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China’s creating, not stealing, US jobs; See the EB-5 visa

Trump Asia - Asia Times

President Trump’s recent travel ban executive order and the xenophobic rhetoric that peppered his campaign show that anti-immigrant sentiment is running high in America. Carly O’Connell Asia Times Trump and his followers believe that immigrants and China are stealing American jobs. Well, I want to… China’s creating, not… Read More »

‘Time to stand up’: Nicholls introduces domestic violence bill

Domestic violence - Bribane

The LNP has introduced a private member’s bill to crack down on domestic violence offenders in Queensland. Felicity Caldwell Brisbane Times The bill comes after the murder of Gold Coast mum Teresa Bradford by her estranged husband while he was on bail. Her funeral was… ‘Time to stand… Read More »

Women in public life are now being openly bullied. How has this become normal?

Bullying - The Guardian

Diane Abbott isn’t the only female MP enduring more sexist and racist abuse than usual – and it seems to be completely accepted Suzanne Moore The Guardian Those of us in the UK are thankful that we don’t live in the land of the pussy grabber-in-chief, but in the land of his handmaiden. Theresa May, she… Women in public… Read More »

Calling ‘Islamophobia’ what it is: Anti-Muslim

Islamophobia - Daily Sabah

As anti-Muslim tendencies in the Western world continue to worsen, calling the situation Islamophobia no longer suffices as it fails to emphasize or define the alarming severity of the situation correctly Ibrahim Altay Daily Sabah In her book “On the Muslim Question,” Professor Anne Norton says that the Jewish question shaped the 19th century and that now the Muslim question has replaced it in our century. The book most… Calling ‘Islamophobia’ what… Read More »

US must understand that Greek default could lead to global crisis

Greece - AEI

One has to hope that the new administration is not complacent about the latest episode in Greece’s ongoing economic crisis. Desmond Lachman AEI Unlike earlier episodes, there is every reason to think that this episode will not easily be resolved. There is also… US must understand… Read More »

Why can’t Muslims talk about the Muslim ban on US TV?

Musilm Ban - Al Jazeera

US cable news media’s coverage of Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ featured predominantly white men instead of Muslims. Khaled A Beydoun Al Jazeera News In his landmark work, Orientalism, Edward Said theorised that Muslims are fundamentally subjects of study and scrutiny for Western outsiders, systematically excluded from the enterprise of contributing and commenting on… Why can’t Muslims… Read More »

When a doctor’s right to choose trumps a woman’s right to choose

TOPSHOT - A woman with rosary beads around her head attends the anti-government, pro-abortion demonstration in front of Polish Pariament in Warsaw, Poland on October 1, 2016. / AFP / WOJTEK RADWANSKI        (Photo credit should read WOJTEK RADWANSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

In Italy, conscientious objectors make it difficult to have an abortion. Giulia Paravicini Politico On the books, abortion in Italy is legal. In practice, it is out of reach for many women. An unprecedented wave… When a doctor’s… Read More »

Pregnancy’s complex truth remains taboo as glamour replaces confinement

Pregnancy - ABC

There is a certain image of pregnancy visible in the advertisements around us that depicts soon-to-be mothers as clean, pastel-coloured and happy. Olivia Humphreys ABC It all seems very far from what I imagine, which is a bit more along the lines of the famous scene from Aliens with John Hurt, where an alien comes ripping out of his stomach. I’ve always thought… Pregnancy’s complex truth… Read More »

On 6 degrees of climate change

Polar bears - CNN

(CNN) – Climate change is all about degrees. John D. Sutter CNN Six degrees Celsius of warming may not sound like much — probably because “temperatures can swing by 6 degrees within an hour if a warm front passes, and it doesn’t mean the end of the world,” said Mark Lynas, author of a book… On 6 degrees… Read More »

Can the EU Stop Yet Another Greek Debt Crisis?

EU - The National Interest

Greek and EU leaders have to balance political reality and economic necessity. Scott B. MacDonald The National Interest At a European Union finance ministers’ meeting scheduled for February 20, Greece needs its creditors to release a €10.3 billion tranche from its 2015 bailout agreement. This is necessary… Can the EU… Read More »

Why big data may be having a big effect on how our politics plays out

Data - The Conversation

The first week of parliament for the new year was a noisy one. Louise Crabtree The Conversation Cory Bernardi’s decision to leave the Liberal Party has created a flurry of speculation about whether this is the “splitting” of the political right or an indication of the end of business-as-usual politics. There is much of… Why big data… Read More »

How to Lose a Country: Henry David Thoreau, the Politics of Nature and the Citizenship of Fear

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Jedediah Purdy is Robinson O. Everett Professor of Law at Duke University. Jedediah Purdy ABC His most recent book is After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene. “I have lived for… How to Lose… Read More »

The sultanate of women: exploring female roles in perpetrating and preventing violent extremism

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This paper examines the appeal of Islamic State (IS) to Western women and explores how women can be employed in countering violent extremism (CVE) structures to prevent further involvement. Sofia Patel Australian Policy Online It aims to deliver a comprehensive analysis for academics, policymakers and practitioners working in CVE program and policy design and implementation in order to bridge the gap between community development work and… The sultanate of… Read More »

Researcher Illegally Shares Millions of Science Papers Free Online to Spread Knowledge

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Welcome to the Pirate Bay of science Fiona Macdonald ScienceAlert A researcher in Russia has made more than 48 million journal articles – almost every single peer-reviewed paper every published – freely available online. And she’s now refusing to shut the site down, despite a court injunction and a lawsuit from Elsevier, one of the… Researcher Illegally Shares… Read More »

Liberals to put One Nation ahead of Nationals in unprecedented election deal

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The Turnbull government is defending an unprecedented preference deal that will see the Liberals put One Nation ahead of the Nationals in Western Australia, with a senior frontbencher saying Pauline Hanson’s party is more “sophisticated” than… Adam Gartrell Brisbane Times Arthur Sinodinos says One Nation has “evolved” in the 16 years since his… Liberals to put… Read More »

Dani Garavelli: Duty to refugees is bigger than politics

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The plight of Syrian children is far more important than politics, but Sturgeon richly deserves to tower over the Prime Minister from the moral high ground, writes Dani Garavelli The Scotsman One of the criticisms frequently levelled at the SNP is that it suffers from a “mora… The idea, promulgated by its opponents, is that the… Dani Garavelli: Duty… Read More »