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Trump expected to name financier Steve Mnuchin to Treasury

President-elect Donald Trump is planning to name investor and former Goldman Sachs executive Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary, opting for an industry insider with no government experience to helm the agency in charge of the nation’s finances, according to people familiar with the matter. The Washington Post By Ylan Q. Mui and Philip Rucker Mnuchin (pronounced mah-NEW-chin) joined Trump’s whirlwind… Trump expected to… Read More »

STANDING ROCK DEMONSTRATORS FILE CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT OVER POLICE VIOLENCE

PIPELINE DEMONSTRATORS INJURED by rubber bullets, tear gas canisters, and water cannons during a wintry nighttime standoff with police last week filed a class-action lawsuit Monday against the sheriff of the North Dakota county involved. The Intercept Alleen Brown The suit describes in new detail the evening of November 20, when more than 200 people protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline were injured by “less-than-lethal” weapons. The lawsuit alleges that sheriff’s deputies… STANDING ROCK DEMONSTRATORS FILE CLASS-ACTION… Read More »

Merkel warns of ramped up Russia cyber attacks ahead of vote

Cyber attacks from Russia are now so common that Germany must learn to cope with them as part of daily life, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Nov. 29, after Europe’s top economy suffered its biggest hacking assault. Hurriyet BERLIN – Agence France-Presse Almost one million Deutsche Telekom clients were knocked offline from Nov. 27, with Germany’s online security chief describing it as “a… Merkel warns of… Read More »

Royal commission into child sex abuse asked to accept account of Brisbane Archbishop Phillip Aspinall

The child sex abuse royal commission has been urged to find current Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane, Phillip Aspinall, had not been wrong in his response to abuse allegations three decades ago. ABC In January the inquiry heard a suggestion that he had known about a rector’s abuse of another boy when they were youth group members in the 1980s. Hobart hearings lasting over a… Royal commission into child sex abuse asked to… Read More »

Domestic Violence Also Has an Economic Penalty

Australia’s social safety net is not doing nearly enough to counter the economic harms of domestic violence, according to researchers Jane Bullen and Natasha Cortis from Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety in this article which first appeared in The Conversation. Pro Bono Australia While Australia has a national conversation on domestic violence, some of the harms of this violence remain in the shadows. The ways violence degrades women’s… Domestic Violence Also Has an… Read More »

Hamid Khazaei: Doctor wanted sick asylum seeker on Manus Island sent to Brisbane, not Port Moresby

A doctor involved in the evacuation of a sick Iranian asylum seeker from Manus Island recommended he be flown to Brisbane ahead of Port Moresby due to Papua New Guinea’s lower level of emergency care, an inquest has heard. ABC Louisa Rebgetz Queensland coroner Terry Ryan is investigating the death of 24-year-old Hamid Khazaei, who died in Brisbane’s Mater Hospital in August 2014, 13 days after presenting to the Manus Island clinic in August 2014. He suffered severe sepsis from… ... Read More »

How François Fillon plans to knock out Marine Le Pen

His camp aims to expose National Front leader as a ‘false conservative’ and go after her blue-collar voters. Politico By NICHOLAS VINOCUR PARIS — With former Prime Minister François Fillon on his way to the French presidential election next year, his staff is turning to the… How François Fillon… Read More »

The colossal African solar farm that could power Europe

We visit a vast power plant at the door to the Moroccan desert that is helping to define the energy future of the world. BBC By Sandrine Ceurstemont The minibus crosses the vast plateau on a newly paved road. Cracked fields stretch away towards the Moroccan desert to the… The colossal African… Read More »

Child protection: a fresh start

Government of South Australia’s response to the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission report: The life they deserve Australian Policy Online Children and young people have a fundamental right to grow up happy and cared for, to be kept safe from harm and to be supported to fulfil their potential. The government’s response, ‘A Fresh Start,’ aims to… Child protection… Read More »

Prison rehab programs for high-risk sex offenders on hold in NT

The Northern Territory Correctional Services Department has confirmed there are currently no rehabilitation programs being run for high-risk sex offenders inside prisons. ABC Felicity James A damning report about the state of the NT’s corrections system, led by career public servant Keith Hamburger and released last week, called for the immediate reinstatement of rehab programs for all sex offenders. The review found that, at the time of preparing the report in… Prison rehab programs for high-risk… Read More »

Escaping Uganda: Gay refugees forced to flee persecution

A number of people from the LGBTQI community living in East Africa have had to flee their homes because of their sexuality. ABC Martin Cuddihy Uganda is one the most intolerant places in the world for homosexual people. Many have fled to neighbouring Kenya and are now… Escaping Uganda: Gay refugees forced to… Read More »

Romano Prodi: ‘My Commission is over’

‘Referendums are rarely about the question they ask,’ says the former prime minister and Commission president. Politico By ALBERTO MUCCI BOLOGNA, Italy — The Italian media likes to start articles about Romano Prodi with a… Romano Prodi: ‘My… Read More »

Is It Legal To Shoot Down Drones On Your Property?

A company called DroneShield recently released an ‘anti-drone’ gun (pictured above) that is designed to interfere with a drone’s signal and force it to land. Life Hacker Spandas Lui For those who value their privacy and hate the idea of drones snooping on their property, this is an alluring proposition. But is it legal to shoot a drone down if it’s on… Is It Legal To Shoot Down… Read More »

Russia Pulse

Why Russia isn’t rushing to lift sanctions on Turkey Al Monitor Yekaterina Chulkovskaya For a long time, Russian-Turkish relations were based on a certain formula: “The economy is the economy. Politics is politics. And they shouldn’t be… RUSSIA PULSE… Read More »

South Sudanese parents in Australia sending kids to school in Africa to avoid crime

South Sudanese parents in Australia are sending their children to boarding schools in Africa to escape rising youth crime rates. ABC Madeleine Morris Desperate parents have told 7.30 it is safer for their children to go to school in Kenya or Uganda than live in some Melbourne suburbs. “It is very extreme, but there are many cases where… South Sudanese parents in Australia sending… Read More »