Leadership

Duterte’s Tokyo visit to help boost PH-Japan ties – Palace

Malacañang confirmed on Tuesday President Duterte’s visit to Tokyo, Japan by the end of the month to further boost relations between the two countries. By Argyll Cyrus Geducos Manila Bulletin Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the President will make his third visit to Japan before the month ends. “Sure na pupunta siya doon. Tinext ko si CP, Chief Protocol Robert Borje, wala pa siyang sagot kung kailan exact date (President Duterte will surely go to Japan. I texted Chief of ... Read More »

Greens within striking distance in Josh Frydenberg’s seat of Kooyong, poll finds

Exclusive: treasurer is just in front of Greens’ star candidate Julian Burnside 52% to 48% on a two-party preferred basis Katharine Murphy The Guardian A new poll in the Victorian seat of Kooyong puts the Liberals ahead, but the Greens within striking distance of taking the blue-ribbon seat from the treasurer and deputy Liberal leader… A poll of 1,741 respondents taken for the Greens by Environmental Research+Counsel this month has Frydenberg on a primary vote of 41%, the Greens candidate, ... Read More »

Mounting evidence the tide is turning on News Corp, and its owner

There is mounting evidence that Australia is sick of Rupert Murdoch and the political propaganda machine he runs in the guise of a news organisation. Denis Muller The Conversation In January, Bill Shorten rebuffed an open-ended offer to meet Murdoch whenever the opposition leader was in the United States. According to the ABC’s 7.30 political editor, Laura Tingle, Shorten replied that any dealings he had with News Corp would be conducted with the company’s representatives in Australia. This was a ... Read More »

Sunday Mail backs Scottish Green Party in European elections

The Sunday Mail today takes the historic step of backing the Scottish Green Party in the European elections. Daily Record The Euro poll in 11 days has been turned into a proxy referendum on Brexit – the issue which has crippled our politics for almost three years and counting. Meanwhile, we are faced with a genuine emergency which is, in relative terms, being ignored. Climate change is the biggest issue confronting our country and our planet. According to the Royal Society of ... Read More »

‘We’ve delivered in spades’: Richard Di Natale on the Greens’ role in driving change

Party will try to get a future Labor government to use other means to act on climate change in the event of a hostile Senate Calla Wahlquist The Guardian The Greens would support a future Labor government to use regulation to enforce climate policy in the event of a hostile Senate, Greens leader Richard Di Natale says. The Victorian senator says he is confident the Greens will be able to work with Labor leader Bill Shorten, despite Shorten not responding to a ... Read More »

Ireland becomes second country to declare ‘climate emergency’

Ireland has become the second country in the world to declare a climate and biodiversity emergency. Cristina Abellan Matamoros euronews It happened after the Oireachtas (Irish parliament) report on Climate Action was accepted by the government and opposition parties without a vote. Ireland followed in the footsteps of the United Kingdom, which declared a climate emergency earlier this month after 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg addressed MPs urging more climate action and… The development was applauded by the chair ... Read More »

Government stability, affordable housing and climate change: The election issues young voters are talking about

Government instability, distrust of politicians, and inaction over climate change. Freya Noble 9news These are the core issues plaguing many young voters as they prepare to cast their ballot in just under two weeks’ time. Nine.com.au spoke to two people voting in a federal election for the first time, who say they don’t believe the major parties are doing enough to engage and interact with them. Both are yet to decide who they will vote for. Ruby, a 20-year-old law ... Read More »

New Zealand passes landmark laws ensuring it will be carbon neutral by 2050

New Zealand’s PM Jacinda Ardern said legislation will tackle climate change but faced opposition from farmers over plans to decrease methane emissions. Reuters SBS New Zealand’s parliament has tabled a landmark bill that will set a target of zero carbon emissions by 2050. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said  the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill is a “landmark action” on climate change. “We know the climate is changing. People can see that,” she said. New Zealand’s government will introduce legislation to tackle climate ... Read More »

Federal election 2019: Could these 15 ideas restore faith in politics?

Should Australia have fixed parliamentary terms? Or real-time disclosure of political donations? How about a “citizen jury” that can decide on issues of national importance? ABC News Breakfast By Patrick Wood These are just three of 15 ideas outlined in a new report aimed at improving our democracy, which has been pitched to our federal politicians this election. “Australia’s democracy … is frayed and public confidence in our system of governance is in worrying decline,” the Reforming Our Democracy report ... Read More »

Secret probe shows Erdoğan planned purge of Turkey’s military long ago

The government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan secretly launched an investigation to build a case for a purge in Turkey’s military as early as 2014 and enlisted the help of unsavory characters who… Abdullah Bozkurt Nordic Monitor According to secret documents obtained by Nordic Monitor, a number of former officers who were dismissed from the military in recent years for sexual misconduct were called in to give a statement by a… In exchange for filing criminal complaints against critics of ... Read More »

Thai King Vajiralongkorn to be crowned in three-day ceremony

Thailand has begun three days of coronation ceremonies for King Maha Vajiralongkorn. BBC King Vajiralongkorn inherited the throne in 2016 when his long-reigning father Bhumibol Adulyadej died. Days ago in a surprise announcement the palace said the king had married his long-term partner and royal consort who would now be Queen Suthida. Thailand has a constitutional monarchy, but the royal family is highly revered by Thais and wields considerable power. Thailand also has strict laws, called lese majeste, which ban ... Read More »

Kim Jong-nam: Vietnamese woman freed in murder case

The Vietnamese woman accused of the 2017 killing of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea’s leader, has been released, her lawyer says. BBC Doan Thi Huong was freed after accepting a deal with Malaysian prosecutors and pleading guilty to a lesser charge of “causing injury”. Ms Huong and Indonesian Siti Aisyah had been accused of smearing VX nerve agent on Mr Kim in Kuala Lumpur airport. Both women deny murder and say they thought they were part of a ... Read More »

All you need to know about the European Parliament elections

The European Parliament vote is often considered mundane but with Brexit and rising populism, this year could surprise. Stephane Faure Al Jazeera Between May 23 and 26, millions will choose who represents them at the European Parliament (EP), the European Union‘s (EU) parliamentary institution directly elected by citizens aged 18 or… The EU is often considered an obscure and technocratic body – somewhere between a nation-state and an international organisation such as the United Nations. Many have lost faith in its… ... Read More »

Disgraced MP Fiona Onasanya loses seat after recall petition

Brexit party to field first candidate in Peterborough byelection triggered by move Rajeev Syal The Guardian Fiona Onasanya, the MP found guilty of lying to avoid a speeding ticket, has become the first parliamentarian to be removed from office after a recall petition, triggering a byelection in her Peterborough seat. Nigel Farage’s Brexit party will field its first parliamentary candidate in the seat, which voted 60-40 to leave the EU. The bellwether constituency usually swings behind the party that wins a general ... Read More »

Caruana Galizia murder: Fighting for justice for my murdered mother

Once every few months I have to sit in a room with the person investigating my mother’s murder. Our family first encountered him six years ago, when he came to our home to arrest her. By Matthew Caruana Galizia World Press Freedom Day BBC My mother had published a satirical blog post about a candidate for Maltese prime minister on election day and one of his supporters filed a police report. So, the detective was sent to our family home ... Read More »

Cameroon’s Anglophone Crisis: How to Get to Talks?

After twenty months of clashes, the government and the separatists are both refusing to give ground. ICG Both sides must explore compromise solutions aimed at a level of regional autonomy somewhere between the secession the separatists yearn for and the fake decentralisation proposed by Yaoundé. What’s new? The conflict in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon is deadlocked. There is no dialogue between Yaoundé and the separatists, who are both refusing to give ground: the government is counting on a military ... Read More »