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Activists ramp up pressure on Lebanon’s rape law

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Calls increase for the repeal of controversial law allowing rapists to avoid punishment if they marry their… Al Jazeera Lebanese activists ramped up their campaign to scrap a controversial law allowing rapists who marry their victims to go free, with a dramatic installation on… A proposal to scrap Article 522 of the penal code – which deals with rape, assault, kidnapping and… Activists ramp up… Read More »

French Muslims brace for Le Pen presidency

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With no viable candidate on the left, France’s Muslim voters are… CLAIRE SERGENT AND KATY LEE Politico LE BOURGET, France — “Inshallah, it won’t be Marine Le Pen,” said Nassim with an anxious smile. “But if it is, we’ll have to accept our… Handing out fliers at last weekend’s Annual Meeting of French Muslims just north of Paris, the baby-faced 25-year-old said he’d happily vote for any… French Muslims brace… Read More »

Venezuela opposition plans silent marches and sit-ins after deaths

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Venezuela’s energized opposition is planning sit-ins on roads, silent marches in white to commemorate the dead and other nontraditional protests as it… Hurriyet Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of the South American country again April 20 to demand elections and denounce what… They were met by curtains of tear gas and rubber bullets as they tried to… Venezuela opposition plans… Read More »

Philippine terror risk jangles nerves Down Under

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Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has warned Islamic State-aligned terror groups could soon establish a caliphate in the… HELEN CLARK Asia Times When Australia issued a travel advisory this month warning its nationals against travel to the Philippines, the official notice was the latest indication that Islamic State (ISIS) and… Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop underscored those rising… Philippine terror risk… Read More »

Election campaign kicks off in Iran

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Campaigning began on April 21 for Iran’s presidential election with incumbent Hassan Rouhani facing a tough battle against hardliners, though not from former… Hurriyet Ahmadinejad’s disqualification by the conservative-run Guardian Council was no surprise — he had been advised not to run by supreme leader… His populist economics and defiant attitude to the establishment had alienated even Ahmadinejad’s hardline… Election campaign kicks… Read More »

Why the North Korea Problem Is Far Worse Than You Think

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The human and financial costs of reunifying Korea would be… Bruce W. Bennett, Harry J. Kazianis The National Interest If the United States were to attempt to launch a preemptive strike on North Korea, the regime in Pyongyang could do significant damage to both South Korea and Japan—not to mention U.S… One the reasons previous U.S. Administrations have left the… Why the North… Read More »

China’s East China Sea ADIZ Represents a Thinly Veiled Grab for Sovereignty

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Beijing’s approach in the East China Sea is a geospatial inverse of its approach in the South China… James Holmes The National Interest Chinese maritime strategy is a misnomer, methinks. It should be strategies… China may harbor the same goals in, say, the East China Sea that it does in the South China… Namely, it may… China’s East China… Read More »

New citizenship test to focus entirely on the value of negative gearing

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After a day of heavy consultation throughout the suburb of Point Piper, Malcolm Turnbull has announced that Australia’s citizenship test will focus entirely on the… CHARLES FIRTH The Chaser Immigrants wanting to become citizens will now be required to understand how they can reduce their marginal tax rate, obtain discounts on capital gains tax and… They will also be required to speak the language of Sydney property prices before they… New citizenship test… Read More »

MONA’s David Walsh defends ‘slaughter’ art show, says public outrage good for business, Tas economy

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David Walsh, millionaire founder of Tasmania’s acclaimed Museum of Old and New Art, responds to the controversy surrounding an upcoming performance a… James Dunlevie ABC Walsh suggested the backlash to a three-hour “installation” directed by Austrian artist Hermann Nitsch, titled 150 Action, had served his purposes and “spiked a… The work is described by MONA as “a… MONA’s David Walsh… Read More »

‘Hereat wherewithin’: convoluted Indian court ruling has lawyers baffled

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Incomprehensible judgment leaves parties none the wiser in case that has already lasted 20… Michael Safi in Delhi The Guardian Legal judgments rarely make for riveting reads, but the purple prose of one Indian judge has been declared so incomprehensible that even the… India’s top court set aside a decision from the Himachal Pradesh high court this week because the text of the judgment was too… ‘Hereat wherewithin’: convoluted… Read More »

Pakistan court: Insufficient evidence to remove Sharif

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Supreme Court rules not enough evidence to order prime minister’s removal over alleged corruption, orders… Asad Hashim Al Jazeera Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ruled there was insufficient evidence to oust Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over corruption allegations, but… The court issued its verdict on Thursday afternoon after months of hearings in a case based on the “Panama Papers” leaks that… Pakistan court: Insufficient… Read More »

America’s Yemen Crisis Is Bigger than Just Yemen

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Broken alliances and competing political factions are emperiling America’s… Mohamed Zeeshan The National Interest Long before the Trump administration launched missiles at an Assad regime air base in Syria and dropped the world’s most lethal nonnuclear bomb in… In late January, just two weeks into his term, President Trump ordered a military raid on suspected Al… America’s Yemen Crisis… Read More »

Ansip and Oettinger — the odd couple

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Facebook status: It’s complicated. When the bright and powerful gather this week at Commissioner Günther Oettinger’s “mini-Davos” for two days of skiing, schmoozing and… JOANNA PLUCINSKA Politico The yearly confab in the idyllic Austrian ski town of Lech will include lobbyists, EU heavyweights and industry… With the conference in its sixth year, invitations are more… Ansip and Oettinger… Read More »

Independence ‘reckless’ amid new UK-dependent jobs figures

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The prospect of a second independence referendum has been branded “reckless” after new figures revealed that more than half a… SCOTT MACNAB The Scotsman The move came as Nicola Sturgeon again confirmed she wants an independent Scotland to join the EU – which is far less important to… The figures were seized on as evidence of the benefits of the Union as campaigning swung into top gear ahead of the 8 June,,, Independence ‘reckless’ amid… Read More »