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Former UN chief Kofi Annan “deeply concerned” about alleged human rights abuses in Myanmar

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Former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan has urged Myanmar’s army to respect civilians’ rights as concerns rise about treatment of the Muslim Rohingya minority. ABC Mr Annan was meeting top officials during a three-day trip to Myanmar, seeking reconciliation among ethnic groups in the fractious western province Rakhine state. The army has been conducting aggressive sweeps through… Former UN chief Kofi Annan “deeply concerned” about… Read More »

The Turkey-EU fallout

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Can relations between the EU and Turkey be mended? Al Jazeera News Galip Dalay On November 24, 2016, The European Parliament passed a non-binding resolution in favour of freezing Turkey’s EU membership accession process. This issue will be on the table for… The Turkey-EU… Read More »

Liberalism need not be on the retreat – rightwing populism is beatable

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Just look at Austria, and at Clinton’s success in the popular vote. The Guardian Cas Mudde Politicians of the centre and left must change the narrative to sell their progressive values unday was the first time in 2016 that I was happy to be… Liberalism need not be on the retreat – rightwing… Read More »

Pakistan: PIA PK661 crashes with 48 people on board

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Junaid Jamshed, Pakistan’s singer-turned-preacher, among 48 people on plane that went down near Islamabad. Al Jazeera A commercial aircraft carrying 48 people onboard crashed in northern Pakistan near the capital Islamabad, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) said. PK 661 went down on Wednesday on a domestic flight from…. Pakistan: PIA PK661 crashes with 48 people on… Read More »

Tomboys Don’t Cry

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Edgar Gomez interviews Ivan Coyote LA Review of Books Edgar Gomez IVAN COYOTE LIKES to fix things. Reading Tomboy Survival Guide, you get the feeling that… Tomboys Don’t Cry Read More »

Australia’s human rights debate has always been political

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Human rights have been a hot topic of late. The Australian Human Rights Commission president, Gillian Triggs, has been accused of politicising her position, while The Australian newspaper and conservative politicians have led a campaign against Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. The Conversation Jon Piccini Why has Australia’s long commitment to human rights bodies and legislation suddenly become such an issue? After all, the Human Rights Commission celebrates what amounts to… Australia’s human rights debate has always been… Read More »

Is cycling really cheaper than public transport?

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For city-dwellers, it makes sense that cycling is always cheaper than driving or taking public transport. BBC News Nick Busca But is that actually the case? On the first day I commuted to work by… Is cycling really cheaper than… Read More »

Speaking up for asylum seekers on Nauru — but only when spoken to

Nauru - Independent Australia

Have pro-refugee protestors in Parliament House inspired action for Australia’s stranded asylum seekers? Deputy editor Michelle Pini reports. Independent Australia Michelle Pini AUSTRALIA’S official position on asylum seekers is now their indefinite and inhumane imprisonment. Should any imprisoned refugees ever manage to… Speaking up for asylum seekers on Nauru — but… Read More »

Is the United States Really a Pacific Power?

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Washington has failed to demonstrate that it has the stomach to remain a resident power in Asia. The National Interest Hunter Marston Recognizing the geostrategic significance of Asia for the… Is the United… Read More »

Facebook Struggles to Put Out Online Fires in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - NY Times

JERUSALEM — When fires raged across Israel last month, Anas Abudaabes began to type on his laptop. The New York Times Peter Baker What came out would land him behind bars and ignite a debate over whether he had tried to fan the flames of hatred, in this case literally. On his Facebook page, Mr. Abudaabes wrote that… Facebook Struggles to Put Out Online Fires in… Read More »

Erdogan’s Gritted-Teeth Peace with Israel

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Excerpt … Turkey is normalizing its relations with Israel — in theory, at least. The Gatestone Institute by Burak Bekdil Ankara and Jerusalem agreed to appoint ambassadors to each other’s country after an absence of more than six years. Two prominent career diplomats, Kemal Okem and… Erdogan’s Gritted-Teeth… Read More »

4 factors driving anti-establishment sentiment in Europe

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The failure of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s constitutional reform referendum has rattled the already shaky nerves of European political… RICHARD WIKE Pew Research Center On the heels of Brexit and Donald Trump’s victory, the Italian verdict highlights once more the depth of public anger with the… And with elections approaching in the… 4 factors driving… Read More »

Park says she will accept court’s impeachment result

Protesters supporting South Korean President Park Geun-hye shout slogans during a rally opposing the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye in front of the ruling Saenuri Party headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. South Korea is entering potentially one of the most momentous weeks in its recent political history, with impeachment looming for Park as ruling party dissenters align with the opposition in a strengthening effort to force her out. The letters read "Oppose the impeachment. " (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

South Korea’s scandal-hit President Park Geun-Hye has said she will accept the result of a looming and possibly lengthy impeachment process, but defied pressure to resign immediately. SBS An opposition-sponsored impeachment motion is almost certain to be adopted by the national assembly on Friday, with some 30 rebel MPs from Park‘s Saenuri party saying they will vote in favour. The motion would then require the approval of the… Park says she will accept court’s… Read More »

Angela Merkel endorses party’s call for partial ban on burqa and niqab

Burqua - The Guardian

German chancellor tells CDU conference ‘full facial veil is inappropriate and should be banned wherever it is legally possible’ The Guardian Philip Oltermann Angela Merkel has for the first time endorsed her party’s call for a partial ban on the burqa and the niqab in Germany, telling delegates at the Christian Democratic Union’s conference in Essen “the full facial veil is inappropriate and should be banned wherever it is legally possible”. The German chancellor’s CDU party is expected this week ... Read More »