Politics

Minister: Watch over EEZ

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IT is imperative to stay alert and keep a close watch over our exclusive economic zone (EEZ), says Minister for Fisheries Semi… Alisi Vucago Fiji Times He said monitoring our territorial waters was imperative to not only monitor illegal fishing, but also other activities including the trafficking of drugs and… “We need to plan for the future and secure our expansion in… Minister: Watch over… Read More »

How Western civilisation could collapse

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Some possible precipitating factors are already in place How the West reacts to them will determine the world’s future, says Rachel Nuwer. Rachel Nuwer BBC The political economist Benjamin Friedman once compared modern Western society to a stable bicycle whose wheels are kept spinning by economic growth. Should that forward… How Western civilisation… Read More »

North Korean envoy at UN warns of nuclear war possibility

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United Nations (CNN) – Only at a North Korean press conference at the United Nations, can you hear a diplomat say he hoped journalists had a… By Richard Roth, CNN North Korea has consistently issued threats of war toward the United States in recent decades, but the Trump administration’s announced end of a… North Korea’s UN deputy representative, Kim In Ryong, on Monday unleashed at a… North Korean envoy… Read More »

Washington pushes world to brink of nuclear war

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The repeated statements by US Vice President Mike Pence and other Trump administration officials Monday that the “era of strategic patience” with… Bill Van Auken WSWS “Just in the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new president in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan,” Pence… “North Korea would do well not to test his resolve or the strength of the armed forces of the… Washington pushes world… Read More »

A tale of two Slavic strongmen

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For all their differences, Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko are cut from the same… VIJAI MAHESHWARI Politico KIEV, Ukarine — On the surface, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko have every reason to be bosom… Both are strongmen of the Russian-speaking world, their… A tale of… Read More »

Uncertain road ahead as Erdoğan claims victory

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ISTANBUL — It was a nail-biting count, beginning with a large “Yes” lead gradually erased as a “No” result inched closer as the… ZIA WEISE Politico Yet in the end, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan narrowly emerged as the winner of Turkey’s referendum, at least according to his own declaration — and… As the president’s supporters swarmed the streets in celebration, opposition parties said they would contest the… Uncertain road ahead… Read More »

Tories claim SNP misled public on currency ahead of IndyRef

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SNP ministers have been accused of misleading the public on their independence currency plans after newly-released Scottish… Tom Peterkin The Scotsman The documents, made public under freedom of information legislation, outlined the government’s plans to create a multi… The SNP campaigned for independence on the… Tories claim SNP… Read More »

Will China intervene in North Korea?

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If China intervenes in North Korea, it would not to be to save Kim Jong-un. Salvatore Babones Al Jazeera North Korea is in the headlines – again. For a small, poor country of 25 million people, it sure does make a lot of news. This time it’s the perennial issue of nuclear testing. North Korea has tested five nuclear devices since… Donald Trump is in… Will China intervene… Read More »

Turkey is sliding into dictatorship

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Turkey’s referendum Recep Tayyip Erdogan is carrying out the harshest crackdown in… The Economist The West must not abandon Turkey… TURKEY matters not just for its size, but also as a bellwether of the political forces shaping the… For centuries it was the seat of a great empire. Today, as a frontier state, it must… Turkey is sliding… Read More »

Ireland seeks common Brexit strategy with Dutch and Danes

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Enda Kenny to hold mini summit with leaders in bid to bring trade focus to EU talks Fiach Kelly The Irish Times Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to meet the leaders of like-minded EU countries to ensure that upcoming Brexit talks move swiftly on to trade and do not get delayed by the UK’s so… Mr Kenny will hold a mini-summit next week in The Hague with the prime ministers of the… Ireland seeks common… Read More »

China warns of N Korea conflict ‘at any moment’

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A conflict over North Korea could break out “at any moment,” China said April 14, warning there would be no winner in any war as tensions soar with the… Beijing Hurriyet On the same day, the Kremlin said it’s watching the developments around North Korea with “great… China’s sharp language came after U.S. President Donald Trump said the North Korea problem “will be taken care of,” as… China warns of… Read More »

Trump Administration Must Act To Address The Plight of Christians In The Middle East

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This week, Christians around the world mark the holiest week in their religious calendar, observing the Passion, crucifixion, and… Brian Katulis Elizabeth H. Prodromou The Huffington Post This sober time of reflection and prayer comes in the midst of continued threats to Christians in the Middle East – most recently in the Palm Sunday bombings at two churches in… Over the past decade, some of the oldest Christian communities have… Trump Administration Must… Read More »

Erdogan Moves to Repair Late Crack in Referendum Alliance

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing a last-minute threat to his bid to centralize executive power from an unlikely source: the… Onur Ant Bloomberg Devlet Bahceli, head of Turkey’s Nationalist Movement Party MHP, accused key Erdogan advisers late Thursday of undermining the ruling party’s goal of introducing an… At the heart of Bahceli’s criticism was Sukru Karatepe, a… Erdogan Moves to… Read More »

How to fix the Supreme Court

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The way we choose Supreme Court nominees is broken. Here’s how to fix it. Ezra Klein Vox It’s worth taking a step back to realize just how broken the process for selecting Supreme Court justices… In 2016, Senate Republicans responded to Antonin Scalia’s death by inventing and establishing the absurd faux principle that open seats on the Supreme Court cannot be filled in an… How to fix… Read More »

‘China Matters’

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Book Extract In China Matters: Getting It Right for Australia (LaTrobe University Press), its authors Bates Gill and Linda Jakobson look at the… By Bates Gill and Linda Jakobson By Daily Review The two expert China-watchers take a concise look at modern China, its tensions and contradictions, and pose questions about how it might use its power and influence in a… A major aim of… ‘China Matters… Read More »

Meet Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s army of abstainers

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If the choice is Macron or Le Pen, many leftist supporters would rather not vote at all. NICHOLAS VINOCUR Politico LILLE — Three weeks ago, left-wing firebrand Jean-Luc Mélenchon was an entertaining sideshow in France’s presidential race — fun to watch on TV thanks to his cutthroat speaking style but ultimately no… Nobody is laughing now… Meet Jean-Luc… Read More »