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London mayor to visit US ‘in case Trump wins’

Newly elected mayor said he will visit to see the US once more in case he is shut out by Trump policies.. London’s first Muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan, says if Donald Trump becomes president of the United States he will be barred from entering the country on account of his faith. The UK Labour Party candidate secured victory over Conservative challenger Zac Goldsmith on Saturday, and is already looking ahead to his future responsibilities abroad… Source: London mayor to visit ... Read More »

Fintan O’Toole on an astonishing ideological volte-face

Maybe we’ve just seen the greatest ideological reversal in Irish politics. I genuinely hope so’.. Who wrote this scathing attack on the nature of the Irish State? “We have previously enjoyed and wasted prosperity before. WhileIreland has been a wealthy country for a generation, the gap between rich and poor has remained far too large. Even before the economic collapse, Ireland had the highest rate of jobless households in Europe, facilitated by… Source: Fintan O’Toole on an astonishing ideological volte-face Read More »

Political donation laws must be reformed to make campaign financing more transparent

Editorial Seven years ago, a Victorian parliamentary inquiry suggested Australia was ranked “among the least regulated jurisdictions in the Western world” in terms of the laws that govern political donations and campaign financing. It is altogether dispiriting that nothing has changed in the interim. In terms of transparency, accountability and timeliness, the laws remain hopelessly inadequate… Source: Political donation laws must be reformed to make campaign financing more transparent Read More »

Philippines election: ‘Dictator-in-waiting’ Rodrigo Duterte headed for a huge victory

Philippines’ outgoing president compared his now likely successor to Adolf Hitler before 50 million people cast their ballots… A foul-mouthed anti-establishment outsider has been elected president of the Philippines in an extraordinary political upset that will return the island-nation to authoritarian rule 30 years after a popular uprising ousted the dictator Ferdinand Marcos… Source: Philippines election: ‘Dictator-in-waiting’ Rodrigo Duterte headed for a huge victory Read More »

The choice for Europe: rescue Greece or create a failed state

It’s no longer about austerity. This is a battle for the soul of Europe.. Between now and mid-June the European political elite must give its answer to an existential question. Will it honour the deal it made to rescue Greece last July; or will it push the radical left government into default –effectively creating a failed state in Europe?… Source: The choice for Europe: rescue Greece or create a failed state | Paul Mason | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Aung San Suu Kyi’s Cowardly Stance on the Rohingya

The Rohingya are a Muslim minority in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar that has been systematically denied the most elemental rights: citizenship, freedom of worship, education, marriage and travel. THE EDITORIAL BOARD  Tens of thousands of the Rohingya were driven from their homes by violence in 2012; last year many tried to flee persecution and… Aung San Suu Kyi’s Cowardly… Read More »

Grim Legacy of VD for Cyprus: Non Implementation of Self-Determination Created Tragedy: Should the UN Legitimize the Travesty?

Today marks the anniversary of the defeat of Nazism. The 9th of May 1945, Victory Day, marks the date Nazi Germany, bent on subjugating the whole world, was utterly defeated by the Allied Powers. The latter through their commitments signed under both the Atlantic (1941) and the UN Charter (1945) undertook, inter alia, to… Source: Grim Legacy of VD for Cyprus: Non Implementation of Self-Determination Created Tragedy: Should the UN Legitimize the Travesty? | INTERSECURITYFORUM Read More »

Ireland On Course to Develop Hydrocarbons, Employment

Ireland’s hydrocarbon sector is attracting an array of oil and gas industry giants in its 2015 Atlantic Margin Oil and Gas Exploration Licensing Round, with eight companies receiving new acreage in the southern Porcupine Basin as part of the first phase awards. The second, and final, phase of awards is scheduled for mid-May and will see a range of new acreage awarded to a variety of oil and gas exploration and production firms. Source: Ireland On Course to Develop Hydrocarbons, ... Read More »

In pictures: The last nomadic people of Nepal

The Raute are the last nomadic people of Nepal. Now numbering fewer than 150, they live in the forests of Accham’s middle hills, where photographer Andrew Newey caught up with them. The Raute people live in temporary camps, hidden away from the villages, in remote parts of the forest. Their dwellings are basic tents made from wooden branches covered with leaves and cloth… Source: In pictures: The last nomadic people of Nepal – BBC News Read More »

Iran says it successfully tested a mid-range ballistic missile two weeks ago

An Iranian military official has revealed the country successfully tested a precision-guided medium-range ballistic missile two weeks ago, as Tehran continues to bolster what it insists is a purely defensive arsenal.. The Islamic Republic has worked to improve the range and accuracy of its missiles over the past year, which it says will make them a more potent deterrent with conventional warheads against its enemy Israel… Source: Iran says it successfully tested a mid-range ballistic missile two weeks ago – ... Read More »

End of World: May 9 transit of Mercury

A NEW theory has emerged to suggest the transit of Mercury overnight was linked to the Bible’s prophecy of destruction. Shame it held no merit.. YouTube channel The Prophetico released a video last week analysing the correlation between the alignment of the planets and star constellations, suggesting this natural phenomenon could be of grave significance… Source: End of World: May 9 transit of Mercury Read More »

Greece looks to international justice to regain Parthenon marbles from UK

As 200th anniversary of artefacts’ removal approaches, Greek culture minister says government will appeal to courts and the likes of UN.. Greece has not abandoned the idea of resorting to international justice to repatriate the Parthenon marbles and is investigating new ways in which it might bring a claim against the British Museum… Source: Greece looks to international justice to regain Parthenon marbles from UK | Art and design | The Guardian Read More »