Leadership

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi drops two ministerial jobs, takes on presidential spokeswoman role

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi drops plans to run two major ministries, but will act as spokeswoman for the President.. Banned from becoming president by a junta-era constitution, Ms Suu Kyi has cemented control over the country’s first civilian-led government in… Source: Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi drops two ministerial jobs, takes on presidential spokeswoman role – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Subverting Myanmar’s Constitution for Its Own Good

Democracy needs flexibility.. When the first act of a new legislature is to circumvent its country’s written constitution, it’s usually a bad sign. Not so in Myanmar, where the democratically elected parliament moved last week to create the post of “state counselor” and give the job to Aung San Suu Kyi, the… Source: Subverting Myanmar’s Constitution for Its Own Good – Bloomberg View Read More »

Turkey’s Erdogan says Obama spoke ‘behind my back’ on press freedom

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused U.S. counterpart Barack Obama of going behind his back for criticizing Turkey’s press freedom record and linked it to efforts to “divide” Turkey, media reports said on Sunday… Source: Turkey’s Erdogan says Obama spoke ‘behind my back’ on press freedom | Reuters Read More »

Vietnam parliament swears in top policeman as president

Hanoi: Vietnam’s parliament has sworn in Tran Dai Quang as president, elevating the head of a controversial internal security agency to one of the communist nation’s most powerful political posts. Vietnam has no paramount ruler and is officially led by a triumvirate of president, prime minister and Communist Party chief, although experts say the presidency is more ceremonial than the other posts… Source: Vietnam parliament swears in top policeman as president Read More »

How 13 years of poverty drove this CPA’s accounting career

From refugee to CPA, Denis Yengi has overcome extraordinary obstacles to achieve success.. By Louise McCabe and Stephen Craft Denis Yengi has faced struggles most of us couldn’t begin to imagine. His happy childhood in South Sudan ended abruptly at age seven, when he and his family were forced to flee the… Source: INTHEBLACK – How 13 years of poverty drove this CPA’s accounting career Read More »

Brazilian officials resign in new blow to Dilma Roussef government

Two more senior Brazilian officials have resigned in the latest blow to the government of President Dilma Rousseff. They are Sports Minister George Hilton and Col Adilson Moreira, who was organising security at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next August. Col Moreira reportedly wrote that he was ashamed the country was being led by “an unscrupulous group”… Source: Brazilian officials resign in new blow to Dilma Roussef government – BBC News Read More »

Obama warns Erdogan’s Turkey headed down troubling path

US President Barack Obama admitted Friday he was “troubled” by the path President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is taking Turkey down, amid rows over press freedom and the war in Syria. “It’s no secret that there are some trends within Turkey that I have been troubled with,” Obama said… Source: Obama warns Erdogan’s Turkey headed down troubling path Read More »

Will Australia ever have a progressive leader like Corbyn or Sanders?

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The rise of Jeremy Corbyn in the UK and Bernie Sanders in the US shows that renewed passion for politics is still possible … just not in Australia. harisma and persuasion matter in politics. Though neither trait guarantees fair policies or outlook – think Tony Blair backing the catastrophic waragainst Iraq, or Malcolm Turnbull hailing himself as a… Source: Will Australia ever have a progressive leader like Corbyn or Sanders? | Antony Loewenstein | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

The rise of Donald Trump: the psychology motivating voters

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HIS views are bizarre. His words are extreme. His political experience is nil. So why are so many voters in the United States taking Donald Trump seriously? Just one election campaign ago, any other candidate uttering a single one of his authoritarian assertions would have been committing political suicide… Source: The rise of Donald Trump: the psychology motivating voters | CairnsPost Read More »

Erdogan’s March to Dictatorship in Turkey

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s President, is coming to Washington this week, where he’ll probably meet President Obama. It’s a good bet he’ll manage to get in and out of the capital without being subjected to the public humiliation he deserves… Source: Erdogan’s March to Dictatorship in Turkey – The New Yorker Read More »

Barack Obama: ‘drug addiction is a health problem, not a criminal problem’

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Speaking at a drug abuse summit in Atlanta, the US president committed to tackling heroin and prescription opioid epidemic with prevention and treatment. Barack Obama committed Tuesday to take on America’s growing heroin and prescription opioid epidemic by devoting resources to prevention and treatment, rather than to the “war on drugs” policies of… Source: Barack Obama: ‘drug addiction is a health problem, not a criminal problem’ | US news | The Guardian Read More »

The fall and fall of German social democracy

The SPD has lost voters to the left and the right, and needs to get them back fast to avoid becoming irrelevant. BERLIN — It’s not just Angela Merkel’s conservatives who are licking their wounds after a crushing defeat in German regional elections — the Social Democratic party is hurting too, and badly. The major losses the SPD suffered in two of the… Source: The fall and fall of German social democracy – POLITICO Read More »

Time to reform electoral funding laws

EDITORIAL As Australia enters the early stages of what is likely to be a lengthy federal election campaign, it is imperative that all candidates for political office and those behind their party machines commit to exceed, not just meet, the legal requirements on funding disclosures. It is the spirit of those laws that matters most, and the goal is transparency. The fundamental purpose of… Source: Time to reform electoral funding laws Read More »

Careless Donald Trump is a danger to Australia and Asia

Donald Trump has made an idiotic and potentially incendiary claim about one of the world’s most flammable strategic tinder boxes. Asia has serious strategic problems. It needs serious strategic solutions. Instead, on the weekend it got the thoughts, if that’s what you can call them, of Donald Trump… Source: Careless Donald Trump is a danger to Australia and Asia Read More »

The Unbearable Lightness of Schulz Cyprus Journey 

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It is a truism to say there is a price to everything in the world we live in. As more and more ‘atmospheric’ noise is made by international actors (UN, EU) about the imminence of a Cyprus settlement, it is vital that we shed at least some light on the real cost of the settlement and pose the fundamental question… Such an exercise of estimating the multiple costs involved in the implementation of the three-state settlement – one Greek… Source: ... Read More »

It’s Time for Hillary Clinton to Concede the Democratic Nomination to Bernie Sanders

With Bernie Sanders now slightly ahead of Clinton nationally in the latest Bloomberg poll, it’s time to reevaluate the meaning of pragmatism. Hillary Clinton might be ahead of Bernie Sanders in delegates, but Vermont’s Senator has a monopoly on political momentum. Sadly, his opponent has a monopoly on controversy, and… Source: It’s Time for Hillary Clinton to Concede the Democratic Nomination to Bernie Sanders Read More »