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Refugee deal: United Nations to determine numbers to be resettled in US from Manus Island, Nauru

The United States Government says the United Nations will decide how many refugees it accepts from Australia’s offshore detention centres in Nauru and Manus Island. By PNG correspondent Eric Tlozek and political reporter Stephanie Anderson The statement from the US State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration comes two days after the head of… Refugee deal: United… Read More »

Fishing study reveals who catches what in UK waters

Danish, Dutch, Irish and French fishing vessels caught more than half the total catch netted by foreign boats in UK coastal waters between 2012 and 2014, a new report says. by KEITH FINDLAY The latest study by the NAFC Marine Centre in Shetland provides further detail on research findings published in October, when it… Fishing study reveals… Read More »

Russia withdraws from International Criminal Court treaty

Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved an order to withdraw the nation from the process of joining the International Criminal Court (ICC). Russia signed the Rome statute, which governs the ICC, in 2000 but never ratified the agreement to become a member. The decision came after an ICC ruling that Russia’s activity in… Russia withdraws… Read More »

The far right tell us kindness is weakness. We can’t give in to that

Urging people to be something as squishy as ‘kind’ may seem childish. But compassion is a revolutionary tool that can steer people away from bigotry Phil McDuff <link rel=”stylesheet” type=”text/css” href=”https://assets.guim.co.uk/stylesheets/42bee2c5049126b57d69de2339a324f8/content.css”/> I might be imagining it, but I think people have been behaving a little bit more kindly over the last few days: a few more shared smiles, a… The far right… Read More »

Amazon TV ad features imam and vicar exchanging gifts

Online retailer says campaign in US, UK and Germany is about ‘selflessness and thinking of other people’ Mark Sweney Amazon is launching a TV ad in which an imam and a vicar exchange gifts, before the Black Friday shopping bonanza during which consumers will spend billions with the… Amazon TV ad… Read More »

Tehran’s air pollution fuels political quarreling

Authorities in the Iranian capital of Tehran shut down all schools on Nov. 16 due to alarming air pollution levels, while political factions accuse one another of irresponsibility on the issue. Changiz M. Varzi Primary schools and kindergartens have been closed in the city since Nov. 14, as a thick layer of smog has covered the… Tehran’s air pollution… Read More »

Cameroon: Confronting Boko Haram

Cameroon’s military campaign against the Boko Haram insurgency started late but has met with partial success. To consolidate gains and bring lasting peace to the Far North, the government must now shift to long-term socioeconomic development, countering religious radicalism and… Cameroon: Confronting Boko… Read More »

Can the European Project be Re-boosted?

The European project is at a critical juncture. According to the most recent Eurobarometer,[1] 36% of Europeans are opposed “to an economic and… Louka T. Katseli Progressive Economy Brexit is the most dramatic manifestation of a growing lack of trust in European institutions and their capacity to deliver observable benefits to the… The rise of extreme political parties in… Can the European… Διδάγματα από την Ελληνική κρίση – Εκδήλωση του ΔΟΒΕ προς τιμή του Γεράσιμου Αρσένη Lessons from the Greek Crisis “Policies, ... Read More »

Why Erdogan-Trump honeymoon may be short-lived

Donald Trump’s election as president may have sent shock waves across the world, leaving many countries deeply concerned, but it has had the opposite effect in Turkey. Semih Idiz President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) are pleased with this turn of… Why Erdogan-Trump… Read More »

NFPs Protest Lifetime Ban on Refugee Visas

The Uniting Church in Australia has described as “immoral” the proposed legislation for a lifetime ban on visas for refugees who have arrived by boat since 2013. UnitingJustice Australia has written to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee about the proposed legislation, saying the ban served no purpose and… NFPs Protest Lifetime… Read More »

In The Mountains Of Timor-Leste, A Small Success On Climate Change

As the aftermath of the U.S. election fixes our attention internationally, and will continue to do so as we wait to see what happens next, the issue of climate change is only accelerating in urgency. José Ramos-Horta  We must not allow ourselves to lose focus, particularly on the climate talks currently underway in Marrakech (COP22). In The Mountains Of… Read More »

Change section 18C? Critics should do this crash course first

The federal government has announced a parliamentary inquiry into free speech and section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. Katharine Gelber   Luke McNamara So the time is right for a crash course on the law, its exemptions, and the powers of the Australian Human Rights Commission. Let’s start with the… Change section 18… Read More »

Google commits to £1bn UK investment plan

Google is to open a new headquarters building in London which could see 3,000 new jobs created by 2020. Kamal Ahmed BBC The news comes as a major boost to Britain’s technology sector. Sundar Pichai, the chief executive of Google, told the BBC that the… Google commits to… Read More »