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Uluru statement: Aborigines prefer the horizon to the foreground

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Delegates to the Aboriginal constitutional convention probably did themselves, as well as indigenous Australians, a great favour last week by making some perfectly reasonable, but… Jack Waterford Brisbane Times They have given the government an excuse to walk away from a promise to conduct a referendum “recognising” prior… It’s a proposal, like so many gestures on Aboriginal affairs, of some symbolic significance but devoid of any capacity to make an… Uluru statement: Aborigines… Read More »

Pancasila should become subject at school: Association

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Indonesian Teachers Association (PGRI) head Unifah Rasyidi has suggested that Indonesia’s state ideology of Pancasila become its own subject at school. Currently, the teaching of Pancasila is fused with civic education in a subject called Pancasila and… The Jakarta Post “Nowadays, we’ve seen the… She further said taking out Pancasila from PPKN was crucial because the… Pancasila should become… Read More »

Expert: Don’t rule out buying and selling water

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The biggest problem the country has in terms of water management is not technical, it’s about how to overcome the divisions that have developed among us, says Ecological Foundation executive director Guy… Nicki Harper The Country Mr Salmon was a keynote speaker at day two of the water symposium held in Havelock North, and said there were five main building blocks that could form the basis of reaching solutions to the… ● Efficiency is a value worth pursuing from a… ... Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn forced to defend Labour’s failure to expel Ken Livingstone over ‘anti-Semitic remarks’

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Jeremy Corbyn has been forced to defend Labour’s failure to expel his ally Ken Livingstone for allegedly anti-Semitic remarks in a… Tom Powell EveningStandard The former London mayor avoided expulsion in April this year at a disciplinary hearing into his remarks linking Adolf Hitler and Zionism, but was suspended for a… In a grilling by members of the public on BBC1’s Question Time election special, Mr Corbyn suggested that Mr… Jeremy Corbyn forced… Read More »

Uluru summit delivers clear message to Australian lawmakers

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Lawyers and legal academics have weighed in on new calls for constitutional reform to empower Australia’s first peoples as part of the nation’s next serious step towards Indigenous… Melissa Coade Lawyers Weekly A group of Indigenous Australians have issued a statement following three days of meetings at Uluru last week, with many describing it as a national way forward for serious… Two propositions were expressed in the Statement from the Heart to come from the Uluru National… Uluru summit delivers… Read More »

Why Mueller Is Taking Over the Michael Flynn Grand Jury

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The special counsel is consolidating his control of existing investigations—and may gain leverage over the former national-security adviser in the process. Matt Ford The Atlantic Special Counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly taking command of the federal probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s Turkish lobbying deals, a move that could give him leverage over a… Reuters reported Friday that Mueller will now oversee an… Why Mueller Is… Read More »

Ethics office will press White House on undated conflict-of-interest waivers

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The Office of Government Ethics plans to press the White House to clarify when it issued a slew of ethics waivers giving its staffers permission to interact with their former employers or clients, an indication that the… Matea Gold  The Washington Post Ten of the 14 waivers publicly disclosed this week by the White House are undated and unsigned, raising questions about when they… Particularly troubling, ethics experts said, was a… Ethics office will… Read More »

When America Barred Italians

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Twelve years ago, I began researching a family murder that happened in Southern Italy in the 19th century. HELENE STAPINSKI The New York Times It took a decade to find the details of the crime, but the facts I uncovered about the daily life of my ancestors and the racism they faced — even from their own countrymen — were more shocking than the killing. In today’s climate of refugee bans and xenophobia, the facts have taken on a new ... Read More »

Iraqi Kurdistan faces many obstacles to independence referendum

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BAGHDAD — Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) announced May 24 that it had formally informed the United Nations Security Council of its intention to hold a referendum on the independence of Kurdistan through the… Omar Sattar AlMonitor The KRG is working on three levels to have this referendum held by the end of this year and make the… While the first level consists of solving the internal crises plaguing the… Iraqi Kurdistan faces… Read More »

We shouldn’t airbrush Margaret Court or anyone else from our history

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We are a mad, shortsighted, often awful and contradictory species. Julia Baird The Sydney Morning Herald Margaret Court has provided ample evidence of that this week, with bizarre and ignorant remarks as she attempted to explain her boycotting of Qantas because of its support of same sex-marriage. When she swung from biblical arguments about the definition of marriage, to musing on whether there was a… We shouldn’t airbrush… Read More »

George Soros accuses Viktor Orban of making Hungary a ‘mafia state’

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London: For the first time since the government of Hungary threatened to shutter the university he founded in Budapest, American financier and… Palko Karasz Brisbane Times Bloomberg In a keynote speech Thursday at the annual economic forum of the European Commission, Soros cited “the deception and corruption of the mafia state the… Soros, a benefactor of civil society groups… George Soros accuses… Read More »

Freedom struggle hero Barak Sope awarded Timor-Leste honour

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“I was fighting in the mountains and I heard your voice from across the ocean coming to support my people, to cherish the same freedom that you have struggled for and… By Len Garae in Port Vila By PMC Editor Asia Pacific Report Former Prime Minister Barak Sope says the former FRETILIN guerrilla fighter-turned President of Timor-Leste, Taur Matan Ruak, spoke with words to that effect when he awarded him with the Order of… It is the highest medal in ... Read More »

When mosques refuse to bury Muslim terrorists

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The Manchester Central Mosque has declined to be involved in Salman Abedi’s funeral. Yasmeen Serhan The Atlantic SBS The decision is hardly unprecedented. More than a week has passed since 22-year-old Salman Abedi detonated an explosive outside a concert at the Manchester Arena, killing himself and 22 concert-goers and… Still, Abedi’s remains have reportedly not been buried. This carries particular significance for a… When mosques refuse… Read More »

Gaza on the Brink

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When the fear is gone. If you ask Palestinians in either Gaza or the West Bank who’s responsible for their suffering, most would probably say Israel. But what would they say if they were safely overseas and… Evelyn Gordon Commentary That’s not a question reporters, diplomats, or nongovernmental organizations usually bother asking. We now have an answer to it, at least with regard to Palestinians who… Gaza on the… Read More »

Australian government’s citizenship test moves political, not practical

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No better than the old police gag: And when did you stop beating your wife, Sir? Editorial The Age There is consensus across the political spectrum that immigration has been a boon for this country. Australia is often, and rightly, held up as one of the most successful multicultural communities. We have long derived huge social and economic benefits from diversity. So the recent posturing, and… Australian government’s citizenship… Read More »

Nagorno-Karabakh’s Gathering War Clouds

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Armenia and Azerbaijan are once again on collision course along increasingly active front lines in and around Nagorno-Karabakh. ICG Mediators Russia, France and the U.S., should pressure Yerevan and Baku to tone down inflammatory rhetoric, agree to talks and take steps towards… Executive Summary A year after Nagorno-Karabakh’s April 2016 violent flare-up, Armenia and… Nagorno-Karabakh’s Gathering… Read More »