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Congress’s sorry dereliction of duty

Katrina vanden Heuvel
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In a Washington paralyzed by partisan division, there is apparently one area of bipartisan agreement: Congress should ignore its constitutional mandate to vote on war with the Islamic State, a conflict that President Obama admits will take years. The president says he’d “welcome” congressional support but doesn’t need it. Democratic leaders Rep. Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Sen. Harry Reid (Nev.) agree. Republican House ... Read More »

How Bosnia is helping identify Cypriots murdered 50 years ago

Fiona Hill
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In the 1960s and 1970s, hundreds of Cypriots disappeared. Now, there is a renewed effort to find out what happened to them – mass graves are being dug up and a laboratory in Sarajevo is helping to identify the bodies. Forty years ago, Maria Georgiadis (above in the white dress), lost her whole family – her mother, her father, her ... Read More »

Detention centre child sex abuse claims number in dozens

Sarah Whyte, Immigration correspondent
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Allegations of 33 cases of sexual abuse involving children in detention centres in Australia have emerged. Immigration department figures obtained by Fairfax Media show that there were 33 cases of alleged sexual assault involving children in Australian detention centres and Christmas Island between January 2013 and March 2014. The figures do not extend to Nauru or Manus. The figures follow allegations ... Read More »

Malcolm Turnbull: If the ABC cancels Lateline, it’s not about budget cuts

Amanda Meade
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Communications minister says if the ABC wants to cut programs rather than office costs, that’s up to management  Jump to comments The communications minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has criticised ABC management for considering cancelling a raft of TV and radio current affairs programs including the award-winning Lateline. “Suggestions that popular programs or services are at risk because of budget savings are ... Read More »

How we’re exploiting the terrorism threat

Paula Matthewson
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When it comes to exploitation of the terrorism threat, nobody’s hands are clean: not those of politicians, the media, or even our own, writes Paula Matthewson. According to our Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, this is likely to be the week in which Australia formally decides to re-engage in the War on Terror. With the Prime Minister still transiting home from ... Read More »

VICE News Talks Human Rights with Salil Shetty, the Head of Amnesty International

Samuel Oakford
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Terrorism and the threat posed by the Islamic State dominated the first week of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Countries large and small paid lip service to an agenda dictated by the United States and its allies. On Wednesday, as American war planes bombarded Syria without UN authorization, US President Barack Obama oversaw a packed session of ... Read More »

Sexual abuse, rape threats alleged by Nauru asylum seekers

Sarah Whyte and Michael Gordon
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Asylum seekers have made allegations of sexual abuse of women and children and threats of rape by guards working in the detention centre on Nauru. One female detainee has detailed her claims to Fairfax Media and Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young, including threats that she would be raped if her refugee status was recognised and she was released into the Nauruan community. ... Read More »

The Scottish Referendum and Cyprus

Kyrenia Refugees Association
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Mr. David Cameron Prime Minister of the United Kingdom London Mr Prime Minister THE SCOTTISH REFERENDUM AND CYPRUS We write to you on behalf of the Greek Cypriot refugees and displaced people from the District of Kyrenia, in Cyprus. We became refugees and displaced , following the Turkish invasion and occupation of 37% of Cyprus,  in 1974. Please be reminded that ... Read More »

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