Society

Gary Johnson: My Foreign Policy Vision

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Show me an America with less debt, greater economic strength, and robust trade relationships across the globe, and I will show you a safer, more secure, America. Gary Johnson I recently delivered a major foreign address at the University of Chicago, in which I highlighted the… Gary Johnson: My Foreign… Read More »

End child stonings, UN tells Saudi Arabia

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A UN watchdog wants Saudi Arabia to get rid of laws that allow children to be stoned, amputated, flogged and executed. Source: AAP A UN human rights watchdog has called on Saudi Arabia to end discrimination against girls and repeal laws that allow the End child stonings, UN… Read More »

When race and class collide, the biggest challenge is using your voice

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For a new series from the Australia Indonesia Centre, four writers and thinkers – two Australian (Alice Pung and Susan Carland), two Indonesian (Leila Chudori, Eliza Vitri Handayani – were invited to reflect on key issues facing their societies • Read more about the Australia Indonesia Essay Series Alice Pung When you are seven months pregnant, your husband and… When race and class collide, the… Read More »

Moroccans vote amid worries about jobs, extremism

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Associated Press RABAT: Millions of Moroccans hit the voting booths on Friday, with worries about joblessness and extremism on many minds as they choose which party will lead their next government. Adultery scandals and thwarted election-day attacks have marked… Moroccans vote amid worries about… Read More »

Polish parliament rejects near-total abortion ban after protests

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Following protests by tens of thousands of women, Polish lawmakers on Oct. 6 rejected plans for a near-total ban on abortion, in a hastily arranged vote that marks the first major domestic setback for the conservative government. WARSAW – Reuters The ruling Law and Justice party (PIS) unexpectedly withdrew its support for draft… Polish parliament rejects near-total… Read More »

Archbishop Desmond Tutu: When my time comes, I want the option of an assisted death

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Throughout my life, I have been fortunate to have spent my time working for dignity for the living. By Desmond Tutu I have campaigned passionately for people in my country and the world over to have their… Archbishop Desmond Tutu: When my time comes, I want… Read More »

Confrontation in Zimbabwe Turns Increasingly Violent

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Abductions, assaults by pro-government thugs and anti-government demonstrations met by tear gas and water cannon all signal rising levels of violence in Zimbabwe. Piers Pigou The situation is aggravated by the government’s failure to implement proposals for reform and… Confrontation in Zimbabwe Turns… Read More »

Ashraf Ghani’s gamble with ‘butcher of Kabul’

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For the Afghan president, a deal with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is a political win, but it may not bring political stability. by Najib Sharifi Last week, the Afghan government signed a peace deal with the notorious warlord and… Ashraf Ghani’s gamble with… Read More »

On National Poetry Day we should be championing the artform’s diversity

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Despite women and people of colour dominating poetry slams, it’s still white men who get most of the paying gigs and festivals Bridget Minamore When it comes to the diverse range of people championing poetry in the UK, we seemingly have a lot to celebrate this National Poetry… On National Poetry Day we should be championing the… Read More »

Reassembling Colombia’s Rejected Peace Deal

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Three interlocking sets of negotiations can still end Colombia’s 52 years of civil war, even after a 2 October referendum voted down a 26 September peace deal. But success will need energetic new engagement by all sides – especially in the region. Reassembling Colombia’s Rejected… Read More »

Why is globalisation under attack?

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Free trade and globalisation seem to be under siege from a broad and loud range of opponents. By Mark Broad, Economics reporter, BBC News For decades there has been a strong consensus that globalisation brought more jobs, higher wages and lower prices – not just for richer countries but also for developing and… Why is globalisation under… Read More »

Can Women Be Trusted on Abortion? Two Men Weigh In

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Well, that was painful. What with the cross talk, interruptions, insults, sneers and overly rehearsed zingers, the vice-presidential debate on Tuesday surely bewildered more voters than it enlightened. By KATHA POLLITT There was one area, though, in which both Senator Tim Kaine and Gov. Mike Pence were crystal-clear and decidedly different: abortion… Can Women Be Trusted on… Read More »

Read With Raf October: The Fighter by Arnold Zable

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The Read With Raf book for October is Arnold Zable’s ‘The Fighter’, a biography of Henry Nissen, champion boxer and youth social worker. Grab the book from your local library, or buy a copy from your local bookstore and read along with Raf and Alicia Sometimes this month. Author Arnold Zable is an award-winning Australian writer and storyteller, who garnered widespread acclaim for his 1991 memoir ‘Jewels and… Read With Raf… Read More »

Ode to Lesbos, the villagers who helped refugees – in pictures

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Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Daniel Etter, whose images from Kos touched the hearts of millions last year, returned to Greece this September to photograph the islanders who feature in the new documentary short Ode to Lesvos, created by Johnnie Walker® to shine a light on the inspirational acts of compassion shown in response to the refugee crisis. Daniel Etter Ode to Lesbos, the villagers who helped… Read More »

Paris climate deal: EU backs landmark agreement

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The European Parliament has backed the ratification of the Paris climate deal, paving the way for the world’s first global agreement. The deal aims to limit greenhouse gas emissions and keep global temperature increases “well below” 2C. Paris climate deal: EU backs landmark agreement… Read More »

How conservatives made Hanson’s ideas part of the political furniture

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A reading of Pauline Hanson: The Truth reveals the extent to which Hansonist positions have been co-opted by conservatives in politics and media Jason Wilson It’s 2016, and yet somehow ponderous Paul Kelly has still not been put out to pasture. Only in the Australian – a newspaper made by and… How conservatives made Hanson’s ideas part of the political furniture… Read More »