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A Fresh Start for Former Offenders

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Social enterprise Fruit2work creates second-chance jobs, hiring former offenders to pack and deliver fresh fruit to businesses around Melbourne. Ellie Cooper Pro Bono Australia Statistics show that employment for former offenders is linked to an increase in their sense of self-worth and financial security, and a decreased likelihood of reoffending. But sadly, unemployment among… A Fresh Start for Former… Read More »

Middle classes in crisis, IMF’s Christine Lagarde tells Davos 2017

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IMF head wins support from outgoing US vice-president Joe Biden as she uses American term for working people in demanding action over rising… Larry Elliott in Davos The Guardian The head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, has called for urgent action to tackle a “middle-class crisis” hitting working people as… Middle classes in… Read More »

The Legitimate President

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The evidence is… Courts must use the broad discretionary powers with which they are vested to enjoin Donald Trump, an illegitimate president, from taking… The Huffington Post On Friday, a prominent Democrat on Capitol Hill finally said… “I don’t see this president-elect as a… The Legitimate… Read More »

Secret Service, Agents Settle Over Racial Discrimination Allegations

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A long-running lawsuit accusing the Secret Service of discriminating against black agents appears to be coming to an end without a trial. Camila Domonoske npr The Department of Homeland Security, the Secret Service and more than 100 agents have reached a settlement agreement, the department says. A court still needs to… Secret Service, Agents Settle Over… Read More »

Letter to BBC

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Mr A Chitty London BBC Complaints PO Box 1922 Darlington DL3 0UR 17 January 2017 Dear Sir or Madam, It is with regret that I find myself writing to the BBC once again on the topic of Cyprus. Despite a plethora of complaints from myself and others in the British Cypriot community during 2016, it would appear that the BBC has taken no notice and continues to misrepresent the facts of the Cyprus situation. I implore the BBC to properly ... Read More »

Erdogan calls dollar and euro holders ‘terrorists’

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ANKARA, Turkey — The unstoppable rise of the dollar and the euro against the Turkish currency had the country’s president fuming last week. Zülfikar Doğan Al Monitor Speaking Jan. 12 in his palace, Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that economic warfare was behind the Turkish lira’s dramatic depreciation. “Everybody now sees and… Erdogan calls dollar and… Read More »

These Are the Biggest Global Risks for 2017

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If you go outdoors you could get hit by lethal hurricanes, floods, tremors and terrorists. Alex Morales Bloomberg Stay inside huddled over your computer and you could lose your data and your identity. And, in the minds of some… These Are the Biggest… Read More »

WA election 2017: Pledge to lift limits on child abuse victims seeking damages

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The Barnett Government has promised to introduce legislation to scrap the six-year statute of limitations on when victims of child abuse can take civil against their perpetrators or institutions if it is re-elected. Nicolas Perpitch ABC Premier Colin Barnett said the Liberals would also remove limitation periods for serious physical abuse. The statute of limitations restricts when… WA election 2017: Pledge to lift… Read More »

What’s HOT at the 2017 Midsumma Festival

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Now in it’s 30th year, the Midsumma Festival is Melbourne’s largest celebration of queer culture. With over 130 events held over a 3 week period – 2017 is ramping up to be one of the biggest… Arts Review Australian Arts Review takes a look at some events worth checking… A Night at the Musicals Fairfax Studio… What’s HOT at… Read More »

Yes, he did. Obama lifted the racial limits for all Americans

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Despite entrenched Republican opposition he governed with dignity and competence. Jesse Jackson The Guardian History will judge him a success From an Illinois state senator to… Yes, he did. Obama lifted the… Read More »

See you in Davos (not)

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Inequality will be among the issues topping the agenda as the world's political and business elite meet in Davos from Tuesday until Friday, when 3,000 people will gather for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum.  / AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI        (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s hard to find examples of how the World Economic Forum lives up to its motto of ‘improving the state of the world.’ Matthew Karnitschnig Politico BERLIN — As with most fashions, it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact moment Davos began to lose its mojo. Was it when Brangelina showed… See you in… Read More »

Inside the cauldron of Indonesian-ISIS terror

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Indonesian jihadis are caught up in offensives in both Iraq and Syria and responsible for orchestrated attacks on home soil John McBeth Asia Times Terrorism specialists are beginning to change their tune over predictions that battle-hardened Indonesian jihadists returning from fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) could present a major security threat in the… Inside the cauldron of… Read More »

In light of dangerous inequality, it’s time for “dangerous unselfishness”

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Nearly 50 years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, his words ring more clearly than… Minor Sinclair is the director of Oxfam’s US program Oxfam The year my (white) family moved to Auburn, Alabama was the year that the school system was desegregated. It was 1971. I entered the… In light of... Read More »

Southeast Asia’s newest nation faces an election that could make or break its future

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With much of the population living in poverty and oil wealth running dry, Timor-Leste’s upcoming elections could be the public’s most important decision since… David Hutt South East Asia Globe “Our people need money,” said then-President Xanana Gusmão the day after Timor-Leste gained independence from Indonesia in… Southeast Asia’s newest… Read More »

Donald Trump’s Supreme Court Choice: Questions Over Possible Nominee Who Backed Transgender Rights

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Donald Trump’s possible nominee for the much-contested Supreme Court position has supported transgender rights, raising fears the President-elect is rowing back on his promise to choose a conservative. Harry Farley Christian Today Judge William Pryor backed a revolutionary opinion in 2011 that anti-transgender discrimination qualifies as sex discrimination and so was forbidden under the Equal Protection Clause of the US Constitution. Although he did not write… Donald Trump’s Supreme Court… Read More »

Bill Shorten says entitlements system reform must go further than parliamentary expenses

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Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says it is crucial to explore the options for a federal anti-corruption watchdog as part of reforms around parliamentary expenditure. Stephanie Anderson ABC Liberal MP Sussan Ley resigned from Cabinet last week amid an ongoing investigation into her travel claims, which included billing taxpayers to attend two New Year’s Eve events hosted by a prominent Queensland businesswoman… Bill Shorten says entitlements… Read More »