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China to fill trade vacuum left by Donald Trump

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Donald Trump has thrust China into the driver’s seat on world trade by killing off the TPP, which may relieve Australian workers and consumers. Jackson Stiles President-elect Trump confirmed on Tuesday he will withdraw the US from Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations on his first day in… China to fill… Read More »

CCC hit with a wet lettuce leaf over its legal powers

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After a long inquiry, a parliamentary committee has found no evidence that the Corruption and Crime Commission was empowered to prosecute the people it investigates. The West Australian Paul Murray The finding is the same as the Court of Appeal’s July decision which cast doubt on the validity of a host of CCC prosecutions. But the report brought down by the joint standing committee on… CCC hit with a wet lettuce leaf over its… Read More »

The Limits of Turkey’s Post-Coup Attempt Consensus and Emerging New Political Realignment

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Abstract: In the aftermath of the failed coup attempt in Turkey, the Turkish political class and society at large came together in a rare moment of consensus to reject the attempt. GMF Galip Dalay But this proved to be a short-lived process. The old fissures have… The Limits of Turkey’s Post-Coup Attempt… Read More »

The Standing Rock protests are a taste of things to come

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The way opponents of the Dakota Access pipeline have been treated by police is likely to be replicated on a massive scale under Donald Trump. The Guardian Kate Aronoff Horrific scenes have been coming out of North Dakota these last several days, where the battle is ongoing to stop the Dakota Access pipeline. On Sunday night, police turned tear gas and rubber bullets on The Standing Rock protests are a… Read More »

‘We are living like a dog’: Explosion in Malaysians seeking asylum in Australia

A protester wears a yellow shirt reading "Malaysian" to protest against racism during the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections rally, also known as Bersih, near the Jamek Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. Malaysian security forces tightened control of Kuala Lumpur, deploying water cannons and riot police as thousands of protesters headed to the historic Independence Square to demand Prime Minister Najib Razak's resignation. Photographer: Sanjit Das/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Australia is experiencing a rapid rise in refugee claims from Malaysian nationals as the country’s ongoing political corruption scandal drags on against a backdrop of ethnic and religious tensions. SBS Robert Burton – Bradley The number of Malaysians seeking asylum in Australia has increased dramatically in the last year due to increasing political instability, ethnic tensions and rising Islamic fundamentalism. They now make up 43 percent of all claims for asylum. ‘We are living like a dog’: Explosion in Malaysians… Read More »

Umberto Eco Makes a List of the 14 Common Features of Fascism

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One of the key questions facing both journalists and loyal oppositions these days is how do we stay honest as euphemisms and trivializations take over the discourse? Can we use words like “fascism,” for example, with fidelity to the meaning of that word in world history? The term, after all, devolved decades after World War II into the… Umberto Eco Makes a… Read More »

Jan Fran has some words for Peter Dutton

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Peter Dutton has claimed that ‘mistakes were made’ allowing Lebanese immigrants into the country. SBS Jan Fran Lebanese Australian Jan Fran has some questions for him. Peter Dutton, despite being Minister for Immigration, is a little bit dubious that immigration is a good idea. Jan Fran has some words for… Read More »

Labor responds quickly to union leader’s domestic violence claims

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The union movement can’t demand “zero tolerance” for domestic violence and not take action against leaders involved in it. Crikey Bernard Keane The labour movement and Labor’s federal parliamentary leadership have responded quickly to yesterday’s revelations of police accounts of domestic violence by the head of the New South Wales Postal & Telecommunications division of the Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union of Australia, Jim Metcher. Metcher has been kicked out of the Labor Party at the instigation of … Labor responds ... Read More »

Tony Blair wonders what’s gone wrong with politics. How sad he can’t see it

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He oversaw the Iraq war and calamitous financial deregulation, and did lucrative work for foreign tyrants. Owen Jones No wonder faith in the centre-left has evaporated. If Tony Blair is the answer, then the question is high on illicit substances. He is reported to… Tony Blair wonders what’s… Read More »

Why female genital mutilation still exists in modern Singapore

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Female genital mutilation is carried out by communities around the world. But though it is not commonly associated with modern, cosmopolitan Singapore, it is quietly happening all the time, as the BBC’s Yvette Tan writes. By Yvette Tan BBC News Zarifah Anuar didn’t find out she had been circumcised as a child until she was 23. She was just two weeks old when her… Why female genital… Read More »

Algeria’s South: Trouble’s Bellwether

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As waves of protests have hit the hydrocarbon-rich Algerian south since 2013, authorities maintained a tenuous peace through handouts, repression and policing. To calm tensions, the state needs to clarify policies, communicate with local protestors and address underlying issues of… Algeria’s South: Trouble’s… Read More »

Treasury warns Israel’s growth rate may not be sustainable

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The Finance Ministry says new car purchases and Intel’s fab upgrade are among the main causes of recent high growth Globes Moshe Golan “The figures for the composition of growth in 2016 could indicate that the current growth rate is not necessarily sustainable,” the Ministry of Finance chief economist states in his… Treasury warns Israel’s… Read More »

80% of IT Jobs can be Replaced by Automation, and it’s ‘Exciting’

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TAKING OVER IT Amidst the anxious grumbling of his audience at last week’s Structure Conference in San Francisco, billionaire Vinod Khosla asserted that 80% of jobs in an IT department could be replaced by AI-type… Author: Dom Galeon Editor: Patrick Caughill That, of course, is an…“I think that’s exciting,” added Khosla, founder of Sun Microsystems and Silicon Valley venture firm, Khosla Ventures. 80% of IT… Read More »

Climate vulnerable nations aim for 100 per cent renewable energy at talks in Marrakech

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More than 45 countries, among the most vulnerable to climate change, have said they will switch entirely to renewable energy as soon as possible. The announcement was made at climate talks in Marrakech, Morocco, where negotiators have been hammering out the details of an… Climate vulnerable nations… Read More »

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy: Addiction Is A Chronic Brain Disease, Not A Moral Failing

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The way forward includes needle exchanges and calling addiction what it is: a medical condition. Erin Schumaker The Huffington Post In 1964, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Luther Terry issued a landmark report on tobacco and health that changed the course of American history, spurring the decline of smoking in the… Surgeon General Vivek… Read More »

US dollar eases slightly after a week-long surge

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US dollar eases slightly after a week-long surge | i24news – See beyond By Yoni Dayan ‘Now that we have a new administration on the way, the dollar’s rally has received a fresh dose of octane’ The US dollar eased slightly after a week-long surge pushed the… US dollar eases… Read More »