Security

Senate Moves On Foreign Fighters Bill Despite Human Rights Risk

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A new report warns the bill could allow breaches of human rights. It may also reverse the presumption of innocence, writes Wendy Bacon. A parliamentary Committee including Coalition, Labor and Greens senators has found that a security bill expected to be passed by the Senate today potentially violates human rights in hundreds of ways and recommends that it needs further ... Read More »

The Pistorius Trial Is a Parable About Celebrity, Not South Africa

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ven as the world’s media began to converge on Pretoria’s High Court for the final act in the Oscar Pistorius drama, officials of South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority were considering their options in a hauntingly similar case. Pistorius, as we know, was charged with murder after discharging four bullets into a locked toilet cubicle. He believed an intruder was lurking ... Read More »

Mapping the European Union’s Massive Crackdown on Immigrants

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This month saw the largest single-operation crackdown on undocumented immigrants in European Union history. Dubbed “Mos Maiorum” (a Latin phrase referring to the “ancestral custom” of the Roman Empire), the initiative, which ran from October 13 to October 26, saw EU member states join forces to clamp down on illegal immigration and the organized criminal syndicates that facilitate it. Operations ... Read More »

Australia is Selling Uranium to India Without Safety Nets

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On May 18, 1974, India detonated an eight kiloton nuclear bomb named Smiling Buddha. The international reaction was swift, abject condemnation. This was the first bomb to be built from uranium sold as nuclear fuel, and it was the first bomb detonated by a country other than the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Russia, China, England, ... Read More »

Taliban tumult

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Pakistan’s militants Strains are showing among the country’s jihadist groups FOR years Pakistan’s government and army put off confronting the Pakistani Taliban and their allied fanatics who had set up what was almost a state of their own in North Waziristan, the wildest of several tribal agencies on the country’s north-west frontier with Afghanistan. The reason for such reluctance was ... Read More »

Foreign Affairs: Turkey’s elusive promised land and the war on Islamic State

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As the war on Islamic State reaches Turkey’s border, its victims include Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s vision of a Turkish-led Sunni world. By sheer coincidence, the Syrian town of Kobani – where Kurdish and Islamic State fighters have been squaring off in recent weeks – happens to be tucked just west of Haran, the Turkish spot from which Abraham disembarked ... Read More »

Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

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In June 2011, Julian Assange received an unusual visitor: the chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, arrived from America at Ellingham Hall, the country house in Norfolk, England where Assange was living under house arrest. For several hours the besieged leader of the world’s most famous insurgent publishing organization and the billionaire head of the world’s largest information empire locked horns. ... Read More »

Toward a Lasting Ceasefire in Gaza

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To achieve a durable ceasefire, not only must Israel significantly change its policy toward Gaza, but, no less importantly, Hamas and the Palestine Liberation Organisation must take further steps to implement their reconciliation agreement in order to enable reconstruction and stabilise daily life in the Strip. Some two months after the devastating war that took the lives of 72 Israelis ... Read More »

Battle for Kobani: As the World Watches, Turkey Looks Away

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For weeks now, the world has grown worried as Islamic State jihadists have tried to take the Kurdish city of Kobani in Syria. As the US has stepped up airstrikes, Turkey’s actions have revealed that it is pursuing its own contradictory political agenda. Just a few kilometers away from the Turkish border, the war is raging. In the Kurdish city ... Read More »