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Jan Fran has some words for Peter Dutton

Peter Dutton has claimed that ‘mistakes were made’ allowing Lebanese immigrants into the country. SBS Jan Fran Lebanese Australian Jan Fran has some questions for him. Peter Dutton, despite being Minister for Immigration, is a little bit dubious that immigration is a good idea. Jan Fran has some words for… Read More »

Labor responds quickly to union leader’s domestic violence claims

The union movement can’t demand “zero tolerance” for domestic violence and not take action against leaders involved in it. Crikey Bernard Keane The labour movement and Labor’s federal parliamentary leadership have responded quickly to yesterday’s revelations of police accounts of domestic violence by the head of the New South Wales Postal & Telecommunications division of the Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union of Australia, Jim Metcher. Metcher has been kicked out of the Labor Party at the instigation of … Labor responds ... Read More »

Why female genital mutilation still exists in modern Singapore

Female genital mutilation is carried out by communities around the world. But though it is not commonly associated with modern, cosmopolitan Singapore, it is quietly happening all the time, as the BBC’s Yvette Tan writes. By Yvette Tan BBC News Zarifah Anuar didn’t find out she had been circumcised as a child until she was 23. She was just two weeks old when her… Why female genital… Read More »

Algeria’s South: Trouble’s Bellwether

As waves of protests have hit the hydrocarbon-rich Algerian south since 2013, authorities maintained a tenuous peace through handouts, repression and policing. To calm tensions, the state needs to clarify policies, communicate with local protestors and address underlying issues of… Algeria’s South: Trouble’s… Read More »

Treasury warns Israel’s growth rate may not be sustainable

The Finance Ministry says new car purchases and Intel’s fab upgrade are among the main causes of recent high growth Globes Moshe Golan “The figures for the composition of growth in 2016 could indicate that the current growth rate is not necessarily sustainable,” the Ministry of Finance chief economist states in his… Treasury warns Israel’s… Read More »

80% of IT Jobs can be Replaced by Automation, and it’s ‘Exciting’

TAKING OVER IT Amidst the anxious grumbling of his audience at last week’s Structure Conference in San Francisco, billionaire Vinod Khosla asserted that 80% of jobs in an IT department could be replaced by AI-type… Author: Dom Galeon Editor: Patrick Caughill That, of course, is an…“I think that’s exciting,” added Khosla, founder of Sun Microsystems and Silicon Valley venture firm, Khosla Ventures. 80% of IT… Read More »

US dollar eases slightly after a week-long surge

US dollar eases slightly after a week-long surge | i24news – See beyond By Yoni Dayan ‘Now that we have a new administration on the way, the dollar’s rally has received a fresh dose of octane’ The US dollar eased slightly after a week-long surge pushed the… US dollar eases… Read More »

Trump Camp’s Talk of Registry and Japanese Internment Raises Muslim Fears

A prominent supporter of Donald J. Trump set off concern and condemnation from Muslims on Wednesday after citing World War II-era Japanese-American internment camps as a “precedent” for an immigrant registry suggested by a member of the president-elect’s transition team. By JONAH ENGEL BROMWICH The supporter, Carl Higbie, a former spokesman for Great America PAC, an… Trump Camp’s Talk of… Read More »

The Islamic State Threat in Somalia’s Puntland State

A stretch of Somalia’s coast has been seized by Islamic State fighters who split from the country’s main jihadist militia Al-Shabaab, which is aligned with Al-Qaeda. A concerted response by the Somali federal authorities is now urgently required to contain the… The Islamic State… Read More »

In post-coup Turkey, Jews plan their future abroad

Of the 4,500 Sephardic Jews who have applied recently for Spanish citizenship, at least 2,600 are Turks. ISTANBUL — At a chic café overlooking the Bosphorus, two Turkish Jewish women are discussing their plans to emigrate when the call to Friday prayers blasts from the loudspeakers of a nearby mosque. Unable to talk over the… In post-coup… Read More »

The far right tell us kindness is weakness. We can’t give in to that

Urging people to be something as squishy as ‘kind’ may seem childish. But compassion is a revolutionary tool that can steer people away from bigotry Phil McDuff <link rel=”stylesheet” type=”text/css” href=”https://assets.guim.co.uk/stylesheets/42bee2c5049126b57d69de2339a324f8/content.css”/> I might be imagining it, but I think people have been behaving a little bit more kindly over the last few days: a few more shared smiles, a… The far right… Read More »

Amazon TV ad features imam and vicar exchanging gifts

Online retailer says campaign in US, UK and Germany is about ‘selflessness and thinking of other people’ Mark Sweney Amazon is launching a TV ad in which an imam and a vicar exchange gifts, before the Black Friday shopping bonanza during which consumers will spend billions with the… Amazon TV ad… Read More »

Tehran’s air pollution fuels political quarreling

Authorities in the Iranian capital of Tehran shut down all schools on Nov. 16 due to alarming air pollution levels, while political factions accuse one another of irresponsibility on the issue. Changiz M. Varzi Primary schools and kindergartens have been closed in the city since Nov. 14, as a thick layer of smog has covered the… Tehran’s air pollution… Read More »