Politics

Britain votes to leave EU, Cameron quits

Britain has voted to leave the European Union, forcing the resignation of Prime MinisterDavid Cameron and dealing the biggest blow since World War II to the European project of forging greater unity. Cameron said he would resign to make way for a new leader by early October after voters opted to exit the 28-nation alliance in defiance of his predictions of economic disaster and isolation… Source: Britain votes to leave EU, Cameron quits – EUROPE Read More »

Here’s what to read and watch to understand the European Union

By Amy Studdart Amy Studdart is a fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. On Thursday, 52 percent of my British compatriots voted to leave the European Union. Politicians and pundits seemed shocked by the result, which caused markets to tumble and cost Prime Minister David Cameron his job. But the U.K.’s international ambivalence didn’t come out of the blue; it was built on decades of fears and fissures. Here are some great books, a binge-worthy political ... Read More »

South African court refuses Zuma appeal request in arms case

A South African court has refused permission for President Jacob Zuma and prosecutors to appeal against its ruling that he should face corruption charges over a 1999 arms deal worth billions of dollars. There were “no merits” in the argument requesting an appeal, it ruled. In April, the court said a 2009 decision to drop the 783 charges against Mr Zuma was irrational. He has always denied taking bribes over the arms deal… Source: South African court refuses Zuma appeal ... Read More »

Tony Blair: Brexit’s Stunning Coup

London — THE decision of British voters in Thursday’s referendum to leave the European Union will have vast consequences for Britain, for Europe and for the world. By TONY BLAIR * For a day, the British people were the government, and by 52 percent to 48 percent, they took the decision to go… Source: Tony Blair: Brexit’s Stunning Coup – The New York Times Read More »

Cameron and Kenny agree to open talks on new Border plan

Leaders hold phone conversation Friday as Britain dismisses need for poll on Northern Ireland’s future.. Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron have agreed that officials will immediately discuss issues such as the common travel area and the Border with Northern Ireland following the Brexit referendum result… Source: Cameron and Kenny agree to open talks on new Border plan Read More »

Nicola Sturgeon announces plans for second indyref

NICOLA Sturgeon yesterday fired the starting gun for another Scottish independence referendum on a tumultuous day that saw a series of dramatic developments following the UK’s decision to quit the EU.. The First Minister said it was “highly likely” a second independence poll would be held and set out a two-year time-table as she reacted to an EU referendum result that forced an emotional David Cameron to resign as Prime Minister… Source: Nicola Sturgeon announces plans for second indyref – ... Read More »

Thoughts on the sociology of Brexit

The geography reflects the economic crisis of the 1970s, not the 2010sIt became clear early on in the night that Leave had extraordinary levels of support in the North East, taking 70% of the votes in Hartlepool and 61% in Sunderland. It subsequently emerged that Wales had voted for Leave… Source: Thoughts on the sociology of Brexit – Political Economy Research Centre Read More »

Supreme Court Tie Blocks Obama Immigration Plan

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court announced on Thursday that it had deadlocked in a case challenging President Obama’s immigration plan, effectively ending what Mr. Obama had hoped would become one of his central legacies. The program would have shielded as many as five million undocumented immigrants from deportation and allowed them to legally work in the United States… Source: Supreme Court Tie Blocks Obama Immigration Plan – The New York Times Read More »

Venezuela: Edge of the Precipice

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Venezuela is in full-fledged crisis: food and medicine are scarce, violent crime is surging, and the government is blocking democratic ways forward. The international community and the Organization of American States should press for political dialogue, the opening of legal paths to a presidential recall referendum in 2016, and permission for humanitarian aid to enter the country… Source: Venezuela: Edge of the Precipice – International Crisis Group Read More »

Stolen Generation compensation, scholarship scheme among NSW Parliament recommendations

A New South Wales parliamentary inquiry into the Stolen Generations recommends the state set up a compensation scheme for survivors.. The Upper House committee reviewed the landmark 1997 report Bringing Them Home, which made 50 recommendations including the national apology delivered by former prime minister Kevin Rudd in 2008… Source: Stolen Generation compensation, scholarship scheme among NSW Parliament recommendations – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Agreements on the End of the Conflict and the Referendum Bring Peace in Colombia Closer

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The signing in Havana today of agreements on the “end of the conflict” and the referendum mechanism for the Colombian population to approve the final peace deal provides the strongest assurance yet that the 52-year armed conflict between the government and the country’s largest guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), is finally coming to an end… Source: Agreements on the End of the Conflict and the Referendum Bring Peace in Colombia Closer – International Crisis Group Read More »

We need to talk about Manus before Australia votes

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Australian politicians are studiously ignoring the reality that the PNG Supreme Court’s 26 April ruling that the detention of asylum seekers in Manus was illegal and unconstitutional will force a change to the offshore processing policy and remove a key plank of Australia’s deterrence strategy in managing irregular migration… Source: We need to talk about Manus before Australia votes Read More »

Explainer: what is Australia’s ‘points system’ for immigration?

The issue of migration is at the forefront of the Brexit debate. The “Leave” camp is arguing the United Kingdom should embrace tighter migration controls. If it wins, Leave would strip European Union citizens of the automatic right to live and work in the UK in favour of an Australian-style “points-test system” for skilled workers. It argues such a system would limit migration and benefit the UK economy… Source: Explainer: what is Australia’s ‘points system’ for immigration? Read More »

Comment: Australia should give permanent residents the vote

Millions of foreign-born legal permanent residents living in Australia can’t vote. Voting rights should extend to all community members because they are members of the community.. By Heath Pickering Millions of foreign-born legal permanent residents living in Australia can’t vote. This is despite living, working, paying taxes and using public services like schools and Medicare… Source: Comment: Australia should give permanent residents the vote | SBS News Read More »

Don’t Elect Dangerous Derryn Hinch: The Case For Treating Criminals Humanely

The Human Headline’s march towards a Victorian Senate seat should concern progressives everywhere, writes David Heslin. Of all the minor party candidates competing in this year’s federal election, none seem to have enjoyed quite as much good fortune as Derryn Hinch. Not only has his Justice Party received high preferences from both major… Source: Don’t Elect Dangerous Derryn Hinch: The Case For Treating Criminals Humanely – New Matilda Read More »

Labour leaders come together in final plea for votes

Labour party leaders from across the UK will come together today to make a final appeal for their supporters to back a Remain vote in the EU referendum.. London mayor Sadiq Khan, Welsh first minister Carwyn Jones, Labour In For Britain head Alan Johnson and Scottish leader Kezia Dugdale will join Jeremy Corbyn at a rally in King’s Cross, central London. The show of unity is aimed at persuading undecided Labour supporters to stick with the European Union… Source: Labour ... Read More »