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This is how Islamist radicalisation actually happens

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This attack on Manchester is part of a pattern of attacks from the nail bomber in Soho to the attacks in Bali to Paris based on this false totalitarianism that insists they cannot share the… Katherine Brown Independent Radicalisation is described as “everything that happens before the bomb goes off,” ICSR expert Peter… It is an attempt to recognise that terrorists are not born but made. In radicalisation… This is how… Read More »

Hiding in plain sight: how the ‘alt-right’ is weaponizing irony to spread fascism

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Experts say the ‘alt-right’ have stormed mainstream consciousness by using ‘humor’ and ambiguity as tactics to wrong-foot their… Jason Wilson The Guardian Earlier this month, hundreds of “alt-right” protesters occupied the rotunda at Boston Common in the name of free speech. The protest included far-right grouplets old and new – from the Oath Keepers to the… But there were no swastikas or shaved heads in… Hiding in plain… Read More »

Empowering Children to Lead Positive Social Change

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Children have great capacity to affect the lives of those around them, writes Dr Andrea Lemon, CEO and founding co-director of Kids… Andrea Lemon Pb When children are given the skills, responsibility and opportunity to think and act creatively and independently, spectacular things can happen  –  to them, and to their whole… I have just returned from the National Rural Health Conference in Cairns, where Kids Thrive was invited to present the… Empowering Children to… Read More »

Critical call out for O-type blood donors

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The Red Cross Blood Service is urging those with O-Negative and O-Positive blood types to come forward as Australia’s supply falls dangerously… SBS AAP Australia’s reserves of O-type blood have fallen to a dangerously low two-day supply and people with O-Positive and O-Negative blood types are… Eight thousand people are needed over the next two weeks to donate O-type blood to prevent a nationwide blood shortage, the Australian Red… Critical call out… Read More »

Don’t let psychopathic murderers suppress our common humanity

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In the face of horror, let no one distract us from the magnificent facts of our nature: neither the terrorists nor those who demand we lash out George Monbiot  The Guardian It is a blow to the heart: an atrocity whose purpose was to kill and maim as many children and teenagers as possible. No parent, hearing the voices of those still seeking news of their children, could fail to imagine the frantic play of hope and despair, the terrible ... Read More »

Quality journalism is about more than just unearthing scandals and injustice

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With the demise of ABC presenter Mark Colvin a fortnight ago – a journalist of exceptional intelligence and integrity – it’s difficult not to feel that his death marks the… Sarah Gill The Age The end of an era, perhaps. There’s no doubt that the week of Colvin’s passing was a pretty bleak one for Australian journalism. His final days were foreshadowed by a week-long Fairfax strike and the launch of an Australian Senate inquiry into the future of public… ... Read More »

WHO elects first ever African director-general after tense vote

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Former Ethiopian health minister Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to lead World Health Organisation after a long and fraught campaign Sarah Boseley Health editor The Guardian The World Health Organisation has its first ever director-general from Africa, after the election of Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the… Dr Tedros, as he is known, beat the British candidate, Dr David Nabarro, after three tense rounds of voting on Tuesday. Third was Pakistan’s Dr… WHO elects first… Read More »

Vic government urged to consider spent convictions scheme

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The Law Institute of Victoria has called on the state government to consider laws that will wipe the criminal record of people who have committed certain ‘low level’ offences, with a… Melissa Coade Lawyers Weekly LIV has backed recommendations for Victoria to introduce a spent convictions scheme in line with other… The practical effect of a spent convictions scheme is to allow a person who has a criminal record of low level offences to have their record ‘wiped… Vic government ... Read More »

Poet Tony Walsh Delivers Stunning Ode To Manchester At Vigil For Bombing Victims

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‘The songs that we sing from the stands, from our bands, set the whole planet shaking’. Graeme Demianyk HuffPost Poet Tony Walsh became an instant symbol of Manchester’s defiance in the face of terror after reading his powerful ode to the city at a… Addressing thousands gathered at Manchester’s central Albert Square, the poet – known as ‘Longfella’ – gave a recital of his poem This Is The Place that paid tribute to the city’s rich history as an… Poet ... Read More »

Twiggy Forrest’s philanthropy is great. But he could have just paid more tax

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It’s true philanthropy is more common in the USA. So is tax minimisation, citizens without health insurance and homelessness Kristina Keneally The Guardian Fortescue Metals Group founder and billionaire Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest and his wife Nicola made the single biggest philanthropic donation by a living person in Australian history on… For that, they are to be congratulated… Twiggy Forrest’s philanthropy… Read More »

The Memo: Pope, Trump set for first meeting

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When President Trump and Pope Francis meet for the first time at the Vatican on Wednesday, every move will be scrutinized for signs of… Niall Stanage The Hill That’s hardly surprising given the taut history between the two men. More than a year ago, Francis criticized Trump’s proposal to build a wall on the southern border with Mexico — and the then-candidate for the White House shot… Francis said in February 2016 that… The Memo: Pope… Read More »

Turkey’s Varied Tactics of US Lobbying

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Exclusive: Turkey has built one of the premier foreign lobbies in Washington by paying powerful politicians, spreading around money to arms manufacturers, and… By Jonathan Marshall (This is the fifth in a series on foreign lobbying) ConsortiumNews  For all the furor over retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia, which got him fired after just 24 days on the job as President Trump’s first national security adviser, his… A federal grand jury has subpoenaed all records of that work as ... Read More »

Jakarta’s former governor Ahok dropping appeal against jail sentence for blasphemy

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The wife of Jakarta’s former governor has wept while explaining to the press why her husband has decided not appeal against his… Indonesia correspondent Samantha Hawley ABC Basuki Tjahaja Purnama was jailed for two years for blasphemy earlier this month and originally said he would appeal against the decision in a… But the Christian and ethnic Chinese Governor, best known as Ahok, has announced through his lawyers he would accept the… Jakarta’s former governor… Read More »

Death by design

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More people than ever are choosing to be cremated, yet crematoriums are often grim places. Dominic Nicholls The Economist Dominic Nicholls talks to the architects trying to change that. The Crematorium Hofheide is situated in the middle of a lake in Holsbeek, Belgium. An elongated core of earth-coloured stone wrapped in a layer of rusty steel, it… Death by… Read More »