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On the Unbearable Lightness of Whiteness

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To be white and from money is to live a life of largely unrecognized privilege, bequeathed as it is from one’s first wet, howling breath. by ANTHONY TARRANT  In the affluent socio-economically partitioned town of Saratoga Springs, NY where I’m from there was actually a railroad track serving as the… On the Unbearable… Read More »

Rottnest Island: Black prison to white playground

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Today Rottnest Island, off Fremantle, is a popular holiday spot, but few realise the island’s dark past as a prison for Indigenous men. RN, By Kirsti Melville for Earshot Glen Stasiuk, a lecturer and Indigenous researcher at Murdoch University, was just a teenager when he first went camping with his mates on Rottnest Island — Wadjemup — in the… Rottnest Island: Black… Read More »

Why the rich can’t be trusted with money

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The members of the investor class are programmed to destroy. by Larry Beinhart Every time the rich get too much money – as marked by a sharp rise in income inequality – the same things always happen. A bubble! A grand, exuberant, investing, spending, paper profits spree. It… Why the rich… Read More »

Russia’s different reality

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In a bit of woodland on the outskirts of Moscow, several dozen students are running around in combat fatigues, shooting one another with soft air-gun pellets. By Gabriel Gatehouse BBC Newsnight The weekend paintballing trip has been organised by an opposition party. It all looks harmless enough. But in Russia, not everything is always as it… Russia’s different… Read More »

Enough is enough: we’ve reached a tipping point on sexual assault

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In the words of Elizabeth Warren, “women have had it” with guys like Trump, and the others who grab, insult and harass us. There’s a new defiance in the air Jessica Valenti Most times, it’s easier to say nothing. When a man gropes you on a subway. If a stranger tells you to smile as you walk down the… Enough is enough… Read More »

Challenging the ‘birthright lottery’ can provide a better way to view refugees

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­ One of the great obstacles in securing more humane approaches to refugee issues is the perception on the part of politicians that harsh treatment of refugees is a vote-winner with at least some of their constituents. This way of thinking hardly points to great skills of leadership. “I must follow the… Challenging the ‘birthright… Read More »

Libyan PM open to security cooperation with Russia

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Head of Libya’s UN-backed unity government voices readiness to step up security, military cooperation with Moscow World Bulletin / News Desk Fayez al-Sarraj, prime minister of Libya’s UN-backed unity government, has expressed his government’s willingness to step up security and… Libyan PM open… Read More »

Kevin Rudd caught up in Hillary Clinton email hack over failed UN bid

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AS Kevin Rudd was tenaciously working behind-the-scenes to drum up support for his failed United Nations secretary-general bid, he apparently reached out to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign chairman John Podesta. If WikiLeaks’ dump of hacked emails from Mr Podesta’s gmail account are accurate, the… Kevin Rudd caught… Read More »

Role of Solicitor-General has been damaged and the government must work to fix it

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­ On Monday night, over 250 people gathered to celebrate 100 years since the appointment of the first Commonwealth Solicitor-General, Sir Robert Garran. Gabrielle Appleby The event marked a century of an office that is widely accepted as being integral to government under the… Role of Solicitor… Read More »

After 3 Years Of Drought, A Starving Madagascar Teeters On The Brink Of ‘Catastrophe’

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Nearly 850,000 people on the island nation are facing “alarming” levels of hunger, according to U.N. agencies. Dominique Mosbergen Even in good years, hunger is rife in Madagascar. More than 90 percent of its population lives below the poverty line, and nearly half of the… After 3 Years… Read More »

Murder of Brazil official marks new low in war on Amazon environmentalists

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Luiz Alberto Araújo, a local government official in Pará state, was gunned down in front of his family: ‘It sends a message that no one is untouchable’ Matt Sandy in Rio de Janeiro It was just after sunset in Altamira, a small town nestled on a curve of the Xingu river in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, when Luiz Alberto Araújo, the… Murder of Brazil… Read More »

Letter signed by gun control advocates calls for ‘unbiased’ review of laws

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Open letter to Australian justice minister Michael Keenan asks for opportunity to put forward their case in the same direct way as the firearms lobby • Michael Keenan criticised over ‘one-sided’ meetings with gun lobby Dear Minister Keenan, Australia’s gun control laws are the envy of the world. Since the landmark 1996 national firearms agreement (NFA) our state, territory and… Letter signed by… Read More »

Calais migrants: France begins to clear ‘Jungle’ camp

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More than 1,200 police and officials in France have begun an operation to clear the “Jungle” migrant camp in Calais. The camp has been housing at least 7,000 people in squalid conditions. Migrants queued peacefully to be processed, and the… Calais migrants: France… Read More »

The Silver Lining When Bill Leak Wins His Racial Discrimination Case

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You win some, you lose some. And New Matilda editor Chris Graham thinks Aboriginal Australia is about to lose small, but ultimately win big. By Chris Graham  In case you’ve been living under a rock, cartoonist for The Australian newspaper, Bill Leak is being taken to the… The Silver Lining… Read More »

The other Bob Dylan

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Dylan’s silence and support for the Israeli oppressor makes a mockery of his stature as an “angry humanitarian”. by Ali Saad As the media hype surrounding Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize for Literature begins to fade away, the coverage – so far – appears to be concentrating only on one corner of the… The other Bob… Read More »

Small Island, Big Song: Musicians across oceans join together through a single song

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A man sits by the edge of a river in remote Taiwan, playing a song on a jaw harp. A month later, another man heads into a forest on the side of a volcano in his native Hawaii, hears the song and adds an extra percussive layer using a… Small Island, Big… Read More »