Public demonstrations are great, right? Marches, protests, rallies — the right to gather and give the government a good yelling at is the pulse of democracy. Of course, the quality of the democracy is determined by how well the government listens and responds. It all hinges on whether an outcome is achieved. Unfortunately, Ukraine has a […]
Story of the week Joyce Saga: tensions rise in the Coalition Tensions in the Government have soared after it was revealed Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce had an affair with a former staffer and is the father of her unborn child. Speaking on Thursday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull condemned Mr Joyce’s behaviour, […]
It’s . We’re days into the year. There have been school shootings in America in 2018. That’s one shooting for every days. people have been killed. have been injured. were intentional, were suicides, and were accidental. Here they are pictorially. Deaths Injuries Here’s where and how they happened. School Place What happened? Dead and injured
If there’s one thing corporations dislike, it’s tax. No one really likes paying tax regardless of which way they lean — there are those who feel it is a societal duty and those who feel it is a burdensome waste, but neither actually enjoy giving their money away. When the Government announced plans to lower […]
Image credit: Cable News Network (CNN International) Super Bowl 2018 has just finished and for many of us it is time to pore over the results and strategies, and think about who the winners and losers were and why. If you thought that this article would evaluate the big game between the Eagles and the […]
Story of the week The Cabinet Files: Nightmare on Parliament Drive Classified government documents have been uncovered by the ABC after being located in a second hand ex-government filing cabinet in a Canberra shop. Now dubbed the “Cabinet Files”, the documents consist of thousands of pages of “top secret” or “AUSTEO” (AUSTralian Eyes Only) material. […]
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will meet with US President Donald Trump in another official visit on February 23. The White House confirmed the state visit in a statement on Friday. The two leaders will discuss a range of issues including terrorism, economic growth expanding security and defence cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region. From the @WhiteHouse: […]
Australia welcomes 13,000 new citizens on Australia Day 2018 As millions across the country marked Australia Day with celebrations and protests, around 13,000 migrants attained Australian citizenship. The new citizens come from 129 different countries. Speaking on the shores of Lake Burely Griffin on Friday, Mr Turnbull said: “We do not define our national identity, […]
After copping criticism over the spread of “fake news” via Facebook during the 2016 US Presidential Election, Mark Zuckerberg has announced Facebook is introducing measures that will prioritise “trusted” and “informative” news sources in users’ Facebook News Feeds. According to Mr Zuckerberg: “There’s too much sensationalism, misinformation and polarization in the world today. Social media […]
US Government shuts down The US federal Government shut down at 12:01am on Saturday after the US Senate did not pass a spending measure to continue federal government funding before the midnight deadline. The Senate voted 50-49 in favour of the measure (which passed the House of Representatives on Thursday and would have kept the government […]
Recently I’ve read a lot about whether US President Donald Trump referred to countries in Africa, as well as Haiti and El Salvador as “shitholes”. I’ve also read a lot of criticism levelled at the President that assumes he did use the term. Now, I wouldn’t put it past Donald Trump to use such a […]
The events in Hawaii last week brought to the fore the numerous ways in which maintaining a nuclear deterrent can sometimes go awry. It’s worth reflecting that the lack of a nuclear winter has been a close run thing at several moments throughout history. So, in the spirit of laughing because we cannot cry, we’ve […]
Delegations from North and South Korea met for the first time in two years yesterday. While discussions between the nations were predictably cautious, they have agreed to hold future talks and the North-South military hotline will today be restored. The talks, which took place at Peace House in the border village of Panmunjom, resulted in […]
Crises are almost unavoidable when under the scrutiny of the public eye. People will always be offended by something, an action will always be interpreted differently, and accidents will always happen. It will always be a struggle for public entities and high-profile individuals to build and maintain trust. All that can be done is to […]
US President Donald Trump has issued a statement regarding former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. Read the full statement below: Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind. Steve was a staffer who worked for me after […]
Image credit: Vborodinova (Pixabay) – CC0 After a year of rising tension on the Korean Peninsular and war seemingly at breaking point, 2018 may signal the beginning of better relations between North and South Korea. In his new year address, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said it was vital to lower military tensions in the […]
Unless you’ve been living under a rock of late, or have been taking a break from social media, you’ll likely have heard of the engagement of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle (of Suits fame). Their wedding day is already confirmed as May 19, about six months after they were engaged. Not having had such an event for […]
Image credit: Russian Government (Kremlin.ru) If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can make the world safe for diversity. — John F. Kennedy The first American I recall meeting was a middle-aged male tourist from San Diego. He was the most stereotypical American tourist one could conjure up. He had a classic goatee, […]
Australians to spend $18 billion between Boxing Day and January 15 Australians are expected to have spent a record-breaking $2.36 billion on Boxing Day this year, according to both the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) and the National Retailers Association (NRA). Retail revenue in NSW alone is tipped to have reached over $770 million, Victoria following […]
Image credit: Kaboompics (Pixabay) — CC0 public domain dedication. Anti-nuclear weapons group wins Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a group founded in Australia, was last Sunday awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017, “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use […]
United States President Donald Trump will tomorrow recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in a move that is expected to add to the conflict in the Middle East. The United States will consequently move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Protests have already begun in the West Bank over the decision. Israel annexed Jerusalem in 1967, and since then it has served as the de facto capital. An important city for Muslims, Jews and Christians, Jerusalem is not formally recognised by the international community as the capital of Israel, and the United States will be the first and only country to have its embassy there.
War punctuates human history with a monotonous regularity. Although typically terrifying and tragic to those who live, die and fight through wars, great things can grow from these seemingly inevitable conflicts. The English Civil War (1642–49) and Glorious Revolution (1688–89) laid the groundwork for modern democracy, while the American and French Revolutions (1775–83 and 1789–99 respectively) made substantial contributions to the development of what are today recognised as fundamental human rights. In more general terms, the vast empires established by conquest throughout history have aided the spread of ideas, albeit usually at the expense of native populations. War, while bad, can lead to good or at least useful results.
Is your country under threat? Is your youth unemployment rate getting too high? Does your economy need a pick-me-up? Wouldn’t it be good if I could tell you one way to achieve a highly skilled, experienced and employable workforce with a strong work ethic, while also being able to protect your nation and boost its economy? […]
The world in which we find ourselves seems like a series of crises teetering on the edge, simmering away under the careful stewardship of world leaders and their accompanying bureaucracies. There is no starker example of this than the precarious Korean peninsula, at the epicenter of a growing war of words and threats, all with the lives of a minimum of four million souls hanging in the balance.
For nearly a year-and-a-half before voting even began, the 2016 US Presidential Election dominated headlines. And arguably for good reason: there were more scandals and controversies than all 7000 episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful. Walls, glass ceilings, emails, Larry David lookalikes, Muslims, the KKK, free tertiary education — it was like the media’s […]
Maltese investigative journalist and anti-corruption activist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed by a car bomb near her home in Mosta on Monday evening. She was reportedly leaving her home when the blast occurred, sending the vehicle wreckage airborne and into an adjacent field. Ms Caruana Galizia was responsible for uncovering links between Malta and the […]
Photo credit: Adam Roberts (website) Mass shootings in the United States are inevitably accompanied by fierce political debate about gun control, and the Las Vegas Strip Shooting has been no exception. Seemingly before the bodies were even cold, spokespeople from both sides of the debate popped up on television arguing for more restrictions or fewer […]
A man has committed suicide after opening fire on music festival-goers at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Hotel on Sunday night. Authorities have confirmed 59 people are dead, with at least 525 injured, making it the most deadly mass shooting in US history. The shooter, 64 year-old Stephen Paddock, used at least one automatic weapon to fire […]
Photo credit: Stefan Krasowski (Flickr) — CC BY 2.0 licence. North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho has accused United States President Donald Trump of delcaring war on the rogue state. Speaking to reporters in New York on Monday, Ri said, “Last weekend Trump claimed that our leadership wouldn’t be around much longer and declared […]
Photo credit: FelixMittermeier (Pixabay) — CC0 public domain dedication Angela Merkel will serve a fourth term as German Chancellor after the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian counterpart, the Christian Social Union (CSU), secured 33% of the vote in Germany’s national election on Sunday. The Social Democrats (SPD) led by Martin Schulz received 20.5% […]
Image credit: US Geological Survey (website) An 8.1 magnitude earthquake has struck off the Western coast of Mexico. The US Tsunami Warning System has issued tsunami warnings for eight countries including Ecuador, Nicaragua, Panama, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, El Salvador, and Costa Rica.
In 1953 the Council of Europe adopted the European Convention on Human Rights, establishing a regional system to protect human rights in its member states, complete with domestic and regional courts to enforce it. Regional systems have also developed in the Americas through the Organisation of American States, and through the African Union. This leaves Asia and the Pacific as the only region without a human rights system.
Photo credit: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen (Website) — CC BY-SA 3.0 licence. Swiss President Doris Leuthard has said Switzerland is prepared to mediate talks between North Korea and the United States. Ms Leuthard noted that Swiss troops were deployed in the Korean Demilatarised Zone and that the country had a long history of neutral diplomacy. “We […]