Global Issues

Pope Francis meets refugees and migrants in Lesbos

Pope Francis arrives in the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday to highlight the humanitarian crisis unfolding across Europe. The Pope is greeted by hundreds of cheering migrants and refugees in a detention centre on the island. Greece’s state refugee coordination agency later said the pontiff would take a number of highly… Source: Pope Francis meets refugees and migrants in Lesbos – video | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Poverty Isn’t Just About Money, Especially for Blacks and Hispanics

Staying poor isn’t just a matter of having too little money—it’s about a series of unstable circumstances that build upon each other.. It’s true that poverty affects people of all races, genders, and nationalities, but it’s also true that poverty—especially deep, persistent, intergenerational… Source: Poverty Isn’t Just About Money, Especially for Blacks and Hispanics – The Atlantic Read More »

The Leap Manifesto opens horizon for bold new politics in Canada

The media attacks are a sign: a New Democratic Party that takes on inequality and climate change can crack open the country’s political debate. From the headlines screaming outrage on the front pages of Canada’s newspapers, you’d think the New Democratic Party had shuttered their… Source: The Leap Manifesto opens horizon for bold new politics in Canada | Martin Lukacs | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

Why we should honour the humanity of every person who dies in custody

It’s now 25 years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody tabled its final report. The anniversary will undoubtedly be marked by analysis and commentary, as well as reflections on statistics, key trends and issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander… Source: Why we should honour the humanity of every person who dies in custody Read More »

What happened to Nigeria’s lost girls

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“WHAT’S your name? Is that the name your parents recognise? Where were you taken from?” Those are the chilling words uttered by an unseen man behind the camera in a video of the Nigerian schoolgirls who vanished exactly two years ago… Source: What happened to Nigeria’s lost girls Read More »

Politicians and clergy are out of step on euthanasia

Between 70 and 80 per cent of people believe voluntary-assisted dying should be made legal. Former prime minister Bob Hawke has recently come out in favour of the proposal, but other politicians and the clergy are holding back progress… Source: Politicians and clergy are out of step on euthanasia Read More »

The Urgency of a Moral Economy: Reflections on the 25th Anniversary of Centesimus Annus

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Today we celebrate the encyclical Centesimus Annus and reflect on its meaning for our world a quarter-century after it was presented by Pope John Paul II… Source: The Urgency of a Moral Economy: Reflections on the 25th Anniversary of Centesimus Annus Read More »

Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems

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Financial meltdown, environmental disaster and even the rise of Donald Trump – neoliberalism has played its part in them… George Monbiot The Guardian Why has the left failed to come up with an alternative? Imagine if the people of the Soviet Union had never heard of… The ideology that dominates our lives has, for most of us, no… Neoliberalism – the ideology… Read More »

Holding referendums with elections makes political (and financial) sense

If we go ahead with the same-sex marriage and Indigenous recognition referendums, then let’s hold them alongside the election. The weight of history is behind such a move… Source: Holding referendums with elections makes political (and financial) sense – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

In Brexit Debate, English Fishermen Eye Waters Free of E.U.

BRIXHAM, England — Mike Walker, a retired fisherman here, sums up what many in this southern English port town think of the European Union. Britain’s membership in the 28-nation union has encouraged France, Spain, the Netherlands and “the rest of them lot” to “come rape our waters,” Mr. Walker… Source: In Brexit Debate, English Fishermen Eye Waters Free of E.U. – The New York Times Read More »

Turkish Delight in Washington’s Patronage

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On March 26 President Erdogan of Turkey “harshly criticized” foreign diplomats for being present at the trial of two journalists in Istanbul.  At a meeting of businessmen he erupted in fury and expostulated that “The consul-generals in Istanbul attended the trial. Who are you? What… Source: Turkish Delight in Washington’s Patronage Read More »

How Brazil, the darling of the developing world, came undone

The nation is on the verge of sacking its president as it limps toward the Summer Olympics… Source: How Brazil, the darling of the developing world, came undone – The Washington Post Read More »

Westpac bank severs ties to Nauru Government over money laundering concerns

One of Australia’s biggest banks has told the Nauru Government it will no longer do business with it or any of its entities. The Westpac bank has also told its Australian customers who do business with the Nauru Government that they will have to close their… Source: Westpac bank severs ties to Nauru Government over money laundering concerns – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Europe’s last coal mines struggle for lifelines

Producers in the Czech Republic, Poland and Romania try to stay afloat as losses mount.. Some of Europe’s last remaining coal producers, in the Czech Republic, Romania and Poland, are grasping for government support to keep from going under and taking thousands of jobs with them… Source: Europe’s last coal mines struggle for lifelines – POLITICO Read More »

The United States of Insolvency

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James Grant offers view on how we got here—and what we can do about it… Source: The United States of Insolvency | TIME Read More »

Deputy Premier Troy Grant under fire over ‘unprecedented’ crime prevention powers

EXCLUSIVE Deputy Premier Troy Grant has come under an extraordinary attack from the peak NSW barristers’ association over “draconian” proposed powers it warns are “an unprecedented attack on individual freedoms and the rule of law”. The NSW Bar Association has taken aim at Mr Grant’s bill to introduce “crime prevention… Source: Deputy Premier Troy Grant under fire over ‘unprecedented’ crime prevention powers Read More »