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Belfast rights campaigner begins legal challenge to Brexit

Raymond McCord, whose son was killed by UVF, takes case over peace process concerns Alan Erwin in Belfast A campaigner for the rights of victims of the Troubles has launched the first legal challenge in Northern Ireland to the UK leaving the European Union… Source: Belfast rights campaigner begins legal challenge to Brexit Read More »

Thousands of distressed Jews in Ethiopia left stranded by Israel

TEL AVIV, Israel – Due to the worsening security situation in Ethiopia, the approximately 9,000 Falash Mura in transit camps there are waiting for the Israeli government to implement its decision to bring them to Israel; activists in Israel warn of impending disaster for those waiting to rejoin their families in Israel. Israeli activists campaigning to bring the Falash Mura (Ethiopians who claim Jewish lineage) from Ethiopia to Israel have been receiving recently reports about the… Source: Thousands of distressed ... Read More »

Custodial Cultures – What Are We Breeding?

More revelations of horrific child abuse at the Nauru detention centre following on from the shocking footage of abuse in the Northern Territory youth detention centre Don Dale raise some fundamental issues for the charity and Not for Profit sector, writes David Crosbie, CEO of Community Council for Australia… Source: Custodial Cultures – What Are We Breeding? – Pro Bono Australia Read More »

Complaints made after judge trades insults with defendant in court

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Patricia Lynch QC responded in kind to offensive remarks made by John Hennigan, in the dock for using racist language Complaints have been made against a judge who verbally abused a defendant in a retaliatory exchange after he launched a foul-mouthed tirade at her from the… Source: Complaints made after judge trades insults with defendant in court | UK news | The Guardian Read More »

Incest: why is ‘worst of the worst’ abuse so often ignored?

It was the sexual abuse case labelled the “worst of the worst”. Late last month, an Australian father and mother were found guilty of dozens of child sex offences against their daughter over a 14-year period. The abuse began when the victim was five years old and continued into her late teens. Her father often forced her to sleep in an old shed where… Source: Incest: why is ‘worst of the worst’ abuse so often ignored? Read More »

True Leaders 2016: How Julian Burnside, barrister and refugee advocate, wins

Refugee advocate Julian Burnside says there’s something quite bracing about receiving an abusive email because it means he can try to convince people to change their minds. Burnside was working late one night in Perth when he received an email he immediately recognised as… Source: True Leaders 2016: How Julian Burnside, barrister and refugee advocate, wins | afr.com Read More »

Putin-Erdogan meeting in St. Petersburg: Economy before politics

According to experts, talks between the Russian and Turkish presidents in St. Petersburg on Aug. 9 yielded impressive results on economic issues. At the same time analysts warn that many elements in relations between Moscow and Ankara depend on whether or not solutions to political problems will be found, primarily concerning the Syrian issue… Source: Putin-Erdogan meeting in St. Petersburg: Economy before politics | Russia Beyond The Headlines Read More »

Nauru files reveal cases of alleged sexual violence and child abuse not disclosed to parliament

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Exclusive: Wilson Security, contracted to protect asylum seekers on Manus and Nauru, did not tell an Australian Senate inquiry about at least 16 serious allegations 2,000 leaked reports reveal scale of abuse of children in offshore detention • Read the Nauru files The global security company employed to protect asylum seekers held on Nauruand Manus Island did not disclose at least 16 cases of sexual violence and child abuse to the Australian parliament… Source: Nauru files reveal cases of alleged ... Read More »

Wikileaks confirms Hillary sold weapons to ISIS

Although Hillary Clinton has repeatedly denied that she sold weapons to the Islamic Stats while serving as Secretary of State, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange claims he has proof to the contrary. Thepoliticalinsider.com reported: In Obama’s second term, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton… Source: Wikileaks confirms Hillary sold weapons to ISIS | daily-sun.com Read More »

Does TPP matter? Does Singapore matter?

During his recent trip to the US, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, along with US President Barack Obama, made a joint pitch for the ratification of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. However, the hope that the TTP would form the foundation of a robust and prosperous East Asian security regime centered on economic integration and positive US engagement is fading as China… Source: Does TPP matter? Does Singapore matter? – Asia Times Read More »

More Australians Missing Out on Community Legal Assistance

The latest legal census by the National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC) has found that as many as 160,000 Australians were turned away from Community Legal Centres (CLCs) in 2014/15 – up by at least 30,000 from the previous census.. The third annual national census was conducted by NACLC as a survey of CLCs across Australia. More than 130 CLCs completed the census using data from the 2014/15 financial year… Source: More Australians Missing Out on Community Legal Assistance ... Read More »

Syria conflict: UN says water and power cuts threaten two million

Children in the Syrian city of Aleppo are at “grave risk” of disease unless water supplies are immediately repaired, the UN children’s agency says. The United Nations says an immediate pause in fighting is needed to allow the water and electricity networks to be fixed… Source: Syria conflict: UN says water and power cuts threaten two million – BBC News Read More »

The Daily 202: Why some Republican politicians are really coming out against Trump

By James Hohmann THE BIG IDEA: — The most important storyline of August is how many Republicans come out against their party’s nominee. If the base fractures, Donald Trump is doomed. So far, while a string of elites and vulnerable incumbents in blue states have defected, the grassroots… Source: The Daily 202: Why some Republican politicians are really coming out against Trump – The Washington Post Read More »

Pokemon Go: Thai junta uneasy about game’s launch due to different ‘walking culture’

Pokemon Go’s debut in Thailand has alarmed the country’s generals, prompting the kingdom’s junta chief to warn youngsters against playing too much and the army to ban the game from barracks. The mobile app was recently made available in Thailand, delighting many in a country where Japanese subcultures have a significant following… Source: Pokemon Go: Thai junta uneasy about game’s launch due to different ‘walking culture’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Leonard Cohen managed that rare thing: to talk with clarity about death

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The songwriter’s letter to Marianne Ihlen in her last hours was beautiful, poetic and to the point. Yet so often we deal with death in an inane, mawkish way Suzanne Moore Α short goodbye. A few sentences. But words of such clarity, simplicity and beauty. Many of us have by now read Leonard Cohen’s letter to a… Source: Leonard Cohen managed that rare thing: to talk with clarity about death | Suzanne Moore | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

I won’t be giving my name to census: Xenophon

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Senate crossbencher Nick Xenophon will defy the requirement to provide his name when he fills out Tuesday’s census. With controversy surrounding the extension of the retention of names from 18 months to four years, Xenophon wants to prompt a test case on the validity of the requirement. He faces prosecution and a cumulative fine of A$180 a… Source: I won’t be giving my name to census: Xenophon Read More »