Politics

Confrontation in Zimbabwe Turns Increasingly Violent

Abductions, assaults by pro-government thugs and anti-government demonstrations met by tear gas and water cannon all signal rising levels of violence in Zimbabwe. Piers Pigou The situation is aggravated by the government’s failure to implement proposals for reform and… Confrontation in Zimbabwe Turns… Read More »

Ashraf Ghani’s gamble with ‘butcher of Kabul’

For the Afghan president, a deal with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is a political win, but it may not bring political stability. by Najib Sharifi Last week, the Afghan government signed a peace deal with the notorious warlord and… Ashraf Ghani’s gamble with… Read More »

Reassembling Colombia’s Rejected Peace Deal

Three interlocking sets of negotiations can still end Colombia’s 52 years of civil war, even after a 2 October referendum voted down a 26 September peace deal. But success will need energetic new engagement by all sides – especially in the region. Reassembling Colombia’s Rejected… Read More »

New UN chief warns of ‘huge challenges’ ahead

The man set to become the next United Nations secretary-general has said he faces “huge challenges” and hopes to see unity and consensus during his term. Antonio Guterres praised the UN Security Council for its swiftness and unity in approving him by acclamation in a… New UN chief warns of ‘huge… Read More »

Why is globalisation under attack?

Free trade and globalisation seem to be under siege from a broad and loud range of opponents. By Mark Broad, Economics reporter, BBC News For decades there has been a strong consensus that globalisation brought more jobs, higher wages and lower prices – not just for richer countries but also for developing and… Why is globalisation under… Read More »

Lies, fearmongering and fables: that’s our democracy

People power can challenge the status quo, but only if we understand our political system has inherent flaws George Monbiot People power can challenge the status quo, but only if we understand our political system has inherent flaws… Lies, fearmongering and fables: that’s our… Read More »

How conservatives made Hanson’s ideas part of the political furniture

A reading of Pauline Hanson: The Truth reveals the extent to which Hansonist positions have been co-opted by conservatives in politics and media Jason Wilson It’s 2016, and yet somehow ponderous Paul Kelly has still not been put out to pasture. Only in the Australian – a newspaper made by and… How conservatives made Hanson’s ideas part of the political furniture… Read More »

The Economic Disaster Behind Afghanistan’s Mounting Human Crisis

Donors and Afghan state agencies must urgently tackle an economic crisis building up since 2014, when foreign troops started leaving and political instability worsened. The starting point must be a socio-economic assessment of just how big the problems are… The Economic Disaster Behind Afghanistan’s Mounting Human Crisis… Read More »

Data Retention Bill: Government departments ask AFP to access metadata after legislation enacted

Federal Government departments — that are not currently permitted to access the metadata of Australians — have attempted to work around the restrictions established in last year’s Data Retention Bill by requesting the Australian Federal Police (AFP) do the searches for them. By the National Reporting Team’s Benjamin Sveen The departments include the… Data Retention Bill: Government departments ask AFP to access metadata after legislation enacted… Read More »

Colombia referendum: Peace deal with FARC rejected

President Santos says ceasefire to remain in place as rebels also vow commitment to peace talks after shock vote result. Voters in Colombia’s referendum have narrowly rejected a peace accord between the government and the Marxist group, FARC. The outcome of Sunday’s vote endangers a deal expected to end 52 years of war and allow FARC fighters to re-enter society and form a… Colombia referendum: Peace deal with FARC rejected… Read More »

Hungary holds referendum on EU mandatory migrant plan

Polls have closed in Hungary in a referendum on whether to accept mandatory EU quotas for relocating migrants. Early indications show most who voted overwhelmingly rejected the quota system but turnout could be less than 50% which would make the vote invalid. Right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban opposes plans to… Hungary holds referendum on EU mandatory migrant plan… Read More »

Trump, the media, and the populist politics of the pogrom

The coming of the internet, and the global spread of social media, has triggered a period of intensifying cultural chaos. The global consequences are profound. Brian McNair Short term, the digital communications revolution has allowed a cheap con man like Donald Trump to connect directly with… Trump, the media, and the populist politics of the pogrom… Read More »

Japanese politicians wear ‘pregnancy’ vests to urge men to help at home

In Japan, where women do five times as much housework as men, three male politicians have donned “pregnancy” vests in a campaign urging men to help out more at home. TOKYO – Reuters In a video titled “The Governor is a Pregnant Woman,” the three men, all governors of southwestern prefectures, put on a 7.3 kilogram (16 pound) vest that simulates a… Source: Japanese politicians wear ‘pregnancy’ vests to urge men to help at home – ASIA Read More »