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This is absolutely false. We have been led to believe this because first of all, it has been necessary to maintain the hope that Greece, by enforcing these harsh austerity measures, will be able to repay its debt and will, as a result, accept these difficult measures. In reality, an unsustainable debt is a debt which, no matter what a country does, cannot ever be repaid or even reduced, no matter how many measures are enforced. With mathematical certainty, such a debt will simply increase over time. This is the case in Greece. When Greece received its first so-calledbailout,” the public debt was 122 percent of GDP. From 122 percent it increased to 129 percent, then 148 percent, then 170 percent. It has since reached 177 percent and is projected to increase to 188 percent and later 200 percent of GDP if we continue down this path. The first loan agreement that Greece signed in 2010 and which, it should be stressed, was not ratified by the Greek Parliament, was a product of fraud and coercion.
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Final report on the South Australian blackouts adds to the debate on power security, as the government pulls the China extradition treaty resolution. Follow federal parliament live ... 2.26am BST Debate and report into 18C amendments is coming up in the senate. This is the speakers list. 2.23am BST Foreign minister, Julie Bishop , has said she would continue to work with Labor to get the China extradition treaty ratified because it is “undoubtedly in Australia’s national interests”. Asked whether there was a link between the extradition treaty and prisoner transfer agreement, Bishop said “yes, they were signed at the same time, in 2007” and confirmed that the Chinese consider them linked. It was raised on the recent visit by premier Li Keqiang , she said. Asked about Crown employees in custody in China, Bishop did not explain if they were directly affected but said Australia would continue to make representations on their behalf. Continue reading...
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Disparate groups oppose an extradition treaty due to be ratified by parliament, 10 years after it was signed. Follow it live ... 9.53pm BST Good morning blogans, Unity of purpose is a rare thing in parliament but it seems an extradition treaty with China has brought about agreement with all but senior government leadership. We are urging the opposition and crossbenchers to support the ratification. There are very considerable protections in the treaty and it is an important part of our co-operation with China on law enforcement. We dont know what happens to people once they are extradited to China...there is no upside for Australia. The difficulty is that governments will always say things to serve their only interests. I’d be very, very cautious about ratifying this treaty at this time. In my judgment, China’s legal system has to evolve further before the Australian government and people could be confident that those before it would receive justice according to law.
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Sadly, however, it took him about five years to come out publicly in support of women's suffrage, Ruth says. He did so in 1918. Congress passed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, giving women the right to vote, on June 4, 1919. It was ratified on August 18, 1920, and become law on August 26. The Library of Congress holds many collections related to women's suffrage, including the records of the National American Woman Suffrage Association and the National Woman's Party , the Susan B. Anthony Collection and suffrage scrapbooks . For a full recounting of the 1913 women's march and links to additional materials, see Marching for the Vote: Remembering the Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913 .
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The Labor Party will use its numbers to block the Australia-China extradition treaty in the Senate, joining the Greens and crossbenchers to vote against the agreement being ratified.
KyivPost
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The Verkhovna Rada on March 23 ratified the framework agreement between the governments of Ukraine and Hungary on granting a loan on the terms of related aid for road construction. According to the press service of the Infrastructure Ministry of Ukraine, the framework agreement defines the following conditions for the country's borrowing a loan to finance the projects: the total amount of credit funds is up to 50 million euro, the term of crediting is 18.5 years, the deferment of payment on the loan and interest for use is 1.5 years, there is no interest for using the loan. The purpose of the loan is financing investment projects for the development of the border road infrastructure on the Ukrainian-Hungarian state border and other projects agreed upon by the parties. The priority projects to be financed under the agreement are the construction of a bypass road near Berehove and the village of Astei, the overhauls of the Petrove-Palad checkpoint road, the repairs of the M24 Mukacheve-Berehove road.
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"Women's rights have no time limit; there's no expiration date on our toes." The amendment required approval from 38 states to take effect, and 35 states ratified it by 1977. No others joined by the 1982 cutoff. If the amendment is reopened for consideration, the previous ratifications would stand and just two more states would need to approve it. Nine state legislatures have reconsidered the amendment since the deadline, with Nevada finally passing it on its seventh attempt in 45 years. Nevada is among four states with the highest percentages of female state lawmakers and its voters backed Hillary Clinton for president. The measure does not require Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval's signature, but he said earlier this month he supports it.
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" Djukanovic's pro-Western stance made him the target of an alleged election-day coup attempt in Montenegro in October. The Kremlin's secret service operatives allegedly planned to kill him, topple his government and replace it with a puppet regime, all because of Montenegro's NATO bid — which Djukanovic had championed until he stepped down after the election. Montenegro had been a faithful ally of Russia. But after splitting with Serbia in a 2006 referendum, the nation of 620,000 people took a strong turn toward Euro-Atlantic integration. Russia strongly opposes the expansion of the Western military alliance in a region it considers part of its strategic sphere of interest. Wary of Russian influence in the still-volatile region, NATO wants Montenegro in the alliance. Twenty-five of the alliance's 28 members have ratified Montenegro's membership.
KyivPost
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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has ratified an agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the government of the Kingdom of Norway on technical and financial cooperation. Some 233 people's deputies voted for relevant law No. 0127 on March 22. As reported in an explanatory note to the law, the agreement was signed on Oct. 18 in Oslo. The purpose of the agreement is to create legal norms and procedures for supporting and simplifying the implementation of programs and projects that fall within the scope of this agreement. The agreement extends to all programs and projects of technical and/or financial assistance that are implemented in Ukraine and are financed in whole or in part from the Norwegian side. This concerns the existing programs and projects, which are being prepared and promising ones. Technical assistance, in accordance with the agreement, includes the transfer of know-how, trainings, consultations, the supply of equipment and materials, assistance related to the introduction of new technologies necessary for the successful implementation of programs and projects.
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All parties to the conflict in Iraq should respect the 1997 Ottawa (Mine Ban) Treaty, which Iraq has ratified. “The strong desire to exhume the remains of loved ones from ISIS mass graves is perfectly understandable, but hastily conducted exhumations seriously harm the chances of identifying the victims and preserving evidence,” Fakih said. “While exhuming the remains of those killed at Khafsa may be difficult, authorities should do what they can to make sure that those who lost their loved ones there have access to justice.” The Killings at Khafsa Five residents from villages near Khafsa told Human Rights Watch that on June 10, 2014, they saw ISIS fighters bring four large trucks filled with blindfolded men, with their hands bound, to the sinkhole. Two residents of al-Athba, a village three kilometers from Khafsa, two residents of Swada, a neighboring village, and a resident of Irbid, three kilometers away, who were able to see the site, described what they saw.
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"Our main priority for the negotiations must be to create as much certainty and clarity as possible for all citizens, companies and member states that will be negatively affected by Brexit." Tusk said the EU would also seek to lessen the impact on "our important partners and friends around the world, like Japan." The actual Brexit talks will not start for around three or possibly more weeks after the summit, as leaders have to approve more detailed negotiating lines and give a mandate to European Commission negotiator Michel Barnier, EU officials said. Time will now be limited for Britain to negotiate the terms of its departure and a future trade deal by the deadline of March 2019. Barnier has said a draft deal must be on the table by October 2018 if there is to be time to get it ratified by national assemblies and the European Parliament.
Voice Of America
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Montenegro’s bid to join NATO is awaiting approval from the U.S. Senate. Last week Senator Rand Paul blocked a floor vote, thwarting ratification of a treaty to advance the country’s NATO membership by unanimous consent without debate. More than 90 senators, according to advocates in the U.S. Senate, support Montenegro's ratification. Paul’s opposition to the vote provoked a furious response from Republican Senator John McCain, who accused Paul of “working for Vladimir Putin.” Darmanovic, a former envoy to the United States, said in an interview that he does not expect any further issues to hamper American ratification of Montenegro’s NATO membership. “We understand that the Senate has a very busy agenda and that not all the matters can be considered immediately," he told VOA. "But we are convinced that, once majority leader [Senator Mitch McConnell] schedules the vote, the treaty will be ratified with an overwhelming majority.
Voice Of America
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He approached a presidential spokesperson with eight enormous wooden arrows, symbolizing the eight-month deadline by which he hoped the indigenous people's law would be ratified. "We Papuans came out of the woods" to vote for Jokowi, Sangenafa said. "We are confident that he comes from humble folks and sees the pain of his people." His gesture was met with roaring applause. "I'm not angry, I'm disappointed," he told VOA later. "The suggestion that we should visit the Presidential Palace next week is beside the point," said Apai Janggut, an indigenous leader from Putussibau, Kalimantan. "As far as I was concerned, this was the absolute deadline for the government to effect change for our community. They have shown their priorities and we will vote accordingly." Forests at crux of public policy The president sent Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya in his place, and she announced plans to release 7,000 hectares of forest in Toba Pulp Lestari in North Sumatra back to indigenous ownership.
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The Iran Project
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IRNAParliament Speaker Ali Larijani announced that the Council of Guardians has approved parliament’s amendments to next year budget. “I have just been informed that next year’s budget has been approved the Council of Guardians and the council has found no other problem with it,” Larijani said. Iranian parliament last Sunday approved the country’s budget for the next Iranian year of 1396 (March 2017-March 2018). The bill was ratified with 160 for votes, 19 against and four abstentions. The figure is to be divided in public expenses and budget for ministries and state run organizations. President Hassan Rouhani had submitted the bill to the parliament on Sunday, December 9, 2016. The total amount of Iran’s annual budget is fixed at 11,527 trillion rials. Each dollar has been considered 33,000 rials in the budget bill.
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"If we keep this process focused on Mr. Lighthizer and the position he has been nominated to fill, there is no reason he should not be approved by this committee and confirmed by the Senate in short order." Trump has broken with most Republicans in his criticism of free-trade agreements. He pulled the U.S. out of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership pact and has said he will renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. NAFTA was negotiated by President Bill Clinton. It was ratified by the Senate with broad Republican support. Trump has said he would ink one-on-one trade deals with individual countries. Trump has also signaled a tough stance on trade with China, including levying a hefty tariff on Chinese imports. Some information for this report came from AP.
KyivPost
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Ukraine-Canada trade relations would seem to have nowhere to go but up. In 2015, Canada exported only $206 million worth of goods to Ukraine and imported even less, only $30 million in goods. But authorities say trade volumes are improving and will get a big boost after the ratification of a bilateral free trade agreement. Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signed the free trade agreement during his official visit to Ukraine on July 11. In February was ratified by the Canadian lower house of parliament and on March 9 by the Canadian Senate. Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko now has to sign the agreement. Kubiv said Canada's wealth will help Ukraine find new markets for its heavy machinery and other goods that were oriented on the Russian market. “Canadians will increase the reorientation of Ukrainian enterprises to the Western market and draw Ukrainian exporters away from Russia,” Kubiv said in a video address published on March 14.