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Amazon TV ad features imam and vicar exchanging gifts

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Online retailer says campaign in US, UK and Germany is about ‘selflessness and thinking of other people’ Mark Sweney Amazon is launching a TV ad in which an imam and a vicar exchange gifts, before the Black Friday shopping bonanza during which consumers will spend billions with the… Amazon TV ad… Read More »

Tehran’s air pollution fuels political quarreling

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Authorities in the Iranian capital of Tehran shut down all schools on Nov. 16 due to alarming air pollution levels, while political factions accuse one another of irresponsibility on the issue. Changiz M. Varzi Primary schools and kindergartens have been closed in the city since Nov. 14, as a thick layer of smog has covered the… Tehran’s air pollution… Read More »

Cameroon: Confronting Boko Haram

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Cameroon’s military campaign against the Boko Haram insurgency started late but has met with partial success. To consolidate gains and bring lasting peace to the Far North, the government must now shift to long-term socioeconomic development, countering religious radicalism and… Cameroon: Confronting Boko… Read More »

Can the European Project be Re-boosted?

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The European project is at a critical juncture. According to the most recent Eurobarometer,[1] 36% of Europeans are opposed “to an economic and… Louka T. Katseli Progressive Economy Brexit is the most dramatic manifestation of a growing lack of trust in European institutions and their capacity to deliver observable benefits to the… The rise of extreme political parties in… Can the European… Διδάγματα από την Ελληνική κρίση – Εκδήλωση του ΔΟΒΕ προς τιμή του Γεράσιμου Αρσένη Lessons from the Greek Crisis “Policies, ... Read More »

I’m a rabbi, and I’m applying for a German passport. Here’s why

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My parents’ homeland has dealt with its Nazi past. After the Brexit vote, I want to embrace my continental European origins Julia Neuberger As a child I had German au pairs, and my refugee mother spoke German to her parents, as their English was not entirely fluent. But I was aware that… I’m a rabbi, and… Read More »

Lifetime ban on asylum seekers ‘not connected’ to US deal, says immigration head

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Michael Pezzullo says the US did not ask for the plan to permanently ban boat arrivals from entering Australia Gareth Hutchens The head of the immigration department has confirmed that legislation banning asylum seekers who arrive by boat from ever entering Australia is not… Lifetime ban on… Read More »

Why Erdogan-Trump honeymoon may be short-lived

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Donald Trump’s election as president may have sent shock waves across the world, leaving many countries deeply concerned, but it has had the opposite effect in Turkey. Semih Idiz President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) are pleased with this turn of… Why Erdogan-Trump… Read More »

NFPs Protest Lifetime Ban on Refugee Visas

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The Uniting Church in Australia has described as “immoral” the proposed legislation for a lifetime ban on visas for refugees who have arrived by boat since 2013. UnitingJustice Australia has written to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee about the proposed legislation, saying the ban served no purpose and… NFPs Protest Lifetime… Read More »

In The Mountains Of Timor-Leste, A Small Success On Climate Change

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As the aftermath of the U.S. election fixes our attention internationally, and will continue to do so as we wait to see what happens next, the issue of climate change is only accelerating in urgency. José Ramos-Horta  We must not allow ourselves to lose focus, particularly on the climate talks currently underway in Marrakech (COP22). In The Mountains Of… Read More »

Change section 18C? Critics should do this crash course first

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The federal government has announced a parliamentary inquiry into free speech and section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. Katharine Gelber   Luke McNamara So the time is right for a crash course on the law, its exemptions, and the powers of the Australian Human Rights Commission. Let’s start with the… Change section 18… Read More »

Google commits to £1bn UK investment plan

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Google is to open a new headquarters building in London which could see 3,000 new jobs created by 2020. Kamal Ahmed BBC The news comes as a major boost to Britain’s technology sector. Sundar Pichai, the chief executive of Google, told the BBC that the… Google commits to… Read More »

How A Trump Presidency Looks In The Middle East

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CAIRO — Will the arrival of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States set off a new phase of political unrest around the world? Wordcrunch Omar Said MADA MASR Will the Arab world carry the lion’s share of the conflict? The Middle East has shown a mix of both panic and a perhaps surprising dose of optimism since last Tuesday’s surprise U.S. election result. How A Trump… Read More »

Lawyers want PMs from John Howard to Malcolm Turnbull in dock over asylum detention

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Lawyers want PMs from John Howard to Malcolm Turnbull in dock over asylum detentionEvery Australian prime minister from John Howard onwards should be investigated for crimes against humanity in relation to the indefinite detention of asylum seekers, according to a group of international… Heath Aston The Sydney Morning Herald The group of seven British, American and Australian lawyers, which includes high-profile barrister and refugee advocate Julian Burnside, has petitioned the International Criminal Court to investigate the treatment of asylum seekers ... Read More »

Guatemala: Young Blood, Old Vices

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A year after the election of would-be reformer Jimmy Morales as president, corruption investigations are casting a shadow over his inner circle. Arturo Matute Recent appointments bring youth and oxygen to his faltering administration, but much still stands in the way of political… Guatemala: Young… Read More »