Global Issues

Australia is safer than it used to be but family violence persists

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I was walking down the street the other day when I found an iPad on the footpath, propped against a neighbour’s fence. Caitlin Fitzsimmons Brisbane Times Someone had clearly lost the device, while another person had put it aside so the owner could find it but no one would tread on it in the meantime. This was the moment I knew the gentrification of my inner-city suburb was complete – even if the graffiti in the railway tunnel still says ... Read More »

Juries are often prejudiced, just like society. Should we get rid of them?

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Getting rid of juries would give some relief to victims of sexual assault, but it wouldn’t solve the real problem Bri Lee The Guardian The first mistake people often make when they talk about juries is to say that they’re necessary and important because they’ve “always” been part of the justice system. As though 1) the justice system doesn’t grow and change, and 2) the way it’s always been is the way it needs to be. There’s a lot wrong ... Read More »

India scraps tax on sanitary pads in boost for girls’ education

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India has scrapped a controversial tax on sanitary pads, in a move hailed by campaigners who say it will help more girls to go to school during their periods and boost their job prospects. ABC Reuters Activists said removing the tax on pads tackled one of the biggest barriers to education for girls, who were often forced to stay at home due to a lack of access to clean hygiene products, while also facing stigma and a… Periods were among ... Read More »

Here’s the real reason the US must talk to Russia

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A new book details why future historians may well identify Putin’s landmark March 1 speech as the ultimate game-changer in the 21st century New Great Game in Eurasia Pepe Escobar Asia Times Future historians may well identify Russian President Vladimir Putin’s landmark March 1 speech as the ultimate game-changer in the 21st-century New Great Game in Eurasia. The reason is minutely detailed in Losing Military Supremacy: The Myopia of American Strategic Planning, a new book by Russian military/naval analyst Andrei Martyanov. Martyanov is uniquely… ... Read More »

Xi ends state visit to UAE with raft of deals signed

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The United Arab Emirates on Saturday said it agreed to set up a “comprehensive strategic partnership” with China as President Xi Jinping wrapped up a three-day visit to the Gulf country. Al-Monitor AFP “The UAE and China have agreed to enhance cooperation in all fields to higher levels and forge overall strategic partnerships,” the official WAM news agency said. It said this would “contribute to cementing and intensifying cooperation, boost joint development and prosperity, which is consistent with the common ... Read More »

Nine activists defending the Earth from violent assault

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On a planet of billions, nine represent the strong minority battling murder in the global corruption of land rights Jonathan Watts The Guardian Individually, they are stories of courage and tragedy. Together, they tell a tale of a natural world under ever more violent assault. The portraits in this series are of nine people who are risking their lives to defend the land and environment in some of the planet’s most remote or conflict-riven regions. From the Coral Triangle and ... Read More »

David Mundell: There’s no alternative to the Brexit White Paper

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Today marks 250 days until the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. The day we will deliver on the result of the referendum and the decision of people in the UK to take back control of the UK’s laws, borders and money. David Mundell * The Scotsman Much has been achieved by the UK government as we prepare for exit day on 29 March, 2019. We have published our Future Partnership White Paper – a comprehensive and ambitious vision for ... Read More »

Putin warns of ‘consequences’ if Nato develops closer ties with Georgia and Ukraine

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Russian president says Moscow will ‘respond appropriately to such aggressive steps’ Tom Embury-Dennis Independent Vladimir Putin has warned Nato of “consequences” if the western military alliance cultivates closer ties with Ukraine and Georgia. The Russian president said such a policy, which he branded “aggressive” and “irresponsible”, was a direct threat to the country’s national security. Speaking to Russian diplomats in Moscow, Mr Putin condemned what he said was Nato’s attempts to deploy new bases and military infrastructure near Russia’s borders, adding there was a… Putin warns of… Read More »

‘That is it!’ Tory MP delivers BRILLIANT Brexit speech Theresa May should give NOW

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BREXITEER Bob Stewart delivered the perfect Brexit speech as he called on Theresa May to toughen up against the EU in the Brexit negotiations. By ALESSANDRA SCOTTO DI SANTOLO Express Speaking on Talk Radio, the Conservative MP claimed the Prime Minister should get tougher in the Brexit talks as he delivered the perfect speech he would give if he was Theresa May. Mr Stewart claimed the Prime Minister and Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab should vow to trade with the EU under WTO rules. The ... Read More »

Why Russia will help the Democrats next

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Election meddling is cheap, effective and here to stay. And hurting the Republicans is the smart strategy for the midterms. Garrett M. Graff Politico Director of U.S. National Intelligence Dan Coats warned last week that the nation is under sustained cyberattack from foreign adversaries like Russia. “I’m here to say, the warning lights are blinking red again,” Coats said, echoing the comments of former CIA Director George Tenet about the summer of 2001. “The warning signs are there. The system is blinking. ... Read More »

Facebook investigates data firm Crimson Hexagon

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Facebook has suspended a US-based analytics firm while it investigates concerns about the collection and sharing of user data. Dave Lee BBC Crimson Hexagon, based in Boston, describes itself as offering “consumer insights” and has contracts with government agencies around the world. Facebook said it was looking into whether some of these deals were in violation of its policies on surveillance. The network said it had not found any evidence so far that data had been improperly… According to the ... Read More »

Hamas and Israel agree to Gaza ceasefire, says Hamas

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The Islamist rulers of the Gaza Strip have said they reached an agreement with Israel to restore calm. DW It follows a day of deadly Israeli strikes after a soldier was killed along the border for the first time in years. The ceasefire agreement was reached early Saturday, a spokesman for Hamas said. “With Egyptian and United Nations efforts it has been agreed to return to the era of calm between (Israel) and Palestinian factions,” Fawzi Barhoum told the Reuters ... Read More »

Get on board with China or miss out, former World Bank vice-president warns

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Australia should accommodate China’s expansion and tone down its rhetoric or risk missing out on a decade-long economic windfall, the former chief economist of the World Bank has warned. Eryk Bagshaw The Canberra Times Cautioning that a perception of Australia being “uncomfortable” with China’s rise had reached Beijing, Justin Yifu Lin – the former senior vice-president and chief economist of the World Bank – said the resources sector would pay the price for Canberra’s actions. “What is the purpose for Australia ... Read More »

Losing Egypt to Russia Isn’t the Real Problem—but Collapse Is

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Cairo is no long a prize to be won, but a weak state in need of reform. Andrew Miller and Michele Dunne The National Interest While most attention regarding U.S.-Russian competition in the Middle East is concentrated on Syria and Iran, Russian president Vladimir Putin has quietly been trying to make inroads into Egypt. For instance, a recent article by Anna Borshchevskaya presents an alarming picture in which the United States is on the verge of losing Egypt to Russia. We have ... Read More »

The mega-machines helping China link the world

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China is creating a network of ambitious land- and sea-based transport links to connect its booming economy with those of Europe and Africa. Tom Calver BBC And it’s wasting no time – designing incredible bespoke construction machines to get the job done fast. President Xi Jinping’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), launched in 2013, aims to connect two-thirds of the world’s population across 70 countries through a network of land links (the “belt”) and sea routes (the… Officials talk about lifetime ... Read More »

Donald Trump has suggested Montenegro could be the cause of World War III

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DONALD Trump has suggested this tiny, unthreatening country could bring about the start of World War III. But is it really time for us to start panicking? Gavin Fernando news.com.au EVER travelled to Montenegro? The tiny Balkan country, bordered by Serbia, Albania and Bosnia, is best known for its Mediterranean climate, the touristy beachside town of Budva and its various mountain and water activities. But thanks to Donald Trump, it’s making headlines as a potential breakout spot for World War ... Read More »