Kazakh oligarch accuses president of kidnapping wife and daughter

Mukhtar Ablyazov is a former banker and politician pursued in London’s high court over allegations he embezzled over £3bnA fugitive Kazakh oligarch and dissident, who was granted political asylum in the UK before fleeing Britain to avoid a prison sentence, has accused Kazakhstan’s president Nursultan Nazarbayev of kidnapping his wife and six-year-old child after they […]
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Golden Dawn gathers strength as Greeks desert traditional parties

EU criticises the establishment’s failure to deal with violence in a country suffering from effects of harsh budget cutsIt wasn’t just that their symbols looked like swastikas. Or that thousands of Greek flags filled the marble square beneath the Acropolis. Or that they were marking the 560th anniversary of the fall of Constantinople.It was that […]
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John F Kennedy: ‘We all breathe the same air’

In June 1963, JFK made a speech that changed the outcome of the cold war. Fifty years on, modern politicians should follow his example of leading, not following, public opinionPresident Obama’s address to young people in Jerusalem in March was meant to be an uplifting call for peace. Yet there was one remarkably dispiriting line. “Speaking as a politician,” said […]
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Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper has his own scandal woes | Jeffery Ewener

Harper is facing questions over everything from curious expenses to his link to troubled Toronto mayor Rob FordCanadian prime ministers tend to be bland – maniacally so.Our longest-serving, William Lyon Mackenzie King – who led the young nation through the crucible of the Second World War – is the type and symbol. In his youth, […]
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Christine Milne calls for full inquiry into political campaign funding – video

The leader of the Greens, Senator Christine Milne, discusses party funding. Calling for a $50 limit on anonymous donations, she says: ‘It would be madness to allow the old parties to further entrench a two-party system when right across Australia people are saying they need the Greens in the Senate after the election to stand […]
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Mark Dreyfus announces election funding changes – video

Attorney General Mark Dreyfus announced changes to how election funding will be provided to political parties and independents as well as reducing the disclosable amount of donations to $5,000. Legislation waiting to be debated in the Senate reduced the current threshold from $12,100 to $1,000, but that will now be increased    
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Jimmy Wray obituary

Scottish Labour MP who fought off Militant Tendency in its bid to take hold of the Glasgow Provan constituencyJimmy Wray, who has died at 78, emerged from the colourful tapestry of Glasgow politics to become a Labour MP between 1987 and 2005. A man of the left, Wray was also a lifelong entrepreneur and close […]
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