Politics

Egypt’s human rights in the firing line amid crackdown on NGOs, cultural centres

Egypt’s increasing intolerance of dissent and diversity is often obscured by the regional challenges facing this country of 90 million people. But new attempts to curb foreign funding of non-government organisations (NGOs) and other human rights groups have again brought it into sharp international focus…. Source: Egypt’s human rights in the firing line amid crackdown on NGOs, cultural centres – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Time to reform electoral funding laws

EDITORIAL As Australia enters the early stages of what is likely to be a lengthy federal election campaign, it is imperative that all candidates for political office and those behind their party machines commit to exceed, not just meet, the legal requirements on funding disclosures. It is the spirit of those laws that matters most, and the goal is transparency. The fundamental purpose of… Source: Time to reform electoral funding laws Read More »

Fiona Richardson tells Australian Story of violent alcoholic father

Victoria’s first Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson has revealed that her father was a violent alcoholic, who beat her mother and siblings. Ms Richardson, who is also the state’s Minister for Women, returned to her birth country of Tanzania with her family for an ABC TV Australian Story program about her violent family history. The program was aired just a day before the… Source: Fiona Richardson tells Australian Story of violent alcoholic father Read More »

The Obama Doctrine: Why Islamism Isn’t Like Communism

The struggle against jihadist terrorism isn’t the same as the struggle against communism—and it’s dangerous to conflate them. The two leading Republican presidential candidates both suggest that America has a problem with Islam. Donald Trump and Ted Cruz sometimes frame the… Source: The Obama Doctrine: Why Islamism Isn’t Like Communism – The Atlantic Read More »

Holyrood 2016: Greens propose 60p tax rate for highest earners

THE Greens have set out plans to introduce a new top rate of income tax of 60p for Scotland’s highest earners. But the party pledged everyone earning £26,500 a year or more would get to keep more of their cash under its “progressive” income tax plans It would scrap the… Source: Holyrood 2016: Greens propose 60p tax rate for highest earners – The Scotsman Read More »

The democratic case for splitting Queensland in two

As state governments do less and less, there ought to be more and more of them. The renewed push to split Queensland into two states should be just the beginning, writes Chris Berg. “Most persons think that a state in order to be happy ought to be large,” wrote Aristotle in his Politics, “but even… Source: The democratic case for splitting Queensland in two – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Careless Donald Trump is a danger to Australia and Asia

Donald Trump has made an idiotic and potentially incendiary claim about one of the world’s most flammable strategic tinder boxes. Asia has serious strategic problems. It needs serious strategic solutions. Instead, on the weekend it got the thoughts, if that’s what you can call them, of Donald Trump… Source: Careless Donald Trump is a danger to Australia and Asia Read More »

Hecs loans repayment threshold should drop to $42,000, report says

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Grattan Institute recommends dropping threshold from $54,000 to $42,000 to save budget $500m, and finds ‘unscrupulous providers’ contribute to $10bn debt. Default rates on government education loans have increased after a massive uptake of loans for vocational education and training, including courses pushed by “unscrupulous… Source: Hecs loans repayment threshold should drop to $42,000, report says | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Why is David Cameron so silent on the recapture of Palmyra from the clutches of Isis?

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The biggest military defeat that Isis has suffered in more than two years. The recapture of Palmyra, the Roman city of the Empress Zenobia. And we are silent. Yes, folks, the bad guys won, didn’t they? Otherwise, we would all be celebrating, wouldn’t we? Source: Why is David Cameron so silent on the recapture of Palmyra from the clutches of Isis? | Voices | The Independent Read More »

Brussels attacks: giving in to hate means ISIS wins, writes Karen Brooks

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In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks at Zaventem airport and the Brussels metro system that killed 31 and wounded almost 300, the world reeled and commentary from global leaders, the media and various social analysts poured forth. On the one hand, you have those exacerbating the fear and uncertainty, while on the other, you have moments of extraordinary clarity, and reports of humanity and kindness…. Source: Brussels attacks: giving in to hate means ISIS wins, writes Karen Brooks | ... Read More »

The Unbearable Lightness of Schulz Cyprus Journey 

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It is a truism to say there is a price to everything in the world we live in. As more and more ‘atmospheric’ noise is made by international actors (UN, EU) about the imminence of a Cyprus settlement, it is vital that we shed at least some light on the real cost of the settlement and pose the fundamental question… Such an exercise of estimating the multiple costs involved in the implementation of the three-state settlement – one Greek… Source: ... Read More »

Opponents petition Malaysian royalty to oust prime minister Najib Razak

An influential group of political rivals and activists plans to petition Malaysia’s Islamic royalty to remove scandal-plagued prime minister Najib Razak from office. The group comprising members from Malaysia’s ruling and opposition parties and civil society organisations says it will send the petition after obtaining one million signatures… Source: Opponents petition Malaysian royalty to oust prime minister Najib Razak Read More »

New laws for the high seas: four key issues the UN talks need to tackle

United Nations negotiations begin today in New York on the elements of an international agreement to govern the conservation and sustainable use of the high seas. Every country will have a seat at these inaugural negotiations on conservation beyond their borders. More than half of the world’s ocean… Source: New laws for the high seas: four key issues the UN talks need to tackle Read More »

It’s Time for Hillary Clinton to Concede the Democratic Nomination to Bernie Sanders

With Bernie Sanders now slightly ahead of Clinton nationally in the latest Bloomberg poll, it’s time to reevaluate the meaning of pragmatism. Hillary Clinton might be ahead of Bernie Sanders in delegates, but Vermont’s Senator has a monopoly on political momentum. Sadly, his opponent has a monopoly on controversy, and… Source: It’s Time for Hillary Clinton to Concede the Democratic Nomination to Bernie Sanders Read More »

Can we replace politicians with robots?

If you had the opportunity to vote for a politician you totally trusted, who you were sure had no hidden agendas and who would truly represent the electorate’s views, you would, right? What if that politician was a robot? Not a human with a robotic personality but a real artificially intelligent robot. Futures like this have been… Source: Can we replace politicians with robots? Read More »

What the 1916 Easter Rising means for Ireland today

Al Jazeera spoke to Ireland’s president and other prominent society members on the occasion of Easter Rising centenary. Dublin, Ireland – This week Irish people mark the centenary of the Easter Rising with commemorations across the country lasting until April 24. The uprising against the British Empire, which took place in Dublin and other cities and towns in Ireland during… Source: What the 1916 Easter Rising means for Ireland today – Al Jazeera English Read More »