The Catalonian Election Is The Future Of Democracy In All The Worst Ways Possible

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Nationalist trolls, fake news, police brutality, Russian bots — welcome to the Catalonian election. Ryan Broderick BuzzFeed  BARCELONA — On Tuesday night, a Google Hangout video feed on a large screen came to life above a crowd of several hundred people in Sant Vicenç dels Horts, Spain. The supporters of the left-wing Catalan political party, Esquerra Republicana (ERC), who decided to brave the dry December cold to attend the party’s last campaign rally, were greeted by ERC’s minister of health, ... Read More »

Socialism is still popular in U.S. despite the Venezuelan

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It’s a puzzle. Over the last decade, Venezuela has supplanted Cuba as the Shangri-La of the American left. Not long ago, self-declared socialist Sen. Jonah Goldberg Tribune Content Agency Chicago Tribune Bernie Sanders insisted that the American dream was more achievable in the Bolivarian Republic than in America. A string of Hollywood luminaries made the pilgrimage to visit the socialist mecca to say ponderous and stupid things. Today, the praise is more muted because events have illuminated that stupidity. The ... Read More »

Donald Trump threatens to cut aid to countries over UN Jerusalem vote

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General assembly to vote on rejecting US recognition of city as Israeli capital Trump: ‘We’re not going to be taken advantage of any longer’ Peter Beaumont in Jerusalem The Guardian Donald Trump has threatened to withhold “billions” of dollars of US aid from countries which vote in favour of a United Nations resolution rejecting the US president’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. His comments came after the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, wrote to about 180 of ... Read More »

Myanmar: UN human rights investigator barred from entering country amid Rohingya crisis

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The UN independent investigator into human rights in Myanmar has called for stronger international pressure to be exerted on Myanmar’s military commanders after being barred from visiting the country for the rest of her… ABC Reuters Yanghee Lee, UN special rapporteur, had been due to visit in January to assess human rights across Myanmar, including alleged abuses against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State. But Myanmar had told her she was no longer welcome, she said, adding in a statement that ... Read More »

ECHR orders Turkey to pay compensation to three citizens for violation of freedom of assembly

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Dec. 19 ordered Turkey to pay compensation to three citizens following their application over a violation of the right to freedom of assembly in suppressed protests in the southern province of Adana. STRASBOURG Hurriyet The court ordered Turkey to pay 240 euros in pecuniary damages to one applicant and 80 euros to the other two. The case related to fines imposed by Turkish courts against Adnan Öğrü, Veysel Kurtuluş Alabaş, and Beyhan ... Read More »

Theresa May fails to challenge Trump over Britain First in first call since incident, read out suggests

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The Prime Minister did discuss the President’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital Joe Watts The Independent Official reports of Theresa May’s first call with Donald Trumpsince the President promoted propaganda videos from a British far-right extremist group, indicate she failed to raise the issue. Their discussion, set out in a Downing Street read-out of the call, makes no mention of the incident which led to a tense public clash between the two leaders earlier this month. Its absence led Labour ... Read More »

Why justice is more important than the rule of law

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The 2017 Stress in America survey has confirmed it: Americans are officially freaking out.   Klaus Mladek The survey, conducted by the Harris Poll, reports that what keeps many Americans up at night is genuine political anxiety. The Conversation Rather than issues related to their work or families, respondents said they were most worried about the “future of the nation” and the “current social divisiveness.” Almost two-thirds of Americans think the nation is going through “the lowest point” in its history. ... Read More »

Kenya stands its ground in sea row with Somalia

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Kenya has filed its response at the International Court of Justice in the Indian Ocean border dispute case filed by Somalia KENNEDY KIMANTHI Daily Nation A statement from the Office of the Attorney-General Githu Muigai has said Kenya’s position is that the maritime border remains as it is and the dispute be solved through negotiations. “This position is entrenched in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and several resolutions and decisions of the African Union Heads ... Read More »

Human Rights Of Those Detained By Australia On Manus Have Been Breached, PNG Court Rules

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“This will cost the Australian government, politically and financially,” advocates say. Gina Rushton BuzzFeed Papua New Guinea’s Supreme Court has ruled the human rights of refugees and asylum seekers detained by the Australian government on Manus Island have been breached. The court found in April last year that asylum seekers were illegally detained on Manus Island but it has now dismissed an attempt by the PNG government to stop the detainees making compensation claims for…<link rel=”stylesheet” href=”/static-assets/css/enhanced.dae4f976df2b092a196fc7f20d2a0912.css”> Refugee Action Coalition ... Read More »

How white nationalists supersized racism to spark a movement

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Washington: This summer’s seemingly overnight arrival of the self-described “alt-right” and white nationalist groups — marked most prominently by a deadly car attack at the August “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, drew worldwide headlines, but the movement simmered for decades before it burst into public… Trevor Hughes The Canberra Times USA Today Underlying that shift from society’s fringes to centre stage is a new strategy that taps into the frustrations of white people angry at a society they say ... Read More »

Rethinking Russia’s Return to Global Big Policy

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In the first decade of 21st century Russia managed to get out of the economic crisis, restore its military strength, and take course to become a sovereign political pole. Mher D. Sahakyan Modern Diplomacy To understand the entire scope of Russia’s reaction to difficult foreign challenges and to analyze its probable steps, it is important to investigate its foreign policy strategy. On November 30, 2016, the Kremlin adopted the “Foreign Policy Concept of the Russian Federation” (Concept), which was signed ... Read More »

Talking Point: PM silent on Nobel prize when world needs him to speak up

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Malcolm Turnbull is rarely stuck for words, but the award of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize to an organisation founded in Australia has left him speechless Peter Boyer The Mercury The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, or ICAN, was set up a decade ago in Melbourne. ICAN’s current director, Swedish lawyer Beatrice Fihn, received the award at a gala ceremony in Oslo, Norway last week. Geneva-based Fihn is one of just three salaried staff — the other two are ... Read More »

Trump unveils national security plan, blasts previous presidents

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Washington (CNN) – President Donald Trump on Monday framed his foreign policy as an extension of his populist economic message, lambasting past presidents and trumpeting his own achievements during a speech meant to outline the guiding principles of his national security strategy. By Kevin Liptak, CNN White House Producer In a speech that closely resembled a campaign address, Trump offered a laundry list of accomplishments and a reiteration of his view that Americans have been left behind as a result of ... Read More »

Calls to adopt child abuse inquiry’s recommendations on immigration detention

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Government urged to implement child safety standards after royal commission makes several recommendations relating to immigration department Helen Davidson and Ben Doherty The Guardian The federal government must immediately heed recommendations by the royal commission to protect children currently in its immigration detention system, human rights lawyers have said. On Friday the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse delivered its final report, primarily focused on religious institutions and state-based care homes – many of which have long… ... Read More »

Jerusalem: US vetoes UN resolution rejecting Trump’s declaration

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The US has vetoed a draft UN Security Council resolution rejecting President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel BBC The text put forward by Egypt affirmed that any decisions on the status of Jerusalem had “no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded “. The 14 other members of the council voted in favour of the motion. The US permanent representative, Nikki Haley, described it as an “insult” and warned that it ... Read More »

Next Christmas in Belgrade? The EU’s Move into the Western Balkans

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Serbia took another large step towards accession to the European Union (EU) last week, opening two more chapters in its negotiations and reiterating its commitment to joining the EU in a timely fashion. Dr. Christopher A. Hartwell Emerging-Europe As the largest economy in the region, Serbia has naturally been the focal point of EU efforts in the Western Balkans, with massive amounts of EU assistance and aid directed towards Belgrade. However, as our recent report for the European Parliament on ... Read More »