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Cambodia offers amnesty so Australians can collect surrogate babies

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Cambodia has offered a limited amnesty to Australians who have paid for surrogacy services, saying they can collect their babies without fear of arrest. ABC Liam Cochrane The assurance comes a week after Australian nurse Tammy Davis-Charles was arrested in Phnom Penhfor operating a surrogacy agency and allegedly falsifying documents. The Cambodian Government wants Australian intended parents to… Cambodia offers amnesty so Australians can… Read More »

Germany’s Chinese investment problem

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European firms are being snapped up by China companies, and that’s causing headaches in Berlin. By JANOSCH DELCKER HAMBURG, Germany — In the conflict between Beijing, Berlin and Brussels over skyrocketing investment by Chinese firms in… Germany’s Chinese investment… Read More »

Xinjiang locals told to turn in their passports

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All residents in China’s restive region of Xinjiang must hand in their passports to local police stations for “examination and management”, the Global Times newspaper said yesterday. “Anyone who needs the passport must apply to the police station,” an anonymous police officer in Aksu prefecture told the paper, adding that the… Xinjiang locals told… Read More »

Duterte Harry

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At a government press conference, a grandstanding British journalist admonished Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, stating to the President of the Philippines that ‘the social fabric of the Philippines was at risk’ due to the wave of suspicious murders of drug suspects across the country. On Line Opinion William Hill For dramatic effect, the journalist somewhat self-indulgently praised his own bravery in risking a street side execution, merely for questioning Duterte. Critics of President Duterte’s war on… Duterte Harry… Read More »

Myanmar wants ethnic cleansing of Rohingya – UN official

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Myanmar is seeking the ethnic cleansing of the Muslim Rohingya minority from its territory, a senior UN official has told the BBC. Armed forces have been killing Rohingya in Rakhine state, forcing many to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh, says John McKissick of the… Myanmar wants ethnic… Read More »

Arrests and uncertainty overseas show why Australia must legalise compensated surrogacy

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Cambodia is the latest country in our region to ban commercial surrogacy. The Conversation As happened when India, Thailand and Nepal introduced such bans, dozens of Australians are now extremely anxious because they have no idea what is going to happen to their babies who have recently been born or are on their way. A lack of regulation of surrogacy in these countries makes it easy for… Arrests and uncertainty overseas show why… Read More »

President Trump and the Art of the Iran Nuclear Deal

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President-Elect Donald J. Trump’s foreign policy direction remains uncertain, but his campaign rhetoric has cast doubt on the future of the successful multilateral nuclear accord with Iran. ICG The co-signatories with the U.S. – China, France, Germany, Russia and the UK – can take action now to… President Trump and… Read More »

China to fill trade vacuum left by Donald Trump

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Donald Trump has thrust China into the driver’s seat on world trade by killing off the TPP, which may relieve Australian workers and consumers. Jackson Stiles President-elect Trump confirmed on Tuesday he will withdraw the US from Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations on his first day in… China to fill… Read More »

Commentary: Trump Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s Dangerous, Dollar-Induced Flip Flop on Turkey

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The Election Day commentary in The Hill by Michael Flynn, a recently appointed National Security advisor to President-elect Donald Trump began with the following words: “Our ally Turkey is in crisis and needs our support,” and continued with a prolonged pitch on why Turkey was important to the United States and why U.S. policy needed a shift of support towards the Erdogan regime. The Pappas Post Gregory Pappas The commentary was a strange, new development to those following the ever-evolving ... Read More »

The Limits of Turkey’s Post-Coup Attempt Consensus and Emerging New Political Realignment

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Abstract: In the aftermath of the failed coup attempt in Turkey, the Turkish political class and society at large came together in a rare moment of consensus to reject the attempt. GMF Galip Dalay But this proved to be a short-lived process. The old fissures have… The Limits of Turkey’s Post-Coup Attempt… Read More »

Turkey and the EU: The end of the affair?

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The European Parliament will vote this week on whether to suspend Turkey’s talks on joining the EU, and the Turkish government is giving a good impression of looking the other way. By Selin Girit, BBC News, Istanbul “Turkey should feel relaxed about the EU and not be fixated about joining it,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the… Turkey and the… Read More »

North Korea Is a Total Nightmare—That South Korea Shouldn’t Fear

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By virtually every measure, Seoul has the upper hand over the North in a war. Rajan Menon Those who have talked recently with South Korean foreign-policy and national-security experts will have noticed that they are quite apprehensive. There are at… North Korea Is a… Read More »

Turkey needs a soft exit from the EU

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The realization that Turkey’s accession is not a realistic goal should be the starting point of a redefined relationship. By Sinan Ülgen  Suspending European Union membership negotiations would be the wrong signal for Europe to send Turkey. The move, set to be debated in the… Turkey needs a… Read More »

Tony Blair wonders what’s gone wrong with politics. How sad he can’t see it

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He oversaw the Iraq war and calamitous financial deregulation, and did lucrative work for foreign tyrants. Owen Jones No wonder faith in the centre-left has evaporated. If Tony Blair is the answer, then the question is high on illicit substances. He is reported to… Tony Blair wonders what’s… Read More »

Why female genital mutilation still exists in modern Singapore

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Female genital mutilation is carried out by communities around the world. But though it is not commonly associated with modern, cosmopolitan Singapore, it is quietly happening all the time, as the BBC’s Yvette Tan writes. By Yvette Tan BBC News Zarifah Anuar didn’t find out she had been circumcised as a child until she was 23. She was just two weeks old when her… Why female genital… Read More »

Jordan — An Oasis In A Turbulent World

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Last week I visited Jordan as guest of Prince Ali Bin Hussein and his wife, Princess Rym Brahimi Ali. José Ramos-Horta  Prince Ali is the third son of King Hussein, and half-brother of King Abdullah II. He is a member of the… Jordan — An Oasis In A… Read More »