Politics

What did the UN apartheid report expose in reality?

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As Israel moves towards confronting apartheid, the questions raised by the report will become impossible to avoid. Mark LeVine Al Jazeera News The most damning aspect of the new report by the UN’s Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), which accuses Israel of being an apartheid state, is not the unearthing of allegedly long-discredited… What did the… Read More »

The War In Yemen Is Turning To Genocide, And Australia Is Quietly Supporting It

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Our silence as a nation is destroyed – and innocent men, women and children slaughtered – is deafening, writes Michael Brull. Michael Brull New Matilda Yemen is being destroyed. Perhaps half a million children face severe malnutrition. Almost seven million… The War In… Read More »

The Age of tampering: What’s said can’t be unsaid

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Tampering with the text of an editorial after its publication creates a false record of what was said, writes EBA Truth. EBA Truth Independent Australia WHEN IS IT OKAY for a media outlet to alter online content after it has been published? After all, what’s… The Age of… Read More »

Multiculturalism will only work if all Australians sign up, Coalition’s first policy statement says

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The Federal Government’s first policy statement on multiculturalism declares it a “success” but says every Australian must sign up to shared values and mutual obligations. Jane Norman ABC Releasing Multicultural Australia: United, Strong, Successful today, Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs Zed Seselja said the Coalition had put its stamp on the “unifying” statement, which is also the first since 2011. The son of… Multiculturalism will only… Read More »

Le Pen’s Dutch bummer

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3 takeaways for the French far-right leader from Europe’s first major election of… NICHOLAS VINOCUR Politico PARIS — At a rally with European allies in January, French far-right leader Marine Le Pen predicted the Continent would “rise up” in 2017 as the Anglo-Saxon world had done last year by voting for Brexit and… So far, the populist uprising hasn’t gone to… Le Pen’s Dutch… Read More »

Erdoğan vows to reinstate death penalty as referendum opponents face ‘attacks and imprisonment’

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In the build up to the referendum, the Turkish President promised he will introduce the death penalty in a campaign that has caused a… Hanna Yusuf Independent Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed on Saturday that he will reinstate capital punishment “without hesitation”, ahead of the… Speaking at a televised rally in Canakkale, the leader of the… Erdoğan vows to… Read More »

Empire 2.0 is dangerous nostalgia for something that never existed

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Hopes that post-Brexit Britain can boost Commonwealth trade is ill-founded Those countries have moved on… David Olusoga The Guardian When Lord North, prime minister at the time of the American revolution, received the news that British forces had lost the war, and with it the… Empire 2.0 is… Read More »

Can Trump Refrain from Repeating His Predecessor’s Mistakes in Syria?

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The crisis in Syria isn’t a Republican or Democrat problem; it is a moral failing that places America on the wrong side of… Matthew RJ Brodsky The National Interest The spark that started it all was an errant… Six years ago, on March 6, 2011, Syrian state security forces arrested fifteen young boys for spray painting anti-regime graffiti on a… Can Trump Refrain… Read More »

Europe is happy gambling with its politics

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(CNN) – Politics, like life, is Darwinian: A failure to evolve leads to extinction. Nic Robertson CNN The Dutch elections put that process in a petri dish and under a microscope. The results give… Europe is happy… Read More »

Reunited Cyprus’ property compensation bill

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His vast legal experience in displaced persons’ property cases before Strasbourg-based EU courts have prompted Nicosia lawyer… Annie Charalambous in-cyprus “Because, at the end of the day, one has to think for himself and decide whether he/she is part of the solution or part of the problem… “I am not an economist, but I adopted a model on an X and… Reunited Cyprus’ property… Read More »

Sturgeon issues ‘come to Scotland’ invitation to rest of UK

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Nicola Sturgeon has issued an open invitation to UK residents “appalled” at the behaviour of the Westminster Government to move to Scotland and be part of an “outward-looking, compassionate… The Scotsman A stand-off is growing between the First Minister and… The SNP leader used her… Sturgeon issues ‘come… Read More »

SNP accused of ‘not respecting DEMOCRACY and trying to scupper Brexit’

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THE SNP has been accused of “not respecting democracy” after its deputy leader signalled that the push for another independence referendum in Scotland is… DAVID MADDOX Express Angus Robertson, who has been a leading Remoaner in Westminster, told the SNP conference in Aberdeen that Theresa May is afraid of a Scottish referendum because the… SNP accused of… Read More »

Industry by Design?

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Industrial policies come in many shapes and sizes, but some strategies to nurture domestic firms and industries have clearly worked better than… Project Syndicate Understanding why may hold the key to creating the conditions for contemporary growth and… CAMBRIDGE – A quarter-century ago, in the wake of the Thatcher and… Industry by… Read More »

If you want to predict if the eurozone will survive – follow the money

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Despite elections in senior member states, the short-term prognosis for the currency union is good, but long-term worries remain, writes Daniel Gros. Irish Examiner What does the eurozone’s future hold? It depends where you look. Some economic indicators… If you want… Read More »

So far, Trump has been mercifully incompetent

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“The world is laughing at us. They’re laughing at the stupidity of our… — Donald Trump, October 2016 Stupid is as stupid… Dana Milbank The Washington Post During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump remarked often on the stupidity of our… He was under the impression that the rest of the planet was indulging in some sort of global guffaw at our… So far, Trump… Read More »

Nations have separated children from parents before. It never ends well.

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The Trump administration’s new family separation plan would be cruel — and likely ineffective. Nara Milanich The Washington Post The Trump administration has already proposed a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, a ban on travel from six countries, a shutdown of the refugee program and extensive detentions and deportations of undocumented… Nations have separated… Read More »