Italy abused migrants’ rights due to EU pressure, Amnesty says

Italy has committed human rights abuses that may amount to torture in some isolated cases as it tries to process the tens of thousands of migrants and refugees arriving by boat, Amnesty International says. Italy’s Interior Ministry had no immediate comment on the Amnesty report, which included allegations of beatings, electric shocks and… Italy abused migrants… Read More »

William Safire justified: Hillary Clinton is a congenital liar

In a notorious 1996 New York Times essay, pundit William Safire famously said this of Hillary Clinton: Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad realization that our First Lady – a woman of undoubted talents who was a role model for many in her generation – is a congenital liar. By Russ Vaughn Drip by drip, like Whitewater torture, the case is being made that she is compelled to mislead, and… William Safire justified… Read More »

Bob Day High Court case would set a precedent and have far-reaching implications, legal expert says

The likely High Court case about Bob Day’s eligibility to be a senator will set a legal precedent that could endanger other politicians’ right to sit in Parliament. AM – By political reporter Tom Iggulden The impending case will revolve around an anti-corruption section of the constitution that prohibits parliamentarians from having even an indirect relationship with companies that get government contracts. But the section is not precise and has never been tested by a full bench of the High ... Read More »

Destination ‘great Muslim democracy’: Time to get off the train

Every new day adds fresh validation to the adage that “Turkey is fun unless you have to live in it.” BURAK BEKDİL In one recent speech, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan described himself as an enemy of interest rates “because interest rates are a means of abuse.” Where did Mr. Erdoğan say that? At a ceremony at the… Destination ‘great Muslim… Read More »

Powering Australia’s Economic Surge

MELBOURNE, Australia — If you were designing a nation from scratch, it would look something like Australia. By GEORGE MEGALOGENIS A Eurasian people, boring politicians, and an economy that virtually runs itself. Australia, uniquely, has avoided every major shock of modern globalization. Its… Powering Australia’s… Read More »

Populist anger is ‘a gift wrapped in barbed wire’

Belgian author attempts to make sense of voters’ mounting sense of frustration. By ESTHER KING The Flemish author and poet David Van Reybrouck has spent his career writing about those whose voices are only rarely heard. His books include a… Populist anger is ‘a… Read More »

More migrants from around the world making way to US border

WASHINGTON: An increasing number of people from far-flung corners of the world quietly have tried to sneak into the United States among the hundreds of thousands of other, mostly Latin American migrants caught at the Mexican border in the last year, according to arrest data from the Homeland Security Department. Associated Press The arrests of more than 8,000 people from India, China, Romania, Bangladesh and Nepal between October 2015 and the More migrants from… Read More »

Turkey detains top staff of Cumhuriyet daily

At least 12 Cumhuriyet employees affected by decision described by government as arising from probe launched in August. Turkish police have detained at least a dozen people working for the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper, according to news-media reports. Cumhuriyet said that along with Murat Sabuncu, the… Turkey detains top… Read More »

China and India’s Slow-Moving Path to ‘Water Wars’

There’s a smarter way to handle the Brahmaputra conflict. Satu Limaye, Joel Wuthnow, Nilanthi Samaranayake China’s September 30 announcement that it would temporarily divert the Xiabuqu—a domestic river that feeds into the mighty Brahmaputra running from Tibet through Northeast India and… China and India’s… Read More »

For Helping Immigrants, Chobani’s Founder Draws Threats

By many measures, Chobani embodies the classic American immigrant success story. By DAVID GELLES  Its founder, Hamdi Ulukaya, is a Turkish immigrant of Kurdish descent. He bought a defunct yogurt factory in upstate New York, added a facility in Twin Falls, Idaho, and… For Helping Immigrants… Read More »

How US policy in Honduras set the stage for today’s migration

Hondurans fleeing poverty and violence – who make up most of the participants of a “caravan” estimated at between 7,000 and 8,000 people – are slowly moving through Mexico in the hope of reaching the United States and receiving refuge. Joseph Nevins The Conversation President Trump has responded by characterizing the caravan as, among other unflattering things, “an onslaught” and “an assault” on the United States. Trump’s statements, which do not accurately characterize the makeup and motivations of the migrants, ... Read More »