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Trump Inherits Guantanamo’s Remaining Detainees

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Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Defense announced they had transferred 10 more Guantanamo detainees, this time to Oman. Now, 45 remain at the facility, leaving challenges on what to do with the prisoners for President-elect Donald Trump. Arun Rath npr Back in 2009, on his third day in office, President Barack Obama ordered the detention facilities at Guantanamo to be closed “as soon as practicable, and no later than one year from the date of this order.” The ... Read More »

Kosovan artists’ ‘Migrant Colors’ on show

Art - Daily Sabah

A collective exhibition titled ‘Migrant Colors’ is now on display in Istanbul, bringing together the works of six artists from Kosovo, displaying unique examples of their art Anadolu Agency Daily Sabah The “Migrant Colors” exhibition is now on in Beşiktaş, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Kosovo Prizren Culture and Solidarity Association (Kosova Prizrenliler Kültür ve Yardımlaşma Derneği). Hosted by the municipality of… Kosovan artists’ ‘Migrant Colors’ on… Read More »

Canada’s Donald Trump? ‘Shark Tank’ star Kevin O’Leary runs for Tory leadership

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(CNN)Canada’s got its own reality TV star vying for the nation’s top job. Joshua Berlinger CNN Kevin O’Leary, the business man-turned-reality TV star, announced Wednesday that he will stand in the now 14-person race to lead Canada’s Conservative party. The winner will likely Canada’s Donald Trump? ‘Shark Tank’ star… Read More »

Dismayed by democracy? The alternative is far worse

Democracy - The Guardian

The twin prospects of Brexit and Trump may not appeal, but denying people the right to vote is much more dangerous Tom Clark The Guardian The vote always had to be fought for, and the battle was often noisy. From the 1866 Hyde Park riots through… Dismayed by democracy? The… Read More »

Germany to review over 500 asylum applications over security risk

Migrants wait for a first registration at the registration point for asylum seekers in Erding near Munich, southern Germany, on November 15, 2016. 
The refugees from Eritrea came by plane from Italy. / AFP / CHRISTOF STACHE        (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

Authorities have lost track of three people who may post a threat, MP said. Cynthia Kroet Politico Authorities are investigating 547 asylum seekers who may pose a security threat to Germany, according to the country’s interior minister, Thomas de Maizière, Reuters reported Thursday. De Maizière told parliament… Germany to review over… Read More »

No peace in sight for Myanmar

Myanmar - Asia Times

Aung San Suu Kyi’s peace process has been undercut by escalated ethnic armed conflicts, military obstinance and a hardline negotiating stance Bertil Lintner Asia Times Government delegates and ethnic armed group representatives met in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai from January 12-14, the latest confab in a national peace process launched by Myanmar’s democratically elected… No peace in sight for… Read More »

If we scrapped the states, increasing Canberra’s clout would be a backward step

Australia - The Conversation

If you were starting Australia all over again, you would have a national government and 20 regional governments. John Quiggin The Conversation That was one of the things I agreed with Gough Whitlam on. … Anything that can reduce or… If we scrapped the states… Read More »

Print Email Facebook Twitter More Edward Snowden’s residency permit in Russia extended by three years, lawyer says

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Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has been allowed to remain in Russia for another three years and will next year qualify to apply for Russian citizenship, his Russian lawyer has been quoted as saying. ABC Russian authorities said earlier on Wednesday they had extended a residency permit for Snowden, who was given asylum in Russia after leaking classified information about US spy operations. That permit is now valid until… Print  Email  Facebook  Twitter  More… Read More »

Burqa ban not the answer to solving problems for Queenslanders: Ali Kadri

Burqua ban - Brisbane

Banning the burqa will not solve issues for Queenslanders and is instead a diversionary tactic, Islamic Council of Queensland spokesman Ali Kadri says. Felicity Caldwell Brisbane Times Senator Pauline Hanson this week said One Nation would move to prohibit burqas in government buildings if her party won the upcoming Queensland election. It has been an ongoing issue for… Burqa ban not the answer to… Read More »

Ethiopia’s coffee farmers eye more fair trade amid rising share in global market

Ethiopia - Daily Sabah

When you enjoy a warm cup of coffee from a cafe run by an international chain like Starbucks, you may hardly realize that the unique flavor may be coming out of Ethiopia. Addis Ababa Daily Sabah You are also unlikely to hear the refrain of millions of coffee farmers in the eastern Africa nation, the majority of who do not reap the benefits of their hard-earned produce. For every kilogram of… Ethiopia’s coffee farmers eye more… Read More »

JPMorgan Chase hit with government lawsuit for pay discrimination

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(Reuters) – The U.S. government filed a lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase & Co claiming the bank engaged in pay discrimination against women. Daniel Wiessner Yahoo! Finance The Labor Department, in a complaint filed with an administrative judge, said New York-based JPMorgan has paid at least 93 women in four different job categories less than comparable male co-workers over the last five years. The company violated an executive… JPMorgan Chase hit with… Read More »

EXCLUSIVE: Manus Island — a place of deprivation and despair

Australia - IA

A shocking first-hand account and photos of the appalling conditions on Manus Island as shared by a hospital volunteer. Sarah Smith reports. Sarah Smith Independent Australia HELEN FOX is agitated: “The doctors in the hospital… EXCLUSIVE: Manus Island… Read More »

What I’ve witnessed in Turkey is an assault on democracy itself

TUR - The Guardian

Erdoğan, emboldened by the rise of Trump, is crushing fragile freedoms – tens of thousands detained and the press muzzled. Owen Jones The Guardian The west must end its silence Democracy is a bundle of… What I’ve witnessed in… Read More »

Dalai Lama: 5 things to keep in mind for the next four years

Dalai Lama - CNN

(CNN) – The Dalai Lama has some advice for anyone who is looking for happiness, no matter what their circumstances. Jen Christensen CNN The Nobel Peace Prize-winning spiritual and political leader of the Tibetan people in exile, spoke about the incoming administration in an interview with CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta. The “president, of course, (is a) very… Dalai Lama: 5 things to keep in… Read More »

Taiwan joins global anti-nuclear trend

Anti nuclear - Asia Times

Island’s legislature approves changes to shut down all nuclear power plants by 2025, following a global movement since Japan’s Fukushima disaster in 2011 Liu Hsiu Wen Asia Times The government will shut down all of the island’s nuclear power plants and liberalize the domestic market by 2025 in Taiwan’s biggest energy reforms in three decades. Lawmakers approved changes to… Taiwan joins global anti-nuclear… Read More »

Why Ankara’s honeymoon with Trump may be short-lived

A man walks past the Trump Towers building in Istanbul on July 30, 2015. US billionaire Donald Trump handily leads all fellow Republicans in the 2016 presidential race, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats trump him in head-to-head matchups, a poll said July 30. AFP PHOTO/ OZAN KOSE        (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey has increased pressure on Washington in recent weeks, as President-elect Donald Trump has been preparing to be sworn in, by openly renouncing the outgoing Obama administration and signaling to the new administration what its conditions for improved ties with the United States will be. Semih Idiz Al Monitor Ankara clearly expects the Trump administration to place the rapidly deteriorating relationship between the two countries on a smoother trajectory. Remarks by Rex Tillerson… Why Ankara’s honeymoon with… Read More »