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Security: Watching over the G20

  • May 28th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Brisbane wikipediaSorting through problems of a troubled world in eyeball-to-eyeball contact among heads of government – at the G20 —  always holds out the hope of getting some solutions though real communication.

It also means risk and high organisation; why squads of armed police this month have been deployed for exercises  — with air support, in water, and rehearsing street movements —  close to the bottom of the world, for the G20 summit in November.

Lee Duffield writes:

 

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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 »

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 »

Atlantic fury hits UK

  • February 15th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

England flood mapPeople in South and South-west England, and some parts further North are facing up to another weekend of severe Winter storms, after weeks of continuing bad weather.

They have been bringing destructive winds, heavy seas along the coast, extreme flooding on the coast and well inland, and widespread snowfalls; with that, paralysis of traffic movements and blackouts. … 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. World Action on Environment: EU steps up; Australia steps back …

  • December 30th, 2013
  • Posted by EU Australia

Climate globe ANUGatherings in Warsaw and Colombo kept the international community’s focus  on anxiety about climate change and sustainability, at the year’s end, though the Australians started to march out of step.

Actions on the home front in Australia show clear trends in a ‘non-environmentalist’ direction.

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Ending 2013: Russia’s Amnesty for Greenpeace crew and others …

  • December 19th, 2013
  • Posted by EU Australia

Greenpeace Arctic SunriseMembers of the “Arctic 30” dared to look forward to going home for Christmas, after the Russian Duma passed an amnesty law for prisoners (18.12.13), tightly worded but enough to apply to the Greenpeace activist group.

The Legislation, applying to such categories as persons guilty of victimless crimes, first-offenders, minors or  women with children, is expected to apply also to two members of the cultural-dissident rock group, ‘Pussy Riot’.

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