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Greek tragedy may return to centre stage as debt matures

Major crisis unlikely, but EU may lose precious time as it frets over Brexit: Analysts While the markets have been worried about oil prices and China over the past few months, Greece could once again rear its ugly head in the months ahead. The small European country could soon run out of money, resulting in another bout of brinkmanship with the creditors triggering more market volatility… Source: Greek tragedy may return to centre stage as debt matures, Economy News & ... Read More »

How East Timor’s democracy is making it an outcast

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Five years since submitting its formal membership application to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the small Pacific country of East Timor is more determined than ever to join. It should be simple. According to ASEAN’s 1967 Bangkok Declaration, the main condition for joining the economic and political alliance is that the applicant country must be geographically located in Southeast Asia. But the 2007 ASEAN Charter introduced new… Source: How East Timor’s democracy is making it an outcast – ... Read More »

The Obama Administration Just Granted Henry Kissinger a Distinguished Public Service Award

An outsized personality who has committed outsized mayhem, Kissinger eclipses his own context. By Greg Grandin Kissinger, again. Yesterday Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter honored Henry A. Kissinger at the Pentagon by presenting the former secretary of state with the Distinguished Public Service Award, apparently the highest… Source: The Obama Administration Just Granted Henry Kissinger a Distinguished Public Service Award | The Nation Read More »

Talking Point: Ocean acidity rising at the most rapid rate in 300 million years

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IN the week of Scott Morrison’s first budget, 330 scientists in Hobart were focusing on the astonishingly rapid shift in global ocean chemistry. The fourth international conference on “the ocean in a high-CO2 world” looked at how rising carbon dioxide levels are affecting oceans… Source: Talking Point: Ocean acidity rising at the most rapid rate in 300 million years | The Mercury Read More »

Hotline blab: the latest way to Muslim identity from the inside and out

I won’t be advising the Muslim community to use a new hotline set up for parents who fear their children are being radicalised.. The attorney general’s department, tasked with “countering violent extremism”, often comes up with ideas that objectively seem sound, but in the context of growing and rampant Islamophobia, are actually rather daft… Source: Hotline blab: the latest way to Muslim identity from the inside and out | Mostafa Rachwani | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Can India Balance Between China and America?

Washington wants stronger ties, but New Delhi must remain a swing state.. Ajaya Kumar Das Some in the Indian strategic community believe that recent moves to enhance defense cooperation with the United States could make India, among others, an element in American strategy to limit Beijing’s rising power to the… Source: Can India Balance Between China and America? | The National Interest Read More »

China scrambles fighter jets as U.S. destroyer steams past disputed island

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BEIJING — A U.S. warship sailed within 12 miles of one China’s largest artificial islands Tuesday, part of a continuing effort by the Pentagon to demonstrate that the United States remains undeterred by the rapid Chinese military buildup in the South China Sea. The presence of the USS William P. Lawrence, an Arleigh Burke-class… Source: China scrambles fighter jets as U.S. destroyer steams past disputed island – The Washington Post Read More »

OFFSHORE by Madeline Gleeson | Julian Burnside

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On 9 May I launched OFFSHORE by Madeline Gleeson (NewSouth Publishing, 2016, paperback) Madeline is a Research Associate at the wonderful Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law It is a terrific book.  Buy it; read it; ask yourself: “How did it come to this?” Here is my speech at the launch. I have launched quite a few books in my time.  I always read a book before launching it.  It can be a chore, at times. I have ... Read More »

Kim Jong-un gets a grander title as three journalists are expelled from North Korea

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KIM Jong-un has given himself a new title — party chairman — as three journalists were expelled from North Korea for “insulting the dignity” of the country… Source: Kim Jong-un gets a grander title as three journalists are expelled from North Korea | HeraldSun Read More »

London mayor to visit US ‘in case Trump wins’

Newly elected mayor said he will visit to see the US once more in case he is shut out by Trump policies.. London’s first Muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan, says if Donald Trump becomes president of the United States he will be barred from entering the country on account of his faith. The UK Labour Party candidate secured victory over Conservative challenger Zac Goldsmith on Saturday, and is already looking ahead to his future responsibilities abroad… Source: London mayor to visit ... Read More »

Fintan O’Toole on an astonishing ideological volte-face

Maybe we’ve just seen the greatest ideological reversal in Irish politics. I genuinely hope so’.. Who wrote this scathing attack on the nature of the Irish State? “We have previously enjoyed and wasted prosperity before. WhileIreland has been a wealthy country for a generation, the gap between rich and poor has remained far too large. Even before the economic collapse, Ireland had the highest rate of jobless households in Europe, facilitated by… Source: Fintan O’Toole on an astonishing ideological volte-face Read More »

Political donation laws must be reformed to make campaign financing more transparent

Editorial Seven years ago, a Victorian parliamentary inquiry suggested Australia was ranked “among the least regulated jurisdictions in the Western world” in terms of the laws that govern political donations and campaign financing. It is altogether dispiriting that nothing has changed in the interim. In terms of transparency, accountability and timeliness, the laws remain hopelessly inadequate… Source: Political donation laws must be reformed to make campaign financing more transparent Read More »

Philippines election: ‘Dictator-in-waiting’ Rodrigo Duterte headed for a huge victory

Philippines’ outgoing president compared his now likely successor to Adolf Hitler before 50 million people cast their ballots… A foul-mouthed anti-establishment outsider has been elected president of the Philippines in an extraordinary political upset that will return the island-nation to authoritarian rule 30 years after a popular uprising ousted the dictator Ferdinand Marcos… Source: Philippines election: ‘Dictator-in-waiting’ Rodrigo Duterte headed for a huge victory Read More »

The choice for Europe: rescue Greece or create a failed state

It’s no longer about austerity. This is a battle for the soul of Europe.. Between now and mid-June the European political elite must give its answer to an existential question. Will it honour the deal it made to rescue Greece last July; or will it push the radical left government into default –effectively creating a failed state in Europe?… Source: The choice for Europe: rescue Greece or create a failed state | Paul Mason | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »