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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 Adam Majendie Bloomberg Kopi luwak is an Indonesian coffee originally made from part-digested beans defecated by wild palm civets, the gastric process of the animal helping improve the taste of the coffee.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

Cigaretes on 20 AU dollar notes 1a LLLL

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 »

MyWay data from light rail will be able to be used in criminal investigations

Rail - Canberra Times

The Australian Federal Police will be able to track the movement of suspects on Canberra’s light rail system without a warrant in the same way investigators currently do with ACT buses. Katie Burgess The Canberra Times Law enforcement agencies have been able to request data retained on MyWay cards since 2010, although have done so less than 70 times since the scheme was introduced. And since the MyWay… MyWay data from… Read More »

Turnbull news conference an exercise in avoidance and obfuscation

Turnbull - ABC

There were several take-outs from Malcolm Turnbull’s rather odd Monday news conference, which followed his Sunday telephone conversation with Donald Trump. Michelle Grattan ABC First, Australians are still not to be given any detail about the agreement – forged under the Obama administration and now confirmed by Trump – that the US will take refugees from Nauru and Manus Island. Second, Turnbull appears to… Turnbull news conference… Read More »

Trump bans, Iran profits

An Iranian woman looks at a mural drawing of spearmen bearing the faces of (From L to R): Iraq's late president Saddam Hussein, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, a masked man, US President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on a street in the Iranian capital Tehran on July 30, 2014. Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged the Islamic world on July 29, 2014 to arm Palestinians to allow them to counter what he called Israel's "genocide" in the Gaza Strip. AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRI        (Photo credit should read BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images)

The US president wants to keep his country safe, but he’s strengthening Tehran and ISIL. David Patrikarakos Politico President Donald Trump’s executive order banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. was intended to safeguard Americans from terrorism. Instead, it is likely to… Trump bans, Iran… Read More »

Romania: Keep the corrupt in jail, where they belong

Romania - Al Jazeera

Thousands of Romanians have braved sub-zero temperatures to protest legal changes pardoning corrupt officials. Claudia Ciobanu Al Jazeera News More than 90,000 people protested last night across Romania against the government’s plans to pardon or reduce sentences of corrupt politicians. The January 29 protest… Romania: Keep the corrupt… Read More »

Israeli parliament to vote on bill retroactively legalising about 4,000 settler homes

Israel - ABC

Israel’s parliament is widely expected to vote into law a bill retroactively legalising about 4,000 settler homes built on privately-owned Palestinian land, a measure the Attorney-General says is unconstitutional. ABC Passage of the legislation — backed by the right-wing Government and condemned by Palestinians as a blow to statehood hopes — may only be largely symbolic however, as it goes against the Israeli Supreme Court’s rulings on… Israeli parliament to… Read More »

Violence without religion is just as terrifying

Opinion

One of the outstanding national security and government issues of the current western environment is political and religious inspired terrorism. Kendall Galbraith On Line Opinion This makes other criminal and violent behavior and its motivations a somewhat lesser evil when measured in the public domain. Terrorism motivated by… Violence without religion… Read More »