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Saudis threatens to sell off $US750b in US assets if Congress passes 9/11 bill

The Saudi Arabian government has threatened to sell hundreds of billions of dollars worth of American assets should the US Congress pass a bill that could hold the kingdom responsible for any role in the September 11, 2001 attacks. The Obama administration has lobbied Congress to block the bill’s passage, administration… Source: Saudis threatens to sell off $US750b in US assets if Congress passes 9/11 bill Read More »

Victoria to provide legal aid to thousands of asylum seekers under new initiative

More than 10,000 asylum seekers living in Victoria will be able to access legal assistance under a new two-year initiative announced by the State Government.. The initiative is funded by Victoria Legal Aid and will enable two community legal centres — Refugee Legal and… Source: Victoria to provide legal aid to thousands of asylum seekers under new initiative – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Race for Latest Class of Nuclear Arms Threatens to Revive Cold War

The United States, Russia and China are now aggressively pursuing a new generation of smaller, less destructive nuclear weapons. The buildups threaten to revive a Cold War-era arms race and unsettle the balance of destructive force among nations that has kept the nuclear peace for more… Source: Race for Latest Class of Nuclear Arms Threatens to Revive Cold War – The New York Times Read More »

Pat Dodson must keep on highlighting Australia’s continuing shame

Despite the strenuous efforts of some, the gulf between the hope of reconciliation and the reality of mass incarceration of Aboriginal people is growing… Source: Pat Dodson must keep on highlighting Australia’s continuing shame Read More »

IMF countries vow to boost slowing world growth

Key countries in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) pledge to pursue “growth-friendly” policies to kickstart the slowing world economy.. The IMF’s steering committee, made up of 25 of the world’s largest economies, said the global outlook was fraught because of weak trade and a series of risks… Source: IMF countries vow to boost slowing world growth – BBC News Read More »

In Lesbos, Pope Francis Faces Refugees and the ‘Globalization of Indifference’

Pope Francis says people are becoming more apathetic to the suffering of others. Is he right? Cain, where is your brother? The answer, in the Bible, is that Cain had killed his brother Abel out in the field… Source: In Lesbos, Pope Francis Faces Refugees and the ‘Globalization of Indifference’ – The Atlantic Read More »

Can the Kuwait peace talks break Yemen’s deadlock?

Since fighting broke out in March last year, Yemen’s war has taken a devastating toll on this poorest country on the Arabian Peninsula. The conflict between the insurgent Huthi movement on the one side and the government of President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi, supported by a Saudi-led international coalition on the other side, has cost the lives of… Source: Can the Kuwait peace talks break Yemen’s deadlock? | Crisis Group Read More »

France’s Hollande is so unpopular that his own party may not support him

Many see the president as a traitor who moved to the right after November’s terror attacks… Source: France’s Hollande is so unpopular that his own party may not support him – The Washington Post Read More »

SNP to raise bar on carbon emissions with 50% cut by 2020

Nicola Sturgeon will this week attempt to boost the SNP’s green credentials by announcing one of the world’s most ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions. Scotland on Sunday can reveal that a commitment to raise Scotland’s 2020 climate target from the current 42 per cent… Source: SNP to raise bar on carbon emissions with 50% cut by 2020 – The Scotsman Read More »

Pope Francis meets refugees and migrants in Lesbos

Pope Francis arrives in the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday to highlight the humanitarian crisis unfolding across Europe. The Pope is greeted by hundreds of cheering migrants and refugees in a detention centre on the island. Greece’s state refugee coordination agency later said the pontiff would take a number of highly… Source: Pope Francis meets refugees and migrants in Lesbos – video | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Poverty Isn’t Just About Money, Especially for Blacks and Hispanics

Staying poor isn’t just a matter of having too little money—it’s about a series of unstable circumstances that build upon each other.. It’s true that poverty affects people of all races, genders, and nationalities, but it’s also true that poverty—especially deep, persistent, intergenerational… Source: Poverty Isn’t Just About Money, Especially for Blacks and Hispanics – The Atlantic Read More »

The Leap Manifesto opens horizon for bold new politics in Canada

The media attacks are a sign: a New Democratic Party that takes on inequality and climate change can crack open the country’s political debate. From the headlines screaming outrage on the front pages of Canada’s newspapers, you’d think the New Democratic Party had shuttered their… Source: The Leap Manifesto opens horizon for bold new politics in Canada | Martin Lukacs | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

Why we should honour the humanity of every person who dies in custody

It’s now 25 years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody tabled its final report. The anniversary will undoubtedly be marked by analysis and commentary, as well as reflections on statistics, key trends and issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander… Source: Why we should honour the humanity of every person who dies in custody Read More »

Speech of His Excellency Mr. Georgios Veis Ambassador Permanent Delegate, at the 199th Session of the Executive Board

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199TH SESSION OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF UNESCO UNESCO HEADQUARTERS, PARIS ADDRESS OF HIS EXCELLENCY, Mr Georges Veis AMBASSADOR, PERMANENT DELEGATE OF GREECE TO UNESCO Mr Chairperson of the Executive Board, Mr President of the 36th Session of the General Conference, Madam Director-General, Your Excellences, Dear Colleagues, Greece under the context of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, supports programs for the reform in education, lifelong learning, and education for people in vulnerable situations. As a country on ... Read More »