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Chasing Asylum: A film by Eva Orner

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Reviewed by ARNOLD ZABLE Chasing Asylum is a visceral and confronting documentary which includes revealing, clandestine footage shot inside the Nauru and Manus Island detention centres. The images are reinforced by eye-witness accounts of former detention centre workers, and the observations of asylum seekers who have spent time inside the centres. Filmed by Oscar award-winning documentary maker, Eva Orner, it highlights the harsh conditions that asylum seekers have endured in offshore detention—and the punitive nature of a regime that breaks ... Read More »

Elite universities break away by calling for cap on student places

The nation’s elite group of eight universities have proposed that the federal government reintroduce limits on how many students each university can enrol, a suggestion slammed by other vice-chancellors as “cancerous” and “selfish”… Source: Elite universities break away by calling for cap on student places Read More »

The economic shock of a ‘Brexit’

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By Sebastian Mallaby Sebastian Mallaby is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Washington Post Global Opinions contributing columnist. He is an editor at InFacts.org, a website campaigning to keep Britain in the European Union. LONDON For the first time since the start of Britain’s referendum fight over Europe, the polls predict “Brexit.” The four most recent national surveys put the “Leave” side ahead with margins of between one and 10 percentage points. Most people, including ... Read More »

Sanders, the Windows 95 of Progressive Politics?

As the Democratic primaries came to an end Tuesday night, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton met. Mr. Sanders presumably made a strong case that the ideas and ideological direction of his campaign should be incorporated into her campaign and, if she wins, her presidency. Earlier in the day, in anticipation of the meeting, he said, “I think the time is now — in fact, the time is long overdue — for a fundamental transformation of the Democratic Party.”… Source: Sanders, ... Read More »

In PNG and Nauru, Australia’s immigration policy comes at the expense of democracy

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Australia’s offshore detention policy relies on the weakness of its post-colonial states, even as it weakens them further.. A regional solution for refugees. That was the liberal sweetener in the “expert panel” report of 2012, a document that endorsed the deterrent of offshore processing. Duly fortified against her left flank (one of the “experts” was Paris Aristotle, a well-respected “refugee advocate”), then prime minister Julia Gillard declared her government would “move urgently to restart offshore processing on Manus Island and ... Read More »

More gravitational waves detected

Scientists have collected a second burst of gravitational waves sweeping through the Earth. The warping of space-time was sensed on Christmas Day in the US at the Advanced LIGO laboratories – the same facilities that made the historic first detection in September last year. Back then, the waves came from two huge coalescing black holes. This new set of waves, likewise, is ascribed to a black hole merger – but a smaller one… Source: More gravitational waves detected – BBC ... Read More »

Donald Trump and NRA to discuss gun rights for terror suspects

Orlando nightclub shooting has has renewed debate over gun control regulations in US.. US presidential hopeful Donald Trump is to meet the National Rifle Association (NRA) to discuss ways to block people on terrorism watch lists or no-fly lists from buying guns. The presumptive Republican nominee’s meeting with the gun lobbying group comes as his party scrambles to respond in the aftermath of the worst mass shooting in modern US history… Source: Donald Trump and NRA to discuss gun rights ... Read More »

Global investors tell MSCI to give China A shares the thumbs down

NEW YORK–In what must feel like an epic smack down, MSCI denied China’s domestic equities entry into its benchmark indexes for the third time in as many years. Not that it should have… Source: Global investors tell MSCI to give China A shares the thumbs down – Asia Times Read More »

A brighter future: Can tourism help rebuild East Timor?

East Timor is counting on tourism to give a boost to its economy and hoping some of the nation’s darkest days will become part of a brighter future… Source: A brighter future: Can tourism help rebuild East Timor? – BBC News Read More »

The US Navy is sending more ships to East Asia amid rising tensions with China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy’s Third Fleet will send more ships to East Asia to operate outside its normal theater alongside the Japan-based Seventh Fleet, a U.S. official said on Tuesday, a move that comes at a time of heightened tensions with China. The Third Fleet’s Pacific Surface Action Group, which includes the guided-missile destroyers USS Spruance and USS Momsen, was deployed to East Asia in April… Source: US Third Fleet expands East Asia role as tensions rise in ... Read More »

Putin’s Vision of the Future

Vladimir Putin saved Russia from the scavengers of the Yeltsin era. What’s more, he’s fundamentally re-forming the world’s biggest country in ways few understand. Unfortunately, most of this select group are bitter enemies of the notion of a Russian led world. While think tanks and “new world” evangelists in the west promise change and progress, Putin and his colleagues are at work, resolutely forging a new Russia… Source: Putin’s Vision of the Future Read More »

‘You end up with Adam Goodes’: Indigenous public servants speak out against racism

The disturbing findings were revealed by a landmark Australian National University study based on interviews with 34 former and currently employed Indigenous public servants. Many said racism within the workforce contributed to their decision to quit the public service. “You can either make a joke of it or you can get really upset and you then get labelled angry and get moved on,” said one respondent… Source: ‘You end up with Adam Goodes’: Indigenous public servants speak out against racism Read More »

Three Questions We Should Ask about the Drone War, But Don’t

It is now clear that even successful drone strikes do not advance American strategic interests.. Daniel L. Davis It is discouraging that in a country that justly prides itself on producing great scientific minds and creative thinkers, that on a few key substantive issues we fail to ask—much less answer—crucial questions. Drone strikes are one of the most glaring and egregious examples of this… Source: Three Questions We Should Ask about the Drone War, But Don’t | The National Interest ... Read More »

Netanyahu stresses Arab peace initiative must be rewritten

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said a long-dormant Arab peace initiative with the Palestinians that he has spoken of reviving must be changed before Israel can support it. Netanyahu made the comments on June 13 night to members of his Likud party, Israeli media reported, after facing pressure from right-wing members of his cabinet over his recent comments on the Arab initiative… Source: Netanyahu stresses Arab peace initiative must be rewritten – MIDEAST Read More »