Italy, Netherlands offer to share UN council seat

Italy and the Netherlands agreed on June 28 to split their term on the UN Security Council after a tie in voting forced them to reach a compromise. In the vote for five non-permanent seats, Kazakstan was elected for the first time, joining Bolivia, Ethiopia and Sweden which won spots during the secret balloting at the 193-nation General Assembly… Source: Italy, Netherlands offer to share UN council seat – EUROPE Read More »

Policy primers: what you need to know before election day

Before Australians go to vote on Saturday, The Conversation’s editors have assembled a guide to 11 key policy areas that could swing the vote. What are the parties promising on issues ranging from tax to education to infrastructure? Click through below to find out… Source: Policy primers: what you need to know before election day Read More »

Bernie Sanders real campaign is just getting started

Bernie Sanders’ revolution is hardly over. He has more power than ever and millions of foot-soldiers ready to push his agenda, says Jordan Chariton.. Jordan Chariton, a political reporter for “The Young Turks” news show… Source: Bernie Sanders real campaign is just getting started—commentary Read More »

The 2016 U.S. Election: A Possible Repeat of the 1964 Election?

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I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.  Barry Goldwater (1909-1998) US Senator (R-Arizona) and 1964 Republican Presidential candidate, (in his Acceptance speech as the 1964 Republican Presidential candidate, in San Francisco, July 16, 1964) Sometimes, I think this country would be better off if we could just saw off the Eastern Seaboard and let it float out to sea.  ... Read More »

Will Donald Trump Replicate the Brexit in the United States?

The U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union betrays a failure of empathy and imagination among its leaders. Will America’s political establishment fare any better?… Source: Will Donald Trump Replicate the Brexit in the United States? – The Atlantic Read More »

South African court refuses Zuma appeal request in arms case

A South African court has refused permission for President Jacob Zuma and prosecutors to appeal against its ruling that he should face corruption charges over a 1999 arms deal worth billions of dollars. There were “no merits” in the argument requesting an appeal, it ruled. In April, the court said a 2009 decision to drop the 783 charges against Mr Zuma was irrational. He has always denied taking bribes over the arms deal… Source: South African court refuses Zuma appeal ... Read More »

Venezuela: Edge of the Precipice

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Venezuela is in full-fledged crisis: food and medicine are scarce, violent crime is surging, and the government is blocking democratic ways forward. The international community and the Organization of American States should press for political dialogue, the opening of legal paths to a presidential recall referendum in 2016, and permission for humanitarian aid to enter the country… Source: Venezuela: Edge of the Precipice – International Crisis Group Read More »

On the road with José Ramos-Horta

But that’s Ramos-Horta. He is neither Che Guevara nor Sukarno. He is a realistic man and leader who has experienced, endured and overcome many things – from gun battles in East Timor’s forests to negotiation wars against colonial powers to free his country, and from handling the delicate separation process with Indonesia to the nation building and development of his country… Source: On the road with José Ramos-Horta – The Jakarta Post Read More »

Is this the next UN Secretary General?

While the U.S. election steals the media spotlight, Stefan Labbé updates on another important leadership campaign — that for Secretary General of the United Nations.. This December, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will finish his second five-year term. So far, 11 candidates have come forward to replace him in what is often said to be the world’s most impossible job. For an organization that proselytizes transparency and good governance, the selection process for the next Secretary General (SG) is opening up ... Read More »

The Guardian view on Jo Cox: an attack on humanity, idealism and democracy

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Editorial: The MP murdered on the street embodied decency and a commitment to all that humanity has in common. What a contrast with her assailant and so much that is rotten in politics… Source: The Guardian view on Jo Cox: an attack on humanity, idealism and democracy | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Bernie Sanders stays in race, but hints at dropping out: ‘I intend to play a role in defeating Donald Trump’


Sen. Bernie Sanders hinted that he may soon officially drop out of the Democratic presidential primary. In a video address to supporters on Thursday, Sanders said that he is prepared to help defeat presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. “The major political task that we face in the next five months is to make certain that Donald Trump is defeated and defeated badly,” Sanders said. “And I personally intend to begin my role in that process in a very short period of time.”… ... Read More »

What Does Davutoğlu’s Departure Mean for the AKParty and Turkey at Large?

“Unusual” is no longer a sufficient word to describe the nature of political developments in Turkey. The AKParty has changed its chairman along with a major reshuffle of the composition of the party’s main decision-making bodies. Moreover, the new party chairman, who automatically became the new premier, has put in place a new government with significant changes to the cabinet. All this has happened in a very short period of time and with very little fuss… Source: What Does Davutoğlu’s ... Read More »

Parakeelia, Privacy, And The Need For A Federal Anti-Corruption Body

Another day, another Liberal Party funding scandal. This is what happens when you leave politicians to regulate themselves, writes Ben Eltham. According to the Miriam Webster dictionary, parakelia is “a succulent herb (Calandrinia balonensis) that is an important livestock feed in drier parts of interior Australia.”. A succulent snack of a different nature is currently intriguing. More… Source: Parakeelia, Privacy, And The Need For A Federal Anti-Corruption Body – New Matilda Read More »

The Pentagon’s Real Strategy: Keeping the Money Flowing

These days, lamenting the apparently aimless character of Washington’s military operations in the Greater Middle East has become conventional wisdom among administration critics of every sort. Senator John McCain thunders that “this president has no strategy to successfully reverse the tide of slaughter and mayhem” in that region. Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies bemoans the “lack of a viable and public strategy.” Andrew Bacevich suggests that “there is no strategy. None. Zilch.”… Source: The Pentagon’s Real ... Read More »

Who is Sheldon Adelson and can he sway the US election?

We ask if the casino tycoon and pro-Israel mega-donor wields more cash than clout or if he will soon become king-maker.. New York, US – It is testament to his status in United States politics that Sheldon Adelson has a primary election named after him. The “Adelson primary”, as it is known informally, is not a… Source: Who is Sheldon Adelson and can he sway the US election? – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

Sanders, the Windows 95 of Progressive Politics?

As the Democratic primaries came to an end Tuesday night, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton met. Mr. Sanders presumably made a strong case that the ideas and ideological direction of his campaign should be incorporated into her campaign and, if she wins, her presidency. Earlier in the day, in anticipation of the meeting, he said, “I think the time is now — in fact, the time is long overdue — for a fundamental transformation of the Democratic Party.”… Source: Sanders, ... Read More »