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Blocked Transition: Corruption and Regionalism in Tunisia

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Corruption and clientelism are undermining democratic transition in Tunisia, a unique success story after the 2011 Arab uprisings. ICG To put the country back on track, the government should launch a national economic dialogue including established business elites and emerging provincial business leaders. Executive Summary The political consensus in… Blocked Transition: Corruption… Read More »

The London Conference and Prospects for Peace and Stability in Somalia

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The 11 May 2017 London Conference on Somalia will discuss boosting humanitarian aid and security reforms that will increase the army’s numbers to 18,000. ICG But the government must tackle corruption and restart national reconciliation if it wants to build effectively on recent progress toward ending the 25-year conflict. The 11 May London Conference on Somalia comes at a… The London Conference… Read More »

Migrant, Indigenous bodies say new budget measures are discriminatory

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The main organisations representing ethnic communities and Indigenous people have expressed concern that some measures in the federal budget could discriminate against sections of the population. Kristina Kukolja SBS The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) says proposed stricter residency requirements for the age pension, as well as the… Migrant, Indigenous bodies… Read More »

Lavrov in Washington: Can America and Russia Work Together?

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The U.S.-Russia relationship is starved for normalcy. Nikolas K. Gvosdev The National Interest Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov picked an inauspicious time to visit Washington. Starting with the increasingly crass and distasteful assertions by American comics that President Donald Trump is beholden to Russian president Vladimir… Lavrov in Washington… Read More »

University of Manchester to axe 171 staff amid Brexit concerns

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University points to threats to future income as union chiefs criticise ‘short-term cuts that will cause long-term damage’ Helen Pidd North of England editor The Guardian Britain’s largest university has set out plans to axe 171 jobs, mostly academic positions in the faculties of arts, languages, biology, medicine and business. The University of Manchester blamed new government legislation and the prospect of Brexit as major factors threatening its… University of Manchester… Read More »

President Trump, Henry Kissinger Meet In Oval Office Amid Watergate Comparisons

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In a surprise meeting, Trump sat down with the former secretary of State and official in the Nixon and Ford White Houses. Cody Fenwick (Patch National Staff) White House Patch WASHINGTON, DC — President Trump invited the press into the Oval Office Wednesday for photos and brief questions with a guest that shocked many of the reporters in attendance: Henry Kissinger, the controversial former secretary of State and official in the Nixon and… Trump called the meeting “an… President Trump, ... Read More »

Australia’s shame on stage for the world to widness

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It’s not every day you get invited to speak on the stage of New York’s Lincoln Centre between the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, and the woman who very nearly became the first female President of the US, Hillary Clinton – and just after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Jennifer Robinson Brisbane Times But such is the growing international concern about Australia’s… President Trump’s infamous first phone call with… Australia’s shame on… Read More »

A Zen master reveals the giveaway signs of a toxic person and the most powerful way to deal with them

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We’ve all come across toxic people before. You know, the type of person that can be manipulative, judgmental and inconsiderate of anyone’s feelings. Hack Spirit It can hard to deal with these people, especially if you’re forced to every single day. That’s why I thought the advice below from a Zen master on Reddit was quite remarkable. But first, let’s define what a… A Zen master… Read More »

PH, US Balikatan exercises open with fewer troops

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The annual military exercises between the United States and the Philippines, called “Balikatan [shoulder-to-shoulder],” opened in Quezon City on Monday, but on a smaller scale, amid the government’s declared pivot to China and Russia. Philip C. Tubeza Inquirer  WITH A REPORT FROM AFP Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana led the opening ceremonies of the 33rd Philippine-US Balikatan military exercises at… Exercise Balikatan 2017, which… PH, US Balikatan… Read More »

Coalition counts cost of delay to US refugee deal in budget

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$713,000 has been allocated to fund the Nauru and Manus centres – well above the $434,000 the government forecast The Guardian Spending on offshore detention centres has not been reduced in the federal budget to reflect the refugee resettlement agreement with the United States because of the deep uncertainty surrounding the arrangement. For 2017-18 the government has budgeted $713,641 for offshore detention, lower than the… Coalition counts cost… Read More »

Police Minister Troy Grant says he would like to ‘take the nuts off’ child sex offenders

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NSW’s police minister has declared he’d like to “take the nuts off” convicted child sex offenders when announcing a plan to overhaul the state’s sentencing and parole system. AAP Daily Telegraph Convicted child sex offenders would be able to volunteer for chemical castration under the reforms unveiled by the NSW government today. The suite of changes would ease overcrowding in prisons, reduce court delays and… Police Minister Troy… Read More »

In Trump’s Firing of James Comey, Echoes of Watergate

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WASHINGTON — In dramatically casting aside James B. Comey, President Trump fired the man who may have helped make him president — and the man who potentially most threatened the future of his presidency. PETER BAKER The New York Times Not since Watergate has a president dismissed the person leading an… In his letter firing Mr. Comey, the F.B.I. director, Mr. Trump made a… In Trump’s Firing… Read More »

Supporting people in crisis a real privilege

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This week is National Volunteer Week, an annual celebration to acknowledge the contribution of Australia’s volunteers. Adrian Momber The West Australian I have been one of Lifeline WA’s volunteer crisis supporters for nearly two years. The reason I volunteered was that I grew up understanding and supporting my mother, who had bipolar disorder and had attempted suicide more than once, and I always intended to… Supporting people in… Read More »

Sudanese-Italian economic forum held in Rome

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May 9, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – The third Sudanese-Italian economic and investment forum has been held Tuesday in Rome with the participation of 135 Italian companies. In a statement seen by Sudan Tribune, Sudan’s foreign ministry said the chairman of the Italian Federation of Industries Giovanni Otati praised the enormous economic potential enjoyed by the Sudan. Otati, who addressed the… Read More »