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Soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army in the town of Marj al-Sultan, Damascus. SANA/EPA

Door of Syrian peace talks still closed to Australia

Australia has again failed to secure an invitation to a meeting of the International Syria Support Group that is trying to find a political solution to the conflict.
Australia’s current military involvement in the Middle East has not been properly scrutinised by parliament. AAP/Australian Defence

What say do our elected representatives have in going to war?

Across the world, debates have emerged around the extent to which the legislative branch should be involved in – and even have the final say on – authorisation of military deployment.
Riot police prepare to move in on a protest against terrorism and espionage charges laid against two journalists who reported on Turkish weapon deliveries to Syria. EPA/Tolga Bozoglu

Turkey’s democracy leaves little room for democrats

Firmly back in control after winning snap elections, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his AKP government are reducing democratic process to a rubber stamp for their undemocratic project.

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