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Right to refuse gay weddings protects against other discrimination, inquiry told

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LGBTI campaigners say department’s submission shows double standard if discrimination based on sexuality allowed Paul Karp The Guardian The government’s marriage equality bill specifies that ministers of religion would be able to refuse same-sex weddings because otherwise it risks creating a right to refuse weddings based on disability or race, the attorney… Right to refuse gay weddings protects… Read More »

Linda Sarsour’s Muslim Identity Politics Epitomize Feminism’s Hypocrisy

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Although she thinks a President Trump will turn back the clock 300 years, Linda Sarsour forgets that Islam never left the Middle Ages in its view of women. Shireen Qudosi The Federalist A Frankenstein’s monster of identity politics, the Women’s March on Washington heaved through the streets of DC one day after the inauguration in a fit of depraved hypocrisy. That hypocrisy shadows… Linda Sarsour’s Muslim… Read More »

This photo sums up Trump’s assault on women’s rights

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After a weekend of inspiring protest, we had to watch the world’s most powerful man sign away the reproductive rights of women in developing countries Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett The Guardian Look at these men. Look at them. Gathered around the most… This photo sums up Trump’s… Read More »

20 Million Muslims March Against ISIS And The Mainstream Media Completely Ignores It

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In one of the largest organized marches in the history of the world, tens of millions of Shia Muslims made an incredibly heartening statement, by risking their lives to travel through war-stricken… Counter Current News This massive event that would have undoubtedly helped to ease tensions in the West was almost entirely ignored by corporate… Women, men, elderly, and children made their way to the city of Karbala on Sunday and Monday last week for the… 20 Million Muslims… Read More »

Britain ‘putting arms sales to Turkey above human rights’

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Campaigners say UK pursues profits as Erdoğan continues crackdown… Jamie Doward The Guardian Britain has sold almost £50m-worth of arms to Turkey since the crackdown on opposition groups by the government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan after last year’s failed coup attempt… Britain ‘putting arms… Read More »

The Arab Spring is far from over

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Like the French Revolution, it could play out over decades and reshape the… KOERT DEBEUF Politico My friend Ahmed Maher was released from prison on January 5. Ahmed was the leader of the April 6 Youth Movement that organized the Egyptian revolution against the then… The Arab Spring… Read More »

Sydney Women’s March: big turnout but ‘it’s not all about Donald Trump’

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Protests should be viewed as anti-hatred, anti-bigotry and anti-misogyny, says journalist Tracey Spicer, emcee of the event Michael Slezak The Guardian About 5,000 women, men and children took to the streets in Sydney on Saturday to champion the cause of women and other groups, whose rights appear threatened by Donald Trump. There was an uplifting… Sydney Women’s March… Read More »

Letter to BBC

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Mr A Chitty London BBC Complaints PO Box 1922 Darlington DL3 0UR 17 January 2017 Dear Sir or Madam, It is with regret that I find myself writing to the BBC once again on the topic of Cyprus. Despite a plethora of complaints from myself and others in the British Cypriot community during 2016, it would appear that the BBC has taken no notice and continues to misrepresent the facts of the Cyprus situation. I implore the BBC to properly ... Read More »

Indonesia’s police deny they are afraid to tackle hardline Islamic leader

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Jakarta: About 5000 members of the Islam Defenders’ Front (FPI) turned up outside Indonesian police headquarters on Monday morning, to demand the removal of West Java’s police… Jewel Topsfield Karuni Rompies Brisbane Times But if the group, once considered fringe radicals, have become increasingly vocal, it is… Indonesia’s police deny… Read More »

Will Cyprus be reunified?

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THE formal split of Cyprus dates to Turkey’s invasion of the island in 1974, which followed a Greece-inspired coup aimed at enosis (union with Greece). The Economist Since then Cyprus has been divided between the Greek-Cypriot republic in the south, a full member of the UN and the… Will Cyprus be… Read More »

Mutinous soldiers free Ivory Coast defense minister after reaching deal

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Mutinous soldiers released Ivory Coast’s Defense Minister Alain Richard Donwahi late Jan. 7 after detaining him for two hours in a tense standoff over pay. Hurriyet BOUAKE, Ivory Coast Donwahi, who flew into the west African country’s second city Bouake earlier in the day in a bid to defuse an… Mutinous soldiers free… Read More »

The rise of fascism is not inevitable – just look at Bridges Not Walls

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‘How can we fight the rise of the far right?’ people say. Try Bridges Not Walls, the movement spawned after Trump’s election to reject hate The Guardian Ellie Mae O’Hagan When your friends and family regard you as The Political One, seismic news events are a bittersweet experience. For every political… The rise of fascism is… Read More »

Van drove into Australian Christian Lobby’s Canberra headquarters and ‘exploded’

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A van reportedly carrying gas cylinders has exploded after being driven into the Australian Christian Lobby headquarters in Canberra on Wednesday night, setting the building alight. The Canberra Times There were no injuries suffered from people inside the building but the driver is being treated for his injuries in hospital. ACT Policing said the… Van drove into Australian… Read More »

Asda owner Walmart faces protests over Chinese workers’ pay

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THE retail giant Walmart is facing a backlash over pay from its Chinese workforce, according to reports. Express Danny Backland Four of its stores were subject to wildcat strikes earlier this year and around 20,000 workers – about a fifth of its staff in the country – have joined an online forum to complain about their schedules and share protest slogans. Walmart, which owns the… Asda owner Walmart faces… Read More »

Protesters in Adelaide call for Australia to increase intake of Syrian refugees

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Hundreds of protesters from South Australia’s Middle Eastern and African communities have called for Australia to take more refugees from war-torn Syria. ABC Isabel Dayman A crowd of about 300 men, women and children gathered on the steps of the South Australian Parliament, chanting “down, down, Assad down” and “stop bombing the children of Syria”. Australians For Syria South Australian… Protesters in Adelaide call for… Read More »

This Proposed Pipeline Would Cut Right Through The Appalachian Trail

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Conservation groups are rallying against the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The Huffington Post Hilary Hanson  Environmental groups are voicing opposition to a proposed natural gas pipeline that would cut across the Appalachian Trail in Virginia and require clearing a… This Proposed Pipeline… Read More »