Society

Palestinian activist’s Australian visa cancelled on eve of speaking tour

Government says there is a risk people may react adversely to Bassem Tamimi’s presence, and his views on the Middle… Christopher Knaus The Guardian The federal government has cancelled the visa of an outspoken Palestinian activist on the eve of his Australian speaking tour… The activist, Bassem Tamimi, was due to board a plane this week to begin his… Palestinian activist’s Australian… Read More »

A healthy environment means healthy citizens and a more vibrant EU

Europeans have some of the highest rates of anxiety, depression and other non-infectious diseases in the world. Today, on World Health Day, nature is an overlooked remedy, argues Magda Stoczkiewicz. Magda Stoczkiewicz Euractiv Every year, a quarter of Europeans suffer from depression or anxiety – accounting for half of all chronic sick leave. These, alongside other… A healthy environment… Read More »

How emojis can help children learn and communicate

For young children, emoji can aid inclusion in aspects of society previously closed to them, such as active participation in increasing knowledge of childhood well-being, and being heard in educational and care settings. Jennifer Fane ABC Emoji can also support children’s learning in areas of health, well-being, safety and diversity. These are key… How emojis can… Read More »

Crude oil jumps, yen gains, stocks slide as US attacks Syria

Bonds and other so-called safe haven assets gained in Asia trading ASIA TIMES AND REUTERS Asia Times Oil prices jumped and the yen gained against the US dollar in Asia on Friday after the United States fired multiple cruise missiles at… Brent crude futures, the international benchmark for oil, jumped by… US President Donald Trump said he had ordered missile… Crude oil jumps… Read More »

Chemical Weapons 2017: What Just Happened In Syria?

Yet again, on cue, the Western corporate press is on fire with stories of “Assad’s brutality,” and “chemical weapons” attacks against… Australian National Review Obviously, the United States, NATO, and their media mouthpieces are united in condemnation of the Assad government and the Syrian military despite their… Indeed, the Western powers may blame Assad all they want but all the… Chemical Weapons 2017… Read More »

The obscure religion that shaped the West

It has influenced Star Wars and Game of Thrones – and characters as diverse as Voltaire, Nietzsche and… Joobin Bekhrad BBC So what is Zoroastrianism? Joobin Bekhrad finds out. Talk of ‘us’ and ‘them’ has long dominated Iran-related politics in the… At the same time, Christianity has frequently been used to define the identity and values of the US and Europe, as well as to contrast those values with those of a… Yet, a brief glance at an… The obscure ... Read More »

Banks Join NFP Job Programs to Help Refugees

Two major Australian banks are pushing their social responsibility activities into assisting refugees into work – and while one is celebrating a… Pb Welfare not-for-profit the Brotherhood of St Laurence and ANZ are celebrating a 10 year partnership which has supported 170 people from refugee and… Brotherhood executive director Tony Nicholson said the… Banks Join NFP… Read More »

Mafia of the Poor: Gang Violence and Extortion in Central America

Central American gangs are responsible for brutal acts of violence, abuse of women and forced displacement of… ICG Governments must go beyond punitive measures and address the social and economic roots of gang culture, tackle extortion schemes and… Executive Summary Born in the aftermath of civil war and… Mafia of the… Read More »

Why you shouldn’t take the kids out of school to go on holidays

Irish schools unlikely to object too forcefully over kids missing week or… Mark Hilliard The Irish Times Bringing your children to a supermarket to add up prices, examine ingredients and understand the value of money has educational merit but you are unlikely to let them miss… Some parents argue that going on holiday during term time can be… Why you shouldn’t… Read More »

Britons expected to send 235m items of clothing to landfill this spring

Study finds three-quarters of consumers throw away rather than recycle or donate unwanted… Rebecca Smithers Consumer affairs correspondent The Guardian A predicted 235m items of Britons’ unwanted clothing are expected to end up in landfill unnecessarily this spring, according to new… Three-quarters of consumers admit to binning their discarded garments, usually because they do not realise that worn-out or… Britons expected to… Read More »

Thai king endorses new constitution, 20th since 1932

Critics say the charter is undemocratic and will allow the military to keep its grip on power even after… Al Jazeera Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn endorsed the country’s new constitution on Thursday, an essential step towards holding an election to restore democracy after the… The constitution is the nation’s 20th since the absolute monarchy was abolished in 1932, but critics say it will still give the… Thai king endorses… Read More »

Recognising Aboriginal Australia is still in the too-hard basket

Julia Gillard started it, Tony Abbott vowed to “sweat blood” to finish it, and Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten are committed to it, but the task in question is proving more daunting than… Michael Gordon Brisbane Times More than six years after Australia began a process to finally recognise Indigenous Australians in the constitution, there is a very real prospect that… Recognising Aboriginal Australia… Read More »

We had slavery in our supply chains, says Andrew Forrest

The Fortescue Metals chairman says he was appalled by the conditions of some workers connected to… Paul Farrell The Guardian One of Australia’s best-known business figures says he uncovered slavery in at least 12 suppliers as he tried to… Speaking at a forum in Sydney, Andrew Forrest said he told suppliers to his Fortescue Metals Group that they had to… We had slavery… Read More »

Amber Harrison’s barrister Julian Burnside rebuked in dispute with Channel Seven

The prominent silk acting for the former lover of Seven West Media boss Tim Worner has been rebuked by a Supreme Court judge for claiming she… Michaela Whitbourn The Sydney Morning Herald Amber Harrison, a former executive assistant at the media company, has been locked in a bitter court battle with Seven since she went public with embarrassing details of her affair with Mr… Amber Harrison’s barrister… Read More »

Chinese university to open in Oxford despite ideological crackdown at home

Peking University buys stately home for nearly £9m and says it will house a campus designed for students from both Europe and… Tom Phillips in Beijing The Guardian One of China’s top universities is preparing to open a campus at the heart of British academic life, just months after President Xi Jinping called for Chinese universities to… Peking University, an… Chinese university to… Read More »

Patriot power: How France’s alt-right seeks to sway election

France, despite its reputation as a beacon of progressive liberalism, has been at the forefront of a burgeoning pan-European far… Henri Astier BBC Marine Le Pen, an anti-immigration Eurosceptic who may well top the first round of France’s presidential election on 23 April, is… Its themes are familiar in the era of Donald Trump and Brexit: concern for… Patriot power: How… Read More »