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US confirms sharing intel with Syrian Kurds against ISIL

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Washington has confirmed that it has been sharing intelligence and information with the Syrian Kurdish fighters against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants. “We do get intelligence from, get information from a wide range of people – obviously, look for it anywhere we can get it. So yes, there is some intelligence and information sharing going ... Read More »

America’s ISIS War Now Called ‘Operation Inherent Resolve’

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U.S. military operations against the Islamic State terrorist group in Iraq and Syria, now in their third month, will officially go by the name Operation Inherent Resolve, the Pentagon says. Commander Elissa Smith, a representative for the Pentagon, confirmed the name choice to Newsweek Wednesday. Targeted strikes against the Islamic State (more commonly known as ISIS) began on August 8. ... Read More »

Pictures at an execution: The condemned in art

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A new exhibition aims to humanise condemned prisoners. From the sword to the electric chair, the death penalty has inspired challenging art, writes Jason Farago. One man, before dying, said, “I hope you find it in your heart to forgive me.” Another said, “I’m going to a beautiful place.” A third: “I am innocent, innocent, innocent.” Those were their last ... Read More »

Greece tells IMF it wants early exit from rescue programme

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Largest such programme in global financial history had aimed at preventing debt crisis from spreading through the eurozone Greek officials have told the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that the debt-stricken country can quit its multibillion-dollar rescue programme more than a year early after meeting the body’s managing director in Washington on Sunday. Greece’s finance minister, Gikas Hardouvelis, argued in talks ... Read More »

World Economies Warn of Global Risks, Call for Bold Action

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The International Monetary Fund’s member countries on Saturday said bold action was needed to bolster the global economic recovery and they urged governments not to squelch growth by tightening budgets too drastically, although Germany poured cold water on the idea of a new global “crisis.” With Japan’s economy floundering, the euro zone at risk of recession and even China’s expansion ... Read More »

Erdogan’s Double Game

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Our “ally” Turkey supports jihadists while joining the U.S.-led coalition against them. During the 1944 Warsaw uprising, Stalin ordered the advancing Red Army to stop at the outskirts of the city while the Nazis, for 63 days, annihilated the non-Communist Polish partisans. Only then did Stalin take Warsaw. No one can match Stalin for merciless cynicism, but President Recep Tayyip ... Read More »

Google’s Eric Schmidt on NSA spying: ‘We’re going to break the Internet.’

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Silicon Valley executives worry the fallout of surveillance revelations could be severe. Google chairman Eric Schmidt lobbed harsh criticism at NSA surveillance on American citizens. “Just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you should do it,” Schmidt said during a hearing in Palo Alto, Calif. hosted by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). The hearing on Wednesday came weeks before ... Read More »

Big Ideas – Malcolm Fraser’s address @ The Cranlana Programme

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Former Prime Minister Malcom Fraser’s Alumni Speaker Series address will be broadcast on ABC Radio National’s Big Ideas on Tuesday 14 October at 8.00pm. Speaking to full house last month, Mr Fraser laid out the realities and consequences of Australia’s military relationship with the United States and made the case for reclaiming our independence in the region. It was a ... Read More »