Газета.Ru – Новости дня: Венесуэла и Красный Крест договорились о доставке гумпомощи

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Президент Венесуэлы Николас Мадуро заявил, что правительство страны и представители Международного комитета Красного Креста договорились о доставке гуманитарной помощи в республику. Об этом сообщает ТАСС.

По его словам, в настоящее время …

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Газета.Ru – Новости часа: NYT: советнику Обамы предъявят обвинения по “российскому делу”

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Бывшему советнику экс-президента США Барака Обамы Грегу Крейгу предъявят обвинения за сотрудничеством с Полом Манафортом. Об этом сообщает The New York Times.

По данным издания, Крейга обвиняют в сотрудничестве с Манафортом по …

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Газета.Ru – Новости дня: NYT: советнику Обамы предъявят обвинения по “российскому делу”

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Бывшему советнику экс-президента США Барака Обамы Грегу Крейгу предъявят обвинения за сотрудничеством с Полом Манафортом. Об этом сообщает The New York Times.

По данным издания, Крейга обвиняют в сотрудничестве с Манафортом по …

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Trumpistan Today: 1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (196 sites): “Putin and American political process” – Google News: Latin American Bicentennials And Strategic Thinking In The 21st Century – Analysis – Eurasia Review

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Latin American Bicentennials And Strategic Thinking In The 21st Century – Analysis  Eurasia Review The following work presents the major challenges of the international agenda for these Latin American Bicentennial times of independence that demands an … “Putin and American political process” – Google News 1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (196 sites)

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Voice of America: Violence in Libya Could Give IS Renewed Opportunities

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As conflict continues to escalate between the forces of Gen. Khalifa Haftar and the United Nations-recognized government in the capital of Tripoli, experts warn Islamic State militants could take advantage of the security vacuum and resurface on the battlefields of Libya.

The unrest in Libya flared up last week when rebel leader Haftar ordered the Libyan National Army from the east to move on Tripoli in a “victorious march” against the Government of National Accord (GNA).

Haftar’s forces have since conducted multiple airstrikes, including on Tripoli’s Mitiga airport, as clashes continue near the gates of the capital.

According to the World Health Organization, the fighting over the past three days has cost at least 47 lives, with 181 others injured. The clashes have also displaced more than 2,000 people from their homes.

U.N. children’s agency UNICEF warned that more than a half-million children could be at “direct risk” if the violence lingers.

Meanwhile, experts who watch jihadist movements in Libya say the turmoil near Tripoli and the risk of the country falling into a broader civil war could create a vacuum that IS militants would exploit to re-emerge after their defeat in 2016.

​Libya ‘reset’

Jason Pack, founder of Libya Analysis, said the IS group in Libya has been able to “reset,” moving through three phases of recovery, reorganization and re-engagement during the past two years. He said the militant group is now ready to come back stronger and make new territorial gains as Tripoli clashes draw security forces away from other parts of the country.

“I think this current offensive is great for jihadists,” Pack told VOA. “I see IS and jihadism in Libya now on the verge of making a huge breakthrough, just like they did in 2012-2015 after killing (U.S.) Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, and then jihadism flourished in many outlets in Libya.”

The U.S. ambassador was killed in September 2012 when the U.S. mission in Benghazi came under a militant attack by Ansar al-Sharia — an Islamist group whose members mostly pledged allegiance to IS after controlling the city of Sirte in 2015.

IS was cleared from Sirte and other populated areas of Libya by late 2016 in a campaign that took months and considerable aerial support from the U.S.

The group has since withdrawn to isolated desert areas and shifted its tactics from controlling land to guerrilla insurgency.

Through its low-level attacks on Libyan forces and local infrastructure, the group is hoping to use a war of attrition to prevent any future progress in Libyan state-building, Pack said. As such, through low-cost and high-impact attacks, it poses a greater threat to Libyan state-building processes in 2019 than it did in 2016.

IS more recently has increased efforts to target key government institutions, including the 2018 attacks on the Libyan Foreign Ministry, the National Oil Corp. and the High National Electoral Commission. Its low-profile attacks have mostly targeted security forces and local leaders in remote areas.

The group Tuesday claimed responsibility for an attack on al-Fugaha in southeast Tripoli, killing three men, including the town’s local council leader and its security official. The town, under Haftar’s Libyan National Army, suffered another deadly IS attack last October.

“That attack on April 9 shows that already ISIS is able to tactically take advantage of the LNA troops being deployed to for this offensive in the north. It shows what’s likely to happen if this fighting continues, that there will be a vacuum, and IS is perfectly positioned to take advantage of that,” Pack, of Libya Analysis, said.

Lawless environment

Some experts warn that Libya’s southern desert areas are particularly vulnerable to IS re-emergence because of their lawless environment. The vast territory has also served as a safe haven for al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, Boko Haram, and the opposition fighters from Chad, Mali and Sudan.

Haftar’s LNA forces earlier this year launched a large-scale attack on the Fezzan region, which made IS supply networks in the south more complicated.

 

WATCH: Libyan Strongman Gen. Khalifa Haftar

Hady Amr, an expert with the Brookings Institution who served as deputy head for the Middle East at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), said the clashes in Tripoli could easily undo the progress made against the jihadists in the distant areas of the country.

“While militant Islam has proven effective at adaptation, and while religion continues to have an appeal in a scary and rapidly transforming world, it is most likely to be most effective in the far-flung areas of Libya,” Amr told VOA.

“It rises up and seeks to exploit the vacuum created by new developments when other factions are in conflict,” he added.

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Lenta.ru : Новости: Тайванчик раскрыл источники своего дохода

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Российский бизнесмен Алимжан Тохтахунов, также известный как Тайванчик, раскрыл источники своего дохода. «Бизнес имею честный, он состоит в следующем: за время владения несколькими казино у меня накопились деньги, на которые я приобрел недвижимость, которую теперь сдаю», , — сказал он Ленте.ру.

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Trump News TV from Michael_Novakhov (11 sites): FoxNewsChannel’s YouTube Videos: Hannity: We are inching closer to truth and justice

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From: FoxNewsChannel
Duration: 16:43

Attorney General William Barr testifies ‘spying did occur’ on Trump campaign, announces plans to investigate. #Hannity #FoxNews

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Trump News TV from Michael_Novakhov (11 sites): MidweekPolitics’s YouTube Videos: CNBC Explains How to Screw Waitstaff Out of Tips

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From: MidweekPolitics
Duration: 06:42

–CNBC runs a segment explaining to people how to screw underpaid waitstaff out of tips

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RSS: В Хабаровске состоялась тренировка парадных расчетов

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9 мая торжественным маршем по главной площади города пройдут более 2 тыс. военнослужащих, представляющих рода и виды Вооруженных Сил России и силовые ведомства, в которых предусмотрена военная служба.

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Главные новости – Google Новости: Ким Чен Ын пригрозил ударом за санкции против КНДР – РБК

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  1. Ким Чен Ын пригрозил ударом за санкции против КНДР  РБК
  2. Ким Чен Ын проигнорировал личное приглашение Путина: чего боится лидер КНДР  Московский Комсомолец
  3. Лидер КНДР заявил о необходимости нанести «сокрушительный удар» по США  Росбалт
  4. Ким Чен Ын обещал Трампу провести денуклеаризацию, заявил Помпео  РИА Новости
  5. США подтвердили продолжение режима санкций против КНДР  Интерфакс
  6. Взгляд с разных сторон в приложении “Google Новости”

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“Ukraine” – Google News: Former White House Counsel Gregory Craig expects to be charged over Ukraine work: Statement – CNA

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Former White House Counsel Gregory Craig expects to be charged over Ukraine work: Statement  CNA

WASHINGTON: Gregory Craig, a former White House Counsel in the Obama administration, expects to be indicted this week on charges stemming from …

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Trump News TV from Michael_Novakhov (11 sites): FoxNewsChannel’s YouTube Videos: Lindsey Graham on holding the deep state accountable

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Barr to review FBI’s conduct in Trump probe; South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham reacts on ‘Hannity,’ #Hannity #FoxNews

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Trump News TV from Michael_Novakhov (11 sites): PBSNewsHour’s YouTube Videos: EU may offer a Brexit extension, but political complexities remain

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Duration: 05:14

With the United Kingdom’s initial extension for Brexit expiring Friday, the pressure is on for a gathering of European Union officials to come up with an alternative. Nick Schifrin talks to Amanda Sloat, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and former deputy assistant secretary of state, about breaking news of a possible reprieve for the UK and which EU leaders are taking the hardest line.

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Trumpistan Today: 1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (196 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump can’t even face what he’s done

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Kirstjen Nielsen may be gone, resigning shortly after she humiliated herself by trying to defend the White House’s abominable family separation policy yet again, but the dark cloud of the Trump administration’s bigotry is more visible than ever. It’s beyond despicable that the current administration not only locked children in cages and defended it, but … Continue reading “1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (196 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump can’t even face what he’s done”

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Trump News TV from Michael_Novakhov (11 sites): CNN’s YouTube Videos: Burnett: Barr repeating what we’ve all heard from Trump

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From: CNN
Duration: 09:50

CNN’s Erin Burnett discusses Attorney General William Barr’s statement to lawmakers that he thinks spying “did occur” on Trump’s 2016 campaign. #CNN #News

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Voice of America: US White Nationalists Barred by Facebook Find Haven on Russia Site

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Ihar Tsikhanenka contributed to this report

WASHINGTON — Last month, Jeff Schoep, the self-styled commander of one of the largest neo-Nazi groups in the United States, took to VKontakte, Russia’s version of Facebook, to update his followers about a brewing scandal.

Schoep’s group, the National Socialist Movement, was outraged over his bizarre decision to hand over the reins to a black civil rights activist, and Schoep wanted to set the record straight.

Addressing “Fellow Patriots of the National Socialist Movement,” Schoep wrote in a March 2 post that he had been “deceived” by James Stern who had persuaded him to sign over NSM’s presidency to him in order to shield the group from a lawsuit. Schoep reassigned control to his chief of staff, Burt Colucci. 

VK welcomes provocative, racially offensive posts

Schoep chose VKontakte, or VK, for a reason: Russia’s free-for-all Facebook clone is the only major social media platform that still welcomes people like him to post pretty much anything they want — no matter how racially offensive or provocative — with relative impunity. 

With U.S. social media companies tightening their content policies in the wake of the recent mosque shootings in New Zealand, some extremist groups are getting pushed to the margins of the internet.

That, researchers say, could turn VK into a safe harbor for an ever greater number of white nationalists seeking to communicate with one another and get their messages out.

VK “is not going to throw you off for saying terrible things about Jews or African-Americans and so on,” said Heidi Beirich, director of intelligence at the Southern Poverty Law Center. 

In recent years, as social media companies have curbed extremist content on their platforms, tech-savvy white nationalists have turned to alternative sites to communicate, organize and recruit members.

While some have been pushed into the internet’s dark underbelly, others have gravitated to websites that still allow extremist content under the guise of free speech. 

For Twitter users, Gab, a “free speech” Twitter clone, has emerged as an alternative. For white nationalists banned from Facebook, VK, based in St. Petersburg, has become a favorite destination. Its laissez faire policy allows them to post hate-filled memes, praise Hitler, rail at immigrants and Jews, and doxx — publish private information about their enemies. 

100 right-wing American groups on VK

Megan Squire, a computer scientist at Elon University in North Carolina, has collected data on about 100 right-wing American groups and 10,000 members on VK. They range from the older skinheads and neo-Nazis to the younger, more modern ethno-nationalists collectively known as the alt-right, short for alternative right.

Many alt-right followers joined VK after they were barred from Facebook in the wake of the 2017 right-wing white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. 

While some have since left VK, the Russian platform’s attractiveness as a meeting ground for right-wing extremists is likely to grow after Facebook announced last month it would prohibit content that promotes white nationalism and separatism. 

“I don’t think there is any question activity will pick up on VK,” Beirich said.

Hate groups view themselves as civil rights’ organizations

Labeled as hate groups by the SPLC, extremist white nationalist groups see themselves as civil rights organizations and say Facebook’s new policy will only encourage members to look for alternative platforms such as VK.

“Institutions like Facebook … have extremely strict laws as far as what you can and can’t say on there,” Colucci said in an interview.

“So consequently, as an American, even though we have our constitutional rights, we have to go to a Russian network such as VK to be able to express it.” 

Founded in 2006, two years after Facebook, VK has grown into Russia’s largest social media platform with an estimated 500 million users. 

Then, Charlottesville happened. 

In August 2017, far-right groups, including Colucci’s, descended on the southern U.S. college town to protest the planned removal of a Confederate general’s statue.

A 32-year-old woman was killed, and 28 people were injured after a white supremacist drove a truck into a crowd of counterprotesters. 

Charlottesville conflict a turning point

The violence outraged the nation, especially after President Donald Trump insisted there were “very fine people on both sides” of the rally.

News reports that the organizers had used social media platforms and other websites to organize and raise funds led to public pressure on internet companies to act.

In the days that followed, Facebook, Twitter and others suspended or otherwise removed dozens of accounts belonging to right-wing groups and individuals involved in the rally. 

That drove many white nationalists to VK. A new VK group called “FB Alt-Right Expats” was created. Two weeks after Charlottesville, the leader of an alt-right group wrote on his brand-new VK page: “Good bye Zucc,” referring to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

VK’s terms of service prohibit users from “calls for war, aggression, as well as national and religious division.” 

VK selective in enforcing terms of service

“We remove such materials and block communities and pages that distribute them minutes after user complaints,” the company said in a statement to VOA. But when it comes to extremist content, VK’s own terms of service are all but ignored or are applied selectively, experts say. 

From January to November 2018, VK removed 7.9 million pieces of content related to the promotion of suicide or injury, and 300,000 posts related to violence in schools, the company said.

Last year, under Israeli pressure, VK deleted a page dedicated to a “Miss Hitler” beauty competition in which contestants were asked to upload “Nazi-themed sexy selfies” and explain why they love Hitler. But a new page titled “Miss Hitler 2019 Contest” has since cropped up. “Only Requirement to participate is to Respect Hitler,” it announced. 

Russian authorities rarely interfere

Roman Dobrokhvotov, editor-in-chief of The Insider, a Moscow-based investigative portal,  told VOA that Russian authorities do not interfere with VK’s management “because they want to observe those radical elements, and their activity is in full view in VKontakte.”

“It’s also possible that there is a directive from above not to touch them because the Russian authorities welcome the upsurge of various racist and extremist movements in the West,” he added.

Just how many white nationalists joined VK after Charlottesville remains unclear. But the flight from Facebook proved short-lived, as some alt-right groups, unhappy with VK’s small echo chamber, left to get back on Facebook. 

To create new Facebook accounts, they use throwaway email addresses or a virtual private network to make it appear as if they’re based in another country. To elude scrutiny on Facebook, they create “secret groups” open to vetted members.

“If you need to recruit people and your whole mission is … about changing the narrative, changing the social norms, then you have to be on regular social media where normal people are,” Squire said. 

Neo-Nazis find VK useful to recruit followers

On the other hand, legacy membership organizations such as neo-Nazi groups “don’t mind being on VK because that’s where they’re going to grow their community,” Squire said. 

Identity Dixie, a neo-Confederate group, is among those that joined VK in the aftermath of Charlottesville but have since all but abandoned it, according to Squire.

Michael Peinovich, a prominent white nationalist and conspiracy theorist, followed a similar path and now is back on Facebook.

But others, either unable or unwilling to return to Facebook, have stayed on VK. Among them are organizations such as League of the South, the National Socialist Movement and the Ku Klux Klan. 

Jason Robb, general counsel of the KKK, said that while he personally has not been barred from Facebook or Twitter, he began using VK in the last year or two “as I started seeing others switch over to VK and decided to give it a try.” 

“VK is not restrictive at this point and hopefully, it doesn’t change,” Robb said in an email to VOA. 

Matthew Heimbach, a veteran of the neo-Nazi movement, said VK’s free speech policy makes it “very popular among many elements of the white nationalist movement.” He said more than 10,000 white nationalists have joined VK, and “the number is growing every day.”

At times, divisions among the famously quarrelsome white nationalists have spilled out into the open. After word got out last month that Schoep had “sold out” the National Socialist Movement, a tussle erupted among its members, all played out on the pages of VK.

Kynan Dutton, the Tennessee director of the organization, turned to VK to condemn Schoep as a “race traitor” and announce he was resigning from the organization “out of honor bound duty to my Race and National Socialism.” 

Ramsey Randall, another NSM member, posted a meme of Schoep on VK with the words “Wanted for Treason.” 

With divisions emerging within the organization’s ranks, other white nationalist groups such as the League of the South swooped in to poach irate members. 

Division in NSM ‘a giant meltdown’

“It was a giant meltdown within that group,” Squire said. 

Colucci played down the fallout, saying he’d regained control of the group from Stern and that for the “four or five” members it had lost, the organization had received applications from six prospective members.

Colucci said VK is not the only platform he uses to get his message out. The organization produces a podcast, a radio show and a weekly newsletter to reach members. 

As for anti-communist American white nationalists using a Russian-built social media platform, Colucci said: “It’s the most ironic thing I’ve heard in my life.”

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Trump News TV from Michael_Novakhov (11 sites): CNN’s YouTube Videos: This is the first-ever picture of a black hole

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In April 2017, scientists used a global network of telescopes to see and capture the first-ever picture of a black hole, according to an announcement by researchers at the National Science Foundation Wednesday morning. They captured an image of the supermassive black hole and its shadow at the center of a galaxy known as M87.

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Вести.Ru: Тереза Мэй надеется, что Великобритания выйдет из Евросоюза как можно быстрее

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Премьер-министр Великобритании Тереза Мэй выразила надежду, что ее страна выйдет из Европейского союза как можно раньше. Политик искренне сожалеет, что этого до сих пор не произошло из-за позиции британского парламента. Об этом Мэй заявила на пресс-конференции по итогам экстренного саммита Евросоюза.

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“Right Cause party” – Google News: Irwin Jacobs, wife Alexandra dead in murder-suicide, close friend says – Star Tribune

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Irwin Jacobs, wife Alexandra dead in murder-suicide, close friend says  Star Tribune

Prominent Twin Cities businessman Irwin Jacobs and his wife were found dead Wednesday in their Lake Minnetonka home in an apparent murder-suicide, …

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Voice of America: Australian Election to Be Fought on Refugees, Economy

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Australia’s prime minister on Thursday called a May 18 election that will be fought on issues including climate change, asylum seekers and economic management.

“We live in the best country in the world,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters after advising the governor-general to authorize the election.

“But to secure your future, the road ahead depends on a strong economy. And that’s why there is so much at stake at this election,” he added.

Morrison’s conservative coalition is seeking a third three-year term. But Morrison is the third prime minister to lead a divided government in that time and only took the helm in late August.

Short reign possible

Opinion polls suggest his reign will become one of the shortest in the 118-year history of Australian prime ministers on election day. The polls suggest center-left opposition leader Bill Shorten will become the eighth prime minister since the country plunged into an extraordinary period of political instability in 2007.

The election pits Shorten, a former labor union leader who has presented himself as the alternative prime minister for the past six years, and Morrison, a leader who the Australian public is still getting to know.

Tough immigration policy

Morrison is seen as the architect of Australia’s tough refugee policy that has all but stopped the people-smuggling traffic of boats from Southeast Asian ports since 2014. The policy has been condemned by human rights groups as an abrogation of Australia’s responsibilities as a signatory to the United Nations Refugee Convention.

Morrison’s first job in Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s newly elected coalition government in 2013 was as minister for immigration and border protection. He oversaw the secretive military-run Operation Sovereign Borders.

Asylum-seekers from the Middle East, Africa and Asia would typically disable or sink their boats when intercepted by patrol ships in waters north of Australia so that the Australian crews would have to rescue them rather than turn the boats away. Under the new regime, the asylum-seekers were placed in motorized life boats that were towed back to Indonesia. The life boats had just enough fuel to reach the Indonesian coast. The Indonesian government complained the policy was an affront to Indonesian sovereignty.

The government has also maintained a policy adopted in the final months of a Labor government in 2013 of sending boat arrivals to camps on the Pacific island nations of Papua New Guinea and Nauru. Those who attempt to reach Australia by boat are told they will never be allowed to settle there.

Morrison remains proud of virtually stopping people-smuggler boat traffic. He has a trophy shaped like a people-smuggler’s boat in his office inscribed with “I Stopped These.”

Labor’s immigration approach

Labor has promised to maintain the policy of banishing boat arrivals to the islands. But Labor says it would give priority to finding permanent homes for the asylum-seekers who have languished in island camps for years.

The conservative coalition argues that the boats would start coming again because a Labor government would soften the regime. The government introduced temporary protection visas for boat arrivals so that refugees face potential deportation every three years if the circumstances that they fled in their homelands improve. Labor would give refugees permanent visas so that they have the certainty to plan their lives.

Climate change

Climate change policy is a political battlefield in a country that is the world’s largest exporter of coal and liquefied natural gas and has been one of the world’s worst greenhouse gas emitters on a per capita basis because of its heavily reliance on coal-fired power generation.

Disagreement over energy policy has been a factor in the last six changes of prime minister.

Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard introduced a carbon tax in 2012. Conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott scrapped it two years later.

The coalition is torn between lawmakers who want polluters to pay for their greenhouse gas emissions and those who reject any measures that would increase household power bills.

The government aims to reduce Australian greenhouse gas emissions by 26% to 28% below 2005 levels by 2030.

Labor has promised a more ambitious target of a 45% reduction in the same time frame.

Action on climate change was a major priority for votes when conservative Prime Minister John Howard’s reign ended after more than 11 years at an election in 2007.

Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd immediately signed up to the U.N.’s 1997 Kyoto Protocol on reducing emissions. Australia and the United States had been the only industrialized countries to hold out.

Climate change dropped down the list of Australian priorities after the global financial crisis hit.

But after Australians sweltered through a record hot summer and grappled with devastating drought, global warming has become a high-priority issue for voters again.

The government warns that Labor’s emissions reduction plan would wreck the economy.

Economy an issue

The coalition also argues that Labor would further damage the economy with its policy of reducing tax breaks for landlords as real estate prices fall in Australia’s largest cities, Sydney and Melbourne.

Morrison boasts that the conservative administration Prime Minister Howard led delivered 10 annual surplus budgets and paid off all federal government debt before the government changed at the 2007 election.

Rudd had planned a budget surplus in his government’s first fiscal year, but the global financial crisis struck.

Many economists congratulate Rudd for keeping the Australian economy out of recession through stimulus spending. The coalition has accused Labor of spending too much and sinking Australia too deep in debt.

But debt has continued to mount since the conservatives regained the reins in 2013. But opinion polls suggest voters consider the conservatives to be better economic managers.

The government brought forward its annual budget blueprint by a month to April 2 and revealed a plan to balance Australia’s books in the next fiscal year for the first time in 12 years.

Labor also promised to deliver a surplus budget in the year starting July 1, but it has yet to detail how it will achieve this goal.

Free cancer treatment

Labor has also promised to spend an additional AU$2.3 billion ($1.6 billion) over four years on covering treatment costs of cancer patients. It’s an attractive offer with half Australia’s population expected to be diagnosed with some form of the disease in their lifetimes.

The conservatives have largely taken credit for Australia’s remarkable run of 28 years of economic growth since its last recession under Labor’s rule.

Morrison hopes that voters will look to him to deliver a sequel to the Howard years when a mining boom delivered ever-increasing budget surpluses.

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