Law & Order

Kenya’s Rift Valley: Old Wounds, Devolution’s New Anxieties

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While the chance is small that August 2017 elections ignite a major conflict, county governorship races could well trigger inter-ethnic clashes in the Rift Valley, Kenya’s populous economic heart. ICG The government should train police in non-violent methods that de-escalate crises, and restart grassroots peacebuilding initiatives. Executive Summary The Rift Valley is the crucible of Kenya’s intercommunal conflicts and… Kenya’s Rift Valley… Read More »

When politicians bully, judges and journalists need to stand firm

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Donald Trump and Peter Dutton have both criticised the judiciary and the media. What does it say about their grasp of the functions of democracy? Richard Ackland The Guardian ”We had a very smooth roll out of the travel ban, but we had a bad court. We’ve had a bad decision.” That was Donald Trump at his White House press conference after the ninth circuit court of… When politicians bully… Read More »

Convicted pedophiles to lose travel rights

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Convicted pedophiles will be banned from travelling overseas and will have their passports cancelled under new measures to be introduced by the… Herald Sun Australian Associated Press The Herald Sun says new legislation, due to be introduced next month, will make it illegal for convicted child-sex offenders to leave or attempt to leave Australia, while dual… Victorian senator and anti… Convicted pedophiles to… Read More »

Hezbollah associate pleads guilty to money laundering conspiracy in US

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JEDDAH: A Lebanese man, accused of trying to use his ties to Hezbollah as part of a scheme to launder drug money, pleaded guilty on Friday in a Brooklyn, New York, federal court to a… SIRAJ WAHAB Arab News US prosecutors said Joseph Asmar, 43, of Beirut, entered his plea at a hearing before US District Judge Eric… Asmar was arrested in Paris in October 2015, and was extradited to the US 14… Hezbollah associate pleads… Read More »

AMA calls for ‘mature conversation’ over decriminalising drugs to reduce harms

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The President of the WA branch of the Australian Medical Association says he will continue to push the debate over decriminalisation of drugs for personal use, despite authorities taking a… By David Weber and Eliza Laschon  ABC Dr Andrew Miller said alternative solutions on how the state treated drug users needed to be… He called for a “mature conversation”. “The current situation’s not working, there’s a lot of harm from drugs and there’s a… AMA calls for… Read More »

Duterte makes rape ‘joke’ for martial law troops

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Philippines’ president reassures soldiers who might be accused of committing abuses under Mindanao island martial law. Al Jazeera Source: News agencies President Rodrigo Duterte joked on Friday that soldiers could rape up to three women, as he reassured them of his full support under his newly-declared martial law in… Duterte made the comments in jest during a speech to soldiers on Mindanao island, where he imposed military rule law on Tuesday to… Duterte makes rape… Read More »

Listening to the heart: what now for Indigenous recognition after the Uluru summit?

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Delegates at the First Nations Constitutional Convention at Uluru have issued a powerful “statement from the heart”. Harry Hobbs The Conversation They called for the establishment of a “First Nations Voice” enshrined in the Australian Constitution, and a commission to progress treaty-making between governments and Indigenous people. The Uluru statement reflects long-held Indigenous aspirations. But, in… Listening to the… Read More »

Belgrade authorities demolish illegal mosque ahead of Ramadan

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BELGRADE: Local authorities demolished an illegal mosque on the outskirts of Belgrade after Serbian police secured the area in a pre-dawn action on Friday, ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, despite protests by local Muslims and… Reuters Arab News The construction of a two-story mosque without a minaret in the Zemun Polje neighborhood started in 2014 even though the authorities had refused to grant it a… On Thursday, the authorities attempted the… Belgrade authorities demolish… Read More »

Lindt Cafe siege inquest highlights need for police to change their closed-off culture

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The New South Wales coroner, Michael Barnes, made 45 recommendations in his report on the Lindt Cafe siege. Terry Goldsworthy The Conversation These recommendations, released on Wednesday, mainly deal with police procedures and responses to terrorist incidents like the siege, which resulted in the deaths of two hostages and the offender in Sydney in 2014. Using hindsight can be beneficial Much of the controversy around the… Lindt Cafe siege… Read More »

Vic government urged to consider spent convictions scheme

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The Law Institute of Victoria has called on the state government to consider laws that will wipe the criminal record of people who have committed certain ‘low level’ offences, with a… Melissa Coade Lawyers Weekly LIV has backed recommendations for Victoria to introduce a spent convictions scheme in line with other… The practical effect of a spent convictions scheme is to allow a person who has a criminal record of low level offences to have their record ‘wiped… Vic government ... Read More »

Twiggy Forrest’s philanthropy is great. But he could have just paid more tax

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It’s true philanthropy is more common in the USA. So is tax minimisation, citizens without health insurance and homelessness Kristina Keneally The Guardian Fortescue Metals Group founder and billionaire Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest and his wife Nicola made the single biggest philanthropic donation by a living person in Australian history on… For that, they are to be congratulated… Twiggy Forrest’s philanthropy… Read More »

Jakarta’s former governor Ahok dropping appeal against jail sentence for blasphemy

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The wife of Jakarta’s former governor has wept while explaining to the press why her husband has decided not appeal against his… Indonesia correspondent Samantha Hawley ABC Basuki Tjahaja Purnama was jailed for two years for blasphemy earlier this month and originally said he would appeal against the decision in a… But the Christian and ethnic Chinese Governor, best known as Ahok, has announced through his lawyers he would accept the… Jakarta’s former governor… Read More »

Revenge porn legislation a step closer as Government considers criminal, civil penalties

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People who share or post sexually explicit photos of others without their consent are a step closer to facing tougher criminal and civil penalties, after a meeting of state and territory attorneys… By political reporter Matthew Doran ABC There is significant concern the phenomenon referred to as revenge porn is growing, as the use of social media and messaging apps becomes more and more… The Federal Government has today called for public submissions on… Revenge porn legislation… Read More »

Report: White House Lawyers Are Prepping For Impeachment Proceedings

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White House lawyers have reportedly begun preparing for the possibility that President Donald Trump will face impeachment proceedings. Kevin Daley The Daily Caller CNN, citing unnamed sources, reports attorneys in the White House Counsel’s office have begun researching the particulars of impeachment proceedings and consulted experts outside the administration with specialized knowledge of the… The sources add that the… Report: White House… Read More »

Rape investigation into WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange dropped

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Sweden today announced it has decided to drop its investigation in to rape allegations made against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. NZ Herald The dramatic decision was revealed by Sweden’s Director of Public Prosecution, Marianne Ny, who said the probe had been ‘discontinued’. The 45-year-old Australian has been living inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for almost five years and has been granted political… Rape investigation into… Daily Mail Read More »

ATO Deputy Commissioner Michael Cranston to be charged over tax fraud

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Australian Taxation Office Deputy Commissioner Michael Cranston will be charged in connection with an alleged $165 million tax fraud syndicate following what police have described as one of the biggest white collar fraud investigations in Australian history. Rachel Olding Megan Levy The Sydney Morning Herald Mr Cranston has been issued a… He is due to appear in… ATO Deputy Commissioner… Read More »