Politics

Turkey: The sick man of Europe, once again — Spengler

The outcome of tonight’s apparent coup attempt in Turkey remains unclear, but the motivation for regime change in Turkey has been building under the surface for years. Turkey faces a perfect storm of economic, political and foreign policy problems. First, Turkey’s much-heralded economic growth spurt of the 2000’s has come to a grinding stop. The Erdogan boom, which inspired predictions that Turkey might emerge as another China, resembled the Asian experience less than it did the Latin American credidt bubbles ... Read More »

Lessons from History to Defeat ISIS and al-Qaeda

Current counter-terrorism strategic communications efforts can take a much-needed morale boost from history. Long-term commitment to these efforts in support of both national security and broader foreign policy interests will be essential to foster the organisational stability and learning required to meet current and future challenges. There is still reason for optimism in the battle against extremist propaganda. One of the most pressing national security issues facing many Western governments is how to improve counter-terrorism strategic… Source: Lessons from History to ... Read More »

Unicef urges Coalition to resettle asylum seeker children from Nauru by end of year

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Nicole Breeze says Australia’s offshore processing system is ‘in crisis’ and Coalition should appoint minister for children.. The UN’s children’s agency has called on the Turnbull government to commit to a timetable that would see all asylum seeker and refugee children off Nauru by the end of the year… Source: Unicef urges Coalition to resettle asylum seeker children from Nauru by end of year | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Brexit will force EU countries ‘to make deeper, costlier carbon cuts’

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Bloc will have to draw up new plan with higher cuts for remaining 27 states in order to meet its carbon reduction target, which could cost billions of euros.. Brexit will force the European Union’s remaining 27 countries to spend billions of euros on cutting carbon emissions more deeply to compensate for the UK leaving, according to experts… Source: Brexit will force EU countries ‘to make deeper, costlier carbon cuts’ | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

Kenya’s Coast: Devolution Disappointed

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Six new coastal counties created by Kenya’s 2010 constitution have replicated the closely-held patronage politics of the former Coast province, adding to inefficiencies, costs and mutual suspicions. To maximise the potential of devolution – and prevent militants like Al-Shabaab exploiting popular disappointment – Nairobi and the new counties need to become more cooperative, open to dialogue, and inclusive, especially toward marginalised youth… Source: Kenya’s Coast: Devolution Disappointed – International Crisis Group Read More »

Sending Boris Johnson to the Foreign Office is bad for Britain, good for Theresa May

Britain’s new Prime Minister is moving to ensure if Brexit goes wrong, the Brexiteers will share the blame.. Towards the end of his term in office, a despairing Bill Clinton complained to Tony Blair that the reason for George W. Bush’s political success was that “he criticised one thing on the right. He is making them think he is saving them from the right.”… Source: Sending Boris Johnson to the Foreign Office is bad for Britain, good for Theresa May Read More »

Racism is not human nature. A work of fiction can help us understand that

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Pauline Hanson’s racist vitriol is legitimised by commentators who urge us to listen to her. My new book When Michael Met Mina looks at other ways to dismantle racism.. The sheer weight of racist legacy and entrenched Islamophobic narratives was made clear to me all too often while researching Islamophobia, racism and multiculturalism in Australia… Source: Racism is not human nature. A work of fiction can help us understand that | Randa Abdel-Fattah | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Scotland must be part of Brexit talks

The two leading figures in the Scottish Conservatives have called for Scotland to be given a central role in Brexit negotiations to preserve the key aspects of European Union membership.. Ruth Davidson said Scotland “cannot be a bolt-on” in UK government negotiations with Europe, warning that the unity of the UK was being tested by the outcome of the EU referendum… Source: Scotland must be part of Brexit talks – Ruth Davidson – The Scotsman Read More »

Landmark South China Sea Ruling Could Revive Negotiations

An international tribunal has issued a sweeping ruling against China in a landmark case brought by the Philippines over disputed claims in the South China Sea. Beijing rejected the ruling, but the judgment’s legal clarity could ultimately provide the basis of a better, durable, negotiated outcome for the many parties involved… Source: Landmark South China Sea Ruling Could Revive Negotiations | Crisis Group Read More »

SPENCER ZIFCAK. Chilcot: The War and the Law

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As is now well known, the Chilcot Report on the British Government’s planning, execution and aftermath of the Iraq war provided a scathing critique of almost every aspect of the Prime Minister’s and government’s conduct. There is one facet of this deplorable episode that has not yet received any adequate consideration in the Australian media. This concerns the politicisation of the process that led to the UK Government’s conclusion that the war was lawful… Source: SPENCER ZIFCAK. Chilcot: The War ... Read More »

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 »