Law & Order

Comment: How many guns is too many guns?

Something is broken in our firearm laws when people are allowed to build up their own private arsenals. By David Shoebridge * How many guns is too many guns? It’s not just an academic question. In NSW, the extent of gun ownership tells us something about how the gun… Source: Comment: How many guns is too many guns? | SBS News Read More »

Bangladesh Anti-Coal Tensions Rising, After Police Shoot Four Dead

Tensions around coal-fired power are reaching breaking point in Bangladesh, after four protestors were shot dead by the police on April 4, and a witch-hunt for more than 3,000 unnamed others began. Villagers in the coastal area of Banskhali, near Chittagong, admit to burning a vehicle well before the April 4 shootings, but deny theyMore… Source: Bangladesh Anti-Coal Tensions Rising, After Police Shoot Four Dead – New Matilda Read More »

Perth hospital ethics committee ‘divided’ on six-year-old Oshin’s cancer treatment

Princess Margaret Hospital’s ethics committee was ‘divided’ on whether Perth six-year-old Oshin Kiszko should have active treatment to attempt to cure his brain cancer, court documents show. A state-first Family Court ruling meant Oshin is now undergoing chemotherapy for brain cancer, and a second action to enforce radiotherapy is imminent… Source: Perth hospital ethics committee ‘divided’ on six-year-old Oshin’s cancer treatment Read More »

Bob Hawke calls for euthanasia to be made legal in Australia

Former prime minister says he has discussed end-of-life options with his wife, Blanche D’Alpuget. Bob Hawke has put his political influence behind the campaign to introduce assisted dying laws in Australia, saying it is “absurd that euthanasia is not legal in this country”… Source: Bob Hawke calls for euthanasia to be made legal in Australia | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

How a vulgar poem is giving Germany’s Merkel a real headache

It all started with a joke. Last week, German comedian Jan Böhmermann aired a segment on his show in which he read an openly offensive poem, directed at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in which he accused him of bestiality and other unsavory things… Source: How a vulgar poem is giving Germany’s Merkel a real headache – The Washington Post Read More »

Political Conflict, Extremism and Criminal Justice in Bangladesh

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Political repression is reaching new highs in Bangladesh. The government’s abuse of rule of law institutions for political ends has created an atmosphere of injustice that is increasingly exploited by anti-state extremist groups. The gruesome recent killing of a secular blogger is just another tragic result of these groups’ growing power and impunity… Source: Political Conflict, Extremism and Criminal Justice in Bangladesh – International Crisis Group Read More »

Scottish newspaper reveals identity of superinjunction couple

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Paper, which cannot be named, prints names of pair on front page after weeks of speculation as to their identities.. A Scottish newspaper has printed the identities of a celebrity couple who took out a superinjunction to suppress details of alleged infidelity that has been the… Source: Scottish newspaper reveals identity of superinjunction couple | Media | The Guardian Read More »

Diplomats gone wild: Saudi staffers run riot on our roads with police powerless to stop them

Imagine driving at 135km/h past Parliament House at 2am on a Tuesday, leading police on a pursuit, failing to provide a valid licence, blaming your behaviour on a lack of antibiotics and getting away with it. That’s exactly what happened to one diplomat at the royal embassy of Saudi Arabia who used… Source: Diplomats gone wild: Saudi staffers run riot on our roads with police powerless to stop them Read More »

High Court the final authority? Think again

US mining company Nucoil is using a free trade agreement to put pressure on the Australian government to pay compensation over cancelled licences.. Remember the Doyle’s Creek corruption scandal in NSW involving Eddie Obeid and coal mining licences? Source: High Court the final authority? Think again Read More »

Statement on Lessons from Latin America: UNGASS Must Not Become a Missed Opportunity

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AFP/ Raul ArboledaSince 1961, the international community has invested huge resources to enforce the UN mandate to create a “drug free” world. Yet, after decades of interdiction and eradication, organised crime around the globe has merely shifted routes and markets. Massive corruption, violence and human rights abuses are… Source: Statement on Lessons from Latin America: UNGASS Must Not Become a Missed Opportunity – International Crisis Group Read More »

Lebanon ex-minister jailed for 13 years on ‘terror’ charges

A Lebanese military court sentenced former information minister Michel Samaha to 13 years in prison with hard labour on April 8 for attempting to carry out “terrorist acts”, a judicial source told AFP.. Samaha was convicted of transporting explosives to carry out attacks and assassinations of political and religious figures in Lebanon with the help of Syrian security… Source: Lebanon ex-minister jailed for 13 years on ‘terror’ charges – MIDEAST Read More »

Why few Americans in Panama Papers? Lawyer doesn’t want them

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Rich and influential people around the globe have found themselves under siege since a major data leak revealed their ties to secretive financial accounts and shell companies in low-tax havens used to hide wealth.. The uproar has brought down the prime minister of Iceland and raised questions about the presidents of Argentina and Ukraine, senior… Source: Why few Americans in Panama Papers? Lawyer doesn’t want them – Chicago Tribune Read More »

Bribing Nigerian official ‘a cost of doing business’, ex-Securency employee tells UK court

Bribing a Nigerian official was just “a cost of doing business”, the former financial director for Australian Reserve Bank subsidiary Securency has told a London court.. “At the time there was disappointment, but I agreed to proceed with it,” said David Ellery, who was Securency’s financial controller and company secretary until 2010… Source: Bribing Nigerian official ‘a cost of doing business’, ex-Securency employee tells UK court Read More »

How to Preserve the Fragile Calm at Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade

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A deceptive calm on Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade is unlikely to hold under pressure from the ongoing “third intifada”, widespread dissatisfaction among Palestinian youth and growing Jewish Temple activism. Bolstering the 1967 Status Quo arrangement remains crucial, but immediate attention must be on maintaining more recent understandings on access to the Esplanade as the religious… Source: How to Preserve the Fragile Calm at Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade – International Crisis Group Read More »

‘They are hitting us’: frightening video emerges of overnight riot involving children on Nauru

Two detainees received medical treatment following an alleged riot involving children at the Nauru detention centre overnight, in a dramatic escalation of tensions on the remote Pacific island.. ‘ We have been kept in hell for three years ‘ Video footage obtained by Fairfax Media appears to show frightening scenes including young people crying and saying “they are hitting us”, before screams and loud banging can be heard… Source: ‘They are hitting us’: frightening video emerges of overnight riot involving children ... Read More »

Prostitution in France made legal under new laws, but paying for it ruled illegal

France introduces new prostitution laws, making soliciting sex legal, but activities around it, like brothels and pimping illegal.. Supporters said the legislation would make it easier to crackdown on sex trafficking, but prostitutes said it would leave them in limbo… Source: Prostitution in France made legal under new laws, but paying for it ruled illegal – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »