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Politics of farce in Turkey

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When I expressed my concerns about the signs of a move from authoritarian rule to fascist political discourse in Turkey (in daily Cumhuriyet last week), I only wanted to underline the danger of ever increasing militarization and “statization” of politics and party in the country. Hurriyet – NURAY MERT The state model, the quest for a homogenous “nation/community,” imperial nostalgia, ... Read More »

More outrages on the flawed Myki system in Melbourne

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Here is a story from a Melbourne man who got bullied into paying $75 on the spot even though he had not even been on public transport at all! Julian Burnside “On 24/09/2014, I was crossing Collins Street in Melbourne CBD at a point where there is also a tram stop. There was a Public Transport official on the platform ... Read More »

Banning smoking in Australian prisons has become a nationwide issue

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Just over a year ago an opinion piece of mine was published in this journal under the title “Banning smoking in Australia’s jails is a tough call, but worth a try”. In that piece I outlined in some detail the work that had been done in New Zealand to successfully launch a total ban on smoking by inmates and staff ... Read More »

Ukraine Has Reached a Debt Deal. Now What?

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The deal has worrying implications for the IMF’s treatment of Russia. The Nation - By James Carden Yesterday, with the announcement that the Ukrainian government had reached an agreement on restructuring its private debt with a consortium of bond holders led by Franklin Templeton, there was much rejoicing. In Kiev, the American-born former State Department official turned Ukrainian finance minister, ... Read More »

Economic deadlock through bizonal vetoes

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No serious government can accept to be run on multiple vetoes and of an ethnic origin to boot. Someone wisely described the vetoes as “a curse the short-sighted and naïve put on their country to make sure it never prospers”. InCyprus - By Dr Aris Petasis The vetoes are designed to paralyse and incapacitate the central Cyprus government with the ... Read More »

World’s biggest coal port joins fossil fuel divestment push

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Newcastle is the seventh council in Australia to announce it will shun fossil fuels, reports the Sydney Morning Herald The Guardian - Amanda Saunders for Sydney Morning Herald, part of the Climate Publishers Network Newcastle city council in Australia has voted to exit holdings in the big four banks if they continue to fund fossil fuel projects. About 80% of ... Read More »

Brazil’s economy enters recession

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BBC – Brazil has entered recession after official figures showed the country’s economy contracted by 1.9% between April and June compared with the previous three months. Analysts had expected a contraction, but the number was worse than expected. First quarter output was also revised down to show a 0.7%, rather than a 0.2%, contraction. The country, the seventh-largest economy in ... Read More »

Lebanon’s Un-collected Problems

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Protests over corruption and political dysfunction are growing in Lebanon. Clashes between protesters and security forces have left dozens wounded over the last few days, increasing instability in a country highly polarised along politico-sectarian fault lines, threatened not long ago by sectarian clashes and violence, and already overwhelmed by nearly 1.2 million Syrian refugees, ongoing border tensions as well as ... Read More »

Who benefits from Greece’s exit from Eurozone? – ANALYSIS

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Baku – APA. There is a lot to talk about the causes of the economic and political crisis in Greece that had been predicted beforehand. Domestic and political causes are abundant but they do not interest even Greeks themselves. What they are concerned about is the consequences and possible ways out. As for the rest, they – as though it ... Read More »

“Turkey has never given a fig for the Turkish Cypriots”!

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I read the article “Brown’s appraisal on Turkish intentions” of 23 August 2015 by Mrs Erato Kozakou-Marcoulli, posted on www.in-cyprus.com and for a moment I wondered whether there had been a mistake. Whether the article was written by the Refugee Association “Adouloti Kyrenia” and wrongly attributed to Mrs. Marcoulli. Agora Dialogue - Fanoulla Argyrou * Mrs. E.K-Marcoulli refers to the ... Read More »