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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 »

Greece Will Be Stuck In Its Bailout for Years to Come

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The exit terms make it difficult for the next Greek governments to chalk up any wins. Leonid Bershidsky Bloomberg In a way, the debt relief deal Greece has received as it exits its bailout makes good sense: It keeps the country on a tight leash, all but eliminating the possibility that it will go on a borrowing spree in the financial markets and misspend the money as it’s done… On the other hand, the scheme gets superimposed uncomfortably onto the ... Read More »

Gina Miller says will of people has CHANGED as she demands second Brexit referendum

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ANTI-BREXIT campaigner Gina Miller claimed the will of British voters has changed as she urged protesters to demand a second referendum on European Union membership. Aurora Bosotti Express The outspoken anti-Brexit campaigner claimed the will of the British people had changed as she delivered a speech to thousands of Remainers gathered at the “March for a People’s vote.” Addressing the crowd in central London, Ms Miller said: “It is simply dishonest for them in that House to say that they ... Read More »

ICC gives Myanmar deadline over Rohingya case jurisdiction

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ICC gives Myanmar until July 27 to respond to a request on whether it should exercise jurisdiction over alleged crimes. AlJazeera and News Agencies The International Criminal Court (ICC) has given Myanmar just over a month to respond to a prosecution request that it consider a case on the alleged deportation of hundreds of thousands of ethnic Rohingya to Bangladesh. On Friday, The Guardian newspaper published details from evidence that has been sent to the ICC and forms part of the… The document included accounts from a… ... Read More »

This is why free speech is an industrial issue

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It derived from an uprising against the wealthy. Now the wealthy use it as a weapon to silence critics Jeff Sparrow The Guardian “The voice for freedom.” That’s how the Institute for Public Affairs – the pro-business group pushing to sell off the ABC – describes itself. In particular, the IPA campaigns, it tells us, for “freedom of speech”. But what, precisely, does that mean? You can trace the emergence of the concept back to ancient Greece: think of Socrates ... Read More »

Refugee crisis: the immediate and lasting impacts of powerful images

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Recent images and footage of migrant children housed in wire cages near the United States’ southern border have fuelled global outrage. Authors: The Conversation President Donald Trump has now signed an executive order to end the separation of immigrant families at the US-Mexico border. Trump apparently bent to public pressure from many sides, including the feelings of his wife Melania Trump. But apart from driving policy in the short term, do confronting images create change in public perception and willingness ... Read More »

The real reason Saudi Arabia lifted its ban on women driving: economic necessity

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After years of campaigning by women activists, on June 24 the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia will be lifted. Martin Hvidt The Conversation It is the most visible of a bundle of recent initiatives taken by the Saudi king and the crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman, to strengthen the role of women in Saudi society. These include more public sector job openings for women, an apparent relaxation of women’s strict dress code, the extension of suffrage to women ... Read More »

An island nation in the Mediterranean Sea is running dry

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Countries in the eastern Mediterranean are increasingly vulnerable to drought as the changing climate brings higher temperatures and less precipitation. NBC2 MARONI, Cyprus — The salty water of the Mediterranean in plain view from Charis Christoforou’s olive farm is no help to the cracked, white earth suffering from a third year of drought. A shortage of rain combined with clouds of dust carried over from the water-starved Middle East has slashed Christoforou’s olive production to a quarter of what it ... Read More »

Fighter Sale to Turkey Could Pit Trump Against Congress

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A battle is brewing over the transfer of F-35 fighter jets. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are threatening to block Turkey from obtaining its promised fleet of 100 F-35 fighter jets over Ankara’s human rights violations and planned purchase of a… By Lara Seligman, Robbie Gramer FP But it’s not clear that President Donald Trump’s administration will back them up. Turkey, the third-largest planned operator of the F-35 after the United States and United Kingdom, just received its first aircraft during ... Read More »

Pentagon agrees to provide space for 20,000 migrant children

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The Pentagon will make space available on military bases for as many as 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children detained after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, a spokesman said on June 21. WASHINGTON – The Associated Press Hurriyet The request for temporary shelter – amid a growing political battle over detained migrants – was made by the Department of Health and Human Services and accepted by the Defense Department, said the… A Pentagon memo to members of Congress, obtained by The Associated Press, said it has been asked to have ... Read More »

The entire justice system here is run by black women. It’s not a diversity experiment. They do things differently.

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South Fulton, Georgia (CNN) – When LaDawn “LBJ” Jones walked into a meeting at work a couple of months ago, she was hit with a serious case of “black girl magic.” Doug Criss Jones, the city solicitor in South Fulton, Georgia, was meeting for the first time with the city’s municipal court staff. As she entered the room, she realized she was looking at something she’d never before seen in her legal career. Everyone in the room looked like her. “I ... Read More »

The 3 stages of giving: Deference, arrogance and inquiry

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If you had US$1 million to give to charities aiming to eradicate poverty, how would you do it? Would you support a soup kitchen? Jennifer A. Jones The Conversation A financial literacy program? Educational scholarships? Organizations pressing for policy changes? I worked for nonprofits for many years before realizing the way I approached solving social problems said more about me than it did about the problem I wanted to solve. If I really wanted to make a difference, I had ... Read More »