Australia passes security law, raising fears for press freedom


SYDNEY (Reuters) – The first of a series of security powers requested by Australia’s government to combat Islamist militants passed through parliament on Wednesday, despite criticism that they could land journalists in jail for reporting on national security. Australia is increasingly concerned over the number of its citizens heading to Iraq and Syria to fight alongside radical Islamists, and police ... Read More »

George Brandis has silently swept away your freedoms

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Australia has changed radically since last week though it might not look like it on the surface. Late Thursday night the Senate passed the National Security Amendment Bill (No.1) 2014 giving unlimited power to spies and secret police. The laws have been maimed. Unimaginable things can happen now, things that Australians have only read about in books. Not books like ... Read More »

Islamic State fighters wanting to return home to Australia need help, say experts

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Australian jihadists who regret travelling to the Middle East and joining extremist fighters should be given a pathway home and put through deradicalisation programs, even if their return meant likely jail time, according to counter terrorism and defence experts. Terrorism and radicalisation specialist Clarke Jones, a Australian National University visiting fellow, said the government should fund deradicalisation programs but warned deprogramming ... Read More »

Australia’s Police State: “Coercive Surveillance” and the New Security Laws

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What we’ve seen [tonight] is, I think, a scary, disproportionate and unnecessary expansion of coercive surveillance powers that will not make anybody any safer but that affect freedoms that have been quite hard fought for and won over a period of decades.  Senator Scott Ludlam, Australian Greens, Sydney Morning Herald, Sep 26, 2014 So much for Parliament and its representative functions.  So ... Read More »

200 Turkish intellectuals call for help to Kobane

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Two hundred Turkish academics, writers and civil society activists issued a statement on Sept. 27, calling on the Turkish people as well as all international organizations, especially the United Nations, to take a strong position in defense of Kobane, which has been under siege of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants. The statement is as follows: ... Read More »

Lavrov: Western bloc headed by Washington rejects UN principle that all states are equal

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The US-led Western block rejects the principle of the equality of sovereign states secured by the UN Charter while advocating democracy in the international arena, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov addressing the UNGA. “The US-led Western alliance, while acting as an advocate of democracy, rule of law and human rights in individual countries, is acting in the international arena ... Read More »

The Pentagon Will Allow Undocumented Immigrants to Join the US Military


The Pentagon made a surprise announcement on Thursday to let undocumented immigrants serve in the United States military — but few of them are likely to get into the armed forces under the new policy, experts told VICE News. As a result, everyone from immigration advocates to Republican congressmen are pissed off. “I don’t think it’s going to satisfy anybody,” ... Read More »