Why the rich can’t be trusted with money

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The members of the investor class are programmed to destroy. by Larry Beinhart Every time the rich get too much money – as marked by a sharp rise in income inequality – the same things always happen. A bubble! A grand, exuberant, investing, spending, paper profits spree. It… Why the rich… Read More »

Enough is enough: we’ve reached a tipping point on sexual assault

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In the words of Elizabeth Warren, “women have had it” with guys like Trump, and the others who grab, insult and harass us. There’s a new defiance in the air Jessica Valenti Most times, it’s easier to say nothing. When a man gropes you on a subway. If a stranger tells you to smile as you walk down the… Enough is enough… Read More »

Letter signed by gun control advocates calls for ‘unbiased’ review of laws

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Open letter to Australian justice minister Michael Keenan asks for opportunity to put forward their case in the same direct way as the firearms lobby • Michael Keenan criticised over ‘one-sided’ meetings with gun lobby Dear Minister Keenan, Australia’s gun control laws are the envy of the world. Since the landmark 1996 national firearms agreement (NFA) our state, territory and… Letter signed by… Read More »

The other Bob Dylan

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Dylan’s silence and support for the Israeli oppressor makes a mockery of his stature as an “angry humanitarian”. by Ali Saad As the media hype surrounding Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize for Literature begins to fade away, the coverage – so far – appears to be concentrating only on one corner of the… The other Bob… Read More »

The Books My Dad Won’t Read? Mine

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Last November, a week after I had last seen him, my father passed out while sweeping the driveway (he’s the kind of man who sweeps the driveway, the kind of man who thinks something like passing out is caused by either having had too much coffee or not enough coffee), and within 24 hours of being admitted to the emergency room, he was told he had leukemia. By JENNINE CAPÓ CRUCET The doctors said that, without treatment, he… The Books ... Read More »

The Nobel Committee got it wrong: Ngugi wa Thiong’o is the writer the world needs now

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Every year I root for Ngugi wa Thiong’o to win the Nobel Prize for literature. By Rajeev Balasubramanyam * The Kenyan writer has been a favorite to win for years. This year, according to gambling site Ladbrokes, the odds were 4-to-1 in Ngugi’s favor, with Haruki Murakami second at 7-to-1, and Don DeLillo at 12-to-1. Had Murakami or… The Nobel Committee… Read More »

Opinion: Why I don’t think we should redefine marriage to include same sex couples

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OPINION IN A recent opinion piece on news.com.au Jane Gilmore argued that the Sydney Anglican booklet What has God Joined Together? is a “logic fail”. Further, she accused the church of trying to take ownership of the… Opinion: Why I… Read More »

My mother is vetted every day of her life

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I doubt my mother would pass the “extreme vetting” process Donald Trump has in mind for refugees seeking a new life in the United States. By Lev Golinkin After 26 years in this country, she still speaks with a heavy accent, misplaces tenses, mumbles. She doesn’t know the… My mother is… Read More »

Australia’s Stranded Refugee Prisoners

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Four years ago, the government of Australia set out to stop migrants and refugees from reaching its shores by boat. By THE EDITORIAL BOARD  It came up with a ruthlessly efficient policy under which people found at sea were sent to Manus Island in Papua New Guinea or to the nation of Nauru, each a tiny island in the Pacific, ostensibly the… Australia’s Stranded Refugee… Read More »

As a nation would we ever sink so low as to check refugees’ teeth?

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Britain’s preoccupation with a handful of children from Calais masks the abject shirking of our humanitarian duties on the European stage Hugh Muir What do we see each morning, post-Brexit vote, when we look in the… As a nation… Read More »

Amy Goodman showed us the perils of standing up to the fossil fuel industry

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The rights of activists and journalists are under threat wherever communities challenge Big Oil – in North Dakota and beyond May Boeve For far too long, the world had been ignoring the North Dakota anti-pipelines protests. Then the… Amy Goodman showed… Read More »

There’s still time to stop the surveillance society

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Revelations that security agencies unlawfully collected information for 17 years are worrying. But worse is a bill that threatens to normalise surveillance Gus Hosein This government’s “neither confirm nor deny” mantra over the extent of its surveillance powers has been replaced with a… There’s still time to… Read More »

Michelle Obama has dragged this US election out of the gutter

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Donald Trump has sunk US politics in a grotesque mire of populism. Anne Perkins But the first lady’s speech on respect for women captured the best of her country Michelle Obama may have done the… Michelle Obama has… Read More »

Neoliberalism is creating loneliness. That’s what’s wrenching society apart

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Epidemics of mental illness are crushing the minds and bodies of millions. It’s time to ask where we are heading and why George Monbiot What greater indictment of a system could there be than an epidemic of mental illness? Yet plagues of… Neoliberalism is creating… Read More »

‘I Have the Impression That France Copies and Pastes US Foreign Policy’

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Relations between Paris and Moscow have hit a new low because President Francois Hollande has embraced Washington’s foreign policy, French politicians Valérie Boyer and Thierry Mariani told RT. This is the reason why the French leader has been reluctant to… ‘I Have the Impression That… Read More »

False perceptions: what lies behind our attitudes to Muslim immigration

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This week’s act of political leadership rejecting racist immigration policy is commendable, and an important marker for multiculturalism Peter Lewis This week’s joint commitment by Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten to reject One Nation’s call for a discriminatory immigration policy is more than an False perceptions: what… Read More »