Society

How the law allows governments to publish your private information

Recent controversy over the government’s use of information provided to Human Services and Veterans’ Affairs demonstrates there are major holes in Australia’s privacy regime that we need to fix. Bruce Baer Arnold The Conversation Australians are accustomed to providing personal information to federal and state governments. We do it… How the law… Read More »

The hijab ruling is a ban on Muslim women

Religious identity isn’t something you can take off in public. Iman Amrani The Guardian The European court of justice has turned the headscarf into a symbol of resistance This week’s decision… The hijab ruling… Read More »

War Must Not Become the New Normal

With the proliferation of conflicts, weakening international institutions, and rising nationalism, the world faces daunting times ahead. Jean-Marie Guéhenno International Crisis Group A new coalition of states must come together to promote our collective interest in peace and security. The pessimists were… War Must Not… Read More »

Dutch election’s big winner proves to be GreenLeft

Party forecast to quadruple its MPs from four to 16 after storming campaign by young leader Jesse… Jon Henley in The Hague The Guardian The big winner of Wednesday’s election – and now the largest party of the Dutch left for the first time – was GreenLeft, headed by 30-year-old Jesse Klaver, hailed by his enthusiastic supporters as the “Jessiah”. According to a… Dutch election’s big… Read More »

You Say You Want a Revolution?

To paraphrase the Beatles: Well, you know, you’d better free your mind instead; you may want a revolution but ought to settle for some evolution. Thomas Donnelly AEI It is an article of revealed religion among defense elites that “we live in a relentlessly changing and fiercely competitive world.” Those words were… You Say You… Read More »

Turks becoming the new ‘devil’ of Europe

European xenophobia, which has emerged in every period against different groups, this time sees Turks and Muslims as its main enemies Selim Yaman Daily Sabah On Saturday night, Family and Social Policies Minister Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya was prevented from going into the Turkish Consulate in the Netherlands’ city of Rotterdam, leading to a diplomatic crisis between the two… Turks becoming the… Read More »

Eastern promise: How Stalin rebuilt Moscow in his own image

(CNN) – When you look at Europe’s capital cities, you see, spelled out in physical form, the nature of the ideas that brought them into being. Deyan Sudjic CNN Today’s London is the fruit of unintended consequences. Its skyline is dictated by a market economy, distorted by the demands placed on it by politicians who have tried to shift the provision of civic amenities onto private finance. Paris has a… Eastern promise: How… Read More »

Tasmanian government’s Family Violence Reforms Bill 2016 passes through House of Assembly completely unopposed

In a rare display of tripartisan support, the government’s family violence reform legislation passed through the Lower House unimpeded on Tuesday. Rob Inglis Examiner Premier Will Hodgman acknowledged the cross-party cooperation that enabled the Family Violence Reforms Bill 2016’s passage through the House of Assembly. “There’s been a… Tasmanian government’s Family… Read More »

Donald Trump’s incendiary language emboldening white supremacists, minority groups say

Shootings, bombings, desecrated cemeteries and racist graffiti — minority groups in the United States say the number of race hate crimes are spiking in President Donald Trump’s America. Conor Duffy ABC “I hope it’s not a tipping point but I will say that I’m 36 years old and I grew up in an amazing America, and I still want it to be amazing, open America for my children who are growing up here,” Philadelphia rabbi Joel Seltzer said. “For the ... Read More »

What can the Dutch elections tell us about Europe?

Coming Dutch elections are a prism to understand Europe and tell much about its institutional and cultural crisis. Silvia Mazzini and Kees Jan van Kesteren Al Jazeera News On March 15, the Dutch are going to the polls. An event that… What can the… Read More »

Fall from grace of the human face of Church hierarchy

Each new revelation in the succession of scandals to envelope the Catholic Church cast the transgressions of Bishop Casey in an ever more benighn light, writes Michael Clifford Michael Clifford Irish Examiner THE rain was bucketing down for much of the morning, but nobody really minded, least of all the man who was up there on the stage in front of a crowd heading for 300,000. The occasion was… Fall from grace… Read More »

US-Russian detente would make the world safer

US President Donald Trump’s hope that Washington and Moscow could partner in finding solutions for troubling global issues such as terrorism is being dashed by US lawmakers, intelligence services and a hostile media. Linda S. Heard Arab News As a candidate, Trump expressed his wish to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to test the waters. Putin, whose relationship… US-Russian detente would make the world safer Read More »

Why does everyone keep making Nazi comparisons?

As a row between Turkey and the EU deepened, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused both the Germans and the Dutch of using Nazi tactics. David Molloy BBC News Bringing up Hitler or Nazi Germany in an argument is hardly new. But recently, it… Why does everyone… Read More »