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A Scarborough ‘shoaldown’: An opportunity to push back against Beijing

Over the last few weeks any lingering doubts have surely been erased when it comes to China’s so-called ‘intentions’ in the South China Sea. There is clearly only one goal, a single strategic… Source: A Scarborough ‘shoaldown’: An opportunity to push back against Beijing – Asia Times Read More »

No matter how court rules in immigration case, questions remain

People who closely follow the Supreme Court know it’s a waiting game. There’s the wait to see if a case makes it to the court, the wait for a seat in the courtroom if it does, and then the wait—in this day and age of instant answers—for a court decision, which for major cases is typically at the end of the court’s term in… Source: No matter how court rules in immigration case, questions remain | America Magazine Read More »

The Post-Imperial Moment

Vulgar, populist anarchy will define the twenty-first century. IN 1935, the anti-Nazi writer and Austrian-Jewish intellectual Joseph Roth published a story, “The Bust of the Emperor,” about an elderly count at the chaotic fringe of the former Habsburg Empire who refused to think of himself… Source: The Post-Imperial Moment | The National Interest Read More »

Amnesty urges Nigeria to ‘come clean’ over Shiite killings

Amnesty International says satellite footage and witness accounts offer damning new evidence that Nigeria s military killed hundreds of minority Shiite Muslims late last year. The Dec. 12-14 massacre in the northern town of Zaria is currently the subject of a government inquiry… Source: Amnesty urges Nigeria to ‘come clean’ over Shiite killings – AFRICA Read More »

Mexico President Pena Nieto seeks to relax drug laws

Plan would see medical marijuana legalised and increase the amount of cannabis people can carry. Guerrero, Mexico – Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has announced a proposal to relax some of the country’s drug laws. The plan would see medicinal marijuana legalised and increase how much cannabis people can carry…. Source: Mexico President Pena Nieto seeks to relax drug laws – AJE News Read More »

Talking Point: Freedom of conscience threatened by monumental changes

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DOES Christianity oppose personal autonomy and human rights? Columnist and lawyer Greg Barns thinks so. He wrote a recent article “Powerful religious groups oppose personal freedoms” (Mercury, April 4), suggesting church opposition to euthanasia laws and same-sex marriage were examples of this anti-freedom bent…. Source: Talking Point: Freedom of conscience threatened by monumental changes | The Mercury Read More »

A look at India′s recurrent drought problem

Over a quarter of India’s population is affected by the ongoing drought conditions prevailing in large parts of the country. DW examines the reasons behind the problem and the steps needed to alleviate it… Source: A look at India′s recurrent drought problem | Asia | DW.COM | 22.04.2016 Read More »

US primaries: How the US election is changing the global economic debate

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s convincing party wins in the New York primary for their parties’ presidential nomination have accelerated what has already been a contest of historic proportions. What is remarkable isn’t so much the theatrics and personalities but the underlying changes in play… Source: US primaries: How the US election is changing the global economic debate Read More »

Islamist Turkey seizes ALL Christian churches in city and declares them ‘state property’Express

TURKEY’S Islamist government has stepped up its war on Christianity by seizing all the churches in one city and declaring them state property. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken control of six churches in the war-torn southeastern city of Diyarbakir in his latest move to squash freedom of speech and… Source: Islamist Turkey seizes ALL Christian churches in city and declares them ‘state property’ | World | News | Daily Express Read More »

Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani tells of the horrors of Manus Island: out of sight, out of mind

Instead of being imprisoned and harassed, deserving detainees should be welcomed and granted asylum in Australia. His name is Behrouz Boochani. He was born in Ilam city in west Iran on July 23, 1983. He graduated from Tarbiat Madares University in Tehran with a masters degree in political… Source: Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani tells of the horrors of Manus Island: out of sight, out of mind Read More »

Bleached coral on the Great Barrier Reef should spark greater action on climate change

We should do everything we can to prevent the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef – for its economic value and for its own sake. But morally we cannot expect the rest of the world to reduce carbon emissions drastically to save our reef unless we are leading the effort ourselves… Source: Bleached coral on the Great Barrier Reef should spark greater action on climate change Read More »

Guantanamo shrinking but Obama goal of closing prison still elusive

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GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – Observed from behind a one-way mirror and heavy chain-link fence, a handful of bearded detainees in baggy t-shirts mill around inside a communal cellblock at the Guantanamo Bay military prison, vastly outnumbered by U.S. troops guarding them… Source: Guantanamo shrinking but Obama goal of closing prison still elusive – World | The Star Online Read More »

Polar opposite: The Irishman who spent 18 months living in Antarctica

100 years after Tom Crean’s voyage, Donegal man Danny McFadden returns from a year-and-a-half living on Rothera research station and visiting the South Pole. Arriving in South Georgia, I can only imagine what Tom Crean and the rest of the crew of the James Caird felt when they made landfall on this bleak and… Source: Polar opposite: The Irishman who spent 18 months living in Antarctica Read More »

Beautiful 2,200-year-old mosaics discovered in ancient Greek city

In the ancient Greek City, Zeugma, which is located in today’s Turkey, unbelievable mosaics were uncovered,  dating back to the 2nd century BC, but incredibly… Source: Beautiful 2,200-year-old mosaics discovered in ancient Greek city Read More »