Politics

Chad: Between Ambition and Fragility

Chadd 1a

Ahead of Chad’s presidential election on 10 April popular discontent is rising amid a major economic crisis, growing intra-religious tensions and deadly Boko Haram attacks. The regime that portrays itself as spearheading the fight against regional jihadism could see all sorts of violent actors gain influence at home if it pursues exclusionary politics and denies its people a viable social contract… Source: Chad: Between Ambition and Fragility – International Crisis Group Read More »

Overhaul ‘broken system’ of dealing with domestic violence, says royal commission

Rosie Batty 2b LLLL

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews pledges to introduce all 227 proposals, including support for victims to return to homes and get through court cases • Follow all the reaction to the commission’s recommendations here… Source: Overhaul ‘broken system’ of dealing with domestic violence, says royal commission | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

How the NSC Hijacked U.S. Foreign Policy

The next president must unleash America’s diplomats. In the last year, the Obama administration began a little-noticed process that should be embraced by the next president: the downsizing of the National Security Council (NSC). On the White House blog, the National Security… Source: How the NSC Hijacked U.S. Foreign Policy | The National Interest Read More »

Ensuring the E.U.’s Natural Gas Supply

European demand for natural gas is likely to increase, but the future of the supply remains uncertain. Whether Russia or the European Union take the lead, whoever builds the best pipeline will secure access to the market for decades to come… Source: Ensuring the E.U.’s Natural Gas Supply · Handelsblatt Global Edition Read More »

History repeats: 20 years of political homophobia from the religious right

The erosion of Safe Schools has echoes of a similar program undermined by religious conservatives 20 years ago, but the issue of LGBTI rights isn’t going away. Almost 20 years ago in 1997, a federal youth suicide prevention program aimed at gay and lesbian teenagers was scrapped after a backlash from the religious right… Source: History repeats: 20 years of political homophobia from the religious right | Brian Greig | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Bruton wrong to claim Ireland could win independence by peaceful means alone

History shows hopes of Home Rule settlement were baseless John Bruton, the former taoiseach, speaking in Dublin on September 18th, 2014, the centenary day of the Home Rule Act, declared himself to be a supporter of John Redmond and his policies rather than those of Pearse and his colleagues… Source: Bruton wrong to claim Ireland could win independence by peaceful means alone Read More »

EU referendum: Brexit could take up to 10 years to happen, warns former top civil servant

Lord O’Donnell, the former Cabinet Secretary, warns that Britain’s withdrawal from the EU would take far longer than the two years prescribed under Article 50. Negotiating Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union would take “a very long time” and the country would be likely to walk away without any “great… Source: EU referendum: Brexit could take up to 10 years to happen, warns former top civil servant – Telegraph Read More »

Turkey doesn’t want to join Europe – it wants to undermine it

On 18 March 2016, the European Union (EU) struck a controversial deal with Turkey, aiming to stem the flow of refugees fleeing across the Aegean Sea. According to the deal, any refugee arriving on the shores of Greece can now be deported back to Turkey if their claim is rejected. In order to determine the validity of refugee claims, border authorities will conduct a swift individual interview. If sent back, the EU will resettle one Syrian refugee from camps in ... Read More »

There’s Nothing ‘PC’ About Objecting To Racial Profiling, It Just Doesn’t Work

OPINION: Critics say opposition to racial profiling hampers police, and accuse activists of being politically correct. But as the evidence makes clear, the discriminatory practice in fact lowers the success rate of searches. On top of harming minority groups it also wastes time and resources, writes Tamar Hopkins. Victoria Police’s zero tolerance policy on racialMore… Source: There’s Nothing ‘PC’ About Objecting To Racial Profiling, It Just Doesn’t Work – New Matilda Read More »

Barack Obama: ‘drug addiction is a health problem, not a criminal problem’

Arex 1a

Speaking at a drug abuse summit in Atlanta, the US president committed to tackling heroin and prescription opioid epidemic with prevention and treatment. Barack Obama committed Tuesday to take on America’s growing heroin and prescription opioid epidemic by devoting resources to prevention and treatment, rather than to the “war on drugs” policies of… Source: Barack Obama: ‘drug addiction is a health problem, not a criminal problem’ | US news | The Guardian Read More »

Myanmar swears in first elected civilian president

Myanmar’s new president has been sworn in, the first elected civilian leader in more than 50 years. Htin Kyaw from the National League for Democracy (NLD) takes over from Thein Sein, who introduced wide-ranging reforms during his five years in power. Although NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi is barred from the presidency, she has said she will rule by proxy… Source: Myanmar swears in first elected civilian president – BBC News Read More »

Schengen agreement: Closing borders isn’t the answer to terrorism in Europe

Many of the terrorist attacks carried out in Europe recently were by “homegrown” jihadists. So where does this leave populist foreign politicians who are critical of Europe’s open borders? Paola Totaro writes. The Economist magazine’s front cover pretty much nailed it: “Europe’s new normal” said the headline… Source: Schengen agreement: Closing borders isn’t the answer to terrorism in Europe – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Brazil Finance minister disregards calls from Lula for tax breaks and more credit

Burb 1a

Brazilian Finance Minister Nelson Barbosa said on Tuesday it is not the time for more tax breaks, disagreeing publicly with former president Lula da Silva’s call for fiscal stimulus to revive a moribund economy. Lula, President Dilma Rousseff’s predecessor and political mentor, urged the government this week to give more tax… Source: Brazil Finance minister disregards calls from Lula for tax breaks and more credit — MercoPress Read More »

The fall and fall of German social democracy

The SPD has lost voters to the left and the right, and needs to get them back fast to avoid becoming irrelevant. BERLIN — It’s not just Angela Merkel’s conservatives who are licking their wounds after a crushing defeat in German regional elections — the Social Democratic party is hurting too, and badly. The major losses the SPD suffered in two of the… Source: The fall and fall of German social democracy – POLITICO Read More »

Europe Versus the Islamic State

Project Syndicate 3c opinion LLLLL logo

PARIS – Ever since the terrorist attacks in January on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket, Parisians knew that barbarism lurked around the corner, and that it would strike again. But it is one thing to know something, to anticipate it, and another to be confronted with the grim reality. On Friday night, reality struck us with a vengeance. We are at war. It would be wrong – even dangerous – not to… Source: Europe Versus the ... Read More »

When Socialism was Popular in the United States

If socialist sentiment is undeniably on the rise, an organized socialist movement is only in its infancy. As we continue to reflect on how to transform this new interest in socialism into an organized political force, the preceding history of the Socialist Party of America may provide some insights… Source: When Socialism was Popular in the United States Read More »