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Australia moves to weaken hate speech laws

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s attempt to water down language in discrimination law sparks debate on freedom versus tolerance John Power Asia Times A push by the Australian government to water down controversial hate speech laws has highlighted tensions between freedom of speech and racial harmony in one of the Asia-Pacific’s most multicultural nations. Prime Minister Malcolm… Australia moves to… Read More »

Whinge industry has played racial discrimination law like a fiddle

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Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, of which the late, great, Bill Leak fell foul, is not merely a law. Gary Johns On Line Opinion It is, first and foremost, a piece of public policy. As public policy… Whinge industry has… Read More »

Nuclear Weapons: The Most Overrated Weapon of War?

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But since World War II, the United States has eschewed the use of nuclear weapons, even against capable non-nuclear opponents. Robert Farley The National Interest Because of the deep political complexity associated with their employment, the weapons simply have too little battlefield and strategic impact for the US to seriously entertain their use. We very occasionally… Nuclear Weapons: The… Read More »

Why I’ll take economic growth over ‘happiness’ any day

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President Trump has promised he’ll boost economic growth. James Pethokoukis AEI “Tremendous” growth, to be specific. In that way — and maybe no other — he’s like every other politician. Here’s what politicians… Why I’ll take… Read More »

The Origin of “Fake News” in Holocaust Denial

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“Fake news” has become a subject of real news. Alan M. Dershowitz Gatestone Institute But there’s nothing new about “fake news.” Holocaust deniers have… The Origin of… Read More »

Scientists made a detailed “roadmap” for meeting the Paris climate goals. It’s eye-opening.

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In 2015, the world’s governments met in Paris and agreed to keep global warming below 2°C, to avoid the very worst risks of a hotter planet. Brad Plumer VOX See here for background on why, but that’s the goal. For context, the planet’s warmed ~1°C since the 19th century. One problem with… Scientists made a… Read More »

The Tip Of An Iceberg: Engineered Indifference, Systematic Dehumanisation

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Bureaucracies the world over have in-built cruelties, something which Palestinians in particular know all about, writes Professor Stuart Rees. Stuart Rees New Matilda The humiliation experienced by the citizens of many countries occurs in encounters with officials who represent bureaucracies. When inquiring about… The Tip Of… Read More »

Top class! Free speech is a fundamental right … but only for the ruling Right

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Any debate about free speech in our society is really about free speech for the ruling class. John Passant Independent Australia Capitalism is built and maintained on the denial of free speech to the working class, among other things. US citizen Rupert… Top class! Free… Read More »

London attack: What we know so far

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Five people have died and 40 people have been injured in a terror attack near the Houses of Parliament. BBC News Here is what we know so far. What happened… London attack: What… Read More »

London terrorist attack: Western cities will always be vulnerable to these attacks

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Just when the Western world had absorbed the shock of a truck attack in Berlin in December that claimed 12 lives, it is reminded again of the dangers of “lone-wolf” attacks inspired by Islamic State (IS) that are almost impossible to guard against. Tony Walker ABC When a sole attacker drove randomly across London’s Westminster Bridge towards the Houses of Parliament — one of the most trafficked thoroughfares in the Western world — killing and maiming innocent bystanders, it served ... Read More »

The US + Britain trivialize mainland Europe, NATO and the EU

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After the insults the German Chancellor Angela Merkel experienced in Washington last week, the Anglo-American duo last Tuesday orchestrated new assaults on mainland Europe. Dennis Kefalakos European Sting It’s not only the outrageous option of the no-deal Brexit, which gains momentum in London, possibly being encouraged by Washington. It’s also a… The US + Britain… Read More »

This 50 Year-Old Economics Book Helps Explain the Corporate Republic We Live In

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Revisiting my father’s great work of theory can help us figure out what will take the place of faith in the free… James K. Galbraith The Nation The New Industrial State was my father’s great work of theory. First published in 1967, nearly a decade after the triumph of The Affluent Society, The New Industrial State went beyond criticism of… This 50 Year… Read More »

When the ‘interests of the common good’ no longer apply

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An Bord Pleanála has a duty to the Irish people that it is not living up to with regards to Indaver’s plans for Cork Harbour, writes Linda Fitzpatrick Linda Fitzpatrick Irish Examiner THE Constitution, in the section outlining the fundamental rights of every citizen in Ireland, says that the courts, and all other bodies or persons making decisions that affect you, must treat you fairly. As a community… When the ‘interests… Read More »

The most dangerous ally

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It’s funny to see the efforts of certain figures in Western media to ‘evidently’ portray Turkey as the most dangerous ally in international relations Hakki Ocal Daily Sabah Christopher Dickey, the world news editor of the Daily Beast website, thinks that the U.S. administration should remove the estimated 50-90 thermo-nuclear weapons from Incirlik Air Base because Turkey has become the most… The most dangerous… Read More »

Are America and China destined for war?

Asia Times

In his recent book The Improbable War, professor Christopher Coker explains that it is “of vital importance that the possibility of a conflict between China and the United States continues to be discussed.” Harry J Kazianis Asia Times Coker’s rationale for this is simple: “If the United States and China continue to convince themselves that war is too ‘improbable’ to take seriously, it is not they but the rest of the world that may ultimately pay the price.” It would ... Read More »

Solutions for tumultuous times

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To tackle global threats such as climate change, conflict and disaster, we must join forces and take collective action. Cihan Sultanoglu Al Jazeera News These are infinitely complex times. From the refugee… Solutions for tumultuous… Read More »