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Thailand to sell 11.4m tonnes of rice

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Thailand plans to sell the remaining 11.4 million tonnes of rice in government stockpiles within two months, the country’s rice management board says. The world’s second-biggest rice exporter after India has been reducing stocks left over after the end of a rice-buying scheme under the previous, civilian… Source: Thailand to sell 11.4m tonnes of rice | The Mercury Read More »

Far from being silenced, the conservative voice is amplified and disproportionately powerful

There’s a vast difference between being a victim of discrimination and the reality of fewer people agreeing with you than you’re used to. There’s no more perfect example of cognitive dissonance than straight, white conservative males using the platform of their privilege to protest… Source: Far from being silenced, the conservative voice is amplified and disproportionately powerful | Brad Chilcott | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Legal aid cuts have led to surge in DIY defence, says charity

Report finds rise in number of people appearing in court without lawyer, while experts warn vulnerable defendants are having to fend for themselves.. Miscarriages of justice and long delays in the criminal justice system are becoming more common because a growing number of people are having to… Source: Legal aid cuts have led to surge in DIY defence, says charity | Law | The Guardian Read More »

Clooney joins Armenians to mark anniversary of massacre

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Actor George Clooney presented a $1.1 million award on the 101st anniversary of a massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks to a Burundi woman who offered sanctuary to thousands of orphans in the middle of a civil war there. The killing of more than 200 Armenian intellectuals on April 24, 1915 is regarded as the… Source: Clooney joins Armenians to mark anniversary of massacre Read More »

Women’s blessing at in Jerusalem curtailed

A bid by a group of Jewish women to challenge tradition at Jerusalem’s Western Wall with a blessing usually conducted by men was curtailed yesterday after a decision by Israel’s attorney general. The plan was the latest by the group, Women of the Wall, to push for equal prayer rights at the site, the holiest location where Jews are currently allowed to… Source: Women’s blessing at in Jerusalem curtailed – MIDEAST Read More »

Australian sculptor Inge King dies aged 100

Renowned Australian sculptor Inge King, who for more than 60 years was a pioneer of contemporary sculpture in her adopted homeland, has died in Melbourne. “Halfway between 100 and 101,” the centenarian died peacefully in the presence of her family late Saturday night, her long-time gallerist Stuart Purves said… Source: Australian sculptor Inge King dies aged 100 Read More »

Anzac Day: We’ve Already Said Thanks, It’s Time To Move On

Aboriginal people got one national apology. But Anzacs have had more than 100 thank you’s, writes Chris Graham. At the outset, I should say that my Grandfather fought in the Second World War. He did so to protect the liberties and freedoms that I enjoy today. I’m grateful for that. But I think the senseMore… Source: Anzac Day: We’ve Already Said Thanks, It’s Time To Move On – New Matilda Read More »

The Greek island of Kythera

As well as its important place in ancient Greek mythology and history, Kythera has an association with Australia going back a hundred years.. When George Miller’s latest Mad Max fantasy collected six Academy Awards – the most to date for an Australian film – the biggest… Source: The Greek island of Kythera | The Saturday Paper Read More »

Russia’s embattled economy pushes more into poverty

As their economy stalls, more Russians are being pushed into poverty. Over 19 million were living below the poverty line last year, making less than $180 a month. In St. Petersburg, CBC’s Susan Ormiston and Corinne Seminoff met a group of social workers trying to feed and house the homeless. Source: Russia’s embattled economy pushes more into poverty – World – CBC News Read More »

When we mourn the passing of Prince but not 500 migrants, we have to ask: have we lost all sense of perspective?

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Has something gone adrift within the moral compass of our ‘news’ reporting? Robert Fisk @indyvoices In the past week, 64 Afghans have been killed in the largest bomb to have exploded in Kabul in 15 years. At least 340 were wounded. The Taliban set off their explosives at the very wall of the ‘elite’ security force – watch out for that word ‘elite’ – which was supposed to protect the capital. Whole families were annihilated. No autopsies for them… Source: ... Read More »

‘The Lost Book of Moses’ is a mystery of biblical proportions

Decades before the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, did a Jerusalem antiquities dealer really find a first draft of the Bible? The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 by Bedouin shepherds catalyzed a… Source: ‘The Lost Book of Moses’ is a mystery of biblical proportions – CSMonitor.com Read More »

Islamist Turkey seizes ALL Christian churches in city and declares them ‘state property’

TURKEY’S Islamist government has stepped up its war on Christianity by seizing all the churches in one city and declaring them state property… Source: Islamist Turkey seizes ALL Christian churches in city and declares them ‘state property’ | World | News | Daily Express Read More »

Political corruption and clashing egos push South Africa to the abyss

As if enough damage has not already been inflicted on South Africa by its current leadership, another week brought more blows to a battered country. On April 21 President Jacob Zuma presented the findings of a Commission of Inquiry that… Source: Political corruption and clashing egos push South Africa to the abyss. | America Magazine Read More »

Mexico President Pena Nieto seeks to relax drug laws

Plan would see medical marijuana legalised and increase the amount of cannabis people can carry. Guerrero, Mexico – Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has announced a proposal to relax some of the country’s drug laws. The plan would see medicinal marijuana legalised and increase how much cannabis people can carry…. Source: Mexico President Pena Nieto seeks to relax drug laws – AJE News Read More »

Talking Point: Freedom of conscience threatened by monumental changes

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DOES Christianity oppose personal autonomy and human rights? Columnist and lawyer Greg Barns thinks so. He wrote a recent article “Powerful religious groups oppose personal freedoms” (Mercury, April 4), suggesting church opposition to euthanasia laws and same-sex marriage were examples of this anti-freedom bent…. Source: Talking Point: Freedom of conscience threatened by monumental changes | The Mercury Read More »

US primaries: How the US election is changing the global economic debate

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s convincing party wins in the New York primary for their parties’ presidential nomination have accelerated what has already been a contest of historic proportions. What is remarkable isn’t so much the theatrics and personalities but the underlying changes in play… Source: US primaries: How the US election is changing the global economic debate Read More »