Society

Mentorship key to encouraging Indigenous students into higher degrees

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It took the encouragement of two mentors for Indigenous university student Graham Akhurst to even consider the possibility of enrolling in a higher degree by research. Lucy Stone Brisbane Times Now a master of philosophy student at the University of Queensland, Mr Akhurst said without that encouragement, it would never have crossed his mind to keep studying – it just wasn’t an option. Mr Akhurst’s story is representative of what a new report says is needed to boost the small ... Read More »

Israeli Arab MP resigns over controversial ‘nation state’ law

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An Israeli Arab politician has resigned in opposition to a controversial new law which declares Israel to be the nation state of the Jewish people. BBC Zouheir Bahloul, 67, branded parliament “racist” and “destructive” for passing the law, which also puts Hebrew above Arabic as the official language. “[The law] removes the Arab population from the path of equality in Israel,” he told Israeli TV network Reshet. The bill passed on 19 July, provoking anger from Israel’s Arab minority. Arab ... Read More »

Former vice mayor of China’s Lyuliang City sentenced to death for corruption

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Zhang Zhongsheng, former vice mayor of Lyuliang City in north China’s Shanxi Province, was sentenced to death on Wednesday for taking bribes, the Intermediate People’s Court of Linfen in Shanxi Province said. CGTN According to the court, Zhang received bribes in cash and property worth a total of 1.04 billion yuan (165 million US dollars) from 1997 to 2013. Apart from being sentenced to death, Zhang has also been deprived of all his political rights for life and all of ... Read More »

Are We Set Up to Relieve the Mind-Numbing Chernobyl and Fukushima Experience?

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There’s a visible pattern amid the European media voicing ever increasing concern over malfunctions and all sorts of emergencies occurring lately at nuclear power plants. Grete Mautner NEO A very real possibility of a second Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster occurring in Europe has recently been reported by Italian news service Gli Occhi Della Guerra. In particular, it reported that the authorities of Germany and the Netherlands made a decision to hand out to the population iodine tablets capable of reducing the effects ... Read More »

Australia is in the grip of a sleeplessness epidemic

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In December last year, at the height of the dual citizenship scandal which ultimately led to this weekend’s Super Saturday byelections, ABC’s 7.30 presenter Leigh Sales asked Malcolm Turnbullwhat ran through his head in the middle of night when he couldn’t sleep. Fleur Anderson The Canberra Times She received short shrift. “You know what? I sleep right through the night. Do you sleep well?” Turnbull said. “The key to being a happy and effective prime minister is to get a good night’s sleep ... Read More »

Foreign policy concerns swayed Malaysia’s voters

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Malaysia’s recent election on 9 May 2018 saw a dramatic result — the incumbent Barisan Nasional ruling coalition that had ruled Malaysia for 61 years crumbled, and Pakatan Harapan, a coalition of opposition parties, emerged victorious. Adam Leong Kok Wey One of the numerous reasons why the ruling party lost in the elections is that Malaysia’s foreign policy was perceived by a large segment of its people to be too cosy to China. Malaysia’s foreign policy decision-making has long been ... Read More »

Go ahead, white Australia, eat your kebabs while you remind us of your ‘values’

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When I think about white fragility and its moral pretensions I marvel at the great hoax of it all Randa Abdel-Fattah The Guardian I know who I am. Most racialised people do. History matters to us. We know that the answers to who we are as a nation lie in a story that did not start with the last election or 9/11 or Tampa or deaths in custody or the stolen generations. We know that if we were to approach the ... Read More »

Judge in migrant reunification case says government at fault for ‘losing several hundred parents’

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A federal judge commended the Trump administration on Friday for the progress made reuniting families separated by the Department of Homeland Security’s zero-tolerance immigration policy, but blamed the… John Bowden The Hill U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw said that the Trump administration was “at fault” for deporting more than 400 parents while their children remained in custody, according to CBS News. “The government is at fault for losing several hundred parents in the process and that’s where we go next” in ... Read More »

Somalia’s president pays rare visit to Eritrea

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ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Somalia’s president paid a rare visit to Eritrea on Saturday in a sign that Asmara is trying to use the opportunity created by a rapprochement with Ethiopia to improve its regional ties. By Aaron Maasho Yahoo Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki’s decision to invite President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo marks a new chapter for the countries after years of sour relations. Discussions will focus on “regional issues of interest to both countries,” Eritrea’s information ministry said. Previous Somali ... Read More »

Grieving whale mother carries her dead calf for days as orcas become more endangered

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A mother killer whale’s grief has left her carrying her dead calf for four days and separated from the rest of her pod. Simon Rushton iNews The calf – born to a Southern Resident orca called J35 – was alive for just a few hours before it became another grim sign of how endangered this whale species is. A research team for the Center for Whale Research sailed to the pair, off the Victoria shoreline in British Columbia, Canada, but ... Read More »

Jaimen Hudson: Wheelchair-bound filmmaker to dive with great whites in new film

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His spectacular videos showcasing the southern coastline of Western Australia and the wildlife that call it home have been devoured on social media. Daile Cross WAtoday Images of dolphins frolicking in pristine waves near Esperance and a stand up paddle boarder getting up close and personal with a majestic whale are among the most well known of the images captured by Jaimen Hudson.  Around 250 million views of his videos is an impressive tally. He uses drones to make his films, ... Read More »

NASA spots huge green ‘whirlpools’ on the ocean (and the reason is alarming)

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NASA satellites have spotted what looks like a huge, green ‘whirlpool’ on the surface of the ocean – and it’s evidence of a dangerous trend. Rob Waugh Yahoo News UK Every summer, phytoplankton spread across the northern basins of the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, with blooms spanning hundreds and sometimes thousands of miles. Blooms this summer off of Scandinavia seem to be particularly intense – and could be ‘strangling’ the ocean beneath. On July 18, 2018, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) ... Read More »

How radio can help empower women in Niger

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Mariama is 23. At the age of 15, she was married to a local religious leader twice her age. She now has two babies, is a second wife, and stays at home doing “nothing”. Emma Heywood The Conversation Her childhood dream of becoming a doctor faded many years ago. She is not alone. Women in Niger suffer from widespread gender inequality, and child marriage is common. The latter is covered by the Civil Code, with a minimum age of 18 ... Read More »

Tensions Rise Ahead of Zimbabwe’s Elections

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On 30 July Zimbabwe will hold elections. For the first time since independence Robert Mugabe is not a candidate. Piers Pigou ICG His successor presents himself as a reformer – but many doubt the polls will be clean. The opposition warns that Zimbabweans will not tolerate another stolen election. What’s so important about the credibility of these polls? On 30 July 2018 Zimbabweans will go to the polls to elect a president, parliamentarians and local councillors. The elections are an ... Read More »

A 6-Year-Old Girl Was Sexually Abused in an Immigrant-Detention Center

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Separated from her mother by Trump’s zero-tolerance policy, the child was forced to sign a statement confirming that she understood it was her responsibility to stay away from her abuser. Ari Honarvar The Nation According to immigrant-rights advocates, a 6-year-old girl separated from her mother under the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy was sexually abused while at an… The child was then made to sign a form acknowledging that she was told to maintain her distance from her alleged abuser, ... Read More »

Greek fires: the predatory political economy behind a recurring human disaster

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After wildfires struck coastal resorts and suburbs around Athens, the images of the destruction show the trail of devastation and death left behind. Ioannis Glinavos The Conversation The world is understandably shocked. But fires – albeit smaller ones and with fewer deaths than on this occasion – are quite regular and seen as an unpleasant yet predictable summer occurrence in Greece. These fires have generally been treated with resignation, and ultimately one has now led to huge disaster. The following ... Read More »