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New bid to free journalists held in Cairo

  • September 5th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

IFJ CairoThere has been no easing of the campaign in support of the Al-Jazeera English journalists imprisoned in Cairo.

Supporters say this is in response to a sense of injustice; the group are seen as scapegoats for trouble between the Egyptian government now in power and the Arabic language service of their news organisation; legal representatives decried the weak quality of evidence, or absence of evidence on the political charges brought against them.

In the latest intervention, the International Federation of Journalists and its affiliate Arab Federation of Journalists have obtained access to the Prime Minister in Cairo this week. … Read More »

Roads to Rome: slavery, human rights and cleaning up the Vatican finances …

  • April 2nd, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

romePope Francis’s diary of late has noted two Australian items, billionaire Andrew Forrest stepping up his anti-slavery campaign, and Cardinal George Pell about to start work as the Vatican head of finance. One other visit of special note, the first to the new Pope by President Barack Obama.

 

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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 »

Heavy toll in Europe’s war on corruption

  • February 4th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Corruption EUThe European Commission has released its first comprehensive report on corruption, revealing large scale malfeasance across all of the 28 European union  states. … 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 »

Nazi art trove in Munich

  • January 6th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Carl_Spitzweg_055 Carl Spitzweg 2The wait goes on for a solution to the future of the art trove found in Munich, believed to have been plundered by Nazis.

Over 1400  modernist works  – paintings, drawings and etchings – in the collection feature renowned artists, altogether estimated to be worth EU1-billion (A$1.515-billion; xce.com, 5.1.14). … Read More »

Ending 2013: Trouble in Italy

  • December 31st, 2013
  • Posted by EU Australia

The October boat-people tragedy; parliament’s distraction by Berlusconi; cyclonic floods…Italy map flag

SILVIO BERLUSCONI –  SPOT OF BOTHER

The Berlusconi episode in public life, in Italy, looked to be coming to a sorry and bitter end, when the former Prime Minister’s desperate-looking ploy to unseat the government came unstuck. … Read More »

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