Law & Order

Here’s how incredibly difficult it is for a refugee to get admitted to the US

Refugees

It’s unclear how Trump’s “extreme vetting” would change it. Zeeshan Aleem Vox President Trump on Saturday justified his executive order suspending the US’s refugee admissions program on national security grounds, calling for a more thorough form of “extreme vetting” to replace the current screening… Here’s how incredibly… Read More »

Australia cannot be complacent with ‘evil’ of xenophobia on the rise, says Tim Soutphommasane

Australia - ABC

Australia cannot afford to be complacent in a growing climate of xenophobia around the world, according to the Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane. Caroline Winter ABC As the parliamentary inquiry into freedom of speech continues this week, Dr Soutphommasane said Australia needed strong leadership to maintain cultural harmony. “What I’m hearing from… Australia cannot be… Read More »

Democrats are in real danger of overplaying their hand right now

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President Trump’s first 12 days in office have been marked by controversy, division (even among Republicans) and uncertainty. Aaron Blake The Washington Post His nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court on Tuesday night was the antithesis of all that. In the 49-year-old Gorsuch, Trump picked a man who by… Democrats are in… Read More »

Two children, two faiths, one message

Activism - CNN

(CNN) – A photo of two kids — a Muslim girl and Jewish boy — rallying for the same cause alongside their dads, warmed the hearts of audiences across social media. Gisela Crespo CNN Both children are pictured hoisted high above the crowd on their father’s shoulders, holding handmade signs. Seven-year-old Meryem looks across at Adin, 9, who is smiling back at her. Her father, Fatih… Two children, two… Read More »

Why Russia is about to decriminalise wife-beating

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The Duma’s war on women It fits with traditional values, lawmakers say The Economist SHOULD it be a crime for a husband to hit his wife? In many countries this question no longer needs… But not in Russia, where the Duma (parliament) voted this week to decriminalise domestic violence against family members unless it is a… Why Russia is… Read More »

Queensland Government ‘defending racism’ in appeal against discrimination ruling

Queensland - ABC

The Queensland Government is perpetuating racism and injustice in backing a court challenge against a landmark discrimination case, Indigenous health campaigner Professor Gracelyn Smallwood says. Kristian Silva ABC The Federal Court ruled in December that police committed racial discrimination during the 2004 Palm Island riots following the death in custody of Aboriginal man Cameron Doomadgee. More than 16,000 people… Queensland Government ‘defending… Read More »

Queensland brides were paid to marry Indian men: court

Marriage - Brisbane

A migration agent and his celebrant wife married 16 Brisbane brides off to Indian men as part of a “one-stop shop” for spousal visas, a trial has heard. Brisbane Times Chetan Mohanlal Mashru and Divya Krishne Gowda are alleged to have wed couples on sight, with the grooms seeking a citizen to help them stay in Australia and the brides large payments. The Brisbane District Court… Queensland brides were paid to… Read More »

MyWay data from light rail will be able to be used in criminal investigations

Rail - Canberra Times

The Australian Federal Police will be able to track the movement of suspects on Canberra’s light rail system without a warrant in the same way investigators currently do with ACT buses. Katie Burgess The Canberra Times Law enforcement agencies have been able to request data retained on MyWay cards since 2010, although have done so less than 70 times since the scheme was introduced. And since the MyWay… MyWay data from… Read More »

Romania: Keep the corrupt in jail, where they belong

Romania - Al Jazeera

Thousands of Romanians have braved sub-zero temperatures to protest legal changes pardoning corrupt officials. Claudia Ciobanu Al Jazeera News More than 90,000 people protested last night across Romania against the government’s plans to pardon or reduce sentences of corrupt politicians. The January 29 protest… Romania: Keep the corrupt… Read More »

Who gets to see CCTV footage? The law favours the operators

CCTV - The Conversation

In a recent report, the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) detailed “significant shortcomings” in the management by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection of contracts for security and welfare services on Manus Island and Nauru. Rick Sarre The Conversation One shortcoming identified by the ANAO was that video records and reports of incidents provided by the department and their service providers between 2013 and 2016 were not always able to be reconciled. “There were records of… Who gets to ... Read More »

Court Rules Against Monsanto, Allows California To Put Cancer Warning On Roundup

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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – California can require Monsanto to label its popular weed-killer Roundup as a possible cancer threat despite an insistence from the chemical giant that it poses no risk to people, a judge tentatively ruled… The Associated Press CBS Sacramento California would be the first state to order such labeling if it carries out the… Court Rules Against… Read More »

Turkish anger as Greece rejects extradition of eight soldiers

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Turkey has reacted with anger after a Greek court ruled against extraditing eight Turkish soldiers accused of involvement in an attempted… BBC Turkey accused Greece of failing in the “fight against terrorism” and said the decision was “politically… The eight men fled in a helicopter to… Turkish anger as… Read More »

Australia fails to improve ranking in global corruption index amid mounting push for federal watchdog

Corruption - ABC

Australia has maintained its position in a key corruption ranking, ending a four-year slide down Transparency International’s global corruption ladder, but experts warn the reprieve may be short-lived if major reforms are not implemented. Sam Clark and Dan Oakes ABC The index ranks countries based on perceptions of corruption in the public service. Nations at the top of the… Australia fails to improve… Read More »

Blasphemy laws desecrate democratic rights

Opinion

Two religious communities have shown us the cross roads for free speech at which we have arrived. Amanda Stoker On Line Opinion The Grand Mufti of Australia, leader of the Muslim faith in this country, called for section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act to be expanded to make it unlawful for a person to (among other things) offend or insult a… Blasphemy laws desecrate… Read More »

In the age of YouTube, what’s the point in Saudi Arabia’s cinema ban?

Saudi - CNN

In 2008, a rare screening of the Saudi comedy film “Manahi” in Jeddah raised hopes — that were eventually dashed — that a then three-decade ban on cinema in the kingdom could be lifted. Haifaa Al Mansour CNN (CNN) – This week marked the end of another period of prolonged excitement about the possibility of re-opening cinemas in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which have been banned since the 1980s. My hopes in this… In the age of YouTube, what’s… Read More »

Russia blocks Dailymotion over copyright infringement

Russia - Daily Sabah

Russian authorities have ordered the blocking of video website Dailymotion after a reality TV station complained of copyright infringement, the channel’s owner said Wednesday. French Press Agency Daily Sabah A Moscow court “approved the demand by the Piatnitsa channel to block Dailymotion on Russian territory” on December 2, the station’s owner Gazprom Media said in a statement. The site was still accessible… Russia blocks Dailymotion over… Read More »