Germany sees ‘visible rise’ in support for far-right extremism in response to perceived ‘Islamisation’ of the West

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Their leaders have been dismissed as “Nazis in pinstripes”, they have been dismissed by Angela Merkel as having “no place in Germany” – but on Monday night, thousands will march through the city of Dresden in protest against the “Islamisation of the West”. The Independent - ADAM WITHNALL  Speaking to the Sunday newspaper Welt am Sonntag, Germany’s most senior police officer ... Read More »

Hope and Anger at the Garner Protests

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The country has historically reacted with doubt or indifference when African-Americans speak of police officers who brutalize — or even kill — people with impunity. Affluent and middle-class white Americans who were treated with respect by the police had difficulty imagining the often life-threatening mistreatment that black Americans of all walks of life dealt with on a daily basis. Perhaps ... Read More »

Why angry Australian gamers want to ban the Bible

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This week, the Australian franchises of Kmart and Target opted not to stockthe video game “Grand Theft Auto V,” which came out last year but was re-released for newer consoles in November. The move followed an online petition campaign with tens of thousands of signatures, saying the game “encourages players to murder women for entertainment.” Critics of the game have long ... Read More »

French MPs to debate recognition of Palestine

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French lawmakers were to debate on Nov. 28 a motion urging the government to recognize Palestine as a state, amid growing European frustration at the moribund Middle East peace process. PARIS – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The symbolic motion is expected to pass comfortably on December 2 when the lower house of parliament votes on the text proposed by the ruling ... Read More »

Criminalising dissent: anti-protest law is an ominous sign of the times

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The Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Bill – locally known as the “anti-protest” bill – was passed by Tasmanian parliament late on Tuesday night. The law was introduced as part of the government’s intention to “re-build Tasmania’s forestry industry”. That is a source of controversy and division in Tasmanian society. AUTHOR: Brendan Gogarty, Lecturer in Law at University of Tasmania –  The Conversation ... Read More »

Today Melbourne Is Kicking Off The Global Campaign In 20 Cities Across The Globe Calling On Their Governments To End Child Detention

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Free The Children – Action calling for the immediate release of all children in Australian funded Immigration detention centres – on shore and offshore. Media launch – Thursday 20 November 2014 at 11am corner Swanston Street & Flinders Lane, outside St. Paul’s Cathedral The Refugee Advocacy Network together with Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children, Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and ... Read More »

Anti-occupation message of Paralimni Youth Council: «Freedom to our land and waters»

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With the powerful and timely anti-occupation message “Freedom to our land and waters” the Paralimni Youth Council organized an alternative anti-occupation event on the 31st anniversary of the unilateral declaration of “independence” of the illegal regime in the Turkish occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus. “Freedom to our land and waters”  – Paralimni Youth Particularly, members of Paralimni Youth ... Read More »

G20: Australians bury heads in sand to mock government climate stance

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Bondi Beach protest highlights Abbott administration’s perceived failure to put climate change on G20 summit agenda Jump to comments US at odds with Australia as it pledges billions to climate change fund How the world uses coal – interactive guide More than 400 protesters stuck their heads in the sand on Australia’s Bondi Beach on Thursday, mocking the government’s reluctance ... Read More »

As Berlin marks fall of wall, Gorbachev warns of new cold war

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Ex-Soviet leader backs Putin over Ukraine as Germany celebrates the 25th anniversary of a seminal moment in European history ‘It’s hard to remember how scary it was’ … extraordinary memories of the Berlin Wall As Berliners watch 8,000 balloons being released into the night sky this evening, old divisions between east and west will symbolically vanish into thin air with ... Read More »