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Read With Raf October: The Fighter by Arnold Zable

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The Read With Raf book for October is Arnold Zable’s ‘The Fighter’, a biography of Henry Nissen, champion boxer and youth social worker. Grab the book from your local library, or buy a copy from your local bookstore and read along with Raf and Alicia Sometimes this month. Author Arnold Zable is an award-winning Australian writer and storyteller, who garnered widespread acclaim for his 1991 memoir ‘Jewels and… Read With Raf… Read More »

Ode to Lesbos, the villagers who helped refugees – in pictures

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Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Daniel Etter, whose images from Kos touched the hearts of millions last year, returned to Greece this September to photograph the islanders who feature in the new documentary short Ode to Lesvos, created by Johnnie Walker® to shine a light on the inspirational acts of compassion shown in response to the refugee crisis. Daniel Etter Ode to Lesbos, the villagers who helped… Read More »

Alan Shatter: Difficulties of Brexit for Ireland can’t be underestimated

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Many unanticipated and unintended consequences will shortly become visible Alan Shatter We now know that the British government will trigger its article 50 notification of its intention to exit the EU before the end of… Alan Shatter: Difficulties of Brexit for Ireland can’t… Read More »

Paris climate deal: EU backs landmark agreement

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The European Parliament has backed the ratification of the Paris climate deal, paving the way for the world’s first global agreement. The deal aims to limit greenhouse gas emissions and keep global temperature increases “well below” 2C. Paris climate deal: EU backs landmark agreement… Read More »

Lies, fearmongering and fables: that’s our democracy

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People power can challenge the status quo, but only if we understand our political system has inherent flaws George Monbiot People power can challenge the status quo, but only if we understand our political system has inherent flaws… Lies, fearmongering and fables: that’s our… Read More »

How conservatives made Hanson’s ideas part of the political furniture

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A reading of Pauline Hanson: The Truth reveals the extent to which Hansonist positions have been co-opted by conservatives in politics and media Jason Wilson It’s 2016, and yet somehow ponderous Paul Kelly has still not been put out to pasture. Only in the Australian – a newspaper made by and… How conservatives made Hanson’s ideas part of the political furniture… Read More »

The Economic Disaster Behind Afghanistan’s Mounting Human Crisis

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Donors and Afghan state agencies must urgently tackle an economic crisis building up since 2014, when foreign troops started leaving and political instability worsened. The starting point must be a socio-economic assessment of just how big the problems are… The Economic Disaster Behind Afghanistan’s Mounting Human Crisis… Read More »

Why the United States Should Exercise Restraint Before Launching A New War in Syria

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The Russians might not be willing to back down in a confrontation with American forces. Dave Majumdar Tensions between Russia and the United States are coming to a head over the civil war in Syria. Washington has suspended bilateral talkswith Russia to end the… Why the United States Should Exercise Restraint Before… Read More »

Data Retention Bill: Government departments ask AFP to access metadata after legislation enacted

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Federal Government departments — that are not currently permitted to access the metadata of Australians — have attempted to work around the restrictions established in last year’s Data Retention Bill by requesting the Australian Federal Police (AFP) do the searches for them. By the National Reporting Team’s Benjamin Sveen The departments include the… Data Retention Bill: Government departments ask AFP to access metadata after legislation enacted… Read More »

Una Mullally: If we can cut road deaths, we can tackle suicide

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Political will and ‘joined-up thinking’ saved lives before, and could do so again Una Mullally Back in the early 2000s, reducing fatalities on Irish roads seemed to be an insurmountable task… Una Mullally: If we can cut road deaths, we can tackle suicide… Read More »

Colombia referendum: Peace deal with FARC rejected

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President Santos says ceasefire to remain in place as rebels also vow commitment to peace talks after shock vote result. Voters in Colombia’s referendum have narrowly rejected a peace accord between the government and the Marxist group, FARC. The outcome of Sunday’s vote endangers a deal expected to end 52 years of war and allow FARC fighters to re-enter society and form a… Colombia referendum: Peace deal with FARC rejected… Read More »

Kirobo Mini: Robot baby unveiled in Japan as population of childless women grows

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A palm-sized robot dubbed Kirobo Mini has been unveiled in Japan, designed to be a companion for the growing number of women left childless by the country’s aging population crisis. The robot, created by Toyota Motor Corp, aims to emulate a human baby and even “wobbles” like a infant “which hasn’t fully developed the… Kirobo Mini: Robot baby unveiled in Japan as population of childless women grows… Read More »

Pound falls after Brexit Article 50 date announced

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Sterling took another knock on Monday after Theresa May’s announcement that the Government will trigger Article 50 by March 2017. The pound fell 0.5% against the US dollar in morning trading to stand at 1.28 dollars. Against the euro, sterling was also… Pound falls after Brexit Article 50 date announced… Read More »

Hungary holds referendum on EU mandatory migrant plan

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Polls have closed in Hungary in a referendum on whether to accept mandatory EU quotas for relocating migrants. Early indications show most who voted overwhelmingly rejected the quota system but turnout could be less than 50% which would make the vote invalid. Right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban opposes plans to… Hungary holds referendum on EU mandatory migrant plan… Read More »

For refugees kidnapped and exiled to the Manus prison, hope is our secret weapon

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During the past three years, the only ‘laws’ applied to us have been force and dictatorship. We are like people smitten with plague, left on isolated islands Behrouz Boochani Why is hope dangerous? Central to the policy of exiling refugees to remote islands is the… For refugees kidnapped and exiled to the Manus prison, hope is our secret weapon… Read More »

Trump, the media, and the populist politics of the pogrom

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The coming of the internet, and the global spread of social media, has triggered a period of intensifying cultural chaos. The global consequences are profound. Brian McNair Short term, the digital communications revolution has allowed a cheap con man like Donald Trump to connect directly with… Trump, the media, and the populist politics of the pogrom… Read More »