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Cooperation needed to tackle fisheries subsidies

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In July 2016, an arbitral tribunal established that China — through failing to exercise due diligence in preventing Chinese-flagged vessels fishing in various locations in the South China Sea — had violated the… Margaret Young EastAsiaForum China had not, the tribunal found, exhibited due regard for the Philippines’ sovereign rights with respect to fisheries in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ). China was also found to have breached provisions in the Convention relating to the protection of marine environment. The findings ... Read More »

Abbott hopes Australian republic ‘never happens’

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Former prime minister and staunch monarchist Tony Abbott hopes an Australian republic will not happen in his lifetime. The Age AAP The issue has been in the limelight this week after former Labor prime minister Paul Keating lashed recently-toppled Liberal PM and Mr Abbott’s rival Malcolm Turnbull over the issue. Mr Keating said Mr Turnbull had capitulated to conservatives in the Liberal Party by failing to hold another referendum over a republic, a key cause supported by the former Liberal ... Read More »

Romania marriage poll: One man, one woman definition up for vote

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Romanians are deciding this weekend whether a family should revolve around a married man and woman. BBC The two-day vote on changing their constitution has been portrayed by supporters of the referendum as a way of protecting the status of the “traditional” family. Opponents warn it will come at the expense of same-sex couples, single parents and children too. And there are accusations that the whole exercise is a sideshow to distract from a corruption case involving the leader of ... Read More »

Nauru orders MSF to stop mental health work on island

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Nauru’s government has ordered Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to stop work there immediately, despite a physical and mental health crisis in the country. Luke Henriques-Gomes The Guardian The medical NGO has been providing psychological and psychiatric services to residents, asylum seekers and refugees on the island since late 2017. MSF staff wrote to its clients on Saturday to tell them it could no longer offer them treatment because of an order from Nauru’s health minister, who said the its services were “no ... Read More »

Why did Jill Lepore write an epic of U.S. history? It’s a long story

Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University. She is pictured along the gates of Harvard Yard. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

Harvard scholar discusses spark, aims behind ambitious project, and how students helped her along the way Colleen Walsh The Harvard Gazette “I thought that the general reading public needs an ambitious, sweeping account of the American past … because there’s no sense of a shared past,” says historian Jill Lepore. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer Finding topics to write about has never been a problem for Jill Lepore. The Harvard historian’s fascination with everything from Wonder Woman and Frankenstein to matters ... Read More »

Vestager on her EU plans: ‘I’m a mistake, it can happen again’

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‘I feel we’re in the middle of something [and] we’re not done,’ the competition commissioner said. Joshua Posaner Politico STRBSKE PLESO, Slovakia — Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager told POLITICO Friday she had made clear to the Danish government that she would like to keep her job in the next mandate, even though her party is in… “Compared to Danish tradition, I’m a mistake, usually it’s the bigger party in government that would make the commissioner,” the competition czar said of ... Read More »

How the loss of Native American languages affects our understanding of the natural world

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Alaska has a “linguistic emergency,” according to the Alaskan Gov. Bill Walker. A report warned earlier this year that all of the state’s 20 Native American languages might cease to exist by the end of this century, if the state did not act. Rosalyn R. LaPier The Conversation American policies, particularly in the six decades between the 1870s and 1930s, suppressed Native American languages and culture. It was only after years of activism by indigenous leaders that the Native American ... Read More »

‘Prepared to go to PRISON’ Pimlico Plumbers founder REFUSES to take down anti-Brexit sign

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A TV host quizzed Remain campaigner Charlie Mullins over his anti-Brexit sign outside Pimlico Plumbers demanding to know whether it was a “good idea” as the founder claimed he is prepared to go to prison rather than take it down. Darren Hunt Express Former Conservative doner and Pimlico Plumbers founder Charlie Mullins erected a sign over his company’s London HQ proclaiming “Brexit – Nobody voted to be poorer.” RT host Bill Dod asked whether it was “wise marketing” to install the ... Read More »

Behrouz Boochani wins Anna Politkovskaya award for Manus Island writing

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Iranian Kurdish refugee recognised for documenting Australia’s offshore detention Naaman Zhou The Guardian Iranian Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani has won the Anna Politkovskaya investigative journalism award for his work documenting Australia’s offshore immigration detention program. The award, named after the Russian journalist who was killed in Moscow in 2006, is bestowed by the Italian magazine Internazionale each year during the Internazionale festival to recognise excellence in investigative reporting. Boochani, a… Behrouz Boochani wins… Read More »

Scottish independence marchers claim victory in battle to overturn Holyrood Park ban

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ORGANISERS of a pro-independence march through Edinburgh tomorrow have claimed victory in their bid to hold part of the rally in Holyrood Park. Diane King The Scotsman Around 50,000 people are expected to take part in the march down the Royal Mile, staged by All Under One Banner, starting at Johnston Terrace at 1pm on Saturday 6 October and finishing at the Scottish Parliament. Historic Environment Scotland (HES), who manage next-door Holyrood Park, had refused permission for a demonstration, saying ... Read More »

Taiwan is revolutionizing democracy

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TAIPEI — Compared to the established democracies of the West, Taiwan’s is still in its infancy. Yen-Tu Su The Washington Post It did not become a full democracy until 1992, and it only held its first direct presidential election in 1996. And yet, Taiwan’s young democracy has made rapid progress, through social movements, representative politics, the judicial process and now, through direct democracy. In the beginning of this year, it rolled out one of the most citizen-friendly systems for ballot initiatives and ... Read More »

Britain must reconnect with nature to combat ‘mental health epidemic’, says Caroline Lucas

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Exclusive: Green Party co-leader says government should change planning rules so everyone in UK has access to green space. Josh Gabbatiss Independent Caroline Lucas is urging British people to reconnect with nature to address the “mental health epidemic” facing the country. In a speech lamenting the decline of British wildlife, the Green Party co-leader will call for the government to change planning rules to ensure everyone in the UK has access to green space. While acknowledging environment secretary Michael Gove has taken green issues far more ... Read More »

Classical music is undergoing a revolution — and you’re probably a fan without realising it

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If you catch yourself humming the opening bars to the Game of Thrones theme, or feeling unsettled by the soundtrack to The Handmaid’s Tale, it’s possible you might be a closet classical music fan without realising it. RN – By Antony Funnell for Future Tense ABC You may think classical music is dying, but it’s actually booming — and it’s throwing off the confines of the past. From film scores to television commercials and the opening of major sporting events, classical ... Read More »

EU to hit Cambodia with trade sanctions, says Myanmar may follow

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union told Cambodia on Friday it will lose its special access to the world’s largest trading bloc, and said it was considering similar trade sanctions for Myanmar in a toughening of EU policy on human rights in Southeast Asia. Robin Emmott, Philip Blenkinsop After months of pressure from rights groups and the European Parliament, the EU’s trade chief Cecilia Malmstrom said the bloc was ready to punish abuses in both countries by removing trade preferences. ... Read More »