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Scores killed in Ethiopia protest crackdown

Security forces accused of shooting dead people in Oromia and Amhara regions in attempt to suppress wave of protests.. Scores of people were killed across Ethiopia’s Oromia and Amhara regions at the weekend as the security forces brutally suppressed a new wave of anti-government protests in two key regions… Source: Scores killed in Ethiopia protest crackdown – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

Free speech: would removing Section 18C really give us the right to be bigots?

Despite previously saying we all have the right to be bigots, Attorney-General George Brandis now says reform of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act is no longer on the government’s agenda. However, there are several senators – some new, some returning – who beg to differ. David Leyonhjelm, Bob Day, Derryn Hinch and One… Source: Free speech: would removing Section 18C really give us the right to be bigots? Read More »

Museveni’s Post-election Politics: Keeping a Lid on Uganda’s Opposition

Six months after its February general election the political atmosphere in Uganda is unsettled, securitised and paranoid. Opposition leaders and some supporters – seeking to rally a popular movement against the regime – are regularly harassed, accused of treason and temporarily detained. The ruling elite is clearly concerned about the opposition’s growing support. Its hard-fisted approach to the problem, alongside a… Source: Museveni’s Post-election Politics: Keeping a Lid on Uganda’s Opposition | International Crisis Group Read More »

The breaking down of the European Convention on Human Rights, and the UK’s responsibility

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Numerous members of the new Government have stated that they want a greater role in the world for a post-Brexit UK, rather than a diminished one. George Stafford If the Government is to be diplomatically resurgent, what sort of challenges might it wish to confront? It could do far worse than face up to the… The breaking down… Read More »

Asylum seekers: Australia’s silence over ‘on-water matters’ faces legal test

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Freedom of information case pursued by Guardian Australia journalist Paul Farrell to be heard in administrative appeals tribunal A landmark freedom of information case set to be heard on Monday will test whether the Australian government can hide details of asylum seeker boat… Source: Asylum seekers: Australia’s silence over ‘on-water matters’ faces legal test | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Capitalism and Democracy [part 3]

Signs of our troubled times: in a southern hemisphere democracy, where the wealthiest 20% of households are now 70 times richer than the bottom 20%, a prime minister gets back into office with the help of a million dollars from his own pocket. In the northern hemisphere, in the heartlands of the European Union, an avowedly socialist party governs a… Source: Capitalism and Democracy [part 3] Read More »

Turkey’s purge marks endgame in Islamist civil war

ISTANBUL — Last month’s failed coup brought into relief a bitter struggle at the heart of Turkish politics. By Ishaan Tharoor From his humble childhood in a working-class neighborhood of Istanbul, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has steadily transformed the… Source: Turkey’s purge marks endgame in Islamist civil war – The Washington Post Read More »

Yusra Mardini delights with butterfly heat win for Refugee Olympic Team

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There will be plenty of inspiring swims in the Rio pool this week but few to match the personal odyssey completed by Yusra Mardini on the opening day of competition. Last year the Syrian teenager was battling in the sea for survival with fellow asylum seekers while trying to reach the Greek island of Lesbos. To go from there to winning the opening heat of the 100m butterfly at the Olympic Games is the ultimate illustration of drawing strength from ... Read More »

Stephen Collins: Ireland not immune to virus that spawned Donald Trump’s success

Irish voters are also no longer won over by facts; instead emotion carries all before it.. Stephen Collins The emergence of Donald Trump as a serious candidate for the American presidency and the decision of the British… Source: Stephen Collins: Ireland not immune to virus that spawned Donald Trump’s success  Read More »

America and Britain: Three Priorities for Boris Johnson and John Kerry

This is a chance to revive the special relationship.. Luke Coffey In June 17.4 million Brits voted to leave the European Union. It was the single largest political mandate the British public has ever delivered. The United Kingdom is only now entering the beginning stages of actually leaving the EU — a process that will take at least two years according to the… Source: America and Britain: Three Priorities for Boris Johnson and John Kerry | The National Interest Read More »

Japan: Chinese fleet sails near disputed islands

Japan protests to China, saying Beijing has sent a fleet of more than 200 ships towards disputed islands in the East China Sea.. The fleet included fishing boats and coastguard ships, Japan says, and three vessels appeared to be armed. Officials have protested to Chinese diplomats… Source: Japan: Chinese fleet sails near disputed islands – BBC News Read More »

Why Self-Help Guru James Altucher Only Owns 15 Things

It was around 10 a.m. on a sun-drenched summer morning, and James Altucher, perhaps the world’s least likely success guru, was packing his worldly possessions, about 15 items, into a small canvas carry-on bag. “If I were to die, my kids get this bag,” Mr. Altucher said sardonically as he packed away his laptop, iPad, three sets of chinos, three T-shirts and a Ziploc bag filled with $4,000 worth of $2 bills (“People always remember… Source: Why Self-Help Guru James ... Read More »

Along Russia’s borders: What are the non-NATO security risks?

Along Russia’s peripheries lies a string of countries with a track record of domestic upheavals and occasional spasms of aggressive foreign policy. To what extent do they pose a security threat to Moscow?… Source: Along Russia’s borders: What are the non-NATO security risks? | Russia Beyond The Headlines Read More »

Slow-motion Coup in Venezuela?

Nicolás Maduro was elected president of Venezuela in April 2013 by a narrow margin. His term is due to end in January 2019, unless the opposition Democratic Unity (MUD) alliance can force a recall referendum this year – and win it. But does President Maduro really run the country?… Source: Slow-motion Coup in Venezuela? | International Crisis Group Read More »

Child sexual abuse inquiry: Rudd vows to press on after Dame Lowell Goddard resignation

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Home secretary pushes ahead with finding new leader, saying ‘success of this inquiry remains an absolute priority’.. The chair of the public inquiry into institutional child abuse has resigned, saying it was beset with a “legacy of failure” that was hard to shake off… Source: Child sexual abuse inquiry: Rudd vows to press on after Dame Lowell Goddard resignation | Society | The Guardian Read More »

Pollution may shorten lung cancer patients’ lives, research shows

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American study of people with early-stage disease adds to evicence about health impact of airborne toxins.. Air pollution may shorten the life of people who are suffering from lung cancer, researchers have found… Source: Pollution may shorten lung cancer patients’ lives, research shows | Society | The Guardian Read More »