Society

Judge says WA is worst in world for meth

A senior judge says levels of ice use in WA are among the worst in the civilised world and are a sign that the so-called war on drugs has been lost.. During a sentencing hearing of a meth dealer in the District Court yesterday, Judge Philip McCann said the State’s ice epidemic was “a national and international disgrace”, caused by Chinese drug cartels targeting the WA economy when it was booming… Source: Judge says WA is worst in world for ... Read More »

It’s a matter of trust: the policies we need to restore our faith in politics

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Australia has a trust deficit and it seems to be getting worse. Some early media stories signal that this election is not very welcome, because fewer see the political system as able to fix the problems we are facing. Australians see issues like inequality as problematic and needing fixing. But so far there are few signs that either major party is really tackling the… Source: It’s a matter of trust: the policies we need to restore our faith in politics Read More »

Alzheimer’s is not a gentle process

There is this idea that Alzheimer’s is a gentle sort of process. Old people, smiling in a friendly, confused fashion at family members they recognise but can’t quite place or name. That there is, perhaps, more quietness, instead of chatter. A growing confusion that is mild and curious. This couldn’t be further from the truth. My experience of Alzheimer’s was violent and chaotic… Source: Alzheimer’s is not a gentle process Read More »

Russia Remains Determined To Stop Israel-Turkey Pipeline Deal

It has been six years since the Israeli raid on the Mavi Marmara ship that was aiming to reach the Gaza coast in May 2010. In the wake of the Mavi Marmara crisis, Turkey and Israel relations rapidly worsened; both countries withdrew their ambassadors and cut diplomatic ties. Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet along the Syrian border on November 24, 2015 has forced Ankara to adjust its foreign policy… Source: Russia Remains Determined To Stop Israel-Turkey Pipeline Deal | ... Read More »

Changing the conversation can lead to a better way on asylum seekers

Debates on Australia’s policies toward asylum seekers have made an early appearance in the 2016 election campaign. Several current and retiring Labor MPs, as well as some candidates, have spoken out against the party’s support for offshore processing and turning back asylum-seeker boats. Both major parties support offshore processing and boat turnbacks. But… Source: Changing the conversation can lead to a better way on asylum seekers Read More »

Iceland Recovering Fastest in Europe After Jailing Bankers Instead of Bailing them Out

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Iceland is on track to become the first European country that suffered in the financial meltdown to “surpass its pre-crisis peak of economic output”—essentially proving to the U.S. that bailing out “too big to fail” banks wasn’t the way to go!… Source: EWAO Iceland Recovering Fastest in Europe After Jailing Bankers Instead of Bailing them Out Read More »

Legal Aid in crisis, Canberra lawyers to rally

A crisis in funding for Legal Aid is preventing Australia’s most disadvantaged from obtaining a lawyer, the ACT Law Society has said. Lawyers will rally on Wednesday in support of a national “Legal Aid Matters” campaign, which seeks to put pressure on the major parties to commit to reversing cuts and injecting new money into services ahead of the federal election… Source: Legal Aid in crisis, Canberra lawyers to rally Read More »

Former MI6 chief warns against visa-free Turkish immigration

Giving arrivals from Turkey visa-free entry to Europe would be like ‘storing gasoline next to the fire’, says Sir Richard Dearlove.. A former head of MI6 has said the European Union offering visa-free access to millions of Turks is like “storing gasoline next to the fire” as he warns of a “sea change” in continental politics… Source: Former MI6 chief warns against visa-free Turkish immigration | UK news | The Guardian Read More »

Mongolia: Archaeologists Unearth Tomb of Genghis Khan

Öndörkhaan| Construction workers employed in road building near the Onon River in the Khentii province of Mongolia, have discovered a mass grave containing the remains of many dozens of human corpses lying upon a large rudimentary stone structure. Forensic experts and archaeologists were called on… Source: Mongolia: Archaeologists Unearth Tomb of Genghis Khan – World News Daily Report Read More »

Over 800 Intellectuals and Academics Condemn Coup in Brazil

Humanity Against the Coup in Brazil has said that the government of Michel Temer is illegitimate, and calls on UNASUR to suspend the coup against Dilma.. A group of over 800 international academics and intellectuals calling itself “Humanity Against the Coup in Brazil” released a statement Monday that condemns the ouster of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff by right-wing elements… Source: Over 800 Intellectuals and Academics Condemn Coup in Brazil | News | teleSUR English Read More »

Hong Kong glues down pavers to prevent violence during visit by Beijing’s Zhang Dejiang

In a sign of the times, officials in Hong Kong are gluing down bricks ahead of a visit by a top Chinese official, a move reportedly aimed at stopping protesters from turning pieces of pavement into projectiles. The road work is part of a sweeping security mobilisation that will see counter-terror measures in effect, including road closures, and barricades near the city’s central business district… Source: Hong Kong glues down pavers to prevent violence during visit by Beijing’s Zhang Dejiang Read More »

Colombia’s FARC agrees to remove child soldiers from ranks

Colombia’s Marxist FARC rebels agreed May 15 to remove child soldiers from their ranks as part of the peace deal they are close to signing with the government. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) agreed to “implement departure of those under 15 years of age as soon as terms are agreed upon,” the parties said in a statement from Cuba, which is hosting peace negotiations… Source: Colombia’s FARC agrees to remove child soldiers from ranks – AMERICAS Read More »

Four Years as Green Party Leader: It’s Been a Privilege and an Honour | Natalie Bennett

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I know some will find my decision not to re-stand for the leadership hard to understand, and I’ve been moved by the generous words of support from many party members and supporters urging me to continue, but I hope that my decision will help make it clear that the Green Party doesn’t operate like other political parties, with a steep hierarchy up which many are seeking to scramble, while those at the top defend their positions. We’re a team, we ... Read More »

Multiculturalism: not an ideal, but a reality

We need to create human societies from people of many different backgrounds.. I’m reading Stan Grant’s book Talking To My Country. A journalist with Aboriginal and Irish heritage, Grant wrote an article last year at the height of the Adam Goodes drama, which proved very telling. The story was both simple and complex. In expressing the historic principle at stake with dignity and clarity while also illuminating the complexities of the issues of Aboriginal identity it raised, Grant was in ... Read More »

This Man Will Make You Question Everything You Know About The Refugee Crisis

‘We’ve forgotten that this happened before’.. Journalists and politicians are wilfully ignoring the facts about Muslims and migrants, a senior figure in the UN has claimed, leading to a complete misrepresentation of the refugee crisis engulfing Europe. Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, argues… Source: This Man Will Make You Question Everything You Know About The Refugee Crisis Read More »

‘The Green tide is coming in’: Di Natale challenges Turnbull, Shorten to leaders debate

Greens leader Richard Di Natale has challenged Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten to include him in the next leaders debate, claiming the rising “Green tide” is causing panic in Labor and Liberal ranks… Under soft green lighting at the Greens national conference in Melbourne on Saturday morning, Dr Di Natale told the party faithful the establishment was running scared. Comparing the old parties to the Coles and Woolworths duopoly, who “shut out the little guy”… Source: ‘The Green tide is coming in’: ... Read More »