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Italy’s beggar’s nationalism

The populist government’s reckless budget relies on other countries being ready to bail it out. Alberto Mingardi Politico MILAN — One of the bestselling books in Italy right now is a novel based on the life of Benito Mussolini, the Italian dictator who invented fascism.   “M” by Antonio Scurati aims to be the first in a trilogy. Though several historical inaccuracies have been spotted, the novel captures well the spirit of the troubled times in which Mussolini came to power. ... Read More »

Paul Keating says raising superannuation to 12 per cent will ‘barely cut it’

Former prime minister Paul Keating has rejected a Grattan Institute report that suggested scrapping plans to raise compulsory super payments from 9.5 per cent to 12 per cent, and raising the… ABC Mr Keating, whose government introduced compulsory superannuation contributions, said Grattan Institute chief executive John Daley had a “miserable view” of the world. Mr Keating told 7.30 that super payments had to be raised to 12 per cent, though that would “barely cut it”. “When I introduced super 32 years ago, people retired ... Read More »

Why the history of messianic Judaism is so fraught and complicated

When Loren Jacobs, member of the Shma Yisrael Congregation, offered a prayer for the victims of the Tree of Life congregation at a campaign rally attended by Mike Pence, it left many Jews feeling very upset. Ingrid Anderson The Conversation The vice president’s office later denied inviting Jacobs to the event. Jacobs is a messianic Jew and part of a group called Jews for Jesus. Here is why their relationship with Jews is so fraught. Messianic Jews Messianic Jews consider ... Read More »

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny prohibited from leaving country

Alexei Navalny says he was given no reason for being barred from boarding a flight from Moscow to Frankfurt. He intended to appear at the ECHR, which is ruling on the legality of his numerous detentions. DW Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Tuesday said that he had been prohibited from boarding a flight from Moscow’ Domodedovo airport to Frankfurt that morning. Navalny planned to continue on to the European Court of… The ECHR is expected to hand down a ... Read More »

Judge tears up $35m settlement between ASIC and Westpac in lending case

The corporate regulator and Westpac Banking Corp have been forced back to the drawing board after the Federal Court threw out the bank’s offer to pay a $35 million settlement for contravening responsible lending laws. Sarah Danckert WAtoday Federal Court judge Nye Perram tore up the settlement between the parties on Tuesday on a technicality after finding the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and Westpac could not agree on exactly how, or how many times, Westpac broke the… The ... Read More »

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Targets Amazon Over New York HQ: ‘Extremely Concerning to Residents Here’

Incoming socialist Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said her constituents in Queens, New York City, are voicing “outrage” about reports that Amazon will locate one of its new headquarters in nearby Long Island City. Shane Crucher Newsweek The Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon is set to announce New York City and Virginia’s Arlington County as locations of two new headquarters for the commerce giant with as many as 25,000 employees split between both. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio called it “the single biggest ... Read More »

A couple denied being neo-Nazis. Their photo of baby ‘Adolf’ proved otherwise

Claudia Patatas and Adam Thomas had long denied being leading members of the white power group National Action, which is banned in Britain. But their family photos suggested otherwise. Cleve R. Wootson Jr The Age / The Washington Post There is the one of Patatas holding their newborn while Thomas holds a flag emblazoned with the Nazi swastika. And there’s one of Thomas cradling the baby boy; the child is wearing polka-dot pyjamas, his father the sort of hooded robe ... Read More »

CNN Sues Trump Administration for Barring Jim Acosta From White House

CNN sued the Trump administration on Tuesday in an effort to reinstate the press credentials of its chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, escalating a dispute that has highlighted the increasingly tense dynamic between President Trump and the… Michael M. Grynbaum The New York Times In a lawsuit filed in Federal District Court, the network argued that the removal of Mr. Acosta’s White House press pass constituted a violation of his First Amendment rights to freely report on the… CNN ... Read More »

Cities Should Stop Playing the Amazon HQ2 Bidding Game

There is no economic benefit to huge tax incentives to lure new companies, so why do cities keep offering them? Bryce Covert The New York Times It’s official: Amazon has anointed New York and Northern Virginia as locations for a major expansion, involving at least 25,000 employees and an investment of $5 billion. The announcement is the culmination of an intense bidding war among 238 cities for Amazon’s promise of $50 billion in investment and 50,000 high-paying technology jobs. To land that deal, cities ... Read More »

A Rising Tide of Murder in Venezuela’s Mineral-rich South

Dead bodies are appearing across the Orinoco river basin of southern Venezuela. Bram Ebus ICG In this Q&A, Crisis Group consultant Bram Ebus explains how the killings are linked by jostling among criminals, guerrillas and soldiers for mineral wealth amid the country’s wider socio-economic meltdown. What happened? A spate of mass killings in southern Venezuela is stirring international concern as the country’s political and economic crisis continues to drive a migrant exodus. On 14 October, at least seven miners were murdered ... Read More »

Child refugees to return to Nauru

Scott Morrison says child refugees relocated from Nauru to Australia for medical attention will be sent back to the offshore processing centre. Richard Ferguson The Australian The Australian reported earlier this month that the Prime Minister plans to transfer all children off Nauru by the end of the year. Mr Morrison said there are only 30 children on the island now. But he said this morning that those remaining 30 children will be left on the island unless they need medical help ... Read More »

Bangladesh-Myanmar: The Danger of Forced Rohingya Repatriation

Bangladesh and Myanmar have struck a deal for the involuntary repatriation of over 2,000 Rohingya refugees. ICG But the agreement is rushed and threatens stability on both sides of the border. Myanmar and Bangladesh should halt the plan and instead work to create conditions conducive to a safe and dignified return. What’s new?  Bangladesh’s government is preparing to return several thousand Rohingya refugees to Myanmar. Under pressure from China, the two countries have agreed to start implementing a repatriation agreement ... Read More »

Preserving historical buildings: the most sustainable thing is not to build new stuff

Making heritage buildings sustainable is just as important as preserving their history – and they can offer energy-efficiency lessons of their own Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore The Guardian After grinding grain since 1897, Sydney’s Crago Flour Mill finally cranked to a halt in the mid 80s. Over the years, this handsome industrial Newtown site became rundown, a dusty labyrinth of rooms sprawled over four buildings. Given the job in 2008 of transforming the mill into 47 strata studios, architects Allen Jack+Cottier (AJ+C) ... Read More »

Palestine and Britain: forgotten legacy of World War I that devastated the Middle East

For those of us of an age to have known only peace in Western Europe, the centenary of the end of World War I is a an opportunity to learn something of the extreme consequences of the failure to… James Rodgers The Conversation And when the world marked the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, millions fell silent to remember the pain and sacrifice of that conflict. But another anniversary that fell this year – that of the end of the ... Read More »

UK to sell ‘UNLIMITED’ amount of military equipment to China in MASSIVE rebuke to Trump

A UK DEFENCE company is preparing to sell an “unlimited quantity of goods” to the Chinese military, including advanced radar technology and tracking systems, in a possible challenge to the Trump administration which has imposed massive sanctions on the… James Bickerton Express The revelation was made by the South China Morning Post, based on information from within the UK’s Department for International Trade. According to the leak, a UK company, which hasn’t been identified, has been granted an Open Individual ... Read More »

Government slashes charity Foodbank’s funding by half

A food charity says a federal government funding cut will put in danger its ability to get essential items to needy Australians. AAP – SBS A charity feeding 710,000 Australians every month says the federal government has cut its budget almost in half just weeks before Christmas. Foodbank says funding for its Key Staples program, which makes sure essential supplies like rice, bread and vegetables get to hungry people, will drop from $750,000 to $427,000. “We are dumbfounded,” Foodbank chief ... Read More »