Society

Talking Point: Freedom of conscience threatened by monumental changes

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DOES Christianity oppose personal autonomy and human rights? Columnist and lawyer Greg Barns thinks so. He wrote a recent article “Powerful religious groups oppose personal freedoms” (Mercury, April 4), suggesting church opposition to euthanasia laws and same-sex marriage were examples of this anti-freedom bent…. Source: Talking Point: Freedom of conscience threatened by monumental changes | The Mercury Read More »

US primaries: How the US election is changing the global economic debate

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s convincing party wins in the New York primary for their parties’ presidential nomination have accelerated what has already been a contest of historic proportions. What is remarkable isn’t so much the theatrics and personalities but the underlying changes in play… Source: US primaries: How the US election is changing the global economic debate Read More »

Islamist Turkey seizes ALL Christian churches in city and declares them ‘state property’Express

TURKEY’S Islamist government has stepped up its war on Christianity by seizing all the churches in one city and declaring them state property. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken control of six churches in the war-torn southeastern city of Diyarbakir in his latest move to squash freedom of speech and… Source: Islamist Turkey seizes ALL Christian churches in city and declares them ‘state property’ | World | News | Daily Express Read More »

Polar opposite: The Irishman who spent 18 months living in Antarctica

100 years after Tom Crean’s voyage, Donegal man Danny McFadden returns from a year-and-a-half living on Rothera research station and visiting the South Pole. Arriving in South Georgia, I can only imagine what Tom Crean and the rest of the crew of the James Caird felt when they made landfall on this bleak and… Source: Polar opposite: The Irishman who spent 18 months living in Antarctica Read More »

Money laundering: New law planned to target corrupt officials

MPs, councillors and civil servants suspected of corruption are to be targeted by a new law proposed by the home secretary. Theresa May intends to establish an offence of “illicit enrichment” for cases where a public official’s assets have increased significantly without satisfactory explanation… Source: Money laundering: New law planned to target corrupt officials – BBC News Read More »

Thought ‘death cult’ lawmaking ended with Abbott? Think again

A shadowy entity is deciding the fate of Australian citizenship, while NSW lawmakers want the power to punish those found not guilty of crimes. The erosion of our rights is continuing, just without the fanfare… Source: Thought ‘death cult’ lawmaking ended with Abbott? Think again – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

How America Can Reap the Benefits of Brexit

The conventional wisdom is that a decision by British voters this June to leave the European Union would be bad for the United States. The… Source: How America Can Reap the Benefits of Brexit | Foreign Policy Read More »

UK retail sales experience continued decline

Food sales fell 1.9% in March from February, the biggest decline since January 2014. UK retail sales fell for a second month in March as consumers bought less of everything from food to clothing. The volume of sales dropped 1.3 per cent from February, far more than the 0.1… Source: UK retail sales experience continued decline Read More »

What does depression feel like? Trust me – you really don’t want to know

Darker than grief, an implosion of the self, a sheet of ice: no matter how you describe it, this is a terrifying state to be trapped in. This is Depression Awareness Week, so it must be hoped that during this seven-day period more people will become more aware of a condition that… Source: What does depression feel like? Trust me – you really don’t want to know | Tim Lott | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

India: We still want the Kohinoor diamond back

(CNN) The Indian government is making “all possible efforts” to retrieve the Kohinoor diamond contrary to reported comments from the country’s Solicitor General that the rare historical stone was given as a gift to the United Kingdom and not stolen… Source: India: We still want the Kohinoor diamond back – CNN.com Read More »

More Australians falling victim to scams, ABS data reveals

Fraudsters have become better at parting Australians with their money, even as people become more savvy about responding to scams, a survey from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals. Australians lost an enormous $2 billion to credit card fraudsters last… Source: More Australians falling victim to scams, ABS data reveals Read More »

Why won’t the government recognise Isis atrocities as genocide? I have a hunch

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The barbarous treatment of Iraq and Syria’s religious minorities should be called what it is. Our relationship with Turkey shouldn’t even come into it. Sawsan is a middle-aged Syrian woman from al-Hammidiya, which is just north of the Lebanese border. She describes how her nephew was crucified… Source: Why won’t the government recognise Isis atrocities as genocide? I have a hunch | Giles Fraser | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Islamophobia & Anti Muslim Discrimination in Australia – Aisha’s Story

Aisha’s story of life in Australia amid a climate of Islamophobia and fear about terrorism. “It is vital that we have frank conversations about why terrorist groups are so alluring.” Source: Islamophobia & Anti Muslim Discrimination in Australia – Aisha’s Story Read More »

Serbian prime minister plans new privatisation push after election

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NOVI PAZAR, Serbia (Reuters) – Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic plans a new push to privatise loss-making state firms if he wins Sunday’s election and will do everything needed to secure IMF approval for his economic policies, he told Reuters in an interview. Croft… Source: Serbian prime minister plans new privatisation push after election – World | The Star Online Read More »

Feminism in the spotlight as Indonesia celebrates Kartini Day

On April 21, Indonesian school girls will don the kebaya – a traditional blouse-dress costume – and firms will offer discounts to females, as the nation pays tribute to the woman widely regarded as its first feminist… Source: Feminism in the spotlight as Indonesia celebrates Kartini Day Read More »

Malawi empowers children to fight sexual abuse

Rape is Malawi’s most reported crime. Ujamaa initiative is helping schoolkids defend themselves against perpetrators. Chimoya, Malawi –  Small fists fly towards throats, knees jerk from under pinafore dress hems up to groin level and two-pronged fingers shoot for the… Source: Malawi empowers children to fight sexual abuse – Al Jazeera English Read More »