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Talking Point: PM silent on Nobel prize when world needs him to speak up

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Malcolm Turnbull is rarely stuck for words, but the award of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize to an organisation founded in Australia has left him speechless Peter Boyer The Mercury The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, or ICAN, was set up a decade ago in Melbourne. ICAN’s current director, Swedish lawyer Beatrice Fihn, received the award at a gala ceremony in Oslo, Norway last week. Geneva-based Fihn is one of just three salaried staff — the other two are ... Read More »

Trump unveils national security plan, blasts previous presidents

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Washington (CNN) – President Donald Trump on Monday framed his foreign policy as an extension of his populist economic message, lambasting past presidents and trumpeting his own achievements during a speech meant to outline the guiding principles of his national security strategy. By Kevin Liptak, CNN White House Producer In a speech that closely resembled a campaign address, Trump offered a laundry list of accomplishments and a reiteration of his view that Americans have been left behind as a result of ... Read More »

Calls to adopt child abuse inquiry’s recommendations on immigration detention

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Government urged to implement child safety standards after royal commission makes several recommendations relating to immigration department Helen Davidson and Ben Doherty The Guardian The federal government must immediately heed recommendations by the royal commission to protect children currently in its immigration detention system, human rights lawyers have said. On Friday the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse delivered its final report, primarily focused on religious institutions and state-based care homes – many of which have long… ... Read More »

Michael Lee has motor neurone disease. This is what he thinks of euthanasia

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Michael Lee was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) 10 years ago, when he was 35 years old. Tracy Bowden Three years later he met his wife, Joanna, and they married in 2012. ABC Joanna is his primary carer, helped by a team of care workers. She is determined that her husband will not choose to end his life because he thinks he has become too much of a burden. Over the years the disease has taken its toll, causing ... Read More »

Jerusalem: US vetoes UN resolution rejecting Trump’s declaration

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The US has vetoed a draft UN Security Council resolution rejecting President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel BBC The text put forward by Egypt affirmed that any decisions on the status of Jerusalem had “no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded “. The 14 other members of the council voted in favour of the motion. The US permanent representative, Nikki Haley, described it as an “insult” and warned that it ... Read More »

Next Christmas in Belgrade? The EU’s Move into the Western Balkans

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Serbia took another large step towards accession to the European Union (EU) last week, opening two more chapters in its negotiations and reiterating its commitment to joining the EU in a timely fashion. Dr. Christopher A. Hartwell Emerging-Europe As the largest economy in the region, Serbia has naturally been the focal point of EU efforts in the Western Balkans, with massive amounts of EU assistance and aid directed towards Belgrade. However, as our recent report for the European Parliament on ... Read More »

Asia’s Future: A Conversation with Maurice R. Greenberg

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“President Xi, if I had to make a wager, will be around for more than another five years.” Jacob Heilbrunn Maurice R. Greenberg Jacob Heilbrunn, editor of the National Interest, spoke with Maurice R. Greenberg in mid-November 2017 in New York. The National Interest Greenberg is chairman emeritus of the Center for the National Interest’s board of directors and chairman and CEO of C.V. Starr & Co., Inc. Jacob Heilbrunn: What is your assessment of the approach of China and America ... Read More »

Parents In Ukraine Wary Of Vaccinations Even As Measles Numbers Rise

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Oksana has never vaccinated her 4-year-old son, convinced that such preventative measures against potentially lethal diseases do more harm than good. Tony Wesolowsky Natalya Saska “There is a lot of data that children who were vaccinated actually contracted diseases,” explains the 30-year-old mother from Kyiv, without providing specifics. “There’s also been lots of information about vaccinated children dying,” Oksana adds, declining to divulge her surname out of fear that her comments could trigger negative reactions among her friends. Such notions, ... Read More »

Insight: The Scots investors in the Bitcoin boom

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Some Scots investors in the cryptocurrency can barely believe their luck, writes Dani Garavelli Around 18 months ago, Norman, a pensioner from Inverness, was contacted about an investment opportunity: bitcoin. Dani Garavelli The Scotsman A financial dabbler, he had once been defrauded out of quite a large sum of money, so he was reticent about getting involved. But eventually he was persuaded to take the risk. He bought just over six bitcoins at just under £500 each, through a London-based ... Read More »

Manus Island cartoonist Eaten Fish in safety in ICORN residency

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Award winning Iranian cartoonist Ali Dorani, known as Eaten Fish, has left Papa New Guinea and is now in safety. ICORN  Dorani has spent the past four years in a refugee detention camp on Manus Island, Papua New Guniea. “I have left PNG. It was a long journey but I am safe now. I am thinking about my friends in Manus Island and Port Moresby. Thank you to my supporters and people who worked to make this journey happen.” Statement ... Read More »

The Rise of the Flesh-Avoiders

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Modern vegetarianism is concerned largely with issues of animal welfare but its roots are to be found in the early-modern desire to promote spirituality by curbing humanity’s excessive appetites Erica Fudge History Today Published in Miscellanies. An English translation of the essay De esu carnium, written by the first-century Greek philosopher Plutarch, was published in 1603. Translated by Philemon Holland, the text was given the title ‘Whether it be lawfull to eate flesh or no’ and opens with a bang: ... Read More »

You’ve Heard of the Russian Revolution — Now Look What’s Happening in Zimbabwe!

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People all over the world are still fascinated by events in Russia in 1917 Seth Ferris Even a cursory glance at this period shows they were momentous times to live in, with history unfolding in front of people seemingly under its own power. ΝΕΟ It must have been quite something to directly experience the collapse of the old order, the two revolutions and all the hopes, dreams and despair of different sectors of the population. As they happened in an ... Read More »

Libya commander Khalifa Haftar signals start of race for power

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Head of Libyan National Army declares UN political solution a failure and says his forces will answer to no one but Libyan people Associated Press and Agence France-Presse The National Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar on Sunday declared that the mandate of the UN-backed unity government had expired and hinted at his willingness to stand for president as the country entered a “dangerous” period. A UN-brokered agreement signed in Morocco on December 17, 2015 established Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) ... Read More »

Pope Francis: fake and sensationalised news ‘a very serious sin’

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Pontiff calls on journalists to report precise, complete and correct information, not one-sided reports or ‘old news that has been dealt with’ Associated Press The Guardian Pope Francis has criticised journalists who dredge up old scandals and sensationalise the news, saying it’s a “very serious sin” that hurts all involved. Francis, who plans to dedicate his upcoming annual communications message to “fake news”, told Catholic media on Saturday that journalists perform a mission that is among the most “fundamental” to democratic… ... Read More »