Global Issues

Thought ‘death cult’ lawmaking ended with Abbott? Think again

A shadowy entity is deciding the fate of Australian citizenship, while NSW lawmakers want the power to punish those found not guilty of crimes. The erosion of our rights is continuing, just without the fanfare… Source: Thought ‘death cult’ lawmaking ended with Abbott? Think again – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Europe migrant crisis: Up to 500 asylum seekers may have drowned in latest tragedy, UNHCR says

Up to 500 asylum seekers might have drowned in the Mediterranean last week, the UN refugee agency says. If confirmed, it would be the worst such tragedy in 12 months and bring the total number of drownings in the southern… Source: Europe migrant crisis: Up to 500 asylum seekers may have drowned in latest tragedy, UNHCR says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Mitsubishi Motors office raided over fuel economy tests

Japanese officials raid an office of Mitsubishi Motors following the revelation on Wednesday that it had falsified fuel economy data. The officials searched its plant in the central Japanese city of Okazaki. Mitsubishi has admitted that employees altered data to flatter mileage rates on more than 600,000 vehicles…. Source: Mitsubishi Motors office raided over fuel economy tests – BBC News Read More »

Real journalists report the news – they don’t make it

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At QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre we are about to complete ARC-funded research on the state of the Australian political news media. A key finding of the work has been the nearly complete withdrawal of commercial free-to-air television from the current affairs space, which is… Source: Real journalists report the news – they don’t make it Read More »

Jewish extremist cell uncovered in West Bank: Israel

Jerusalem:  Israel said it had uncovered a new network of Jewish extremists in the Israeli-occupied West Bank that was responsible for several recent attacks against Palestinians, including the attempted arson of at least one home as people slept inside. The announcement, by the police and Shin Bet, the country’s domestic security agency, on… Source: Jewish extremist cell uncovered in West Bank: Israel Read More »

Danger of militancy returning to Kashmir looms

The Kashmir Valley is in a state of ferment again with anti-India sentiment exploding in violent protests across the restive region. It was the alleged molestation by an army man in Handwara in… Source: Danger of militancy returning to Kashmir looms – Asia Times Read More »

How America Can Reap the Benefits of Brexit

The conventional wisdom is that a decision by British voters this June to leave the European Union would be bad for the United States. The… Source: How America Can Reap the Benefits of Brexit | Foreign Policy Read More »

Moscow wins legal battle over $50bn Yukos shareholders′ compensation

The Kremlin has won a major legal victory after a Dutch court overturned a $50bn damages award to former shareholders of Yukos. With almost 20 percent of Russia’s annual budget at stake, shareholders vowed to fight on. Source: Moscow wins legal battle over $50bn Yukos shareholders′ compensation | News | DW.COM | 20.04.2016 Read More »

New to the Parish: ‘I can’t work and I can’t go to a proper university’

A young Zimbabwean living in direct provision in Cork has had to turn down good opportunities because of his status. Bernard Kudakwashe Matanire slept through his alarm on the morning of his visit to Áras an Uachtaráin. He was so late for the bus to Dublin he didn’t have… Source: New to the Parish: ‘I can’t work and I can’t go to a proper university’ Read More »

“The Sea Walls Are Out In The Sea”: World’s First Climate Refugees Ask For Australia’s Help

Last month, the schools closed on a group of islands off Papua New Guinea’s coast. Climate change has claimed their crops, and large portions of the low lying atolls. A square meal is increasingly rare. “They closed because the children weren’t concentrating,” Pais Taehu tells New Matilda. “Instead of concentrating, they were falling asleep becauseMore… Source: “The Sea Walls Are Out In The Sea”: World’s First Climate Refugees Ask For Australia’s Help – New Matilda Read More »

China’s Legalist Revival

Forget Confucianism: this ancient philosophy is driving China today.. HOW DOES culture shape politics? In her classic book Strategic Intelligence and Statecraft, Adda B. Bozeman argues that “American citizens must be fully aware of non-American approaches to statecraft if they are to render informed… Source: China’s Legalist Revival | The National Interest Read More »

Prevention of violence against women – finally, an idea whose time has come

A $30m ad campaign to change attitudes about violence against women will be launched this weekend as part of a broader strategy that puts gender inequality at the centre of a violence prevention program. When it comes to preventing violence against women, Australia has made history in the last few weeks… Source: Prevention of violence against women – finally, an idea whose time has come | Mary Barry | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

More Australians falling victim to scams, ABS data reveals

Fraudsters have become better at parting Australians with their money, even as people become more savvy about responding to scams, a survey from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals. Australians lost an enormous $2 billion to credit card fraudsters last… Source: More Australians falling victim to scams, ABS data reveals Read More »

‘Worse things in store’: Steaming hot world sets more temperature records

The Earth sizzled in March with the most unusually warm month in history as average land surface temperatures easily exceeded levels deemed by scientists to constitute dangerous climate change. The abnormal weather has continued into April as the most powerful tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Indian Ocean dumped rain at rates reaching 300 mm an hour, and Australian scientists declared the worst coral bleaching event… Source: ‘Worse things in store’: Steaming hot world sets more temperature records Read More »

Why won’t the government recognise Isis atrocities as genocide? I have a hunch

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The barbarous treatment of Iraq and Syria’s religious minorities should be called what it is. Our relationship with Turkey shouldn’t even come into it. Sawsan is a middle-aged Syrian woman from al-Hammidiya, which is just north of the Lebanese border. She describes how her nephew was crucified… Source: Why won’t the government recognise Isis atrocities as genocide? I have a hunch | Giles Fraser | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Obama in Saudi Arabia on fence-mending visit

U.S. President Barack Obama held talks with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on April 20 as he began a two-day visit hoping to ease tensions with the historic U.S. ally. Riyadh and its Sunni Arab Gulf allies have bristled at what they see as Washington’s tilt toward regional rival Iran after Tehran’s landmark nuclear deal with world powers… Source: Obama in Saudi Arabia on fence-mending visit – MIDEAST Read More »