Mass arrests of refugees on Nauru, as 183 are locked up for protesting against exclusion from Australia

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The Nauruan government has compared the arrests of protesting asylum seekers on the island’s main street to arresting protesters blocking Sydney’s busy Pitt Street. The Age – Sarah Whyte, Immigration correspondent Refugees arrested in protest over access to Australia The number of refugees who have been arrested for ongoing protests on the small Pacific island has soared to 183, which is nearly ... Read More »

Intergenerational report: climate change silence in 2015 a stark contrast to 2010

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This year’s IGR is mostly silent on the economic effects of climate change, which the 2010 report declared a ‘severe’ threat to the economy The Guardian – Lenore Taylor political editor @lenoretaylor Five years ago the 2010 intergenerational report declared that “climate change is the largest and most significant challenge to Australia’s environment. If climate change is not addressed, the consequences for ... Read More »

Julian Burnside: Independent media for reality’s sake

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Human rights advocate and barrister Julian Burnside AO QC talks about his disenchantment with newspapers and the vital need for more than just two voices in Australian media. Independent Australia – Julian Burnside I DON’T READ NEWSPAPERS all that much, but when I do I’m disenchanted. It was some years ago, I guess, that I started doing cases the media were interested in and ... Read More »

The Myth of the West’s Threat to Russia

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Much Western thinking about the causes of the Russo-Ukrainian War is rooted in a myth. It posits that the West—or, more specifically, NATO—attempted to wrest Ukraine from Russia’s sphere of influence, thereby forcing Vladimir Putin to defend Russia’s legitimate strategic interests by going to war with Ukraine. RealClearDefense – By Alexander J. Motyl The logic is impeccable. The only problem is that ... Read More »

When thieves shout to tterrorize the owners

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Why the silence by our leadership? By Haris Kyriakides Our supposed to be friends and strategic Western allies are outraged by the Cyprus Government’s  “mistake” to proceed with bilateral agreements with Russia. The Lords are going to discuss the matter in the House of Lords of the Old Albion.   At the same time, Nicosia officially  mumbles like a cry-baby complaining ... Read More »

Journalist chronicled contribution of Greeks to building the nation

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Kosta Nikolopoulos Journalist, Greek community activist 16-11-1947 – 16-1-2015 Political journalist Kostas Nikolopoulos, who has died in Melbourne aged 67, was one of the most influential and respected voices of Melbourne’s Greek community, and an elder statesman of ethnic media in Australia. He was a tireless community activist whose contribution to public life transcended the pages of the Greek-language newspaper ... Read More »

Did the troika defraud billions at the expense of thousands of depositors in Cyprus?

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The allegation: Cyprus received loans only on the condition that its banks sold their branches in Greece to a competitor in Athens at a fraction of their value. ThePressProject publishes exclusively in Greece the investigation of German journalist Harald Schumann for the newspaper Tagesspiegel. ThePressProject – By Harald Schumann / Der Tagesspiegel As an experienced politician, Nicolas Papadopoulos is accustomed to difficult ... Read More »

Abbott government buys cheaper Vietnamese fishing boats to tow back asylum seekers

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A small fleet of brightly coloured Vietnamese fishing boats based in Darwin are believed to be replacing the orange lifeboats used by the Customs and Border Protection department to tow back asylum seeker boats that make it to Australian waters. The Age – Sarah Whyte, Immigration correspondent Fairfax Media understands that 10 red, blue and green wooden boats have been bought by ... Read More »

New Zealand spying on Pacific islands, Snowden leaks say

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BBC – New Zealand is conducting mass surveillance over its Pacific neighbours, reports citing documents leaked by US whistleblower Edward Snowden say. Calls, emails and social media messages were being collected from Pacific nations, the New Zealand Herald said. The data was shared with other members of the “Five Eyes” network – the US, Australia, Britain and Canada. Mr Snowden leaked ... Read More »

Gun-control lobby wants ownership limits in Tasmania

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THE gun-control lobby has welcomed State Government action on firearms but is concerned there is still no limit on the number of guns one person can own. Mercury - Blair Richard The State Government’s proposed changes to gun laws include tighter storage restrictions, mandatory minimum jail for possessing stolen firearms, lowering the supervised hunting age and legalising paintball. BLITZ ON STOLEN ... Read More »