Law & Order

Press organizations, journalists in Turkey condemn the arrest of Today’s Zaman Editor-in-Chief Keneş

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Reacting on Saturday to the arrest by a court in İstanbul of Today’s Zaman Editor-in-Chief Bülent Keneş for his tweets allegedly insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, press organizations and journalists in Turkey condemned the action, saying that the ruling goes against the principle of freedom of the media. Today’s Zaman – OSMAN ÜNALAN / ISTANBUL In a written statement to Sunday’s Zaman, Sevda Kalkan, secretary-general of the Press Council, stated that they were watching in a daze at the developments ... Read More »

Ben Carson suggests Jewish people could have stopped Nazis if they had gun rights

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Meet the man Murdoch can see as a ‘real black president’ ‘I would not just stand there and let him shoot me’ Washington DC: Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has said that Adolf Hitler’s mass murder of Jews “would have been greatly diminished” if German citizens had not been disarmed by the Nazi regime. The comment, which came during an interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN, was similar to arguments Carson made following last week’s mass shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College, in which ... Read More »

Parramatta Mosque chairman Neil El-Kadomi to tell Islamic extremists to go back to where they came from

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Counter-terrorism raids in Sydney Gunman Jabar kept a low profile “If you don’t like Australia, leave it.” The Canberra Times – Eryk Bagshaw, Education Reporter These are the words Parramatta Mosque chairman Neil El-Kadomi will utter when he stands before his congregation on Friday for the first time since the Sydney terror attack last week. Mr Kadomi will deliver the sermon to more than 400 worshippers in the same mosque in which, only a week earlier, 15-year-old Farhad Jabar had ... Read More »

Data regime will see us funding our own surveillance

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Talk of ‘metadata’ has largely faded from the headlines outside the tech press. It’s a conversation that needs to continue. © Eureka Street – Leanne O’Donnell From next Tuesday 13 October 2015, telcos such as Telstra, Optus and Vodafone will begin retaining your telecommunications data, as required by the data retention laws passed in March this year. There’s also roughly 400 small internet service providers who, together with the big players, will be required to comply with these retention obligations, subject ... Read More »

The High Court has confirmed what we already knew: human genes are not inventions

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Opinion The company Myriad had intellectual property rights for 20 years in Australia over genetic material the High Court now recognises it never invented. This won’t happen again, writes Luigi Palombi. ABC – TheDRUM – By Luigi Palombi Almost two and a half years ago, I wrote a piece for The Drum on the subject of the patenting of human genes. Justice Nicholas of the Federal Court of Australia had just handed down his decision in the case of D’Arcy ... Read More »

Police Commissioner vows to defend religious freedom as anti-Islam protests loom

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Victoria’s reputation for warmth and generosity is increasingly at risk from a new wave of intolerance. The Age – Graham Ashton * Police defend migrants as mosques brace for protests Australia, the lucky country. Regardless of what the author Donald Horne might have intended, I think most people would agree: We are indeed fortunate to live in a very special corner of the world. What makes us the envy of other countries? There are many reasons. Now … is the time ... Read More »

Nauru detention camp ‘not controlled by Australia’, say government lawyers

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Turnbull commits to make Nauru transferees safe The Age – Nicole Hasham Australia will support the Nauru government to provide a safe environment for transferees, says Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Vision courtesy ABC News 24. Video  Nauru won’t meet promise on refugee claims Lawyers challenge offshore detention centres Nauru rape victim begs to come to Australia for an abortion Australia does not control the controversial Nauru detention camp and a Bangladeshi mother and baby who are “terrified” of being ... Read More »

Game On Between Uganda’s Former Liberation War Allies

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John Patrick Amama Mbabazi (known as JPAM), the former prime minister and secretary general of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM), is tired. ICG – By Magnus Taylor * He had an early meeting and then, indignity of indignities, he got stuck in traffic. We’re in Crested Towers, the high office block from where he used to run government business. Now it’s home to his nascent presidential campaign. The cause of the traffic jam was his estranged political partner, President Yoweri ... Read More »

What more can Australia do to end the death penalty worldwide?

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Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has initiated a parliamentary inquiry into Australia’s efforts in campaigning against the death penalty. The Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade has sought submissions with regard to: … reviewing how Australia currently engages internationally to promote abolition of the death penalty, and further steps Australia could take to advocate for worldwide abolition. This inquiry is a progressive response to the executions of Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran in Indonesia this year. The ... Read More »

The TPP has a provision many will love to hate: ISDS. What is it, and why does it matter?

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With the conclusion of negotiations in Atlanta on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), we will soon have texts to look at, and, eventually, a vote in Congress. It’s the biggest deal in trade politics in several years. It will be widely covered in the media against the backdrop of the presidential election — where many candidates, both Republicans and Democrats, are touting their TPP opposition. The Washington Post – By Todd Tucker * The vote on Fast Track Trade Promotion authority earlier ... Read More »

Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang charged with misconduct in public office

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Hong Kong: Hong Kong’s former leader, Donald Tsang, was charged on Monday with two counts of misconduct in public office, the latest in a string of scandals that have ensnared senior business and former political figures in the Asian financial hub. Brisbane Times – Mr Tsang, 70, retired in 2012 after a high-flying career as a civil servant, serving as a senior official in the former British colonial administration and a former financial secretary. The Independent Commission Against Corruption said the ... Read More »

US state executes multiple murderer from El Salvador

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The state of Virginia late Oct.1 executed multiple murderer Alfredo Prieto, rejecting last minute court appeals from lawyers for the Salvadoran immigrant. Hurriyet – WASHINGTON – Agence France-Presse Prison officials said in a statement that Prieto, who was put to death by lethal injection, was pronounced dead at 9:17 pm (0117 GMT Friday). His final words, they said, were: “Let’s get this over with.” Prieto had been convicted of or linked to nine killings across the United States. His attorneys ... Read More »

Afghan Forces on the Run

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One cannot help but feel horror and déjà vu as the battle over the northern Afghan city of Kunduz unfolds. On Monday, the Taliban seized the city, the first provincial capital to fall to the militants since they were routed by the United States in the war after September 2001. The New York Times – By THE EDITORIAL BOARD On Wednesday, American warplanes were back conducting airstrikes, while Special Operations Forces were on the ground helping the Afghan government’s struggling ... Read More »

Mexico: From Cold War to Drug War

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Earlier this summer, I participated in the Library of Congress’s first ever ScholarFest. My conversation partner, UVA’s Professor William Hitchcock, and I spent ten minutes discussing whether the Cold War still mattered. I imagine that very few people in the audience were surprised to hear two historians argue for the continuing relevance of the Cold War. They were surprised, however, by some of the reasons we gave. The National Interest – Renata Keller What I told the audience was this: in ... Read More »

Resettlement delay putting Manus Island asylum seekers at risk, causing social problems, officials say

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Authorities on Manus Island say delays in resettling asylum seekers is leading to social unrest, including marijuana dealing, excessive drinking and prostitution. ABC – The World Today By PNG correspondent Eric Tlozek Police and the island’s local government said the temporary placement of about 50 refugees on the island was causing problems because there was no timeline for their permanent resettlement elsewhere in Papua New Guinea. “Once they don’t know how long they will be here on Manus for, they ... Read More »

Magistrate resigns after paying destitute asylum seeker’s court fine

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Nigel Allcoat says he contributed £40 because court was at an impasse due to mounting charges imposed on man who could not work in the UK The Guardian – Jessica Elgot A senior magistrate who pulled £40 from his own shirt pocket to pay the court fine for a destitute asylum seeker has resigned his position, after being suspended by authorities for the good deed. Professional organist Nigel Allcoat, a magistrate for 15 years, said he was despairing at the ... Read More »