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The fall and fall of German social democracy

The SPD has lost voters to the left and the right, and needs to get them back fast to avoid becoming irrelevant. BERLIN — It’s not just Angela Merkel’s conservatives who are licking their wounds after a crushing defeat in German regional elections — the Social Democratic party is hurting too, and badly. The major losses the SPD suffered in two of the… Source: The fall and fall of German social democracy – POLITICO Read More »

Europe Versus the Islamic State

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PARIS – Ever since the terrorist attacks in January on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket, Parisians knew that barbarism lurked around the corner, and that it would strike again. But it is one thing to know something, to anticipate it, and another to be confronted with the grim reality. On Friday night, reality struck us with a vengeance. We are at war. It would be wrong – even dangerous – not to… Source: Europe Versus the ... Read More »

Philippines mulls submarines as China row simmers: Aquino

The Philippines may invest in its first-ever submarine fleet to help protect its territory in the disputed South China Sea, President Benigno Aquino said Wednesday. The impoverished nation, which has never before operated submarines and until now relied largely on US surplus ships, has been ramping… Source: Philippines mulls submarines as China row simmers: Aquino Read More »

Japan has no idea what just happened to its $278m orbiting satellite

But it appears to be in pieces. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is at a loss to explain what’s happened to its Hitomi satellite, with fears that the spacecraft might have disintegrated in space. The space agency acknowledged that it had lost contact with the satellite on… Source: Japan has no idea what just happened to its $278m orbiting satellite – ScienceAlert Read More »

‘Lahore, Lahore hai’: the attack on my hometown has rocked me to the core

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Every innocent life taken by a terrorist’s bomb is as precious as the next, whether it happens in Lahore or Brussels. They all leave lifelong horror and grief in their wake… Source: ‘Lahore, Lahore hai’: the attack on my hometown has rocked me to the core | Mehreen Faruqi | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Reviving the Mediterranean’s Lost Cosmopolitanism

Eastern Mediterranean cities that view migration as a threat today thrived on the ubiquitous presence of multicultural societies a century ago. Iason Athanasiadis opens our Reviving Cities series by explaining that the roots of today’s slow-motion refugee ‘disaster’ can be found in the region’s trend towards introversion… Source: Reviving the Mediterranean’s Lost Cosmopolitanism | Refugees Deeply Read More »

When Socialism was Popular in the United States

If socialist sentiment is undeniably on the rise, an organized socialist movement is only in its infancy. As we continue to reflect on how to transform this new interest in socialism into an organized political force, the preceding history of the Socialist Party of America may provide some insights… Source: When Socialism was Popular in the United States Read More »

Van Gogh masterpiece to remain in US after Supreme Court ruling

A Vincent Van Gogh masterpiece will be able to remain in the United States after the US Supreme Court rejected an appeal from the descendant of a Russian collector whose property was nationalised after the 1917 Revolution. The decision ends Frenchman Pierre Konowaloff’s last legal recourse to claim The Night Cafe, which the Dutch artist painted in the southern French city of Arles in September 1888… Source: Van Gogh masterpiece to remain in US after Supreme Court ruling – ABC ... Read More »

After 115 years, Scotland is coal-free : Renew Economy

After some 115 years, Scotland has burned its last lump of coal for electricity. The Longannet power station, the last and largest coal-fired power plant in Scotland, ceased operations last Thursday. What once was the largest coal plant in Europe shut down after 46 years before the eyes of workers and journalists, who gathered in the main control room. “Ok, here we go,” said one worker moments… Source: After 115 years, Scotland is coal-free : Renew Economy Read More »

Egypt’s human rights in the firing line amid crackdown on NGOs, cultural centres

Egypt’s increasing intolerance of dissent and diversity is often obscured by the regional challenges facing this country of 90 million people. But new attempts to curb foreign funding of non-government organisations (NGOs) and other human rights groups have again brought it into sharp international focus…. Source: Egypt’s human rights in the firing line amid crackdown on NGOs, cultural centres – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Time to reform electoral funding laws

EDITORIAL As Australia enters the early stages of what is likely to be a lengthy federal election campaign, it is imperative that all candidates for political office and those behind their party machines commit to exceed, not just meet, the legal requirements on funding disclosures. It is the spirit of those laws that matters most, and the goal is transparency. The fundamental purpose of… Source: Time to reform electoral funding laws Read More »

Fiona Richardson tells Australian Story of violent alcoholic father

Victoria’s first Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson has revealed that her father was a violent alcoholic, who beat her mother and siblings. Ms Richardson, who is also the state’s Minister for Women, returned to her birth country of Tanzania with her family for an ABC TV Australian Story program about her violent family history. The program was aired just a day before the… Source: Fiona Richardson tells Australian Story of violent alcoholic father Read More »

The Obama Doctrine: Why Islamism Isn’t Like Communism

The struggle against jihadist terrorism isn’t the same as the struggle against communism—and it’s dangerous to conflate them. The two leading Republican presidential candidates both suggest that America has a problem with Islam. Donald Trump and Ted Cruz sometimes frame the… Source: The Obama Doctrine: Why Islamism Isn’t Like Communism – The Atlantic Read More »

A proper comparison might show Italy is more hospitable to refugees than Sweden

European countries’ acceptance rates say more about where migrants come from than where they are headed. THE latest European asylum statistics seem to offer good news for refugees. They show the acceptance rate jumping by ten percentage points to 60% in the final quarter of 2015—the highest rate ever. Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands all granted asylum in record numbers… Source: A proper comparison might show Italy is more hospitable to refugees than Sweden | The Economist Read More »

Turkey violated right to a fair trial in anti-terror case, says ECHR

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled Turkey violated the right to legal assistance and the right to examine witnesses in a 2003 court ruling which sentenced an alleged member of a terror organization to 18 years and nine months of imprisonment… Source: Turkey violated right to a fair trial in anti-terror case, says ECHR – CRIME Read More »

Holyrood 2016: Greens propose 60p tax rate for highest earners

THE Greens have set out plans to introduce a new top rate of income tax of 60p for Scotland’s highest earners. But the party pledged everyone earning £26,500 a year or more would get to keep more of their cash under its “progressive” income tax plans It would scrap the… Source: Holyrood 2016: Greens propose 60p tax rate for highest earners – The Scotsman Read More »