6 things to expect from Theresa May’s premiership

Like David Cameron, Britain’s next prime minister is a liberal Conservative. That’s where the similarities end.. By TOM MCTAGUE   LONDON – David Cameron will leave Buckingham Palace as a backbench MP on Wednesday afternoon, his career cut short in the most humiliating circumstances. Minutes later Theresa May will arrive to take his place as head of Her Majesty’s Government. This is how British politics works… Source: 6 things to expect from Theresa May’s premiership – POLITICO Read More »

South China Sea: China waives the rules

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China has no legal basis for its territorial claims in the South China Sea. The ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, an arm of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), was widely predicted, but was a metaphorical bombshell, nevertheless. The worry now is that it could presage the deployment of the real things in a part of the world that has become synonymous with unresolved strategic tension. By finding in the ... Read More »

Why the U.K. could use a ‘bloody difficult woman’ like Theresa May

May is moderate, hard to predict, demands loyalty—and might be British PM until 2020.. Leah McLaren “A bloody difficult woman.” These were the words, spoken by veteran Tory MP Ken Clarke, that best sum up the steely image of Theresa May as she is sworn in this week as Britain’s second female prime minister… Source: Why the U.K. could use a ‘bloody difficult woman’ like Theresa May Read More »

The EU Looks Like the Dying Soviet Empire

Both are collapsing ideological entities.. The United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union—for which the majority of the British people voted in a referendum—has become an international sensation. Experts are talking about Britain having a special relationship with Europe, a people’s revolt against the elite and the powerful influence of the migration crisis. Few, however, are taking note of how the breakup of the European Union is similar in many respects to the collapse of the Soviet Union. The EU, ... Read More »

What other industries can learn from the failures of greyhound racing

By Roger Burritt, University of Kassel and Katherine Christ, University of South Australia Those in the greyhound racing industry were surprised by Premier of New South Wales Mike Baird’s announcement on the banning of the industry in NSW from July 1, 2017, which was closely followed in the ACT. But the writing has been on the… Source: What other industries can learn from the failures of greyhound racing – SmartCompany Read More »

Fighting flares again in South Sudan capital after UN demand for restraint

Heavy fighting erupted again in South Sudan’s capital on July 11 a day after the U.N. Security Council told rivals President Salva Kiir and Vice-President Riek Machar to rein in their forces and end days of violence that have left scores dead.. A Reuters witness saw two helicopters overhead firing apparently in the direction of Machar’s political and military headquarters. Residents reported tanks on the street. A U.N. official said heavy gunfire had erupted around U.N. bases again… Source: Fighting ... Read More »

Britain’s rebuke holds message for America

Since its unfortunate vote to leave the European Union, Britain has experienced a tragicomic round of backstabbing, foot-dragging and second-guessing. Europe, meanwhile has mostly behaved with admirable good sense. The Europeans seem to understand that the Brexit vote is a wake-up call about dissatisfaction with the E.U. that’s nearly as widespread on the continent as it is in Britain. Germany, in particular, recognizes that unless the E.U. can quickly show a readiness to reform and streamline… Source: Britain’s rebuke holds ... Read More »

Zimbabwe shuts down in protest over ‘economic collapse’

Zimbabweans carry out nationwide strike and protests in the capital against the economic conditions in the country.. Police in Zimbabwe have fired tear gas and warning shots at demonstrators as a strike against the government’s economic policies closed businesses and crippled public transport. Wednesday’s strike, named “stay-away day”, followed days of unrest over the government’s failure to pay civil servants’ salaries, a currency shortage, import restrictions and police road blocks that were allegedly extorting cash from commercial drivers… Source: Zimbabwe shuts ... Read More »

When Australia goes to war, public trust depends on better oversight

The world is absorbing the implications of the long-awaited release of the Chilcot inquiry into the United Kingdom’s decision to go to war in Iraq. Australia, however, has spent comparatively little time learning lessons from the deployment of thousands of troops to fight overseas in recent years. An official war history has just been commissioned; if past form is any guide, it will be at least a decade before it is completed. In any event, its brief is to recount ... Read More »

The Turkish-Israeli Reconciliation: A Balance Sheet

The Turkish-Israeli reconciliation – while raising legitimate moral questions – yielded terms very much in Israel’s favor, compared to where things stood recently. Legal threats have been averted, Turkish pressure over the siege of Gaza has been lifted, and the prospects for full Israeli participation in NATO activities are significantly brighter. The rapprochement should have no ill effect on Israel’s relationships with other friends and allies in the Eastern Mediterranean… Source: The Turkish-Israeli Reconciliation: A Balance Sheet | Begin-Sadat Center ... Read More »

The Istanbul attack and Turkish policy toward Syria

The terror attack at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul on 28 June was by no means an unpredictable development. Indeed, it was the probably inevitable next stage in the deterioration of relations between the government of Turkey and the Islamic State organisation—from collusion, via tolerant indifference, to antagonism and now to full scale confrontation. Source: The Istanbul attack and Turkish policy toward Syria | The Strategist Read More »

A Real Estate Developer Can Go Bankrupt. A President Can’t.

After the recent Brexit vote in Britain, Donald J. Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, commented on the fallout: “I don’t want to have a plummeting pound. But if it does plummet, I do well.” Similarly, in 2006, before the collapse in the housing market, Mr. Trumpsaid, “I sort of hope that happens because then people like me would go in and buy.”… Source: A Real Estate Developer Can Go Bankrupt. A President Can’t. – The New York Times Read More »

Duterte’s South China Sea dilemma

Fresh into office, the Philippines’ newly-elected President Rodrigo Duterte is set to face arguably his toughest foreign policy challenge. Though much of his political capital is currently directed… Source: Duterte’s South China Sea dilemma – Asia Times Read More »

‘Blair is world’s worst terrorist’: families of Iraq war victims react to Chilcot report

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Relatives of military personnel killed in conflict welcome findings while some say former PM must face consequences.. Tony Blair has been described as “the world’s worst terrorist” by a woman who lost her brother in the Iraq war. Sarah O’Connor broke down in tears as she answered questions on the long-awaited Chilcot report, which concluded that Blair had gone to war before “peaceful options for disarmament” had been exhausted… Source: ‘Blair is world’s worst terrorist’: families of Iraq war victims ... Read More »

‘Credibility of Europe’s trade policy at stake’

Commission dubbed ‘traitors’ for handing over approval of Canada trade deal to national parliaments.. If there was ever such a thing as an easy trade deal for the EU, Canada was supposed to be it. As Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s trade minister, put it last month: “If the EU cannot do a deal with Canada, I think it is legitimate to say: Who the heck can it do a deal with?”… Source: ‘Credibility of Europe’s trade policy at stake’ – POLITICO Read More »

UK’s Brexit vote makes united Ireland suddenly thinkable

Protestant unionists are queuing for Irish passports in Belfast and once quiet Catholic nationalists are openly campaigning for a united Ireland, signaling deep shifts in the United Kingdom’s most troubled province since Britain voted to leave the EU. Eighteen years after a peace deal ended decades of fighting between mainly Catholic nationalists who favor a united Ireland and mainly Protestant unionists who favor remaining part of the United Kingdom, Britain’s Brexit vote is making people on both sides of the ... Read More »