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China Says to Promote Steady Ties with Iran ‘No Matter How Matter Changes’

Chinese President Xi Jinping told Iran’s President Hasan Rouhani that Beijing will promote steady development of ties with Tehran no matter how the situation changes. Al Manar Source: Agencies The official Xinhua news agency said Xi made the comment in a meeting with Rouhani on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on Friday. The Chinese president said Beijing and Tehran should jointly combat “the three evils forces,” a term first defined in June 2001 at ... Read More »

Elder abuse increasing, without increased awareness

About 16% of older adults are victims of some form of mistreatment and the number of reported cases of elder abuse is steadily increasing. Authors: The Conversation Because of poor record-keeping, however, those of us who study elder abuse don’t know if the trend reflects an actual increase, an increase because of growing numbers of older adults, or only an… Elder abuse involves intentional or unintentional acts that result in physical, emotional or financial harm to an individual who is ... Read More »

Brexit Britain is wallowing in dangerous talk of national humiliation

The UK can only feel humiliated by the EU if it expects to be superior. This poisonous idea should be banished Fintan O’Toole The Guardian Launching his bid for the Tory leadership this week, Dominic Raab announced, histrionically: “We’ve been humiliated as a country.” For those of us who do not live on planet Brexit, this might have been mistaken for a belated reaction to the genuinely demeaning spectacle of Donald Trump’s state visit a week earlier. But, of course, ... Read More »

Irish economy caught between overheating and Brexit, ESRI chief warns

Formulating budgetary policy extremely difficult given uncertain outlook, says chief economist The Irish economy is on a knife-edge, poised between “overheating” and a major Brexit-related downturn, the State’s chief economist has warned. Eoin Burke-Kennedy The Irish Times John McCarthy described the situation as “extraordinarily complex” and uncertain, saying it made forming budgetary policy extremely difficult. He said overheating could transform rapidly into “underheating” as a result of a cyclical downturn internationally, made worse by Brexit and trade tensions between the ... Read More »

Australia has spent over $700m to curb domestic violence — but it’s unclear if it’s working

After almost a decade of action and more than $700 million spent, a scathing review has raised concerns about the effectiveness of Australia’s domestic violence strategy. By political reporter Eliza Laschon ABC Commonwealth auditor-general Grant Hehir reviewed the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, arguing the Department of Social Services’ effectiveness in implementing the… “Performance monitoring, evaluation and reporting is not sufficient to provide assurance that governments are on track to achieve the National Plan’s overarching ... Read More »

Paul Keating pays tribute to ‘great friendship’ with Bob Hawke

Read former prime minister Paul Keating’s eulogy at Bob Hawke’s memorial service. When Bob invited me over to see him, the better part of a year ago, he and I were again joining the circle on the great friendship and partnership that drove the longest reform period in the country’s history. The Sydney Morning Herald Eight and a half years we were together and with a great cabinet we were able to give the country what it formerly never had ... Read More »

Hong Kong protests against extradition bill spurred by fears about long arm of China

The dramatic protests unfolding in Hong Kong evoke memories of the most sensational episodes of the country’s “umbrella movement” five years ago at the very same sites. Malte Phillipp Kaeding The Conversation At the end of the unprecedented 79 days occupation in 2014, demanding genuine universal suffrage, protesters vowed to be back. Few would have expected that it would be so quick and with such vengeance. A mass demonstration on June 9 was followed by protests three days later that ... Read More »

Sweden Makes a Sustainability Leap

Despite its small size—handling just 135,000 passengers yearly—Halmstad City Airport (HAD) in June 2017 became one of the first airports in Sweden to offer sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to its… Cathy Buyck AIN At the end last year, HAD took its sustainability commitment a step further and implemented a biofuel quota—at least 5 percent on average per year of an airline’s fuel uptake at the airport must be SAF. The airport’s board put SAF on its agenda in 2014 and its ... Read More »

Children with autism may use memory differently. Understanding this could help us teach them

Around one in every 70 Australians are on the autism spectrum. The proportion of children with autism is higher – more than 80% of all Australians on the autism spectrum are aged under 25. John Munro The Conversation Autism is most prevalent among school-aged children between 5 and 14. Many of these children have social, learning, communication and intellectual difficulties. The high proportion of children on the autism spectrum presents an obvious challenge to teachers and the learning environment. One ... Read More »

Chilling documentary exposes the grim truth behind China’s one-child policy

A horrific legacy of forced sterilisation, child abandonment and state-sponsored kidnappings has been exposed in a haunting new doco. Ben Graham News.Com.Au It wasn’t until acclaimed documentary-maker Nanfu Wang moved to the US and had a child of her own that she began to look at her upbringing in China in a whole new light. In a harrowing and deeply personal new documentary — One Child Nation — that’s screening at this year’s Sydney Film Festival, she describes the rush ... Read More »

German court rules mass-killing of male chicks legal

A top German court has ruled that it is still lawful for poultry and egg producers to kill unwanted male chicks. BBC The ruling, by Germany’s Federal Administrative Court on Thursday, backs companies on a temporary basis until an alternative can be found. Mass-culling of male chicks is common practice in industrialised farming around the world. After being sexed, billions of the baby birds are killed shortly after birth – usually by grinding or gassing. Officials say this means about ... Read More »

Scotland planted over 22 million trees last year, smashing goals

The Scottish forestry agency announced on Thursday that the country surpassed its tree planting goals last year, making what it called a “critical contribution to the global climate emergency.” The Hill According to Scottish Forestry, 11,200 hectares, or some 43 square miles, of planting was carried out in Scotland in 2018 — a jump from the government’s yearly planting target of 10,000 hectares, which would be approximately… The Scotsman reported that the planting led to more than 22 million new trees. Fergus Ewing, the ... Read More »

The Keys to Restarting Nicaragua’s Stalled Talks

President Daniel Ortega’s government has released almost all political prisoners held since Nicaragua’s April 2018 uprising. ICG It should stay this course, honouring its other commitments to the opposition in national dialogue. International actors should promise consequences if the government drags its feet. Principal Findings What’s new?  A year after countering a civic uprising with lethal force, President Daniel Ortega’s government has reached agreement with Nicaragua’s opposition on two issues: releasing all political prisoners and strengthening citizens’ rights. Despite significant ... Read More »

The case for adding more and more people to the Earth

If life is good, are we morally obligated to create more of it? Philosopher Torbjörn Tännsjö says yes. Dylan Matthews Vox How many people should there be? This is the core debate in a whole branch of philosophy known as population ethics. The debate has two polar extremes. One extreme, anti-natalism, argues that creating humans at all is… The other extreme is the view that creating humans is always a good thing — even if that results in a less ... Read More »

Silenced.

Australian children are being placed in harm’s way by the legal structure designed to determine their best interests — the family law system. By Emily Clark and Heidi Davoren ABC James* says the earliest memories of his childhood involve being sexually and physically abused by his father. Also etched into his memory are the occasions he tried to tell someone what was going on and the system that didn’t believe him. James told his mother about the alleged abuse and ... Read More »

Italy passes law to fine people who rescue refugees at sea

Repeat offenders risk having boats seized Italy has passed a law to fine any boat rescuing refugees from sea up to €50,000 (£44,000), despite hundreds having died en route this year. Samuel Osborne Independent Those who repeatedly violate the law risk having their boats seized. The regulation also allows undercover police investigations of possible trafficking operations and approves electronic eavesdropping on suspected people smugglers. “I think we have approved a step forward for the security of this country,” said Matteo Salvini, Italy’s ... Read More »