Discrimination

Discriminative ‘freedom’ of press

Press - DS

With the European Parliament’s distribution ban on Daily Sabah for trumped-up reasons, the so-called champions of free media resonated in minds with hypocrisy once again Ibrahim Altay Daily Sabah It is always sobering to see selective reasoning and pick-and-choose tactics being used when it comes to basic freedoms, especially by people and entities that always touted themselves as the champions of those values. Granted, it would… Discriminative ‘freedom’ of… Read More »

In the line of fire – from racists

Racism - Brisbane

On a Wednesday evening at a local bar in Kansas, Indian software engineers Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani were chatting over their customary after-work whiskies. Sharon Verghis Brisbane Times Another patron, Adam W. Purinton, a Navy veteran, 51, started hurling racial slurs at the pair. Purinton was tossed out by security, but returned and fired on the two men. Kuchibhotla, 32, was… In the line… Read More »

Ethnic minority and legal groups concerned over Racial Discrimination Act changes

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‘We were not aware the existing provisions have had anything in the nature of a chilling effect on freedom of speech,’ Senate inquiry… Gabrielle Chan The Guardian Ethnic and legal groups including the Human Rights Commission, the Law Council of Australia and the Human Rights Law Centre have raised serious concerns over the… Ethnic minority and… Read More »

Australia moves to weaken hate speech laws

Free speech - Asia Times

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s attempt to water down language in discrimination law sparks debate on freedom versus tolerance John Power Asia Times A push by the Australian government to water down controversial hate speech laws has highlighted tensions between freedom of speech and racial harmony in one of the Asia-Pacific’s most multicultural nations. Prime Minister Malcolm… Australia moves to… Read More »

Whinge industry has played racial discrimination law like a fiddle

Opinion

Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, of which the late, great, Bill Leak fell foul, is not merely a law. Gary Johns On Line Opinion It is, first and foremost, a piece of public policy. As public policy… Whinge industry has… Read More »

Top class! Free speech is a fundamental right … but only for the ruling Right

Free speech - ia

Any debate about free speech in our society is really about free speech for the ruling class. John Passant Independent Australia Capitalism is built and maintained on the denial of free speech to the working class, among other things. US citizen Rupert… Top class! Free… Read More »

Race is the biggest indicator in the US of whether you live near toxic waste

Race - QM

Go looking for the local landfill or toxic waste treatment facility in any US county with a mostly white population, and you’ll likely find it in the black or Latino neighborhoods. Zoë Schlanger Quartz Media That’s because in the US, your race is the single biggest factor that determines whether you live near a hazardous waste facility. In 2016, a study… Race is the… Read More »

‘We’re all human beings’: Harmony Day celebrated across the country

Humanity - SBS

Australians have marked Harmony Day with events highlighting the nation’s cultural diversity across the country. SBS Harmony Day is celebrated on the same day as the annual United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. To mark the… ‘We’re all human… Read More »

Women must mentor other women. It’s never been more urgent

Daily Nation

After 108 years of celebrating ‘our’ day, women need to change the way they look at the world, so that the world can change the way it looks at us. Muthoni Thang’wa Daily Nation Otherwise we will begin to sound like a broken record. International Women’s Day… Women must mentor… Read More »

European court ruling on headscarves sparks ire in Ankara

A woman reacts as she attends the Democracy and Martyrs Rally, organized by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and supported by ruling AK Party (AKP), oppositions Republican People's Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), to protest against last month's failed military coup attempt, in Istanbul, Turkey, August 7, 2016.  REUTERS/Osman Orsal - RTSLJVF

On March 14, the European Court of Justice made a controversial ruling, stating that companies are permitted to ban employees from wearing visible religious symbols such as the Islamic headscarf. Riada Asimovic Akyol Al Monitor The decision from Europe’s top court came after two women were fired because they refused to take off their headscarves at workplaces in France and Belgium. Many right-wing political… European court ruling… Read More »

Section 18C: What’s all the fuss and why does it matter?

18C - ABC

18C? Never heard of it? Stan Grant ABC Means nothing to you? You’re not alone…. Section 18C: What’s… Read More »

How homophobia hurts workers and businesses

Homophobia - ABC

Homophobia is costly to workers and the businesses that employ them, research shows. Raymond Trau ABC Unfortunately, it’s still prevalent in Australia and the latest lobbying from 34 business leaders for marriage equality emphasises the need for it to be addressed both within and outside the workplace. It’s little wonder… How homophobia hurts… Read More »

Comment: The return of the banality of evil

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Anti-Semitism has never really gone away. Na’ama Carlin SBS But not since the dark days of the Holocaust have anti-Semites and racists been so emboldened, says Na’ama Carlin. It seemed a… Comment: The return… Read More »

What would happen if Washington gave up on the jihad?

Jihad - Voltaire

President Trump’s desire to fight Daesh and to put an end to international terrorism is going to be extremely difficult to implement. Thierry Meyssan Voltaire Indeed, it will cause damage to the states who organised it, and implies a reorientation of international politics. The new President… What would happen… Read More »

Spreading racism only helps extremists

Arab news

While the majority of people in the world do not know anything about Dutch politicians, parties or general politics, the recent election pitting far-right politician Geert Wilders, running on an anti-immigration ticket, against… Abdulrahman Al-Rashed Arab News It was no secret that racists were expected to win the election, but they were defeated. In the Arab… Spreading racism only… Read More »

Workplace diversity benefits society

Canberra times

Workplace diversity is generally recognised as a positive thing. The Canberra Times Most organisations recognise the benefit of reflecting the community they serve and it’s good practice that helps an organisation to function better. Forty years ago… Workplace diversity benefits… Read More »