Global Issues

Terrorists see reason in madness of targeting public events

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Islamic extremists hit ‘lifestyle’ targets in the hope of convincing us we face a threat that is as ubiquitous as it is unpredictable Jason Burke  The Guardian In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, a network of young militants formed in London and discussed targets. They did not talk about embassies, army bases or planes. Instead they spoke of attacking “pubs… Terrorists see reason… Read More »

Somalis are fleeing famine — only to find death in a place of refuge

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iN BAIDOA, Somalia — Aftin Noor stepped back from the tiny graves he’d been digging and surveyed his work. Max Bearak  The Washington Post Exhausted, he turned his palms skyward, squinting into the relentless midday sun, and asked God for an answer. “I dug three children’s graves this morning,” said Noor, his voice cracking, his undershirt soaked with sweat. “And I have dug 20 or more this month. Why?” The immediate answer is cholera. The Somalis are fleeing… Read More »

Reince Priebus Sweating Secret Comey Memos, White House Sources Say

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White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus is nervous about what could be in store for him if the former FBI director reveals more details of his secret memos. Betsy Woodruff Lachlan Markay Asawin Suebsaeng Daily Beast President Donald Trump isn’t the only one in the White House who could be caught in a compromising position by James Comey’s secret memos. The president’s chief of staff is worried he could be soon in the crosshairs, as well… Reince Priebus Sweating… Read More »

This is how Islamist radicalisation actually happens

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This attack on Manchester is part of a pattern of attacks from the nail bomber in Soho to the attacks in Bali to Paris based on this false totalitarianism that insists they cannot share the… Katherine Brown Independent Radicalisation is described as “everything that happens before the bomb goes off,” ICSR expert Peter… It is an attempt to recognise that terrorists are not born but made. In radicalisation… This is how… Read More »

Odyssey Project

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The Odyssey Project is an attempt to challenge the hostile discourse surrounding migrants, the Odyssey Project is a documentary following four humanitarian aid workers as they trace one of the main migration routes into Europe. Odyssey Project – Trailer/Appeal from Odyssey Project on Vimeo. We’ll be stopping off at key points and engaging locals population and refugee community through workshops, discussions and performances at “Routes Festivals”, piloted on events we’ve already run in Serbia. Project Description Whilst there are more ... Read More »

Hiding in plain sight: how the ‘alt-right’ is weaponizing irony to spread fascism

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Experts say the ‘alt-right’ have stormed mainstream consciousness by using ‘humor’ and ambiguity as tactics to wrong-foot their… Jason Wilson The Guardian Earlier this month, hundreds of “alt-right” protesters occupied the rotunda at Boston Common in the name of free speech. The protest included far-right grouplets old and new – from the Oath Keepers to the… But there were no swastikas or shaved heads in… Hiding in plain… Read More »

Don’t let psychopathic murderers suppress our common humanity

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In the face of horror, let no one distract us from the magnificent facts of our nature: neither the terrorists nor those who demand we lash out George Monbiot  The Guardian It is a blow to the heart: an atrocity whose purpose was to kill and maim as many children and teenagers as possible. No parent, hearing the voices of those still seeking news of their children, could fail to imagine the frantic play of hope and despair, the terrible ... Read More »

Quality journalism is about more than just unearthing scandals and injustice

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With the demise of ABC presenter Mark Colvin a fortnight ago – a journalist of exceptional intelligence and integrity – it’s difficult not to feel that his death marks the… Sarah Gill The Age The end of an era, perhaps. There’s no doubt that the week of Colvin’s passing was a pretty bleak one for Australian journalism. His final days were foreshadowed by a week-long Fairfax strike and the launch of an Australian Senate inquiry into the future of public… ... 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 »

The Memo: Pope, Trump set for first meeting

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When President Trump and Pope Francis meet for the first time at the Vatican on Wednesday, every move will be scrutinized for signs of… Niall Stanage The Hill That’s hardly surprising given the taut history between the two men. More than a year ago, Francis criticized Trump’s proposal to build a wall on the southern border with Mexico — and the then-candidate for the White House shot… Francis said in February 2016 that… The Memo: Pope… 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 »

Turkey’s Varied Tactics of US Lobbying

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Exclusive: Turkey has built one of the premier foreign lobbies in Washington by paying powerful politicians, spreading around money to arms manufacturers, and… By Jonathan Marshall (This is the fifth in a series on foreign lobbying) ConsortiumNews  For all the furor over retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia, which got him fired after just 24 days on the job as President Trump’s first national security adviser, his… A federal grand jury has subpoenaed all records of that work as ... 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 »

Iran’s Rouhani denounces US’ Middle East ignorance

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Iran’s president fires back at Trump’s funding ‘terrorists’ accusation, saying Americans don’t know the region. Source: Reuters news agency Al Jazeera Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday stability could not be achieved in the Middle East without Tehran’s help, responding to criticism from US President Donald Trump who… Trump called for a US alliance with Muslim countries aimed at… Iran’s Rouhani denounces… Read More »

UN urges Libyan government to shut ‘inhumane’ refugee centres

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Call comes as Libya Quartet meets in Brussels to discuss ways to prevent deadly Mediterranean… Patrick Wintour The Guardian The UN refugee agency has called on the Libyan government in Tripoli to close its refugee detention centres, describing conditions as inhumane and… The call comes as the Libya Quartet meets in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss how to slow the flow of refugees across the Mediterranean from Libya to… UN urges Libyan… Read More »

Why Is Cybersecurity So Hard?

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After nearly 20 years of trying and billions of dollars in investment, why are organizations are still struggling with cybersecurity? Michael Daniel Harvard Business Publishing In fact, the problem seems to be getting worse, not better. Answering this question requires moving beyond a purely technical examination of cybersecurity. It’s true that the technical challenges are very real; we don’t… Why Is Cybersecurity… Read More »