Politics

Political corruption and clashing egos push South Africa to the abyss

As if enough damage has not already been inflicted on South Africa by its current leadership, another week brought more blows to a battered country. On April 21 President Jacob Zuma presented the findings of a Commission of Inquiry that… Source: Political corruption and clashing egos push South Africa to the abyss. | America Magazine Read More »

A Scarborough ‘shoaldown’: An opportunity to push back against Beijing

Over the last few weeks any lingering doubts have surely been erased when it comes to China’s so-called ‘intentions’ in the South China Sea. There is clearly only one goal, a single strategic… Source: A Scarborough ‘shoaldown’: An opportunity to push back against Beijing – Asia Times Read More »

The Post-Imperial Moment

Vulgar, populist anarchy will define the twenty-first century. IN 1935, the anti-Nazi writer and Austrian-Jewish intellectual Joseph Roth published a story, “The Bust of the Emperor,” about an elderly count at the chaotic fringe of the former Habsburg Empire who refused to think of himself… Source: The Post-Imperial Moment | The National Interest Read More »

Amnesty urges Nigeria to ‘come clean’ over Shiite killings

Amnesty International says satellite footage and witness accounts offer damning new evidence that Nigeria s military killed hundreds of minority Shiite Muslims late last year. The Dec. 12-14 massacre in the northern town of Zaria is currently the subject of a government inquiry… Source: Amnesty urges Nigeria to ‘come clean’ over Shiite killings – AFRICA Read More »

Mexico President Pena Nieto seeks to relax drug laws

Plan would see medical marijuana legalised and increase the amount of cannabis people can carry. Guerrero, Mexico – Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has announced a proposal to relax some of the country’s drug laws. The plan would see medicinal marijuana legalised and increase how much cannabis people can carry…. Source: Mexico President Pena Nieto seeks to relax drug laws – AJE News Read More »

US primaries: How the US election is changing the global economic debate

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s convincing party wins in the New York primary for their parties’ presidential nomination have accelerated what has already been a contest of historic proportions. What is remarkable isn’t so much the theatrics and personalities but the underlying changes in play… Source: US primaries: How the US election is changing the global economic debate Read More »

Islamist Turkey seizes ALL Christian churches in city and declares them ‘state property’Express

TURKEY’S Islamist government has stepped up its war on Christianity by seizing all the churches in one city and declaring them state property. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken control of six churches in the war-torn southeastern city of Diyarbakir in his latest move to squash freedom of speech and… Source: Islamist Turkey seizes ALL Christian churches in city and declares them ‘state property’ | World | News | Daily Express Read More »

Money laundering: New law planned to target corrupt officials

MPs, councillors and civil servants suspected of corruption are to be targeted by a new law proposed by the home secretary. Theresa May intends to establish an offence of “illicit enrichment” for cases where a public official’s assets have increased significantly without satisfactory explanation… Source: Money laundering: New law planned to target corrupt officials – BBC News Read More »

Thought ‘death cult’ lawmaking ended with Abbott? Think again

A shadowy entity is deciding the fate of Australian citizenship, while NSW lawmakers want the power to punish those found not guilty of crimes. The erosion of our rights is continuing, just without the fanfare… Source: Thought ‘death cult’ lawmaking ended with Abbott? Think again – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

How America Can Reap the Benefits of Brexit

The conventional wisdom is that a decision by British voters this June to leave the European Union would be bad for the United States. The… Source: How America Can Reap the Benefits of Brexit | Foreign Policy Read More »

China’s Legalist Revival

Forget Confucianism: this ancient philosophy is driving China today.. HOW DOES culture shape politics? In her classic book Strategic Intelligence and Statecraft, Adda B. Bozeman argues that “American citizens must be fully aware of non-American approaches to statecraft if they are to render informed… Source: China’s Legalist Revival | The National Interest Read More »

Prevention of violence against women – finally, an idea whose time has come

A $30m ad campaign to change attitudes about violence against women will be launched this weekend as part of a broader strategy that puts gender inequality at the centre of a violence prevention program. When it comes to preventing violence against women, Australia has made history in the last few weeks… Source: Prevention of violence against women – finally, an idea whose time has come | Mary Barry | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Serbian prime minister plans new privatisation push after election

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NOVI PAZAR, Serbia (Reuters) – Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic plans a new push to privatise loss-making state firms if he wins Sunday’s election and will do everything needed to secure IMF approval for his economic policies, he told Reuters in an interview. Croft… Source: Serbian prime minister plans new privatisation push after election – World | The Star Online Read More »

Money laundering fears over Bendigo Bank operations on Nauru

Fears over money laundering and the risk of financing of terrorism has prompted calls for Bendigo Bank to abandon any dealings with the tiny Pacific nation of Nauru. Bendigo Bank is the only bank with a presence on the island, which Australia relies on as a crucial part of its refugee policy… Source: Money laundering fears over Bendigo Bank operations on Nauru Read More »

The Guardian view on Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment: a tragedy and a scandal

Editorial: Nothing is clear in Brazil’s murky political crisis, except that the country will suffer the consequences for a long time to come.. Ever since Stefan Zweig, writing in 1941, dubbed it “the land of the future”, Brazil has been reproached for failing to live up to the promise that its size, its… Source: The Guardian view on Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment: a tragedy and a scandal | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Greens leader says $14m Brickworks grant shows need for federal Icac

Richard Di Natale highlights fact a significant Liberal donor received $14m under a carbon scheme later axed by Abbott government. The Greens leader Richard Di Natale has gone on the front foot about the need for a national anti-corruption body by highlighting the fact a significant donor to the… Source: Greens leader says $14m Brickworks grant shows need for federal Icac | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »