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China to fill trade vacuum left by Donald Trump

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Donald Trump has thrust China into the driver’s seat on world trade by killing off the TPP, which may relieve Australian workers and consumers. Jackson Stiles President-elect Trump confirmed on Tuesday he will withdraw the US from Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations on his first day in… China to fill… Read More »

Trump’s UN pick has a national reputation as healer-in-chief

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Gov. Nikki Haley has developed a national reputation as a racial conciliator who led the charge to bring down the Confederate flag at the Statehouse and guided South Carolina through one of its darkest moments, the massacre at a black church. Associated Press Now the 44-year-old American-born daughter of Indian immigrants is about to take her role as the state’s healer-in… Trump’s UN pick… Read More »

CCC hit with a wet lettuce leaf over its legal powers

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After a long inquiry, a parliamentary committee has found no evidence that the Corruption and Crime Commission was empowered to prosecute the people it investigates. The West Australian Paul Murray The finding is the same as the Court of Appeal’s July decision which cast doubt on the validity of a host of CCC prosecutions. But the report brought down by the joint standing committee on… CCC hit with a wet lettuce leaf over its… Read More »

Commentary: Trump Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s Dangerous, Dollar-Induced Flip Flop on Turkey

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The Election Day commentary in The Hill by Michael Flynn, a recently appointed National Security advisor to President-elect Donald Trump began with the following words: “Our ally Turkey is in crisis and needs our support,” and continued with a prolonged pitch on why Turkey was important to the United States and why U.S. policy needed a shift of support towards the Erdogan regime. The Pappas Post Gregory Pappas The commentary was a strange, new development to those following the ever-evolving ... Read More »

The Limits of Turkey’s Post-Coup Attempt Consensus and Emerging New Political Realignment

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Abstract: In the aftermath of the failed coup attempt in Turkey, the Turkish political class and society at large came together in a rare moment of consensus to reject the attempt. GMF Galip Dalay But this proved to be a short-lived process. The old fissures have… The Limits of Turkey’s Post-Coup Attempt… Read More »

The Standing Rock protests are a taste of things to come

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The way opponents of the Dakota Access pipeline have been treated by police is likely to be replicated on a massive scale under Donald Trump. The Guardian Kate Aronoff Horrific scenes have been coming out of North Dakota these last several days, where the battle is ongoing to stop the Dakota Access pipeline. On Sunday night, police turned tear gas and rubber bullets on The Standing Rock protests are a… Read More »

Turkey and the EU: The end of the affair?

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The European Parliament will vote this week on whether to suspend Turkey’s talks on joining the EU, and the Turkish government is giving a good impression of looking the other way. By Selin Girit, BBC News, Istanbul “Turkey should feel relaxed about the EU and not be fixated about joining it,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the… Turkey and the… Read More »

Farage ‘flattered’ by Trump suggestion he become ambassador

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Nigel Farage, the interim leader of the U.K. Independence Party (UKIP) and the person playing a key role in Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, said he is “flattered” by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s suggestion that he become Britain’s ambassador to the United States. LONDON – The Associated Press Farage said Nov. 22 he would do anything possible to help relations between the… Farage ‘flattered’ by… Read More »

The War On The Law: Who’s Afraid Of Green Lawfare?

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Government and media are trying to have their environmental vandal cake, and eat it too. By Nicola Silbert  Nicola Silbert explains. As the canon of court cases regarding the Adani Coalmine continue to expand, the… The War On The… Read More »

‘We are living like a dog’: Explosion in Malaysians seeking asylum in Australia

A protester wears a yellow shirt reading "Malaysian" to protest against racism during the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections rally, also known as Bersih, near the Jamek Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. Malaysian security forces tightened control of Kuala Lumpur, deploying water cannons and riot police as thousands of protesters headed to the historic Independence Square to demand Prime Minister Najib Razak's resignation. Photographer: Sanjit Das/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Australia is experiencing a rapid rise in refugee claims from Malaysian nationals as the country’s ongoing political corruption scandal drags on against a backdrop of ethnic and religious tensions. SBS Robert Burton – Bradley The number of Malaysians seeking asylum in Australia has increased dramatically in the last year due to increasing political instability, ethnic tensions and rising Islamic fundamentalism. They now make up 43 percent of all claims for asylum. ‘We are living like a dog’: Explosion in Malaysians… Read More »

Mohamed Morsi: Egyptian court overturns Islamist ex-president’s life sentence

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An Egyptian court has struck down a life sentence and ordered the retrial of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on charges of conspiring with foreign militant groups, including the Palestinian Hamas which runs the Gaza Strip. ABC The decision by the Court of Cassation in Cairo comes nearly 17 months after the initial sentence against Morsi, who hails from the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood. This is the second time Morsi has… Mohamed Morsi: Egyptian court overturns… Read More »

Umberto Eco Makes a List of the 14 Common Features of Fascism

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One of the key questions facing both journalists and loyal oppositions these days is how do we stay honest as euphemisms and trivializations take over the discourse? Can we use words like “fascism,” for example, with fidelity to the meaning of that word in world history? The term, after all, devolved decades after World War II into the… Umberto Eco Makes a… Read More »

North Korea Is a Total Nightmare—That South Korea Shouldn’t Fear

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By virtually every measure, Seoul has the upper hand over the North in a war. Rajan Menon Those who have talked recently with South Korean foreign-policy and national-security experts will have noticed that they are quite apprehensive. There are at… North Korea Is a… Read More »

Jan Fran has some words for Peter Dutton

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Peter Dutton has claimed that ‘mistakes were made’ allowing Lebanese immigrants into the country. SBS Jan Fran Lebanese Australian Jan Fran has some questions for him. Peter Dutton, despite being Minister for Immigration, is a little bit dubious that immigration is a good idea. Jan Fran has some words for… Read More »