Civil Rights

IS supporters free to return to Australia despite tough law changes

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AUSTRALIA faces the return of some of the world’s most radical terrorists after tough laws to keep them out of the country… SHARRI MARKSON, The Daily Telegraph The Herald Sun Intelligence experts have warned the federal government nothing is stopping more than 100 homegrown terrorists — including those who have been fighting with Islamic… IS supporters free… Read More »

Merkel slams ‘bitter’ detention of German journalist in Turkey

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Reporter Deniz Yucel has been placed in jail pending his trial on terrorism related charges. Deutsche Welle Scores of opposition journalists have been arrested amidst a crackdown on dissent by the government of… The outrage over the imprisonment of Turkish-German journalist Deniz Yucel prompted… Merkel slams ‘bitter… Read More »

US Governors to Focus on Child Hunger, Infrastructure Efforts

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A national gathering of U.S. state leaders continues Sunday in Washington, with a focus on child hunger and infrastructure efforts. VoA The annual National Governors Association (NGA) meeting follows President Donald Trump’s recent orders to get tougher on the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the… US Governors to… Read More »

Blue ACLU Ribbons Are The Stars’ Best Accessories At 2017 Oscars

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Solidarity in style. By Jamie Feldman The Huffington Post The dresses, hair, makeup and jewelry took a back seat to a more meaningful accessory at the Oscars on… Many of Hollywood’s brightest were seen sporting blue ribbons in solidarity with the America’s Civil Liberties Union. The non-profit, which is “devoted to protecting the… Blue ACLU Ribbons… Read More »

Turkey lifts ban on Islamic headscarf in military

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Turkey on Wednesday said it was lifting a historic ban on female officers wearing the Islamic headscarf in the officially secular country’s armed forces. SBS The military was the final Turkish institution where women were prohibited from wearing the headscarf, after reforms by the Islamic-rooted government under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that has allowed it to be worn in… Turkey lifts ban… Read More »

An entire Manhattan village owned by black people was destroyed to build Central Park

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Three churches, a school, and dozens of homes were… Heather Gilligan TimeLine When Reverend Christopher Rush laid the cornerstone of the First African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in 1853, he placed in it a time capsule, a box that contained a bible, a hymn book, and… Rush, who escaped slavery and became the second ordained bishop of the… An entire Manhattan… Read More »

John McCain: Attacking The Free Press Is ‘How Dictators Get Started’

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“We need to learn the lessons of history.” Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) gave a staunch defense of the free press Saturday, noting that attacks on the media are “how dictators get… Mary Papenfuss The Huffington Post Speaking on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” to be aired Sunday, McCain took a swipe at President Donald Trump’s volleys against the… John McCain: Attacking… Read More »

Australians believe 18C protections should stay

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While debate over the merits of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act continues to rage, new research shows that an overwhelming majority of Australians support legislation that prevents insults on the basis of race, culture or religion. Andrew Jakubowicz, Kevin Dunn and Rachel Sharples The Conversation We found that just 10% of Australians believe people should have the freedom to “insult” and “offend” people on the basis of race, culture or religion. Over 75% are… Australians believe 18C… Read More »

Hungary is removing statue of philosopher György (Georg) Lukács – He was Marxist and Jewish

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Removing a statue of a philosopher? You may expect something like this to happen in Nazi Germany in the 1930s but not in Budapest in 2017. Hungarian Free Press  A couple of weeks ago the Budapest City Council decided that the statue of György Lukács will be removed from a Budapest park in the 13th district.. The renowned philosopher… Hungary is removing… Read More »

Venezuela pulls Spanish-language CNN from air for ‘distorting truth’

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government ordered the suspension of CNN’s Spanish-language service from Venezuela’s airwaves on Feb. 15, accusing it of distorting the… Caracas Hurriyet U.S.-based ‘CNN en Espanol’ became unavailable on Venezuela’s major cable providers minutes after a… The network had… Venezuela pulls Spanish… Read More »

Triggs: public servants should know human rights obligations

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Public servants should at least be aware of the human rights treaties to which Australia is party and the obligations they entail, says Gillian Triggs — and many do want to know how to do their… David Donaldson The Mandarin Public servants need to remember their obligations under international human rights treaties, despite… Triggs: public servants… Read More »

Coalition to change native title laws to protect mining and agriculture deals

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George Brandis announces bill to reverse court ruling that threw land use agreements thrown into doubt, including deal between Adani and… Joshua Robertson The Guardian The Turnbull government will change native title laws to protect land use agreements thrown into doubt by a recent court ruling, including a… Coalition to change… Read More »

‘I feel like I have been buried alive’: families live in fear and isolation as Erdoğan leads a witch-hunt

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More than 125,000 people have been sacked on suspicion of links to a dissident cleric. Two teachers and a law student describe how this has affected… Constanze Letsch The Guardian On 1 September, the life of Ahmet and Fatma Özer*, married teachers from Istanbul, changed… Accused of being sympathisers of Fethullah… ‘I feel like I… Read More »

Why we still need Black History Month in the US

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In an ideal world, Black History Month wouldn’t be necessary. Danielle Fuentes Morgan Al Jazeera News But we don’t live in one. Earlier this month… Why we still need… Read More »

Invasive spyware’s odd targets: Mexican advocates of soda tax

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San Francisco: Last northern summer, Dr Simon Barquera’s phone started buzzing with a series of disturbing text messages from unknown… The Canberra Times New York Times One said his daughter had been in a serious accident. Another claimed to be from a friend whose father had died – with a link to funeral… Yet another message informed Barquera, director of… Invasive spyware’s odd… Read More »

Swiss voters accept new citizenship rules

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Voters decide to make it easier for third-generation immigrants to become citizens, according to official results. Al Jazeera News agencies Swiss voters have approved a measure to make it easier for third-generation immigrants to become citizens, in a defeat for right-wing nationalists who… Swiss voters accept… Read More »