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Israel Courts Foreign Money in Effort to Become Gas Exporter

LONDON — Israel’s energy minister laid on the charm as he spoke to a few dozen oil executives, contractors and analysts in a crowded hotel conference room about the country’s natural gas prospects. By STANLEY REED  He crowed that the country could one day be a top supplier to Europe, while explaining how multinationals in other industries were already… Source: Israel Courts Foreign Money in Effort to Become Gas Exporter – The New York Times Read More »

UN hearing puts spotlight on Timor Sea

East Timor hopes a UN Conciliation Commission hearing in The Hague, which started on Monday, will help solve a feud with neighbouring Australia over maritime boundaries in the Timor Sea. East Timor started the compulsory conciliation process, conducted under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, in April. A five-member panel of independent conciliators will try to help the… Source: UN hearing puts spotlight on Timor Sea | Natural Gas Daily Read More »

Saudi forces are killing civilians in Yemen, so why is the UK still arming the regime?

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Did the British government lie in court about Saudi arms deals? Andrew Smith “We have a long-standing relationship with the Saudi armed forces, particularly the Royal Saudi Air Force… We’ll support the Saudis in every practical way short of engaging in combat.”… Source: Saudi forces are killing civilians in Yemen, so why is the UK still arming the regime? | openDemocracy Read More »

We all have bloody hands

Every Christian who is prepared to give an account of his or her faith – and the Apostle Peter tells us this should be all of us – has heard the charge that religion is behind most wars and that it promotes violence. BARNEY ZWARTZ  Both accusers and defenders often get this fatally wrong. The former tend to exaggerate and conflate all sorts of complex political and… Source: We all have bloody hands | Eternity News Read More »

Jean Marie Guehenno on European Defense After Brexit

What’s next for the European Union after Brexit? When it comes to defense policy, Germany and France need to step up to the plate. For Germany this will mean greater spending — and more foreign deployments… Source: Jean Marie Guehenno on European Defense After Brexit – SPIEGEL ONLINE Read More »

Gabon election: Protests as Ali Bongo beats Jean Ping

Protests in capital Libreville turn violent as supporters of opposition leader Jean Ping say the vote was “stolen”. Supporters of Gabon’s opposition leader Jean Ping have clashed with security forces in the capital Libreville, after incumbent President Ali Bongo was named the winner of a… Source: Gabon election: Protests as Ali Bongo beats Jean Ping – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

The complicated ways that money messes with your morals

A string of studies appeared to show that rich people are more tight-fisted and less trustworthy – but what’s the truth in the claims? Claudia Hammond investigates. By Claudia Hammond At some time or another you’ve probably found yourself in a bar where the richest person present seems to be the slowest to reach for their wallet when it’s time to buy a round. You might wonder whether they were always this mean, and… Source: BBC – Future – The ... Read More »

Joseph Harmatz of the Jewish “Avengers” who poisoned Nazis

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SEVENTY years after the most daring attempt of Jewish Holocaust survivors to seek revenge, the leader of the plot has only one simple regret — that to his knowledge, he didn’t actually kill any Nazis. Joseph Harmatz is one of the few remaining Jewish “Avengers” who carried out a mass poisoning of former SS men in an American prisoner-of-war camp in 1946 that… Source: Joseph Harmatz of the Jewish “Avengers” who poisoned Nazis Read More »

Government told doctors to cut health care costs for refugees in onshore detention centres: report

An audit of health care services in Australia’s onshore detention centres reveals the Government asked operators to reduce the costs of treating asylum seekers. The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) reportexamined the delivery of health care services in immigration detention… Source: Government told doctors to cut health care costs for refugees in onshore detention centres: report – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

On political donations, Canberra is sleepwalking into its own integrity crisis

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Everyone in Australian politics is chasing cash, and Sam Dastyari’s lapse of judgment over a travel entitlement repayment is a symptom of a system that needs cleaning up Katharine Murphy Once upon a time in Canberra, there was an ironclad convention. People in glass houses didn’t throw stones. The response to short-term imbroglios about the… Source: On political donations, Canberra is sleepwalking into its own integrity crisis | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Retired judge, 88, offers ‘body swap’ with a refugee on Manus or Nauru

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‘I would consider it a privilege to live out my final years in either Nauru or Manus Island in his or her stead,’ Jim Macken says Ben Doherty An 88-year-old retired judge has offered to swap places with a refugee held in offshore detention, volunteering to live the rest of his life on Manus or Nauru in… Source: Retired judge, 88, offers ‘body swap’ with a refugee on Manus or Nauru | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Apple and the need for an EU-US reboot 

The decision adds to a list of transatlantic grievances. By PIERRE BRIANÇON PARIS — Europe and the U.S. will not start a diplomatic war over their latest dispute, the EU’s €13 billionApple smackdown, but they may have to resort to a classic computer fix to get rid of glitches in the… Source: Apple and the need for an EU-US reboot – POLITICO Read More »

Section 18C is too broad and too vague, and should be repealed

Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act continues to create controversy. The section makes unlawful any act reasonably likely to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate another person or group of people because of their race, colour, ethnicity or nationality. Students and staff from the Queensland University of Technology are being sued for breaching 18C. Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim… Source: Section 18C is too broad and too vague, and should be repealed Read More »

3.7-billion-year-old fossils may be the oldest signs of life on Earth

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Scientists probing a newly exposed, formerly snow-covered outcropping in Greenland claim they have discovered the oldest fossils ever seen, the remnants of microbial mats that lived 3.7 billion years ago. By Joel Achenbach It’s a stunning announcement in a scientific field that is always contentious. But if confirmed, this would push the… Source: 3.7-billion-year-old fossils may be the oldest signs of life on Earth – The Washington Post Read More »

May and Sturgeon on collision course over ‘hard Brexit’

Theresa May has put the UK on course for a “hard Brexit” that will see the country exit the common market and the imposition of curbs on EU migration. PARIS GOURTSOYANNIS Revealing the first details of the government’s strategy for leaving the EU last night, the Prime Minister said the UK government would decide the… Source: May and Sturgeon on collision course over ‘hard Brexit’ – The Scotsman Read More »

Theresa May shows she wants to be defined by more than just Brexit

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Theresa May welcomed the Cabinet to Chequers with this address, just released by Number 10: James Forsyth ‘Thank you very much for coming together today. It’s our first opportunity to meet since the summer recess, but also the first opportunity for us to meet since the fantastic success of the GB Team at the Olympics – absolutely great. And also the Paralympics will be starting very soon, so we wish our Paralympic athletes all the very best and success there ... Read More »