Politics

John McManus: Why we have no right to spend Apple’s €13bn

The money does not belong to us and we should give it back to its owners John McManus One thing that seems to be taken for granted in the debate about what to do about with the putative Apple windfall is that the €13 billion in question is our money and… Source: John McManus: Why we have no right to spend Apple’s €13bn Read More »

The Black Deaths In Custody Hotline That Kicks In After You’ve Been Arrested For No Crime

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Two Aboriginal deaths in custody in a month, and yet public debate has been muted not to mention pointless, writes Amy McQuire reports. Last week, there was yet another black death in custody in Australia. A 31-year-old Aboriginal man was found dead in his cell in a Darwin correctional centre. The media release, of… Source: The Black Deaths In Custody Hotline That Kicks In After You’ve Been Arrested For No Crime – New Matilda Read More »

Brittle Uzbekistan Hopes for a Controlled Succession

Uzbekistan will most likely celebrate its 1st September independence day without long-serving President Islam Karimov, marking a potentially dramatic first for this strategic Central Asian country since it broke free of the former Soviet Union 25 years ago. Deirdre Tynan Uzbekistan will most likely celebrate its 1st September independence day without long-serving President Islam Karimov, marking a… Source: Brittle Uzbekistan Hopes for a Controlled Succession | International Crisis Group Read More »

Hillary and the Clinton Foundation: Exemplars of America’s Political Rot

Hillary Clinton may be enjoying a comfortable lead in national polls, but she is far from enjoying a comfortable night’s sleep given the ever-widening maelstrom of scandals engulfing her presidential bid. by ERIC DRAITSER And while Clinton delights in bloviating about a decades-long “vast, right wing conspiracy” against her, the fact is that it’s the Clinton political machine’s long and storied track record of criminality, duplicity, and… Source: Hillary and the Clinton Foundation: Exemplars of America’s Political Rot Read More »

TTIP Dead: Massive US-EU Trade Deal Falls Apart Says German Vice-Chancellor

The collapse of a signature Obama administration trade pact marks a major defeat for free trade advocates and politico-economic globalism.. Free trade negotiations between the European Union and the United States have fallen apart in recent weeks with Europe reticent to open its agricultural industry to low-cost American “frankenfruits” in addition to concerns over the… Source: TTIP Dead: Massive US-EU Trade Deal Falls Apart Says German Vice-Chancellor Read More »

Sorry, Folks. There Is No Rules-Based World Order.

There isn’t one, there won’t be, and it’s dangerous to pretend there could be. Patrick Porter If there is one concept, endlessly recalled, that rings through debate about foreign affairs, it is the “rules-based” international order. The notion that all are bound… Source: Sorry, Folks. There Is No Rules-Based World Order. | The National Interest Blog Read More »

Is Turkey turning its back on the US?

On a cool day in Istanbul the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge was opened to much fanfare. Rose Asani Hundreds, if not thousands, came to watch Turkey’s President Erdogan unveil a masterpiece in design and engineering. Named after the conquering Ottoman Sultan who expanded the Empire into the Middle East, it has been billed as a ‘bridge to the future’ for the… Source: Is Turkey turning its back on the US? | Coffee House Read More »

EU Commission warns Government over USC

Commission also criticises State’s failure to control escalating rents in new report Sarah Bardon The European Commission has criticised the Government’s failure to control escalating rents, and for freezing the amount homeowners pay in local… Source: EU Commission warns Government over USC Read More »

Mehbooba meets Modi, presents 3-point plan to bring peace in Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir State Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Saturday presented a “three-pronged action plan” that included a dialogue with all stakeholders during talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bring lasting peace in the Valley rocked by turmoil that has left 68 people dead. After an hour-long meeting, her first with Modi since the unrest broke out on July 8, Mehbooba told reporters that the Prime Minister was “very… Source: Mehbooba meets Modi, presents 3-point plan to bring peace ... Read More »

Greens immigration spokesman Nick McKim wants to see Tasmania do more for asylum seekers

NEW Greens immigration spokesman Nick McKim wants to see Tasmania’s refugee intake increase during his time serving in the role. MATT MALONEY Senator McKim on Thursday was given the key party portfolio in a post-election reshuffle by leader Richard Di Natale who said he wanted to reinvigorate his team… Source: Up refugee intake: McKim | The Advocate  Read More »

America is moving to end its use of private prisons – should Australia follow suit?

For more than 30 years governments around the world have outsourced the management of prison populations. This trend has been enthusiastically adopted in Australia, which has a higher proportion of inmates in privately operated prisons than any other country. Yet recent developments in the US – involving some of the same contractors who operate private prisons in Australia – suggest it might be… Source: America is moving to end its use of private prisons – should Australia follow suit? Read More »

Incomes and Globalization

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 (Economic Roots of Western Radicalism) The greatest reshuffle of individual incomes since the Industrial Revolution By Branko Milanovic The effects of of globalisation on income distributions in rich countries have been studied extensively. This column takes a… Incomes and Globalization… Read More »

Syria: Evacuation of Daraya begins in deal to end siege

First buses of evacuees leave besieged Damascus suburb, as rebels prepare to cede control of area to government forces. Residents and rebels began leaving the besieged Damascus suburb of Daraya on Friday, part of an evacuation deal to end one of the longest stand-offs in Syria’s five-year-long war… Source: Syria: Evacuation of Daraya begins in deal to end siege – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

Taiwan’s CTBC Financial, China CITIC Bank cancel deals

TAIPEI/BEIJING (Reuters) – CTBC Financial Holdings, parent of Taiwan’s top credit card issuer, and Chinese state-backed lender China CITIC Bank Corp have cancelled investments in each other amid fresh cross-strait political tensions. It is the first deal collapse since pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leader Tsai Ing-wen became president of Taiwan in May, but… Source: Taiwan’s CTBC Financial, China CITIC Bank cancel deals – Asia Times Read More »

Spain’s Socialist revenge drama

Pedro Sánchez has to choose between annoying Spanish voters and infuriating PSOE hardliners. By DIEGO TORRES  MADRID — Spain’s Socialists are determined to give acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy a taste of his own medicine at next week’s investiture vote in Congress, even if it means subjecting the country to its third… Source: Spain’s Socialist revenge drama – POLITICO Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn vows to reverse cuts and boost arts funding

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to reverse years of “systemic under-funding” for the arts as he launched his culture strategy in Edinburgh. By ANGUS HOWARTH Mr Corbyn said a Labour UK government under his leadership would restore £42.8 million in cuts made over the past six years… Source: Jeremy Corbyn vows to reverse cuts and boost arts funding – The Scotsman Read More »