Society

Pakistan: PIA PK661 crashes with 48 people on board

Junaid Jamshed, Pakistan’s singer-turned-preacher, among 48 people on plane that went down near Islamabad. Al Jazeera A commercial aircraft carrying 48 people onboard crashed in northern Pakistan near the capital Islamabad, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) said. PK 661 went down on Wednesday on a domestic flight from…. Pakistan: PIA PK661 crashes with 48 people on… Read More »

Tomboys Don’t Cry

Edgar Gomez interviews Ivan Coyote LA Review of Books Edgar Gomez IVAN COYOTE LIKES to fix things. Reading Tomboy Survival Guide, you get the feeling that… Tomboys Don’t Cry Read More »

Australia’s human rights debate has always been political

Human rights have been a hot topic of late. The Australian Human Rights Commission president, Gillian Triggs, has been accused of politicising her position, while The Australian newspaper and conservative politicians have led a campaign against Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. The Conversation Jon Piccini Why has Australia’s long commitment to human rights bodies and legislation suddenly become such an issue? After all, the Human Rights Commission celebrates what amounts to… Australia’s human rights debate has always been… Read More »

WikiLeaks reveals 57,000 emails from the son-in-law of President Erdogan, ‘proving his connection to ISIS operation smuggling oil into Turkey’

WikiLeaks has released a tranche of more than 57,000 personal emails from the account of Turkey’s Minister of Oil Berat Albayrak. By HANNAH AL-OTHMAN FOR MAILOLINE Albayrak is the son-in-law of the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The emails span a six-year period from 2000 to 2016 and allegedly reveal his level of influence in the country’s political scene. The emails appear to have been obtained by Turkish hacktivist group Redhack, and which threatened to make his communications public back in… ... Read More »

Park says she will accept court’s impeachment result

South Korea’s scandal-hit President Park Geun-Hye has said she will accept the result of a looming and possibly lengthy impeachment process, but defied pressure to resign immediately. SBS An opposition-sponsored impeachment motion is almost certain to be adopted by the national assembly on Friday, with some 30 rebel MPs from Park‘s Saenuri party saying they will vote in favour. The motion would then require the approval of the… Park says she will accept court’s… Read More »

Angela Merkel endorses party’s call for partial ban on burqa and niqab

German chancellor tells CDU conference ‘full facial veil is inappropriate and should be banned wherever it is legally possible’ The Guardian Philip Oltermann Angela Merkel has for the first time endorsed her party’s call for a partial ban on the burqa and the niqab in Germany, telling delegates at the Christian Democratic Union’s conference in Essen “the full facial veil is inappropriate and should be banned wherever it is legally possible”. The German chancellor’s CDU party is expected this week ... Read More »

Full-term prison sentences for police killers like Craig Minogue ‘dangerous, unnecessary’, Liberty Victoria says

The Victorian Government’s move to keep police killers behind bars for life is “dangerous”, “unnecessary” and interferes with the independence of the justice system, a human rights group has said. ABC Sarah Farnsworth The Government has introduced laws into Parliament to prevent people who kill police officers from being released on parole. The laws would affect three current prisoners, including… Full-term prison sentences for police killers like… Read More »

Where to for migrants and minorities?

The dust is yet to settle on Brexit and Donald Trump’s presidential victory but Australia’s own deplorables are already out in force beating their chests. On Line Opinion Saeed Khan Banking on political discontent, racism, and lack of unity among minorities, alarmists think we are ripe for pickings. They openly troll the web and organise around social media to Where to for migrants and… Read More »

Israel artist displays golden statue of Netanyahu in protest

Tel Aviv residents woke up on Dec. 6 to an unusual site – a golden statue of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu displayed prominently in front of City Hall in an act of protest. Hurriyet TEL AVIV – The Associated Press Itay Zalait, the artist behind the protest, said he worked on the life-size statue for two… Israel artist displays… Read More »

‘God bless Australia’? With a true separation of church and state, there’s no need

Polling about spiritual beliefs and how they intersect with politics shows some disconnection between our inner worlds and the physical world we share The Guardian Peter Lewis While the separation of church and state is enshrined in the Australian constitution, the presence of religion has never been far beneath the surface of our political system. The Australian Labor party is in many ways a creature of… ‘God bless Australia’? With a true separation of… Read More »

Australian celebrities join the copyright war amid debate over ‘fair use’ provisions

A GROUP of Australian actors, artists, writers and musicians have launched a campaign to prevent changes to copyright laws which they say will hurt artists and stifle the country’s creative industries. NT News Nick Whigham Author and TV personality Tara Moss, musician and Mambo artist Reg Mombassa and radio and TV personality Rove McManus are among the Australian celebrities who have lent their support to the campaign to… Australian celebrities join the copyright war amid debate over… Read More »

Comment: How marriage inequality ruins straight marriages

“When he said those words I just burst into tears. I said to the celebrant that we need to stop, that this isn’t right.” SBS Ben Winsor One of the most common refrains from those opposed to marriage equality is that allowing two men or two women to marry would somehow undermine the institution of marriage, devaluing the tradition for heterosexual couples. In my experience, the reality has been the… Comment: How marriage inequality… Read More »

End tax breaks for the rich: Editorial

A new report shows the injustice of Canada’s system of tax breaks. The Star Every year, Ottawa spends about $110 billion to help poor and middle class people through programs like the… End tax breaks… Read More »

Victoria youth crime: Statistics raise questions about calls to deport youth offenders

Youth crime has been a hot topic in Victoria recently, with regular stories of violent carjackings, aggravated burglaries and riots in youth justice facilities. ABC Sarah Farnsworth Commentators have linked a recent spate of crimes to the so-called Apex gang, heightening anti-migration rhetoric, but police statistics show most home invasions, car thefts and aggravated robberies are committed by people born in Australia. Data from the Victorian Crime Statistics Agency shows… Victoria youth crime: Statistics raise questions about… Read More »

Google ‘must review its search rankings because of rightwing manipulation’

Hate sites are dominating and controlling searches on Muslims, Jews, Hitler and women and search engine is failing to tackle problem, say academics The Guardian Carole Cadwalladr Google must urgently review its search ranking system because of “compelling” evidence that it is being “manipulated and controlled” by rightwing propagandists, leading academics have said, after the Observer reported that hate sites are now dominating searches on Muslims, Jews, Hitler and women. Cathy O’Neil, a data scientist and the author of… Google ... Read More »