Global Issues

Saturday Mothers meet for 500th time in hope of finding lost loved ones

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The mothers of people who have disappeared at the hands of the state in recent decades, known as the “Saturday Mothers,” will meet for the 500th time today since their first gathering in the mid-1990s. The landmark meeting comes amid calls for solidarity from the Scholars for Peace initiative. The initiative, group together over 150 scholars from 50 universities, published ... Read More »

Iran hangs Reyhaneh Jabbari despite campaign

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Iran has executed a woman who killed a man she said was trying to sexually abuse her. Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, was hanged in a Tehran prison despite an international campaign urging a reprieve. Jabbari was arrested in 2007 for the murder of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former employee of Iran’s ministry of intelligence. Human rights group Amnesty International said she ... Read More »

Temporary protection visa deal with Palmer United party looking shaky

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PUP leader Clive Palmer is concerned Scott Morrison’s legislation goes far beyond what was agreed Jump to comments The “deal” between the Palmer United party and the immigration minister to reintroduce temporary protection visas is looking shaky as PUP expresses deep concerns Scott Morrison’s legislation goes far beyond what was agreed. In late September, Morrison introduced legislation enacting a deal ... Read More »

Should a Child Offender Be Treated as an Adult?

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The government may recommend he still sit in the back seat of a car, but a 10-year-old boy can be charged as an adult for the homicide of a 90-year-old woman and potentially spend the rest of his life in prison. Along with Somalia, the United States is one of two countries in the world that have not ratified a United Nations ... Read More »

Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

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In June 2011, Julian Assange received an unusual visitor: the chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, arrived from America at Ellingham Hall, the country house in Norfolk, England where Assange was living under house arrest. For several hours the besieged leader of the world’s most famous insurgent publishing organization and the billionaire head of the world’s largest information empire locked horns. ... Read More »

Kerry James Marshall: Challenging racism in art history

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For centuries black people appeared in art as slaves or exotic novelties – and the painter Kerry James Marshall wants to challenge these racist ideas. He talks to Alastair Sooke. “When I go to the movies, I’m expected to identify with all of the characters, and most of them are white,” says the African-American artist Kerry James Marshall, sitting on ... Read More »

Toward a Lasting Ceasefire in Gaza

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To achieve a durable ceasefire, not only must Israel significantly change its policy toward Gaza, but, no less importantly, Hamas and the Palestine Liberation Organisation must take further steps to implement their reconciliation agreement in order to enable reconstruction and stabilise daily life in the Strip. Some two months after the devastating war that took the lives of 72 Israelis ... Read More »

Myanmar: The Politics of Rakhine State

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The highly volatile situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine State adds dangerously to the country’s political and religious tensions. Long-term, incremental solutions are critical for the future of Rakhine State and the country as a whole. The International Crisis Group’s latest report, Myanmar: The Politics of Rakhine State, looks at how the legacy of colonial history, decades of authoritarian rule and state-society ... Read More »