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Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems

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Financial meltdown, environmental disaster and even the rise of Donald Trump – neoliberalism has played its part in them all. Why has the left failed to come up with an alternative? Imagine if the people of the Soviet Union had never heard of communism. The ideology that dominates our lives has, for most of us, no name. Mention it in conversation and you’ll be rewarded with a shrug. Even if your listeners have heard the term before, they will struggle ... Read More »

Who is Sheldon Adelson and can he sway the US election?

We ask if the casino tycoon and pro-Israel mega-donor wields more cash than clout or if he will soon become king-maker.. New York, US – It is testament to his status in United States politics that Sheldon Adelson has a primary election named after him. The “Adelson primary”, as it is known informally, is not a… Source: Who is Sheldon Adelson and can he sway the US election? – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

Chasing Asylum: A film by Eva Orner

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Reviewed by ARNOLD ZABLE Chasing Asylum is a visceral and confronting documentary which includes revealing, clandestine footage shot inside the Nauru and Manus Island detention centres. The images are reinforced by eye-witness accounts of former detention centre workers, and the observations of asylum seekers who have spent time inside the centres. Filmed by Oscar award-winning documentary maker, Eva Orner, it highlights the harsh conditions that asylum seekers have endured in offshore detention—and the punitive nature of a regime that breaks ... Read More »

Elite universities break away by calling for cap on student places

The nation’s elite group of eight universities have proposed that the federal government reintroduce limits on how many students each university can enrol, a suggestion slammed by other vice-chancellors as “cancerous” and “selfish”… Source: Elite universities break away by calling for cap on student places Read More »

A brighter future: Can tourism help rebuild East Timor?

East Timor is counting on tourism to give a boost to its economy and hoping some of the nation’s darkest days will become part of a brighter future… Source: A brighter future: Can tourism help rebuild East Timor? – BBC News Read More »

Putin’s Vision of the Future

Vladimir Putin saved Russia from the scavengers of the Yeltsin era. What’s more, he’s fundamentally re-forming the world’s biggest country in ways few understand. Unfortunately, most of this select group are bitter enemies of the notion of a Russian led world. While think tanks and “new world” evangelists in the west promise change and progress, Putin and his colleagues are at work, resolutely forging a new Russia… Source: Putin’s Vision of the Future Read More »

‘You end up with Adam Goodes’: Indigenous public servants speak out against racism

The disturbing findings were revealed by a landmark Australian National University study based on interviews with 34 former and currently employed Indigenous public servants. Many said racism within the workforce contributed to their decision to quit the public service. “You can either make a joke of it or you can get really upset and you then get labelled angry and get moved on,” said one respondent… Source: ‘You end up with Adam Goodes’: Indigenous public servants speak out against racism Read More »

Qatar to deport Dutch woman for ‘illicit sex’ after rape report

A Dutch woman who was arrested after she told police she had been drugged and raped was convicted of having sex out of wedlock by a Qatari court on Monday… Source: Qatar to deport Dutch woman for ‘illicit sex’ after rape report Read More »

Non-Muslims Carried Out More than 90% of All Terrorist Attacks in America

Terrorism Is a Real Threat … But the Threat to the U.S. from Muslim Terrorists Has Been Exaggerated An FBI report shows that only a small percentage of terrorist attacks carried out on U.S. soil between 1980 and 2005 were perpetrated by Muslims. Princeton University’s Loon Watch compiled the following chart from the FBI’s… Source: Non-Muslims Carried Out More than 90% of All Terrorist Attacks in America | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization Read More »

It took centuries, but we now know the size of the Universe

The sheer scale of the cosmos is hard to imagine, and even harder to put an accurate figure on. The sheer scale of the cosmos is hard to imagine, and even harder to put an accurate figure on. But thanks to some ingenious physics we now have a good idea of just how big it is.. By Chris Baraniuk “Let us go rambling about the Universe.” This is the invitation that American astronomer Harlow Shapley gave to an audience in ... Read More »

Italian newspaper draws criticism with ‘Mein Kampf’ giveaway

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi calls the decision by Il Giornale ‘squalid’.. An Italian newspaper has been criticised for distributing free copies of an annotated version of Hitler’s Mein Kampf with a paid supplement to Saturday’s edition. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Twitter that Il Giornale’s decision to give away the copies of the Nazi leader’s political treatise was “squalid” and expressed solidarity with Italy’s Jewish community… Source: Italian newspaper draws criticism with ‘Mein Kampf’ giveaway Read More »

Breda O’Brien: Irish need to be as good with the dying as we are with death

Unbearable suffering and assisted suicide are far from the only options at the end of life.. Recently, I read Séamus O’Mahony’s occasionally grumpy, sometimes bleakly humorous and always thought-provoking book, The Way We Die Now. O’Mahony, a consultant physician in Cork University Hospital, is suspicious of the idea of the “good death”. It is not that he does not believe that it is possible. He provides several examples in his book. He is… Source: Breda O’Brien: Irish need to be ... Read More »

Muhammad Ali funeral attracts stars and thousands of fans

Before the big names took centre stage, there was time for the little people of Louisville, Kentucky to farewell Mohammad Ali – great as a boxer, but a great Muslim and a great, if controversial American too… Hanging in the airwaves, in serial interviews, was the voice of Ali’s ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ opponent George Foreman, who pushed back on attempts to pigeonhole Ali as a boxer, a black or a Muslim – Ali simply was the greatest… Source: Muhammad Ali funeral ... Read More »

Beating Turkey in court

A week after the European Court of Human Rights ruled for Turkey to pay over €14 million to a Greek heir in an Istanbul inheritance case, Ankara’s property woes continued yesterday in Strasbourg.. That is where the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers examined Ankara’s refusal to pay awarded damages by the ECHR with regard to 33 property cases in Turkish-held northern Cyprus. And even though justice is a slow process, Nicosia-based lawyer Achilleas Demetriades, who won the Greek case ... Read More »

Brexit: ‘Leave’ or ‘Out’ 10 points ahead in poll on Britain’s EU referendum

The “Leave” or “Out” camp was 10 points ahead of “Remain” with less than two weeks to go before Britain’s referendum on whether to stay in the European Union, according to a poll by ORB for The Independent newspaper published on Friday. It was the biggest lead enjoyed by those wanting Britain to quit the 28-member bloc since the poll series started a year ago, The Independent said. Britons will vote on June 23 on whether to leave the world’s ... Read More »

Why human rights and Christian faith aren’t always compatible

Is the Christian faith compatibale with modern human rights? A recent conflict between Amnesty International and the Roman Catholic Church in Northern Ireland has sparked questions as to whether the modern manifestation of human rights and the Christian faith can ever see eye-to-eye. Catholics in Northern Ireland don’t want this human rights charity speaking in their schools because their views on abortion are in conflict with the Church’s pro-life position. Their protest is not a dispute of the good that ... Read More »