Archaeologists digging in search of common people

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In Angkor Wat research, the focus has long been on temples and high society. A new project there is taking a different approach, laying the foundation for a new understanding of the iconic empire. The Phnom Penh Post – Brent Crane A team excavating a dirt mound at Angkor Wat is hoping to shed light on one of the enduring ... Read More »

Boat turn-back payment to people smugglers the first of its kind

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The recent payment of thousands of dollars to people smugglers to return to Indonesia was the first time that such a transaction has been made specifically for a turn-back, Fairfax Media has learnt. The Sydney Morning Herald – Sarah Whyte, David Wroe and Jewel Topsfield It is understood that while payments have been made in the past for other reasons involving disrupting ... Read More »

Deutsche Welle’s Bobs award honors online activists

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Raif Badawi, a 31-year-old Saudi blogger and the creator of the website Free Saudi Liberals, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and flogged in public 50 times simply for blogging about free speech. Sevil Erkuş – BONN Hurriyet He has 950 more lashes, which have been postponed due to Badawi’s poor health. The Saudi blogger was arrested in June ... Read More »

Legal challenge to Australia’s offshore detention of asylum seekers goes ahead

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A high court case over whether constitution permits offshore processing is still on, despite the passing of rushed legislation to head it off this week The Guardian – Shalailah Medhora A high court challenge to the Australian government’s offshore processing regime is still on the cards for later this year, despite the passing of rushed legislation through both houses of ... Read More »

Bureaucrazies Versus Democracy

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The most recent of the almost daily “Greek Crises” has made one thing clear: the Troika of the IMF , the EU and the ECB is out to break the government of Greece. Forbes – Steve Keen, Contributor There is no other way to interpret their refusal to accept the Greek’s latest proposal, which accepted huge government surpluses of 1% of GDP ... Read More »

Andrew Wilkie Blasts The Liberal And Labor Parties, Calls Australia’s Refugee Policy “A Crime Against Humanity”

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Last night the government, with the support of the Opposition, rushed a bill through Parliament’s House of Representatives specifically designed to fend off an impending High Court challenge that could have ruled Australia’s offshore processing regime illegal. Junkee – By Alex McKinnon, The Human Rights Law Centre is challenging offshore processing in court on the basis that Australia doesn’t have the ... Read More »

Why Angela Merkel Is Wrong On Greece

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The latest judgment of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) casts a harsh light on the flawed construction of a  currency union without a political union. Social Europe – by Jürgen Habermas In the summer of 2012 all citizens owed Mario Draghi a debt of gratitude for uttering a single sentence that saved them from the disastrous consequences of the ... Read More »

The Central Sahel: A Perfect Sandstorm

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Dakar/Brussels – Africa Report N°227 – ICG EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The huge, sparsely populated, impoverished Sahel is affected by growing numbers of jihadi extremists and illicit activities, including arms, drugs and human trafficking, estimated to generate $3.8 billion annually. Borders are porous, government reach limited. Populations and unemployment are soaring. Within this perfect storm of actual and potential instability, criminal networks increasingly ... Read More »

Buddhists and Catholics travel to the Vatican to talk about the ‘mystery of life’

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Representatives from the Buddhist and Catholic communities in the US are holding an interreligious dialogue this week near Rome and will meet with Pope Francis today. The five-day meeting, which began on Tuesday is on the subject of ‘Suffering, Liberation and Fraternity’. Christian Today - Lucinda Borkett-Jones The 46 American representatives have gathered at the headquarters of the Focolare movement ... Read More »