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Queensland Government ‘defending racism’ in appeal against discrimination ruling

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The Queensland Government is perpetuating racism and injustice in backing a court challenge against a landmark discrimination case, Indigenous health campaigner Professor Gracelyn Smallwood says. Kristian Silva ABC The Federal Court ruled in December that police committed racial discrimination during the 2004 Palm Island riots following the death in custody of Aboriginal man Cameron Doomadgee. More than 16,000 people… Queensland Government ‘defending… Read More »

In the Shadow of “No”: Peace after Colombia’s Plebiscite

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Revised and ratified after its shock rejection in October 2016’s referendum, Colombia’s peace agreement still lacks sustainable political… ICG Reversing public distrust will need swift and effective implementation of the accord – including full apologies for past crimes and the… In the Shadow… Read More »

‘Breaking News’ Artists Use Mass Media As Their Medium

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Breaking news is everywhere, 24 hours a day. Susan Stamberg npr And now, it’s made its way into an art gallery as well — in an exhibit called “Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media.” In Los Angeles, a Getty… ‘Breaking News’ Artists… Read More »

UN Braces as Trump’s Detente With Russia Upsets Balance of Power

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President Donald Trump’s outreach to Russia is reverberating through the United Nations, where U.S. allies worry that a partnership between Washington and Moscow could undermine a historic balance of power dating to the early days of the Cold War. Kambiz Foroohar Bloomberg For decades, the five veto-wielding members of the 15-nation Security Council have fallen into two camps — France, the U.K. and the U.S., referred to as the P3, on one side and Russia and China on the other. ... Read More »

What if they had a trade war and nobody came?

Business

Trump is looking for negotiations that bring results — not conflict Spengler Asia Times For those of us who cut our teeth on classical economics, it does seem a bit unusual for global stock markets (including Asian markets) to rally right after a new US administration pulled the plug on decades of Asian trade… What if they had a… Read More »

Donald Trump winds up “the” organization of US imperialism

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Donald Trump has just undertaken the most important reform of the administrative structures in the United States for more than 69 years. Thierry Meyssan Voltaire He has just put an end to the imperial project and is reshaping his country into a State like any other. With a view to… Donald Trump winds… Read More »

World’s Priciest Coffee Is Hand-Picked From Elephant Dung

A mahout washes his elephant on November 26, 2016 in Baan Ta Klang, Thailand. 

Photographer: Taylor Weidman/Bloomberg

Ever since the Kopi Luwak craze began more than a decade ago, coffee connoisseurs have sought unusual ways to make the perfect brew. Adam Majendie Bloomberg Kopi luwak is an Indonesian coffee originally made from part-digested beans defecated by wild palm civets, the gastric process of the animal helping improve the taste of the coffee. But as the luwak… World’s Priciest Coffee… Read More »

People with disabilities are not a diagnosis. They are human

Disabilities - Irish Examiner

Underfunded services are not the only problem. Paddy Connolly Irish Examiner Worse is a culture that labels people as ‘severe’ or ‘profound’, or something similarly dehumanising, says Paddy Connolly. IN the aftermath of… People with disabilities… Read More »

Queensland brides were paid to marry Indian men: court

Marriage - Brisbane

A migration agent and his celebrant wife married 16 Brisbane brides off to Indian men as part of a “one-stop shop” for spousal visas, a trial has heard. Brisbane Times Chetan Mohanlal Mashru and Divya Krishne Gowda are alleged to have wed couples on sight, with the grooms seeking a citizen to help them stay in Australia and the brides large payments. The Brisbane District Court… Queensland brides were paid to… Read More »

Poland’s refugee challenge: Play ball or sit on the sidelines

epa05711310 Chairman of the Law and Justice party Jaroslaw Kaczynski speaks during the press conference on the corridor in Sejm in Warsaw, Poland, 11 January 2017. The 34th Sejm session was planned to be opened on Wednesday, 11 January at noon in the plenary hall. Since 16 December 2016 the plenary hall is occupied by opposition parties members in protest against among others the ruling Law and Justice party voting in a non-standard way.  EPA/RADEK PIETRUSZKA POLAND OUT

Warsaw risks losing out if it’s not seen as a team player. Adam Traczyk Politico WARSAW — If Poland wants to play a major role on the European stage, it will have to make a U-turn on its approach to migration policy. Polish Minister of… Poland’s refugee challenge… Read More »

How Australia is stubbing out smoking

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Australia was the first country in the world to introduce mandatory plain packaging for tobacco products – and the UK will have followed suit by May this… Sarah McDermott  BBC But will any country copy Australia’s plan to keep increasing taxes until a… It’s not easy being a smoker in… How Australia is… Read More »

The difference between an expat and an immigrant? Semantics

City workers drinking at a British style pub in Boat Quay, Singapore

The argument that it’s not just executives and professionals, but also maids and other workers. Kieran Nash BBC News What is an expatriate, exactly? And when is an expat an immigrant — or not? The word expat is… The difference between… Read More »

Australia will support Donald Trump on strong border protection policies: Julie Bishop

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Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says the Turnbull government will support Donald Trump’s “strong immigration and border protection policies”, as the leaders of Britain and Germany criticise an executive order banning entry to the… Tom McIlroy The Sydney Morning Herald Speaking in Los Angeles after events promoting Australian business and… Australia will support… Read More »

The African Union Deserves Another Look

Africa - The National Interest

This isn’t the slow African kleptocracy you’re used to. Ahmed Charai The National Interest In Western public discussions today, the word “refugees” triggers an association with Syria; “terrorism,” ISIS and Iran; and “democracy,” an inwardly focused debate about the implications of a wave of populism on governance in… The African Union… Read More »