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In Turkey we can’t even laugh at our politicians any more

Under President Erdoğan our nation is divided. The prime minister has stepped down, and free speech and secularism are under threat.. Amid the political turmoil in Turkey this week, culminating in the prime minister’s announcement that he’ll stand down within days, it was Oscar Wilde who became the subject of a heated debate in the Turkish… Source: In Turkey we can’t even laugh at our politicians any more | Elif Shafak | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Sydney from a blimp: a bird’s eye view of Australia’s harbour city

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Shot from a blimp as it drifted above Sydney, these photos capture everything from the patterns in the sand created by everyday beach life to colourful piles of recycling; and from a lone golfer lining up a critical putt to the sprawl of suburbia… Jonny Weeks Source: Sydney from a blimp: a bird’s eye view of Australia’s harbour city | Art and design | The Guardian Read More »

Turkey’s ‘good cop’ is off the case

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu says he will leave office, raising new questions about EU’s migration pact with Ankara.. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pulled yet another block out of the already precarious Jenga tower that is the EU-Turkey agreement on migration, moving to oust the politician who has been Brussels’ most trusted partner in Ankara… Source: Turkey’s ‘good cop’ is off the case – POLITICO Read More »

Refugees don’t self-harm because of me Peter Dutton, they self-harm because of you

Refugee advocates work day and night trying to prevent asylum seekers harming themselves – it is our greatest fear. To be blamed for it is devastating.. Peter Dutton, what do you do between the hours of midnight and 5am? Do you sleep? If so, I really must ask – how can you?… Source: Refugees don’t self-harm because of me Peter Dutton, they self-harm because of you | Sarah Smith | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

India’s new ‘enclave’ citizens in historic first vote

Thousand of Indians are voting for the first time in West Bengal assembly polls after remaining virtually stateless for six decades. They became citizens of India last year after Bangladesh and India exchanged more than 160 enclaves located in each other’s territory. The enclaves, created in the 18th Century, endured through British colonial rule, the independence of India and the creation of Bangladesh… Source: India’s new ‘enclave’ citizens in historic first vote – BBC News Read More »

Malcolm Turnbull defends saying wealthy parents should ‘shell out’ to buy their kid a house

Malcolm Turnbull has defended his suggestion that wealthy parents should buy their children homes to help them into the expensive housing market, with Labor accusing the multi-millionaire Prime Minister of being “out of touch.” Wealthy parents should “shell out” and buy their children houses, Mr Turnbull said in off-the-cuff remarks on Wednesday, comments which have been seized on by the opposition… Source: Malcolm Turnbull defends saying wealthy parents should ‘shell out’ to buy their kid a house Read More »

Forgotten something Mr Cameron? PM in U-turn after backing Turkey to join the EU

DAVID Cameron has performed an astonishing U-turn on Turkey’s membership of the EU, and voters could be forgiven for wondering what he REALLY thinks.. Yesterday the Prime Minister rubbished the notion of Turkey becoming a member of the 28-nation bloc in a bid to boost the support for Britain remaining a member of the EU… Source: Forgotten something Mr Cameron? PM in U-turn after backing Turkey to join the EU | UK | News | Daily Express Read More »

‘NOT ON THE CARDS’ Cameron says Turkey will not join EU

DAVID Cameron has rubbished claims that Turkey could join the European Union.. The Prime Minister shot down the notion that Turkey will become an EU member, saying it is “not remotely on the cards”. Cameron bluntly savaged Turkey’s chances of joining the 28-nation bloc in a bid to boost the support for Remain in the referendum on June 23… Source: ‘NOT ON THE CARDS’ Cameron says Turkey will not join EU | UK | News | Daily Express Read More »

Economist Paul Craig Roberts: Greece Must Leave the Eurozone to Regain Its Sovereignty

In Greece, the Syriza-led coalition government is now set to agree to new rounds of cuts and privatizations demanded by the country’s lenders. Prior to its initial election in January 2015, Syriza had promised to abolish the country’s loan agreements and austerity policies. Now, unemployment remains at record levels, and the young and educated continue to leave the country, while recent large-scale privatizations such… Source: Economist Paul Craig Roberts: Greece Must Leave the Eurozone to Regain Its Sovereignty Read More »

Boko Haram on the Back Foot?

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Boko Haram is losing ground, resources and fighters. But defeating the group and preventing a future insurgency needs more than military success. The 14 May summit in Abuja is an opportunity for Nigeria and its Lake Chad basin neighbours to prepare and implement what’s been long overdue: a holistic response to the extremist group… Source: Boko Haram on the Back Foot? – International Crisis Group Read More »

The Amateur Cloud Society That (Sort Of) Rattled the Scientific Community

An improbable tale of how a British maverick harnessed crowdsourced meteorological discoveries to reveal the poetic wonders of the sky.. Gavin Pretor-Pinney decided to take a sabbatical. It was the summer of 2003, and for the last 10 years, as a sideline to his graphic-design business in London, he and a friend had been running a magazine called The Idler. The Idler was devoted to the “literature for loafers.” It argued against busyness and careerism and for the ineffable value ... Read More »

Australia Chides Rights Advocates for Giving ‘False Hope’ to Asylum Seekers

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SYDNEY, Australia — Australia’s immigration minister accused human rights advocates on Tuesday of giving “false hope” to asylum seekers held in offshore detention centers, suggesting that they bore some responsibility for two recent protests in which asylum seekers set themselves afire. The minister, Peter Dutton, spoke a day after a 21-year-old Somali woman set fire to herself on the Pacific island nation of Nauru, where hundreds of.. Source: Australia Chides Rights Advocates for Giving ‘False Hope’ to Asylum Seekers – The ... Read More »

Yemen foes resume face-to-face peace talks, says UN

Yemen’s warring parties resumed face-to-face peace talks on May 4, after a three-day break triggered by a walkout by the government delegation, the United Nations said. It is only the second round of face-to-face talks in the hard-won negotiations to end a devastating conflict that has killed more than 6,400 people and displaced 2.8 million since March last year… Source: Yemen foes resume face-to-face peace talks, says UN – MIDEAST Read More »

It’s official! Australia in court re Crimes Against Humanity

A case has been lodged against the Australian Government for Crimes Against Humanity. No, not in the International Criminal Court – that’s still live, see Appendix below – but in the High Court in Australia and in relation to those hundreds of men detained illegally, as per the recent Supreme Court ruling in Papua New Guinea. The case has been raised by Russell Byrnes solicitors as a class action. It has been lodged successfully. but is yet to be formally listed. ... Read More »

The looming threat to our book industry is bad for authors, publishers … and for you

Understanding why it’s bad to abolish restrictions on the importation of books can be hard, which means it can be hard to care. But trust me, you need know why this is terrible for us all.. People tend to tune out when they hear the words “productivity commission”, “parallel importation restrictions”, and “book publishing… Source: The looming threat to our book industry is bad for authors, publishers … and for you | Susan Hawthorne | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Doubts rise over TTIP as France threatens to block EU-US deal

French president rejects trade pact in current form as lead negotiator blames Washington for impasse a day after leak revealed ‘irreconcilable’ differences.. Doubts about the controversial EU-US trade pact are mounting after the French president threatened to block the deal… Source: Doubts rise over TTIP as France threatens to block EU-US deal | Business | The Guardian Read More »