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Turkish academics talk about living in fear: ‘It’s the final stage of a witch hunt’

After the coup attempt that failed to remove Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week, the government has gone on the offensive against what it says is a vast network of plotters, which it calls a “parallel state” run by exiled cleric and Erdogan enemy Fethullah Gülen.. By Alberto Riva and Asli Pelit Some of the targets of the purge are pretty obvious, with thousands of military officers… Source: Turkish academics talk about living in fear: ‘It’s the final stage ... Read More »

China’s Muslims under threat of religious persecution

China’s president Xi Jinping, who has been accused of implementing draconian laws against religion since taking office in 2012, spoke directly to Chinese Muslims today – signifying a possible crackdown on a group that has so far avoided his harsh measures.. While visiting a mosque in the northwestern autonomous region of Ningxia, home to more than two million Muslims, Xi urged Chinese Muslims to practise their religion as part of Chinese society and “carry forward the patriotic tradition”… Source: China’s ... Read More »

Xenophon and Katter’s concerns over Ausgrid sale ring hollow

Another political scare campaign has started. It’s not about negative gearing or Medicare. This time it’s the sale of the New South Wales electricity distribution network, Ausgrid. The NSW Premier, Mike Baird, staked his government’s re-election on the privatisation of 49% of the state’s electricity distribution and transmission networks. The transmission network, Transgrid, was wholly privatised for A$10.26 billion in 2015… Source: Xenophon and Katter’s concerns over Ausgrid sale ring hollow Read More »

Transcript: Donald Trump on NATO, Turkey’s Coup Attempt and the World

The Republican presidential nominee discussed his views on foreign policy with David E. Sanger and Maggie Haberman of The New York Times… Source: Transcript: Donald Trump on NATO, Turkey’s Coup Attempt and the World – The New York Times Read More »

The man hired to have sex with children

In some remote southern regions of Malawi, it’s traditional for girls to be made to have sex with a paid sex worker known as a “hyena” once they reach puberty. The act is not seen by village elders as rape, but as a form of ritual “cleansing”. However, as Ed Butler reports, it has the potential to be the opposite of cleansing – a way of spreading disease… Source: The man hired to have sex with children – BBC News Read More »

Merkel accepts Britain’s decision to delay triggering Brexit

Germany and Britain agreed on July 20 that Prime Minister Theresa May needed time to prepare for talks to leave the EU, after London took the first step towards Brexit by giving up its presidency of the European Union.. On her first foreign trip since taking office in the wake of Britain’s seismic referendum, May told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that her government would not ask to leave the European Union before the end of 2016 in order to plan ... Read More »

The Eurasian Economic Union: Power, Politics and Trade

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Since its creation in 2015, the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) has kept only a few of its promises. Its limited economic success cannot mask the many tensions between Russia and its neighbours. Much of the EEU’s future success will depend on its members’ will to shift away from geopolitics and focus on international cooperation, governance, social welfare and migration… Source: The Eurasian Economic Union: Power, Politics and Trade – International Crisis Group Read More »

My Name is Kevin And I’m Here to Save the World

Kevin Rudd has asked the Australian government to nominate him for United Nations Secretary-General. The former Labor leader’s nomination is fraught with difficulties as those already in the race, including former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, former UN climate chief Christina Figueres and several candidates from Eastern Europe, make his prospects slim. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop confirmed on Monday that former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has asked to be nominated as a candidate to be the next United Nations Secretary-General. Some ... Read More »

Tough Russian Anti-Capitalist Literature

Imagine Moscow being taken over by some international corporate cartel. By a monster which has its own factories and office buildings, security services, private prisons, re-education (‘training’) centers, and its obedient mass media outlets. Imagine that it also has detailed databases on almost everyone who really matters in the capital… Source: Tough Russian Anti-Capitalist Literature Read More »

How India and China view Brexit

While Indian businessmen think Brexit could harm their investment in Britain, China expects solid manufacturing opportunities in the long run under its global Belt and Road connectivity program. Brexit also provides geostrategic benefits to China. Since the mood in Europe is turning inward after the historic vote, France may drop its demand to send EU patrols to defend ‘freedom of navigation’ in the South China Sea. Brexit was a seismic event that evoked divergent responses in India and China… Source: How ... Read More »

I’m not an emigrant who pines for Ireland; I’ve made another home abroad

I’m lucky to have two homes now, in Leitrim and South Africa Cian Mac Eochaidh in Johannesburg “You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.” – Miriam Adeney I consider myself lucky… Source: I’m not an emigrant who pines for Ireland; I’ve made another home abroad Read More »

Saudi Arabian clerics declare Pokémon ‘un-Islamic’

The fatwa says franchise promotes ‘global Zionism’ but does not mention Pokémon Go.. Saudi Arabia’s top clerical body has renewed a 15-year-old edict that the Pokémon game franchise is un-Islamic, Saudi media said on Wednesday, although the fatwa made no mention of the successful new Pokémon Go mobile game… Source: Saudi Arabian clerics declare Pokémon ‘un-Islamic’ Read More »

UN Debate

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Who will be the next Secretary General of the UN?.. What is the UN? Founded in 1945 after the Second World War ended, the UN is guided by the principles in its Charter – primarily maintaining international peace and security. The organisation has six official languages including Chinese and Russian, and is funded by its 193 member states. As well as striving to maintain peace, the UN promotes sustainable development, protects human rights, upholds international law and delivers humanitarian aid… ... Read More »

Why is the World Bank backing coal power in Europe’s youngest country?

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The World Bank is poised to support a new coal plant that would modernise Kosovo’s creaking energy infrastructure, but also lock the young nation into a future powered by a regressive fossil fuel.. In the early days of December 2015, as the Paris climate talks veered off course and off schedule, the US secretary of state John Kerry left his team of negotiators and flew to Kosovo to voice his support for a proposed US-built, World Bank-sponsored coal power station… ... Read More »