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Australia is reported to UN human rights council over illegal detention of asylum seekers

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Government condemned for arbitrary detention of three asylum seekers, including a stateless man held for nearly nine years… Ben Doherty The Guardian United Nations body has condemned Australia’s arbitrary detention of three asylum seekers, one of whom has been held without charge or trial for nearly nine years. The UN working group on arbitrary detention – which reports to the human rights council, on which Australia sits – said in its annual report it was concerned by “the rising prevalence ... Read More »

War on Waste: Is it legal to take the junk people leave on the kerb for council clean-up?

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Your neighbour has just put an old leather lounge out on the kerb for council clean-up. Alle McMahon ABC It would go perfectly in your living room, and you’ve seen people pick up furniture from the street before, but are you legally allowed to take it? Turns out it depends on where you live. What are the rules around taking items left on the kerb? The laws around salvaging — or “saving” items that would otherwise be destined for landfill ... Read More »

Why Rahul Gandhi is wrong on the issue of lynching

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According to a recent survey, Indian National Congress (INC) President Rahul Gandhi is the favorite alternative candidate to take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, way ahead of other opposition stalwarts like Sharad Pawar, Mamata Banerjee and… Sagarneel Sinha Asia Times But despite this, his poor logic continues to hurt his image. His recent comment in Germany that incidents of lynchings are attributable to demonetization, unemployment and the GST (Goods and Service Tax) is surely not something that is expected from ... Read More »

Kweku Adoboli: Home Office Rejects Ex-UBS Trader’s Latest Claim Against Deportation

Alleged rogue trader Kweku Adoboli arrives at Southwark Crown Court where he will continue to give evidence after being accused of gambling away £1.4 billion while working for Swiss bank UBS.

He has been living in the UK since the age of 12. Nadine White HuffPost The Home Office has rejected a fresh claim against its decision to deport former UBS trader Kweku Adoboli to Ghana in a final appeal bid. Adoboli’s lawyer Jacqueline McKenzie told HuffPost UK his claim was not accepted on the basis that there is “no realistic prospect of success”. Barristers involved in the case have now been briefed on a judicial review currently being prepared for submission. Adoboli ... Read More »

Dangerous Democracy: The Problem With ‘The Will Of The People’

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Westerners don’t really live in democracies, at least not ones where the true majority prevails, writes Stuart Rees. New Matilda Characters in Australia who advocate government by plebiscite think that such a voter mechanism would represent the will of the people and would therefore be truly democratic. A quick look at the political impasse in the ol’ mother country shows the absurdity of such thinking. To justify exiting Europe, Britain’s Brexit politicians keep repeating that they are following ‘the will ... Read More »

Jailing of Reuters journalists ‘nothing to do with freedom of expression’, says Aung San Suu Kyi

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Myanmar’s State Counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi, says two jailed Reuters journalists can appeal their seven-year sentence, and that their jailing had nothing to do with freedom of expression. ABC Asked how she felt about jailing journalists as a democratic leader, Suu Kyi said: “They were not jailed because they were journalists, they were jailed because … the court has decided that they have broken the… She made her comments at the World Economic Forum on ASEAN in Hanoi on ... Read More »

Israel, Greece, Cyprus plan underwater gas pipeline

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Netanyahu meets with Greek, Cypriot foreign ministers as three countries plan gas pipeline to Europe Arutz Sheva Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday, at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, held a trilateral meeting with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides. He also met… The three discussed, in continuation of previous meetings, the laying of a joint Israel-Cyprus-Greece East-Med gas pipeline in order to export gas to Europe. They also discussed – inter alia – ... Read More »

‘It makes us all sick’: I don’t care what you think, and neither should you

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There’s too much news this week. If we lived in a time of any sort of leadership, of any standard of decency in the national discourse, we would have stopped for a while, after Sunday. Glynn Greensmith WAtoday Another family, another community, ripped apart by violence. Tiny children brutally murdered. In our world, in our towns. Again. It stings the eyes, it punctures the soul. But with unconscionable haste we chase straight after the next controversy, the next chance to ... Read More »

Australia deports Iraqi asylum seeker whose appeal was due next week

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Lawyers scrambled to get a legal injunction preventing the deportation but were kept from contacting the man in time. Helen Davidson The Guardian Australian immigration authorities have deported an Iraqi asylum seeker against his will and despite there being a pending court case scheduled to sit next week. Advocates and lawyers scrambled on Wednesday night to get a legal injunction but were prevented from contacting the man on the phone, and by the time a barrister was found to lodge ... Read More »

Macron to admit French torture during Algerian War

French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he delivers a speech on stage next to a placard reading "do more for those who have less" during the presentation of an anti-poverty plan, in Paris, on September 13, 2018. - French President Emmanuel Macron has unveiled a 8 billion euro plan focusing on education and getting the unemployed back to work in an effort to combat poverty. Placard reads "make more for those who have less". (Photo by Michel Euler / POOL / AFP)        (Photo credit should read MICHEL EULER/AFP/Getty Images)

French president will recognize that the French military tortured and ultimately killed Maurice Audin. Zachary Young Politico PARIS — France was responsible for the disappearance of a pro-Algerian activist in 1957, Emmanuel Macron is set to acknowledge Thursday. Maurice Audin, a mathematician and member of the Algerian Communist Party (ACP), disappeared in Algiers in June 1957 after having been arrested in his home by French military. French intelligence suspected him of sheltering soldiers from the ACP’s guerrilla wing during the… ... Read More »

Greek Economic Recovery Has Nothing to Do With Odysseus

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According to the prime minister, Greece is emerging from bailout life like Odysseus coming home to Ithaca. This comparison could use some work. Alexis Papazoglou The New Republic In 2010, at a picturesque port on the island of Kastelorizo, then Prime Minister George Papandreou announced the start of “a new Odyssey for Greeks”: entry into an austerity-focused International Monetary Fund-European Union bailout agreement to help finance the… “We know the route to Ithaca,” Papandreou said, “and we’ve got a map.” ... Read More »

SNP activists to hold ‘day of action’ on independence referendum

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The SNP is to hold a national “day of action” on Scottish independence later this month, taking the temperature of the nation as it continues its preparations for a second referendum. Chris Green The Scotsman The party’s depute leader Keith Brown said MPs, MSPs and activists would be given a target of speaking to 50,000 people across the country on 29… Revealing the plans in an interview with The Scotsman’s sister title inews.co.uk, he said the party would be “making ... Read More »

CBA admits to misleading advertising for heart attack cover

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The Commonwealth Bank’s insurance arm has for the first time admitted to publishing misleading advertising that would have left customers thinking they were covered for heart attacks, when… Clancy Yeates The Age The royal commission into financial misconduct also heard the bank convinced the corporate watchdog to soften its language in a media release about the ads to remove an admission of wrongdoing. Its penalty for the misleading ads was a fraction of the maximum fine it could have… Senior ... Read More »

UN Secretary-General: American Power Is in Decline, the World Is ‘in Pieces’

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Is Democracy Dying? António Guterres confronts the “reemergence of irrationality” in global politics. Uri Friedman The Atlantic For the past two years, the secretary-general of the United Nations, António Guterres, has watched as President Donald Trump upends American foreign policy, engaging in trade wars while simultaneously disengaging from international agreements and… And now Guterres has reached a verdict: The United States, once the guarantor of global stability, is losing its ability to influence world events. “I think that the soft ... Read More »

New book offers vital background on the Iran nuclear deal

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Wendy Sherman may not have the highest name recognition outside of Washington — but that’s what you might expect from a former top State Department official whose job included delicate negotiations with old adversaries and… Jason Rezaian The Washington Post Now she has just come out with a new memoir that fills a valuable gap in recent history by providing a detailed look at the talks that led to the Iran nuclear deal. Sherman was the lead negotiator for the ... Read More »

Breast cancer surgery wasn’t ‘radical’ enough for CommInsure

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CommInsure refused to pay out a woman with breast cancer because it didn’t consider she’d had “radical” breast surgery, despite the evidence of her doctor and surgeon. Ruth Williams WAtoday The financial services royal commission on Thursday heard that CommInsure repeatedly denied her claim on the basis of an outdated and arbitrary definition of “radical” breast surgery, which it argued only included a mastectomy, despite that definition not appearing anywhere in the… The woman bought trauma insurance in 1996 and ... Read More »