Politics

Russian tycoon Usmanov sues Navalny for libel

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One of Russia’s richest men, Alisher Usmanov, is suing opposition leader Alexei Navalny over a video alleging that one of Mr Usmanov’s property deals amounted to a… BBC Mr Usmanov, a steel and telecoms tycoon and part-owner of Arsenal football club, accuses Mr Navalny of… Mr Navalny’s YouTube video went viral – millions have watched… Russian tycoon Usmanov… Read More »

Politicians with a ‘winning at all costs’ mentality are damaging Australia

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Australia is a representative democracy Citizens who are equal, with a shared responsibility for good government, elect people of different backgrounds and perspectives to… Tony Fitzgerald Brisbane Times Those elected are not obliged to tell the truth or act in the public interest or forbidden to act in their own interests or the interests of their… They can also enact unjust… Politicians with a… Read More »

Why do you need a digital identity?

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In the 21st century it’s not the GDP that determines a country’s success, but the laws and policies driving its… ABC Estonia is a digital pioneer offering e-identity and e-citizenships as well as a whole range of the digitalised government, education and public… Toomas Ilves, the former president of Estonia, explains why the country went all digital and how you can do it… Why do you… Read More »

White House gaffe on Hitler and chemical weapons draws ire

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has apologised after declaring that Adolf Hitler did not use chemical weapons during World… BBC “I mistakenly used an inappropriate and insensitive reference about the Holocaust and there is no comparison,” he… “For that I apologise. It was a mistake to do… Critics pointed out gas was used to kill Jews and others in the… White House gaffe… Read More »

Explainer: how wage growth contributes to the economy

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The Fair Work Commission is considering whether to increase Australia’s minimum wage. The Australian Council of Trade Unions is arguing for a A$45-a-week… Graham White  The Converstation Industry, arguing that currently business has limited ability to afford wages increases, wants the increase capped at 1.5% (closer to… While I suspect most people immediately focus on wages as a… Explainer: how wage… Read More »

The White House forgets the Holocaust (again)

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Remember how the Trump administration deliberately ignored the Jewish victims of the Holocaust? Timothy Snyder The Guardian That is key to understanding Sean Spicer’s gaffe In a press conference,,, The White House… Read More »

Less free market, more political creation

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Recently I read two seemingly contradictory ‘letters to the editor’ in a daily paper, I frequent regularly: “We always claimed that the boom of the East is really happening in the West,” a… Dietmar Bartsch The European A reader from a city in North-Rhine-Westphalia, on the other hand, criticized my party DIE LINKE for a “policy which focuses too strongly on the… The reader is from the city Mülheim a.D. Ruhr. He… Less free market… Read More »

Israel’s ‘slow’ plan for peace

A girl pushes a stroller on a road in the Israeli settlement of Beitar Illit in the occupied West Bank February 15, 2017. REUTERS/Amir Cohen      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTSYS6S

The most prominent Israeli politician with a chance of replacing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu believes that peace with the Palestinians will take decades. Daoud Kuttab Al Monitor Speaking at a rally in Netanya, north of Tel Aviv, on March 26, Yair Lapid, chairman of the center-right Yesh Atid, said “Any negotiations with Palestinians would need to be conducted in very slow stages.” By “slow” he… Israel’s ‘slow’ plan… Read More »

The insecurity of inequality

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Global inequality today is at a level last seen in the late 19th century – and it is continuing to rise. Kaushik Basu Asia Times With it has come a surging sense of disenfranchisement that has fueled alienation and anger, and even bred nationalism and xenophobia. As people struggle… The insecurity of… Read More »

Toward an enlightened environmentalism

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The relationship between business, politics and the environment is about to become more complicated. Mark Malloch Brown Arab News As US President Donald Trump’s administration threatens to dismantle vital environmental protections, some of which have existed for decades, business leaders are increasingly recognizing — and acting upon — the need for… Toward an enlightened… Read More »

Sticky tar of climate politics oozes over oil reserve valuations

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Environmentalist ideology and political ambition in combination make for a dangerous blend, and nowhere is that truth clearer than in the context of climate politics, the valuation of fossil-fuel reserves and accusations of “fraud.” Benjamin Zycher AEI With the deregulatory decisions of the Trump administration, in particular in the context of a severe prospective reduction in federal efforts to control emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG), various pressure groups and state… Sticky tar of… Read More »

We are stepping into a new world…

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The meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping was one of the most important summits of 2017. Celim Ertem Daily Sabah This meeting took place at the very beginning of the new path both the U.S. and China are about to walk down. China is striving… We are stepping… Read More »

Towards a new Cuban Crisis?

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Immediate Danger of Nuclear War Original title: “Russia is preparing for Hot War” Defence Democracy Press “I think this is the most dangerous moment in American, Russian relations since the Cuban Crisis” – Stephen Cohen, Professor emeritus of Russian studies at Princeton University and New York University Towards a new… Read More »

Co-ordination a must for eurozone survival

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The eurozone crisis is far less dangerous now than during its peak years of 2010-13. Herman Van Rompuy, Fabian Zuleeg, and Janis A Emmanouilidis Irish Examiner Growth has picked up across the EU and 5m jobs were created between 2014 and 2017. But the EU… Co-ordination a… Read More »

The EU’s emphasis on migrant returns has some serious human rights problems

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In yet another move intended to increase migrant returns, the European Commission has presented new measures for an “efficient and credible” return policy in the European Union. Daniela DeBono The Conversation One might read the March 2 2017 announcement as part of the perennial performance put on by EU member states to demonstrate control and assert their authority to affect deportations. Various official speeches… The EU’s emphasis… Read More »

As goes France, so goes the EU

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President of the French far-right party and presidential candidate for the 2017 French Presidential elections Marine Le Pen poses during a photo session in Nanterre on October 17, 2016. / AFP / JOEL SAGET / BLACK AND WHITE VERSION        (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)

French voters hold the Continent’s future in their hands. Paul Taylor Politico PARIS — When France sneezes, Europe catches pneumonia. Rarely have the… As goes France… Read More »