob L. Shapiro Mauldin Economics “International relations” is a descriptive phrase that encompasses all the ways countries behave toward one… “Geopolitics” is the supposition that all… The Geopolitics of… Read More »

Stark inequality: Oxfam says 8 men as rich as half the world

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DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The gap between the super-rich and the poorest half of the global population is starker than previously thought, with just eight men, from Bill Gates to Michael Bloomberg, owning as much wealth as 3.6 billion people, according to an… Pan Pylas Associated Press Presenting its findings on… Stark inequality: Oxfam… Read More »

How Barack Obama paved the way for Donald Trump

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Don’t blame it all on racism. During the financial crash Obama sided with the bankers, not people losing their homes – making Trump’s victory possible Gary Younge The Guardian To celebrate its 225th anniversary, the US Mint and Treasury last week unveiled plans to issue a 24-carat commemorative coin depicting Lady Liberty as an African-American woman. With full lips and… How Barack Obama paved… Read More »

South Korean political crisis escalates as Samsung chief awaits notice of arrest

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Seoul:  South Korean prosecutors will decide on Monday whether the head of Samsung Group, the country’s biggest conglomerate, should be arrested as an influence-peddling scandal engulfing impeached President Park Geun-hye’s government gained… Canberra Times Reuters Samsung Group chief Jay Y Lee was held overnight on… South Korean political… Read More »

Border tariff fears as UK edges towards hard Brexit

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Theresa May expected to say Britain prepared to exit single market and customs union Pat Leahy, Gerry Moriarty The Irish Times Fears that Britain will leave the European Union’s customs union, raising the prospect of tariffs on goods moving across the Border, have intensified in Dublin following leaks of British prime… Border tariff fears… Read More »

Pro-reform group criticises arrests in Amman

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Lawyers say activists held in “political witch-hunt” but government justifies the arrests on grounds of… Ali Younes Al Jazeera The lawyer for one of several anti-corruption activists detained recently by Jordan’s General Intelligence Directorate has demanded the immediate release of his client, saying that he… Pro-reform group… Read More »

Hong Kong’s Lam and Tsang get nod to run in chief executive race

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Hong Kong’s Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and Financial Secretary John Tsang stepped down to run for the chief executive… BENNY KUNG Asia Times China approved the resignations of two leading government officials in Hong Kong, allowing the duo to run for the top job of the… Hong Kong’s Lam… Read More »

Implementing the Iran Nuclear Deal: A Status Report

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The one-year-old Iran nuclear deal has succeeded in its goal of blocking nuclear proliferation and opening the door to Iranian economic… ICG But it remains in jeopardy unless both Washington and Tehran defend and extend the spirit as well as the letter of the… Implementing the Iran… Read More »

Why Trump, and Asia, need Randy Forbes as US Navy secretary

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One man sticks out as having the knowledge, experience and expertise to confront the naval challenges America faces in Asia, writes Harry J. Kazianis Harry J. Kazianis Asia Times As the world takes stock of the upcoming transfer of power in Washington, DC, the US military faces tremendous challenges to what seemed, for a time, its limitless ability to project power around the globe and protect its… Why Trump, and Asia, need… Read More »

Donald Trump hails Brexit, says it will be ‘very hard’ to keep EU together amid refugee crisis

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Wading into foreign affairs days before his inauguration, US President-elect Donald Trump has told European media that the UK’s decision to leave the European Union will “end up being a great thing” and the bloc will continue to break… ABC AP/Reuters The incoming president, in an interview published on… Donald Trump hails… Read More »

Donald Trump says Merkel made ‘catastrophic mistake’ on migrants

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US President-elect Donald Trump has said German Chancellor Angela Merkel made “one very catastrophic mistake” by admitting more than 1m… BBC He said Mrs Merkel was by far Europe’s most important leader, and that the EU had become a vehicle for… Mr Trump was… Donald Trump says… Read More »

French presidentiables’ bipolar German disorder

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Franco-German relationship is on the ticket in spring’s presidential… PIERRE BRIANÇON Politico PARIS — Listening to the candidates running for president in France, you hear descriptions of two very different countries called… Liberal candidates from… French presidentiables’ bipolar… Read More »