Society

Jacob’s story: a second chance or a path to prison?

Jacob - The Guardian

Interactive case study Calla Wahlquist, Ri Liu and Nick Evershed The Guardian Follow a 13-year-old Indigenous boy through the youth justice system and see what happens when he is cautioned, charged or placed in custody. This is a hypothetical… Jacob’s story: a… Read More »

In Pakistan, tolerant Islamic voices are being silenced

Pakistan - The Guardian

The Sehwan bombing is a result of the Saudi-funded fundamentalism that has taken a grip in the country William Dalrymple The Guardian Last week, only three days after a suicide bomb went off in Lahore, an Islamic State supporter struck a crowd of Sufi dancers celebrating in the great Pakistani shrine of Sehwan Sharif. The attack, which… In Pakistan, tolerant… Read More »

Indigenous incarceration: turning the tide on colonisation’s cruel third act

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The grim statistics are read out in the Australian parliament every February. Calla Wahlquist The Guardian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are 14 times more likely to be in custody than non-Indigenous people. A teenage boy who identifies as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander is more likely to go to jail than go to university and… Indigenous incarceration: turning… Read More »

The drug that caused almost 40 overdoses in Melbourne

Drugs - News

A DRUG that melts plastic and has the nickname “coma in a bottle” has had a devastating impact on Melbourne’s party scene. Olivia Lambert News.com.au GBL is believed to be the cause of almost 40 overdoses in the city on the weekend, with people unknowingly taking the drug, which is a derivative of GHB. People were being… The drug that… Read More »

Links in the modern media chain of responsibility

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As newspaper content is becoming increasingly based on articles written by news agencies, the former must be careful not to inadvertently adopt the perspective of those news agencies as well Ibrahim Altay Daily Sabah If we look at the driving forces in media, there is no doubt that news agencies are pretty high on the list. With the high… Links in the… Read More »

Delegitimizing hate

Hate - The BG

BIGOTRY AND HATE aren’t going away anytime soon. The Boston Globe But a 16-year-old Marblehead high school student recently offered a quick primer in how individuals, and communities, can take action to neutralize it. As reported by… Delegitimizing hate… Read More »

This skill could be key to the jobs of the future

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At first glance, it looks as though the group of young adults is building… Rael Futerman World Economic Forum But these are actually students at the University of Cape Town’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design Thinking, and they’re using the colourful blocks to design a… It represents policy reform ideas around transitioning from informal to… This skill could… Read More »

1 in 4 Canadians want Trump-style travel ban, poll suggests

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Majority of Canadians praise the government’s resettlement efforts, but 41% want intake to… Peter Zimonjic CBC News  A “significant segment” of Canadians say Canada’s 2017 refugee target of 40,000 is too high, while one in four Canadians wants the Liberal government to impose its own Trump-style travel… Those are just two of the… 1 in 4… Read More »

Women also sexually abuse children, but their reasons often differ from men’s

Abuse - The Conversation

Data from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recently revealed that, between 1950 and 2010, 60% of all abuse allegedly took place at faith-based institutions. Xanthe Mallett The Conversation Evidence showed that, in Catholic institutions, 95% of alleged offenders were men. This means the… Women also sexually… Read More »

COMMENT: Racism in Australia: The stats are clear

Racism - SBS

Associate Professor Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews gives us a snapshot of the research on racism against Indigenous peoples since the 1960s. Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews SBS There is no denying it: there has been a considerable and ongoing debate about racism in Australia, especially racism that targets and impacts Indigenous peoples, families, and communities. Ideally, such debates… COMMENT: Racism in… Read More »

Tearful Nazeem talks ISIS, Sydney Siege and Pauline Hanson

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COMEDIAN Nazeem Hussain shows a different side of himself in tonight’s episode of I’m A Celeb, breaking down in tears as he opens up about life as a… Nick Bond   news.com.au Enlisted by Steve Price to speak to the campmates about himself for the broadcaster’s “Jungle Radio” segment, Hussain reflects on the… “One of the things that… Tearful Nazeem talks… Read More »

Exclusive: Oxford University may break with 700 years of tradition and open a foreign campus – after France offers Brexit sweetener

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Oxford University might break with 700 years of tradition by establishing its first foreign campus in response to Brexit, The Telegraph… Harry Yorke The Telegraph French officials met senior staff at Oxford last week and revealed new proposals that they hope would guarantee future European Union funding for a… Exclusive: Oxford University… Read More »

We’re doomed by the identity trap, damned when we try to escape

Identity - The Guardian

It’s disheartening that even someone as resilient as Diane Abbott was hounded into defining herself in terms of race and gender Nesrine Malik The Guardian Diane Abbott wrote a powerful article in these pages last week about the hatred she receives. Whatever one thinks… We’re doomed by… Read More »

Famine declared in South Sudan

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‘Man-made’ food crisis threatens 100,000 people after war and a collapsing economy devastate agriculture in the… Ben Quinn The Guardian Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, where UN agencies warned on Monday that war and a collapsing economy have left 100,000… A further 1 million people were classified as being on the… Famine declared in… Read More »

Same-sex marriage legalization linked to reduction in suicide attempts among teens

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Allowing same-sex marriage at state level estimated to reduce suicide attempts by 134,000 per year Johns Hopkins Eurek Alert The implementation of state laws legalizing same-sex marriage was associated with a significant reduction in the rate of suicide attempts among high school students – and an even greater reduction among gay, lesbian and bisexual… Same-sex marriage legalization… Read More »

Red Alert for China’s pollution protesters

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China wants people to care for the environment, one person at a time. Salvatore Babones Al Jazeera News It’s winter in Beijing, and that means two things: cold and smog. Beijing has had freezing winter temperatures for thousands of years, but the smog is something new. China first started… Red Alert for… Read More »