Interviews

Mythbusting with the Grand Mufti: Australia’s Muslim leader answers your questions

You asked, he answered. The Grand Mufti of Australia and New Zealand Ibrahim Abu Mohamed answers some of the most commonly asked questions about Islam, including views on homosexuality and Jihad. Fares Hassan SBS Reporter Fares Hassan sat down with the Grand Mufti to address what he calls “misconceptions” associated with the religion of Islam. The questions were some of the most commonly asked by commenters on the… Q: You are the Mufti of Australia, why don’t you speak English? ... Read More »

‘Do you mind if I give you a hug?’:

Waleed Aly and Jacinda Ardern embrace ahead of an emotional interview about the Christchurch mosque shootings after his tense debate with Scott Morrison. Mark Brook Daily Mail Waleed Aly and Jacinda Ardern have shared an emotional embrace ahead of a candid interview about the Christchurch mosque shootings. The Australian television presenter sat down with Ms Ardern in New Zealand to discuss the horrific terrorist attack that claimed the lives of 50 Muslim worshippers. In stark contrast to his fiery interview with ... Read More »

Proud Boys and antifa: When a right-wing activist met a left-wing anti-fascist

Since the election of Donald Trump, extreme right-wing groups and left-wing activists have battled on American streets. Mike Wendling BBC It’s happened in New York, Berkeley, Charlottesville and elsewhere. But one liberal enclave might be the epicentre of the fighting: Portland, Oregon, a progressive city in the Pacific north-west. Two activists who have been on opposite sides in the Portland clashes agreed to meet and talk. But would they have any common ground? I didn’t think they would both be ... Read More »

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Kerryn Phelps on medical transfer numbers

Independent MP Kerryn Phelps, who set the ball rolling for the medical transfers legislation, says its passage is “a remarkable exercise in cooperation”. Michelle Grattan The Conversation Phelps says that of the about 1000 people on Manus and Nauru “around 70 people require urgent medical evacuation” and “another couple of hundred will require transfer but not as urgently”. She describes Scott Morrison’s proposal to reopen the Christmas Island detention facility as a “political statement”. “What we need to do is ... Read More »

Violent Crackdown in West Papua: An Interview With Independence Leader Benny Wenda

Right now, the Indonesian military are carrying out a violent crackdown in the Ndgua regency of occupied West Papua. Reports have been emerging about the ongoing assault, which is a reprisal over an incident involving the deaths of a… Paul Gregoire Sydney Criminal Lawyers The Indonesian Armed Forces have been reportedly bombing the highland region. While Indonesian security affairs minister Wiranto has denied that explosives were used, he confirmed grenade launchers have been. West Papuan people are reporting having been shot and ... Read More »

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen says Trump knew it was wrong to make hush-money payments during campaign

Donald Trump directed Michael Cohen to arrange hush-money payments with two women because then-candidate Trump “was very concerned about how this would affect the election” if… By George Stephanopoulos, Eric Avram, Eliana Larramendia James Hill abc NEWS Cohen’s comments are his first since being sentenced earlier this week to three years in federal prison for financial crimes, lying to Congress and two campaign finance violations in connection with the… “I knew what I was doing was wrong,” Cohen told ABC ... Read More »

Daughter’s hilarious obituary unravels mysterious life of her father

Delaware: The obituary that ran on the Delaware Online last week was a mystery – the tale of a globe-trotting Renaissance man who disappeared in a single-engine plane over the Atlantic Ocean… Allison Klein The Age / The Washington Post It was written by Alex Walsh about her father, Rick Stein, 71, a man who she said had an endless appetite for comedy. The huge response on social media has been comfort to the mourning family, she said, as people who never knew her ... Read More »

Bill Shorten: ‘We’ve got to end the climate change war’

Exclusive: Marking five years as opposition leader, Shorten tackles thorny topics – energy, offshore detention and trade Katharine Murphy The Guardian Bill Shorten has signalled Labor will keep the national energy guarantee and maintain subsidies for households and businesses to install small-scale renewable energy until 2030, as the shadow cabinet prepares to deliberate on energy policy. In a wide-ranging interview marking five years as opposition leader, Shorten also revealed Labor was in talks with the Australian Medical Association about conditions ... Read More »

‘We need to make sure it’s realistic’: Liberty Victoria president weighs in on immigration plan

Liberty Victoria president Jessie Taylor says the devil is in the detail for the Federal Government’s plan to ease mounting population pressure in Melbourne and Sydney. Neil Mitchel 3AW New visa conditions would require migrants to settle outside the major cities for up to five years. Ms Taylor, who also works as a lawyer, said it depended on whether there were job opportunities to sustain growth in regional centres. Neil Mitchell glad to see a population plan on the political ... Read More »

Australia’s barbaric policy confronted by Boochani’s prison memoir

Kurdish-Iranian journalist and writer Behrouz Boochani has been exiled on Manus Island since August 2013. Arnold Zable The Age He fled Iran in fear of his safety, as a result of his advocacy on behalf of Kurdish people. I was introduced to Boochani in late 2014. His acclaimed book No Friend but the Mountains was published on July 31. Arnold Zable: Behrouz, for years you have been defined as a refugee, and for a time, as a number – MEG 45 – reduced, as ... Read More »

‘Are they going to shoot me?’: Statue of Liberty ​climber on her anti-Trump protest

Interview Exclusive: Patricia Okoumou says her four-hour standoff with police was fired by outrage at caging of migrant children Joanna Walters in New York The Guardian The grainy aerial images of a woman clinging to the skirts of the Statue of Liberty were beaming live around the world for hours on Independence Day, as police tried to talk her down from her protest against Trump immigration policies. But what was going through the woman’s mind as she huddled against the green metal ... Read More »

Édouard Louis: ‘I want to be a writer of violence. The more you talk about it, the more you can undo it’

His debut about his violent childhood was an international sensation. Now the French author has written a novel about being brutally assaulted Angelique Chrisafis The Guardian In the lonely, shell-shocked days after Édouard Louis was raped and almost killed in his Paris flat in 2012 – as he sat through tense interviews with police officers or scrubbed his home to get rid of his attacker’s smell – he felt the urgent need to write about it. “I had told the police my story,” says the ... Read More »

World exclusive: Anwar’s first interview on the eve of freedom

Kuala Lumpur: Anwar Ibrahim, the twice-jailed former Malaysian opposition leader who is due to walk free on Wednesday after three years behind bars, says his country is on the verge of a new “golden era”, adding, “I… James Massola The Sydney Morning Herald But in a world exclusive interview with Fairfax Media, the man who has led the country’s reform, or “reformasi” movement for 20 years, cautioned his countrymen and women, saying “one election does not a… Anwar has spent ... Read More »

‘We’re doomed’: Mayer Hillman on the climate reality no one else will dare mention

The 86-year-old social scientist says accepting the impending end of most life on Earth might be the very thing needed to help us prolong it Patrick Barkham The Guardian ”We’re doomed,” says Mayer Hillman with such a beaming smile that it takes a moment for the words to sink in. “The outcome is death, and it’s the end of most life on the planet because we’re so dependent on the burning of fossil fuels. There are no means of reversing the process ... Read More »

Ann Coulter to Donald Trump: Beware the Former Trumpers

Donald Trump has a boatload of problems. Ann Coulter, the author of a 2016 book titled “In Trump We Trust,” is now one of them. Frank Bruni The New York Times A week ago, when he signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill with nothing for his promised border wall, her frustrations with him, expressed frequently in her syndicated columns, turned into fury. “Congratulations, President Schumer!” she tweeted to more than 1.9 million followers. She also fantasized on Twitter about his ... Read More »

Interview Best teacher in the world Andria Zafirakou: ‘Build trust with your kids – then everything else can happen’

After the London art teacher won her $1m prize, she was showered with praise by Theresa May and the education secretary – but she is exactly the kind of teacher this government actively discourages Decca Aitkenhead The Guardian Andria Zafirakou has been functioning on three hours’ sleep a night for weeks, but looks radiant. “It’s adrenaline, it’s excitement, it’s everything.” Nominated by current and former colleagues for the Varkey Foundation’s annual Global Teacher prize, dubbed the Nobel for teaching, last month ... Read More »