Global Issues

Aboriginal sacred site up to 8,000 years old destroyed by ‘cultural vandals’

Scratching out of ochre stencils on Derwent valley cave wall is ‘devastating’, says Clyde Mansell, chairman of Tasmanian Aboriginal Land Council.. Vandals have destroyed a sacred Aboriginal site in Tasmania by scratching out hand stencils which traditional owners say were made during large clan gatherings up to 8,000 years ago… Source: Aboriginal sacred site up to 8,000 years old destroyed by ‘cultural vandals’ | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Judge who handcuffed public defender to teach a ‘lesson’ gets own chastising

More than 100 defense attorneys filed ethics complaint alleging he has ‘complete disregard for law’ when putting lawyers and defendants in custody for contempt.. A Las Vegas judge was in the spotlight last week for ordering a public defender to be placed in handcuffs to teach her “a lesson” for speaking out in court. But on Wednesday, judge Conrad Hafen received his own chastising… Source: Judge who handcuffed public defender to teach a ‘lesson’ gets own chastising | US news ... Read More »

Hanson claims ‘secret’ coalition support

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Pauline Hanson claims to enjoy support from a number of coalition members “behind closed doors”, despite the prime minister’s belief she is not welcome in Australian politics.. The One Nation leader, who launched her Queensland Senate campaign at a Brisbane bowls club on Friday night, pledged to work with whichever leaders were elected at the July 2 double dissolution election should she win a seat… Source: Hanson claims ‘secret’ coalition support Read More »

Could Roz Ward keep her job if she liked the Australian flag a little?

The suspension of Roz Ward is the culmination of a McCarthyist campaign against an academic who’s done nothing wrong.. On 9 June 1954, the lawyer Joseph N. Welch stood up before Joseph McCarthy, the senator from Wisconsin who’d built a political career by denouncing real and imagined communists… Source: Could Roz Ward keep her job if she liked the Australian flag a little? | Jeff Sparrow | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Brazil Helps Syrian Refugees Bridge Language Gap

“In just over two months I was speaking Portuguese. I don’t know how I learned it.”.. “Ratatat! Pow!” For a few years, these were the only sounds that 12-year-old Hanan Daqqah heard in Idlib, in northeastern Syria. She spent days locked up inside, unable to attend school or meet up with friends. Her childhood was passing her by. In 2015, Daqqah and her family left Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp, where they had… Source: Brazil Helps Syrian Refugees Bridge Language Gap Read More »

US says it does not consider Gülen movement a terror organization

The U.S. has stated that the country does not consider the movement of U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen a terror organization, a position which stands in contrast with the latest decision taken during a Turkish National Security Council (MGK) meeting on the movement… Source: US says it does not consider Gülen movement a terror organization – AMERICAS Read More »

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi flies off the handle on video

It was a question Wang Yi did not like one bit. Then he let the Canadian reporter have it… Source: Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi flies off the handle on video Read More »

Brexit and Boris Johnson: A perfect political pairing?

We ask if the former mayor of London is an asset to the Leave campaign or if his association with it could backfire.. by Alasdair Soussi Freelance journalist Alasdair Soussi’s latest book is “In The Shadow Of The Cotton Tree: A Diary of Second World War Sierra Leone”. Glasgow, UK – He has been left hanging in mid-air while… Source: Brexit and Boris Johnson: A perfect political pairing? – Al Jazeera English Read More »

German MPs vote on Armenian ‘genocide’ amid Turkish fury

German MPs are set to recognise the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915 as “genocide” – in the face of Turkish protests.. Armenians say up to 1.5 million of their people died in the atrocities of 1915. Turkey says the toll was much lower and rejects the term “genocide”… Source: German MPs vote on Armenian ‘genocide’ amid Turkish fury – BBC News Read More »

Peter Wellington wants Premier’s promised political donations inquiry

It is time to look into political donations in Queensland, independent MP Peter Wellington said, nearly a year-and-a-half after the Palaszczuk Government promised him it would launch an inquiry into the issue.. The Nicklin MP, who has written to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to ask for an update on where the government is with its investigation into real-time disclosure of political donations, gave Ms Palaszczuk… Source: Peter Wellington wants Premier’s promised political donations inquiry – now Read More »

Interview with Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz

Interview Conducted by Walter Mayr and Mathieu von Rohr At 29, Austria’s Sebastian Kurz is the world’s youngest foreign minister. He speaks with SPIEGEL about the rise of the far right in his country and Europe, the immigrant crisis and the dangers of dependence on Turkey.. SPIEGEL: Foreign Minister Kurz, in recent weeks, the entire world has been watching Austria, which is rather rare. How does it feel?… Source: Interview with Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz – SPIEGEL ONLINE Read More »

Why we should close women’s prisons and treat their crimes more fairly

Sentencing systems around the world should be radically reformed to start with the assumption that women should not be sent to prison for their crimes.. Women almost never scare us; commit random acts of serious violence; violate our sexual integrity; or form organised crime networks and yet their prisons numbers are now the highest in recorded history… Source: Why we should close women’s prisons and treat their crimes more fairly | Mirko Bagaric | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Does religion restrict freedom?

The word ‘freedom’ is one of the great buzzwords of our culture. In the words of the rock band Queen, we all want to “break free”. Whether it’s Mel Gibson shouting “Freedom” as he is hung, drawn and quartered, or Martin Luther King crying “Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty we are free at last”, we all want freedom. But as Rousseau famously observed: “Man is born free but everywhere he is in chains”. What chains… Source: Does ... Read More »

Trump’s personal, racially tinged attacks on federal judge alarm legal experts

Donald Trump’s highly personal, racially tinged attacks on a federal judge overseeing a pair of lawsuits against him have set off a wave of alarm among legal experts, who worry that the ­Republican presidential candidate’s vendetta signals a remarkable disregard for judicial independence. That attitude, many argue, could carry constitutional implications if Trump becomes president… Source: Trump’s personal, racially tinged attacks on federal judge alarm legal experts – The Washington Post Read More »

Trains grind to a halt as strikes grip France

Transport chaos hit France again on June 1, just nine days ahead of Euro 2016, as railway workers went on strike in the latest salvo of a months-long battle between the government and unions.. Between a third and half of France’s trains were expected to grind to a halt, as workers from railway operator SNCF launched their eighth strike in three months, this time saying it will continue until demands for better pay and conditions are met… Source: Trains grind ... Read More »

Tigers seized from controversial Thai Buddhist temple

Wildlife authorities in Thailand are removing tigers from a controversial Buddhist temple after accusations of wildlife trafficking and animal abuse.. Three of the 137 tigers at the temple in Kanchanaburi province were moved on Monday. The 1,000-personnel operation will last all week. The monks, who deny all allegations, resisted at first but gave in when presented with a court order… Source: Tigers seized from controversial Thai Buddhist temple – BBC News Read More »