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China Threatens to Deny Passage Rights through Peripheral Seas

On Tuesday, Chinese state media reported that the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council is considering amendments to the 1984 Maritime Traffic Safety Law. World Affairs Journal “The revisions are based on the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and Chinese laws on the seas, adjacent areas, and exclusive economic zones,” noted the… China Threatens to… Read More »

Trump Can Learn From Morgenthau’s 6 Principles of Political Realism

What might Morgenthau have to say about the administration’s emerging foreign policy? Nathan A. Sears The National Interest Hans Morgenthau was a leading postwar intellectual of political realism in the international relations discipline and, at times, an outspoken critic of U.S. foreign policy. In his 1949… Trump Can Learn… Read More »

1 in 4 Canadians want Trump-style travel ban, poll suggests

Majority of Canadians praise the government’s resettlement efforts, but 41% want intake to… Peter Zimonjic CBC News  A “significant segment” of Canadians say Canada’s 2017 refugee target of 40,000 is too high, while one in four Canadians wants the Liberal government to impose its own Trump-style travel… Those are just two of the… 1 in 4… Read More »

We may still have enough time to save the world’s oceans

THE ocean is changing — and not for the better. José Maria Figueres, Pascal Lamy and John D Podesta. Irish Examiner Well-established scientific evidence shows that it is becoming emptier, warmer, and more acidic, putting marine life under serious pressure. But there is… We may still… Read More »

COMMENT: Racism in Australia: The stats are clear

Associate Professor Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews gives us a snapshot of the research on racism against Indigenous peoples since the 1960s. Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews SBS There is no denying it: there has been a considerable and ongoing debate about racism in Australia, especially racism that targets and impacts Indigenous peoples, families, and communities. Ideally, such debates… COMMENT: Racism in… Read More »

Tearful Nazeem talks ISIS, Sydney Siege and Pauline Hanson

COMEDIAN Nazeem Hussain shows a different side of himself in tonight’s episode of I’m A Celeb, breaking down in tears as he opens up about life as a… Nick Bond   news.com.au Enlisted by Steve Price to speak to the campmates about himself for the broadcaster’s “Jungle Radio” segment, Hussain reflects on the… “One of the things that… Tearful Nazeem talks… Read More »

Can we have too many trees?

Hunting and mountaineering organisations say that plans to increase forest cover in Scotland will ruin the countryside. I disagree Patrick Barkham The Guardian A couple of summers ago, I strolled through Glen Feshie, wondering why this beautiful corner of the Cairngorms didn’t feel British. Ah, that’s it… Can we have… Read More »

Famine declared in South Sudan

‘Man-made’ food crisis threatens 100,000 people after war and a collapsing economy devastate agriculture in the… Ben Quinn The Guardian Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, where UN agencies warned on Monday that war and a collapsing economy have left 100,000… A further 1 million people were classified as being on the… Famine declared in… Read More »

Same-sex marriage legalization linked to reduction in suicide attempts among teens

Allowing same-sex marriage at state level estimated to reduce suicide attempts by 134,000 per year Johns Hopkins Eurek Alert The implementation of state laws legalizing same-sex marriage was associated with a significant reduction in the rate of suicide attempts among high school students – and an even greater reduction among gay, lesbian and bisexual… Same-sex marriage legalization… Read More »

George Brandis Says Asylum Seekers Break The Law, But Can’t Name Which One

‘I’m not going to quote a section.’ Attorney-General George Brandis clashed with barrister and human rights advocate Julian Burnside on the legality of asylum seekers after he said refugees who come to Australia commit “offences against our migration… Luke Cooper  The Huffington Post Brandis called any refugee who arrives “in the… George Brandis Says… Read More »

Are Soas students right to ‘decolonise’ their minds from western philosophers?

Outraged headlines erupted when students launched a campaign to challenge the great western philosophers. We went to the source of dissent – London’s School of Oriental and African Studies – to investigate Kenan Malik The Guardian “They Kant be serious!”, spluttered the Daily Mail headline in its most McEnroe-ish tone. “PC students demand white… Are Soas students… Read More »