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Why Matteo Renzi should vote no in the Italy referendum

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Italian PM Matteo Renzi has perhaps not contemplated that a yes vote on the referendum can be to his detriment. Al Jazeera By Silvia Mazzini A referendum should be nothing to be worried about. It is a… Why Matteo Renzi… Read More »

Thousands of protesters in Jakarta amid fury over Christian governor

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Tens of thousands of Muslims poured into central Jakarta on Dec. 2, to protest against the city’s governor, a Christian accused of insulting the Koran, fuelling tension that has alarmed Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Hurriyet JAKARTA – Reuters Widodo has blamed “political actors” for exploiting the… Thousands of protesters… Read More »

Children in detention have rights: keeping them in isolation compounds their problems

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Earlier this year I visited the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in Darwin, along with a number of other centres where children are detained across the country. SMH Megan Mitchell The purpose of the visits was to see how young people were being treated and how their rights were being protected. I toured the facilities and spoke to just under… Children in detention have rights: keeping them in… Read More »

Erdoğan’s call to citizens: Sell dollars for lira, gold

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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called on Turkish citizens on Dec. 2 to convert their foreign exchange into gold or the Turkish Lira, adding that there was no option other than cutting interest rates to spur growth. Ηurriyet Following his remarks in Ankara, the lira saw fresh lows against the U.S. dollar. “Those who… Erdoğan’s call to… Read More »

Politicians must address economic anxiety or face backlash, Trudeau says

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Canadians rejected Trump-style politics in the last campaign, but the economic “anxiety” that helped elect the new president also exists in Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warns. The Star By Bruce Campion-Smith Ottawa Bureau, Robert BenzieQueen’s Park Bureau Chief Canadians rejected Trump-style politics in the last campaign, but the Politicians must address… Read More »

Fires and drought cook Tennessee – a state represented by climate deniers

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Climate change intensified the extreme weather in Tennessee, but its legislators deny the science The Guardian John Abraham With my new hope that deniers of climate change will take ownership of the… Fires and drought… Read More »

Iranian women demand inclusion in Rouhani’s cabinet

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The resignations of three cabinet ministers in October had raised hope among many women’s rights activists in Iran that President Hassan Rouhani would nominate at least one woman to one of the vacant positions. Al-Monitor Zahra Alipour While Rouhani pledged to incorporate more women into his government during his… Iranian women demand… Read More »

Worry not: the US-Japan alliance is safe in Trump’s hands

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‘National security and foreign policy experts in Washington are unanimous: one must distinguish between campaign rhetoric and political reality’ Asia Times By Harry J. Kazianis Normally December in Washington, D.C. is filled with one thing and one thing only: unending… Worry not: the… Read More »

Hebrides Range missile range secure until 2028

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The future of the UK’s largest missile range, based in the Western Isles, will be secure until 2028 following an announcement by the range’s operators that it has been awarded a £1bn contract amendment from the Ministry of Defence. (MoD) The Scotsman SHÂN ROSS QinetiQ, a leading science and engineering company, the… Hebrides Range missile… Read More »

Lebanon halts work as Palestinians reject wall around refugee camp

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US President-elect Donald Trump’s plan for a wall along the US-Mexico border isn’t the only one raising controversy these days. Al Monitor Haytham Mouzahem Construction began — and halted — last month on a wall at Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in… Lebanon halts work as… Read More »

This is the most dangerous time for our planet

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We can’t go on ignoring inequality, because we have the means to destroy our world but not to escape it The Guardian Stephen Hawking As a theoretical physicist based in Cambridge, I have lived my life in an extraordinarily privileged bubble. Cambridge is an unusual town, centred around… This is the most dangerous time for… Read More »

Why Portugal has become an oasis of stability

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Portugal bucks Europe’s populist trend, but financial fragility remains a threat. Politico By Paul Ames  LISBON — Any celebrations of António Costa‘s first anniversary as Why Portugal has… Read More »

Nhulunbuy MLA Guyula to stay in NT Parliament, NTEC application dismissed

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Independent Member for Nhulunbuy Yingiya Mark Guyula will retain his seat in the Northern Territory Parliament after the Court of Disputed Returns dismissed a case challenging his election. ABC Avani Dias The Northern Territory Electoral Commission (NTEC) said it had information that Mr Guyula had been a member of the Milingimbi Local Authority which could make him ineligible to nominate as a candidate in the August state election. In a statement, lawyer Ken Parish said… Nhulunbuy MLA Guyula to stay ... Read More »

Shock report reveals a quarter of Europeans believe rape can be justified

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A DISTURBING report has found a quarter of Europeans think rape is more acceptable if the attacker is drunk or the woman is scantily dressed. News.com.au Olivia Lambert The report on gender-based violence, commissioned by the European Union, also found more than one in five people believed women were making up rape claims or exaggerating them. About 30,000 people contributed to the… Shock report reveals a quarter of… Read More »