Opinion

Australia does not have a welfare problem. We have a poverty problem

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While he talks of ‘revolutionary’ vision in the welfare sector, Christian Porter ignores the fact that unemployment is a failure of the market, not the person John Falzon You don’t build communities up by putting people down. Structural changes to the economy have resulted in entire communities being left without work and… Source: Australia does not have a welfare problem. We have a poverty problem | John Falzon | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Educate refugee children or lose them forever

Children forced to flee their homes also end up missing out on schooling. by Bassam Khawaja As world leaders gather for US President Barack Obama’s Leaders’ Summit on Refugees on September 20, they should urgently address how to get the… Source: Educate refugee children or lose them forever – Al Jazeera English Read More »

Iraq’s regional decentralisation debate is heating up

As the battle of Mosul looms, it may be wise to place on the back burner the debate on regional formation initiatives. by Michael Knights The decentralisation of security, spending and administrative power is regularly cited as a means of reducing tension in a post-Islamic State Iraq. The logic is commendable: If Sunnis… Source: Iraq’s regional decentralisation debate is heating up – Al Jazeera English Read More »

When we walked out on Pauline Hanson, we were reaching out to decent Australians

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This could be be the most divisive parliament in Australia’s history. But by standing up to racists, the Greens can help bring communities together Richard Di Natale ”Go home you greasy wog!”. Those words, yelled at me in anger by classmates who didn’t know any better, still sting. This didn’t happen often, and… Source: When we walked out on Pauline Hanson, we were reaching out to decent Australians| Richard Di Natale | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Derryn Hinch might turn out to be the voice of reason – except for one thing

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He says he’s apolitical – a conservative on law and order but all-but a socialist on hospitals and medicine. He says he’s going to listen and learn before making up his mind on legislation. Who knows? Gay Alcorn Derryn Hinch is unlikely to remember this, but way back in the 1980s I had a long, long lunch with him and… Source: Derryn Hinch might turn out to be the voice of reason – except for one thing | Gay Alcorn ... Read More »

Inside Bashar al-Assad’s mind

Syria is a conflict with no breaks and Assad himself is insulated in its cockpit. by James Denselow Just before the latest attempt at a ceasefire began, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad visited the newly captured Damascus suburb of Daraya. Several photo opportunities showed him looking relaxed and… Source: Inside Bashar al-Assad’s mind – Al Jazeera English Read More »

What Europe can learn from Spain

Outrage over Spain’s political gridlock could push the Continent to overcome its own static politics. By RICHARD YOUNGS The eurozone’s fourth-largest economy is in a desperately precarious position. By the time a likely third election is held in December, Spain will have been without a… Source: What Europe can learn from Spain – POLITICO Read More »

Drug use shot up after Greece’s economic collapse

After the Greek economic crisis struck in 2010, public sector funding was aggressively slashed and unemployment reached 30%. A new study suggests that—to cope with the stress—Greeks may have been turning to both legal and illegal drugs, Chemical and Engineering News reports. Researchers analyzed wastewater in Athens between 2010 and… Source: Drug use shot up after Greece’s economic collapse | Science | AAAS Read More »

The prime minister must take action to cement the UK’s ‘bold new positive role’ on the international stage

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This is a crucial time for the UK to prove its credentials as a positive player in international relations. BEN DONALDSON In the wake of Brexit, there is a perception that the UK is set on a course of nationalism and reduced international cooperation. Whether true or not, it is… Source: The prime minister must take action to cement the UK’s ‘bold new positive role’ on the international stage | openDemocracy Read More »

Breda O’Brien: The amazing hypocrisy of the pro-abortion lobby

A ‘rogue clinic’ has been accused of deceiving women, but pro-choice clinics tell lies too Breda O’Brien The hypocrisy of our politicians and opinion-formers over abortion is stunning. Take the latest controversy about the… Source: Breda O’Brien: The amazing hypocrisy of the pro-abortion lobby Read More »

Is having anti-Canadian values a Canadian value?

Canada is again caught up in an immigration controversy which calls for screening potential newcomers for their beliefs. by Antonia Zerbisias Last week, Canadian Conservative MP Kellie Leitch, former minister for the status of women in Stephen Harper’s cabinet, hit voters with a “survey” asking if immigrants should be vetted for possible “anti-Canadian values”. The punchlines – even from fellow Conservatives – were predictable. Could “anti-Canadian values” mean disdain for the… Source: Is having anti-Canadian values a Canadian value? – Al Jazeera English Read More »

The Cost of Keeping Companies in the United States

How should we stop corporations from leaving the United States, as both presidential candidates have vowed to do? By BRENT GLOVER and OLIVER LEVINE After Pfizer announced this year that it wanted to merge with the Ireland-based Allergan in a maneuver known as a corporate inversion, the Obama administration put in new tax rules that effectively scuttled the deal… Source: The Cost of Keeping Companies in the United States – The New York Times Read More »

GOP senior statesmen continue to hold their fire on Trump

By Josh Rogin Josh Rogin is a columnist for the Global Opinions section of The Post. With only two months left until the presidential election, the most senior national security figures in the Republican Party are largely staying on the sidelines, even though almost all are said to privately oppose Donald Trump becoming commander in chief. Many of their more junior colleagues are calling on them to get off the… Source: GOP senior statesmen continue to hold their fire on ... Read More »

The death penalty killed Jesus. Is it killing us, too?

Amid the seismic shifts happening within American Christianity, a growing number of the faithful now oppose the death penalty. By Jonathan Merritt The Catholic Church has long repudiated the death penalty, and many mainline Protestant denominations do too. Though evangelical Christians have generally favored the death penalty, even the… Source: The death penalty killed Jesus. Is it killing us, too? | Religion News Service Read More »

The complicated ways that money messes with your morals

A string of studies appeared to show that rich people are more tight-fisted and less trustworthy – but what’s the truth in the claims? Claudia Hammond investigates. By Claudia Hammond At some time or another you’ve probably found yourself in a bar where the richest person present seems to be the slowest to reach for their wallet when it’s time to buy a round. You might wonder whether they were always this mean, and… Source: BBC – Future – The ... Read More »

Georgetown University, Learning From Its Sins

The Jesuit cemetery in St. Inigoes, Md., used to be surrounded by tobacco fields. By DAVID J. COLLINS Over the course of roughly 150 years, those fields were worked by hundreds of slaves owned by the Jesuits. In June, I sat in that cemetery, as a priest and a history professor at… Source: Georgetown University, Learning From Its Sins – The New York Times Read More »