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Why is Turkey standing up for Qatar?

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“Thank you Turkey for the milk!” posted one Twitter user from Qatar, along with a picture taken in a supermarket whose shelves were full of… Selin Girit BBC Over the weekend, fresh stocks of milk, yogurt, poultry and juice from Turkey were flown to Doha as the country faced a shortage of fresh produce due to the recent crisis in the Gulf – the worst in the… On Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described the isolation of Qatar as… ... Read More »

Refugee-turned-lawyer helps others in Australia ahead of deportation deadline

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Hundreds of Israeli commandos are headed to Cyprus as the two countries prepare to start a large-scale, week-long military drill Sunday. Jacqueline Breen ABC Ahmad Dostizada was 10 years old when his father left Afghanistan and travelled by boat to Australia to seek asylum for the family. After months in detention and years on a temporary protection visa, his father was recognised as a refugee, winning the right to bring his wife and… Refugee-turned-lawyer… Read More »

Should you get a vote if you don’t understand politics? Academics offer democracy rethink

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Democracy has always been a messy form of government and is often unpredictable. RN By Antony Funnell for Future Tense ABC Both qualities can be a strength, but as we know from recent international experience, they can also be a liability. The election of Donald Trump, for instance, produced a result at odds with the wishes of the majority of voters. Elsewhere in the world, in democracies like Turkey, Hungary, Poland and the… Should you get… Read More »

Egypt lawmakers approve deal giving islands to Saudi Arabia

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In defiance of a court ruling, Egypt’s parliament voted on Wednesday to ratify a disputed 2016 agreement that would transfer two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. Hamza Hendawi Associated Press ABC The vote, in which lawmakers in favor were asked to stand up, came shortly after the 596-seat chamber opened a debate on the pact earlier in the day. The outcome was a foregone conclusion since the legislature is packed with supporters of President Abdel-Fattah el… Egypt lawmakers ... Read More »

Ministers to be hauled before Supreme Court after criticising terror sentencing

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Three senior Turnbull government ministers will be hauled before the Supreme Court of Victoria to explain why they should not be charged with contempt after accusing the… Josh Gordon Benjamin Preiss The Age In an explosive development, the Supreme Court has ordered Health Minister Greg Hunt, Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar and Human Services Minister Alan Tudge to appear on Friday “to… A letter from Judicial Registrar Ian Irving obtained by Fairfax Media says… Ministers to be… Read More »

Adelaide couple face deportation because of daughter’s disability

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An Adelaide mother and father are pleading for an eleventh hour intervention as they face deportation because of their daughter’s disability. 9news Mary George was born with a neurological disorder in 2014 at Lyell McEwin Hospital in the city’s north. She was on life support for 28 days and didn’t leave hospital for almost a… Adelaide couple face… Read More »

No news from Öcalan, concerns grow

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For almost one year now, there have been no news on the condition of Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan and three prisoners with him. ANF – SEDAT SUR They have been under absolute isolation. Lawyer Eren Keskin said there are serious concerns. Human rights defender and lawyer Eren Keskin stated that there is no legal basis for the isolation imposed upon Öcalan and stressed that this needs to end immediately and… No news from… Read More »

Israel says it approves of the controversial transfer of two Egyptian islands to Saudi control

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The transfer of the islands has provoked anger in Egypt [AFP] Israel says it backs the controversial handover of two Red Sea islands from Egyptian to Saudi control, despite having no formal relations with Riyadh. The New Arab Tiran and Sanafir islands in the Gulf of Aqaba have been under Cairo’s administration since at least the 1950s, but will be handed over to Saudi Arabia later this… Israel says it… Read More »

Turkey Hires More U.S. Lobbying Firms as its Reputation is Further Tarnished

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As Turkey becomes the target of worldwide condemnation for its human rights violations, the Turkish government decides to spend a fortune on lobbying and public relations firms to try to cleanse its… Harut Sassounian The Armenian Weekly On the heels of the April 16 flawed referendum which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan barely won to give himself a wide-ranging dictatorial powers, and his bodyguards’ brutal attack in front of the Turkish Embassy in Washington D.C., on… Turkey Hires More… Read More »

Japan warns Russia not to conduct survey in EEZ without permission

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Tokyo has asked Russia not to conduct marine surveys or resource exploration within Japan’s exclusive economic zone without permission, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Tuesday. the japan times Kyodo On the morning of June 5, the Japan Coast Guard spotted a Russian vessel hanging what appeared to be a wire within Japan’s EEZ near the Soya Strait, which lies between Hokkaido and the Russian island of Sakhalin, Kishida told a news conference. The Foreign Ministry told the Russian Embassy in ... Read More »

Meadows: Freedom Caucus eyeing $1.5 trillion debt ceiling increase

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Some House Freedom Caucus conservatives want to raise the debt ceiling by a smaller amount than the Trump administration would like — just long enough to clear the 2018 mid-term elections, the… Rachael Bade Politico The Freedom Caucus has not taken an official position on a specific… But Chairman Mark Meadows emerged from a group meeting Tuesday night saying some of his conservative colleagues are looking at a $1.5… Meadows: Freedom Caucus… Read More »

Panama cuts ties with Taiwan, switches to China

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Panama and China announced June 13 they were establishing diplomatic relations, as the Central American nation became the latest to dump Taiwan for closer ties with the… BEIJING – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The move prompted an angry response from Taiwan and will likely further strain ties between Taipei and Beijing, which considers the self-ruled island a renegade province awaiting reunification with the… Taiwan is recognized by around 20 countries worldwide and its status is one of the… Panama cuts ties… Read More »

Turkey’s Evolving Array of Diplomatic Challenges

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As the Turkish leadership becomes increasingly isolated from its traditional allies, Ankara seems tempted to seek refuge in an unconvincing regional role. Marc Pierini Carnegie Europe Long gone are the happy days when Turkey’s foreign policy motto was “zero problems with neighbors.” Nowadays, Ankara is facing new diplomatic challenges on multiple fronts, at a time when domestic politics are more polarized than ever since the Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power in… The list of headaches is long, ... Read More »

Let’s call child sexual abuse in the church what it is: Catholic extremism

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I’m taken with Abbott’s notion that we need to correctly name a challenge in order to meet it. Kristina Keneally The Guardian Bland labels allow abusers to hide behind their institution. Call it the Abbott Test for Moral Action. We can’t defeat a threat until we properly identify and name it, and the most important threats are those that have already proven… Former prime minister Tony Abbott led a chorus of voices last week demanding that political leaders define recent ... Read More »

Can you separate the artist from the art?

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A museum acknowledges an artist it features was a serial sexual abuser – it’s very rare for the art world to put work in this context, writes Fisun Güner. Fisun Güner BBC Just how true is the following statement: an artist’s work should have value in its own right, no matter what sort of life the artist led, and even if they have damaged or hurt others? Perhaps we might put the answer on a… Can you separate… Read More »

Ali Sherif al-Emadi: Sanctions will not harm economy

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Finance minister says Qatar can defend economy and currency against tough sanctions imposed by neighbouring GCC nations. Al Jazeera and news agencies Qatar can easily defend its economy and currency against sanctions by other Arab states, Qatari finance minister Ali Sherif al-Emadi told CNBC television in an interview broadcast on… He said that the countries that had imposed sanctions on Qatar would also lose money because of the damage to business in the… Ali Sherif al… Read More »