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Farewell to Fariborz: Australian burial for refugee who killed himself on Nauru

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Family and friends of Fariborz Karami, 26, gathered at Mount Gravatt cemetery in Brisbane to say goodbye Helen Davidson and Saba Vasefi The Guardian Last Friday relatives of Fariborz Karami finally said goodbye to the 26-year-old, an athletic and intelligent dentistry student who had married just a short time before taking his life inside a tent on Nauru. It had been more than three months since he died, and many years since doctors first raised concerns about his mental health ... Read More »

The Unstable Identities of The Caregiver

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Samuel Park’s last novel explores how one person’s sense of self can be absorbed into another’s need. ROSA INOCENCIO SMITH The Atlantic The Caregiver BY SAMUEL PARK SIMON & SCHUSTER Samuel Park’s new novel, The Caregiver, is a study in fragility: that of bodies, of boundaries, and of identity itself. Centering on two relationships—a mother and her daughter, and the daughter and her patient—it explores the complex bonds between people who are linked by the need that one has for the… The Unstable Identities… Read More »

Migration: new map of Europe reveals real frontiers for refugees

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Since the EU declared a “refugee crisis” in 2015 that was followed by an unprecedented number of deaths in the Mediterranean, maps explaining the routes of migrants to and within Europe have been used widely in newspapers and social media. Martina Tazzioli The Conversation Some of these maps came out of refugee projects, while others are produced by global organisations, NGOs and agencies such as Frontex, the European Border and Coastguard Agency, and the International Organisation for… The Balkan route, ... Read More »

Turkey’s expedited European extraditions

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Turkey’s ongoing effort to dismantle the supporters for Fethullah Gülen has underlined its influence in southeast Europe, where multiple countries have hurried to comply with requested Turkish extraditions. Luke Bacigalupo Global Risk Insights This raises hard questions about how committed these states are to recent reforms intended to boost the rule of law. Since 2016, suspected supporters of Fethullah Gülen, who Erdoğan has accused of being the mastermind behind the attempted July 2016 coup, have been whisked away from South Eastern Europe in… Bulgaria, ... Read More »

Ukraine accuses Russia of violating the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea

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The Ukrainian delegation to the United Nations has accused the Russian side of violating the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea due to its brutal actions in the Sea of Azov, which, among other things, lead to blocking of maritime traffic. Ukrinform Ukraine made such a statement at the UNGA Sixth Committee meeting on the rule of law at the national and international levels, an Ukrinform correspondent reports. “Control over the Sea of Azov is a current Russian target, after the ... Read More »

Regional visa approvals fall by 50% under the Coalition

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The number of people waiting for skilled regional visas has blown out by more than 50 per cent under the Coalition and the number of people being approved has halved, as the Morrison government faces calls to… By Eryk Bagshaw & David Crowe The Canberra Times Department of Home Affairs figures cast doubt on the government’s claims that Australia’s immigration distribution, which has clogged transport and roads in Sydney and Melbourne, is the fault of the… The figures show non-regional ... Read More »

Skilled migrants to spend ‘at least a few years’ in regional Australia under Morrison’s population plan

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New population minister Alan Tudge said up to 45 percent of permanent immigrants could be diverted to visas that force them to spend “at least a few years” in regional areas, or small states like… James Elton-Pym SBS The Morrison government has promised visa reforms that will force a significant chunk of Australia’s annual intake of 190,000 permanent migrants to spend “at least a few years” in regional… The move, advocated by the Nationals and key lobby groups like the Farmers’ ... Read More »

Religious freedom review enshrines right of schools to turn away gay children and teachers

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Religious schools would be guaranteed the right to turn away gay students and teachers under changes to federal anti-discrimination laws recommended by the government’s long-awaited… Jewel Topsfield The Sydney Morning Herald However the report, which is still being debated by cabinet despite being handed to the Coalition four months ago, dismisses the notion religious freedom in Australia is in “imminent peril”, and… The review was commissioned in the wake of last year’s same-sex marriage victory to appease conservative MPs who ... Read More »

Aged care royal commission to run for 18 months, Scott Morrison announces

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced the royal commission into aged care will report back to the government by April 2020 and conduct a wide-ranging investigation into the future of the… Fergus Hunter The Sydney Morning Herald The sweeping inquiry, which has now been formally established by Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove, will be based in Adelaide, a focal point for concerns about the sector following accusations of severe abuse and… The commission will be led by Supreme Court Justice Joseph ... Read More »

‘We need to make sure it’s realistic’: Liberty Victoria president weighs in on immigration plan

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Liberty Victoria president Jessie Taylor says the devil is in the detail for the Federal Government’s plan to ease mounting population pressure in Melbourne and Sydney. Neil Mitchel 3AW New visa conditions would require migrants to settle outside the major cities for up to five years. Ms Taylor, who also works as a lawyer, said it depended on whether there were job opportunities to sustain growth in regional centres. Neil Mitchell glad to see a population plan on the political ... Read More »

Final call to save the world from ‘climate catastrophe’

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It’s the final call, say scientists, the most extensive warning yet on the risks of rising global temperatures. Matt McGrath BBC Their dramatic report on keeping that rise under 1.5 degrees C says the world is now completely off track, heading instead towards 3C. Keeping to the preferred target of 1.5C above pre-industrial levels will mean “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society”. It will be hugely expensive – but the window of opportunity remains open. After three years ... Read More »

Dutton’s airport ID checks are ripe for abuse and take us closer to a police state

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Police intelligence is far from 100% reliable and ethnic profiling is an obvious risk Rex Patrick The Guardian ”Your papers please!” It’s a phrase associated with the workings of a police state. It’s a trope favoured by Hollywood movies, but it’s an expression that can trigger dread for those who have had the misfortune to encounter the arbitrary power of an authoritarian government. And it’s a phrase you may soon hear when you arrive at one of Australia’s major airports. ... Read More »

How African American folklore saved the cultural memory and history of slaves

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All over the world, community stories, customs and beliefs have been passed down from generation to generation. Jennifer Dos Reis Dos Santos The Conversation This folkore is used by elders to teach family and friends about their collective cultural past. And for African Americans, folklore has played a particularly important part in documenting history too. The year 1619 marked the beginning of African American history, with the arrival of the first slave ship in Jamestown, Virginia. Slavery put African Americans ... Read More »

Last gleaming of the liberal democratic age?

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Australia’s media and politicians have eschewed the serious debates of the past to engage in an endless and senseless culture war, writes Malcolm King. InDaily The great liberal democratic experiment born from the American and French Revolutions is dying. Reason is in retreat as political chaos marches on Britain, Western Europe, America and Australia. Trust in politicians, financial institutions, the media and the church, has crumbled. We lost our vision for Australia and forgot our history – or were never ... Read More »