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This year will be key for democracy in Africa, how many will stand test?

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This year has already brought some changes. Nic Cheeseman Daily Nation The US, Ghana and The Gambia have inaugurated new presidents while a mutiny has threatened to undermine political stability in Cote d’Ivoire. On a more personal and less This year will be key for… Read More »

Low fees and top universities: why Irish are studying abroad

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European universities are targeting Irish students with range of courses through… Aine McMahon The Irish Times Thousands of college hopefuls have been scrambling to apply for third-level courses in Ireland in recent… But increasing numbers are looking further afield… Low fees and… Read More »

The Arab Spring is far from over

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Like the French Revolution, it could play out over decades and reshape the… KOERT DEBEUF Politico My friend Ahmed Maher was released from prison on January 5. Ahmed was the leader of the April 6 Youth Movement that organized the Egyptian revolution against the then… The Arab Spring… Read More »

Gambia crisis ends as Jammeh leaves for exile

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Leader of 22 years, who for weeks refused to cede power, flies out of the capital Banjul and into… Al Jazeera Source: News agencies Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh flew out of the capital Banjul on Saturday and into exile after stepping down from power following a weeks-long standoff with President Adama Barrow, who won the… Gambia crisis ends… Read More »

Europe needs refashioning to address its anger and fears

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Britain’s departure is an ideal chance for remaining states to rewrite the rules on taxation and… Lodewijk Asscher The Guardian With the rightwing and populist tide that seemingly holds Europe in its grip, scapegoat politics is gaining the upper… I share the passion of my progressive colleagues to provide a strong, social and… Europe needs refashioning… Read More »

Sewage leak closing Tasmanian oyster farms, deterring swimmers

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A sewage leak, which has closed some Tasmanian oyster farms, will cost jobs and hurt the economy in the St Helen’s region, the mayor has… Georgie Burgess ABC Heavy rainfall on Friday caused a TasWater pump station to overflow and leak raw sewage into Georges Bay on the state’s east… Sewage leak closing… Read More »

Perspective for ‘Turkish Stream’ Project: Possible Scenarios and Challenges

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Following the cancellation of South Stream, Russia announced its plans to reroute the pipeline to Turkey, instead of… Ilgar Gurbanov * Natural Gas World The new pipeline was dubbed “Turkish Stream”, with same capacity of South Stream, but less vulnerable to EU competition… “Turkish Stream” has also experienced… Perspective for ‘Turkish… Read More »

From too few girls to too many men

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A FEW years ago it looked like the curse that would never lift. The Economist In China, north India and other parts of Asia, ever more girls were being destroyed by their parents. Many were detected in… From too few girls to… Read More »

Sydney Women’s March: big turnout but ‘it’s not all about Donald Trump’

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Protests should be viewed as anti-hatred, anti-bigotry and anti-misogyny, says journalist Tracey Spicer, emcee of the event Michael Slezak The Guardian About 5,000 women, men and children took to the streets in Sydney on Saturday to champion the cause of women and other groups, whose rights appear threatened by Donald Trump. There was an uplifting… Sydney Women’s March… Read More »

Putin-Trump alliance against ISIS and Al-Qaeda on the way?

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US President Trump’s emphasis on defeating ISIS and Jihadi terrorism finds an echo in the words of Russian President Putin, creating the possibility of an alliance between the two to combat ISIS and… ALEXANDER MERCOURIS The Duran Both Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump have repeatedly made clear their utter… Putin-Trump alliance… Read More »

Gerry Adams: Brexit will destroy the Good Friday Agreement

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Taking Northern Ireland out of the EU will “destroy” the Good Friday Agreement peace deal, Gerry Adams has… Michael Mchugh Independent  Speaking at a conference in Dublin on achieving a united Ireland, he claimed fundamental human rights enshrined in the 1998 accord to end violence could be… However, the top… Gerry Adams: Brexit… Read More »

At the Women’s March, it’s the men who mattered most. Here’s why.

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Women everywhere. Pink hats, black hats, hard hats, no… By Petula Dvorak By Petula Dvorak Columnist The Washington Post A crushing polite crowd, well prepared with healthy snacks and… A crowd so sprawling, it nearly covered the march route end-to… It was mighty and… Best of all, there were men… At the Women’s… Read More »

Hahn and Kurz praise Serbia and Vucic

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The Western Balkans countries should look up to Serbia which has achieved good economic performance, European Union’s enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn said today after meeting prime minister Aleksandar Vucic on the… Milos Mitrovic Independent Balkan News Agency Hahn said that he and Vucic have discussed situation in the… Hahn and Kurz… Read More »

We Can’t Arrest Our Way Out Of The Homelessness Crisis

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Victoria can do better than a knee-jerk, short-sighted response Once again, Melburnians sleeping rough are in the news. Amongst the cries for action in response to confronting levels of visible homelessness is a call for tougher law enforcement and… Lucy Adams The Huffington Post On Friday morning, we… We Can’t Arrest… Read More »

Removing the right to protect our children

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Home education is something that not everyone understands. Bekah Bel On Line Opinion It is viewed with distrust, there are many misconceptions about it. But if there is one thing… Removing the right to… Read More »

Venezuela Is Falling off the Map

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Beset by relentless hyperinflation, collapsing public services and increasingly dictatorial rule, Venezuela is at risk of becoming a failed… Phil Gunson ICG The best hope for change lies with neighbouring countries, which must sustain pressure to find a… Venezuela Is Falling… Read More »