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CCLs Presidents Statement calling on the Australian Parliament to abandon the radical and misguided Australian Citizenship Bill

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Submitted To: Australian Parliament The Presidents of the NSW, Victorian, Queensland and South Australian Councils for Civil Liberties and the Australian Council for Civil Liberties have put together a statement calling on the Australian Parliament to abandon the radical and misguided Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015. In the aftermath of the recent tragic and brutal acts of terrorism in Paris, Lebanon and other places, the desire to take even more action to protect our community is strong ... Read More »

The refugee crisis must not be used as a vehicle for Turkey to assert sovereignty in the Aegean Sea

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“Greece has only de facto, and also temporary, rule over EGAYDAAK and its administration there does not invalidate the fact that those islands are the territory of the Republic of Turkey,” *Turkish Minister of Defence, İsmet Yılmaz, (Statement made in March 2015) “I suggested, and came across with strong reactions, Greeks and Turks to form together a coastguard which will patrol the sea areas between Turkey and the Greek islands. Turks agree, Greeks don’t,…should we fight over for a sea ... Read More »

UK cinemas ban Lord’s Prayer ad before Star Wars

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London: The Church of England said on Sunday it was “bewildered” by the refusal of some of Britain’s biggest cinema chains to show an advert featuring the Lord’s Prayer. The Canberra Times The 60-second advert, which shows a variety of Christians including a police officer, weight lifter and school children each saying one line of the prayer, had been due to be shown next month before screenings of the new Star Wars film “The Force Awakens”. Digital Cinema Media, which provides ... Read More »

Judge criticises ‘inaccurate’ reporting of road traffic statistics

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District Court president’s comments prompted by reports on drink-driving convictions The Irish Times – Peter Murtagh The president of the District Court has criticised the media for what she termed inaccurate and unbalanced reporting of statistics relating to road traffic cases. The system of justice was undermined by this, asserted Judge Rosemary Horgan. Speaking in Dublin at a retirement sitting for her colleague, District Court judge William Early, she said such reporting was “very concerning”. “The media can influence what the ... Read More »

Manus Island hunger striker ‘close to death’: Julian Burnside

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Video – ‘If you think we are human…please help us’ Iranian man Loghaman Sawari has been in transit on Manus Island for over two years. The Sydney Morning Herald – Nicole Hasham, Environment and immigration correspondent UN rebuke over Australia’s refugee policy The Pulse live from Parliament An asylum seeker who once reportedly cut open his stomach during a hunger strike to prove it was empty is at risk of death and must be brought to Australia for treatment, prominent human ... Read More »

World unites in colour over violence against women

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WEDNESDAY, November 25, cities around the world will turn orange to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. NATASHA STOTT DESPOJA – The Advertiser In Melbourne, iconic buildings, such as the Victorian Arts Centre and State Parliament, will be lit orange to draw attention to the issue. Landmarks across the world, including the Sphinx, the Pyramids of Giza, the Empire State Building and the Peace Palace in The Hague, have all gone orange previously. Colours are ... Read More »

Bangladesh executes two opposition leaders for 1971 war crimes

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Bangladesh executed two opposition leaders on Nov. 22 for war crimes committed during the 1971 war to break away from Pakistan, a senior police official said, in a move likely to draw an angry reaction from supporters. Hurriyet DHAKA  – ReutersIslamist opposition leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, a former legislator from former premier Khaleda Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), were hanged shortly after President Abdul Hamid rejected their appeals late on Nov. 21 for clemency. “Both ... Read More »

Greens unveil push for 90% target for renewable energy by 2030

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Policy proposes new authority to oversee $5bn of construction in clean energy generation and a 15-year pipeline of projects through direct investment The Guardian – Daniel Hurst Political correspondent @danielhurstbne The Greens will seek to build momentum for more ambitious action on climate change by calling for the creation of a new government authority to help Australia reach a 90% target for renewable energy by 2030. The leader of the Greens, Richard Di Natale, said the policy to be released ... Read More »

Redefining AirSea Battle: JAM-GC, China and the Quest for Clarity

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The operational concept formerly known as AirSea Battle created quite a stir. Where does its successor, JAM-GC, go from here? The National Interest – James Holmes * Word has it the Pentagon will soon release a directive outlining its “Joint Concept for Access and Maneuver in the Global Commons” (JAM-GC). JAM-GC is the Joint Staff’s manifesto for managing the “anti-access/area-denial” (A2/AD) problem, principally in waters that wash against the Eurasian rimlands. Anti-access is how the Chinas, Irans, or Russias of the ... Read More »

Breda O’Brien: What happened to Pat Carey was a long time in the making

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Religious have long been subjected to similar treatment by media and the Church The Irish Times Breda O’Brien It is amazing that commentators are declaring that the publication of allegations against Pat Carey marks a new low in journalism. Does no one remember a priest being doorstepped after a First Holy Communion and being asked on camera about allegations he had raped and impregnated a young woman? Those allegations were broadcast on RTÉ’s now infamous Mission to Prey programme, even ... Read More »

The Paris Attacks Reflect Intelligence Failure — Not a Change in ISIS Strategy

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The recent attacks in Paris carried out by the Islamic State have led to widespread speculation about a possible shift in strategy on the part of ISIS. Taken in conjunction with the downing of a Russian passenger plane over the Sinai and the bombings in the predominantly Shia Dahiyeh suburbs of Beirut, it is argued that ISIS is lashing out at the “far enemy” as it comes under pressure on the home fronts in Iraq and Syria, such as its ... Read More »

John Martinkus: ‘What my captors wanted to know’

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When armed insurgents kidnapped the author in Iraq, they interrogated him on building a propaganda machine. A decade later, they became Daesh. The Saturday Paper – John Martinkus When I was kidnapped by Muslim insurgents in Iraq in 2004, they wanted one thing. They wanted to know how the Western media worked. It was a carjacking. Just outside my hotel in Baghdad. One car in front, one behind the vehicle in which I was travelling. They waited until we were ... Read More »