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Secret recordings allege excessive force by guards in Australia’s detention centres

Leaked video and audio reveals tension as onshore detention centres become more like prisons and increasingly house people awaiting deportation Helen Davidson The Guardian Leaked video, audio and images have revealed allegations of excessive force and harassment inside Australia’s network of onshore detention centres. Last year the federal court overruled a ban on detainees having phones, which has allowed snippets of life inside the centres – long closed to media and cloaked in secrecy – to be recorded and leaked out. ... Read More »

Hagia Sophia might be reverted to a mosque, Erdoğan says

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday voiced the possibility of reverting the Hagia Sophia, which has been used as a museum since 1935 and is considered one of the world’s wonders, to a mosque. Daily Sabah “This is not unlikely. We might even change its name to Ayasofya Mosque,” Erdoğan said during a live interview with Turkish broadcaster TGRT. “This is not a strange proposal,” he said regarding the calls to convert the historical building to serve the purpose it ... Read More »

We banned phones at our school and everyone’s happier now

I have been teaching in the secondary system in Melbourne for a number of years. This year feels, in some ways, a little different for many of us at my college. Darren Harrison WAtoday This feeling, which I would describe as one of relief, comes about simply because we, as a school, have taken a firm stand against the ubiquitous mobile phone. This stance does not mean that we think that phones cannot be a useful learning tool in the ... Read More »

Mongolia: A toxic warning to the world

All over the world cities are grappling with apocalyptic air pollution but the small capital of Mongolia is suffering from some of the worst in the world. BBC And the problem is intrinsically linked to climate change. The country has already warmed by 2.2 degrees, forcing thousands of people to abandon the countryside and the traditional herding lifestyle every year for the smog-choked city where 90% of children are breathing toxic air every day. Population Reporter Stephanie Hegarty finds out ... Read More »

‘Nothing changed at all’ for ISIL sexual violence victims: Nobel laureate Nadia Murad

Despite finding widespread support globally, Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad has said she feels disappointed that none of the ISIL militants who raped and tortured Yazidiwomen have been… İpek İzci – ISTANBUL Hurriyet “I got e-mails from all over the world. Some people encourage me, some say that they embrace me and my people, some others offer help. I have been exhausted in the last two years. I work hard in the advocacy of vulnerable people, but nothing has changed at all. That makes me very upset,” she told daily ... Read More »

What can we learn from the jews of the united states?

In the 1950s, the Jews of the United States supplied a large percentage of the annual budget of the State of Israel. David Golinkin JPost In recent years, we have seen growing tension between the State of Israel and the Jews of the United States regarding topics such as conversion and the Kotel. We have learned in Pirkei Avot 4:1: “Who is wise? He who learns from all people, as it is written: ‘I have learned from all my teachers’” ... Read More »

A proposed name for a modern language

One of the features of the Prespes agreement (a remarkable document, because both sides had been willing to accept some things that they would have fought bitterly against in the past) was that the language of the Republic of… John Melville-Jones ekathimerini I am pleased that Greece and North Macedonia are working together to develop a good relationship, although, as I have often said, it will take at least one generation before the… However, in this case, I think that ... Read More »

US and NATO must stand up to Russian aggression on the seas

Five years ago, masked Russian troops in unmarked green uniforms disembarked on the Crimean shore. By Cmdr. Tony Chavez The Hill Within days, Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in the most brazen military land grab since World War II. Much of the focus in the intervening years has been on the ongoing conflict in Donbas in eastern Ukraine. But what has yet to be fully appreciated in the West is that this is, in motives and actions, as much or ... Read More »

David McWilliams: Europe is glued to energy-rich Russia

As Putin marks 20 years in power, he knows how much the world needs his country David McWilliams The Irish Times As the train screeches to a halt, the young man, in his slim-fit Tom Ford suit, alights energetically. This is Revolution Square station, deep beneath Moscow’s congested boulevards. Built in 1938, the station is one of the gems of the Moscow metro system, itself one of the finest pieces of public transport infrastructure in the world. Stalin understood symbols. ... Read More »

World’s tallest building lit up with image of Jacinda Ardern

The world’s tallest building has been lit up with a giant image of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern embracing a woman at the Kilbirnie mosque in Wellington. Joel MacManus The Sydney Morning Herald The Burj Khalifa, an 829-metre-tall skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, beamed out a photo taken by Wellington photographer Hagen Hopkins, as well as the Arabic word “salam” and its English translation, “peace”. Sheik Mohammed, the prime minister and vice-president of the UAE, and ruler of ... Read More »

The ‘white Obama’ could be the biggest challenger to Donald Trump

He raised $8.6 million in just one day, and he’s being touted as the man who could bring Donald Trump down. Emma Raynolds news.com.au Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke has rocked America by raising $US6.1 million ($A8.6 million) in the first 24 hours after announcing his campaign, suggesting he could be the challenger to beat Donald Trump. Mr O’Rourke, who has been given the nickname “the white Obama” because of his youth, charisma and progressive politics, brought the highest figure ... Read More »

Lyrica, Pfizer, and how big pharma gets what it wants

In 2011, few had heard of Pfizer’s nerve-pain pill Lyrica. It was mostly confined to specialist pain clinics, doses kept low to minimise nasty side-effects. Liam Mannix The Age Eight years later, it is one of Australia’s most prescribed drugs. More than 4 million scripts for pregabalin, the drug’s generic name, were written in 2017-18, costing government and consumers more than $171 million. That’s come with a huge toll. An investigation by The Age revealed Pfizer’s ‘safe, non-addictive’ nerve-pain pill ... Read More »

Beijing’s ‘creeping expansionism’ in the South China Sea

The South China Sea island disputes is an ongoing and complex situation in Southeast Asia’s doorstep. It has the power to disrupt multilateral alliances. Fabian Bak Global Risk Insights This sparking point in international relations has lasted for decades. However, no major conflict has ignited because of it. This is because of a tactful Chinese ‘creeping expansionism’ strategy. How has this worked, and is there any stop to it? Introduction The South China Sea Island dispute originates from a map, ... Read More »

‘One million’ protesters march to demand second Brexit vote

Large crowds take to London’s streets to call for public to have final say on exiting EU The Irish Times Demonstrators have flooded the streets of central London as they marched on Parliament to demand the public are given a final say over Brexit. Thousands of marchers set off from Hyde Park Corner at about noon on Saturday as part of the Put It To The People protest. Marching bands, whistles, chants and cheers provided a noisy backdrop to the march. ... Read More »