Society

No space is safe when even our TVs are spies

‘I’m in a Guildford hotel room, afraid, at 5.45pm. There’s a smart television mounted on the wall behind me’ Stewart Lee The Guardian I only got a “smart” television set 18 months ago, so I have already avoided years of covert surveillance by the CIA, the FBI, MI5, CI5 and NWA. No one is… No space is… Read More »

The Fillon affair: France’s sick democracy

This affair reflects the very essence of a system dominated by ruling elite that serves its own financial interests. Ali Saad Al Jazeera News Ever since Francois Fillon was elected as the French conservative party, The Republicans, candidate for the upcoming presidential elections in May, he has been caught up in a controversy surrounding his wife’s “fake job” as… The Fillon affair… Read More »

Australia’s discriminatory constitution would allow a Trump-style travel ban

Donald Trump has signed a second executive order to close America’s borders to nations with large Muslim populations. George Williams Brisbane Times Many Australians think we should follow suit, with a Newspoll finding that 44 per cent (or 52 per cent of Coalition voters) supporting such a move. The idea has… Australia’s discriminatory constitution… Read More »

School standards drop as government pushes a politically correct program

PARENTS should be worried about the LGBTI Safe Schools gender and sexuality program being forced on government schools by Daniel… Kevin Donnelly Herald Sun Add the fact, as reported in The Australian recently, that vulnerable teenagers with intellectual disabilities enrolled in Victorian special schools are also… Such was the furore… School standards drop… Read More »

Online job sites may block older workers from entering their details

Older Americans struggling to overcome age discrimination while looking for work face a new enemy: their computers. Bob Sullivan Yahoo Finance Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan recently opened a probe into allegations that ageism is built right into the online software tools that millions of Americans use to job hunt. Separate research published… Online job sites… Read More »

Man Without an ISIS Plan

On the campaign trail, no foreign policy issue seized Donald Trump more than the fight against the Islamic State. The New York Times Once president, he signed an executive order giving his generals 30 days to produce a plan to defeat the terrorist group, and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis gave him options on Feb. 27. Yet if Mr. Trump… Man Without an… Read More »

Enough Kims, thanks

Memo to son of murdered Kim Jog-nam: North-Korea doesn’t need another Kim Bradley K. Martin Asia Times The appearance on YouTube last week of the son of the murdered Kim Jong-nam has sparked speculation that the young man may be next on Pyongyang’s hit list. The theory goes… Enough Kims… Read More »

Making Athens Great Again

How does a citizen respond when a democracy that prides itself on being exceptional betrays its highest principles? REBECCA NEWBERGER GOLDSTEIN The Atlantic Plato despaired, but he also pointed the way to renewal. What happens when a society, once a model for enlightened progress, threatens to… Making Athens Great… Read More »

Ousted South Korean leader Park Geun-hye leaves Blue House

Seoul: Disgraced South Korean leader Park Geun-hye has left the presidential Blue House bound for her private home and facing possible prosecution and jail, two days after a court dismissed her over a… Brisbane Times AAP Park left the compound on Sunday in a motorcade of fast-driving black cars, flanked by police motorbikes, after… Ousted South Korean… Read More »

‘It was a mistake’: Pauline Hanson admits preference error after One Nation vote collapses

One Nation is set for a disastrous result at the West Australian election, prompting Pauline Hanson to say it was a mistake for the party to enter into a preference deal with the… Matthew Knott The Age With 67 per cent of the vote counted on Saturday night, One Nation was polling just 4.7 per cent of the vote in the WA lower house – far lower than… A Newspoll at the… ‘It was a… Read More »

China: Trade war will only bring ‘pain’

China on March 11 warned the U.S. against launching a trade war, saying that both countries would suffer if U.S. President Donald Trump follows through on his… BEIJING – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The billionaire politician has repeatedly accused China of using unfair trade policies to steal jobs from the US, threatening to… “A trade war is not in the… China: Trade war… Read More »

Japan remembers

March 11 is a day of remembrance in Japan. Daniel Hurst Asia Times Midafternoon, the nation falls largely silent to remember the children, wives, husbands, schoolteachers, grandmothers and thousands more whose lives were snuffed out in unexpected minutes on this day six years ago. At 2:46 p.m., the… Japan remembers… Read More »