Manus Island detainee Farhad Bandesh’s new song The Big Exhale – music video

The Kurdish artist and asylum seeker has been held on Manus Island for nearly six years Source: Wantok Musik The Guardian Manus Island detainee Farhad Bandesh releases… – video – His new song The Big Exhale was written and recorded across borders with the help of David Bridie (Not Drowning, Waving) and Jenell Quinsee, who connected with Bandesh through the Writing Through Fences initiative. A new music video, made in collaboration with Melbourne City Ballet, features the dancer Bilal Zeine ... Read More »

Semenya given huge boost as Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland suspends IAAF regulations

Caster Semenya has been cleared to compete without taking medication to lower her testosterone levels while her appeal is pending after a court in Switzerland ordered an… Liam Morgan Inside The Games The Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland has demanded the implementation of rules forcing athletes with differences in sexual development (DSD) to take drugs to medically reduce their… The decision is a major boost for the two-times Olympic and triple world 800m champion as she continues to challenge the ... Read More »

Breast cancer gene test scrutinises need for chemotherapy

Oncotype test reveals hormone therapy alone sufficient treatment for many women Hundreds of Irish women with breast cancer are being provided with free access to a gene test that can show whether or not they will need to be treated with invasive chemotherapy. Paul Cullen The Irish Times The Oncotype test has already been made available to almost 700 women with early-stage breast cancer in Ireland, and has shown that 70 per cent in this group do not need chemotherapy. ... Read More »

Artist hopes massacre mural will get Chinese tourists asking questions

Chinese tourists looked on curiously and took photos of a new piece of street art in Hosier Lane on Monday but they may not have “got” its meaning. Carolyn Webb The Age The paste-up mural depicts “Tank Man”, who famously stood in front of tanks in Beijing, on June 5, 1989, a day after the Chinese army killed hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of political protesters. The Chinese government has covered up, amongst its own people, what we know as the ... Read More »

How many more people must die on Manus before Australia ends indefinite detention?

Refugees were counting down the days to the election. But our hopes have been dashed and the future is grim Behrouz Boochani The Guardian It is noon … there is no sign of that scorching Manus sun. The moist clouds assail the Manus Island sky … the weather is pleasant. I can’t say it feels like springtime, but it’s tolerable in contrast to the searing tropical heat. When the weather is like this the refugees from the different prison camps ... Read More »

Mexico’s Hydra-headed Crime War

It may seem that Mexico’s crime war, which has left over 100,000 dead in its wake, could not get any worse. Falko Ernst ICG But interviews with gunmen in deadly Tierra Caliente show that it can, as criminal organisations break into smaller and smaller parts, driving up the death toll. The body, dumped under a highway overpass, is charred beyond recognition. At the morgue, it takes four days to identify it. A day longer, and authorities would have laid the corpse ... Read More »

The Greek Genocide: Forgotten no longer

Raphael Lemkin, the lawyer and scholar who coined the term “genocide” and initiated the Genocide Convention, was working on a multi-volume history of such massacres at the time he passed in 1959. ekathimerini Endy Zemenides He had planned five chapters on the Greeks – more than for any other people – in this unfinished work. The Armenian Genocide has dominated the discussion about the massacres perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire on its Christian populations. The genocide of the Ottoman Empire’s ... Read More »

Money politicians shouldn’t take

As the old saying goes, always follow the money. A beautiful, flourishing future is possible for Australia but only if we can effectively tackle the vested interests that are holding us back as a country. David Ritter The Canberra Times Every year, large sums are donated by the fossil fuel industry to politicians and political parties, while Australian people are being robbed of decent climate action. It isn’t right or fair, but vested interests will always use their power and ... Read More »

A quiet revolution sweeps Europe as Greens become a political force

Unexpected success in the EU elections has turned the erstwhile ‘fringe idealists’ into potential kingmakers in Brussels Emma Graham-Harrison The Guardian On election day in three European capitals at the end of May, voters swept an insurgent party to the top of the polls for the new European parliament. But, contrary to widespread media speculation in the run-up to the poll, it was not the far-right populists who triumphed at the ballot box in Brussels, Berlin and Dublin. Instead, in ... Read More »

Making Eye Contact with Homeless People Is Important

It’s free, and it makes a big difference for everyone It’s something you take for granted every day. Connecting with people during a conversation, meeting their eyes, and feeling seen. Kayla Robbins Invisible People For you, it probably happens dozens of times a day, but for people living on the street, it’s a rare occurrence. More often, people shuffle by quickly, looking absolutely anywhere but at the invisible person they’ve chosen to ignore. It’s a common behavior, but what’s strange is the ... Read More »

China says US can’t use pressure to force trade deal

The United States cannot use pressure to force a trade deal on China, a senior Chinese official and trade negotiator said on June 2, refusing to be drawn on whether the leaders of the two countries would meet at the… BEIJING-Reuters Hurriyet Trade tensions rose sharply last month after U.S. President Donald Trump‘s administration accused China of having “reneged” on its previous promises to make structural changes to its… Washington later slapped additional tariffs of up to 25% on $200 billion of Chinese goods, prompting Beijing to retaliate. Speaking ... Read More »

Is the United States Baiting Iran into a War?

The Trump team appears to have laid a trap for Iran, attempting to provoke it into an action that crosses an administration red line. Jeffrey Stacey The National Interest The Middle East region and the American foreign-policy establishment are breathing a collective sigh of relief, as President Donald Trump has dialed back U.S. threats to Iran and undercut his administration’s top hawks, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton. But while tensions in the Persian Gulf ... Read More »

Guaido renews call for Maduro to step down after Norway talks

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido renewed calls for President Nicolas Maduro to resign on May 31 while campaigning in the birthplace of former leader Hugo Chavez, following inconclusive talks in… SABANETA-Agence France-Presse Hurriyet Guaido — who is backed by the United States and is recognized as interim president by more than 50 countries — has been leading a push to oust leftist firebrand Maduro, who has presided over a… During a brief speech before a handful of followers in the small town of Sabaneta, Guaidocalled for ... Read More »

Progressives Should Read Progressive History—So They Don’t Blow It This Time

The original progressive reform movement was flexible and broad. That’s why it worked. Joshua Zeitz Politico “Medicare for All.” “The Green New Deal.” Calls to overhaul the Supreme Court and replace the Electoral College. Many activists today are heralding a new progressive movement—a successor to the vibrant reform coalition that swept both major political parties in the early years of the 20th century. There’s more than a little truth to this comparison. America’s current reality—marked by rising income inequality, the ... Read More »

Turkey puts novelists including Elif Shafak under investigation

Prosecutors target authors whose fiction tackles difficult subjects such as child abuse and sexual violence Alison Flood The Guardian Turkish prosecutors have launched investigations into writers of fiction including the award-winning novelist Elif Shafak, in what campaigners are describing as a serious threat to free speech. The move comes in the wake of a vicious debate on social media in which novelists tackling challenging subjects – such as child abuse and sexual violence – have been accused of… After a ... Read More »

Suffering unseen: The dark truth behind wildlife tourism

Captive wild animal encounters are hugely popular, thanks partly to social media. But our investigation shows many creatures lead dismal lives. By Natasha Daly National Geographic Photographs by Kirsten Luce I’VE COME BACK to check on a baby. Just after dusk I’m in a car lumbering down a muddy road in the rain, past rows of shackled elephants, their trunks swaying. I was here five hours before, when the sun was high and hot and tourists were on elephants’ backs. Walking ... Read More »