Politics

Derryn Hinch might turn out to be the voice of reason – except for one thing

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He says he’s apolitical – a conservative on law and order but all-but a socialist on hospitals and medicine. He says he’s going to listen and learn before making up his mind on legislation. Who knows? Gay Alcorn Derryn Hinch is unlikely to remember this, but way back in the 1980s I had a long, long lunch with him and… Source: Derryn Hinch might turn out to be the voice of reason – except for one thing | Gay Alcorn ... Read More »

EU needs ‘Schengen for defense’

The Italian foreign minister on what member countries should discuss in Bratislava. By PAOLO GENTILONI ROME — From Syria to Iraq, from Daesh [Islamic State] to Libya, and the flows of migrants and refugees, the unrest in the Mediterranean represents a geopolitical priority for Italy. Repeated attacks by Islamic terrorists throughout… Source: EU needs ‘Schengen for defense’ – POLITICO Read More »

‘Greece must nationalize banking system’

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Rasmus believes Greece should nationalize its banking system in order to have some leverage in negotiations with the European Commission but Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the Syriza Party have never played that card. “So you would have to nationalize the banking system because that is how ECB (European Central Bank) and the Germans and the… Source: PressTV-‘Greece must nationalize banking system’ Read More »

What’s the Greatest Threat to Action on Climate Change? Nationalism.

It’s going to take global solidarity to avoid a climate-change doomsday. By Michael T. Klare In a year of record-setting heat on a blistered globe, with fast-warming oceans, fast-melting ice caps, and fast-rising sea levels, ratification of the… Source: What’s the Greatest Threat to Action on Climate Change? Nationalism. Read More »

Signing of new US construction law takes place a year after Berkeley balcony tragedy

Bill 465 introduced after campaign from families of Irish students killed and injured Tracy Garza in Sacramento A little over a year since the Berkeley balcony collapse that killed six students and left another seven critically wounded, California governor Jerry Brown on… Source: Signing of new US construction law takes place a year after Berkeley balcony tragedy Read More »

Inside Bashar al-Assad’s mind

Syria is a conflict with no breaks and Assad himself is insulated in its cockpit. by James Denselow Just before the latest attempt at a ceasefire began, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad visited the newly captured Damascus suburb of Daraya. Several photo opportunities showed him looking relaxed and… Source: Inside Bashar al-Assad’s mind – Al Jazeera English Read More »

What Europe can learn from Spain

Outrage over Spain’s political gridlock could push the Continent to overcome its own static politics. By RICHARD YOUNGS The eurozone’s fourth-largest economy is in a desperately precarious position. By the time a likely third election is held in December, Spain will have been without a… Source: What Europe can learn from Spain – POLITICO Read More »

Can the Unthinkable Happen? by Michael Tomasky

Seven weeks to go; can the unthinkable happen? We believe that surely it cannot. We can read the polls, which are more reassuring than not, and Nate Silver’s probability calculations, which have consistently shown since the summer, with fluctuations, that Hillary Clinton is far more likely to be elected than Donald Trump. We exhale and… Source: Can the Unthinkable Happen? by Michael Tomasky | The New York Review of Books Read More »

After Libya’s Oil Grab, Compromise Could Lead to a Restart of Exports

The seizure of Libya’s main pre-2013 oil terminals by an opposition force is a blow to the authority of Libya’s fledgling UN-backed Presidency Council. Claudia Gazzini But smart compromises might help restart the flow of oil, as Crisis Group’s Senior Libya analyst Claudia Gazzini explains in this Q… Source: After Libya’s Oil Grab, Compromise Could Lead to a Restart of Exports | International Crisis Group Read More »

Forging an Enduring Partnership with Afghanistan

Advice to the next U.S. president. Group of Experts and Former U.S. Officials on Afghanistan Since the attacks of September 11, the United States has engaged in and with Afghanistan in pursuit of common strategic interests. Our cooperation with the Afghan government and Afghan people remains a… Source: Forging an Enduring Partnership with Afghanistan | The National Interest Read More »

A hijack or a mutiny? Labour, leadership and the left

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Labour is an increasingly uneasy alliance between a parliamentary party and its membership base. Who can claim to represent the ‘real’ Labour party? JEREMY GILBERT Is Corbynism a hijack of the party or a mutiny of its members? What is Labour for? Labour is facing the… Source: A hijack or a mutiny? Labour, leadership and the left | openDemocracy Read More »

Senate to investigate allegations of child abuse on Nauru and Manus Island

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Labor’s push for inquiry passes Senate with backing of Derryn Hinch, Jacqui Lambie and the Nick Xenophon Team Paul Farrell Australia’s parliament will launch an investigation into allegations of abuse, self-harm and neglect of asylum seekers held in Australia’s care on Nauru and… Source: Senate to investigate allegations of child abuse on Nauru and Manus Island | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

We, the People Versus We, the Wealthy

How did the United States become the land of the unequal—and how do we find our way back? By Bill Moyers Sixty-six years ago this summer, on my 16th birthday, I went to work for the daily newspaper in the small East Texas town of Marshall where I… Source: We, the People Versus We, the Wealthy | The Nation Read More »

The prime minister must take action to cement the UK’s ‘bold new positive role’ on the international stage

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This is a crucial time for the UK to prove its credentials as a positive player in international relations. BEN DONALDSON In the wake of Brexit, there is a perception that the UK is set on a course of nationalism and reduced international cooperation. Whether true or not, it is… Source: The prime minister must take action to cement the UK’s ‘bold new positive role’ on the international stage | openDemocracy Read More »

Turkey has detained a prominent novelist. We unite to say this vendetta must end

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Ahmet Altan and his brother, Mehmet Altan, were taken away in a dawn raid on Saturday. We call for his release and for freedom of expression to be respected. Orhan Pamuk, JM Coetzee,Elena Ferrante and others We the undersigned call upon democrats throughout the world, as well as those who care about the future of Turkey and the… Source: Turkey has detained a prominent novelist. We unite to say this vendetta must end | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Call to halt Great Australian Bight oil drilling amid faulty equipment fears

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Exclusive: MPs and activists want BP’s exploration licences to be suspended over ‘very critical safety issue’ identified by US regulators Michael Slezak Oil rigs poised to begin drilling in the Great Australian Bight could use faulty equipment that US regulators say is very likely to cause a “catastrophic incident” like the… Source: Call to halt Great Australian Bight oil drilling amid faulty equipment fears | Environment | The Guardian Read More »