Monthly Archives: October 2018

Australia loves Prince Harry and Meghan, but is it time for a republic?

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are spearheading a charm offensive by the British royal family in Australia — and the country can’t get enough of them. Thousands flocked to meet the newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex when they touched down in Sydney on October 16 for a two-week tour. Cementing Australia’s special place in the Commonwealth, the couple announced ...

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Swedish military tight-lipped over ‘submarine’ spotted near capital

Swedish politicians are seeking answers after reports emerged of the sighting of a submarine in Stockholm waters in June, which the military did not tell parliament’s defence committee about. Newspaper Dagens Nyheter reported late on Thursday that three teenage instructors and children at a sailing camp in the suburb of Lidingö had spotted the mystery vessel on 28 June. For ...

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How the world is grappling with China’s rising power

Countries around the world are pushing back against China’s revival as a major global power. China’s sheer size and population make it a heavyweight, and a clear strategic rival to the United States. It is the world’s most populous country and among its largest. Its influence has boomed – along with its economy – in recent years, as the US and Europe ...

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Trust in government has never been so low, is Australia a divided nation?

Considering what’s gone on in Canberra recently, is it a surprise that Australians are losing faith in the political system? “It’s a system that’s stacked against ordinary, hardworking Australians,” Chris Smith says. As a nation, we’re divided. Institute of Public Affairs research fellow Matthew Lesh is looking closely at the Australian divide in his latest book, Democracy In A Divided Australia. He tells ...

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Editor of Independent flies out for meeting with Saudi partner

The editor of the Independent has flown to Riyadh to meet with the news outlet’s controversial new Saudi publishing partner despite growing concerns over its links to the country following the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Christian Broughton’s trip comes as a number of media organisations boycott a major Riyadh investment conference. It was said to be a long-planned meeting with the ...

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NEW BOOK PROPOSES ISRAEL WITHDRAW UNILATERALLY FROM THE WEST BANK

“Israeli National Security: A New Strategy for an Era of Change” by former Deputy National Security Adviser Charles Freilich proposes first public national security policy. srael should unilaterally withdraw from the West Bank in order to lay the groundwork for a two-state solution with the Palestinians and prevent terrorist attacks like Barkan from occurring again, says former deputy national security ...

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Israel said to fear US peace plan includes Jerusalem as Palestinian capital

Yedioth Ahronoth reports upcoming announcement from the Trump administration could include a clause that would make the city a capital for both sides Israel is reportedly concerned that the Trump administration is considering recognizing Jerusalem as the Palestinian as well as the Israeli capital in a bid to bring Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas back to the negotiating table. That ...

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MIDDLE ISRAEL: TIME TO SHED THE COMPLEX OF ‘YERIDAH’

Expat Amir Yaron’s nomination as Bank of Israel governor has irked some with good reason, but the reasons for welcoming him are better. Watching fellow pioneers head back to Europe exhausted by Ottoman Palestine’s hardships, poet Noah Shapira lamented the beginnings of what we call “yeridah.” “It is no time today for me to cheer,” he wrote in 1902, “only ...

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Israel delays Palestinian village Khan al-Ahmar demolition order

Decision to demolish Khan al-Ahmar has been temporarily postponed, according to Israeli PM Netanyahu. Israel has announced it was putting on hold the demolition of a Palestinian Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank for a “short, fixed period of time”. In a statement made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday following a meeting with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, he said Khan al-Ahmar ...

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Jordan Canceling Annexes of Peace Treaty With Israel, King Abdullah Says

Following recent protests, King Abdullah says Jordan will terminate parts of the treaty that allowed Israeli ownership rights under Jordanian sovereignty in the Naharayim/Baqura area and the Zofar/Al-Ghamr area Jordan’s King Abdullah informed Israel on Sunday he will not renew two annexes of the 1994 peace treaty between Israel and Jordan concerning territory leased to Israel. In a meeting with ...

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