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Turkey’s ‘good cop’ is off the case

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu says he will leave office, raising new questions about EU’s migration pact with Ankara.. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pulled yet another block out of the already precarious Jenga tower that is the EU-Turkey agreement on migration, moving to oust the politician who has been Brussels’ most trusted partner in Ankara… Source: Turkey’s ‘good cop’ is off the case – POLITICO Read More »

India’s new ‘enclave’ citizens in historic first vote

Thousand of Indians are voting for the first time in West Bengal assembly polls after remaining virtually stateless for six decades. They became citizens of India last year after Bangladesh and India exchanged more than 160 enclaves located in each other’s territory. The enclaves, created in the 18th Century, endured through British colonial rule, the independence of India and the creation of Bangladesh… Source: India’s new ‘enclave’ citizens in historic first vote – BBC News Read More »

Economist Paul Craig Roberts: Greece Must Leave the Eurozone to Regain Its Sovereignty

In Greece, the Syriza-led coalition government is now set to agree to new rounds of cuts and privatizations demanded by the country’s lenders. Prior to its initial election in January 2015, Syriza had promised to abolish the country’s loan agreements and austerity policies. Now, unemployment remains at record levels, and the young and educated continue to leave the country, while recent large-scale privatizations such… Source: Economist Paul Craig Roberts: Greece Must Leave the Eurozone to Regain Its Sovereignty Read More »

Boko Haram on the Back Foot?

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Boko Haram is losing ground, resources and fighters. But defeating the group and preventing a future insurgency needs more than military success. The 14 May summit in Abuja is an opportunity for Nigeria and its Lake Chad basin neighbours to prepare and implement what’s been long overdue: a holistic response to the extremist group… Source: Boko Haram on the Back Foot? – International Crisis Group Read More »

The Amateur Cloud Society That (Sort Of) Rattled the Scientific Community

An improbable tale of how a British maverick harnessed crowdsourced meteorological discoveries to reveal the poetic wonders of the sky.. Gavin Pretor-Pinney decided to take a sabbatical. It was the summer of 2003, and for the last 10 years, as a sideline to his graphic-design business in London, he and a friend had been running a magazine called The Idler. The Idler was devoted to the “literature for loafers.” It argued against busyness and careerism and for the ineffable value ... Read More »

It’s official! Australia in court re Crimes Against Humanity

A case has been lodged against the Australian Government for Crimes Against Humanity. No, not in the International Criminal Court – that’s still live, see Appendix below – but in the High Court in Australia and in relation to those hundreds of men detained illegally, as per the recent Supreme Court ruling in Papua New Guinea. The case has been raised by Russell Byrnes solicitors as a class action. It has been lodged successfully. but is yet to be formally listed. ... Read More »

White flight in schools: it’s not about racism

The idea that smart kids should sacrifice their own education to drag up their peers from non-English speaking families is simply obnoxious.. What are they playing at, these smug, middle-class families deserting their local state school just because it’s next to commission housing? (White flight: race segregation in Melbourne state schools) How… Source: White flight in schools: it’s not about racism Read More »

America Has Never Been So Ripe for Tyranny

As this dystopian election campaign has unfolded, my mind keeps being tugged by a passage in Plato’s Republic. It has unsettled — even surprised — me from the moment I first read it in graduate school. The passage is from the part of the dialogue where Socrates and his friends are talking about the nature of different political systems, how they change over time, and how one can slowly evolve into another. And Socrates seemed pretty… Source: America Has Never Been ... Read More »

Interview with a Bookstore: Melbourne’s Readings, the best bookshop in the world

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The people behind the independent Melbourne store that just won International Bookstore of the Year talk fostering local literature, great regulars and Australian book recommendations.. Readings first opened in 1969, and it was a partnership of three – Ross Reading, his wife Dorothy Reading, and Peter Reid. At the time, Australia had a very small… Source: Interview with a Bookstore: Melbourne’s Readings, the best bookshop in the world | Books | The Guardian Read More »

Lib Dem and lawyers back Sadiq Khan

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I have been disappointed by the Green party refusing to be drawn on the use of the second-preference vote in the London mayoral election and by its recent election broadcast suggesting that there is little distinction between the Tories and Labour. I was even more disappointed this weekend to receive in my inbox an… Source: Lib Dem and lawyers back Sadiq Khan | Letters | Politics | The Guardian Read More »

Green, Hilda

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Hilda Green graduated from the University of Melbourne with a major in Business Strategy and Development. To futher her skills she also completed a Graduate Certificate in Web Development from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. With extensive experience working on marketing, communication and fundraising campaigns for some of Australia’s leading organisations (Liberty Victoria, Australian Red Cross, beyondblue, Amnesty International), Ms Green has carved out a unique skill base. Included in her set of experience is website development, graphic design, ... Read More »

Male speakers boycott all-male panels to protest lack of female representation

Five male conference speakers want to see conference organisers involve more women. Five of Australia’s most booked male conference speakers will boycott panels that don’t include women, criticising organisers for taking the lazy way out by opting for “dude fests”… Source: Male speakers boycott all-male panels to protest lack of female representation Read More »

Malawi’s albinos at risk of ‘total extinction,’ U.N. warns

Malawi’s albinos are at risk of “total extinction” amid escalating attacks against them for their body parts, the United Nations warned. Albinism is a genetic condition that leads to little or no pigment in the eyes, skin and hair. The southern African nation has about 10,000 albinos, according to the U.N… Source: Malawi’s albinos at risk of ‘total extinction,’ U.N. warns – CNN.com Read More »

John RWD Jones obituary

Human rights lawyer who helped ensure justice for some of the most demonised defendants.. The human rights barrister John RWD Jones devoted himself to helping those in peril in the courts. He was a leading architect of the nascent system of… Source: John RWD Jones obituary | Law | The Guardian Read More »

Germany to start trials over Syrian war crimes, as refugee influx brings suspects into country

Germany will this week start its first war crimes trial over Syrian atrocities, as a mass refugee influx brings suspects into the country. Aria L., a 21-year-old German national and suspected jihadist, posted on Facebook photos of himself posing next to two decapitated heads in Syria — and his case is not the only one from the war-torn country to occupy German justice… Source: Germany to start trials over Syrian war crimes, as refugee influx brings suspects into country – ... Read More »

How Norway Dispels the Private vs Public Sector Myth

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A strong state capable of building infrastructure is not enough. It must also be an inclusive state. David Sloan Wilson and Sigrun Aasland Economics It’s no secret that the Scandinavian nations are doing something right. They consistently lead the world in measures of happiness and quality of life. Political guru Francis Fukuyama called the search for the good society “getting to Denmark”. Even The Economist magazine featured a goofy looking Viking on its cover with the headline “The Next Supermodel”. How ... Read More »