No, the White House won’t be deporting Justin Bieber

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The request: Kick Justin Bieber out of the United States of America. The White House’s response: No. In case you hadn’t been paying close attention to Bieber’s citizenship status lately — and really, who is? — someone launched a petition on the White House’s website in January asking officials to deport the 20-year-old Canadian pop megastar after his arrest on ... Read More »

The power of parody in eastern Ukraine


The tired looking young men in t-shirts and combat fatigues manning the barricades in Slovyansk say they are not going anywhere. Yesterday the agreement thrashed out in Geneva between the EU, the US, Russia and Ukraine said that all unauthorised roadblocks and occupied municipal buildings should be cleared. But they’re not obeying those orders in eastern Ukraine. “The government in ... Read More »

Australia’s war on science

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Scientists speak out against Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s slashed budgets and ‘anti-research agenda.’ SYDNEY — Scientists here in Australia say they’ve discovered their foe: Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Since he came to power in September, some of Australia’s finest researchers point out that their budgets have been slashed. They say their expertise is being ignored in favor of the views ... Read More »

Asylum-seekers: thousands rally in protest against government’s policies

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Greens’ Sarah Hanson-Young says Cambodian proposition is aimed at “shipping human suffering around our region” – Jump to comments Thousands of people rallied around the country on Palm Sunday to protest against the federal government’s asylum-seeker policies. Marches were planned for Adelaide, Armidale, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Protesters voiced several concerns about the government’s policies, including the ... Read More »

Greek welcome for Angela Merkel while protesters are held at bay

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German chancellor flies into Greece to champion country’s turnaround, but opposition leader calls visit election stunt Angela Merkel flew into Greece on Friday to champion the country’s apparent turnaround from eurozone basket case to paragon of austerity, but Greeks remain bitterly divided over the impact of the policies she has foisted on their country. Officially it was all smiles. Under ... Read More »

Venezuelan opposition demands government release prisoners

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Nicolas Maduro hosts opposition leaders, who lay out demands and blame the president for an economic crisis that spurred protests leading to deadly violence. CARACAS, Venezuela — A marathon meeting between President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leaders that ended early Friday kept alive the possibility of a compromise between the two sides to halt Venezuela’s slide toward anarchy. Maduro hosted ... Read More »

This Is How Indonesia Treats West Papuans

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The brutal repression of West Papuan student protests last week is indicative of Indonesia’s approach to the region, writes West Papuan activist Ronny Kareni Wednesday 2 April marked a global day of action to call for the immediate and unconditional release of the 77 Papuan and Malukan political prisoners currently being held in Indonesian prisons. Protests were staged simultaneously in ... Read More »

Ethiopia: Where conscience is constantly on trial


In Ethiopia, Muslim leaders are facing an unjust trial for crimes they did not commit. A high profile trial against protest leaders – intellectuals, activists and elected members of “The Ethiopian Muslim Arbitration Committee” – is shaking the Ethiopian political landscape. The government argues that the accused harbour “extreme” Islamic ideologies. It accuses them of conspiracy with terrorist groups to ... Read More »

Australia Is Persecuting The Persecuted

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Refugee activists significantly underestimated how brutal successive governments were prepared to be to stop the sight of asylum seekers drowning at sea, writes Pamela Curr After Australia watched an estimated 97 asylum seekers drown in the ocean off Christmas Island in 2010, a national tragedy, no new rescue policy was initiated. The total number of drownings since 1996 is estimated ... Read More »