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London theatre axes Rita, Sue and Bob Too amid harassment claims

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Play which had been due to run at Royal Court shelved after co-director steps down over misconduct allegations Alexandra Topping The Guardian The Royal Court theatre has shelved its planned production of Rita, Sue and Bob Too after the Guardian revealed its original co-director Max Stafford-Clark had been forced to step down after allegations of sexual harassment. The play, which tells the story of two teenage girls who have a sexual relationship with an older married man, has been on a UK tour and ... Read More »

After Dastyari’s downfall we must question the hold of big money on any political party

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Irrespective of a donor’s nationality, what are the effects of politicians hobnobbing with billionaires on the democratic process? Jeff Sparrow The Guardian We need to be very careful about the political narrative emerging to explain Sam Dastyari’s downfall. In Fairfax, Mark Kenny argues that, by resigning over his connections with billionaire Huang Xiangmo, Dastyari “reinforced to Beijing, and to its wealthy business and political surrogates here, that Australia will safeguard its sovereignty as jealously as does… That’s all very well. But surely ... Read More »

When will Australian politics have its Weinstein moment?

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One year before the Weinstein allegations and the #MeToo phenomenon, political journalist Karen Middleton wrote an article about sexual harassment in Australian politics. Jane Gilmore The Canberra Times It was not so much a personal account of her own experiences as a description of an entrenched culture in Canberra’s hothouse of politicians and journalists. If her description of this culture is still accurate, politicians, and the profession supposed to hold them to account, are living in a culture that normalises criminal behaviour. ... Read More »

The Sultan and the Sultan

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Faced with a vast, decaying empire, the Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamid II ruled with an iron fist, curtailing press freedom, promoting Islam and severing ties with the West. William Armstrong Miscellanies History Today His similarities with Turkey’s current president have not gone unnoticed. Turkey’s relationship with the West is in the middle of a slow-motion car crash. After years of tension, the country’s rift with its western allies has widened since an attempted military coup against the government of the country’s ... Read More »

Omarosa Manigault Is Out At The White House

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The former Apprentice villain and one of the most prominent black women in the administration is leaving the Trump administration By David Mack (BuzzFeed News Reporter) Talal Ansari (BuzzFeed News Reporter) Darren Sands (BuzzFeed News Reporter) Omarosa Manigault, the former reality TV star turned political aide to President Trump, has resigned from her administration position, the White House announced Wednesday. Manigault resigned on Tuesday “to pursue other opportunities,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. Her resignation will not be effective until Jan. 20, 2018 — ... Read More »

Cabin pressure: Are airline contractors cutting corners on safety to earn business?

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Former and current pilots at Air Georgian, which annually handles 62,000 Air Canada Express-branded flights, allege it has a troubling approach to safety and maintenance, but the airline said it is one of the country’s most audited airlines, and the results of those evaluations put it in “the top tier” of Canadian operators. Financial Post Staff Financial Post Tom Blackwell Alan Eugeni had been flying at Air Georgian for only a month when he said the first one happened. Landing ... Read More »

Our Border Protection Spin Isn’t Fooling The World, UN Docs Reveal

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The international community is not fooled by Australia’s human rights offending immigration policies, writes Kellie Tranter. New Matilda In January this year, Treasurer and former immigration minister Scott Morrison told Australians: “We are the envy of the world when it comes to strong border protection policies that protect the integrity of our immigration system.” Yet heavily redacted documents released under Freedom of Information laws relating to our bid for the United Nations Human Rights Council suggest that in diplomatic circles, ... Read More »

US national security adviser: Qatar and Turkey are new sponsors of radical ideology 

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General HR McMaster attributed the rise of the Justice and Development party in Ankara to Turkey’s growing problems with the West Joyce Karam The National US national security adviser HR McMaster condemned Qatar and Turkey for taking on a “new role” as the main sponsors and sourcesof funding for extremist Islamist ideology that targets western interests. “Radical Islamist ideology isa grave threat to all civilised people,” Gen McMaster said. The US national security adviser said this threat has been identified “myopically” ... Read More »

Barnaby Joyce says New Zealand should ‘back off’ on offer to resettle refugees

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Deputy PM says Jacinda Ardern’s pledge to resettle up to 150 refugees from Manus Island could jeopardise the countries’ relationship Ben Doherty The Guardian Recently renounced New Zealand citizen Barnaby Joyce has said his former homeland should back off on its offer to resettle refugees from Australia’s offshore detention regime. In an interview with Newstalk ZB in New Zealand, the recently-reinstalled deputy prime minister of Australia issued a veiled threat to the NZ prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, that her commitment ... Read More »

‘Feminism’ is Merriam-Webster dictionary’s word of year

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A leading US dictionary has named “feminism” as its word of 2017 following a surge in online searches BBC Merriam-Webster said interest in the term was driven by women’s marches, new TV shows and films on women’s issues and the string of news stories on sexual assault and harassment claims. The number of people searching for the word was up 70% on 2016, it said. The dictionary defines feminism as “the theory of the political, economic and social equality of ... Read More »

Timeline: game-changing gas discoveries in the eastern Mediterranean

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Massive gas discoveries in the Mediterranean Sea’s Levant Basin have attracted a flood of investment – and no shortage of geopolitical tension. Chris Lo Offshore Technology This timeline brings together some of the most important milestones in the development of offshore gas projects in the eastern Mediterranean. Unlike the Gulf of Mexico or the North Sea, the Mediterranean Sea has always been better known for stunning climate, cuisine and a booming tourism trade than offshore oil and gas. But as ... Read More »

Wanted for genocide, Sudan leader welcomed by Erdogan at Jerusalem summit

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Omar al-Bashir is alleged by ICC to have committed war crimes in conflict that UN says killed at least 300,000 and displaced more than 2.5 million AFP The Times of Israel  ISTANBUL — Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted on charges of genocide and war crimes, attended an emergency summit of the world’s main pan-Islamic group in Istanbul, Wednesday. Bashir was among leaders who responded to a call by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to attend the meeting after ... Read More »

Bangladesh arrests cleric over fatwa against women farming

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A Muslim cleric accused of issuing a fatwa banning women from working on farms has been arrested in Bangladesh, police said on Dec. 13. DHAKA Hurriyet The imam and five mosque officials face charges after their announcement prompted locals in the western town of Kumarkhali to try and prevent women from going to work in the fields. “They took the decision after prayers on Dec. 8, banning women from going out of their homes,” local police chief Abdul Khaleque told ... Read More »

Η κριτική του Κορνήλιου Καστοριάδη στο μαρξισμό

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Συμπόσιο στο Πανεπιστήμιο Σίδνεϊ Με ιδιαίτερη έμφαση στην ιστορική εξέλιξη του Κορνήλιου Καστοριάδη αφ’ ότου έφυγε από την Ελλάδα για την Γαλλία στα μέσα τις δεκαετίας του ’40, πραγματοποιείται αύριο (Παρασκευή, 15/12/2017), οργανώνεται Συμπόσιο στο Σίδνεϊ με θέμα το έργο του μεγάλου στοχαστή της αυτονομίας. Νέος Κόσμος Η εκδήλωση διοργανώνεται για Τρίτη συνεχή χρονιά στο Πανεπιστήμιο Σίδνεϊ υπό την εποπτεία του διευθυντή του Τμήματος Νέων Ελληνικών και Βυζαντινών Σπουδών, καθηγητή Βρασίδα Καραλή. «Θα προσπαθήσουμε να βρούμε πώς συνεχίστηκε η κριτική ... Read More »

Η προστασία του περιβάλλοντος μπορεί να αποτελέσει μοχλό ανάπτυξης

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Η προστασία του Περιβάλλοντος μπορεί να συμβάλλει σημαντικά στην Ανάπτυξη να αποτελέσει βραχίονα δημιουργίας εξειδικευμένης τεχνογνωσίας με σημαντικές δυνατότητες εξαγωγής, και ανταγωνιστικά πλεονεκτήματα, ώστε να δημιουργηθεί υπεραξία για την οικονομία και χιλιάδες νέες θέσεις… Κωνσταντίνος Αραβώσης HuffPost Για να εναρμονιστεί με τις νομοθετικές απαιτήσεις και στόχους- των οποίων υπολειπόμαστε κατά πολύ – που θέτει η ΕΕ στην χώρα μας απαιτούνται επενδύσεις της τάξης των 6-8 δις. Ευρώ για την επόμενη πενταετία από τον δημόσιο και ιδιωτικό… Αν δεν γίνουν είναι ... Read More »

Υπόμνημα στον ΠτΔ για επιστροφή της Αμμοχώστου

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Πρωτοβουλία για επιστροφή της Αμμοχώστου, ανέλαβαν τρεις σημαντικοί άνδρες, οι οποίοι υπηρέτησαν σε σημαντικές θέσεις της Κυπριακής Δημοκρατίας. SigmaLive Πρόκειται για τον Θεόφιλο Θεοφίλου, πρώην Μόνιμο Αντιπρόσωπο της Κύπρου στην Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση, Γιώργο Αρέστη, επίτιμο Διδάκτωρ του Πανεπιστημίου του Κεντ και τον Δημήτρη Χατζηχαμπή, τέως πρόεδρο του Ανώτατου Δικαστηρίου. Καλεσμένοι στην εκπομπή «Μεσημέρι και Κάτι» και οι τρεις διατράνωσαν το δικαίωμα επιστροφής στην κατεχόμενη τους πόλη. Προς τον σκοπό… Υπόμνημα στον ΠτΔ… Read More »