‘CIA created ISIS’, says Julian Assange as Wikileaks releases 500k US cables

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WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange today said the CIA was responsible for paving the way for ISIS as the whistle blowing organisation released more than half a million formerly confidential US diplomatic cables dating… Jon Austin Express On the sixth anniversary of the first infamous “Cablegate” by WikiLeaks, when it… In a statement to coincide with the… ‘CIA created ISIS’… Read More »

How tribal thinking has left us in a post-truth world

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In light of Brexit, and the United States election campaign that gave us President-elect Donald J Trump, Oxford Dictionaries has declared “post-truth” its 2016 word of the year. The Conversation In keeping with the disdain for veracity that it embodies, the word of the year is not even one word, but rather two. British conservative politician and Brexit supporter Michael Gove got… How tribal thinking has left us in… Read More »

Erdogan: Turkish forces are in Syria to end Assad’s rule

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that the Turkish Army entered Syria to end the rule of President Bashar Assad, whom he accused of terrorism and causing the deaths of thousands. RT “We entered [Syria] to end the rule of the tyrant al-Assad who terrorizes with state terror. [We didn’t enter] for any… Erdogan: Turkish forces… Read More »

Tyrone Unsworth death shines harsh light on poofter-bashing

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I was only eight years old when I realised I was straight. SMH John Birmingham Of course, I didn’t think of it like that. My thoughts ran more along the lines of… Tyrone Unsworth death shines harsh light on… Read More »

Domestic violence also has an economic penalty – we need to tackle it

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While Australia has a national conversation on domestic violence, some of the harms of this violence remain in the shadows. The Conversation The ways violence degrades women’s financial status and access to economic resources are particularly poorly recognised. Our research provides evidence for what many… Domestic violence also has an economic… Read More »

Drink and be merry: why alcohol makes us feel good, then doesn’t

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With the festive season upon us, many of us will get through a lot of booze. But why do we consume it when it has undeniably negative effects? The Guardian Dean Burnett If someone offered you a glass of mild poison, you’d decline. If they said “drink this, it’ll make it harder to… Drink and be merry: why alcohol… Read More »

Why the nude still shocks

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A new exhibition explores art’s long fascination with the naked form. BBC By Sam Rigby Why do representations of the human body continue to cause controversy? Sam Rigby finds out. Why the nude… Read More »

Trump expected to name financier Steve Mnuchin to Treasury

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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 »

Merkel warns of ramped up Russia cyber attacks ahead of vote

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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 »

Domestic Violence Also Has an Economic Penalty

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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 »

How François Fillon plans to knock out Marine Le Pen

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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 »

Donald Trump’s most obvious conflict of interest problem is right down the street from the White House

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The new Trump International Hotel in Washington DC is a ticking time bomb for Donald Trump, and not just because foreign countries seeking to win his favor are already planning events there to line the US president-elect’s pockets. Quartz By Tim Fernholz Steven Schooner and Daniel Gordon, lawyers specializing in federal… Donald Trump’s most… Read More »

The colossal African solar farm that could power Europe

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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 »

Romano Prodi: ‘My Commission is over’

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‘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 »

Brexit Britain reaches out to Warsaw

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UK rolls out the red carpet for the Polish prime minister and her team. Politico By CHARLIE COOPER LONDON — As grueling Brexit negotiations get closer, Britain needs a friend in Europe — and Theresa May thinks she has found one in… Brexit Britain reaches… Read More »