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How did it go wrong for Dilma Rousseff?

It was only a year and a half ago that 54.5 million Brazilians went to the polls to re-elect Dilma Rousseff in one of the world’s largest democratic elections. She defeated a centre-right coalition of parties by a narrow margin and earned a mandate to carry on the legacy of the centre-left Workers’ Party, which has been ruling Brazil since… Source: How did it go wrong for Dilma Rousseff? – BBC News Read More »

How Boko Haram is turning girls into weapons

Minawao refugee camp, Cameroon (CNN)The question was always the same, she says. So, too, was the answer. “They came to us to pick us,” Fati recalls. “They would ask, ‘Who wants to be a suicide bomber?’ The girls would shout, ‘me, me, me.’ They were fighting to do the… Source: How Boko Haram is turning girls into weapons – CNN.com Read More »

We’re asking the wrong questions and our democracy suffers

Around the world politicians are raising issues of fairness, equality and social values – so why have Australians gone quiet? In the context of elections and political discourse, there is a debate about core democratic values emerging in countries such as the United States, Britain and Canada – nations with… Source: We’re asking the wrong questions and our democracy suffers Read More »

My daddy’s rich and my Lamborghini’s good-looking

Canada has become a top destination for China’s 1 per centers. From 2005 to 2012, at least 37,000 Chinese millionaires became permanent residents of British Columbia, where they’re blamed for a real estate price surge… Source: My daddy’s rich and my Lamborghini’s good-looking Read More »

Judge rules against couple in China’s first same-sex marriage case

A judge has ruled against a gay couple in China’s first same-sex marriage case. The court in the city of Changsha on Wednesday threw out the suit against the local civil affairs bureau that refused to issue the couple a marriage registration certificate. The couple’s lawyer Shi Funong said he did not expect the ruling so soon – within just a few hours. The plaintiff Sun Wenlin said he would appeal until he exhausts all legal options… Source: Judge rules ... Read More »

Containing the Chaos of Migration

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It takes a lot to uproot oneself (and family), arrange travel via a trafficker, step onto a boat with a few possessions and no guarantees.They are called migrants or refugees—or both. Whichever term comes to mind, they are all people, many looking… Source: Containing the Chaos of Migration « US Opinion and Commentary Read More »

I introduced a bill to repeal a police program. In response, I was harassed by police

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Some have suggested that the racist and sexist abuse I received from police officers was justified because I was critical of them – but that’s my job as an MP. “Harden the fuck up princess, the police are just doing their duty.” Um, thanks for the advice, but actually, no… Source: I introduced a bill to repeal a police program. In response, I was harassed by police | Jenny Leong | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Tasmanian Labor, Greens push for legal access to medicinal cannabis

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PRESSURE is mounting on the Tasmanian Government to legalise the medicinal use of cannabis in the wake of Victoria’s historic decision to become the first state in Australia to do so. The Victorian Government passed the Access to Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2015 yesterday, giving patients legal access to the drug in exceptional circumstances… Source: Tasmanian Labor, Greens push for legal access to medicinal cannabis | The Mercury Read More »

Lost Illusions

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Young and idealistic, they signed up to fight Fascism, but were quickly disillusioned.. The Americans who fought in the Spanish Civil War… BY CALEB CRAIN Source: Lost Illusions – The New Yorker Read More »

CIA behind Panama Papers leaks, says ‘most significant financial whistleblower of all time’

Financial whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld, who helped expose American tax evaders hiding assets in Swiss banks, has little doubt the Panama leaks scandal was crafted and orchestrated by the CIA… Source: CIA behind Panama Papers leaks, says ‘most significant financial whistleblower of all time’ — RT News Read More »

Victoria makes medicinal cannabis legal in historic move

Victoria has become the first state to make medicinal cannabis available to people in exceptional circumstances, with the passing of historic legislation in parliament. Children with severe epilepsy will be given first access to medicinal cannabis from early 2017, following the passing of the Access to Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2015 on Tuesday, a state government statement… Source: Victoria makes medicinal cannabis legal in historic move | SBS News Read More »

Comment: How many guns is too many guns?

Something is broken in our firearm laws when people are allowed to build up their own private arsenals. By David Shoebridge * How many guns is too many guns? It’s not just an academic question. In NSW, the extent of gun ownership tells us something about how the gun… Source: Comment: How many guns is too many guns? | SBS News Read More »

Clinton and Goldman: Why It Matters

To understand the significance of Hillary Clinton’s repeated dealings with Goldman Sachs and its top executives since the financial crisis, we have to bring together two strands of history. One concerns Bill and Hillary Clinton’s long-running connections to Goldman, among their closest with… Source: Clinton and Goldman: Why It Matters by Simon Head | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books Read More »

The Global Refugee Crisis: Statement by the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group

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The challengeThe Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group calls on world leaders to take more coordinated, better principled action to address the global refugee crisis. The scale of the tragedy shines the spotlight on just how remiss the international order has been in managing, much less settling, the conflicts that… Source: The Global Refugee Crisis: Statement by the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group – International Crisis Group Read More »