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The Philippines should not reinstate the death penalty, even for Peter Scully

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Bringing back a flawed system to kill a rotten individual means that we dispense with the individual but are stuck with the system Brigid Delaney There have been calls to reintroduce the death penalty in the Philippines as the trial of alleged Australian child sex abuser Peter Scully takes place and… The Philippines should not reinstate the death penalty, even for Peter Scully… Read More »

Abortion on demand the legal outcome of repeal of Eighth Amendment

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Simply removing protection for the unborn opens the way to unlimited abortion Gerry White Just as one cannot step into the same river twice, a simple repeal of the Eighth Amendment will not take us back to the constitutional position… Source: Abortion on demand the legal outcome of repeal of Eighth Amendment Read More »

The Wall Street Journal is Wrong: António Guterres is the Best to Run the UN

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This post is co-authored by Alexandra Carreira André Corrêa d’Almeida On merit, skills and qualifications, Guterres is by far the best candidate to run the United Nations. Former Prime-Minister of Portugal, 10 years UN High Commissioner for Refugees during one of the worst refugee crisis since World War II, António Guterres has also won all five secret straws held so far – well ahead of everyone else… Source: The Wall Street Journal is Wrong: António Guterres is the Best to ... Read More »

Explainer: why blackface (and brownface) offend

Last week, Polynesian activists accused Disney of promoting “brownface”after it advertised a full body children’s costume depicting the tattooed Pacific demi-god Maui. Marion Gray  Weeks earlier, a Perth mother who painted her son’s skin black so he could dress for a school parade as his “idol”, AFL footballer Nic Naitanui, was… Source: Explainer: why blackface (and brownface) offend Read More »

Cockroaches are not radiation-proof and most are not pests

Few animals have a worse reputation than the humble cockroach, but almost everything we think we know about them is an urban myth By Henry Nicholls Reputation: Yuck. Cockroaches are filthy, immortal scavengers that are unaffected by radiation. In a post-apocalyptic world, it will be these dirty little critters that survive. We would be better… Source: BBC – Earth – Cockroaches are not radiation-proof and most are not pests Read More »

Two Dozen Christians Deported From Saudi Arabia For Praying

Saudi Arabia has deported 27 Christians for having a service in their home to mark the festival of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven, according to news reports. Ruth Gledhill  The deportation was carried out because the Christians’ prayers were “unIslamic”, according to EWTN. The women, some of whom had children with them, argued… Source: Two Dozen Christians Deported From Saudi Arabia For Praying | Christian News on Christian Today Read More »

Why did the British vote for Brexit?

What were the root causes of Brexit? Was it about sovereignty and “taking back control”? Was it about immigration? Was it just a chance to give David Cameron’s government a good kicking? Globalisation, immigration, lows wages, de-industrialisation – all of these have been blamed as root causes of Brexit. On the other hand, some… Source: Why did the British vote for Brexit? — Debating Europe Read More »

Why we should lock more people up, and it’s not what you think

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I’VE always thought jail is mostly a bad idea: It takes young people and puts them in constant contact with society’s very worst. Jason Murphy They eventually emerge with no skills but a tight-knit network of former criminals. Under my theory, jail is mostly unhelpful for the people that are in there… Source: Australian jail: What we could learn from the Norwegians Read More »

Jordan: Nahed Hattar shot dead ahead of cartoon trial

Gunman kills prominent writer Nahed Hattar outside Amman court where he was facing charges over “offensive” cartoon. A gunman has shot dead prominent Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar outside a court where he was facing charges for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam, state news agency Petra reported. Hattar was struck by three bullets before the… Source: Jordan: Nahed Hattar shot dead ahead of cartoon trial – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

Breda O’Brien: Zappone has got it wrong on childcare

Incentivising people to send children to a crèche ignores many other options Breda O’Brien According to a recent ICTU (Irish Congress of Trade Unions) study of its members, just under 30 per cent of parents rely on relatives for childcare, about 30 per cent on childminders in their own or the… Source: Breda O’Brien: Zappone has got it wrong on childcare Read More »

Bridging past and present, the African American Museum opening is a dynamic celebration

In a dim, quiet backroom in the National Museum of African American History and Culture, a gray-haired man paused in front of a bronze casket, and he stood to pay his last respects to Emmett Till. By Monica Hesse and Krissah Thompson “Jesus,” whispered the man, a retired college administrator named Samuel L. Wright. He leaned forward. He saw that behind the glass, inside the coffin, lay a picture of the… Source: Bridging past and present, the African American Museum ... Read More »

Was it unethical for Barroso to take a job at Goldman Sachs?

Investment banking isn’t exactly the most popular profession these days. Many people haven’t forgiven the financial sector for the 2007-2008 meltdown. Many also resent having bailed out banks with public money, and subsequently watching banking executives be rewarded with healthy bonuses while public sector budgets are being squeezed. So, news that… Source: Was it unethical for Barroso to take a job at Goldman Sachs? — Debating Europe Read More »

Chinese rights lawyer jailed for 12 years

A Chinese court has sentenced defense lawyer Xia Lin to 12 years in prison, his attorney said Sept. 22, the latest blow in a broad crackdown on human rights defenders and activists. BEIJING Xia is best known for his work defending artist Ai Weiwei and fellow rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, who was detained after a private seminar discussing the… Source: Chinese rights lawyer jailed for 12 years – ASIA Read More »

America Is Not the Greatest Country on Earth. It’s No. 28

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Violence, alcoholism, and obesity pose the biggest risks in the U.S. But the rest of the world isn’t doing much better. Every study ranking nations by health or living standards invariably offers Scandinavian social democracies a chance to show their quiet dominance. A new analysis published this week—perhaps the most comprehensive ever—is no different. But what it does reveal are the… Source: America Is Not the Greatest Country on Earth. It’s No. 28 – Bloomberg Read More »

Who Can Lead The UN?

I won’t say that I am a person of great consequence to the UN. But for about 40 years, I have been known in its hallways, as my life and the survival of my country have been intimately intertwined with the UN’s workings. José Ramos-Horta   I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly. I arrived in a snow-covered Manhattan in early December 1975, just as Indonesian forces, with US blessing and… Source: Who Can Lead The UN? | ... Read More »

Athens’ unofficial community initiatives offer hope after government failures

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From abandoned municipal offices to theatres and car parks, informal local movements are reclaiming public space in the Greek capital. With the city’s progressive mayor on board they could reshape politics too Helena Smith in Athens Navarinou Park – part playground, part open-air cinema, part vegetable garden and verdant oasis – was never meant to be. On that, all of its… Source: Athens’ unofficial community initiatives offer hope after government failures | Cities | The Guardian Read More »