Location

FactCheck Q&A: what are the facts on funding for domestic violence legal services in Australia?

Domestic Violence - The Conversation

The Conversation is fact-checking claims made on Q&A, broadcast Mondays on the ABC at 9.35pm. The Conversation Thank you to everyone who sent us quotes for checking via Twitter using hashtags #FactCheck and #QandA, on Facebook or by email. In response to a question regarding violence against… FactCheck Q&A: what are the facts on funding for… Read More »

Why Yemen Will Be Donald Trump’s Litmus Test

Muv 1a

Will the president-elect buy into Saudi Arabia’s and the neoconservatives’ Iran-centric view of the conflict? Michael Horton The civil war in Yemen—in which the United States is deeply involved—will be a litmus test for the… Why Yemen Will… Read More »

Child abuse survivor worries community ‘fatigued’ by issue

Child abuse worries - ABC

A child abuse survivor says his biggest fear is that the momentum generated by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will dissipate, stopping any meaningful reform. ABC David Marchese Peter Gogarty was abused by a Catholic priest in the New South Wales Hunter region as a child and now spends his time advocating for other survivors. He will address a hearing of… Child abuse survivor worries… Read More »

Happy Birthday Timor! Our Gift To You Is To Steal Your Oil, And Your Future

Timor - New Matilda

As one of our closest – and poorest – neighbours marks 14 years of independence, Australia is still stealing their natural resources. New Matilda Ella Fabry Ella Fabry explains. Tomorrow, November 28, one of the world’s newest nations… Happy Birthday Timor! Our Gift To You Is… Read More »

Only Power Rules: Turkey After the Failed Coup

Failed coup - LARB

THERE ARE MANY THINGS I remember about the night of July 15 in Istanbul. Los Angeles Review of Books Nick Ashdown I was with my then girlfriend and her friends when we heard a military coup was taking place. We decided to do the most… Only Power Rules: Turkey After the… Read More »

As a gay officer I saw how homophobic the police are

Homophobic - The Guardian

The bungled investigation into Stephen Port’s murders has shone a light on how LGBT victims are often brushed away, with prejudice in the force still remaining The Guardian Kevin Maxwell In 2001, when I joined the police, homophobia was rife. In the Greater Manchester force I heard the word “queer”… As a gay officer I saw how homophobic… Read More »

Delay to treatment of Hamid Kehazaei before he died revealed in leaked files

Immigration - The Guardian

Exclusive: Ahead of inquest, documents show how Australian immigration department held up transfer of asylum seeker from Manus Island for treatment The Guardian Ben Doherty In the weeks before he contracted an infection inside the Manus Island detention centre that would ultimately lead to his death, asylum seeker Hamid Kehazaeispent his days caring for and cleaning excrement from the body, clothes and bed of a fellow asylum seeker who was in the grip of a severe “mental crisis” but whom ... Read More »

Greece has taken a principled stand over guarantees

Kojas coming out of car 1a good photo LLLL

In your editorial “Greece must stop blocking a deal” (Cyprus Mail, November 24), Greece is blamed for not adopting “a supportive role, instead of undermining the process as it had done in the last week”. Cyprus Mail Myron M Nicolatos, president of the Cyprus supreme court President Anastasiades is also blamed, for standing next to Prime Minister Tsipras and “nodding approvingly” while the… Greece has taken a… Read More »

The ‘latte libel’ is a brilliant strategy. The left cannot counter it with facts alone

Hillary Clinton - The Guardian

Rational argument and good policy cannot win against the emotional appeal of railing against elites. Just ask Hillary Clinton and Julia Gillard The Guardian Alex Frankel Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign was superior to Donald Trump’s in almost every way. But Trump won because he had a stronger, more emotive and relevant narrative. Trump’s campaign borrowed its narrative strategy from the… The ‘latte libel’ is a… Read More »

The tarnished city on the hill

Erea 2b

The end of American exceptionalism is bad news for Europe. Politico By DIMITAR BECHEV Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election has left a trail of political debris in its wake. At the top of the long list of casualties is the… The tarnished city… Read More »

The Personal Feud That’s Strangling Afghanistan’s Precious Mineral Trade

Levad 1a

Complicated power struggles are paralyzing the country’s development. Franz J. Marty The settlement in the shadows of the mighty peaks and cliffs of the Hindu Kush in Afghanistan’s northeastern province of Badakhshan is mostly deserted. The small stone huts are crumbling, and… The Personal Feud… Read More »

Pill-testing trial needs to happen in Canberra

Pill testing - ABC

It is a shame that the ACT government continues to reject calls for a pill-testing trial in the territory when doing so could save lives. The Canberra Times A focus on harm minimisation is noble and indeed educating people about the risk of drug taking is part of a successful strategy. But not promoting a scheme where tests will… Pill-testing trial needs to happen… Read More »

How Fidel Castro changed Cuba: a small island at the centre of the world

Fidel Castro 4d LLLL

Late on November 25 2016, it was announced that one of the last remaining iconic political figures of the 20th century, Fidel Castro Ruz, had died. The Conversation Mervyn Bain  Castro had played a less prominent role in the Cuban political system since 2006, when his health began to deteriorate, but… How Fidel Castro… Read More »

Politicians warned to tone down Brexit talk by equality body

EuUk flags 1a LLLL

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has written to the UK’s political parties telling them to tone down their Brexit rhetoric. The Scotsman By JACK MAIDMENT The letter suggests there needs to be a discussion about British values as the Government looks to formalise the… Politicians warned to… Read More »

Youths detained in maximum security adult jail ‘held in solitary confinement’

Prison - The Guardian

Up to 40 youths moved to adult jail ‘unfit for children’ following riots at two juvenile prisons haven’t seen the sky for a week, say lawyers The Guardian Melissa Davey Human rights lawyers say that children being kept in a maximum security prison in Victoria are being held in solitary confinement, denied access to fresh air, feel threatened and are kept in conditions that are “unequivocally unfit for children”. Up to 40 children were transferred to a secure unit of… ... Read More »

FASD: Record Indigenous incarceration rates could be avoided with early clinical assessment: experts

FASD - ABC

Leading experts in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) believe Australia’s record rates of Indigenous incarceration could be dramatically reduced if children were clinically assessed when their troubled behaviour first emerged in the classroom or at home. ABC Russel Skelton The experts said parents, teachers and health workers were often well aware of unacceptable behaviour in young people — both Indigenous and non-Indigenous — long before they appeared before the courts. Around 70 per cent of young people in… FASD: Record ... Read More »