Opinion

Turkey-Israel Tension: What Does President Erdogan Want to Achieve?

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Turkey’s relations with Israel are determined, in no small part, by Ankara’s relations with other power blocs, its domestic and broader foreign policy. Guney Yildiz Valdai The roots of Ankara’s May 14th decision to recall its ambassadors to Washington and Tel Aviv shouldn’t therefore solely be sought in US President Donald Trump’s decision to relocate the US Embassy to Jerusalem or alternatively the killing of dozens of Palestinian protesters by Israeli Defence Forces at the Gaza border. The Turkish government’s ... Read More »

What’s it like to be young and from overseas in Australia?

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The first ever census of young Australians from refugee and migrant backgrounds paints a mixed picture of optimism and belonging against a backdrop of ongoing discrimination By Professor Johanna Wyn, Dr Rimi Khan and Dr Babak Dadvand, University of Melbourne The majority of refugee and migrant young Australians feel strongly that they belong here, despite almost half experiencing some form of discrimination or unfair treatment in the past twelve months, the first Multicultural Youth Australia Census shows. Nearly 2,000 young ... Read More »

Having an abortion does not lead to depression

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A study of nearly 400,000 women is the first to explore the risk of antidepressant use around an abortion as a proxy for depression University of Maryland EurekAlert! Having an abortion does not increase a woman’s risk for depression, according to a new study of nearly 400,000 women published today in JAMA Psychiatry. While previous research has found abortion does not harm women’s mental health, studies claiming that it does continue to be published and state policies that restrict access ... Read More »

Infant mortality rates higher in areas with more Christian fundamentalists, study finds

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The odds of an infant dying before their first birthday are higher in counties with greater proportions of conservative Protestants, especially fundamentalists, than in counties with more mainline Protestants and… Portland State University EurekAlert! The study, published online in May in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, supports the idea that the more insular, anti-institutional culture of fundamentalists can lead to poorer health outcomes. Ginny Garcia-Alexander, a sociology professor in PSU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and ... Read More »

‘It doesn’t change a damn thing here or anywhere else’

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A few weeks ago, I was dawdling around my university campus when I stumbled upon a string of familiar posters. Eleanor Kirk Brisnane Times They were familiar because I had seen the same image and slogan posted, shared and re-tweeted by almost every left-wing American celebrity I follow on social media: March For Our Lives. This wasn’t the first time I had seen posters that focused on political issues far from home. A year and a half earlier, the same ... Read More »

Faith

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As a teenager politics was a fervent passion, but after three months as a junior political reporter in the Victorian Parliament in 1969, disenchantment with our democratic system displaced my… Paulyne Pogorelske The Canberra Times Five years later, living in Franco’s Spain teaching English and studying Spanish, my personal experience of fascism over five months rekindled my political enthusiasm. The totalitarian regime, with inhabitants afraid to criticise the government, let alone protest vociferously for fear of persecution, torture and imprisonment, ... Read More »

Do you even know what apartheid means?

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Op-ed: A state with complete academic freedom, with Arab ministers and MKs, a state that fosters Arab professors, doctors, pharmacists and teachers, can’t be called an ‘apartheid state,’ unless it’s by ignorant or evil people. Noah Klieger y net news And the last person who can throw this accusation at Israel is a dictator like Erdoğan who has been cracking down on freedom of speech and the free press in his own country. In the late 1950s, on a flight ... Read More »

A study shows that electoral outcomes affect the way we treat other people

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After the 2016 US Presidential election, the willingness of Democrats to share resources with Republicans dropped abruptly as a consequence of a drop in self-esteem, according to… Bocconi University EurekAlert! After the unexpected results of the 2016 US Presidential Election, the way Americans treat each other changed as a function of their party affiliation, a new study by Celia Moore (Bocconi… In a two-stage experimental study, they explored how Democrats and Republicans allocated resources to their political friends and foes ... Read More »

If you think Australia has a racism problem, you’re the racist

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Senator Ian Macdonald is the Father of the Parliament, which is a nice way of saying he has been there longer than anyone else. Jacqueline Maley Brisbane Times With experience, allegedly comes wisdom, and this week the Queensland senator shared some of his when he declared that racism doesn’t really exist in Australia. Not since Bob Katter asserted there were no homosexuals in his electorate has such a bold claim been made by a Queenslander. But, lest you think such ... Read More »

Edelman’s spirit challenges the rising nationalist right in Europe

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This month marks 75 years since the Warsaw Ghetto uprising ended. In 2006, I met the last living leader of that heroic act of resistance, Marek Edelman. Arnold Zable The Sydney Morning Herald We talked in the Warsaw home of his friend, Paula Sawicka, a human rights activist and founder of Open Republic: the Polish Association Against Anti-Semitism and Xenophobia. Edelman died on October 2, 2009, aged 90. His was a public funeral, attended by Polish citizens from many walks of ... Read More »

Wikipedia publishes open letter to Turkey urging end to access ban

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Wikipedia is open for improvement by anyone around the world and should be open to editors in Turkey, the Wikimedia Foundation has stated in a letter addressed to the government of Turkey, where the website has been banned for over one year. SAN FRANSISCO Hurriyet “The Wikimedia Foundation is deeply concerned about recent statements attributed to the Turkish Minister of Transport, Maritime, and Communications Ahmet Arslan from [May 18] regarding the blockage of Wikipedia in Turkey,” Wikimedia Foundation General Counsel member Eileen B. Hershenov wrote in ... Read More »

Pacific Solution has become a mess for Coalition and a point of division for Labor

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It’s more than passingly ironic that the newly elected Member for Batman, Ged Kearney, espouses the principle of solidarity in her maiden speech to parliament. Roman Quaedvlieg Brisbane Times It’s no surprise that the accomplished former trade unionist would echo the rallying call of the Labor movement in her first formal utterances in the house, however she would do well to heed her own call in Labor’s approach to the vexed issue of border protection. Her speech, following the familiar ... Read More »

The Israel-Turkey crisis and the need for containment

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Op-ed: Israel’s frustration with Erdogan’s behavior is great, but it is worthy to remember the strategic, economic and diplomatic importance of the relations between the two countries. Dr. Nimrod Goren y net news It is not self-evident for Israel to have full, even if problematic, diplomatic relations with a key regional state that has a large Muslim population, and these relations should not be casually waived. The evolving crisis between Israel and Turkey has yet to lead to an official ... Read More »

Balancing mental illness and crime a job for judges not politicians

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In 1843 on a cold winter’s day in London, Daniel McNaughten, suffering intense paranoid delusions, went out to shoot the British prime minister, Sir Robert Peel. Duncan Fine The Age He missed and killed Peel’s private secretary. So, half a century before Sigmund Freud and psychoanalysis, the courts were dealing with issues of crime and mental illness. The court found McNaughten not guilty by reason of insanity. There was a massive public outcry. Today in Melbourne, we’re still uneasily grappling ... Read More »

Is Beijing using ‘law of the jungle’ in South China Sea?

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In one of his international homilies last year, Xi Jinping said that in our world today, “the law of the jungle where the strong prey on the weak and the zero-sum game are rejected.” Xuan Loc Doan Asia Times But China’s recent landing of an H-6K bomber on a disputed island in the South China Sea is another signal that the Asian giant is not practicing what its leader preached. Reading the Chinese president’s addresses to international audiences, one may ... Read More »

U.S. and Israel Should Recognize the Armenian Genocide

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Turkey’s sensitivities have blocked the move long enough. Zev Chafets Bloomberg Last week Turkey recalled its ambassadors to America and Israel. That decision came in response to Israeli forces killing 60 Palestinian protestors attempting to cross the Gaza border. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Israeli actions a “genocide” on Turkish TV; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shot back on twitter: “I suggest that he not preach morality to us.” Erdogan’s attack has opened an unanticipated window of opportunity, both ... Read More »