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Fidel Castro, Cuba’s leader of revolution, dies at 90

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Fidel Castro, Cuba’s former president and leader of the Communist revolution, has died aged 90, his brother has said. “The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution died at 22:29 hours this evening (03:29 GMT Saturday),” President Raul Castro said. Fidel Castro ruled Cuba as a… Fidel Castro, Cuba’s… Read More »

Peter Dutton erodes trust and fuels division

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The Herald condemns the Immigration Minister for being ignorant – or deliberately blind – to the message he sent, and for potentially increasing the risk of Islamic radicalisation. SMH The Herald supports and defends free speech: the revelation of facts, public exposure of wrongdoing and vigorous contest of ideas. We also respect the responsibilities that come with… Peter Dutton erodes trust and… Read More »

As nationalism is weaponised, Australia desperately needs to embrace inclusive patriotism

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Malcolm Turnbull cannot claim Australia is the greatest multicultural nation and ignore Dutton’s attack on Lebanese Muslim migrants at the same time The Guardian Katharine Murphy This week I’ve found myself thinking frequently about a woman, a wife, a mother and a… As nationalism is… Read More »

Should public opinion determine policy?

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Political philosophy, like other realms of moral philosophy, deals with issues which cannot be settled by a formal test or procedure – such as a rule of law or the judgment of a political official; either because there is no rule or the rules are unclear, so that someone must first decide what the rule should be. On Line Opinion Max Atkinson A classic issue of political philosophy arises from the decision by the British Government, in response to a ... Read More »

White-Collar Supremacy

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Tallahassee, Fla. — Richard B. Spencer is one of the main figures of the alt-right movement, a former doctoral student from Duke whose movement supports the creation of “an ethno-state” for white Europeans and “peaceful ethnic cleansing.” The New York Times By KELLY J. BAKER  The Southern Poverty Law Center describes him as “a suit-and-tie version of the… White-Collar… Read More »

Boris Johnson is a clown who has united the EU against Britain

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The foreign secretary’s combination of clumsiness and ignorance has undermined his own country’s exit strategy Jean Quatremer The Guardian Britain can be proud of itself. Once again, it had already shown the world the… Boris Johnson is… Read More »

32 bodies, 9 human heads found in Mexico mass graves

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Authorities have exhumed 32 bodies and nine heads from several clandestine graves in a southern Mexican state plagued by kidnappings, murders and drug cartel turf wars, officials said Nov. 24. Hurriyet The remains were unearthed between Nov. 22 and Nov. 24 in 17 pits on a hill in the… 32 bodies, 9… Read More »

Edward Snowden’s Ossietsky award lawsuit rejected by Norway

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Edward Snowden’s bid to guarantee that he would not be extradited to the US if he visited Norway has been rejected by the Norwegian supreme court. The former spy contractor filed the lawsuit in April, attempting to secure safe passage to Norway to pick up a… Edward Snowden’s Ossietsky… Read More »

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill to say sorry to LGBTIQ community

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South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has announced he will deliver an apology in State Parliament to the LGBTIQ community for discrimination. ABC Mr Weatherill said in a Facebook post that “for far too long, discrimination against our LGBTIQ community has been written into our state’s laws, causing pain and distress for many South Australians”. The apology on Thursday, December 1 will follow the… South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill to… Read More »

Domestic violence leave is a must across the nation: Palaszczuk

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Domestic violence leave needs to be introduced across the nation, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has urged. Brisbane Times Felicity Caldwell Speaking at a White Ribbon Day breakfast on Friday, Ms Palaszczuk said it was important for people to be able to say to their employer: “I need some time to get my life in order. I need some time to look after… Domestic violence leave is a must across… Read More »

Humanity is cosmically special. Here’s how we know.

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As we give thanks for our many obvious blessings, let’s reflect on a blessing that is less well known, a gift from modern astronomy: how we view ourselves. The Washington Post By Howard A. Smith There was a time, back when astronomy put Earth at the center of the… Humanity is cosmically… Read More »

Peter Dutton: Donald Trump’s Australian half brother

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Peter Dutton, the minister for crimmigration and incrimmigration, has a distaste and contempt for refugees that borders on hate, writes contributing editor-at-large, Tess Lawrence. Independent Australia Tess Lawrence PETER DUTTON IS PROOF THAT DONALD J. TRUMP has a half-brother living in Australia. The fascist, white supremacist ideology at the core of… Peter Dutton: Donald Trump’s… Read More »

Germany’s Chinese investment problem

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European firms are being snapped up by China companies, and that’s causing headaches in Berlin. By JANOSCH DELCKER HAMBURG, Germany — In the conflict between Beijing, Berlin and Brussels over skyrocketing investment by Chinese firms in… Germany’s Chinese investment… Read More »

Paul Keating: Australia’s ‘dullards’ have missed Trump’s foreign policy switch

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Former prime minister says alliance with America is not sacred and that incoming US president wants to concentrate on his own country Melissa Davey The Guardian Countries such as Australia would be “silly” not to pick up on the self-interested ideology of Donald Trump, the former Labor prime minister Paul… Paul Keating: Australia’s… Read More »

For indigenous reconciliation, words are not enough: Editorial

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When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with the chiefs of Canada’s First Nations next month, will he be able to defend his record in good conscience? The Star Last December, within a month of taking office, Justin Trudeau became the… For indigenous reconciliation… Read More »

Joyce McMillan: The great right-wing economic project has failed

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Markets show hypocrisy over borrowing levels that would have seen a Labour government lambasted writes Joyce McMillan Outside, the weather is cold and strange, far more chill than in most recent autumns; and there’s a cold climate indoors… The Scotsman By JOYCE MCMILLAN Joyce McMillan: The… Read More »