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Europe’s last coal mines struggle for lifelines

Producers in the Czech Republic, Poland and Romania try to stay afloat as losses mount.. Some of Europe’s last remaining coal producers, in the Czech Republic, Romania and Poland, are grasping for government support to keep from going under and taking thousands of jobs with them… Source: Europe’s last coal mines struggle for lifelines – POLITICO Read More »

The United States of Insolvency

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James Grant offers view on how we got here—and what we can do about it… Source: The United States of Insolvency | TIME Read More »

Deputy Premier Troy Grant under fire over ‘unprecedented’ crime prevention powers

EXCLUSIVE Deputy Premier Troy Grant has come under an extraordinary attack from the peak NSW barristers’ association over “draconian” proposed powers it warns are “an unprecedented attack on individual freedoms and the rule of law”. The NSW Bar Association has taken aim at Mr Grant’s bill to introduce “crime prevention… Source: Deputy Premier Troy Grant under fire over ‘unprecedented’ crime prevention powers Read More »

Ankara-Moscow Cooperation in Maritime Safety Continues

Turkey and Russia continue their cooperation in the sphere of maritime safety, despite the tensions between the two countries, the commander of Turkish Naval Forces said Wednesday. ANKARA (Sputnik) — Russian-Turkish relations deteriorated following the downing of the… Source: Ankara-Moscow Cooperation in Maritime Safety Continues Read More »

Australian couple ‘did not reject Down’s baby’ Gammy

An Australian couple involved in an international surrogacy dispute did not abandon their surrogate baby, Gammy, in Thailand, a court finds. Australian David Farnell and his wife Wendy turned to surrogacy after they were unable to conceive naturally… Source: Australian couple ‘did not reject Down’s baby’ Gammy – BBC News Read More »

Iraqi Kurdistan Needs US to Develop Clear Plan for Retaking Mosul

The Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)is confident that its US allies are working diligently on formulating a military plan, most likely with the Iraqi government, but the Kurds want to ensure that the strategy to retake Mosul is well thought through, according to KRG Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani. Source: Iraqi Kurdistan Needs US to Develop Clear Plan for Retaking Mosul Read More »

Implementing Peace and Security Architecture (III): West Africa

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has a formidable record in its efforts to promote peace in a particularly turbulent region. Still, reform is essential to give the organisation new impetus, and is ever more urgent as insecurity worsens throughout the Sahel and Lake Chad regions… Source: Implementing Peace and Security Architecture (III): West Africa – International Crisis Group Read More »

China Doesn’t Need to Compromise on Taiwan

The ‘Finland Option’ is a bad deal for Beijing.. Taiwan, as widely understood, is one of the most dangerous flash points in U.S.-China relations, and has fair probability to serve as catalyst for crisis and war. In a recent article in the National Interest, Ted Galen Carpenter made an… Source: China Doesn’t Need to Compromise on Taiwan | The National Interest Read More »

No visa-free travel, no migrant deal, says Turkey’s EU minister

Turkey’s minister for European Union affairs and its chief negotiator with the bloc, Volkan Bozkır, said if the EU does not grant Turkish citizens visa-free travel, Turkey could stop accepting migrants sent from Greece. “If the EU does not grant visa-free travel [to Turkish citizens] then we can suspend the readmission agreement. This is a bargain. If there is no… Source: No visa-free travel, no migrant deal, says Turkey’s EU minister – EUROPE Read More »

How ‘tough on crime’ politics flouts death-in-custody recommendations

Whatever might be said about its successes and failures, it’s clear that 25 years after the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody tabled its final report, Australia has become much less compassionate, more punitive and more ready to blame individuals for their alleged… Source: How ‘tough on crime’ politics flouts death-in-custody recommendations Read More »

Portman meets Merrick Garland, still opposes Supreme Court nomination

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President Barack Obama tapped Merrick Garland to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February. on U.S. Supreme Court. But Senate Republicans have said they will not a hearing on the nomination. Source: Portman meets Merrick Garland, still opposes Supreme Court nomination – News – Times Reporter – New Philadelphia, OH Read More »

The role of white privilege in the 60 Minutes kidnapping saga

You can’t fault a mother for trying. When Sally Faulkner learned that her Lebanese ex-husband, Ali Elamine, had no intention of returning their two children to Australia from Lebanon, where he had ostensibly taken them for a holiday, she would have known her chances of getting them back legally… Source: The role of white privilege in the 60 Minutes kidnapping saga Read More »

How did it go wrong for Dilma Rousseff?

It was only a year and a half ago that 54.5 million Brazilians went to the polls to re-elect Dilma Rousseff in one of the world’s largest democratic elections. She defeated a centre-right coalition of parties by a narrow margin and earned a mandate to carry on the legacy of the centre-left Workers’ Party, which has been ruling Brazil since… Source: How did it go wrong for Dilma Rousseff? – BBC News Read More »

How Boko Haram is turning girls into weapons

Minawao refugee camp, Cameroon (CNN)The question was always the same, she says. So, too, was the answer. “They came to us to pick us,” Fati recalls. “They would ask, ‘Who wants to be a suicide bomber?’ The girls would shout, ‘me, me, me.’ They were fighting to do the… Source: How Boko Haram is turning girls into weapons – CNN.com Read More »