Law & Order

Ousted Egypt president Mubarak freed from detention, says lawyer

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Egypt’s ousted president Hosni Mubarak left a military hospital on March 24 where he had spent much of the last six years in detention, his lawyer… Hurriyet Mubarak had been cleared for release earlier this month after a top court finally acquitted him of involvement in protester deaths during the… “Yes,” his lawyer Farid al-Deeb told… Ousted Egypt president… Read More »

Ethnic minority and legal groups concerned over Racial Discrimination Act changes

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‘We were not aware the existing provisions have had anything in the nature of a chilling effect on freedom of speech,’ Senate inquiry… Gabrielle Chan The Guardian Ethnic and legal groups including the Human Rights Commission, the Law Council of Australia and the Human Rights Law Centre have raised serious concerns over the… Ethnic minority and… Read More »

The West is Becoming Irrelevant, The World is Laughing

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I was recently told by an Asian friend of mine who is working in Paris: “Lately I stopped following almost all that is happening politically in the United States, in the UK and even here in France. It all feels suddenly so irrelevant, a waste of time.” Andre Vltchek Global Research Statements like this would be unimaginable only one decade ago. In the past, what came from Washington and (to a smaller extent) from London was monitored with great attentiveness ... Read More »

Mubarak Walks Free, In What Could Be The Final Twist For Egypt’s Former Dictator

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Six years after the Arab Spring, Egypt’s former leader Hosni Mubarak has left a military hospital and is heading home. Bill Chappell npr Mubarak, 88 and ailing, was acquitted by Egypt’s top appeals court of charges that he ordered police to kill anti-government protesters in 2011. Mubarak had ruled… Mubarak Walks Free… Read More »

What does it mean to be a Jerusalemite?

Visitors enter Shiloah Pool, part of an archaeological site known as a the City of David, still an active dig and also a tourist attraction, situated close to Silwan, a Palestinian neighbourhood next to Jerusalem's Old City June 30, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Awad - RTX2J0X4

Two contradictory, almost polar opposite events recently transpired in Jerusalem. Akiva Eldar Al Monitor The first was a unanimous ruling March 14 by three Supreme Court justices — Chief Justice Miriam Naor, Menachem Mazuz and Uzi Vogelman — determining that the right to settle in Jerusalem is not reserved only for… What does it… Read More »

Australia moves to weaken hate speech laws

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s attempt to water down language in discrimination law sparks debate on freedom versus tolerance John Power Asia Times A push by the Australian government to water down controversial hate speech laws has highlighted tensions between freedom of speech and racial harmony in one of the Asia-Pacific’s most multicultural nations. Prime Minister Malcolm… Australia moves to… Read More »

Whinge industry has played racial discrimination law like a fiddle

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Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, of which the late, great, Bill Leak fell foul, is not merely a law. Gary Johns On Line Opinion It is, first and foremost, a piece of public policy. As public policy… Whinge industry has… Read More »

When the ‘interests of the common good’ no longer apply

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An Bord Pleanála has a duty to the Irish people that it is not living up to with regards to Indaver’s plans for Cork Harbour, writes Linda Fitzpatrick Linda Fitzpatrick Irish Examiner THE Constitution, in the section outlining the fundamental rights of every citizen in Ireland, says that the courts, and all other bodies or persons making decisions that affect you, must treat you fairly. As a community… When the ‘interests… Read More »

Germany Calls Facebook’s Bluff

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Nearly everyone has criticism for German Justice Minister Heiko Maas’ proposal to impose fines on social networks and their workers for failure to delete hateful… Leonid Bershidsky Bloomberg View Internet freedom advocates hate it for imposing… The European Union is concerned for the same reason and the German union of judges and prosecutors criticize it for not… Germany Calls Facebook… Read More »

A tale of two economic crises foretold

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Nowadays, American and European policymakers seem to have very different views on many economic policy issues. Desmond Lachman AEI However, it would seem that they do share one thing in common. They both have… A tale of… Read More »

Interculturalism: how diverse societies can do better than passive tolerance

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Western liberal democracies are again embroiled in debates about the value of multicultural policies. Glenda Ballantyne and Amrita Malhi The Conversation In Australia, the federal government has just released its own statement on multiculturalism. The current debates… Interculturalism: how diverse… Read More »

Section 18C: What’s all the fuss and why does it matter?

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18C? Never heard of it? Stan Grant ABC Means nothing to you? You’re not alone…. Section 18C: What’s… Read More »

Cashless Cards And Rising Crime: An Intervention That Keeps On Giving

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Facing electoral annihilation and media pressure, the Howard Government launched an unprecedented assault on Aboriginal rights and communities. Rachel Siewert New Matilda A decade on, Senator Rachel Siewert says the federal government is still hiding behind its failures. I’ll never forget… Cashless Cards And… Read More »

British banks handled vast sums of laundered Russian money

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Exclusive: Billions of dollars were moved out of Russia in ‘Global Laundromat’ operation, with anonymously owned UK companies playing major… Luke Harding, Nick Hopkins and Caelainn Barr The Guardian Britain’s high street banks processed nearly $740m from a vast money-laundering operation run by Russian criminals with links to the Russian government and the KGB, the… British banks handled… Read More »

Why Young People of Color Are Central To ‘Raising The Age’ Debates

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Earlier this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York attended an event at a Manhattan synagogue in which he sharply criticized the city for not closing Rikers Island, the city’s notorious jail. Gene Demby npr “Kids are literally dying because of the policy we have today,” Cuomo told the assembled crowd. “These are poor… Why Young People… Read More »

Erdoğan vows to reinstate death penalty as referendum opponents face ‘attacks and imprisonment’

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In the build up to the referendum, the Turkish President promised he will introduce the death penalty in a campaign that has caused a… Hanna Yusuf Independent Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed on Saturday that he will reinstate capital punishment “without hesitation”, ahead of the… Speaking at a televised rally in Canakkale, the leader of the… Erdoğan vows to… Read More »