Politics

The word ‘Muslim’ belongs to the ‘war on terror’. It has little to do with me

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The word ‘Muslim’ belongs to the ‘war on terror’. It has little to do with me Yassir Morsi I agree with the 49% of Australians who polled in favour to “stop Muslim immigration”? I agree. The “Muslim” threatens to destroy an innocent and… * The word ‘Muslim’ belongs to the ‘war on terror’. It has little to do with me… Read More »

The Dying Art Of Judgement: How To Follow The Rules Without Even Really Trying

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Bad things happen when good people stay silent, and when politicians and public servants put process before outcome, writes Rajan Venkataraman. By Rajan Venkataraman In November 2014, the Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives, Bronwyn Bishop, chartered a helicopter at public expense to take her to a… The Dying Art Of Judgement: How To Follow The Rules Without Even Really Trying… Read More »

Uzbekistan: In Transition

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Domestic repression and self-imposed isolation has characterised Uzbekistan for much of the time since its independence in 1991. Following the death of Islam Karimov, the country’s long-time and only post-Soviet president, the outside world must seize a rare opportunity to… Source: Uzbekistan: In Transition | International Crisis Group Read More »

Juncker’s rhetoric versus Cyprus’s reality

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Jean-Claude Juncker’s 2016 State of the European Union address was clear in its analysis: the EU is at a critical juncture and has to become more effective to regain its credibility. Andreas Theophanous But the solution needs more work. Crucially, it needs political will. And it needs an understanding of past failures – not least those that… Source: Juncker’s rhetoric versus Cyprus’s reality | Europe’s World Read More »

The African Union and the Burundi Crisis: Ambition versus Reality

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To reverse Burundi’s slide toward a devastating social and humanitarian emergency – as ethnically-charged rhetoric worsens and refugees flee to neighbouring countries – the African Union needs to overcome its internal divisions, fix a so far incoherent response and facilitate a negotiated settlement between the government and the opposition… Source: The African Union and the Burundi Crisis: Ambition versus Reality | International Crisis Group Read More »

The Wall Street Journal is Wrong: António Guterres is the Best to Run the UN

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This post is co-authored by Alexandra Carreira André Corrêa d’Almeida On merit, skills and qualifications, Guterres is by far the best candidate to run the United Nations. Former Prime-Minister of Portugal, 10 years UN High Commissioner for Refugees during one of the worst refugee crisis since World War II, António Guterres has also won all five secret straws held so far – well ahead of everyone else… Source: The Wall Street Journal is Wrong: António Guterres is the Best to ... Read More »

Brexit ‘will make Britain BETTER OFF than other EU countries’

LEAVING the European Union will make Britain richer than other nations in the bloc within five years, a German businessman has admitted. By CHARLIE PEAT Going against the doom-mongering Project Fear predictions that Britain’s economy would suffer because of Brexit, Mathias Dopfner – chief executive of Axel Springer publishing – Mathias Dopfner revealed the… Source: Brexit ‘will make Britain BETTER OFF than other EU countries’ | UK | News | Daily Express Read More »

We can’t build a progressive political agenda without tackling bigotry

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Much has been written on how to combat racist rhetoric and attitudes. Yes, we need a different kind of politics but that depends on defeating racism Jeff Sparrow The fringe becomes mainstream not by slow increments but by sharp lurches – or, more exactly, gradual acceptance manifests itself through dramatic… Source: We can’t build a progressive political agenda without tackling bigotry | Jeff Sparrow | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Why did the British vote for Brexit?

What were the root causes of Brexit? Was it about sovereignty and “taking back control”? Was it about immigration? Was it just a chance to give David Cameron’s government a good kicking? Globalisation, immigration, lows wages, de-industrialisation – all of these have been blamed as root causes of Brexit. On the other hand, some… Source: Why did the British vote for Brexit? — Debating Europe Read More »

US Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen shreds credibility as economic leaders falter

Analysis Credibility is an elusive ideal; difficult to attain and deceptively easy to squander. By business editor Ian Verrender Janet Yellen, the head of the world’s biggest central bank, the US Federal Reserve, last week shredded what remained of hers and the organisation she chairs. Once again, she hesitated when decisiveness was required. Once again, she capitulated to… Source: US Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen shreds credibility as economic leaders falter – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Hollande confirms Calais migrant camp shutdown, urges UK help

President Francois Hollande said on Sept. 26 that France will completely shut down “the Jungle” migrant camp in Calais and called on London to help deal with the plight of thousands of people whose dream is ultimately to get to Britain. CALAIS, France – Reuters “The situation is unacceptable and everyone here knows it,” Hollande said on a visit to the… Source: Hollande confirms Calais migrant camp shutdown, urges UK help – EUROPE Read More »

Bosnian Serb referendum on disputed 9 January holiday

Bosnian Serbs are voting on whether to keep 9 January as a national holiday in defiance of Bosnia’s highest court. It has ruled the date discriminates against Muslim Bosniaks and Catholic Croats and should be changed. Serbs declared the creation of their own state within… Source: Bosnian Serb referendum on disputed 9 January holiday – BBC News Read More »

During China talks, Duterte will demand Filipino fishermen’s right to livelihood

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will visit China within the year. While no details are yet known on when this will push through, he said he will insist on the fishing rights of the Philippines in the disputed West Philippine Sea. By LORENZ NIEL SANTOS Filipino fishermen and Chinese Coast Guard are still playing cat and mouse despite the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) that such action by… Source: During China talks, Duterte will demand Filipino fishermen’s right to ... Read More »

Tony Blair voices anger at pursuit of British soldiers for alleged war abuses

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Former prime minister says such investigations should never have happened and that soldiers and their families should not face such an ordeal Press Association Tony Blair has added his voice to the mounting criticism of investigations into British troops facing allegations of serious misconduct in Iraq or Afghanistan… Source: Tony Blair voices anger at pursuit of British soldiers for alleged war abuses | Politics | The Guardian Read More »

A long road to reconciliation

Seven years after the end of the civil war and 18 months into a new government, Jo Eckersley and Ashwin Hemmathagama report from Sri Lanka on a country still struggling to unite. Thurairaja Kanagamma hasn’t stepped foot on her land for 29 years. She lost her home in the Jaffna peninsula in 1989, when fighting escalated between government forces and… Source: A long road to reconciliation — New Internationalist Read More »

Stephen Collins: Worrying signs the past is about to repeat itself

Irish politicians who led us out of financial crisis are not getting the credit for it Stephen Collins Why is it that former Greek minister for finance Yanis Varoufakis, who was such an abject failure in office, is lionised by the Irish media while his counterparts here… Source: Stephen Collins: Worrying signs the past is about to repeat itself Read More »