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Yarl’s Wood guard suspended over alleged assault on women

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Inspectors say footage of incident at Serco-run immigration detention centre has ‘caused considerable concern’ The Guardian - Mark Townsend A guard has been suspended following an alleged “revenge” assault on two women inside Yarl’s Wood in what is the latest in a series of incidents at the Bedfordshire immigration detention centre. The guard is understood to have been the subject of ... Read More »

How corporations turned into political beasts

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Over the past four decades, large corporations have learned to play the Washington game. Companies now devote massive resources to politics, and their large-scale involvement increasingly re-directs and constricts the capacities of the political system. Business Insider International LEE DRUTMAN, THE BUSINESS OF AMERICA IS LOBBYING The consequence is a democracy that is increasingly unable to tackle large-scale problems, and ... Read More »

Gunmen Kill Arts Advocate in Pakistan After Human Rights Event

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KARACHI, Pakistan — Gunmen killed the director of a popular arts center in Pakistan’s largest city on Friday, shortly after she had hosted a contentious event on human rights abuses in western Baluchistan Province. The New York Times - By SABA IMTIAZ The gunmen opened fire on the center’s director, Sabeen Mahmud, as she drove through the upscale neighborhood of Defence ... Read More »

Brown leads the assault on SNP ‘chaos’

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Herald Scotland Westminster parties have rounded on the SNP insisting the party will cost the rest of the UK dearly and push for another independence referendum. Former prime minister Gordon Brown sprung to the defence of Labour campaign co-ordinator Douglas Alexander, who is trailing 11 points behind the SNP according to a recent poll in his constituency, claiming his SNP ... Read More »

Moderation key to fighting extremism, Hariri stresses

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BEIRUT: Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri vowed on the fourth day of his visit to the U.S. to fight extremist forces whether they came from Al-Qaeda or Hezbollah, stressing that moderation is the key to confronting religious extremism roiling the Middle East. The Daily Star – Hussein Dakroub ””” Summary – Hariri made the declaration before he met with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at ... Read More »

Countdown to death: Bali pair given final notice

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Jakarta: Bali nine organisers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran may have just three days left to live after they were officially given 72 hours notification of their executions on Saturday. Brisbane Times - Jewel Topsfield, Indonesia correspondent for Fairfax The condemned men are bracing to be killed on Tuesday night however Attorney-General spokesman Tony Spontana said no date had been set and they may have longer. Their Australian lawyer ... Read More »

More calculated cruelty to asylum seekers: is this really us?

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Here is a report from Pamela Curr of the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre. Βy Julian Burnside | Asylum Seekers, Human Rights | 1 comment Read it and ask: is this really what Australia has come to?  Is this really how we should behave?  Are we really this uncivilized? And for those who read this who disagree fundamentally with my stand on ... Read More »

Siteserv: IBRC rejected proposal to appoint senior civil servant

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Alan Dukes said it was ‘scandalous’ the review would look for evidence of criminality. The Irish Times - Mark Paul, Business Affairs Correspondent IBRC rejected a proposal to appoint the Department of Finance’s most senior civil servant to the board of the troubled bank, with chairman Alan Dukes claiming it would not be appropriate. The proposal was made by the then Department ... Read More »