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Obama hails Elie Wiesel as ‘conscience of the world’ amid leaders’ tributes

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The Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate, who died on Saturday, is praised by world leaders past and present, including the Clintons and Netanyahu.. Barack Obama led tributes to the Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, who died on Saturday at the age of 87, saying the author had been “a living memorial” and a clear voice against injustice in the world… Source: Obama hails Elie Wiesel as ‘conscience of the world’ amid leaders’ tributes | US news | The ... Read More »

UN condemns internet access disruption as a human rights violation

The United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a non-binding resolutioncondemning countries that intentionally disrupt citizens’ internet access. The resolution builds on the UN’s previous statements on digital rights, reaffirming the organization’s stance that “the same rights people have offline must also be protected online,” in particular the freedom of expression covered under article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights… Source: UN condemns internet access disruption as a human rights violation | The Verge Read More »

ECB asks Italian lender to cut bad loans by 40%

Monte dei Paschi may have to raise capital quickly to meet the ECB’s target.. The European Central Bank has asked Italy’s third-largest lender, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, to slash its bad debts by 40 per cent to €14.6 billion over three years, heaping more pressure on Rome and Brussels to stabilise the Italian banking system… Source: ECB asks Italian lender to cut bad loans by 40% Read More »

The market is getting the Fed wrong, JPMorgan’s Lebovitz says

The Federal Reserve could very well increase rates once this year, even though the market is not expecting it, David Lebovitz, global market strategist at JPMorgan Asset Management, said Friday. “I’m not exactly sure the market is getting this right. The first-quarter growth numbers, they were weak. We saw GDP revised down to 1 percent, which is half of the average growth rate we’ve seen over the course of the recovery,” Lebovitz told CNBC’s “Squawk Alley.”… Source: The market is ... Read More »

Willie Kimani: Missing Kenyan lawyer ‘found dead’

The body of a Kenyan lawyer who was representing a client making a complaint against the police has been found. The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) said Willie Kimani’s death was a “dark day for the rule of law in Kenya”. Kenya’s police have often been accused of brutality and they have been blamed for a series of extrajudicial killings… Source: Willie Kimani: Missing Kenyan lawyer ‘found dead’ – BBC News Read More »

Preventing Renewed War in South Sudan

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Juba/Addis Ababa/Brussels The honeymoon period is now over for the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan, which formally ended the civil war in August 2015. Its guarantors need to act urgently in the next days to save it and prevent the country from returning to full-scale combat. The agreement successfully enabled the return of Riek Machar, leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO), to Juba and the subsequent formation of the Transitional Government of ... Read More »

Escape tunnel dug by Jewish prisoners to escape Nazis found in Lithuania

A tunnel dug with spoons by Jewish prisoners to escape their Nazi captors during World War II has been discovered in a Lithuanian forest. An international team of archaeologists, geophysicists and historians made the discovery in Lithuania’s Ponar forest, known today as Paneriai, outside the country’s capital Vilnius. The site is where an estimated 100,000 people, including 70,000 Jews, were killed and thrown into pits during the Nazi occupation… Source: Escape tunnel dug by Jewish prisoners to escape Nazis found ... Read More »

Policy primers: what you need to know before election day

Before Australians go to vote on Saturday, The Conversation’s editors have assembled a guide to 11 key policy areas that could swing the vote. What are the parties promising on issues ranging from tax to education to infrastructure? Click through below to find out… Source: Policy primers: what you need to know before election day Read More »

Bernie Sanders real campaign is just getting started

Bernie Sanders’ revolution is hardly over. He has more power than ever and millions of foot-soldiers ready to push his agenda, says Jordan Chariton.. Jordan Chariton, a political reporter for “The Young Turks” news show… Source: Bernie Sanders real campaign is just getting started—commentary Read More »

The noble aim of open justice and the public’s right to know

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In high-profile court cases there is much we never get to hear about. Do we wrap our jurors in cotton wool, and what is the public’s right to know?.. Barrels of ink are required for the reporting of high crimes and misdemeanours. A decent murder, drugs trafficking, corporate skulduggery or kidnapping trial is a favourite part of the media diet and also feeds the insatiable appetite of the public’s curiosity, or as we sometimes more grandly put it, “the public’s ... Read More »

The 2016 U.S. Election: A Possible Repeat of the 1964 Election?

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I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.  Barry Goldwater (1909-1998) US Senator (R-Arizona) and 1964 Republican Presidential candidate, (in his Acceptance speech as the 1964 Republican Presidential candidate, in San Francisco, July 16, 1964) Sometimes, I think this country would be better off if we could just saw off the Eastern Seaboard and let it float out to sea.  ... Read More »

Abortion rights advocates celebrate after US Supreme Court strikes down restrictive Texas law

The US Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to abortion rights advocates, striking down a Texas law imposing strict regulations on abortion doctors and facilities that its critics contended were specifically designed to shut down clinics… Source: Abortion rights advocates celebrate after US Supreme Court strikes down restrictive Texas law Read More »

Somalia rides the ups and downs of a global oil crisis

Consumer benefits fuelled by low oil price, fail to reach poorest Somalis dependent on public transport.. Mogadishu, Somalia – Drivers in the morning rush hour in Mogadishu jostle for space to fill their tanks in one of the newly opened petrol stations in the city. An attendant shouts at the drivers, directing them: “Come forward a bit, a bit more. Stop.” These scenes are new to the city and its residents… Source: Somalia rides the ups and downs of a global ... Read More »

Why it is right to legalise physician-assisted death

The path to legalising physician-assisted death is now open.. The Victorian Parliament’s upper house committee of inquiry into “End of Life Choices” has produced a remarkably comprehensive and erudite report. The public and institutional response to the inquiry has been greater than for any previous inquiry. There were 925 individual submissions and 112 from organisations. In addition, the majority of committee members took the trouble to visit countries where jurisdiction allowed some form of assisted dying. Notably, the dissenting members of ... Read More »

‘I am gay – but I wasn’t born this way’

Is sexuality purely the result of our biology? Brandon Ambrosino argues that simplistic explanations have ignored the fluid, shape-shifting nature of our desires.. By Brandon Ambrosino / Images by Ignacio Lehmann “You can’t be gay.” She was on top of me… Source: BBC – Future – ‘I am gay – but I wasn’t born this way’ Read More »

EU to Ireland: You cannot go back on water charges

Commissioner Karmenu Vella tells MEP country must not back out of commitment.. The European Commission has insisted Ireland cannot abolish water charges without breaching European law. In a written response to MEP Marian Harkin, the Commission said Ireland had committed to water charges in 2010 and it could not revert on that… Source: EU to Ireland: You cannot go back on water charges  Read More »