Society

The role of white privilege in the 60 Minutes kidnapping saga

You can’t fault a mother for trying. When Sally Faulkner learned that her Lebanese ex-husband, Ali Elamine, had no intention of returning their two children to Australia from Lebanon, where he had ostensibly taken them for a holiday, she would have known her chances of getting them back legally… Source: The role of white privilege in the 60 Minutes kidnapping saga Read More »

How did it go wrong for Dilma Rousseff?

It was only a year and a half ago that 54.5 million Brazilians went to the polls to re-elect Dilma Rousseff in one of the world’s largest democratic elections. She defeated a centre-right coalition of parties by a narrow margin and earned a mandate to carry on the legacy of the centre-left Workers’ Party, which has been ruling Brazil since… Source: How did it go wrong for Dilma Rousseff? – BBC News Read More »

How Boko Haram is turning girls into weapons

Minawao refugee camp, Cameroon (CNN)The question was always the same, she says. So, too, was the answer. “They came to us to pick us,” Fati recalls. “They would ask, ‘Who wants to be a suicide bomber?’ The girls would shout, ‘me, me, me.’ They were fighting to do the… Source: How Boko Haram is turning girls into weapons – CNN.com Read More »

We’re asking the wrong questions and our democracy suffers

Around the world politicians are raising issues of fairness, equality and social values – so why have Australians gone quiet? In the context of elections and political discourse, there is a debate about core democratic values emerging in countries such as the United States, Britain and Canada – nations with… Source: We’re asking the wrong questions and our democracy suffers Read More »

My daddy’s rich and my Lamborghini’s good-looking

Canada has become a top destination for China’s 1 per centers. From 2005 to 2012, at least 37,000 Chinese millionaires became permanent residents of British Columbia, where they’re blamed for a real estate price surge… Source: My daddy’s rich and my Lamborghini’s good-looking Read More »

Judge rules against couple in China’s first same-sex marriage case

A judge has ruled against a gay couple in China’s first same-sex marriage case. The court in the city of Changsha on Wednesday threw out the suit against the local civil affairs bureau that refused to issue the couple a marriage registration certificate. The couple’s lawyer Shi Funong said he did not expect the ruling so soon – within just a few hours. The plaintiff Sun Wenlin said he would appeal until he exhausts all legal options… Source: Judge rules ... Read More »

Tasmanian Labor, Greens push for legal access to medicinal cannabis

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PRESSURE is mounting on the Tasmanian Government to legalise the medicinal use of cannabis in the wake of Victoria’s historic decision to become the first state in Australia to do so. The Victorian Government passed the Access to Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2015 yesterday, giving patients legal access to the drug in exceptional circumstances… Source: Tasmanian Labor, Greens push for legal access to medicinal cannabis | The Mercury Read More »

CIA behind Panama Papers leaks, says ‘most significant financial whistleblower of all time’

Financial whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld, who helped expose American tax evaders hiding assets in Swiss banks, has little doubt the Panama leaks scandal was crafted and orchestrated by the CIA… Source: CIA behind Panama Papers leaks, says ‘most significant financial whistleblower of all time’ — RT News Read More »

Victoria makes medicinal cannabis legal in historic move

Victoria has become the first state to make medicinal cannabis available to people in exceptional circumstances, with the passing of historic legislation in parliament. Children with severe epilepsy will be given first access to medicinal cannabis from early 2017, following the passing of the Access to Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2015 on Tuesday, a state government statement… Source: Victoria makes medicinal cannabis legal in historic move | SBS News Read More »

Comment: How many guns is too many guns?

Something is broken in our firearm laws when people are allowed to build up their own private arsenals. By David Shoebridge * How many guns is too many guns? It’s not just an academic question. In NSW, the extent of gun ownership tells us something about how the gun… Source: Comment: How many guns is too many guns? | SBS News Read More »

If Britain votes to leave the E.U., Germany could be one of the biggest losers

Officials fear an “out” vote could splinter the bloc, an institution central to modern German identity… Source: If Britain votes to leave the E.U., Germany could be one of the biggest losers – The Washington Post Read More »

10-Year-Old Boy’s Moving Poem Gives A Glimpse At Life With Autism

“I am odd, I am new.” A class assignment turned into something more for one family after their son wrote a touching poem and gave a peek into life with autism. Benjamin Giroux, a 10-year-old boy who is on the spectrum, wrote a poem titled “I… Source: 10-Year-Old Boy’s Moving Poem Gives A Glimpse At Life With Autism Read More »

Why the Panama Papers might not lead to a tax crackdown

Massive leak has sparked a global uproar and calls for action, but concrete measures will be tricky. Much ado about Panama? Maybe not. This month’s release of “the Panama Papers” — more than 11 million files on the alleged offshore tax arrangements of politicians, corporate chieftains and… Source: Why the Panama Papers might not lead to a tax crackdown – POLITICO Read More »

If Britain leaves EU, Germany could be one of the biggest losers

BERLIN – The Germans are not known for emoting, and the country’s famously flinty finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, is no exception… Source: If Britain leaves EU, Germany could be one of the biggest losers – Houston Chronicle Read More »

Bangladesh Anti-Coal Tensions Rising, After Police Shoot Four Dead

Tensions around coal-fired power are reaching breaking point in Bangladesh, after four protestors were shot dead by the police on April 4, and a witch-hunt for more than 3,000 unnamed others began. Villagers in the coastal area of Banskhali, near Chittagong, admit to burning a vehicle well before the April 4 shootings, but deny theyMore… Source: Bangladesh Anti-Coal Tensions Rising, After Police Shoot Four Dead – New Matilda Read More »

Perth hospital ethics committee ‘divided’ on six-year-old Oshin’s cancer treatment

Princess Margaret Hospital’s ethics committee was ‘divided’ on whether Perth six-year-old Oshin Kiszko should have active treatment to attempt to cure his brain cancer, court documents show. A state-first Family Court ruling meant Oshin is now undergoing chemotherapy for brain cancer, and a second action to enforce radiotherapy is imminent… Source: Perth hospital ethics committee ‘divided’ on six-year-old Oshin’s cancer treatment Read More »