Society

French court overturns controversial ban

FRANCE’S top administrative court overturned a ban on burkinis in a Mediterranean town, in a decision Friday that should set legal precedent regarding a swimsuit crackdown that has divided the country and provoked shock around the world. New York Post The ruling by the Council of State Friday specifically concerns a ban on the Muslim garment in the Riviera town of Villeneuve-Loubet, but the… Source: Burkini ban France | French court overturns controversial ban Read More »

Refugee artist detained on Manus Island wins international cartooning award

Cartoonist Rights Network International says Mr Eaten Fish’s work pushes through secrecy surrounding detention centre Helen Davidson An Iranian man currently detained in the Manus Island detention centre has won an international cartooning award for courage… Source: Refugee artist detained on Manus Island wins international cartooning award | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Is Putin’s Russia Headed for a Systemic Collapse?

Putin’s plan seems to be to sit tight and await a hike in oil prices—but long periods of stagnation haven’t gone well for Moscow in the past. The durability of the Russian political and economic system molded by Vladimir Putin has been the subject of much analysis and speculation, both… Source: Is Putin’s Russia Headed for a Systemic Collapse? – The American Interest Read More »

EU Commission warns Government over USC

Commission also criticises State’s failure to control escalating rents in new report Sarah Bardon The European Commission has criticised the Government’s failure to control escalating rents, and for freezing the amount homeowners pay in local… Source: EU Commission warns Government over USC Read More »

America is moving to end its use of private prisons – should Australia follow suit?

For more than 30 years governments around the world have outsourced the management of prison populations. This trend has been enthusiastically adopted in Australia, which has a higher proportion of inmates in privately operated prisons than any other country. Yet recent developments in the US – involving some of the same contractors who operate private prisons in Australia – suggest it might be… Source: America is moving to end its use of private prisons – should Australia follow suit? Read More »

Interview: Michael Kirby, former Justice of the High Court

Emma Alberici speaks with Michael Kirby who has become a high profile critic of a Plebiscite on the issue of same sex marriage. Australian Broadcasting Corporation Reporter: Michael Kirby Transcript EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: As a former High Court judge, Michael Kirby was often called on to interpret and rule on matters regarding Australia’s constitution. Source: Lateline – 26/08/2016: Interview: Michael Kirby, former Justice of the High Court Read More »

Incomes and Globalization

 (Economic Roots of Western Radicalism) The greatest reshuffle of individual incomes since the Industrial Revolution By Branko Milanovic The effects of of globalisation on income distributions in rich countries have been studied extensively. This column takes a… Incomes and Globalization… Read More »

Taiwan’s CTBC Financial, China CITIC Bank cancel deals

TAIPEI/BEIJING (Reuters) – CTBC Financial Holdings, parent of Taiwan’s top credit card issuer, and Chinese state-backed lender China CITIC Bank Corp have cancelled investments in each other amid fresh cross-strait political tensions. It is the first deal collapse since pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leader Tsai Ing-wen became president of Taiwan in May, but… Source: Taiwan’s CTBC Financial, China CITIC Bank cancel deals – Asia Times Read More »

“Nobody is ever just a refugee”: Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie calls for a new way of seeing the global migrant crisis

The Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie called on attendees of the United Nation’s World Humanitarian day last week to rethink the refugee crisis. Lily Kuo “Nobody is ever just a refugee,” said the novelist and non-fiction writer, delivering the keynote address at the event in New York. “Nobody is ever just a single thing. And yet, in the… Source: “Nobody is ever just a refugee”: Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie calls for a new way of seeing the global migrant ... Read More »

Why is sexual harassment in the AFP systemic? And can the culture be changed?

A report released this week revealed widespread and entrenched sexual harassment and bullying in the ranks of the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Like similar reviews before it, the extent and severity of sexual harassment in the AFP was reported as “shocking”. The problem was also described as “systemic” and requiring significant “cultural reform”. Acknowledging that sexual harassment is an issue that… Source: Why is sexual harassment in the AFP systemic? And can the culture be changed? Read More »

University of Texas students armed with sex toys protest new gun law

Students at the University of Texas have gathered on the first day of semester classes to protest against a new law allowing people to carry handguns into campus buildings, which came into effect on August 1. The “campus carry” law allows people 21 years old and over with a concealed handgun licence to carry handguns in classrooms and buildings at the university. The organisation behind the protest encouraged students to wear sex toys around the university because, while it is ... Read More »

Whose Homes?

Nancy Daniel’s mortgage was repackaged and sold so many times that it was unclear who actually owned the house, until she started getting letters threatening foreclosure. Sarah Jaffe Occupy Our Homes Atlanta helped her fight back. Continue… Source: Whose Homes? | Dissent Magazine Read More »

Higher exports, state spending, propel German GDP growth

German gross domestic product rises by 0.4% in second quarter Higher exports, state spending and private consumption drove a 0.4 percent expansion in German gross domestic product in the second quarter, more than offsetting weaker investment by companies in… Source: Higher exports, state spending, propel German GDP growth Read More »

Deja vu in France as Sarkozy sets up presidential rematch

Nicolas Sarkozy s entry into France s presidential race has compounded a haven t-we-been-here-before feeling in torpid, late-summer Paris PARIS – Agence France-Presse Despite a public yearning for political renewal, the 2017 vote for France’s top job is shaping up as a contest between faces that, to many, are drearily familiar… Source: Deja vu in France as Sarkozy sets up presidential rematch – EUROPE Read More »

Nelson Mandela and the Gay Gordons put MoD in a spin, archives reveal

Defence officials balked at letting Scottish army band perform at ‘blatantly political’ Aberdeen ceremony backing jailed leader Luke Harding A decision by Aberdeen’s Labour council to give Nelson Mandela the freedom of the city caused turmoil inside the Ministry of Defence because of a dance performance by the… Source: Nelson Mandela and the Gay Gordons put MoD in a spin, archives reveal | UK news | The Guardian Read More »

Olympics runner Feyisa Lilesa fails to return to Ethiopia after protest in Rio

OLYMPIC marathon silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa failed to return to Ethiopia on Monday night despite assurances he would not be punished for his Rio protest over political repression in his country.. An AFP journalist at the airport in Addis Ababa said Lilesa was not on board the plane that landed on Monday night carrying Ethiopia’s Olympics team… Source: Olympics runner Feyisa Lilesa fails to return to Ethiopia after protest in Rio Read More »