Global Issues

British Govt-Funded Outlet Offered Journalist $17,000 a Month to Produce Propaganda for Syrian Rebels

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Emails reveal that a popular source for mainstream Western media is a U.K.-backed propaganda outlet. By Rania Khalek AlterNet The Revolutionary Forces of Syria (RFS) media office, a major Syrian opposition media outfit and… British Govt-Funded… Read More »

Euthanasia is not the answer for the vast majority

Euthanasia - The Canberra Times

On a daily basis Palliative Care Victoria receives distressed calls from people seeking help for a person who is dying and suffering needlessly. The Canberra Times Odette Waanders In hospitals, aged care facilities, and homes across Victoria people are dying difficult deaths without receiving palliative care and the support their carers need. Inadequate training of health professionals in… Euthanasia is not the answer for the… Read More »

Our drugs policies have failed. It’s time to reinvent them based on what actually works

Drug Policies - The Conversation

There is only one way to make better decisions about illicit drugs and so save lives and money: we need to change the way drugs policies are made. The Conversation Alison Ritter The alternative is to remain stuck in the same futile cycle. Every time a young person dies tragically and needlessly at… Our drugs policies have failed. It’s time to… Read More »

What Kellyanne Conway gets right (and wrong) about moms and work

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As if she didn’t have enough on her hands with the president-elect, Donald Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway has plunged full-force into a topic at least as emotionally charged: the Mommy Wars. The Washington Post Ruth Marcus Speaking at a Politico “Women Rule” event Wednesday, Conway cited her four young children as the reason for declining a White House job. “My children are 12, 12, 8 and 7, which is bad idea, bad… What Kellyanne Conway gets right (and wrong) about… Read More »

Rights group urges Philippines action on HIV

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A human rights watchdog says the Philippines is facing one of the fastest growing epidemics of HIV in the Asia Pacific, fueled by government policies that restrict intervention, including access to condom by men who have sex with men. Hurriyet Human Rights Watch said in a report released yesterday that HIV… Rights group urges… Read More »

Coag: Victoria and Queensland push for new laws on family violence leave

Domestic Violence - The Guardian

Two states urge leaders at Council of Australian Governments meeting to make domestic violence leave a workplace entitlement The Guardian Katharine Murphy Victoria and Queensland have launched a concerted push to convince all jurisdictions, state, territory and federal, to agree on concrete measures to help victims of family violence. The two states will urge leaders gathering in Canberra for… Coag: Victoria and Queensland push for new laws on… Read More »

Is Israel’s education minister abandoning secular schools?

Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett gestures during a preliminary vote on a bill at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem November 16, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Awad/File Photo - RTSV2KJ

“For anyone who still doesn’t understand why I’m ‘obsessive’ about revolutionizing math, English and science education, these are the results of the international PISA [Program for International Student Assessment] test conducted two years ago, before I took office,” wrote Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett on his Facebook page Dec. 7. Al Monitor Akiva Eldar This so-called obsession is apparently a direct boost to the campaign he launched upon taking office to encourage expanded math studies in high school. “We will not ... Read More »

Julian Assange says texts show he is ‘entirely innocent’ of rape; WikiLeaks founder criticises Swedish prosecutor

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Julian Assange has gone public for the first time with his version of events surrounding a rape allegation made against him, saying he is “entirely innocent” and text messages show “it is clearly consensual sex between adults”. ABC Steve Cannane The ABC has obtained a copy of the statement the WikiLeaks founder gave prosecutors from his refuge inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London on November 14. The statement… Julian Assange says texts show… Read More »

Former UN chief Kofi Annan “deeply concerned” about alleged human rights abuses in Myanmar

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Former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan has urged Myanmar’s army to respect civilians’ rights as concerns rise about treatment of the Muslim Rohingya minority. ABC Mr Annan was meeting top officials during a three-day trip to Myanmar, seeking reconciliation among ethnic groups in the fractious western province Rakhine state. The army has been conducting aggressive sweeps through… Former UN chief Kofi Annan “deeply concerned” about… Read More »

The Turkey-EU fallout

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Can relations between the EU and Turkey be mended? Al Jazeera News Galip Dalay On November 24, 2016, The European Parliament passed a non-binding resolution in favour of freezing Turkey’s EU membership accession process. This issue will be on the table for… The Turkey-EU… Read More »

Liberalism need not be on the retreat – rightwing populism is beatable

Liberalism - The Guardian

Just look at Austria, and at Clinton’s success in the popular vote. The Guardian Cas Mudde Politicians of the centre and left must change the narrative to sell their progressive values unday was the first time in 2016 that I was happy to be… Liberalism need not be on the retreat – rightwing… Read More »

Tomboys Don’t Cry

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Edgar Gomez interviews Ivan Coyote LA Review of Books Edgar Gomez IVAN COYOTE LIKES to fix things. Reading Tomboy Survival Guide, you get the feeling that… Tomboys Don’t Cry Read More »

Australia’s human rights debate has always been political

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Human rights have been a hot topic of late. The Australian Human Rights Commission president, Gillian Triggs, has been accused of politicising her position, while The Australian newspaper and conservative politicians have led a campaign against Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. The Conversation Jon Piccini Why has Australia’s long commitment to human rights bodies and legislation suddenly become such an issue? After all, the Human Rights Commission celebrates what amounts to… Australia’s human rights debate has always been… Read More »

Is cycling really cheaper than public transport?

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For city-dwellers, it makes sense that cycling is always cheaper than driving or taking public transport. BBC News Nick Busca But is that actually the case? On the first day I commuted to work by… Is cycling really cheaper than… Read More »

Speaking up for asylum seekers on Nauru — but only when spoken to

Nauru - Independent Australia

Have pro-refugee protestors in Parliament House inspired action for Australia’s stranded asylum seekers? Deputy editor Michelle Pini reports. Independent Australia Michelle Pini AUSTRALIA’S official position on asylum seekers is now their indefinite and inhumane imprisonment. Should any imprisoned refugees ever manage to… Speaking up for asylum seekers on Nauru — but… Read More »

Is the United States Really a Pacific Power?

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Washington has failed to demonstrate that it has the stomach to remain a resident power in Asia. The National Interest Hunter Marston Recognizing the geostrategic significance of Asia for the… Is the United… Read More »