Law & Order

Exodus: Why Europe’s Jews Are Fleeing Once Again

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The mob howled for vengeance, the missiles raining down on the synagogue walls as the worshippers huddled inside. It was a scene from Europe in the 1930s – except this was eastern Paris on the evening of July 13th, 2014. Thousands had gathered to demonstrate against the Israeli bombardment of Gaza. But the protest soon turned violent – and against ... Read More »

Israel and Hamas trampling on humanitarian law in Gaza conflict

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A legal propaganda war surrounds the sickening violence of the real war in Gaza and Israel. Israel righteously says it is defending itself against Hamas’ rockets and tunnels. Hamas likewise claims it is defending Gaza from Israel’s crushing blockade, and Israel’s occupation and illegal settlements of the West Bank. Apologists for Israel and Hamas live in parallel moral universes. Looking ... Read More »

Hinch to meet Bleijie over sex offender register

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Derryn Hinch believes Queensland is primed to become the first Australian state to introduce a US-style public sex offender register, and reckons Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie is the man who can push it through. On Tuesday the Human Headline and Mr Bleijie will meet to discuss the possible implementation of a public sex offender register in Queensland, a plan which could ... Read More »

Asylum seeker issues must be raised and fought in court, says human rights lawyer Julian Burnside

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PUBLIC execution of asylum seekers is the only sure-fire way to prevent more boat arrivals to Australia, one of the country’s leading human rights lawyers has said. Julian Burnside QC told a gathering in Perth last night that only that level of extreme and brazen public cruelty would dissuade people who are fleeing persecution from attempting to seek asylum. Speaking ... Read More »

Ex-Chief of C.I.A. Shapes Response to Detention Report

A military base in Stare Kiejkuty, Poland, which was a suspected location for the C.I.A.’s detentions and interrogations. Credit Tomasz Waszcuk/European Pressphoto Agency

WASHINGTON — Just after the Senate Intelligence Committee voted in April todeclassify hundreds of pages of a withering report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s detention and interrogation program, C.I.A. Director John O. Brennan convened a meeting of the men who had played a role overseeing the program in its seven-year history. The spies, past and present, faced each other around the long ... Read More »

Opinion: Old-fashioned justice system needs to move with times

The murder trial of Gerard Baden-Clay took two years to come to court. Picture: Channel Nine

OF ALL society’s institutions that adhere to old-fashioned customs, those of the courts have to be up there as the most fuddy-duddy. This was brought into doubly sharp focus for many by the murder trials of Gerard Baden-Clay and Brett Cowan. Regular people were compelled to get up close to the vagaries of our court system because they were so ... Read More »

High Court asylum case pits the executive against the judiciary

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The full bench of the High Court will hear the case of 157 Sri Lankan asylum seekers currently on an Australian customs vessel over two days, starting on August 5. But when the High Court issued an injunction to prevent the attempted return of the asylum seekers to Sri Lankan authorities earlier in July, it placed itself in a significant power struggle with ... Read More »