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Kenya: Development, County Governments and the Risk of 2017 Election Violence

ISIOLO, Kenya. Until a decade ago, few ventured beyond Isiolo without armed police escort. A dusty frontier garrison town in central Kenya, it was the gateway into the badlands of Kenya’s former Northern Frontier District. In the last two decades, as Kenya’s economy and politics have liberalised, Isiolo has transformed into a vibrant commercial hub […] Source: Kenya: Development, County Governments and the Risk of 2017 Election Violence | Crisis Group Read More »

Australia declares: I Stand with Lee Lin Chin

On Tuesday of this week, we wrote about the absurd campaign being waged against Gold Logie nominees Lee Lin Chin and Waleed Aly. But the day after, things got even more ridiculous with a piece written by News Corp’s Victoria Hannaford “six reasons why Waleed Aly shouldn’t win Gold”. Thankfully, the team behind SBS 2’s The… Source: Australia declares: I Stand with Lee Lin Chin | Daily Review: film, stage and music reviews, interviews and more Read More »

How to Preserve the Fragile Calm at Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade

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A deceptive calm on Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade is unlikely to hold under pressure from the ongoing “third intifada”, widespread dissatisfaction among Palestinian youth and growing Jewish Temple activism. Bolstering the 1967 Status Quo arrangement remains crucial, but immediate attention must be on maintaining more recent understandings on access to the Esplanade as the religious… Source: How to Preserve the Fragile Calm at Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade – International Crisis Group Read More »

‘They are hitting us’: frightening video emerges of overnight riot involving children on Nauru

Two detainees received medical treatment following an alleged riot involving children at the Nauru detention centre overnight, in a dramatic escalation of tensions on the remote Pacific island.. ‘ We have been kept in hell for three years ‘ Video footage obtained by Fairfax Media appears to show frightening scenes including young people crying and saying “they are hitting us”, before screams and loud banging can be heard… Source: ‘They are hitting us’: frightening video emerges of overnight riot involving children ... Read More »

The oligarchy and the enemies of the people murder peasants in Brazil

The Continental Articulation of Social Movements towards the ALBA emphatically condemns the events that occurred earlier today, April 7, 2016, when the Military Police entered with brutality and raining bullets into a camp of thousands of families of the Landless Workers’ Movement (MST)… Source: The oligarchy and the enemies of the people murder peasants in Brazil – The Dawn Read More »

Poll: Sanders Erases Clinton’s National Lead

The Vermont senator erases his rival’s national lead in a new poll, even as he struggles to close the delegate gap. Hillary Clinton may have amassed a nearly insurmountable lead in delegates, but rank-and-file Democrats are now virtually split between her and Bernie Sanders over which candidate should be their party’s presidential… Source: Poll: Sanders Erases Clinton’s National Lead – The Atlantic Read More »

Dennis Hastert accused of sexual abuse by at least 4, sources say

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For months, federal authorities have hinted at the motive behind the hush-money payments former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has admitted to making: the sexual abuse of a teenage boy when Hastert was still a suburban high school teacher and wrestling coach… Source: Dennis Hastert accused of sexual abuse by at least 4, sources say – Chicago Tribune Read More »

Why is Honduras the world’s deadliest country for environmentalists?

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The environment is the new battleground for human rights, and activists are getting caught in the crossfire – particularly in Honduras, where two were killed last month. ince her mother’s murder a month ago, Bertha Isabel Zuniga Cáceres has scarcely had time to grieve. The 25-year-old student is adamant that her… Source: Why is Honduras the world’s deadliest country for environmentalists? | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

Bangladesh activist Nazimuddin Samad hacked to death

The murder is the latest incident of aggression against secular bloggers and activists in the Muslim-majority country. A law student who posted pro-atheism comments on social media has been murdered, Bangladeshi police said, in the latest incident in a series of killings of secular activists and bloggers in the country… Source: Bangladesh activist Nazimuddin Samad hacked to death – AJE News Read More »

Prostitution in France made legal under new laws, but paying for it ruled illegal

France introduces new prostitution laws, making soliciting sex legal, but activities around it, like brothels and pimping illegal.. Supporters said the legislation would make it easier to crackdown on sex trafficking, but prostitutes said it would leave them in limbo… Source: Prostitution in France made legal under new laws, but paying for it ruled illegal – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

If royal commissions worked children and families would be safe by now

Commissions and inquiries into tough social challenges often follow a common formula, but without radical thinking change is slow and incremental. Over the past decade Australia has seen 39 inquiries, reviews and royal commissions dedicated to finding better ways to protect children against… Source: If royal commissions worked children and families would be safe by now | Carolyn Curtis | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

The Rise of German Isolationism

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The refusal of EU leaders to agree on a common solution to the refugee crisis is not just hurting the newcomers; it is also damaging the EU’s future, as it bolsters isolationist forces in Germany. The recent victory of far-right figures in Germany’s regional elections should serve as a stark warning to all EU members… Source: The Rise of German Isolationism by Marcel Fratzscher – Project Syndicate Read More »

Historic land rights settlement ‘too late’ for many traditional owners

The big regret when one of the country’s longest-running and most hard-fought Aboriginal land claims moved close to settlement on Wednesday was that so many of the land owners had not lived to witness history being made. Almost four decades after lodging a claim for a huge tract of land on the Cox Peninsula, west of Darwin, surviving traditional owners joined with politicians to announce the terms for settlement… Source: Historic land rights settlement ‘too late’ for many traditional owners Read More »

Donald Trump and the Borderers

The Republican front-runner’s appeal seems rooted in a distinctive political culture—born in the British borderlands, and still flourishing in America’s southern highlands. Imagine a successful presidential candidate whose political style was “characterized by intensely personal leadership, charismatic appeals to his… Source: Donald Trump and the Borderers – The Atlantic Read More »

Fears As Gold Logie Might Go To Non-White Person

The mainstream media is in a panic today over fears that the coveted Gold Logie award might be given to someone who isn’t white.   Nominations of The Project’s Waleed Aly and The Feed’s Lee Lin Chin for the award have created ripples in the media as commentators struggle to deal with the notion that someone may be celebrated for their work even if they aren’t technically white and in some cases might controversially have an entirely different cultural background… ... Read More »

Web app helps public transport users decide whether they should pay their myki fine

Public transport users in Victoria caught without a valid myki ticket can now turn to their phone for instant advice. A new mobile-friendly website, mykifines.org.au, helps users decide whether to pay an on-the-spot penalty fare when confronted by a ticket inspector… Source: Web app helps public transport users decide whether they should pay their myki fine – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »