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Germany’s populist AfD steps up anti-Muslim policies

Right-wing party accused of abusing Islam to tap into fears arising from terrorist attacks.. Germany’s leading Muslim organisation has likened the populist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) to the Nazis for demanding a total ban on burkas, mosque minarets and… Source: Germany’s populist AfD steps up anti-Muslim policies Read More »

Brazil crisis: Rousseff loses lower house impeachment vote – BBC News

Parliament in Brazil has voted to start impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff over charges of manipulating government accounts. The “yes” camp comfortably won the required two-thirds majority in the vote in the lower house in Brasilia… Source: Brazil crisis: Rousseff loses lower house impeachment vote – BBC News Read More »

Brian Monteith: Is Nicola Sturgeon Scotland’s Margaret Thatcher?

First Minister means business but she is exceeding her remit to the detriment of other duties, writes Brian Monteith.. Is Nicola Sturgeon the new Margaret Thatcher? I do hope the First Minister is not about to read my column in… Source: Brian Monteith: Is Nicola Sturgeon Scotland’s Margaret Thatcher? – The Scotsman Read More »

When WADA goes rogue: how the anti-doping agency got it wrong

The World Anti-Doping Authority’s failed handling of the Meldonium affair has sown doubts about he way anti-doping is prosecuted and the science it is claimed to be built on, writes Tracey Holmes… Source: When WADA goes rogue: how the anti-doping agency got it wrong – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

After Long Silence, Indonesia Allows Talk of Anti-Communist Atrocities

JAKARTA, Indonesia — When Putu Oka Sukanta was awakened by knocking on his door late one night in October 1966, he says, he instinctively knew who was there. Indonesian soldiers, police officers and plainclothes intelligence agents took… Source: After Long Silence, Indonesia Allows Talk of Anti-Communist Atrocities – The New York Times Read More »

If You Don’t Pay These Taxes, Expect a Troupe of Drummers at Your Door

Indian city aims to shame evaders by making a din; payments come quickly. THANE, India—For five years, real-estate developer Prahul Sawant ignored government orders to pay his taxes. Then the drummers showed up, beating their instruments and demanding he cough up the cash. Neighbors leaned out windows and gawked… Source: If You Don’t Pay These Taxes, Expect a Troupe of Drummers at Your Door – WSJ Read More »

College Student Is Removed From Flight After Speaking Arabic on Plane

Khairuldeen Makhzoomi, a senior at the University of California, Berkeley, was taken off a flight after he called an uncle in Baghdad and a passenger overheard him… Source: College Student Is Removed From Flight After Speaking Arabic on Plane – The New York Times Read More »

Muslims for Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders is the closest candidate to the aspirations of millions of decent Americans dreaming of a better future.. The dramatic debate between Senator Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in Brooklyn on April 14, in anticipation of the New York primaries on April 19, notwithstanding, the national conversations about the US presidential campaign has become positively… Source: Muslims for Bernie Sanders – Al Jazeera English Read More »

Why Bob Hawke is wrong about euthanasia

It is hard not to sympathise with Bob Hawke’s comments on euthanasia. He says that he can see no logical or ethical reasons for the ‘absurd’ position of making a person ‘suffer and suffer and suffer’… He puts the absurdity down to ‘quasi-moral and religious grounds’ against euthanasia, and political inertia… Source: Why Bob Hawke is wrong about euthanasia Read More »

Gang-gang: Scores of lanterns to illuminate Peace Vigil

Today’s column is about to natter about the looming annual Anzac Day eve Canberra Peace Vigil. But surely one of the problems with peace vigils, a sceptic might say (even a leftie, bleeding heart, militarism-deploring sceptic like this columnist) is that they do nothing to thaw the frost in the hearts of truculent, war-like leaders… Source: Gang-gang: Scores of lanterns to illuminate Peace Vigil Read More »

Pat Dodson must keep on highlighting Australia’s continuing shame

Despite the strenuous efforts of some, the gulf between the hope of reconciliation and the reality of mass incarceration of Aboriginal people is growing… Source: Pat Dodson must keep on highlighting Australia’s continuing shame Read More »

In Lesbos, Pope Francis Faces Refugees and the ‘Globalization of Indifference’

Pope Francis says people are becoming more apathetic to the suffering of others. Is he right? Cain, where is your brother? The answer, in the Bible, is that Cain had killed his brother Abel out in the field… Source: In Lesbos, Pope Francis Faces Refugees and the ‘Globalization of Indifference’ – The Atlantic Read More »

France’s Hollande is so unpopular that his own party may not support him

Many see the president as a traitor who moved to the right after November’s terror attacks… Source: France’s Hollande is so unpopular that his own party may not support him – The Washington Post Read More »

Poverty Isn’t Just About Money, Especially for Blacks and Hispanics

Staying poor isn’t just a matter of having too little money—it’s about a series of unstable circumstances that build upon each other.. It’s true that poverty affects people of all races, genders, and nationalities, but it’s also true that poverty—especially deep, persistent, intergenerational… Source: Poverty Isn’t Just About Money, Especially for Blacks and Hispanics – The Atlantic Read More »

Why we should honour the humanity of every person who dies in custody

It’s now 25 years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody tabled its final report. The anniversary will undoubtedly be marked by analysis and commentary, as well as reflections on statistics, key trends and issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander… Source: Why we should honour the humanity of every person who dies in custody Read More »

Speech of His Excellency Mr. Georgios Veis Ambassador Permanent Delegate, at the 199th Session of the Executive Board

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199TH SESSION OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF UNESCO UNESCO HEADQUARTERS, PARIS ADDRESS OF HIS EXCELLENCY, Mr Georges Veis AMBASSADOR, PERMANENT DELEGATE OF GREECE TO UNESCO Mr Chairperson of the Executive Board, Mr President of the 36th Session of the General Conference, Madam Director-General, Your Excellences, Dear Colleagues, Greece under the context of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, supports programs for the reform in education, lifelong learning, and education for people in vulnerable situations. As a country on ... Read More »