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We may still have enough time to save the world’s oceans

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THE ocean is changing — and not for the better. José Maria Figueres, Pascal Lamy and John D Podesta. Irish Examiner Well-established scientific evidence shows that it is becoming emptier, warmer, and more acidic, putting marine life under serious pressure. But there is… We may still… Read More »

Women also sexually abuse children, but their reasons often differ from men’s

Abuse - The Conversation

Data from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recently revealed that, between 1950 and 2010, 60% of all abuse allegedly took place at faith-based institutions. Xanthe Mallett The Conversation Evidence showed that, in Catholic institutions, 95% of alleged offenders were men. This means the… Women also sexually… Read More »

COMMENT: Racism in Australia: The stats are clear

Racism - SBS

Associate Professor Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews gives us a snapshot of the research on racism against Indigenous peoples since the 1960s. Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews SBS There is no denying it: there has been a considerable and ongoing debate about racism in Australia, especially racism that targets and impacts Indigenous peoples, families, and communities. Ideally, such debates… COMMENT: Racism in… Read More »

Tearful Nazeem talks ISIS, Sydney Siege and Pauline Hanson

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COMEDIAN Nazeem Hussain shows a different side of himself in tonight’s episode of I’m A Celeb, breaking down in tears as he opens up about life as a… Nick Bond   news.com.au Enlisted by Steve Price to speak to the campmates about himself for the broadcaster’s “Jungle Radio” segment, Hussain reflects on the… “One of the things that… Tearful Nazeem talks… Read More »

Exclusive: Oxford University may break with 700 years of tradition and open a foreign campus – after France offers Brexit sweetener

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Oxford University might break with 700 years of tradition by establishing its first foreign campus in response to Brexit, The Telegraph… Harry Yorke The Telegraph French officials met senior staff at Oxford last week and revealed new proposals that they hope would guarantee future European Union funding for a… Exclusive: Oxford University… Read More »

Can we have too many trees?

Trees - The Guardian

Hunting and mountaineering organisations say that plans to increase forest cover in Scotland will ruin the countryside. I disagree Patrick Barkham The Guardian A couple of summers ago, I strolled through Glen Feshie, wondering why this beautiful corner of the Cairngorms didn’t feel British. Ah, that’s it… Can we have… Read More »

We’re doomed by the identity trap, damned when we try to escape

Identity - The Guardian

It’s disheartening that even someone as resilient as Diane Abbott was hounded into defining herself in terms of race and gender Nesrine Malik The Guardian Diane Abbott wrote a powerful article in these pages last week about the hatred she receives. Whatever one thinks… We’re doomed by… Read More »

Famine declared in South Sudan

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‘Man-made’ food crisis threatens 100,000 people after war and a collapsing economy devastate agriculture in the… Ben Quinn The Guardian Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, where UN agencies warned on Monday that war and a collapsing economy have left 100,000… A further 1 million people were classified as being on the… Famine declared in… Read More »

Same-sex marriage legalization linked to reduction in suicide attempts among teens

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Allowing same-sex marriage at state level estimated to reduce suicide attempts by 134,000 per year Johns Hopkins Eurek Alert The implementation of state laws legalizing same-sex marriage was associated with a significant reduction in the rate of suicide attempts among high school students – and an even greater reduction among gay, lesbian and bisexual… Same-sex marriage legalization… Read More »

Red Alert for China’s pollution protesters

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China wants people to care for the environment, one person at a time. Salvatore Babones Al Jazeera News It’s winter in Beijing, and that means two things: cold and smog. Beijing has had freezing winter temperatures for thousands of years, but the smog is something new. China first started… Red Alert for… Read More »

Europe’s last pirate

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Julia Reda came to change Brussels. Chris Spallane Politico Brussels changed her. This is the year… Europe’s last… Read More »

George Brandis Says Asylum Seekers Break The Law, But Can’t Name Which One

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‘I’m not going to quote a section.’ Attorney-General George Brandis clashed with barrister and human rights advocate Julian Burnside on the legality of asylum seekers after he said refugees who come to Australia commit “offences against our migration… Luke Cooper  The Huffington Post Brandis called any refugee who arrives “in the… George Brandis Says… Read More »

What is it like to live next to a prison?

Prison - ABC

In the Victorian town of Ararat, sandwiched between Ballarat and the Wimmera in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains, it can seem like every second person you meet either works at the prison or has a family member who does. Jane Cowan ABC While Werribee residents have protested against the decision to build a youth detention centre, in Ararat you are hard pressed to find anyone willing to say a bad word about the jail that has been part of ... Read More »

Why it’s safe to ignore Greece (for now)

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on February 11, 2017 warned the International Monetary Fund and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble to "stop playing with fire" in the handling of his country's debt.  / AFP / Angelos Tzortzinis        (Photo credit should read ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

There are more important headaches elsewhere. Matthew Karnitschnig Politico BERLIN — Greece is back. Just not the… Why it’s safe… Read More »

Are Soas students right to ‘decolonise’ their minds from western philosophers?

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Outraged headlines erupted when students launched a campaign to challenge the great western philosophers. We went to the source of dissent – London’s School of Oriental and African Studies – to investigate Kenan Malik The Guardian “They Kant be serious!”, spluttered the Daily Mail headline in its most McEnroe-ish tone. “PC students demand white… Are Soas students… Read More »

Netanyahu Scuttled Secret 2016 Peace Push With Arab Leaders

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined a peace proposal presented by then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at a secret summit in 2016 with Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi in Aqaba, Jordan, according to a… Naomi Zeveloff  Forward The proposal included the recognition of Israel as a… Netanyahu Scuttled Secret… Read More »