Society

Government can support public interest journalism in Australia – here’s how

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Independent journalism’s importance to healthy democracies is undisputed. Johan Lidberg The Conversation In a time of rising autocratic tendencies around the world, this independent check on power is more needed than ever. This is well illustrated by US President Donald Trump’s disrespect for the balance-of-power doctrine in general and for the US judiciary in… Government can support… Read More »

Quantum entanglement is the future of the internet whether we understand it or not

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Scientists in China have taken the next step in creating an internet that can’t be hacked or compromised. Tristan Greene  Insider The future of data transfer is called quantum networking and it relies on a complex concept that takes the ‘signal’ out of sending data. Hackers can’t intercept or steal data that never travels, so there’s no signal — the source and destination, in quantum networking, are one in the… Quantum entanglement is… Read More »

Why Jeremy Corbyn is a new leader for the New Times

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In an inspired election campaign, he confounded his detractors and showed that he was – more than any other leader – in tune with the times. Martin Jacques NewStatesman There have been two great political turning points in postwar Britain. The first was in 1945 with the election of the Attlee government. Driven by a popular wave of determination that… Why Jeremy Corbyn… Read More »

The Steady but Unremarkable Clement Attlee

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Neither patriotism nor pragmatism necessarily mark one out for greatness. Dov S. Zakheim The National Interest CLEMENT ATTLEE was blessed by good fortune. Wounded at Gallipoli, he survived the military disaster while many of his comrades never left the… When an ailing George Lansbury relinquished the leadership of the Labour Party in 1935, Attlee—virtually alone among Labour’s senior front-benchers to survive the… The Steady but… Read More »

The cycle of violence that will leave the whole world toothless and blind

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Monday’s cowardly and murderous terrorist attack outside London’s Finsbury Park Mosque is the latest manifestation of the tragic cycle of retributive violence Ghandi and… Editorial The Canberra Times Coming as it did almost a year to the day after British MP, Jo Cox, was murdered in equally cowardly attack by a white supremacist terrorist who opposed her liberal views on tolerance and… One can only hope the legions of xenophobic trolls who… The cycle of… Read More »

Malcolm Fraser’s widow Tamie condemns Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s treatment of refugees in Australia

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Tamie Fraser AO, refugee advocate and wife of the late former Prime Minister Malcolm, has used World Refugee Day to criticise the current Liberal government’s stance on… ABC – Jon Faine “Last year I didn’t talk about this because there was an election coming up, but I can’t look at it any longer and say it’s OK. It’s not ok to treat refugees as they’re being treated in Australia at this… Mrs Fraser, who affectionately described herself on… Malcolm Fraser’s ... Read More »

Iranian asylum seeker Mojgan Shamsalipoor faces deportation after visa denied

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Lawyers for Brisbane woman – whose campaign was supported by ministers and fellow former pupils – say decision will ‘rip her away’ from her… Naaman Zhou The Guardian Iranian asylum seeker Mojgan Shamsalipoor has been given six months to leave Australia despite a long-running national campaign for immigration minister Peter Dutton to intervene and… The former Yeronga state high school student had her application for a… Iranian asylum seeker… Read More »

What does the Anna Stubblefield case teach us about sentencing and sexual assault?

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Analysis A former chair of philosophy at Rutgers University had sex with a man who can’t speak. RN By Eleanor Gordon-Smith for The Philosopher’s Zone ABC The resulting court battle raised questions about when and why suffering matters in sentencing — and Anna Stubblefield went to jail. You might remember reading about it in the New York Times. For a minute it looked like the story would end there: Stubblefield looking open-mouthed over her shoulder in the black and… What ... Read More »

Power without the People: Averting Venezuela’s Breakdown

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Violence is escalating in Venezuela, killing 70 people in over two months of ever-angrier popular protests against a government that is abandoning representative democracy. ICG Regional states should avert a humanitarian catastrophe by pressuring the Maduro regime to withdraw plans to elect a phony constituent assembly on 30 July. I. Overview Venezuela is in turmoil after more than two months of almost daily mass… Power without the… Read More »

Let Us Not Ignore Our Ocean, EEZ’

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Minister for Fisheries, Semi Koroilvesau spoke to more than 50 Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) personnel at the RFMF Training Centre in Vatuwaqa over the weekend on Fiji’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and… FijiSun “Ideally, this topic should of concern to every Fijian as it is this important geographical feature that has given us the greater bounds within which we have derived great values and… “Fiji, like any other island state, is surrounded by the… Let Us Not… Read More »

Mixed media: how Australia’s newspapers became locked in a war of left versus right

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We are living through a period of fragmentation and polarisation in public discourse on a scale mankind has not before experienced. Denis Muller The Conversation By far the greatest fragmenting and polarising force is social media. An increasing proportion of the population, especially those under 40, get their news from social media, overwhelmingly from Face… The algorithms that tailor what Facebook prioritises for… Mixed media: how… Read More »

Facebook and Twitter are being used to manipulate public opinion – report

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Nine-country study finds widespread use of social media for promoting lies, misinformation and propaganda by governments and individuals Alex Hern The Guardian Propaganda on social media is being used to manipulate public opinion around the world, a new set of studies from the University of Oxford has… From Russia, where around 45% of highly active Twitter accounts are bots, to Taiwan, where a campaign against President Tsai Ing-wen involved thousands of… Facebook and Twitter… Read More »

How long will it take for your job to be automated?

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We’re often told that machines one day will be able to do our jobs – but when, exactly. is that likely to happen? Richard Gray BBC The world is widely considered to be on the cusp of a fourth industrial revolution – one where machines will be able to do many of the jobs currently performed by humans, and perhaps even do them… It is a future that promises greater efficiency and cheaper services, but one that also could herald ... Read More »

Japan PM Abe’s support slumps amid doubts about school scan

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Support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe slumped more than 10 points to 44.9 percent in a public opinion poll published on June 18, amid opposition party suspicions he used his influence unfairly to help a friend set up a… Reuters Hurriyet Abe has repeatedly denied abusing his authority to benefit his friend. His grip on power is not in danger, given his ruling coalition’s huge majority in parliament, but the affair looks unlikely to… The education ministry… Japan PM ... Read More »

Georgia special election hurtles toward nail-biting finish

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Polls in the most expensive House race in history suggest it’s too close to call. Steven Shepard Politico As the most expensive House race in history rushes toward the finish line Tuesday, the latest public polls are unanimous: The Georgia special election between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel is too close to call. The race for the suburban Atlanta seat, closely watched for clues about the shape of the 2018 midterm elections, appears to be within a… Georgia ... Read More »

I love our nanny state. I bet you do too

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ONCE, the notion of a building fire was one of the rational fears of life: another thing to keep all our fretful grannies awake at night. Now, it’s an obscenity. Claire Harvey Daily Telegraph The sight of a flaming tower-block in London — the city that has been devastated by fire a dozen times in its two thousand-year history, most famously in 1666 — does not make sense to our modern… It looks too outlandish to exist outside a bad ... Read More »