Society

We had slavery in our supply chains, says Andrew Forrest

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The Fortescue Metals chairman says he was appalled by the conditions of some workers connected to… Paul Farrell The Guardian One of Australia’s best-known business figures says he uncovered slavery in at least 12 suppliers as he tried to… Speaking at a forum in Sydney, Andrew Forrest said he told suppliers to his Fortescue Metals Group that they had to… We had slavery… Read More »

Recognising Aboriginal Australia is still in the too-hard basket

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Julia Gillard started it, Tony Abbott vowed to “sweat blood” to finish it, and Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten are committed to it, but the task in question is proving more daunting than… Michael Gordon Brisbane Times More than six years after Australia began a process to finally recognise Indigenous Australians in the constitution, there is a very real prospect that… Recognising Aboriginal Australia… Read More »

Amber Harrison’s barrister Julian Burnside rebuked in dispute with Channel Seven

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The prominent silk acting for the former lover of Seven West Media boss Tim Worner has been rebuked by a Supreme Court judge for claiming she… Michaela Whitbourn The Sydney Morning Herald Amber Harrison, a former executive assistant at the media company, has been locked in a bitter court battle with Seven since she went public with embarrassing details of her affair with Mr… Amber Harrison’s barrister… Read More »

Chinese university to open in Oxford despite ideological crackdown at home

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Peking University buys stately home for nearly £9m and says it will house a campus designed for students from both Europe and… Tom Phillips in Beijing The Guardian One of China’s top universities is preparing to open a campus at the heart of British academic life, just months after President Xi Jinping called for Chinese universities to… Peking University, an… Chinese university to… Read More »

Patriot power: How France’s alt-right seeks to sway election

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France, despite its reputation as a beacon of progressive liberalism, has been at the forefront of a burgeoning pan-European far… Henri Astier BBC Marine Le Pen, an anti-immigration Eurosceptic who may well top the first round of France’s presidential election on 23 April, is… Its themes are familiar in the era of Donald Trump and Brexit: concern for… Patriot power: How… Read More »

5 takeaways from France’s chaotic presidential debate

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The main candidates were joined by a motley collection of other contenders, making for lively… NICHOLAS VINOCUR Politico PARIS — Eleven candidates for the French presidency faced off in a debate Tuesday that was more lively and more chaotic than previous… Frontrunners Marine Le Pen, François Fillon and Emmanuel Macron took… 5 takeaways from… Read More »

A ‘stranglehold’ on the data that could help explain political extremism

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The advent of social media has led to a vast increase in the amount of social information that we see about others’ political behaviour and… Oxford University Professor Margetts, Director of the Oxford Internet Institute, says getting access to more data from Facebook, or the platforms it owns such as… Professor Margetts highlights why such data is ‘crucial’: Social… A ‘stranglehold’ on… Read More »

How Should Art Address Human Rights?

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Artists who call attention to victims of conflict and violence must strike a balance between self-expression and respect for their subjects Jacoba Urist The Atlantic Last month marked six years since the start of the Syrian war, which has forced millions of people to flee their homes in one of the largest humanitarian crises in modern history. Perhaps the artist who has most visibly used his work to draw attention to the conflict is Ai Weiwei, whose political activism has earned him ... Read More »

When a drug epidemic’s victims are white

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How racial bias and segregation molded a gentler response to the opioid… German Lopez Vox When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie discusses his compassionate approach to the ongoing opioid epidemic, he frequently brings up a close friend from law… He describes this friend as perfect — incredibly smart, with a… When a drug… Read More »

The Presidency debate: Social inclusion

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After years of austerity, confidence in Europe’s capacity to care for the weakest and most disadvantaged has come under close… By Brian Maguire, Evan Lamos and Olivier Billot | EURACTIV.com The Maltese presidency pledges to lead by example advancing Europe social policy in close consultation with social partners, civil society and… The Presidency is a video series by EURACTIV, looking at the… The Presidency debate… Read More »

African Nations Turn Human Rights Scanner on ‘Racist and Xenophobic’ India

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NEW DELHI: The African missions, after several days of discussions with each other and more importantly with officials in the… The Citizen Bureau In a statement issued by the office of the Dean of the African Group of… After a special meeting, the African missions said that they expected the strongest condemnation from the government of India at… African Nations Turn… Read More »

Islam critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali cancels Australian tour

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The outspoken critic on Monday abruptly cancelled the Australian and New Zealand leg of her upcoming tour, citing security concerns… SBS With AAP The talks were expected to begin in Brisbane on Thursday, before heading south to Sydney and then concluding in Melbourne on the… Organisers Think Inc., who were scrutinised for their decision to… Islam critic Ayaan… Read More »

Israel, European States advance plans for world’s longest underwater gas pipeline

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The proposed 2,000 kilometer (subsea pipeline would connect gas fields offshore Israel and Cyprus with Greece and possibly… SHARON UDASIN TheJPost Aiming to transform the Eastern Mediterranean into a regional energy hub, Israeli and European officials signed a joint declaration on Monday to promote construction of the world’s longest subsea natural-gas… Israel, European States… Read More »

DEPA sees natural gas role for Greece exiting from the crisis

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Interview with Greek natural gas company DEPA CEO Theodoros… By New Europe Greece’s Public Gas Corporation DEPA is the company that introduced natural gas to Greece implementing a… Following the EastMed energy roundtable in Brussels on March 28, DEPA CEO Theodoros Kitsakos spoke to New… DEPA sees natural… Read More »

Short Film: How Water Gets From The Nile To Thirsty Refugees

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“Water was the biggest thing,” says journalist Tim McDonnell of the scene at the refugee settlement of Palorinya in northern Uganda. Marc Silver npr Since December, 146,000 South Sudanese have crossed the border, fleeing the violence of the civil war. And without enough… Short Film: How… Read More »

Martyrdom and Media

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Although sensitivity toward others’ griefs can diminish over time for those who have not lost their loved ones, journalists must respect the pain and wishes of families while covering the story Ibrahim Altay Daily Sabah When we immerse ourselves with our jobs and start to get swept by the fast flowing nature of the news, it is easy to forget that there is more to journalism than reaching the maximum audience… Martyrdom and… Read More »