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Medical cannabis is legal. That does not mean it works

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These days, when Deb Lynch reads that medical cannabis is legal, she just laughs and laughs. “We used to get annoyed about that,” she says. Liam Mannix The Canberra Times “Not any more.” Ms Lynch expected legalisation would mean she could access the drug to treat her autoimmune disease. But, like many, she has been knocked back and told there is no evidence it would help her. For medical cannabis, some experts believe the hype has surged way past the ... Read More »

Number of teachers fired from public schools on the rise

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Teachers are being dismissed for being inefficient at their job at nearly three times the rate of previous years, and sexual misconduct remains one of the top reasons teachers are sacked. Pallavi Singhal Nigel Gladstone WAtoday Last year, 11 teachers in NSW government schools were dismissed or allowed to resign following proven allegations of sexual misconduct with students, and two were dismissed for sexual misconduct which didn’t involve students, including a… Four teachers were also sacked for offences related to ... Read More »

The plight of Rohingya women

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As the minority Rohingya people flee persecution in Myanmar, none face greater hardship and suffering than Rohingya women. By Imran Mohammad. The Saturday Paper I write this as a Rohingya man, a refugee, looking at an unacknowledged reality in the upheaval of my people. The majority of Rohingya women have never had the opportunity to express themselves. It is like their lives begin and end inside four walls. They can be made to commit to a virtual stranger in an ... Read More »

Soros prepares to trade cryptocurrencies as prices plunge

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George Soros called cryptocurrencies a bubble in January. Now his $26 billion ($33 billion) family office is planning to trade digital assets. Alastair Marsh, Saijel Kishan and Katherine Burton The Age – Bloomberg Adam Fisher, who oversees macro investing at New York-based Soros Fund Management, got internal approval to trade virtual coins in the last few months, though he has yet to make a wager, according to people familiar with the matter. A spokesman declined to comment. Soros, speaking at ... Read More »

Why’s EuroMaidan’s Mastermind Warning About Greek-Turkish Tensions?

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The former US Ambassador to Ukraine during EuroMaidan and present chief diplomat in Greece Geoffrey Pyatt predicted that Turkey’s ties with both the US and Greece will go through what he described as “turbulence” ahead of President Erdogan’s reelection vote next… Andrew Korybko Oriental Review This ambiguous warning can be interpreted in one of two ways. The decontextualized understanding is to think that he’s hinting that President Erdogan will cynically stage various highly-publicized provocations against them in order to galvanize ... Read More »

Australian consumers are becoming ethically-minded and businesses are taking note

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Charles Murgha is 36 and had never had a job until he got a carpentry apprenticeship a few years ago. RN – By Ann Arnold for Best Practice ABC Soon he’ll be a qualified tradesman, and will have helped build 29 homes in his Indigenous community of Yarrabah, not far from Cairns. The town has a 45 per cent unemployment rate. Charles says boys stop by to watch him work, and ask him how they can also get a job building houses when they ... Read More »

Putting Trump’s Trade Bombast to the Test

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President Trump’s recent threat to escalate his trade skirmish with China into a full-scale trade war is a foolish gambit with little historical precedent. Editorial Board The New York Times It is also hard to take seriously, given how quickly Mr. Trump changes his mind and how rarely and clumsily he tends to follow through on tough talk. Mr. Trump said on Thursday that he wants to slap tariffs on an additional $100 billion in Chinese imports in response to Beijing’s plan ... Read More »

I lived through Saddam Hussein’s fall – and the horror that came next

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I was a senior university student in Baghdad, Iraq. It was March 2003, and over the past few months, my classmates had whispered to each other about the possibility of a US-led invasion and the likelihood that 35 years of dictatorship and tyranny could be brought to an end. Balsam Mustafa The Conversation We could not dare to speculate on Iraq’s future, but many were longing to see Saddam Hussein fall. And soon enough, the war came. An intense and ... Read More »

Moroccan government lashes out at protest organizers in mining town

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RABAT, Morocco — Morocco’s Interior Minister Abdelouafi Laftit accused the Justice and Charity Party (Al Adl Wal Ihsane), Democratic Way Party (Annahj) and the Moroccan Association for Human Rights of standing behind the ongoing protests in the northeastern city of Jerada near the… Abdelfattah Naoum Al-Monitor The protests broke out following the death of two brothers in one of the unlicensed coal mines in the city at the end of December. Speaking April 2 at the meeting of the parliamentary Committee of the Interior ... Read More »

Latest report on indigenous incarceration must be the last

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The latest report into Australia’s shameful rates of indigenous incarceration requires immediate action, writes Law Council of Australia president Morry Bailes. Morry Bailes InDaily Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are among the most imprisoned people in the world as a percentage of the population. Three decades ago the Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody established the key factors of the disproportionate rate of Indigenous incarceration: entrenched disadvantage and poverty combining with an endemic cycle of trauma and… The ... Read More »

The genocide of the Roma – and how commemoration of this ‘forgotten Holocaust’ is shifting

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The genocide of the Roma by the Nazis remains for many the “forgotten Holocaust”. February 26, 2018 marked the 75th anniversary of the day in 1943 when, following an order issued by SS leader Heinrich Himmler the preceding December, the first transport carrying German Sinti and Roma arrived at the “Gypsy Camp” in Auschwitz-Birkenau – the beginning of a wave of mass transports which peaked that March… Eve Rosenhaft The Conversation By war’s end, some 20,000 Sinti and Roma had ... Read More »

Countries ‘unofficially’ excluded by Australia’s refugee program

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MIGRANTS from three specific countries will be denied access to Australia through a government’s resettlement program, according to refugee support groups. Gavin Fernando HUMANITARIAN migrants from certain countries will be denied access to Australia through the government’s sponsorship-based resettlement program, according to refugee advocates. According to The Guardian, which first reported on this, the eight prioritised countries include Afghanistan, Bhutan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Myanmar and Syria. But people from Iran, South Sudan and Somalia ... Read More »

Justice Reinvestment Key To Reducing Indigenous Incarceration: Tom Calma

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Crime rates are dropping, but jailing rates – particularly of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – are sky-rocketing. A new approach is needed, and already well known writes Professor Tom Calma. New Matilda The Australian Law Reform Commission’s Pathways to Justice report tabled last week is one of a long line to address the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in prison, and not the first to point to justice reinvestment as a… Almost 10 years ago, ... Read More »

The Stella Prize 2018 shortlist continues to shake up the Australian literary landscape

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In 2011 at an International Women’s Day event in Melbourne, the panel of female authors, publishers and literary journalists noted that over the entirety of its 55-year run, only 10 women had been awarded the Miles Franklin, widely considered to be Australia’s most prestigious… Patrick Carey ABC It seemed especially ironic given that Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin, who wrote under her last two names as means of obscuring her gender, is generally thought of as Australia’s first great… Rather ... Read More »