Politics

‘Nothing changed at all’ for ISIL sexual violence victims: Nobel laureate Nadia Murad

Despite finding widespread support globally, Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad has said she feels disappointed that none of the ISIL militants who raped and tortured Yazidiwomen have been… İpek İzci – ISTANBUL Hurriyet “I got e-mails from all over the world. Some people encourage me, some say that they embrace me and my people, some others offer help. I have been exhausted in the last two years. I work hard in the advocacy of vulnerable people, but nothing has changed at all. That makes me very upset,” she told daily ... Read More »

A proposed name for a modern language

One of the features of the Prespes agreement (a remarkable document, because both sides had been willing to accept some things that they would have fought bitterly against in the past) was that the language of the Republic of… John Melville-Jones ekathimerini I am pleased that Greece and North Macedonia are working together to develop a good relationship, although, as I have often said, it will take at least one generation before the… However, in this case, I think that ... Read More »

US and NATO must stand up to Russian aggression on the seas

Five years ago, masked Russian troops in unmarked green uniforms disembarked on the Crimean shore. By Cmdr. Tony Chavez The Hill Within days, Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in the most brazen military land grab since World War II. Much of the focus in the intervening years has been on the ongoing conflict in Donbas in eastern Ukraine. But what has yet to be fully appreciated in the West is that this is, in motives and actions, as much or ... Read More »

David McWilliams: Europe is glued to energy-rich Russia

As Putin marks 20 years in power, he knows how much the world needs his country David McWilliams The Irish Times As the train screeches to a halt, the young man, in his slim-fit Tom Ford suit, alights energetically. This is Revolution Square station, deep beneath Moscow’s congested boulevards. Built in 1938, the station is one of the gems of the Moscow metro system, itself one of the finest pieces of public transport infrastructure in the world. Stalin understood symbols. ... Read More »

World’s tallest building lit up with image of Jacinda Ardern

The world’s tallest building has been lit up with a giant image of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern embracing a woman at the Kilbirnie mosque in Wellington. Joel MacManus The Sydney Morning Herald The Burj Khalifa, an 829-metre-tall skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, beamed out a photo taken by Wellington photographer Hagen Hopkins, as well as the Arabic word “salam” and its English translation, “peace”. Sheik Mohammed, the prime minister and vice-president of the UAE, and ruler of ... Read More »

The ‘white Obama’ could be the biggest challenger to Donald Trump

He raised $8.6 million in just one day, and he’s being touted as the man who could bring Donald Trump down. Emma Raynolds news.com.au Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke has rocked America by raising $US6.1 million ($A8.6 million) in the first 24 hours after announcing his campaign, suggesting he could be the challenger to beat Donald Trump. Mr O’Rourke, who has been given the nickname “the white Obama” because of his youth, charisma and progressive politics, brought the highest figure ... Read More »

Beijing’s ‘creeping expansionism’ in the South China Sea

The South China Sea island disputes is an ongoing and complex situation in Southeast Asia’s doorstep. It has the power to disrupt multilateral alliances. Fabian Bak Global Risk Insights This sparking point in international relations has lasted for decades. However, no major conflict has ignited because of it. This is because of a tactful Chinese ‘creeping expansionism’ strategy. How has this worked, and is there any stop to it? Introduction The South China Sea Island dispute originates from a map, ... Read More »

‘One million’ protesters march to demand second Brexit vote

Large crowds take to London’s streets to call for public to have final say on exiting EU The Irish Times Demonstrators have flooded the streets of central London as they marched on Parliament to demand the public are given a final say over Brexit. Thousands of marchers set off from Hyde Park Corner at about noon on Saturday as part of the Put It To The People protest. Marching bands, whistles, chants and cheers provided a noisy backdrop to the march. ... Read More »

Fraser Anning staffer and alleged Nazi enthusiast employed by Home Affairs

The political staffer accused of writing Fraser Anning’s infamous “final solution” speech and holding an obsession with Nazi Germany is employed by the federal government agency managing Australia’s immigration program, it… Nicole Hasham The Age The staffer, Richard Howard, is on unpaid leave from the Department of Home Affairs and has left the door open to returning should Senator Anning fail to be re-elected in May. However Home Affairs secretary Michael Pezzullo on Friday said if any staff member was ... Read More »

Donald Trump: Golan Heights bombshell reverses 40 years of US policy and throws Middle East into turmoil

With one tweet of 35 words, Donald Trump has changed almost 40 years of US policy towards Israel and Syria: Scott Lucas The Conversation As with other Trump impulses, such as his sudden order in December to withdraw all US troops from Syria, no administration official appeared to have been consulted. Hours earlier, the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, said from Jerusalem that there was no change in the US position declining to recognise Israel’s 1981 annexation of the ... Read More »

‘Do you mind if I give you a hug?’:

Waleed Aly and Jacinda Ardern embrace ahead of an emotional interview about the Christchurch mosque shootings after his tense debate with Scott Morrison. Mark Brook Daily Mail Waleed Aly and Jacinda Ardern have shared an emotional embrace ahead of a candid interview about the Christchurch mosque shootings. The Australian television presenter sat down with Ms Ardern in New Zealand to discuss the horrific terrorist attack that claimed the lives of 50 Muslim worshippers. In stark contrast to his fiery interview with ... Read More »

The Quick Read on Thailand’s First Election in 8 Years

What Happened This Week: The Thai people head to the polls this Sunday for the first time since the country’s military seized power in a 2014 coup. Ian Bremmer Time It’s the first general election since 2011. Why It Matters: For years now, the country’s real political power has lain in the hands of the military, backed by the country’s monarchy. The country maintained a democratic façade over the years by holding elections from time to time leading to the ... Read More »

Journalism needs to practice transparency in a different way to rebuild credibility

Public trust in media continues to hover near all-time lows, driven by perceptions that the news industry is partisan and peddles inaccurate information (“fake news”), as well as ambivalence about news from social media. Authors: The Conversation According to a new Knight Foundation report on news media trust, transparency is a key factor in restoring trust. Although media organizations promote the inherent value of transparency, they often do not explain what it means in practice. In contrast, research in business ... Read More »

Kosovo: disputes continue 20 years after NATO bombing campaign

The bombing campaign against Yugoslavia that began on March 24 1999 was the first time NATO went to war. Jaume Castan Pinos The Conversation The 78-day campaign, known as Operation Allied Force, was officially conducted to protect civilians. They had been caught in the middle of the conflict between the secessionist insurgents of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) and Yugoslavian security forces. The conflict had dramatically escalated in 1998, when the KLA began an armed campaign to end the Yugoslavian ... Read More »

The Ambition Europe Needs

Whereas the Europe of the 1950s was desperate to ensure peace and freedom, underpinned by liberal democratic systems and values, the Europe of 2019 is electing nationalist and populist parties that are actively undermining that effort. Dominique Moisi Project Syndicate This is not a status quo anyone – especially not Germany – should be defending. PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron recently launched his platform for the upcoming European Parliament elections. Official reactions to his approach – outlined in a ... Read More »

A Week On From The Christchurch Attack, Solidarity Is The Antidote To Race Hate

Denialism undermines our collective efforts to face down racism in all its forms – New Zealand shows we need international anti-racist solidarity Today is one week since the massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand. Baroness Chakrabarti HuffPost Once more Muslims and Jews the world over will assemble in prayer. Grief and recovery are surely partly about marking minutes, hours, days, weeks and years. It is also I think, about forging something new, strong, positive and enduring after the devastation. My mother ... Read More »