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Inside the first-ever summit calling for an end to the “suicidal death pact between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia”

Salon attended the 2016 Summit on Saudi Arabia, the first event of its kind to call into question U.S.-Saudi ties… Source: Inside the first-ever summit calling for an end to the “suicidal death pact between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia” – Salon.com Read More »

Singapore’s PM Lee Hsien Loong at war with sister over Lee Kuan Yew commemorations

An unprecedented family feud between Singapore’s prime minister and his sister over the death of their father Lee Kuan Yew has burst into the open in the strictly-controlled city-state.. Lee Hsien Loong said that he is “deeply saddened” that his sister Lee Wei Ling had accused him of abusing his power to commemorate the first anniversary of their father’s death in order to… Source: Singapore’s PM Lee Hsien Loong at war with sister over Lee Kuan Yew commemorations Read More »

Remembering Phil Ochs, the Other Great Jewish Folksinger of the ’60s

It was 40 years ago this weekend, on April 9, 1976, that Phil Ochs was found dead at his sister’s home in Far Rockaway, Queens. He was one of the best-loved of the generation of young singer-songwriters of the 1960s, but he was much more than that. He was the most eloquent, wittiest, most piercing political bard… Source: Remembering Phil Ochs, the Other Great Jewish Folksinger of the ’60s – Opinion – Forward.com Read More »

Support for Queensland bill of rights not universal

It’s designed to enshrine rights many Queenslanders take for granted in law, but the proposal for a Human Rights Act has met with a mixed response. The parliamentary committee charged with examining a bill of rights for Queensland – whether there is a need for one, and if so, what it… Source: Support for Queensland bill of rights not universal Read More »

Christians fear losing ancient churches in Turkey after government takeover

For centuries, Christians in Turkey, though a minority in the predominantly Muslim country, have maintained and protected their sacred places of worship. These ancient churches are even older than Islam. Now, Christians in Turkey are fearful that they… Source: Christians fear losing ancient churches in Turkey after government takeover | Christian News on Christian Today Read More »

Behold, nine of the most badass women in history

Because all too often, women are ignored in history books.. 1.Tru’ng Sisters, (c. 12-43 AD).. Trưng Trắc and Trưng Nhị are renowned national heroes of Vietnam. When Trắc’s husband was executed by the Chinese during an offensive, they took up arms to fight back, gathering an army of 80,000 people to repel the Chinese invasion. They succeeded in driving the… Source: Behold, nine of the most badass women in history Read More »

Diplomats gone wild: Saudi staffers run riot on our roads with police powerless to stop them

Imagine driving at 135km/h past Parliament House at 2am on a Tuesday, leading police on a pursuit, failing to provide a valid licence, blaming your behaviour on a lack of antibiotics and getting away with it. That’s exactly what happened to one diplomat at the royal embassy of Saudi Arabia who used… Source: Diplomats gone wild: Saudi staffers run riot on our roads with police powerless to stop them Read More »

New Rules: Why West Needs NATO-Russia Council More Than Moscow

In the next two weeks, the NATO-Russia Council is expected to resume its work, German newspaper Die Welt reported.. Thus, the West would have an opportunity to discuss with Moscow the “new rules of the game,” the newspaper wrote, adding that… Source: New Rules: Why West Needs NATO-Russia Council More Than Moscow Read More »

‘I’m Carmen. Nice to meet you again’: why I faced my rapist in prison

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Thirty-three years after she was raped, Carmen Aguirre travelled to meet the man who attacked her. It is the last day of summer, and I am walking under a blue prairie sky through the grounds of a medium-security prison in Alberta, Canada. It has been 33… Source: ‘I’m Carmen. Nice to meet you again’: why I faced my rapist in prison | Society | The Guardian Read More »

Second Russian intelligence report on Turkey’s current assistance to Daesh

See the previous document : “Russian intelligence report on Turkey’s current assistance to Daesh”, Voltaire Network, 18 February 2016.Illegal trafficking in weapons and ammunition to Syrian territory under ISIL controlThe main supplier of weapons and military equipment to ISIL fighters is Turkey, which is doing so through non-governmental organizations. Work in this area is overseen by the National Intelligence… Source: Second Russian intelligence report on Turkey’s current assistance to Daesh Read More »

Austria plans to seize house where Hitler born

The Austrian government says it plans to seize Adolf Hitler’s birth house in an attempt to stop it being a focal point for Nazi sympathisers.. Officials say the decision was taken after several years of discussion about how to prevent neo-Nazi interest… Source: Austria plans to seize house where Hitler born – BBC News Read More »

The Saudi Succession Stalemate

Is Saudi Arabia’s leadership crisis inevitable? After more than two decades of domestic drift under geriatric rulers and overdependence on U.S. protection in a dangerous region, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is starting to stand up to shape its own future. There are two… Source: The Saudi Succession Stalemate | The National Interest Read More »

A Promising Start for a High Seas Treaty

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UNITED NATIONS, Apr 9 2016 (IPS) – Delegates from 83 countries came together at the United Nations from March 28 to April 8 for the first in a series of landmark meetings on ocean protection. This Preparatory Committee will help forge an agreement to determine how nations move forward to protect the high seas—the 64 percent of the ocean.. Elizabeth Wilson is the director of international ocean policy at The Pew Charitable Trusts… Source: A Promising Start for a High Seas ... Read More »

Queensland researchers bringing the Amazon to the experts to save jungle cats

Sometimes, you just have to move the mountain to Muhammad.. Or, as the case may be, the Amazon to the world. In the race to save jaguars, one of the globe’s most secretive – and threatened – species, researchers and conservationists are hoping to create corridors for the jungle cat to safely travel through, tracks of land across South America, which would remain protected and give the jaguar the best chance of survival… Source: Queensland researchers bringing the Amazon to ... Read More »