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Bahcelism in Turkey

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When the history of Turkey’s descent into Islamist dictatorship, financial ruin, and insecurity is written, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be the central focus of most accounts. AEI Michael Rubin But, when historians ask who enabled Erdogan’s rise, perhaps no Turkish politician deserves that title more than Devlet Bahçeli, the chairman of the Nationalist Movement Party (Milliyetçi Hareket Partisi, MHP), Turkey’s right-wing and nationalist party. When American or European politicians lead their… Bahcelism in Turkey Read More »

The economy may collapse soon: Daron Acemoğlu

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The Turkish economy may collapse in a couple of years if politicians do not show the West that the economy is trust-worthy, Daron Acemoğlu, Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), told the daily Hürriyet. Çınar Oskay – ISTANBUL “Economic growth comes from consumption and consumption is encouraged by loans. This is not… The economy may… Read More »

New laws are not necessarily the answer to counter the real threat pornography poses

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Australia has a problem with pornography. The Conversation The Senate reported recently on the harm online pornography inflicts on young people. Additionally, as part of its response to domestic violence, the Turnbull government announced a range of strategies to combat the… New laws are not necessarily the answer to… Read More »

Section 18C ‘debate’: Human rights as a political distraction

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Repealing Section 18C has the potential to legitimise and magnify the racist hate-speech that Australian people of colour already have to deal with, writes Brooke Murphy. Independent Australia Brooke Murphy RECENTLY, various politicians and media outlets have been contributing to the “debate” surrounding Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975. Arguments against Section 18C centre on… Section 18C ‘debate’: Human rights as… Read More »

A Yale history professor’s powerful, 20-point guide to defending democracy under a Trump presidency

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Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Quartz Timothy Snyder Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is a good time to… A Yale history… Read More »

We need 1000 more cops or the police response delays will get worse: Union

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The WA Police Union has outlined an ambitious pre-election demand for both major parties to commit to employing an extra 1000 officers over the next four years. Yahoo News Grant Taylor The push, which the union claimed was vital if WA wanted to keep pace with the growing demands on police resources, will be launched today at its annual conference where party leaders will be urged to “be brave” and “stop making excuses” for rising crime. “Despite the best efforts ... Read More »

Attorney-General George Brandis denies secret $1 billion deal in WA Government’s High Court case

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Attorney-General George Brandis has hit back at claims he wanted the Commonwealth to run dead in a High Court case to let the West Australian Government claw back nearly $1 billion from a long-running corporate collapse ABC Henry Belot But letters tabled by Senator Brandis suggest a compromise might have been struck between the WA Government and former treasurer Joe Hockey. The Federal Opposition has called for Senator Brandis to… Attorney-General George Brandis denies… Read More »

WA Police Commissioner at odds with union over push for more officers

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West Australian Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan believes his organisation may need another 500 personnel to effectively combat crime, but he has flatly rejected a union demand for 1,000 more uniformed officers. ABC Andrew O’Connor Mr O’Callaghan told the WA Police Union’s annual state conference the drivers of crime were complex and would not be solved by simply putting more officers on the street. He said his executive had been reviewing… WA Police Commissioner at odds with… Read More »

EU in ‘Mexican standoff’ over independent checks on car emissions

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Leaked documents reveal EU pledge to carry out tests deleted from draft as governments come under pressure from carmakers The Guardian Arthur Neslen Plans for independent checks of how much pollution new cars emit are being killed off by EU member states, according to leaked documents seen by the… EU in ‘Mexican… Read More »

Poll: Two thirds of Scots back currency union post-independence

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More than two thirds of Scots want to keep using pound sterling if the country votes for independence, a new poll has found. The Scotsman The BMG poll for The Herald found that 64 per cent of those polled would prefer a currency union with the… Poll: Two thirds… Read More »

Court no place for commentary: Chief Magistrate

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Queensland Chief Magistrate Ray Rinaudo says the court is no place for political commentary after a magistrate made supportive remarks to three women charged over a political protest. Brisbane Times Scarlett Squire, Kelly Purnell and Ellen Sargent pleaded guilty in the Pine Rivers Magistrates Court last week and were each fined $100 for unregulated, high-risk activity and obstructing police. The trio scaled Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s office in… Court no place for… Read More »

Barnaby Joyce Is The Self-Serving Face Of Everything Wrong With Politics

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Joyce’s pork-barrelling goes beyond that of others, harming those he claims to speak for. It also undermines the already weak faith in our democratic system, writes Max Chalmers. New Matilda Max Chalmers Barnaby Joyce should send George Brandis a heartfelt thank you this weekend. The Attorney-General’s ruinous week from hell has distracted from Barnaby Joyce Is The Self-Serving Face Of… Read More »

Consideration of Romney for State Dept. draws scorn from some Trump loyalists

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President-elect Donald Trump is for now unswayed by the extraordinarily public revolt by some of his top advisers and allies over the possible choice of Mitt Romney as secretary of state and continues to see his foe as a serious contender for the diplomatic post, several people briefed on the deliberations said Monday. The Washington Post By Philip Rucker and John Wagner Romney plans to have a private dinner Tuesday with… Consideration of Romney… Read More »

Victims caught in legal catch-22s after reporting sexual abuse to authorities

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The royal commission examining institutional responses to child sexual abuse has heard from survivors who were caught in a legal “catch-22s” after they reported their abusers. ABC Michelle Brown The inquiry is looking at how aspects of the legal system could be reformed to provide better outcomes for abuse victims, without prejudicing the right of the accused to a fair trial. Two survivors told the inquiry they had spent years trying to… Victims caught in legal catch-22s after… Read More »