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Venezuela: Unnatural Disaster

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Caracas/Bogotá/Brussels, ICG – Latin America Briefing N°33 The full briefing is also available in: Spanish OVERVIEW The accelerating deterioration of Venezuela’s political crisis is cause for growing concern. The collapse in 2014 of an incipient dialogue between government and opposition ushered in growing political instability. With legislative elections due in December, there are fears of renewed violence. But there is ... Read More »

There is no hope for her to survive: Ethiopian woman fears deportation

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Yeshiwork Abrha’s​ hands shake as she sifts through the paperwork that has decided her fate. She looks up helplessly, she can’t find the words. The Age – Bianca Hall, Reporter for The Age Her friend, Melbourne Ethiopian community leader Kojii Umer, speaks on her behalf. “There is no hope for her to survive. That is our concern. The Australian government knows ... Read More »

Political donations: Australia’s disclosure regime needs serious reform

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It was not until the early 1980s that Australia’s political parties finally were bound under federal and state laws to declare who was financing their election campaigns and political advertisements. Concerns about unions, media magnates, business lobbyists or multinationals trying to wangle undue influence with decision-makers finally led to a disclosure regime. The Age – Editorial Since then, there have been ... Read More »

Sarah Hanson-Young refers asylum seeker health provider IHMS to​ federal police

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International Health and Medical Services referred to the AFP after a series of revelations about it published by Guardian Australia The Guardian – Bridie Jabour, Paul Farrell and Nick Evershed The healthcare providers for asylum seekers in Australian detention have been referred to the federal police over allegations it misled the immigration department about the quality of care. Greens senator ... Read More »

Talking Point: A spear through our nation’s heart

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GROWING up in Melbourne’s working-class suburb of Carlton in the 1940s and 1950s, my father copped more than his fair share of verbal abuse. The Mercury – Simon Bevilacqua He was the youngest son in a migrant Italian family. His mum and dad spoke only Italian at home; an old and bucolic Sammarchesi dialect now extinct in their homeland but ... Read More »

Why Australia’s war on bikies will inevitably end in failure

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Approaching the two-year anniversary of Queensland’s bikie crackdown, some police have claimed victory. Other senior police, though, say the war will never be won. The Conversation – Terry Goldsworthy * This lack of consensus among police highlights problems with Australia’s approach to combating bikie gangs in Australia. Arrest and punishment have been the tools of trade in this war. But, ... Read More »

Taliban conflict: Afghanistan probes Mullah Omar ‘death’ claim

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BBC – The Afghan government is investigating new reports that Taliban leader Mullah Omar has died, a spokesman said. The Taliban has yet to comment on the claim, which was made by top sources within the Afghan administration and intelligence agency. The sources said the reclusive militant leader had died two to three years ago. The latest claims of Mullah ... Read More »

Pharmaceutical companies accused of profit shifting not being taken to court

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None of the pharmaceutical companies that are accused of profit shifting have been taken to court, the Australian Taxation Office has said in written responses to the Senate inquiry into corporate tax avoidance. The Age - Nassim Khadem, Deputy Editor BusinessDay Earlier in July executives from the largest global pharmaceutical companies operating in Australia were hauled before the inquiry. The ATO needs to make ... Read More »