Global Issues

Doctors urge radical reduction in blood-alcohol limits, increasing drinking age

Access to alcohol would be drastically reduced under a radical rethink of liquor laws, taxes and sales being urged by one of the country’s most influential groups of doctors. The blood-alcohol limit for all drivers would decrease from .05 to .02 and then to zero, while the legal drinking age would rise and governments would further restrict the trading hours of licensed premises and bottle… Source: Doctors urge radical reduction in blood-alcohol limits, increasing drinking age Read More »

How Much of an Environmental Threat Is Ocean Garbage?

A new paper sifts through past research on marine debris to assess the true extent of the environmental threat.. Chelsea Rochman, an ecologist at the University of California, Davis, has been trying to answer a dismal question: Is everything terrible, or are things just very… Source: Study: How Much of an Environmental Threat Is Ocean Garbage? – The Atlantic Read More »

Shaking up the Federation through taxation

This week’s announcement by the Prime Minister about a possible change in income taxation might have come as a surprise to many people. As it was pointed out by many economists, journalists and the opposition leader, the current income taxation structure, where the Federal Government collects all income tax and doles it out to the States has been in place since 1942… Source: Shaking up the Federation through taxation | Constitution Education Fund Australia Read More »

How 13 years of poverty drove this CPA’s accounting career

From refugee to CPA, Denis Yengi has overcome extraordinary obstacles to achieve success.. By Louise McCabe and Stephen Craft Denis Yengi has faced struggles most of us couldn’t begin to imagine. His happy childhood in South Sudan ended abruptly at age seven, when he and his family were forced to flee the… Source: INTHEBLACK – How 13 years of poverty drove this CPA’s accounting career Read More »

Time for a new conversation on asylum seekers

Will this be a fleeting, aberrant positive moment in the overwhelmingly bleak story of Australia’s treatment of those who seek protection by coming on boats without an invitation? Or will it be a tipping point?… Source: Time for a new conversation on asylum seekers Read More »

Water Wars: Fishermen Again Steer China into Hot Water

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Malaysia joined the ranks of countries taking issue with Chinese fishermen last Thursday, as 100 trawlers were detected within Malaysia’s claimed EEZ. On Friday, National Security Minister Shahidan Kassim reported that the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) had sighted foreign vessels within Malaysia’s EEZ and… Source: Water Wars: Fishermen Again Steer China into Hot Water – Lawfare Read More »

Britain spends £40mn on cyber security center to protect military networks

More than £40 million will be spent on a new cyber security center designed to protect Ministry of Defense (MoD) networks and systems from “malicious actors,” Defense Secretary Michael Fallon has said. The Cyber Security Operations Centre (CSOC) will be a dedicated facility using advanced cyber defense capabilities to shield the MoD’s cyberspace from threats, enabling it to operate more safely. “Britain is a world leader in… Source: Britain spends £40mn on cyber security center to protect military networks — ... Read More »

Incarceration-for-profit: when the commercial imperative clashes with proper justice

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Contracting out the punishment of criminals to private companies creates conflict with the way the state is supposed to be responsible for upholding criminal justice… Source: Incarceration-for-profit: when the commercial imperative clashes with proper justice | Richard Ackland | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Brazilian officials resign in new blow to Dilma Roussef government

Two more senior Brazilian officials have resigned in the latest blow to the government of President Dilma Rousseff. They are Sports Minister George Hilton and Col Adilson Moreira, who was organising security at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next August. Col Moreira reportedly wrote that he was ashamed the country was being led by “an unscrupulous group”… Source: Brazilian officials resign in new blow to Dilma Roussef government – BBC News Read More »

Germany can take that smug look off its face

The AfD and the insurrection led by Donald Trump are both a visceral reaction to voters’ fears about immigration, terrorism and the arrogance of the powers-that-be. Each gains strength in the electronic echo chambers of social media… Source: Germany can take that smug look off its face Read More »

Public school funding: Labor declares Federal Government plan ‘most outlandish’ idea in history

The Federal Government picks a fight with state leaders and the Federal Opposition over the future of public school funding. Ahead of today’s Council of Australian Government’s (COAG) meeting in Canberra, the Prime Minister telegraphed his interest in discussing the prospect of handing the states the power to levy a slice of income taxes… Source: Public school funding: Labor declares Federal Government plan ‘most outlandish’ idea in history – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Dutch referendum on Vladimir Putin

Russia looms large in the coming vote on EU-Ukraine agreement. AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands holds a referendum next week on whether the EU should work more closely with Ukraine, but the campaign is just as much about Vladimir Putin. On the surface, Dutch voters will decide if they should accept a treaty to… Source: Dutch referendum on Vladimir Putin – POLITICO Read More »

Obama warns Erdogan’s Turkey headed down troubling path

US President Barack Obama admitted Friday he was “troubled” by the path President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is taking Turkey down, amid rows over press freedom and the war in Syria. “It’s no secret that there are some trends within Turkey that I have been troubled with,” Obama said… Source: Obama warns Erdogan’s Turkey headed down troubling path Read More »

Defending free speech on college campuses

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Free expression is not faring well on American college campuses these days. In some places, the problem is students taking grave offense at opinions that merit only minor umbrage or none at all. In others, it’s official speech codes that chill discussion. In still others, it’s administrators so intent on preventing sexual harassment that they avoid open discussion of gender-related matters… Source: Defending free speech on college campuses – Chicago Tribune Read More »

Azerbaijan opens probe against prominent writer

Azerbaijan has opened a criminal case against a prominent author who has been a target of a state-approved intimidation campaign after publishing a novel he says was intended to build bridges with arch-foe Armenia… Source: Azerbaijan opens probe against prominent writer – CAUCASUS Read More »

Legal Aid Act has denied justice to the most vulnerable. It must be reviewed

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Every day, our members and the people we support see the impact of the measures implemented in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act. We believe the legal aid reforms have had a severe impact on the ability of vulnerable people to access justice since they came into effect on 1 April 2013. We… Source: Legal Aid Act has denied justice to the most vulnerable. It must be reviewed | Letters | Law | The Guardian Read More »