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Section 18C: What’s all the fuss and why does it matter?

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18C? Never heard of it? Stan Grant ABC Means nothing to you? You’re not alone…. Section 18C: What’s… Read More »

The futility of secrets in the age of technology

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The latest CIA leak proves that state actors no longer get to decide who can be privy to information stamped ‘secret’. Andrew Mitrovica Al Jazeera News One of the jobs of so-called intelligence officers is to collect and carefully consider the facts and to offer sound, sober advice, devoid of hyperbole. This is the… The futility of… Read More »

German City Accepts Karl Marx Statue From China, But Not Everyone’s Happy

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The German city of Trier has never been particularly fond of its most famous son, Karl Marx, who helped turn communism into an ideology that changed the course of history. npr Conservative and Catholic, the picturesque city on the French border took an ambivalent view of the radical revolutionary, born into a Jewish family in 1818. But now, as… German City Accepts… Read More »

How homophobia hurts workers and businesses

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Homophobia is costly to workers and the businesses that employ them, research shows. Raymond Trau ABC Unfortunately, it’s still prevalent in Australia and the latest lobbying from 34 business leaders for marriage equality emphasises the need for it to be addressed both within and outside the workplace. It’s little wonder… How homophobia hurts… Read More »

Bioenergy policy being driven by ‘alternative facts’

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Today is the International Day of Forests: 1.6 billion people rely on them for their livelihoods; they are home to more than 80% of the terrestrial life; and they’re a crucial bulwark against climate change, writes Linde Zuidema. Linde Zuidema Euractiv Setting a day aside to celebrate forests is laudable. Yet this year… Bioenergy policy being… Read More »

The case against Turkey

Co-leader of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Figen Yuksekdag (C) arrives at the Cumhuriyet Daily headquarters, on November 27,2015 in Istanbul, during a demonstration after the arrest of the Editor in Chief. A court in Istanbul charged two journalists from the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper with spying after they alleged Turkey's secret services had sent arms to Islamist rebels in Syria, Turkish media reported. Editor-in-chief Can Dundar and Erdem Gul, the paper's Ankara bureau chief, are accused of spying and "divulging state secrets". Both men were placed in pre-trial detention. AFP PHOTO/OZAN KOSE / AFP / OZAN KOSE        (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

A European parliamentarian’s visit to Ankara yielded no reasons to reconsider freezing accession talks. Kati Piri Politico As I landed in Ankara earlier this month, I knew it would not be an easy trip. The Turkish government… The case against… Read More »

UN official says ‘crimes against humanity’ could be unfolding in Myanmar

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(CNN) – Their homes burned and relatives killed, Rohingya have been fleeing northern Myanmar since October. James Griffiths and Kristie Lu Stout CNN They trek for miles along a dangerous route — risking drowning, disease and capture by the military — to cross the border into neighboring Bangladesh, where refugee camps provide temporary shelter. Tens of thousands… UN official says… Read More »

Brexit is happening now but the UK hasn’t really assessed the impact of a “no-deal” divorce

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The last few days, amid the political storm that the Dutch elections have generated, the Brexit question has seen important events as well. Carlo Motta European Sting Last week the Queen has given her assent to the Brexit bill, and have formally cleared the way for Prime Minister Theresa May to start talks to leave the European Union. PM May has… Brexit is happening… Read More »

Cashless Cards And Rising Crime: An Intervention That Keeps On Giving

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Facing electoral annihilation and media pressure, the Howard Government launched an unprecedented assault on Aboriginal rights and communities. Rachel Siewert New Matilda A decade on, Senator Rachel Siewert says the federal government is still hiding behind its failures. I’ll never forget… Cashless Cards And… Read More »

EU income inequality and the Great Recession

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EU-wide income inequality declined notably prior to 2008, driven by a strong process of income convergence between European… Eurofound The Great Recession broke this… After 2008, income convergence has been sluggish, while inequality within many countries has increased… Despite the implicit… EU income inequality… Read More »

Comment: The return of the banality of evil

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Anti-Semitism has never really gone away. Na’ama Carlin SBS But not since the dark days of the Holocaust have anti-Semites and racists been so emboldened, says Na’ama Carlin. It seemed a… Comment: The return… Read More »

The Media’s Cheery Ignorance about Islam’s Hostile Ideology

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It is not the president who is spreading the idea that “Islam is an inherently hostile ideology,” that “Muslims are enemies of Christians and Jews” and that “Muslims have always had a comprehensive, actionable, and jihadist plan to take over” — but rather the Quran itself. A. Z. Mohamed Gatestone Institute In other words: Islam does not recognize Judaism or Christianity as religions. Muslims are enemies… The Media’s Cheery… Read More »

Press freedom undermined by European hypocrisy

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We would like to have believed that the forced deportation of Family and Social Policy Minister Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya, along with the police violence against Turkish citizens and journalists on the night of March 11 in… The Editorial Board Daily Sabah Many who followed the incident from Turkey could not believe what they were seeing, expecting senior European officials to issue statements condemning what had happened or at least explain how such a thing could happen in… Press freedom ... Read More »

What would happen if Washington gave up on the jihad?

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President Trump’s desire to fight Daesh and to put an end to international terrorism is going to be extremely difficult to implement. Thierry Meyssan Voltaire Indeed, it will cause damage to the states who organised it, and implies a reorientation of international politics. The new President… What would happen… Read More »