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Easter 2019: Hostility and loss in a season of hope

  • April 23rd, 2019
  • Posted by EU Australia

Easter has brought a cruel trial for Christians world-wide with the coordinated bomb attacks on churches and major hotels in Sri Lanka.

That outrage and the devastation by fire of Notre Dame at Paris the week before will be remembered for the season this time.

In Christian belief Easter marks the anniversary of the crucifixion and later resurrection in Jerusalem of Jesus Christ. … Read More »

Football: Women’s World Cup tussle moves focus off FIFA, back onto the ball

  • June 24th, 2015
  • Posted by EU Australia

World Cup canada 2Exciting times at the World Cup in Canada, even if Sepp Blatter, “Mister Football” now under a huge dark cloud, might be missing from the stands on Final day.

Among the excitement, the Matildas, from Australia, have also got into the top billing. … Read More »

Court at The Hague rules against Japan – revokes its whaling permits

  • March 31st, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Whaling GreenpeaceThe International Court of Justice at The Hague has ruled emphatically against Japan, and in favour of Australia, in their dispute over whaling in the Antarctic region.

The court found Japan was in violation of obligations under the international Whaling Convention , by taking large numbers of whales for commercial use, on a justification that this was for scientific purposes.

The panel of judges determined 12 to 4, that Japan’s whaling permits are to be revoked and no new ones are to be issued to it; the decision binding, no appeals to be permitted.

New Zealand was joined in the case on Australia’s side. … Read More »

G20: World economic talks go South

  • February 23rd, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

G20 pic SydneyFinance Ministers of the leading 20 world economies, the G20, ended a meeting in Sydney, 23.2.14, with an agreement adopt a joint target for economic growth over the coming five years. … Read More »

London gathering against the wildlife trade: Final war?

  • February 19th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Wildlife 9The London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade fired the first shots, 13.2.14, in what is being announced as a stepped-up, and desperate new campaign to save world wildlife from heavy, increasing, and terminal poaching.

It named and confronted Asian markets for the trivialised use of  objects from animals that have now become precious and almost unimaginably expensive – as status symbols, and ingredients for obscure special foods. … Read More »

“Geneva not Jakarta” theme for Australian diplomacy this week …

  • January 21st, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

geneva jakartaThe Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, has set out to drum up some business through the World Economic Forum at Davos (22-25.1.14) in Switzerland.

Meanwhile the government in Canberra struggles to keep ahead of adverse trends closer to home, in Indonesia and Timor Leste. … Read More »

Ending 2013: “Five Eyes” get a black eye over Snowden spy tales …

  • December 18th, 2013
  • Posted by EU Australia

eyeThe drip feed of information purloined from American security files continued this year as Edward Snowden, former CIA-NSA contractor, continued the campaign from his Russian sanctuary.

Merkel A portrait Obama EUThe news of American phone-tapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel (picture), provoking an apology from President Barack Obama (picture) who indicated such practices would stop, was matched by complaints from South-east Asia saying Australia was running the Asia-Pacific side of such operations.
Targetted in this were the so-called Five Eyes states that share intelligence, the United States and the old “white Commonwealth”: Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand. … Read More »

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