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This new Defense Department map shows how China says one thing and does another with its military operations at sea

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China’s expansive claims in the South China Sea and its broad interpretations of international law often lead it to protest what many other countries consider to be normal naval maneuvers in the area. Christopher Woody Business Insider But farther afield, Beijing’s activity indicates that it doesn’t abide by the standard it applies to others. China frequently protests military operations by US and other countries in its Exclusive Economic Zone, which can extend up to 230 miles from a country’s coast. ... Read More »

Golden Dawn: how the Greek far right wrote the playbook others now use to go mainstream

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Around the world it seems far-right groups can infiltrate the mainstream regardless of a given country’s political present or past. Authors: The Conversation The question is, then, how do they do it? The far-right movement Golden Dawn, based in Greece, is a prime example of how fringe groups can become major political forces. Since it first emerged in the early nineties, the group has adapted to change, seized political opportunities, and diversified and expanded its base. Golden Dawn first came ... Read More »

Vatican expresses ‘shame and sorrow’ over abuse of 1,000 children by more than 300 priests in Pennsylvania

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The Vatican has expressed ‘shame and sorrow’ after a report detailed decades of abuse in the Catholic Church Chris Riotta Independent The Vatican has expressed “shame and sorrow” in its first response to a groundbreaking US Grand Jury report detailing decades of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. The report accuses over 300 “predator” priests throughout Pennsylvania of abusing nearly 1,000 children — and the Church of conducting a systematic cover-up. However, the actual number of total abuses in those dioceses since 1947 ... Read More »

Macronomics hits speed bump

epa06907395 The then French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron (C) of the 'En Marche' political movement, flanked by security staff Alexandre Benalla (R), speaks with employees of the Whirlpool plant in Amiens, northern France, 26 April 2017 (reissued 24 July 2018). A video has been released on 19 July 2018, allegedly showing Alexandre Benalla, French President Emmanuel Macron's deputy chief of staff, wearing a riot helmet and police uniform, while attacking protesters during street demonstrations on 01 May 2018. Media reports on 24 July state that Benalla has been fired and the prosecution is officially investigating the case.  EPA-EFE/CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON

Slowdown in French growth risks causing political trouble for president. Zachary Young Politico PARIS — After the surge, the sputter. Last year, as Emmanuel Macron swept to power pledging business-friendly policies, France’s economy zoomed ahead to post growth of 2.2 percent. This year, even with signature Macron reforms such as a rewrite of the labor code and the partial elimination of France’s wealth tax taking effect, things aren’t looking so good. Budget Minister Gérald Darmanin has backed away from the government’s earlier projection of 2 percent growth ... Read More »

Friday essay: where is the Great Australian Opera?

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In 1986, the Adelaide Festival staged an operatic adaptation of Nobel Prize-winning writer Patrick White’s 1957 novel Voss, a pivotal work in the Australian literary canon. Michael Halliwell The Conversation The opera, with music by a leading figure of the classical music avant-garde, Richard Meale, and libretto by acclaimed novelist and poet, David Malouf, was conceived in the period leading up to the Bicentennial celebrations in 1988. It certainly tapped into the zeitgeist. The 1980s saw increased questioning of the ... Read More »

Kon Karapanagiotidis on the Shadow of Racism and ”The Power of Hope”

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Kon Karapanagiotidis OAM, founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre talks to Daily Review about his new book ‘The Power of Hope’. Fotis Kapetopoulos Kon Karapanagiotidis OAM is tired. He’s suffering a throat infection and has just returned from ten-day national book tour for The Power of Hope. Or How Community Love and Compassion can change the World.  “Yiasou mate… I’m running ragged… they’ve worn me out again,” he rasps over the phone.  Kon has decided to carry much on his ... Read More »

Vital Signs: Turkey shows the economic pain of global democratic backsliding

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As American baseball legend Yogi Berra once supposedly quipped, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” Three years ago the crisis was in Greece, now it’s Turkey. Richard Holden The Conversation Another European summer and another European economic crisis. It’s tempting to say that being in Europe is all the two situations have in common. Greece’s population is a little over 10 million; Turkey’s is nearly 80 million. Greece’s troubles were triggered by out-of-control government debt; Turkey’s government debt-to-GDP ratio is ... Read More »

Aretha Franklin: A Legacy in Music

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Aretha Franklin’s voice was a pure, painful, and unforgettable expression of American history and American feeling, the collective experience of black Americans and her own life. David Remnick The New Yorker The Queen of Soul, who died Thursday morning, was the daughter of the most influential black pastor in Detroit, a charismatic, often cruel man who filled the house with musical friends—Duke Ellington, Della Reese, Nat Cole, Mahalia Jackson—and a… Aretha Franklin rarely spoke of her inner life, her crises—she was wary of ... Read More »

Homelessness: what people get wrong about it

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The UK is experiencing rising levels of rough sleeping and homelessness. It’s not the only nation where this is happening – there are clear parallels in Australia, too. Nicholas Pleace The Conversation As a UK academic researching homelessness, who recently attended Australia’s National Homelessness Conference in Melbourne, I know that both nations must be keen to find an effective response to this extreme form of… But answers will remain elusive, until everyone can understand its causes. Policies to end homelessness ... Read More »

‘Almost certifiable’: Bob Katter pays political price for backing Fraser Anning’s ‘final solution’ speech

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A furious backlash against federal MP Bob Katter is set to deprive him of key Labor preferences and union money after he fully endorsed his senator Fraser Anning’s notorious “final solution”… Michael Kosiol The Age But while one union donor confirmed it would no longer support Katter’s Australian Party, the giant Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union refused to say whether it would disown Mr… The far north Queensland MP has been shunned by acquaintances in the wake of ... Read More »

Most Europeans still believe in Europe – new study suggests

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In the ongoing chaos and confusion of Britain’s departure from the EU, news that many UK constituencies are shifting from being leavers to remainers offers the opportunity to look at the Brexit debate from an unusual viewpoint: do citizens consider the EU as something more than just an… Simone Baglioni The Conversation The current Brexit debate focuses mainly on economic considerations, as if the only thing worth reflecting on at the end of a 45-year marriage – just like the ... Read More »

How sheds can help men stave off loneliness after retirement – according to our new research

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When people hear the word shed, they may think about a rickety wooden building at the bottom of a garden crawling with spiders, filled with old paint tins, a lawnmower and out-of-date weedkiller. Jenny Fisher The Conversation It has also been associated with the term “man cave” – a space where a man spends time on his own, tinkering with junk or avoiding his partner. But our new research found there was more to the humble shed than meets the ... Read More »

Erdoğan, Trump, and the Strongman Politics Devastating Turkey’s Economy

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The usually bustling open market in the Kadıköy district of Istanbul was half full on Sunday. Shop owners had increased their prices twenty per cent over the past two weeks. Fariba Nawa The New Yorker The cost of a package of eggs had risen by fifty per cent in a week; the price of bananas imported from Latin America had doubled. Aynur Keskin, a homemaker with two school-aged children, bought a few items and shook her head, dismayed at the ... Read More »

Europe Needs Its Own Charles de Gaulle

Gen, Charles de Gaulle leads a triumphant procession down Champs-Elysees as part of the celebration of the liberation of Paris. To the right of de Gaulle is General Jacques-Philippe Leclerc, Commander of the French Armored Division. (Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)

There’s nothing wrong with today’s European Union that France’s legendary 20th-century leader didn’t see coming—and didn’t try to fix when he had the chance. Βy Bruno Maçães FP Julian Jackson’s new biography of Charles de Gaulle is a gripping and enlightening reflection on political power and its mysteries. The book fulfills the minimum requirements, of course, by recounting the major events of de Gaulle’s life: his heroic service in World War I, his prescient warnings in the interwar years about ... Read More »

Kabila Shows His Hand in DR Congo’s Electoral Poker

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As election preparations in the Democratic Republic of Congo proceed, President Joseph Kabila has announced he will not run for re-election. He may hope this important move will relieve outside pressure for free and fair elections. International actors should keep up the scrutiny. Hans Hoebeke ICG On 8 August 2018, the filing deadline, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s ruling majority coalition announced that Emmanuel Ramazani Shadari would be its candidate in the presidential election slated for 23… The announcement ... Read More »

America is Addicted to Sanctions

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Ukraine is a good case study in the ineffectiveness of sanctions. The best way to think about the role of sanctions in American foreign policy is to regard it as an addiction. Nicolai N. Petro The National Interest Think about it. The inability to change the behavior of even the most rinky-dink nations must be enormously frustrating to those at the helm of the world’s lone superpower. This leads, not surprisingly, to the search for ways to assuage this sense ... Read More »