Chile’s Bishop Juan Barros, linked to sex abuse priest, faces Catholic fury

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Santiago: Black balloons in hand, hundreds of Catholics gathered at a church in the small Chilean city of Osorno to protest against the appointment of Bishop Juan Barros, accused of protecting one of the nation’s most notorious paedophiles. Anthony Esposito The appointment has sparked outrage from many parishioners and puts into question Pope Francis’ promise to rid the church of ... Read More »

New protest laws a blow to democracy and decency

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Our country is undergoing deep changes that frighten the hell out of me. The Canberra Times - Larry Graham Two of the very important principles woven into our systems of government and justice are being deliberately degraded. The presumption of innocence and our government being answerable to the people are both fundamental building blocks of our democracy and they are being ... Read More »

Eamonn McCann: Union protests pushed Sinn Féin to pull out of agreement

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The unions’ main concern is that the agreement involves the loss of 20,000 public sector jobs The Irish Times – Eamonn McCann One of the factors behind Sinn Féin’s decision on Monday to pull out of the Stormont House Agreement was a series of trade union demonstrations tomorrow calling for rejection of the agreement. All major public sector unions in the ... Read More »

Qantas passenger banned after asylum seeker walkout

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Qantas has banned a Melbourne man from flying with them after he asked to be removed from aflight taking an asylum seeker from Melbourne to Darwin for deportation. The Age – Patrick Hatch, Reporter for The Age Paul Leary has filed a complaint with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal’s human rights division, on the grounds that the ban discriminates against him ... Read More »

Australia Is Closing Immigration Detention Centres But it’s Not All Good News


The Australian government has hailed its “stop the boats” policy as a success. So much so that they’ve closed 11 detention centers in the past year, a number that will soon include Darwin’s Bladin Alternative Place of Detention, as announced over the weekend. Bladin, which houses families and children, will close its doors on April 7, only months after the ... Read More »

French Catholic Church refuses to sign Charlie Hebdo free speech petition

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The Catholic Church in France will not sign a declaration on freedom of expression written by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Christian Today Carey Lodge The declaration, proposed in the wake of last month’s terror attack on satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo, is addressed solely to religious groups. It calls on them to support free speech, regardless of the possibility that ... Read More »

Artists protest against Cuban artist Tania Bruguera’s detention


Group of 14, including four Turner prize winners, condemns arrest and legal charges over free speech performance piece in Havana Hannah Ellis-Petersen The Guardian Fourteen of the world’s most prominent artists, including Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor and painter Howard Hodgkin, have publicly condemned the detention of Cuban artist Tania Bruguera. In an open letter to the Guardian on Monday, the ... Read More »

Passengers removed from Qantas flight following asylum seeker protest

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A Qantas flight from Melbourne to Darwin was disrupted when passengers refused to buckle their seatbelts in protest at the attempted deportation of a Tamil asylum seeker by immigration authorities. The Sydney Morning Herald - Sarah Whyte, Immigration correspondent Qantas confirmed a “number of passengers” on QF838 became disruptive when they refused sit down and follow cabin crew instructions on Monday ... Read More »

Pro-democracy protesters return to streets of Hong Kong

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Thousands of pro-democracy protesters have taken to the streets of Hong Kong for the first time since mass demonstrations shut down parts of the city for more than two months. AFP – Brisbane Times – Dennis Chong A sea of yellow umbrellas – the symbol of the campaign – moved slowly through central Hong Kong with crowds shouting for “true ... Read More »