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Refugee deal: United Nations to determine numbers to be resettled in US from Manus Island, Nauru

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The United States Government says the United Nations will decide how many refugees it accepts from Australia’s offshore detention centres in Nauru and Manus Island. By PNG correspondent Eric Tlozek and political reporter Stephanie Anderson The statement from the US State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration comes two days after the head of… Refugee deal: United… Read More »

Amazon TV ad features imam and vicar exchanging gifts

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Online retailer says campaign in US, UK and Germany is about ‘selflessness and thinking of other people’ Mark Sweney Amazon is launching a TV ad in which an imam and a vicar exchange gifts, before the Black Friday shopping bonanza during which consumers will spend billions with the… Amazon TV ad… Read More »

Lifetime ban on asylum seekers ‘not connected’ to US deal, says immigration head

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Michael Pezzullo says the US did not ask for the plan to permanently ban boat arrivals from entering Australia Gareth Hutchens The head of the immigration department has confirmed that legislation banning asylum seekers who arrive by boat from ever entering Australia is not… Lifetime ban on… Read More »

Why Erdogan-Trump honeymoon may be short-lived

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Donald Trump’s election as president may have sent shock waves across the world, leaving many countries deeply concerned, but it has had the opposite effect in Turkey. Semih Idiz President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) are pleased with this turn of… Why Erdogan-Trump… Read More »

Trump adviser linked to Turkish lobbying

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A company tied to Erdogan’s government hired retired general Michael Flynn’s lobbying firm. By Isaac Arnsdorf Donald Trump wants to forbid his officials from lobbying for foreign governments, but one of his top national security advisers is being paid by a close ally of Turkey’s president Trump adviser linked… Read More »

Trump victory comes with a silver lining for the world’s progressives

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The election of Donald Trump symbolises the demise of a remarkable era. Yanis Varoufakis  It was a time when we saw the curious spectacle of a superpower, the… Trump victory comes… Read More »

An Open Letter To Donald Trump, My Former Boss Of 18 Years

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I know you can be a good president. Good luck. Barbara Res Dear Donald, Congratulations on your win. I wish you the very best for a successful presidency. As you know, I supported Clinton. I do not believe in your stated policies, especially your anti-choice stance and… An Open Letter To… Read More »

Let’s Face It: The U.S. Constitution Needs a Makeover

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TThe 2016 election shows that it’s time to start a national conversation about fundamental political reform. BY CHRISTIAN CARYL  The experts have been throwing around a lot of numbers in the wake of the U.S. presidential election. But there’s one statistic that… Let’s Face It: The… Read More »

Weekend Roundup: Democracy Disrupts Itself

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The “Great Reaction” that propelled Donald Trump to the White House is not just another turn of the electoral cycle, but an indication of a system in crisis. Nathan Gardels When unresponsive elites forsake the common folk in governing systems anchored in popular sovereignty, demagogues who fashion themselves as tribunes of the… Weekend Roundup: Democracy… Read More »

The US election was closer than you think

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ANALYSIS On first look, the US election looks like a Trump landslide. But looks can be deceiving. by Matt Martino The electoral college vote as it stands has Donald Trump at 279 votes — nine votes above the magic number of 270 needed to claim the presidency. With another 26 expected from the… The US election was… Read More »

Democrats once represented the working class. Not any more

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Bill Clinton and Barack Obama helped shift power away from the people towards corporations. Robert Reich It was this that created an opening for Donald Trump. What has happened in America should not be seen as a… Democrats once represented the… Read More »

The Guardian view on President-elect Donald Trump: a dark day for the world

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This is a political and cultural cataclysm that few believed would really happen. Editorial It’s a bleak day for America, and for the pluralism and diversity the country has come to stand for Donald Trump wins the US election – live Become a Guardian supporter or make a contribution The Guardian view on… Read More »

An American Tragedy

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The election of Donald Trump to the Presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and… By David Remnick An American… Read More »

Moscow, Ankara to discuss deploying air defense systems to Turkey

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Russia and Turkey are planning to convene to set an intergovernmental military-technical cooperation commission before the end of the year, a Russian military official said on Monday. Daily Sabah Speaking to Interfax, Alexandr Fomin, the Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, said the most important topic on the… Moscow, Ankara to… Read More »

A more dangerous world is probably coming after the US election!

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The level of irrationality, confusion and negative energy is the most astonishing signal emanating out of the US presidential election. <style type=”text/css”> .wpb_animate_when_almost_visible { opacity: 1; }</style> By Dimitris Konstantakopoulos * It is a strong indication that, whatever the result, we should be prepared for an escalation in the already serious tensions dominating our world. It is probably the first time, since the… A more dangerous… Read More »

US presidential elections – the meaning of a farce

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“We got the experience, we lost the meaning”, T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets by Dimitris Konstantakopoulos (*) Human kind is facing the most formidable threats of all its history –The planet is going rapidly towards an irreversible climatic disaster, facing simultaneously all sort of threats to its ecosystem – We are facing again the… US presidential elections – the… Read More »