Society

Senate to investigate allegations of child abuse on Nauru and Manus Island

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Labor’s push for inquiry passes Senate with backing of Derryn Hinch, Jacqui Lambie and the Nick Xenophon Team Paul Farrell Australia’s parliament will launch an investigation into allegations of abuse, self-harm and neglect of asylum seekers held in Australia’s care on Nauru and… Source: Senate to investigate allegations of child abuse on Nauru and Manus Island | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

We, the People Versus We, the Wealthy

How did the United States become the land of the unequal—and how do we find our way back? By Bill Moyers Sixty-six years ago this summer, on my 16th birthday, I went to work for the daily newspaper in the small East Texas town of Marshall where I… Source: We, the People Versus We, the Wealthy | The Nation Read More »

Israel rejects appeal against force-feeding prisoners

Supreme court rejects an appeal from Israeli doctors who view the practice as torture and medically risky. Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled that the force-feeding of prisoners on hunger strike is constitutional after rejecting an appeal from the Israel Medical Association. “This law is legal under Israeli law and… Source: Israel rejects appeal against force-feeding prisoners – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

Turkey has detained a prominent novelist. We unite to say this vendetta must end

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Ahmet Altan and his brother, Mehmet Altan, were taken away in a dawn raid on Saturday. We call for his release and for freedom of expression to be respected. Orhan Pamuk, JM Coetzee,Elena Ferrante and others We the undersigned call upon democrats throughout the world, as well as those who care about the future of Turkey and the… Source: Turkey has detained a prominent novelist. We unite to say this vendetta must end | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Thousands protest in Mexico against gay marriage legalization

Thousands of people marched throughout Mexico Sept. 10 to protest President Enrique Pena Nieto’s initiative to legalize gay marriage. MEXICO CITY – Agence France-Presse The National Front for the Family — a coalition of conservative religious groups — called for the protests, and is also planning a mass march for Sept. 24 in… Source: Thousands protest in Mexico against gay marriage legalization – AMERICAS Read More »

Cash crisis puts future of Prince Charles project in doubt

The waiver of a loan has exposed the gulf between Charles’ vision of a model community and the reality of Knockroon, writes Martyn McLaughlin Prince Charles’s flagship charitable foundation is facing questions from a government watchdog over its decision to waive a seven-figure loan towards a beleaguered eco-village billed as “a model community for Scotland”, following a… Source: Cash crisis puts future of Prince Charles project in doubt – The Scotsman Read More »

Breda O’Brien: The amazing hypocrisy of the pro-abortion lobby

A ‘rogue clinic’ has been accused of deceiving women, but pro-choice clinics tell lies too Breda O’Brien The hypocrisy of our politicians and opinion-formers over abortion is stunning. Take the latest controversy about the… Source: Breda O’Brien: The amazing hypocrisy of the pro-abortion lobby Read More »

Is having anti-Canadian values a Canadian value?

Canada is again caught up in an immigration controversy which calls for screening potential newcomers for their beliefs. by Antonia Zerbisias Last week, Canadian Conservative MP Kellie Leitch, former minister for the status of women in Stephen Harper’s cabinet, hit voters with a “survey” asking if immigrants should be vetted for possible “anti-Canadian values”. The punchlines – even from fellow Conservatives – were predictable. Could “anti-Canadian values” mean disdain for the… Source: Is having anti-Canadian values a Canadian value? – Al Jazeera English Read More »

Mark Zuckerberg accused of abusing power after Facebook deletes ‘napalm girl’ post

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Norway’s largest newspaper published a front-page letter to the Facebook CEO lambasting the company’s decision to censor a photograph of the Vietnam war Julia Carrie Wong in San Francisco Norway’s largest newspaper has published a front-page open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, lambasting the company’s decision to censor a… Source: Mark Zuckerberg accused of abusing power after Facebook deletes ‘napalm girl’ post | Technology | The Guardian Read More »

The tragedy of Eaten Fish, the award-winning cartoonist on Manus Island

His cartoons will some day he recognised as important, world-class chronicles of the worst human behaviour since the World War II concentration camps. Thus spoke Robert Russell, executive director of Cartoonists Rights Network International, after awarding the 2016 international award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning. The cartoons Russell is referring to are the work of a 25-year-old Iranian… Source: The tragedy of Eaten Fish, the award-winning cartoonist on Manus Island Read More »

Demonize and Distract: Sanitizing Syria for the Masses  

Summoning the Humanitarian Pretext by JASON HIRTHLER The arch pragmatist Machiavelli once wrote that, “If you watch the ways of men, you will see that those who obtain great wealth and power do so either by force or fraud, and having got them they conceal under some honest name the foulness of their deeds.” You couldn’t pen a better description of the relationship between the imperial corporate state and its supplicant media. Once the… Source: Demonize and Distract: Sanitizing Syria ... Read More »

UN: Israeli occupation stunts Palestinian economy

New UN report finds Palestinian economy would double in size without Israeli occupation. By Zena Tahhan The economy of the occupied Palestinian territories would be at least twice as large if the 49-year-old Israeli occupation was lifted, a new United Nations report has found… Source: UN: Israeli occupation stunts Palestinian economy – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

Xi Jinping’s Authoritarianism Does a Disservice to China’s Nuanced Political Tradition

The People’s Republic of China was created by a revolutionary upheaval spearheaded by Chinese Communist Party leader Mao Zedong. The 40th anniversary of his death is Sept. 9 and as it nears, Chinese President Xi Jinping expresses reverence for this radical founding figure, despite the horrendous human misery caused by some of the chairman’s policies — especially the famine-inducingGreat Leap Forward. Curiously though, Xi does this while also, like his… Source: Xi Jinping’s Authoritarianism Does a Disservice to China’s Nuanced Political ... Read More »

BP chief executive: We have no plans to quit the Russian market

On the sidelines of the 2016 Eastern Economic Forum RBTH sat down with Robert Dudley, the BP chief executive, to discuss sanctions and Russia’s ambitious energy projects… Source: BP chief executive: We have no plans to quit the Russian market | Russia Beyond The Headlines Read More »

Australian cyber sex trafficking ‘most dark and evil crime we are seeing’

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The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is warning of an alarming trend where Australians are directing the sexual abuse of children living overseas using live streaming services like Skype. By Michael Atkin and Nikki Tugwell The abusers are grooming people, usually in developing countries like the Philippines, to procure children and paying to instruct sexual abuse which is broadcast over the… Source: Australian cyber sex trafficking ‘most dark and evil crime we are seeing’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

A day with Facebook’s trending topics: celebrity birthdays and Pokémon Go

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From a hurricane to Brock Turner’s release, a lot happened last week. Megan Carpentier But Facebook calculated that a celebrity losing some weight was more important Last week, I decided to spend an entire day getting my news solely from Facebook’s trending topics. Surely the wisdom, culture and intellectual curiosity of the… Source: A day with Facebook’s trending topics: celebrity birthdays and Pokémon Go | Technology | The Guardian Read More »