David Hicks terrorism charges: US admits he is innocent

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The US government has admitted that former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks is innocent and his conviction in 2007 for providing material support for terrorism is invalid. The Age – Natalie O’Brien Mr Hicks’ appeal case against the “invented” crime had been told that the US government does not dispute that he is innocent of any offence and his conviction ... Read More »

Is society becoming more extreme?

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In the face of anti-Islamification rallies in Germany and the gruesome terror attacks in Paris serious question are being raised about social cohesion within European societies. OnLineOpinion – Mal Fletcher Questions are being asked about whether Western societies are becoming more extremist in general, as opposed to militant, terms. Are we beginning to see unusual numbers of people holding trenchant positions at ... Read More »

Research council to fund more studies into the health impacts of wind farms

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Australia’s peak public health research agency plans to offer funds for further study of the health impacts of wind farms after a year-long review identified knowledge “gaps”. Peter Hannam, Environment Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald The National Health and Medical Research Council said it intends to release a Targeted Call for Research on wind farms and human health “to stimulate applications ... Read More »

Legal scholars’ statement in support of Gillian Triggs

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Australian Human Rights Commission President Gillian Triggs has been the subject of unusually fierce criticism by sections of the media and government, including Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Senior Australian academics in human rights law have jointly drafted a letter in support of Gillian Triggs and expressing their disgust at the public attacks. The letter is published here in full. John ... Read More »

Organs Without Borders: Manus Island and Bodies in Asylum

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The offer by an asylum seeker jailed on Manus Island to donate his organs to Australia reveals a shared humanity, writes Georgina Ramsay. New Matilda – Georgina Ramsay Reports of asylum seekers undertaking a hunger strike on Manus Island has escalated with the discovery of a letter from one detainee offering to donate his organs to the Australian public if the ... Read More »

OPINION: For once, we should follow UK’s lead on homegrown Islamist extremists

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WHAT does Australia do with homegrown Islamist extremists once they tire of killing infidels overseas? CourierMail - Herald Sun Do we continue to allow these citizens to return home for some taxpayer-funded rest and recuperation? Or should we do what the British Government is proposing and cancel the passports of jihadis to prevent them from bringing their skills in mayhem ... Read More »

What Can A Small L Inner City Liberal To Do To Win The War On Terror?

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Mathew Kenneally stands ready to join the brave foot soldiers in the Never-ending War On Terror. He just needs some direction. ( New Matilda ) Apparently I am responsible for the Charlie Hebdo and Martin Place. I did not realize it until Andrew Bolt, Rita Panahi, and other Murdoch-acolytes explained that latte-belt liberals like me were too soft on terror. ... Read More »

US blasts ICC war crimes probe of Israel as ‘tragic irony’

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Washington (AFP) – The United States joined Israel in condemning the International Criminal Court decision to open a preliminary probe into possible war crimes committed against Palestinians, blasting it as a “tragic irony”. ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said her office would conduct an “analysis in full independence and impartiality” into alleged war crimes by Israel, including those committed during last ... Read More »

Yes they can: women of wit are winning

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Remember when Christopher Hitchens puzzled over the great question of the lack of female comics?  He earnestly investigated the reasons for the alleged “humour gap”  in Vanity Fair, asking: “Why are men, taken on average and as a whole, funnier than women?” The Sydney Morning Herald - Julia Baird I thought of Hitchens during the Golden Globes broadcast this week and wondered ... Read More »