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Is the United States Baiting Iran into a War?

The Trump team appears to have laid a trap for Iran, attempting to provoke it into an action that crosses an administration red line. Jeffrey Stacey The National Interest The Middle East region and the American foreign-policy establishment are breathing a collective sigh of relief, as President Donald Trump has dialed back U.S. threats to Iran and undercut his administration’s top hawks, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton. But while tensions in the Persian Gulf ... Read More »

Guaido renews call for Maduro to step down after Norway talks

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido renewed calls for President Nicolas Maduro to resign on May 31 while campaigning in the birthplace of former leader Hugo Chavez, following inconclusive talks in… SABANETA-Agence France-Presse Hurriyet Guaido — who is backed by the United States and is recognized as interim president by more than 50 countries — has been leading a push to oust leftist firebrand Maduro, who has presided over a… During a brief speech before a handful of followers in the small town of Sabaneta, Guaidocalled for ... Read More »

Progressives Should Read Progressive History—So They Don’t Blow It This Time

The original progressive reform movement was flexible and broad. That’s why it worked. Joshua Zeitz Politico “Medicare for All.” “The Green New Deal.” Calls to overhaul the Supreme Court and replace the Electoral College. Many activists today are heralding a new progressive movement—a successor to the vibrant reform coalition that swept both major political parties in the early years of the 20th century. There’s more than a little truth to this comparison. America’s current reality—marked by rising income inequality, the ... Read More »

Turkey puts novelists including Elif Shafak under investigation

Prosecutors target authors whose fiction tackles difficult subjects such as child abuse and sexual violence Alison Flood The Guardian Turkish prosecutors have launched investigations into writers of fiction including the award-winning novelist Elif Shafak, in what campaigners are describing as a serious threat to free speech. The move comes in the wake of a vicious debate on social media in which novelists tackling challenging subjects – such as child abuse and sexual violence – have been accused of… After a ... Read More »

Suffering unseen: The dark truth behind wildlife tourism

Captive wild animal encounters are hugely popular, thanks partly to social media. But our investigation shows many creatures lead dismal lives. By Natasha Daly National Geographic Photographs by Kirsten Luce I’VE COME BACK to check on a baby. Just after dusk I’m in a car lumbering down a muddy road in the rain, past rows of shackled elephants, their trunks swaying. I was here five hours before, when the sun was high and hot and tourists were on elephants’ backs. Walking ... Read More »

‘Internet brides’ abused and held captive in suburban Australian homes

An explosion of social media sites promoting prospective young Asian brides has caused a spike in abuse and exploitation, with reports some women are being held captive in suburban homes in… Erin Parke ABC Six women from Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines have revealed their stories to ABC News in the hope of preventing other women being lured into abusive relationships with… “We have seen some horrendous cases where there’s been really severe physical violence and where women have simply ... Read More »

OPINION | How do we make the world safer for women?

A year ago, when Eurydice Dixon was murdered in a Melbourne park, there were a lot of conversations – public and private – about how women felt about their personal safety. Michelle Haines Thomas The Canberra Times I remember being shocked that so many men – grown up men with wives and daughters – hadn’t realised how fearful women felt out in the world. And how normalised that is by even teenage years. We walk with our keys bunched in ... Read More »

Why we should care about Julian Assange? Because next time they come for us…

Wikileaks co-founder, Julian Assange, in 2010 published information provided to him by then-US Army Pfc. Bradley E. Manning that comprised nearly 750,000 classified, or unclassified but sensitive, military and… Murray Hunter OnLineOpinion Among those documents was a collateral murder film clip that showed US Apache helicopters killing people in Iraq including two local Reuters news agency employees, exposing a US military cover-up. The military had claimed that the helicopters were responding to an active firefight and that all killed were ... Read More »

British Neocolonialism across Oceans: Chagos & Cyprus

Since the middle of last week many mass media outlets around the globe discuss the resolution of UN General Assembly (UNGA) about the Mauritius. ISF The relevant resolution calls Great Britain to give up control over the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean. London has been occupying the Chagos Archipelago Islands unlawfully (against the will of the indigenous people) since 1965. Ironically, it was the Harold Wilson headed Labour Government which on the 8th of November 1965 formally declared the ... Read More »

Assange a victim of torture and Australia shares blame, says UN expert

London: Julian Assange has been subjected to intense psychological torture comparable to some of the gravest cases from “interrogation prisons” around the world, a United Nations expert says. Nick Miller WAtoday He accuses the UK, US and Sweden of a “consistent failure” to protect Assange’s human rights – and Australia of a “glaring absence” where it should be helping one of its citizens. But the Australian government has emphatically rejected any suggestion Australia is complicit in any torture of Assange, saying ... Read More »

To tackle climate change, immigration and threats to democracy, Europe’s fractious new Parliament will have to work together

The European Union has survived its latest contest between pro-EU and anti-EU forces. Garret Martin The Conversation Helped by high turnout, pro-EU centrist and leftist parties together won more than two-thirds of seats in the European Parliament elections held in 28 countries from May 23 to 26. Populist parties intent on destroying the EU from within made only modest gains, increasing their share from 20% to 25% of the 751 seats. The European Parliament – one of the three institutions ... Read More »

Elton John: ‘I am a European – not a stupid, imperialist English idiot’

The singer says Brexit has made him ashamed to be British, while performing in Verona during his final world tour Ben Beaumont-Thomas The Guardian Elton John has said he is ashamed of the UK over its voting for and handling of Brexit. While performing on Wednesday in Verona on his last ever world tour, Farewell Yellow Brick Road, he said: “I’m ashamed of my country for what it has done. It’s torn people apart … I am sick to death of politicians, ... Read More »

Why Autism Goes Unseen in Girls – And How You Can Spot It

Autism is under-recognised in girls and many mask the condition to fit in, feel safe and gain acceptance – but it takes a heavy toll, says Sarah-Jane Critchley… TeachWire When you look at Beth, autism is not the first thing that you would think of. She is bright, open, smiley, makes great eye contact and comes alive when you start talking about Harry Potter. Before long, you start to realise that your entire lesson could be hijacked by her in ... Read More »

‘Is it right for a country to claim whole ocean?’: Duterte frustrated with Beijing over South China Sea conduct

The president said he was sad and bewildered as the efforts to hammer out a code of conduct to govern the disputed waters drag on He warned that the longer it takes, the greater the chance the sea would be a “flashpoint of troubles” Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte voiced rare frustration with China on Friday, urging progress on a code of conduct for the contested South China Sea, which he warned was becoming a “flashpoint”. – AFP – Agence France-Presse ... Read More »