Politics

Lawyers want PMs from John Howard to Malcolm Turnbull in dock over asylum detention

Lawyers want PMs from John Howard to Malcolm Turnbull in dock over asylum detentionEvery Australian prime minister from John Howard onwards should be investigated for crimes against humanity in relation to the indefinite detention of asylum seekers, according to a group of international… Heath Aston The Sydney Morning Herald The group of seven British, American and Australian lawyers, which includes high-profile barrister and refugee advocate Julian Burnside, has petitioned the International Criminal Court to investigate the treatment of asylum seekers ... Read More »

Guatemala: Young Blood, Old Vices

A year after the election of would-be reformer Jimmy Morales as president, corruption investigations are casting a shadow over his inner circle. Arturo Matute Recent appointments bring youth and oxygen to his faltering administration, but much still stands in the way of political… Guatemala: Young… Read More »

Trump adviser linked to Turkish lobbying

A company tied to Erdogan’s government hired retired general Michael Flynn’s lobbying firm. By Isaac Arnsdorf Donald Trump wants to forbid his officials from lobbying for foreign governments, but one of his top national security advisers is being paid by a close ally of Turkey’s president Trump adviser linked… Read More »

Colombia peace deal: Government and Farc reach new agreement

The Colombian government and the Farc rebel group have announced a new peace agreement, six weeks after the original deal was rejected in a popular vote. Alvaro Uribe, a former president who led the “no” campaign, was involved in this round of negotiations intended to end 52… Colombia peace deal… Read More »

An Open Letter To Donald Trump, My Former Boss Of 18 Years

I know you can be a good president. Good luck. Barbara Res Dear Donald, Congratulations on your win. I wish you the very best for a successful presidency. As you know, I supported Clinton. I do not believe in your stated policies, especially your anti-choice stance and… An Open Letter To… Read More »

Let’s Face It: The U.S. Constitution Needs a Makeover

TThe 2016 election shows that it’s time to start a national conversation about fundamental political reform. BY CHRISTIAN CARYL  The experts have been throwing around a lot of numbers in the wake of the U.S. presidential election. But there’s one statistic that… Let’s Face It: The… Read More »

Myanmar detains two newspaper officials in defamation case

Police on Nov. 11 detained the chief executive and the chief editor of Myanmar’s largest daily newspaper over a defamation case by a powerful politician following a Facebook posting. YANGON – Reuters The police detained Than Htut Aung, the flamboyant chief executive of Eleven Media Group and the newspaper’s chief editor, Wai… Myanmar detains two… Read More »

Weekend Roundup: Democracy Disrupts Itself

The “Great Reaction” that propelled Donald Trump to the White House is not just another turn of the electoral cycle, but an indication of a system in crisis. Nathan Gardels When unresponsive elites forsake the common folk in governing systems anchored in popular sovereignty, demagogues who fashion themselves as tribunes of the… Weekend Roundup: Democracy… Read More »

The US election was closer than you think

ANALYSIS On first look, the US election looks like a Trump landslide. But looks can be deceiving. by Matt Martino The electoral college vote as it stands has Donald Trump at 279 votes — nine votes above the magic number of 270 needed to claim the presidency. With another 26 expected from the… The US election was… Read More »

Turkey’s PKK Conflict Veers onto a More Violent Path

The death toll in Turkey’s PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) conflict rose nearly 10 per cent over the past three months as domestic political and regional dynamics propel the 32-year-old conflict deeper into a more violent trend. Berkay Mandıracı August-October fighting killed 444 people, compared to 402 in the preceding three months. The… Turkey’s PKK Conflict… Read More »

Brandis scraps direction to Solicitor-General

Attorney-General George Brandis has pre-empted his opponents in the Senate by rescinding his controversial direction that all requests to the Solicitor-General for advice must go through him. After a scathing report from the non-government majority on a Senate inquiry into the events surrounding Brandis issuing the… Brandis scraps direction to… Read More »

An American Tragedy

The election of Donald Trump to the Presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and… By David Remnick An American… Read More »