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Naval experts concerned over China’s increasing presence in Mediterranean

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The workshop held at the University of Haifa studied and assessed the issues concerning the future and character of maritime warfare in the region as well as various strategic developments. Anna Ahronheim JPost The increasing presence of China in the Mediterranean region as part of the Asian giant’s Belt and Road Initiative should be a cause of concern, experts told The Jerusalem Post this week. “What concerns us is China’s Belt and Road Initiative and its growing role in Israel’s ... Read More »

America’s illegitimate president

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Washington: Donald Trump probably would not have become president without his victory in seven of the 11 primaries held on Super Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Max Boot Brisbane Times Washington Post Now his presidency is in danger of being undone by Terrible Tuesday – August 21, 2018. This was the day when his campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was convicted of eight felony counts in a Virginia courtroom and his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to eight felony counts in ... Read More »

WA Parliament prepares state for debate on euthanasia, assisted suicide

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A parliamentary committee has recommended the introduction of new laws to permit euthanasia and assisted suicide in Western Australia. Nathan Hondros WAtoday Morley MP Amber-Jade Sanderson tabled a 600-page report of a committee on the controversial issue on Thursday morning containing the proposal, which would permit those dying from a condition causing “grievous and irremediable suffering” to self-administer a… The legislation would permit a doctor to euthanise a patient in circumstances where they cannot self-… WA Parliament prepares… Read More »

How a small American Indian tribe came to give an incredible gift to Irish famine sufferers

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In the winter of 1847, the people of Ireland were suffering from a devastating famine. Padraig Kirwan The Conversation Meanwhile, members of the Choctaw Nation of American Indians, one of the five great southern tribes of the United States, met in a small town in Indian Territory called Skullyville. There, members of the tribe discussed the experiences of the Irish poor. It was proposed that they would gather what monies they could spare. This wasn’t going to be much in ... Read More »

The Liberal Party is teetering on the brink of extinction

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Mathias Cormann attempted to deliver the death blow. Without relish he wielded his blade, a distraught, reluctant Brutus to the Cassius from Queensland. Catherine McGregor The Sydney Morning Herald But in its current state the Liberal Party cannot even organise an assassination, let alone run the country. Although it is tempting to focus on the personalities, the betrayals and the poisonous personal feuds, there is much more at stake amid the current chaos within the federal Coalition. The government of ... Read More »

ISIL chief Baghdadi urges ‘jihad’ in purported new recording

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The leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called on Muslims to wage “jihad” in a purported new audio recording released on Aug. 22. BEIRUT – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet He also called for attacks in the West in the Telegram message on Eid al-Adha, which comes as ISIL has lost most of its territory in Iraq and Syria. It is the first purported recording of the ISIL leader to be released since September last year. “Those who forget their religion, patience, jihad against their enemies, and their certainty inthe creator’s promise lose… ISIL chief Baghdadi… Read More »

Nicaragua crisis: how democracy dies in the era of fake news

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For decades, Central America was mostly sidelined as far as global news was concerned. Doug Specht The Conversation That all looked set to change with the advent of digital media, which initially promised to put previously marginalised voices on the world stage. But instead, the age of social media and fake news might have ushered in something much worse than obscurity: an entanglement of news and rumour that’s dividing populations, spilling blood on the streets, and transforming the relationship between ... Read More »

Germany ‘unlikely to prosecute’ Nazi guard deported from US

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Nazi hunter Jens Rommel says 95-year-old Jakiw Palij will probably never face trial for alleged war crimes Kate Connolly The Guardian German authorities are unlikely to ever bring to trial a 95-year-old former second world war concentration camp guard who was deported from the US earlier this week, the country’s leading Nazi hunter has said. Jens Rommel, who heads the Central Office for the Investigation of Nazi Crimes in Ludwigsburg, said there was not enough evidence to prosecute Jakiw Palij, ... Read More »

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker review – a feminist Iliad

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This brilliant retelling of Homer’s epic poem focuses on the cost of war to women through the story of Briseis, Achilles’ concubine Emily Wilson The Guardian In The Iliad, a poem about the terrible destruction caused by male aggression, the bodies and pretty faces of women are the objects through which men struggle with each other for status. The women are not entirely silent, and goddesses always have plenty to say, but mortal women speak primarily to lament. They grieve ... Read More »

Explainer: what is resignation syndrome and why is it affecting refugee children?

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Reports from Nauru are raising concerns about an outbreak of a severe trauma-related mental disorder known as traumatic withdrawal syndrome, or resignation syndrome. Louise Newman The Conversation Recent legal action resulted in urgent medical evacuation of a child in an unconscious state following a progressive social withdrawal and failure to speak, eat or drink. The child was unresponsive, dehydrated and at risk of death from the physical complications of this extreme state. Medical experts noted there are no adequate medical ... Read More »

Turkey will reportedly start getting Russia’s advanced missile defense system in 2019, despite US efforts to block it

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Russia will start delivering its advanced S-400 missile defense system to Turkey in 2019, the Interfax news agency cited Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport as saying on Tuesday. Christopher Woody and Reuters Business Insider A Turkish defense official said in April that the delivery of the S-400 batteries had been brought forward from the first quarter of 2020 to July 2019. Turkey and Russia negotiated the purchase throughout 2017, finalizing a deal worth some $2.5 billion at the end of ... Read More »

Is Washington pushing Turkey and Europe toward each other?

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seeking new allies to offset Ankara’s worsening ties with Washington, which have come to a breaking point over Turkey’s continued detention of American pastor… Semih Idiz Al-Monitor Erdogan’s remarks show that his heart is set on Russia and China. Ironic as it may seem, though, Turkey’s crisis with the United States is rekindling its ties with Europe, even though these ties had hit rock bottom not so long ago. Recent European statements of support for ... Read More »

Turkey-U.S. Tiff Shows How Deep NATO’s Problems Run

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Europe can’t just blame Trump if everything falls apart. Hal Brands Bloomberg NATO is having a rough summer. Fresh off President Trump’s deliberately disruptive behavior at the alliance summit in July, NATO has suffered a high-stakes blowup between two key members: the U.S. and… That dispute crystallized over the fate of an American pastor, Andrew Brunson, being held in Turkey on spurious charges of supporting a failed coup against Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2016. It has been punctuated by economic sanctions, ... Read More »

How China Controls Its Citizens

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China is zombifying ostensibly regulatory-type international institutions in an effort to spread its pro-Party message. E. John Gregory The National Interest In the first two parts of this series, I explained the genesis and logic behind China’s discursive-construction of a truth-ambivalent China-wide safe space where the Communist Party would be unassailable and understood as indispensable to the nation. I also explained how the Party created a zombified version of what the West calls “civil society” in order to make the ... Read More »

Is China worsening the developing world’s environmental crisis?

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The developing world is in the midst of an environmental crisis. Simply breathing the air is a leading cause of death. Jonas Gamso The Conversation One recent study found that pollution is to blame for a fifth of sub-Saharan Africa’s infant deaths. Another showed that exposure to toxins or other dangerous substances in the air killed over 9 million people in 2015 alone, with 92 percent of those deaths occurring in developing countries – this is more people than were ... Read More »

Timor-Leste praises Witness K’s actions in helping resolve maritime border

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New foreign minister says the country has begun a new chapter in its relations with Australia Helen Davidson The Guardian The actions of Witness K and Bernard Collaery were a valued part of the “collective effort” that led to the historic maritime boundary treaty between Australia and Timor-Leste, the Timorese foreign minister has said. In an exclusive interview with Guardian Australia, the foreign minister of Timor-Leste, Dionísio Babo Soares, said the two nations were at a new stage of their ... Read More »