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UN commissioner criticizes Bulgaria on refugee policies

The UN high commissioner for human rights raised concern on Aug. 11 about Bulgaria s policies and practices relating to migrants and refugees.. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein’s remarks came in a written statement after the second of two visits to Bulgaria by his staff in the past eight months… Source: UN commissioner criticizes Bulgaria on refugee policies – INTERNATIONAL Read More »

Putin’s Turkish Delight 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s recent meeting with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, was ostensibly intended to bury the hatchet after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near its border with Syria last year. by Guy Verhofstadt But, at a time of rising tensions tensions between Turkey and the EU, there may be more to the story… Source: Putin’s Turkish Delight by Guy Verhofstadt – Project Syndicate Read More »

Homeland truths unspoken

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Jacinta Yangapi Nampijinpa Price is a singer from Alice Springs. This is an extract from the Centre for Independent Studies’ Helen Hughes Lecture for Emerging Thinkers. Photo credit: Image courtesy of Malle District Aboriginal Services’ anti-violence campaign My name is Jacinta Yangapi Nampijinpa Price. I was born in the tropical town of… Source: Homeland truths unspoken – The West Australian Read More »

Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart

This is a story unlike any we have previously published. It is much longer than the typical New York Times Magazine feature story; in print, it occupies an entire issue. The product of some 18 months of reporting, it tells the story of the catastrophe that has fractured the Arab world since the invasion of… Source: Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart – The New York Times Read More »

More than Charity

Why is the tag of being a “cost to society” so hard to shake for charities, asks Emma King the CEO of VCOSS on the release of the organisation’s latest research, More Than Charity.. Forget everything you think you know about community sector charities and Not for Profits. Those loss making “welfare” organisations run by do-good amateurs? It turns out they’re actually lean, well run and highly professional businesses… Source: More than Charity – Pro Bono Australia Read More »

A New Page in Russian-Turkish Relations?

The talks between Erdogan and Putin herald a new era in Russian-Turkish relations, as Turks now see Russia as a true friend and admire Russia’s motion to support the Turkish President in the midst of a coup, Valdai Club expert Huseyin Bagci believes. The talks between Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan in St Petersburg herald a new era in Russian-Turkish relations, as… Source: News Read More »

Towards a new Turkish foreign policy

Ankara’s diplomatic strategy was shifting even before the coup attempt, but now that transformation has been kicked into high gear.. A few days after he took office in May, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim now famously said that his government would pursue a foreign policy aimed at “reducing the number of enemies and increasing the number of friends”… Source: Towards a new Turkish foreign policy | Middle East Eye Read More »

‘Hope’ Is a Verb, and It Can Revive Our Democracy

Our moral movement is spreading out from North Carolina, one powerful gathering at a time. By Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II When I was growing up in eastern North Carolina, I used to love to sit in my grandmama’s kitchen and listen to her sing as she made dinner… Source: ‘Hope’ Is a Verb, and It Can Revive Our Democracy | The Nation Read More »

China keeps testing Japan near disputed islands

TOKYO — Beijing appears to be asserting its claim to the disputed Senkaku Islands more actively this week, sending numerous ships into what Tokyo considers its exclusive economic zone. Chinese coast guard ships entered Japanese territorial waters around the East China Sea islands, which Beijing calls the Diaoyu, on three straight days through Tuesday, according to the… Source: China keeps testing Japan near disputed islands- Nikkei Asian Review Read More »

Study: Paying Terrorist Kidnappers Doesn’t Pay Off for Countries

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Paying ransoms to terrorist kidnappers may encourage more abductions and worsen the situation for others, according to new research from UT Dallas. Countries that negotiated with terrorists to release hostages faced up to 87 percent more kidnappings than those that did not pay ransoms, according to the research, which… Source: Study: Paying Terrorist Kidnappers Doesn’t Pay Off for Countries Read More »

Belfast rights campaigner begins legal challenge to Brexit

Raymond McCord, whose son was killed by UVF, takes case over peace process concerns Alan Erwin in Belfast A campaigner for the rights of victims of the Troubles has launched the first legal challenge in Northern Ireland to the UK leaving the European Union… Source: Belfast rights campaigner begins legal challenge to Brexit Read More »

Australia engages second agency for sole refugee in Cambodia

The Australian Government has refused to explain why it has added a second refugee resettlement agency in Cambodia, when only one person has resettled there from Nauru. Under the $55 million Australia-Cambodia deal, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) was contracted to provide services for the Nauru refugees…. Source: Australia engages second agency for sole refugee in Cambodia – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Pragmatic Primacy

It’s not a miracle cure, but provides the best chance to reestablish America’s purpose in a complex world. Barry F. Lowenkron, Mitchell B. Reiss THE NEXT administration will confront the paradox of American power: unparalleled strength, but a… Source: Pragmatic Primacy | The National Interest Read More »

Lessons from the Turkish Coup Attempt

PINAR TANK Turkey’s failed coup attempt suggests the military’s political role has reached a nadir, but politicization of the institution continues. The shockwaves that followed the coup attempt in Turkey on July 15 suggest that Turkish society has developed a strong resistance to one of… Source: Lessons from the Turkish Coup Attempt – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Read More »