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Stopping the boats doesn’t stop the deaths

Successive Australian governments have boasted their success at “stopping the boats”  That is, they have stopped the boats arriving: we know they are still setting out, because our navy turn them back. But are we saving any lives by stopping refugees from getting to Australia?  No, we are not. Leave aside the refugees who are killed in detention (Reza Berati) or who die of medical neglect in detention (Hamid… Source: Stopping the boats doesn’t stop the deaths | Julian Burnside Read More »

The EU – A CIA Covert Operation

The upcoming British referendum on whether to stay in the European Union (EU) represents the culmination of a long term project by the United States to destroy the concept of national sovereignty in the Old World and replace it with a supranational entity with ironclad links to Washington.. Whether that longstanding ambition has succeeded will […] Source: The EU – A CIA Covert Operation – Antiwar.com Original by — Antiwar.com Read More »

America Has Never Been So Ripe for Tyranny

As this dystopian election campaign has unfolded, my mind keeps being tugged by a passage in Plato’s Republic. It has unsettled — even surprised — me from the moment I first read it in graduate school. The passage is from the part of the dialogue where Socrates and his friends are talking about the nature of different political systems, how they change over time, and how one can slowly evolve into another. And Socrates seemed pretty… Source: America Has Never Been ... Read More »

Interview with a Bookstore: Melbourne’s Readings, the best bookshop in the world

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The people behind the independent Melbourne store that just won International Bookstore of the Year talk fostering local literature, great regulars and Australian book recommendations.. Readings first opened in 1969, and it was a partnership of three – Ross Reading, his wife Dorothy Reading, and Peter Reid. At the time, Australia had a very small… Source: Interview with a Bookstore: Melbourne’s Readings, the best bookshop in the world | Books | The Guardian Read More »

Operation Fox Hunt: Law council says extradition treaty with China is ‘a joke’

Beijing: The national peak body representing the legal profession in Australia has urged the federal government not to ratify an extradition treaty with China, citing concerns the mainland’s criminal justice system lacked procedural fairness and was “steadily marching in the wrong direction”. Addressing the parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Treaties in Canberra on Monday, the Law Council of Australia said there was no way to guarantee those extradited would be granted a fair trial, nor were there any effective measures to ... Read More »

NATO’s Dangerous Game: Bear-Baiting Russia

After the Cold War ended, many of the safeguards preventing war between Russia and the West have been allowed to lapse.. “Aggressive,” “revanchist,” “swaggering”: These are just some of the adjectives the mainstream press and leading U.S. and European political figures are routinely inserting before the words “Russia,” or “Vladimir Putin.” It is a vocabulary most Americans have not seen or heard since the height of the Cold War… Source: NATO’s Dangerous Game: Bear-Baiting Russia – FPIF Read More »

Lib Dem and lawyers back Sadiq Khan

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I have been disappointed by the Green party refusing to be drawn on the use of the second-preference vote in the London mayoral election and by its recent election broadcast suggesting that there is little distinction between the Tories and Labour. I was even more disappointed this weekend to receive in my inbox an… Source: Lib Dem and lawyers back Sadiq Khan | Letters | Politics | The Guardian Read More »

We Need To Get Our Priorities Sorted When It Comes To Funding Domestic Violence Services

If the Turnbull Government’s budget does not boost funding for domestic violence services, it will leave women in grave danger. Even though the money is there to protect them, it’s just being frittered away. Source: We Need To Get Our Priorities Sorted When It Comes To Funding Domestic Violence Services | Larissa Waters Read More »

South Korea and Iran expected to sign major trade deals

Presidents meet in Tehran with North Korea’s nuclear disarmament a topic of discussion. South Korea and Iran are expected to sign several trade deals worth billions of dollars and discuss sensitive subjects like North Korea following President Park Geun-hye’s arrival in Tehran with a large group of business leaders… Source: South Korea and Iran expected to sign major trade deals – AJE News Read More »

Puerto Rico to default on debt payment after talks fail

Puerto Rico has halted a $422m (£289m) debt payment due on Monday after talks to ease the US territory’s crisis ended without a deal. Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla said in a televised speech he had issued an executive order suspending payments. He described it as a “painful decision”, but had been warning since last year that… Source: Puerto Rico to default on debt payment after talks fail – BBC News Read More »

Craig Wright revealed as Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto

Australian tech entrepreneur says he is creator of controversial digital currency. Australian tech entrepreneur Craig Wright has told the BBC he was the creator of controversial digital currency bitcoin after years of speculation about a person who until now has gone by the name of Satoshi Nakamoto… Source: Craig Wright revealed as Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto Read More »

Submarines And Power Stations: Only One Of Them Is Useful In Climate Change Battle

The Turnbull Government’s announcement of a new fleet of submarines leaves Geoff Russell wondering how we’ll win that ‘other’ war… the one far more likely to wipe us out. They shall not pass! … Turnbull, Morrison and Dutton are armed to the teeth and manning the barricades defending us against the militant hordes of ManusMore… Source: Submarines And Power Stations: Only One Of Them Is Useful In Climate Change Battle – New Matilda Read More »

Male speakers boycott all-male panels to protest lack of female representation

Five male conference speakers want to see conference organisers involve more women. Five of Australia’s most booked male conference speakers will boycott panels that don’t include women, criticising organisers for taking the lazy way out by opting for “dude fests”… Source: Male speakers boycott all-male panels to protest lack of female representation Read More »

Women of Palestine in their Israeli jails

Filmmaker Mai Masri ups the ante in telling the story of Palestinian women in Israeli prisons. In his now legendary painting, Women of Algiers in their Apartment/Femmes d’Alger dans leur appartement (1834, oil on canvas), Eugene Delacroix captured something so provocative, so elemental, about Arab and Muslim women at the height of the… Source: Women of Palestine in their Israeli jails – Al Jazeera English Read More »