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Poetry Professor Barry Spurr Resigns From Sydney University

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Australia’s leading – and most infamous – professor of poetry has called it quits from one of the nation’s most prestigious institutions. Chris Graham * reports. Professor Barry Spurr has this morning resigned from the University of Sydney after the publication of a string of racist and misogynistic emails he wrote to University colleagues and friends. It follows a long-running ... Read More »

North Korea was ‘centrally involved’ in Sony Hacking, US officials say

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US intelligence officials have concluded that the North Korean government was “centrally involved” in the recent attacks on Sony Pictures’ computers, a determination reached just as Sony on canceled its release of the comedy The Interview, which is based on a plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader. David E. Sanger, Nicole Perlroth Senior administration officials, who ... Read More »

Time for debate on tougher bail is over

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TOUGHER bail laws will apply across NSW from next January, when the state government’s new bail legislation finally comes into effect. This is not soon enough. Following Man Haron Monis’s Martin Place siege, which resulted in the tragic deaths of two innocent people, there is now an overwhelming case for the immediate introduction of tougher bail laws. The Daily Telegraph ... Read More »

Child soldier recruitment soars in Central African Republic: Save the Children

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A new report by aid agency Save the Children estimates there are as many as 10,000 active child soldiers fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR) – a four fold increase since a violent civil war broke out two years ago. ABC – Africa Correspondent Martin Cuddihy Recruitment there started when violence broke out in 2012 between majority Christian and Muslim ... Read More »

International Migrants Day

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“On International Migrants Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to shape diverse and open societies that provide opportunities and lives of dignity for all migrants.” UN Ban Ki-moon Message for International Migrants Day, 18 December 2014 On 4 December 2000, the UN General Assembly, taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world,proclaimed 18 December as International ... Read More »

The Arab World’s Vanishing Christians

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PRINCETON – This Christmas, like every Christmas, thousands of pilgrims and tourists will travel to the Middle East to celebrate the holiday in the land of the Bible. Project Syndicate – Christian C. Sahner is the author, most recently, of Among the Ruins: Syria Past and Present. read more In Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem will lead a ... Read More »

Pakistan’s sickening massacre isn’t about religion – it’s about intimidation

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To survive as a country Pakistan needs to map out a road to peace, with the army, politicians and the people rallying under a unifying cause The Guardian – Bina Shah Last week I wept with pride as Malala Yousafzai collected her Nobel Peace prize in Oslo, next to Kailash Satyarthi. The world stopped to listen as she gave her acceptance ... Read More »

Congo: Ending the Status Quo

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A new consensus and strategy are urgently needed to tackle the numerous, brutal armed groups in eastern Congo and to save the February 2013 Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework (PSCF) in the Great Lakes region. ICG The M23 defeat by the UN’s Intervention Brigade (FIB) in November 2013 raised hopes that it would mark the beginning of the end for ... Read More »