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Myanmar: UN human rights investigator barred from entering country amid Rohingya crisis

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The UN independent investigator into human rights in Myanmar has called for stronger international pressure to be exerted on Myanmar’s military commanders after being barred from visiting the country for the rest of her… ABC Reuters Yanghee Lee, UN special rapporteur, had been due to visit in January to assess human rights across Myanmar, including alleged abuses against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State. But Myanmar had told her she was no longer welcome, she said, adding in a statement that ... Read More »

Tamil asylum seeker to be deported after failing to meet deadline

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Detainee struggled to fill out 41-page application form in English – and was not able to access legal assistance in time Ben Doherty The Guardian A Tamil asylum seeker has become the first person slated for deportation – without having his claim for protection even assessed – after falling foul of the ministerial deadline of 1 October to apply. The man, who has been given the pseudonym Rajah because he remains at risk of being deported, was placed in handcuffs ... Read More »

Intangible assets are changing investment

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Forecasting profits is not as helpful as it used to be WHEN you work as an equity analyst at an investment bank, your task is clear. The Economist It is to comb all the statements made by corporate executives, to scour the industry trends and arrive at an accurate forecast of the company’s profits. Achieve this and your clients will be happy and your bonus cheque will have many digits. But is all this effort worthwhile? Not as much as ... Read More »

ECHR orders Turkey to pay compensation to three citizens for violation of freedom of assembly

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Dec. 19 ordered Turkey to pay compensation to three citizens following their application over a violation of the right to freedom of assembly in suppressed protests in the southern province of Adana. STRASBOURG Hurriyet The court ordered Turkey to pay 240 euros in pecuniary damages to one applicant and 80 euros to the other two. The case related to fines imposed by Turkish courts against Adnan Öğrü, Veysel Kurtuluş Alabaş, and Beyhan ... Read More »

Pushkin’s pride: how the Russian literary giant paid tribute to his African ancestry

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His black great-grandfather was abducted as a child and raised in Peter the Great’s court. A new Pushkin translation includes the little-known history of Russia’s Shakespeare Jonathan McAloon The Guardian For Russians, Alexander Pushkin inhabits a space beyond taste, where nationalism has given subjective art the patina of fact. He is the undisputed father of their literature in the way Shakespeare is for Brits. Given the insular nature of contemporary Russian politics, it might be hard to imagine that the creator of ... Read More »

Theresa May fails to challenge Trump over Britain First in first call since incident, read out suggests

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The Prime Minister did discuss the President’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital Joe Watts The Independent Official reports of Theresa May’s first call with Donald Trumpsince the President promoted propaganda videos from a British far-right extremist group, indicate she failed to raise the issue. Their discussion, set out in a Downing Street read-out of the call, makes no mention of the incident which led to a tense public clash between the two leaders earlier this month. Its absence led Labour ... Read More »

Why justice is more important than the rule of law

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The 2017 Stress in America survey has confirmed it: Americans are officially freaking out.   Klaus Mladek The survey, conducted by the Harris Poll, reports that what keeps many Americans up at night is genuine political anxiety. The Conversation Rather than issues related to their work or families, respondents said they were most worried about the “future of the nation” and the “current social divisiveness.” Almost two-thirds of Americans think the nation is going through “the lowest point” in its history. ... Read More »

Kenya stands its ground in sea row with Somalia

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Kenya has filed its response at the International Court of Justice in the Indian Ocean border dispute case filed by Somalia KENNEDY KIMANTHI Daily Nation A statement from the Office of the Attorney-General Githu Muigai has said Kenya’s position is that the maritime border remains as it is and the dispute be solved through negotiations. “This position is entrenched in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and several resolutions and decisions of the African Union Heads ... Read More »

Regional News Outlets: The real target of Poland’s New Media Law?

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Poland’s government has made no secret over the past 12 months of its plans to change media rules in a such way that could force some foreign owners out of the country. Emerging Europe Despite criticism from both the European Union and human rights groups including Amnesty, Poland’s Deputy Culture Minister Paweł Lewandowski said as recently as August 2017 that while the new law (which he is helping to draft) would stop short of ‘re-Polonizing’ the nation’s media, it would ... Read More »

Human Rights Of Those Detained By Australia On Manus Have Been Breached, PNG Court Rules

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“This will cost the Australian government, politically and financially,” advocates say. Gina Rushton BuzzFeed Papua New Guinea’s Supreme Court has ruled the human rights of refugees and asylum seekers detained by the Australian government on Manus Island have been breached. The court found in April last year that asylum seekers were illegally detained on Manus Island but it has now dismissed an attempt by the PNG government to stop the detainees making compensation claims for…<link rel=”stylesheet” href=”/static-assets/css/enhanced.dae4f976df2b092a196fc7f20d2a0912.css”> Refugee Action Coalition ... Read More »

Georgia Still on the World Bank’s Mind

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As the World Bank racks up 25 years in Georgia, Mercy Tembon, the bank’s regional director for the South Caucasus, Europe and Central Asia tells Andrew Wrobel that her organisation is as committed to the country’s future as ever. Andrew Wrobel Emerging-Europe Let’s start with the anniversary. What has the World Bank been doing here for the last quarter of a century? Yes, Georgia, along with the other countries in the region, joined the bank in 1992. Those were very ... Read More »

Japan exports, imports surge on strong demand in China, U.S.

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Japan’s exports rose 16 percent in November from a year earlier driven by robust overseas demand for cars and manufacturing equipment that is helping to sustain the longest economic expansion in more than 15 years. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Asahi Shimbun Customs data released Monday showed the trade surplus for the world’s third-largest economy slipping 23 percent from the year before to 113.4 billion yen ($1 billion), however, as imports jumped 17 percent thanks to a surge in purchases of ... Read More »

How white nationalists supersized racism to spark a movement

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Washington: This summer’s seemingly overnight arrival of the self-described “alt-right” and white nationalist groups — marked most prominently by a deadly car attack at the August “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, drew worldwide headlines, but the movement simmered for decades before it burst into public… Trevor Hughes The Canberra Times USA Today Underlying that shift from society’s fringes to centre stage is a new strategy that taps into the frustrations of white people angry at a society they say ... Read More »

Rethinking Russia’s Return to Global Big Policy

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In the first decade of 21st century Russia managed to get out of the economic crisis, restore its military strength, and take course to become a sovereign political pole. Mher D. Sahakyan Modern Diplomacy To understand the entire scope of Russia’s reaction to difficult foreign challenges and to analyze its probable steps, it is important to investigate its foreign policy strategy. On November 30, 2016, the Kremlin adopted the “Foreign Policy Concept of the Russian Federation” (Concept), which was signed ... Read More »