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Australia has weaponised suicide and Peter Dutton just admitted it

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What happens now that the man in charge of Australia’s immigration and asylum seeker policies has said if we want to stop the boats, we cannot stop the suicides? Chris Woods Crikey Barely a week after Fariborz Karami died by suicide on Nauru, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has warned against Australians extending a “single act of compassion” to people detained in offshore detention. After five years of running Labor’s camps, it is the Coalition’s latest, perhaps most honest, admission ... Read More »

Turks Have Voted Away Their Democracy

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan greets his supporters from the balcony of his ruling AK Party headquarters in Ankara, Turkey, early June 25, 2018. Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES - RC1AAB012070

Erdoğan’s election victory advances his vision of absolute control. Diego Cupolo The Atlantic First they ignored him. Then they laughed at him. Then they jailed him. Then he became perhaps Turkey’s most powerful leader in 80 years. Last night, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan extended his 16-year dominance over Turkey with a victory in the first round of the country’s snap elections, winning 52.5 percent of the vote. In the eyes of his roughly 26 million supporters, it was a resounding victory ... Read More »

History is made: Everything you need to know about Greece’s deal to pay back $300 billion

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The euro zone granted fresh debt relief measures to Greece last week after years of long arguments over the issue. Silvia Amaro * Analysts told CNBC the deal was “very satisfactory” and a “win” for Greece, which has demanded such concessions since 2015. How did we get here? Greece has been relying on external help in the form of loans to stay afloat since 2010. It’s now due to put an end to that on August 20. This is a ... Read More »

France hands war crimes suspect to Bosnia

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France has extradited to Bosnia a former ethnic Serb solider accused of taking part in the burning alive of more than 50 Muslim civilians during the country’s 1990s war, prosecutors said on June 24. SARAJEVO Hurriyet Radomir Susnjar, 62, known also as “Lalco,” was identified as living in France by an investigation by Bosnian prosecutors. He was arrested in France in 2014 and released under court supervision before being arrested again earlier this month in Seine-Saint-Denis, a region north of Paris. A ... Read More »

Burning Cameroon: Images you’re not meant to see

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A man calmly sets fire to a house, watched by a group of at least 12 men dressed in fatigues, helmets, and black webbing consistent with those worn by an elite army unit in Cameroon. BBC “I want to die,” a village chief tells his tormentors as they beat and threaten to kill him. They appear to be members of a separatist militia. Captured on video and shared widely on social media, these are among dozens of clips that have ... Read More »

COMMENT: Our immigration system is broken. Let’s not wait another 20 years to fix it

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Something is very wrong with an immigration system that rips a well-loved family away from their regional community only to put them in detention. Andrew Bartlett * msn It was more than 20 years ago, back in October 1997, that I first entered Parliament. Across those years, many people have worked on many issues which went to the heart of trying to make our nation a fairer, less unjust place. A lot has changed. I was in Parliament when Howard ... Read More »

Why the debt deal with the EU is bad for Greece

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The new Eurogroup agreement commits Greece to 40 more years of austerity and supervision. Jerome Roos AlJazeera Shortly before coming to power in January 2015, Alexis Tsipras – then still known as an outspoken Greek opposition leader and unconventional anti-austerity firebrand – vowed not to wear a tie until international lenders agreed to cut his country’s towering debt load to sustainable levels. On Friday evening, the 43-year-old prime minister, who has since presided over three years of highly unpopular austerity measures ... Read More »

Restricting access to opioids could drive pain sufferers to buy harder drugs on the black market, experts warn

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Australia has been warned that moves to restrict access to addictive opioid painkillers could drive pain sufferers to illegal markets or even stronger substances, if people are not able to access affordable, effective… Mary Lloyd ABC The Federal Government says it has written to 4,800 doctors to let them know they could be prescribing too many doses of addictive painkillers, as it seeks to avoid an opioid crisis like that seen currently in the… Health Minister Greg Hunt said the ... Read More »

Corbyn: Labour Government Will Recognize State Of Palestine

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“The next Labour government will recognise Palestine as a state as one step towards a genuine two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict,” Corbyn wrote on Twitter during a visit to Jordan. Samuel Thrope JPost Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour Party, said Saturday that a UK government under his leadership would recognize the state of Palestine. “The next Labour government will recognise Palestine as a state as one step towards a genuine two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict,” Corbyn ... Read More »

The Fate of Turkey’s Democracy Lies With the Kurds

Supporters of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) attend a rally in Diyarbakir, Turkey June 20, 2018. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC13599078E0

Ahead of tomorrow’s elections, Ankara is expected to tamper with the vote and make life difficult for members of the embattled minority group. Diego Cupolo The Atlantic DIYARBAKIR, Turkey—This past Sunday, four Kurdish candidates running for office in Turkey’s June 24 elections rolled into the rural town of Hani to rally their supporters. The candidates, along with their campaign team, had been speaking from atop their bus to a crowd of some 150 people for about 10 minutes before a ... Read More »

Indonesia’s slow and circuitous road to democracy

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of the resignation of Indonesia’s authoritarian president, Suharto, who led Indonesia from 1966 until 1998. Olivia Nicole Tasevski ABC Suharto’s resignation, which was motivated by a faltering Indonesian economy and widespread anti-Suharto demonstrations, marked the beginning of Indonesia’s transition to democracy. Significant progress has been made in relation to Indonesia’s democratisation over the past 20 years. Nonetheless, a culture of impunity regarding historical human rights abuses persists in Indonesia and human rights violations continue ... Read More »

Australia Needs to Teach Western Civ

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“Australian schools and universities are good at teaching students to master the disciplinary expertise of their chosen subject areas—they are less good at tolerating the independence of mind that people develop by… Salvatore Babones The National Interest Australian universities have rebuffed Australia’s former Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation for wanting to endow programs that are actively pro-… Yet, America’s top schools and universities have been doing that for one-hundred years. Universities don’t often turn ... Read More »

WA government backs suspension of embattled livestock shipping company’s licence

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The West Australian government has backed the federal government’s decision to suspend an embattled livestock shipping company’s licence after a disastrous sheep shipment to the Middle East. AAP WAtoday Thousands of sheep died from heat stress during the Emanuel Exports shipment, sparking a national debate about the industry and the need for reform. WA’s Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said in a statement on Saturday that elements undermining the industry’s credibility had to be accounted for. “It was always… WA ... Read More »

Thousands march in Scottish Independence rally in Bannockburn

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Thousands of campaigners have taken to Bannockburn on the 704th anniversary as part on an independence rally. Diane King The Scotsman The event organised by All Under One Banner, is one of many being held across the country with events also taking part in Dumfries and Glasgow. Organisers estimated that up to 8,000 people took part in Saturday’s march. Leaving Stirling at 1:30pm, marchers walked two miles to… Neil Mackay, spokesman for AUOB, said: “We greatly look forward to tomorrow’s ... Read More »