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Burkina Faso: Preserving the Religious Balance

In a troubled region, Burkina Faso is a rare example of religious​ diversity and​ tolerance​.​ But a perceived discrepancy between a significant number of Muslims and their low level of public representation has created tensions. To safeguard Burkina’s model of peaceful coexistence, the… Source: Burkina Faso: Preserving the Religious Balance | International Crisis Group Read More »

Philippine president ‘regrets’ Obama slur

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expressed regret yesterday that a tirade against Barack Obama, in which he called the U.S. leader a “son of a whore,” came across as a personal attack. Longtime allies the United States and the Philippines have seen relations plunge under a barrage of insults from Duterte since he came to office on June 30… Source: Philippine president ‘regrets’ Obama slur – ASIA Read More »

Protesters close Calais over refugee crisis: ‘We are not racist but we see no solution’

Hauliers, farmers and business owners lift blockade on Channel Tunnel and ferry terminal after French government says ‘Jungle’ camp will be dismantled Kim Willsher in Calais French demonstrators blocked access to the Channel Tunnel and the Calais ferry terminal on Monday, causing severe transport disruption, to protest at the… Source: Protesters close Calais over refugee crisis: ‘We are not racist but we see no solution’ | World news | The Guardian Read More »

The Cost of Keeping Companies in the United States

How should we stop corporations from leaving the United States, as both presidential candidates have vowed to do? By BRENT GLOVER and OLIVER LEVINE After Pfizer announced this year that it wanted to merge with the Ireland-based Allergan in a maneuver known as a corporate inversion, the Obama administration put in new tax rules that effectively scuttled the deal… Source: The Cost of Keeping Companies in the United States – The New York Times Read More »

MP Andrew Wilkie says Nauru visa denial proves Australia ‘has much to hide’

Independent MP says ‘only conclusion’ is that the government doesn’t want truth about detention regime to come out Ben Doherty Nauru’s secrecy over the Australian-run immigration detention centre on its island continues to deepen, with the independent parliamentarian Andrew Wilkie denied a… Source: MP Andrew Wilkie says Nauru visa denial proves Australia ‘has much to hide’ | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Trump Is Breaking Bad, Not Clinically Mad

Now that Donald Trump is improbably close to becoming president, several frightened commentators are suggesting he receive psychiatric evaluation to ensure he is not mentally ill. The amateur diagnoses most often floated for Trump are Narcissistic Personality Disorder or Borderline Personality Disorder. I know something about Personality Disorders, having written the… Source: Trump Is Breaking Bad, Not Clinically Mad Read More »

Alexis Tsipras, the escapologist

The Greek prime minister pulled off the seemingly impossible last year. Can he do it again? By YIANNIS BABOULIAS   A year ago, Alexis Tsipras pulled off the unlikeliest of election victories. Now he’s looking rather less invincible. The Greek prime minister and his team are hard at work publicizing a meeting of southern European leaders in Athens on… Source: Alexis Tsipras, the escapologist – POLITICO Read More »

China’s High-Stakes Korea Conundrum

A recent academic article hints at a possible shift in China’s approach on the peninsula. Lyle J. Goldstein Even the promising trilateral meeting recently of South Korean, Japanese, and Chinese foreign ministers could not dispel the dark cloud over the… Source: China’s High-Stakes Korea Conundrum | The National Interest Read More »

Indonesia, 1998: A Great Moment in History

The 1998 downfall of Indonesian dictator, Suharto, prompted resolute and emotional displays of support for a transition to democracy. By Michael V. Day This was as keenly felt by ordinary Indonesians as it was by the two rivals for the presidency, Abdurrahman Wahid and Megawati Sukarnoputri. The days of transition were chaotic and violent, but the… Source: Indonesia, 1998: A Great Moment in History – AIIA Read More »

Paranoid politics: how does Donald Trump get away with it?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump seems willing to reach beyond what has been previously acceptable in his quest to be America’s next president. Lisa Barritt-Eyles  But this, combined with his refusal to back down or acknowledge error – even after attacking the parents of a Muslim soldier killed in Iraq – signals that a campaign or arguments built around “facts”, or within the… Source: Paranoid politics: how does Donald Trump get away with it? Read More »

‘Legislative slut-shaming’: How the German ‘Cuckoo Kids’ Law’ punishes women

Opinion By Jo Fox Relationships can be messy. Messy going in and messy going out. Sometimes children get caught up in the mess, but generally policy makers and the courts try to shield them from any fallout in relationship breakdown by putting their interests first. This inevitably means moving away from the courts. However, in legislative slut-shaming not seen since Hester Prynne was… Source: ‘Legislative slut-shaming’: How the German ‘Cuckoo Kids’ Law’ punishes women – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Comment: Chinese money isn’t the issue – the whole political donations system’s screwed up

Recent weeks have seen media attention focus on the role of Chinese nationals in sponsoring or donating to Australian politicians and political parties, amidst public concerns over what these donors might potentially expect in return – from Australia’s foreign policy objectives, to favourable deals in domestic economic projects… Source: Comment: Chinese money isn’t the issue – the whole political donations system’s screwed up | SBS News Read More »

Opposing The Criminalisation Of Protest: The BDS Movement As A Beacon

In a climate where governments are ratcheting up the fear to suppress legitimate public protest, Professor Stuart Rees argues there’s an organisation that already provides a template for resistance. Governments’ fascination with suppressing democratic rights merits opposition similar to the activities to support the… Source: Opposing The Criminalisation Of Protest: The BDS Movement As A Beacon – New Matilda Read More »

GOP senior statesmen continue to hold their fire on Trump

By Josh Rogin Josh Rogin is a columnist for the Global Opinions section of The Post. With only two months left until the presidential election, the most senior national security figures in the Republican Party are largely staying on the sidelines, even though almost all are said to privately oppose Donald Trump becoming commander in chief. Many of their more junior colleagues are calling on them to get off the… Source: GOP senior statesmen continue to hold their fire on ... Read More »

G20 summit: Japan issues stark warning to Britain over Brexit 

May on diplomatic offensive as Japan says firms may leave UK if EU deal not agreed Clifford Coonan in Hangzhou British prime minister Theresa May has sought to soothe fears about Britain’s decision to leave the European Union after the United States and Japan warned of the… Source: G20 summit: Japan issues stark warning to Britain over Brexit Read More »

British warship sent to Libya to target people-smugglers

Deployment of HMS Diamond part of EU crackdown as number of migrants trying to cross Mediterranean reaches record level Chris Stephen A British warship will arrive off the Libyan coast in the next few days in a dramatic attempt to intercept and arrest people smugglers as the flow of migrants trying to cross the… Source: British warship sent to Libya to target people-smugglers | Politics | The Guardian Read More »