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‘Totally unwarranted and draconian’: Lawyers condemn Peter Dutton ‘power grab’ on citizenship

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Lawyers, including the country’s peak law body, have condemned Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s latest citizenship crackdown as a power grab that threatens the independence of the… Michael Koziol Fergus Hunter The Sydney Morning Herald Under changes to be put to Parliament this week, the minister will be empowered to overrule citizenship decisions of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, in a bid to put a stop to its… Mr Dutton said the… ‘Totally unwarranted and… Read More »

How to Go the Resistance Distance: Pop-Up Schools for Novice Activists

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Modeled after the Civil Rights Era’s citizenship and freedom schools, the new Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership teaches skills for the… Chuck Collins yes! More than 200 people crammed into a meeting room at Smith College to listen to Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum speak at the May 4 opening ceremony of the… The new school provides in-person training opportunities in activism in five… How to Go… Read More »

Over 450,000 sign petition against DUP coalition

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A petition launched against the Conservatives joining a coalition with the DUP has attracted almost 450,000 signatures in 12 hours. The Scotsman The petition states that Theresa May would not be involved in a coalition of chaos and asks for the Prime Minister to resign. The move comes after the Prome Minister said she would seek to form a minority government with a “confidence and supply” agreement with the controversial Northern Irish party… Over 450,000 sign… Read More »

Fragile Kosovo prepares for crucial vote

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Nine years after proclaiming independence, fragile Kosovo votes on June 11 at a time of high tension with Serbia, rampant unemployment and some of its leaders threatened with prosecution for… Pristina Hurriyet The parliamentary election – Kosovo’s third since 2008 – is the most important since the independence declaration, according to Slovenian think-tank IFIMES, which specializes in the… While Kosovo’s sovereignty… Fragile Kosovo prepares… Read More »

News Australia loses appeal in Federal Court on $15m tax bill

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Australia’s highest-risk taxpayer has lost an appeal in the Federal Court on a $15 million tax bill relating to interest income. Nassim Khadem Brisbane Times Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation has been in long-running legal battles with the ATO and in 2015 was outed as the nation’s highest risk taxpayer. On Thursday the Federal Court’s Justice Tony Pagone dismissed News Australia Holding’s appeal relating to an old tax assessment amounting to about… News Australia loses… Read More »

How Jeremy Corbyn Proved the Haters Wrong

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LONDON — Among the many satisfying outcomes of Britain’s general election has been the roll call of pundits reeling out apologies for getting it so wrong. RACHEL SHABI The New York Times The Labour Party has, against all odds, surged to take a 40 percent share of the vote, more than it has won in years. And so the nation’s commentariat, who had confidently thought that the party under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership would be wiped off the political map, are ... Read More »

Spain’s Catalonia announces October independence vote

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The leader of Spain’s Catalonia region, where a separatist movement is in full swing, announced on June 9 an independence referendum for October 1 in defiance of Madrid which is firmly against such a… Barcelona Hurriyet Speaking in Barcelona, Carles Puigdemont said the question would be: “Do you want Catalonia to be an independent state in the form of a… Catalonia, a wealthy, 7.5-million-strong region with its own language and customs, has long demanded greater… Spain’s Catalonia announces… Read More »

Madhya Pradesh farmers’ strike: Inside Mandsaur disturbance lies history of political doles, opium addiction

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There’s no doubt that the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh messed up handling the situation in Mandsaur on at least three… Sandeep Balakrishna FirstPost First, it could’ve been vigilant and heeded the simmering discontent over farm loan waivers, taken leaders of the farming community into confidence and worked out a solution thereby preventing this unfortunate… Second, the law… Madhya Pradesh farmers… Read More »

Deliberative democracy must rise to the threat of populist rhetoric

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We are “living in the end times”, or so Slavoj Žižek tells us. We have seen the arrival of the “four horsemen of the apocalypse”: the global ecological crisis, sharp inequalities in the economic system, the biogenic revolution, and… Nicole Curato Lucy J Parry The Conversation The global rise of populism, it seems, is only a symptom of these long-standing tragedies in the… Populist claims – the grand promises that prey on unrealistic expectations, those… Deliberative democracy must… Read More »

Gillian Triggs says Australia’s politicians leading ‘assault’ on democratic ideals

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Human Rights Commission president says right to advocate and freedom of speech threatened by governments Elle Hunt The Guardian Gillian Triggs says an “ideological assault” on community advocacy is being waged by Australian governments and political leaders that threatens the… The president of the Australian Human Rights Commission said the right to advocate and freedom of speech – “some of the most basic ideas” underpinning a… Gillian Triggs says… Read More »

UN rights czar: Nothing is like Holocaust, but Palestinians are suffering

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Marking 50 years since 1967 war, Jordan’s Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein says Israelis and Palestinians both deserve different kinds of… By Times of Israel staff and AP The UN human rights chief on Tuesday decried 50 years of Israeli control of the West Bank, “which has denied the Palestinians many of their most fundamental freedoms,” invoking the Jewish Holocaust while simultaneously asserting that he was not comparing the experiences of the… In a statement marking the… UN rights czar… Read More »

Teaching Humility in an Age of Arrogance

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”Humility” isn’t a word that most academics — or Americans — identify with. Michael Patrick Lynch The Chronicle Review                                             Indeed, if there is a single attitude most closely associated with our culture, it’s the opposite of humility. The defining trait of the age seems to be arrogance — in particular, the kind of arrogance personified by our tweeter in chief; the arrogance of thinking that you know it all and… Teaching Humility in… Read More »

Australia, meet your new prime minister

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Aretha Stewart-Brown is young, driven and won’t apologise for speaking out. ABC News Breakfast By Patrick Wood “I get this all the time, ‘Aretha, you’re so outspoken’ and ‘I can’t believe you’re so confident talking about this stuff’.” “And it’s like, well what did you expect?” The 16-year-old Melbourne student is an increasingly familiar voice in the Indigenous community and in the last year has become an emerging… Australia, meet your… Read More »

Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland will be independent by 2025

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SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has said she believes Scotland will be independent by 2025. LAURA PATERSON The Scotsman In an interview on ITV’s Tonight programme she said she had not changed her timetable for a second Scottish independence referendum, and that Scotland should not be told to “shut up” by the… Asked by interviewer Julie Etchingham if she thinks the United Kingdom will have broken up by 2025, Ms… Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland… Read More »

Losing Faith: Why Faith Bandler felt the 1967 referendum’s promise was betrayed

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I met Faith Bandler in 2007. I was making a radio documentary for the 40th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, when an overwhelming majority of Australians voted to change the… RN By Daniel Browning for Awaye! ABC A lead campaigner for the “yes” vote, Faith was a radical in her own way: a socialist with an ASIO file, who with Aboriginal activist Pearl Gibbs and Jessie Street formed the… Her ideas weren’t radical enough for some, particularly after the… Losing ... Read More »

Uluru statement: Aborigines prefer the horizon to the foreground

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Delegates to the Aboriginal constitutional convention probably did themselves, as well as indigenous Australians, a great favour last week by making some perfectly reasonable, but… Jack Waterford Brisbane Times They have given the government an excuse to walk away from a promise to conduct a referendum “recognising” prior… It’s a proposal, like so many gestures on Aboriginal affairs, of some symbolic significance but devoid of any capacity to make an… Uluru statement: Aborigines… Read More »