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The cruel and degrading policy of detention

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Ten years ago, the Human Rights Commission released a lengthy report examining the Howard government’s practice of holding children in immigration detention. The opening page cited the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which states that detention of a child ”shall be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time”. ... Read More »

Old Scores and New Grudges: Evolving Sino-Japanese Tensions

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The deterioration in relations between China and Japan has spiraled beyond an island sovereignty dispute and risks an armed conflict neither wants. A November regional summit is a fence-mending opportunity – if the two countries’ leaders rise above nationalism and manage multiple flashpoints. Politically viable options to bridge the wide gap on the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands dispute remain elusive. New frictions ... Read More »

The Cyprus issue: 40 years’ resolution and the matter of natural gas

Dr. Can Erimtan
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Dr. Can Erimtan is an independent scholar residing in İstanbul, with a wide interest in the politics, history and culture of the Balkans and the Greater Middle East. He tweets at @theerimtanangle Last Sunday, 20 July 2014, marked the 40th anniversary of Turkey’s direct involvement on the island of Cyprus. The so-called Attila-1 offensive was a military intervention aimed at bringing ... Read More »

Cauldron controversy: why the Olympic settlement is a milestone for designers

Oliver Wainwright
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Bright idea … fireworks above the cauldron at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images The settlement between Atopia and Locog is one of the few legal wranglings over intellectual property to become public – and shows just how hard it is to prove an idea is one of a kind News that the ... Read More »

Australian FM: Armenian Case Not Genocide

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WASHINGTON, DC – Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop informed the Australian Turkish Advocacy Alliance (ATA-Australia) that it was Australian foreign policy not to define the Armenian case as genocide, and that it was unconstitutional for Australian territories to promulgate their own foreign policy. The Foreign Minister’s policy affirmation was in response to the inquiry of Barrister and ATA-Australia Sydney President Ertunc ... Read More »

For Arab Christians and secular Arab nationalists, Isis may be the death knell

William Dalrymple
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In a Middle East rebuilt on intolerant ideologies, there is likely to be little place for beleaguered minorities  Jump to comments The past decade has been catastrophic for the Arab world’sbeleaguered 12 million strong Christian minority. In Egypt revolution and counter-revolution have been accompanied by a series of anti-Copt riots, killings and church burnings. In Gaza and the West Bank Palestinian Christians are ... Read More »

Two MIT Grads Founded A Startup That Almost Exclusively Employs People On The Autism Spectrum

Aaron Taube
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Mark Leslie is a capable computer programmer who speaks four languages, but until recently the latest entry on his résumé was a retail job he held for six years at a Barnes & Noble in New York City. Like many of the estimated 1.5 million Americans on the autism spectrum, Leslie, who has Asperger’s syndrome, is at a disadvantage in ... Read More »

U.S. Lifts Ban on Flights to Israel as Gaza Death Toll Tops 700

A Palestinian woman sits in a debris-strewn street as she looks at houses damaged in an Israeli air strike that killed two children, Gaza Strip July 24, 2014. Suhaib Salem/Reuters

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel won a partial reprieve from the economic pain of its Gaza war on Thursday with the lifting of a U.S. ban on commercial flights to Tel Aviv, as fighting pushed the Palestinian death toll over 700. A truce remained elusive despite intensive mediation bids. Palestinians said residents of two southern villages were trapped by tank shelling, ... Read More »

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