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Aleppo Siege, Strikes Are ‘Crimes of Historic Proportions’: UN Rights Chief

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The top United Nations human rights official said Friday that the siege and bombing of the Syrian city of Aleppo constituted “crimes of historic proportions.” Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, a Jordanian prince and the current U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, referred to Aleppo as “a… Aleppo Siege, Strikes… Read More »

Russian warships pass through English Channel

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A flotilla of Russian warships is passing through the English Channel en route to Syria. Two British naval ships are shadowing the vessels. The Ministry of Defence said they would be “man-marked every step of the… Russian warships pass… Read More »

My mother is vetted every day of her life

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I doubt my mother would pass the “extreme vetting” process Donald Trump has in mind for refugees seeking a new life in the United States. By Lev Golinkin After 26 years in this country, she still speaks with a heavy accent, misplaces tenses, mumbles. She doesn’t know the… My mother is… Read More »

Asia-Pacific women dismayed at US presidential campaign

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Politicians, commentators express disbelief that Donald Trump has made it this far, compare US unfavorably with their own countries on gender issues By REUTERS Women in the Asia-Pacific region have expressed dismay about the US presidential campaign’s focus on the emotional topic of sexual harassment, saying it shows Asia-Pacific women… Read More »

A Nuclear Conspiracy: Jim Green Responds To Geoff Russell

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As part of an ongoing debate over the capacity of nuclear energy to tackle climate change, Friends of the Earth’s Jim Green responds to New Matilda’s recent coverage. By Jim Green New Matilda editor Chris Graham writes in an October 13 editorial that those responding to Geoff Russell’s pro-nuclear articles “never seek to punch holes in a… A Nuclear Conspiracy… Read More »

Health workers exempt from immigration detention secrecy provisions

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The so-called ‘gag laws’ relating to Australian immigration detention centres will no longer apply to health workers. By Andrea Booth The Australian government has amended the secrecy and disclosure provisions of the 2015 Australian Border Force Act to exempt health… Health workers exempt… Read More »

The mysterious ‘Planet Nine’ might be causing the whole solar system to wobble

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Astronomers can’t see “Planet Nine.” But it makes its presence known. By Sarah Kaplan The massive hypothetical object, which supposedly looms at the edge of our solar system, has been invoked to explain the strange clustering of objects in the Kuiper belt and the unusual way they orbit the Sun. Now Planet Nine predictors Konstantin Batygin and… The mysterious ‘Planet… Read More »

In 887, Robert Lepage has built a memory palace out of theatr

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Robert Lepage’s autobiographical show at the Melbourne Festival, 887, is named for his childhood apartment building: 887 Avenue Murray in Quebec City. Lepage wrote, designed, directed and performed 887, but to call it a one-man show does not give enough credit to the equal performance of the… In 887, Robert… Read More »

China May Be Rising, But America Is Not in Retreat

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Cold War–era Asia was a dangerous and often bloody place. Rajan Menon But its alignments were predictable and its problems readily identifiable. No longer. SEEN IN historical perspective, a… China May Be… Read More »

Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton: How Trump Exposed Americans’ Divisions

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Trump is a seriously flawed candidate who has one great virtue: he has forced American politics to look itself in the face Daniel McCarthy What new outrage would Donald Trump serve up at the final presidential debate? For over a… Donald Trump vs… Read More »

Australia’s Stranded Refugee Prisoners

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Four years ago, the government of Australia set out to stop migrants and refugees from reaching its shores by boat. By THE EDITORIAL BOARD  It came up with a ruthlessly efficient policy under which people found at sea were sent to Manus Island in Papua New Guinea or to the nation of Nauru, each a tiny island in the Pacific, ostensibly the… Australia’s Stranded Refugee… Read More »

For peace we must find ways of living together, says Hürriyet chairwoman

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Finding ways to live together is the key to achieving global peace, Hürriyet chairwoman and Aydın Doğan Foundation Vice President Vuslat Doğan Sabancı said on Oct. 20, speaking at a panel on Islamophobia organized by the Doğan Group in Washington. Doğan Sabancı delivered the opening speech of the panel titled “Islamophobia: Overcoming Myths and Engaging in a… For peace we… Read More »

Sturgeon unveils indyref2 vote plan `before Brexit’

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Nicola Sturgeon has today unveiled the Scottish Government’s plans for a second independence referendum which would take place “before the UK leaves the EU” in just over two years. By SCOTT MACNAB The draft Bill proposes that Scots will again be asked “Should Scotland be an Independent Country?” as happened in… Sturgeon unveils indyref2… Read More »

Argentina: hundreds of thousands of women set to protest against violence

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Organizers urge women to stop work and other activities for an hour in Wednesday ‘women’s strike’ following rape and torture of a 16-year-old girl Uki Goñi in Buenos Aires Hundreds of thousands of women in Argentina are expected to join a… Argentina: hundreds of… Read More »