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Assault on Damascus suburbs feared amid raging violence - Region - World - Ahram Online

Assault on Damascus suburbs feared amid raging violence - Region - World - Ahram Online | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it

'Syrian activists fear a new ground assault on Damascus suburbs where military reinforcements poured in hours after tripartite talks between the US, Russia and UN on the 21-month conflict.

 

Syria's army sent reinforcements to a rebel town near Damascus as clashes raged south of the capital Friday, hours after talks on the conflict between the US, Russia and UN ended without a breakthrough.


Meanwhile, UN chief Ban Ki-moon was due to visit Syrian refugees in Turkey before meeting in Ankara with President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, key backers of the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad.

 

Inside Syria, activists feared a new ground assault on Damascus suburbs where military reinforcements poured in, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.'

 

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http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/59986/World/Region/Assault-on-Damascus-suburbs-feared-amid-raging-vio.aspx

 

 

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Coalition under fire for Sri Lanka asylum seeker plan - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Coalition under fire for Sri Lanka asylum seeker plan - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
The Government and refugee advocates have lashed out at the Opposition's plan to deport all Sri Lankan asylum seekers, saying it breaches human rights.

 

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'Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop says many Sri Lankan asylum seekers are economic migrants, not refugees, and the civil war in the country is over.

 

..................Immigration Minister Chris Bowen says Australia has a duty to consider asylum claims under the United Nations Refugee Convention.

 

"Now what I think you hear is the sound of goalposts moving," he said.

 

"They're becoming more shrill and more ridiculous.

 

"This is an extraordinary call from the Opposition and what they're effectively doing here is calling for us to remove ourselves from the Refugee Convention.

 

Leaders from denominations including the Salvation Army and Anglican, Catholic and Uniting churches say they are concerned about the Government's new legislation to allow offshore processing.'

 

 

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The centrifuge that is Bosnia

The centrifuge that is Bosnia | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
The unraveling of Bosnian democracy...

 

'The 1995 Dayton accords that ended Bosnia’s three-year bloody war did not quell the virulent disagreements among the country’s three largest nationalities: Bosniaks, Serbs and Croats. Moreover, Dayton bequeathed Bosnia a dysfunctional and excessively redundant constitutional structure. The international community’s representative to Bosnia noted a few years ago that the country of 4 million people has “two entities [for] three constituent peoples; five presidents, four vice presidents, 13 prime ministers, 14 parliaments, 147 ministers and 700 members of Parliament.”'

 

'While the United States understandably focuses on the Middle East and Central Asia, democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, once considered a rare transatlantic success story, is in danger of unraveling.'

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Bishop’s Sri Lankan Asylum Seeker Deal Is Illegal | newmatilda.com

Bishop’s Sri Lankan Asylum Seeker Deal Is Illegal | newmatilda.com | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Julie Bishop wants to lock Sri Lankan asylum seekers out of the Australian legal system.

 

'[But] with the odds tipping that they won’t be in Opposition for too much longer, the Coalition’s wilful disregard for international law and human rights with this rash proposal is disturbing.'

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Will a buffer zone calm or stoke tensions?

Will a buffer zone calm or stoke tensions? | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
We discuss the feasibility and risks of enforcing a buffer zone and a no-fly zone in Syria.

 

'"According to OCHA (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs), there are more than two million internally displaced people in Syria. In the face of such a humanitarian disaster, the UN should initiate the establishment of IDP camps within Syria without delay. Needless to say, these camps should have full protection. Let us also be clear, there is only one side which is responsible for this tragedy, it is the regime in Syria."

 

Turkey has been pressing for the establishment of safe havens inside Syria to stem the mounting exodus of refugees, and reacted with frustration when its calls fell on deaf ears at the UN Security Council on Thursday.

 

However, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has called the proposal for a buffer zone unrealistic.

"I believe that talk about a buffer zone is not practical, even for those countries which are playing a hostile role (against Syria)," al-Assad said in a recorded interview broadcast on Syria's Addounia television.'

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A rare challenge to Abbott's free pass - The Drum - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A rare challenge to Abbott's free pass - The Drum - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
When Jon Faine interviewed Tony Abbott on ABC's 774, something unusual happened. The Opposition Leader's careless use of words was actually challenged. Abbott did not further dispute the point

 

'Tony Abbott did not further dispute the point. Like an errant school kid, he seemed to accept the admonishment. Yet within 24 hours, he was again referring to asylum seekers as illegals. Nobody in the media pulled him up. He knew they wouldn't. They rarely do.

 

For the record, he is wrong in domestic and in international law.'

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