Leadership

Why Bob Hawke is wrong about euthanasia

It is hard not to sympathise with Bob Hawke’s comments on euthanasia. He says that he can see no logical or ethical reasons for the ‘absurd’ position of making a person ‘suffer and suffer and suffer’… He puts the absurdity down to ‘quasi-moral and religious grounds’ against euthanasia, and political inertia… Source: Why Bob Hawke is wrong about euthanasia Read More »

Turkish Delight in Washington’s Patronage

On March 26 President Erdogan of Turkey “harshly criticized” foreign diplomats for being present at the trial of two journalists in Istanbul.  At a meeting of businessmen he erupted in fury and expostulated that “The consul-generals in Istanbul attended the trial. Who are you? What… Source: Turkish Delight in Washington’s Patronage Read More »

We’re asking the wrong questions and our democracy suffers

Around the world politicians are raising issues of fairness, equality and social values – so why have Australians gone quiet? In the context of elections and political discourse, there is a debate about core democratic values emerging in countries such as the United States, Britain and Canada – nations with… Source: We’re asking the wrong questions and our democracy suffers Read More »

Clinton and Goldman: Why It Matters

To understand the significance of Hillary Clinton’s repeated dealings with Goldman Sachs and its top executives since the financial crisis, we have to bring together two strands of history. One concerns Bill and Hillary Clinton’s long-running connections to Goldman, among their closest with… Source: Clinton and Goldman: Why It Matters by Simon Head | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books Read More »

Barack Obama’s biggest mistake as president? His failure to explain big picture

Washington: Libya? Really, Mr President. Had Obama deflected Fox News’ question on the “worst” mistakes of his presidency, he might have delayed the inevitable end-of-term scrutiny, in which analysts, hacks and opportunists pile on, to identify the failures of the most powerful office in the world. But in focusing attention on just a part of the… Source: Barack Obama’s biggest mistake as president? His failure to explain big picture Read More »

Bob Hawke calls for euthanasia to be made legal in Australia

Former prime minister says he has discussed end-of-life options with his wife, Blanche D’Alpuget. Bob Hawke has put his political influence behind the campaign to introduce assisted dying laws in Australia, saying it is “absurd that euthanasia is not legal in this country”… Source: Bob Hawke calls for euthanasia to be made legal in Australia | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

How a vulgar poem is giving Germany’s Merkel a real headache

It all started with a joke. Last week, German comedian Jan Böhmermann aired a segment on his show in which he read an openly offensive poem, directed at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in which he accused him of bestiality and other unsavory things… Source: How a vulgar poem is giving Germany’s Merkel a real headache – The Washington Post Read More »

Political Conflict, Extremism and Criminal Justice in Bangladesh

Political repression is reaching new highs in Bangladesh. The government’s abuse of rule of law institutions for political ends has created an atmosphere of injustice that is increasingly exploited by anti-state extremist groups. The gruesome recent killing of a secular blogger is just another tragic result of these groups’ growing power and impunity… Source: Political Conflict, Extremism and Criminal Justice in Bangladesh – International Crisis Group Read More »

Q&A With Christine Lagarde

With so many financial markets driven by the utterings of central bankers, the words of the woman who is in effect the central banker’s central banker matter enormously. Christine Lagarde, 60, who is about to begin her second five-year term as head of the International Monetary Fund, has a remarkable… Source: Q&A With Christine Lagarde 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 »

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 »

The IMF In The Eurozone Crisis: Political Bankruptcy

It was wrong from the start. Going on the incorrect assumption that the Eurozone crisis could only be overcome with the help of the crisis-proven IMF, it was the German government above all that insisted on embedding the Fund as an equal partner in the Troika meant to draw up and monitor the rescue… Source: The IMF In The Eurozone Crisis: Political Bankruptcy Read More »

Poll: Sanders Erases Clinton’s National Lead

The Vermont senator erases his rival’s national lead in a new poll, even as he struggles to close the delegate gap. Hillary Clinton may have amassed a nearly insurmountable lead in delegates, but rank-and-file Democrats are now virtually split between her and Bernie Sanders over which candidate should be their party’s presidential… Source: Poll: Sanders Erases Clinton’s National Lead – The Atlantic Read More »

Dennis Hastert accused of sexual abuse by at least 4, sources say

For months, federal authorities have hinted at the motive behind the hush-money payments former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has admitted to making: the sexual abuse of a teenage boy when Hastert was still a suburban high school teacher and wrestling coach… Source: Dennis Hastert accused of sexual abuse by at least 4, sources say – Chicago Tribune Read More »

Donald Trump and the Borderers

The Republican front-runner’s appeal seems rooted in a distinctive political culture—born in the British borderlands, and still flourishing in America’s southern highlands. Imagine a successful presidential candidate whose political style was “characterized by intensely personal leadership, charismatic appeals to his… Source: Donald Trump and the Borderers – The Atlantic Read More »