Australia’s Stranded Refugee Prisoners

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Four years ago, the government of Australia set out to stop migrants and refugees from reaching its shores by boat. By THE EDITORIAL BOARD  It came up with a ruthlessly efficient policy under which people found at sea were sent to Manus Island in Papua New Guinea or to the nation of Nauru, each a tiny island in the Pacific, ostensibly the… Australia’s Stranded Refugee… Read More »

Jacqui Lambie demands pre-emptive pardons for Australians accused of war crimes

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Former soldier-turned-independent senator Jacqui Lambie is demanding a pre-emptive pardon for any defence personnel accused of war crimes against the Taliban or Islamic State. By Defence reporter Andrew Greene Her call comes a week after the ABC revealed a secretive Defence review of Australia’s special forces has begun hearing allegations of… Jacqui Lambie demands… Read More »

Widodo backs castration for sex crimes

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo has defended the use of chemical castration to wipe out sex crimes including pedophilia. AAP “Our constitution respects human rights but when it comes to sexual crimes there is no compromise. We are strong and we will be very firm. We will hand out the… Widodo backs castration… Read More »

Will China’s economy slow as Beijing squeezes property sales?

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With the government cracking down on property speculation, questions raised on what drives fourth-quarter growth By STEVE WANG, LIN WANXIA and POO YEE KAI China’s economy is on track to meet Beijing’s growth target of 6.5% to 7.0% for 2016 following the release of third quarter numbers in… Will China’s economy… Read More »

Palestinian builds dream car despite Gaza challenges

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Car enthusiast in blockaded Gaza Strip puts ingenuity to test, builds replica of classic 1920s-era Mercedes World Bulletin / News Desk At first glance, Muneer Shindi’s automotive workshop looks just like most others in Gaza City’s industrial district. But upon closer inspection, his badly-kept secret can be seen stowed in the… Palestinian builds dream… Read More »

Qatar retrospective exhibits Iraqi artist Dia Azzawi

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Iraqi artist’s major retrospective in Doha is a “manifesto” against events following the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Andrew Chappelle Doha, Qatar – Dia Azzawi, the 77-year old Iraqi pioneer of modern Arab art, has described his latest major exhibition as a… Qatar retrospective exhibits Iraqi… Read More »

Myanmar’s Peace Process: Getting to a Political Dialogue

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After almost 70 years of armed conflict, Myanmar has a rare but fading opportunity to finalise a broad-based, federal settlement. The government must adopt a more flexible approach that allays opposition concerns, and armed groups need to go beyond preliminaries and… Myanmar’s Peace Process… Read More »

America’s Assad Quandary

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An excruciating fact confronts us: it does not necessarily follow that Bashar al-Assad’s departure would improve the situation in Syria. Robert D. Kaplan A PRINCIPAL tenet of realism is that disorder is worse than injustice, since injustice merely means the world is imperfect, whereas … America’s Assad… Read More »

India and China to draw up joint road map against terror

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping say no country is immune to the growing global menace By ASIA TIMES STAFF India and China have agreed to draw up a joint road map to combat terror saying no country can remain indifferent to the… India and China… Read More »

Climate change: global deal reached to limit use of hydrofluorocarbons

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Global deal on HFCs – greenhouse gases far more powerful than carbon dioxide – seen as ‘largest temperature reduction ever achieved by single agreement’ Associated Press, in Rwanda A worldwide deal has been reached to limit the use of greenhouse gases far more powerful than carbon dioxide in a major effort to… Climate change: global… Read More »

Hong Kong’s Occupy street art legacy is almost vacant

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Two years ago, the streets of Hong Kong teemed with Umbrella Movement protesters creating a vast amount of public art. There is little sign of it now By JOYCE LAU In 2014, the art gallery owner Françoise Thurière took part in an exhibition at the Conrad Hong Kong that was all but deserted. The… Hong Kong’s Occupy… Read More »

Russia’s Gazprom, India’s GAIL Could Correct LNG Contract in 6 Months – CEO

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Gazprom’s CEO Alexey Miller said that Russia’s energy giant hopes to agree with India’s state-owned oil and gas company on amendments to the contract on deliveries of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) in the next six months. GOA (Sputnik) – Russia’s energy giant Gazprom hopes to agree with India’s state-owned oil and gas company on amendments to the contract on deliveries of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) in the… Russia’s Gazprom, India’s… Read More »

The Quiet Fight for Iran’s Future

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The future direction of Iran’s foreign policy is all about internal politics. Farhad Rezaei Iran watchers have puzzled to assess whether the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that Iran and the… The Quiet Fight… Read More »

Radio Maubere: The secret link between occupied East Timor and the outside world

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If someone was to make an Australian version of Forrest Gump, they might look to Brian Manning’s life story for inspiration. RN – By Jack Kerr for Earshot In 1966, he helped the Gurindji strikers in the Wave Hill walk-off. When Cyclone Tracy hit his hometown of Darwin, police commandeered his truck to… Radio Maubere: The… Read More »

US election: New president to face chilly relations with Cold War rivals Russia

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For all the bluster and bravado, accusations and denials over tapes and emails, there was a quiet but deadly serious issue raised in the second US presidential debate: what to do about Syria and, more broadly, how to counter Russia in that blighted nation and other places. Analysis By chief foreign correspondent Philip Williams In the past few weeks there has been a steady deterioration in relations between the West and… US election: New… Read More »

Girl under 15 married every seven seconds, says Save the Children

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One girl under the age of 15 is married every seven seconds, according to a new report by Save the Children. The study says girls as young as 10 are forced to marry much older men in countries including Afghanistan, Yemen, India and Somalia. Save the… Girl under 15 married every seven… Read More »