Society

NT Royal Commission ‘officially a farce’

The Royal Commission into Child Protection and Detention in the Northern Territory is now officially a farce. Sky News Matt Cunningham Called in a moment of panic by two leaders under immense public pressure, the shoddily planned inquiry unravelled this week during the latest Darwin sittings. The commission rode into town on Monday, accompanied by… NT Royal Commission ‘officially a… Read More »

It’s time to debate sex-selective abortion, Tory leadership hopeful Pierre Lemieux says

The former Ontario Conservative MP’s announcement has raised concerns that a debate could reopen old party divisions. The Star Andy Blatchford OTTAWA—A candidate for the Conservative leadership says it’s time for Canada to have a free and open debate about sex-selective abortion — an announcement that has raised concerns that it could reopen old party divisions. Pierre Lemieux, a former Ontario Tory MP, said in… It’s time to debate sex-selective abortion, Tory… Read More »

Sexual harassment in the media

The departure of The Age’s editor-in-chief due to workplace impropriety highlights the ongoing hypocrisy of the media as moral arbiter. The Saturday Paper Martin McKenzie – Murray The story emerged as Australian journalists converged in Brisbane for their profession’s highest honours, the Walkleys. The editor-in-chief of The Age, a past… Sexual harassment in the… Read More »

Geert Wilders: Dutch court convicts anti-Islam MP of hate speech ‘to protect rights, freedoms of others’

A Dutch court has convicted populist anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders of hate speech in a trial he branded a politically motivated “charade” that endangered freedom of speech. ABC Presiding Judge Hendrik Steenhuis said the court would not impose a sentence because the conviction was punishment enough for a democratically elected politician. Prosecutors had asked judges to… Geert Wilders: Dutch court convicts anti-Islam MP of… Read More »

Fraud squad exposed Queensland Police Service to serious fraud risk, corruption watchdog finds

Queensland’s corruption watchdog has found a police fraud squad initiative that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from the private sector exposed the state’s police service to a serious fraud risk. ABC Casey Briggs A Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) investigation into the Queensland Police Service’s (QPS) Project Synergy has found the program was not conducted transparently and had weaknesses assessed as “high — requires immediate management action”. “By developing work-arounds in what they saw as… Fraud squad exposed Queensland ... Read More »

Ku Klux Klan members say they aren’t white supremacists

The Klan’s official rule book, the Kloran — published in 1915 and still followed by many groups — says the organization “shall ever be true in the faithful maintenance of White Supremacy.” The Star By JAY REEVES, The Associated Press PELHAM, N.C. — In today’s racially charged environment, there’s a… Ku Klux Klan members… Read More »

Out of obscurity

The Asian giant has been helping its neighbour’s economic development for more than two decades Asia Times By SANDRA LOWE Laos’ emergence on the regional and international stage has seen it formulate the ambitious goal of shedding its… Out of obscurity… Read More »

Gambia leader Yahya Jammeh rejects election result

Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh has rejected the result of the presidential election held earlier this month, a week after admitting defeat. BBC Speaking on state TV, Mr Jammeh cited “abnormalities” in the vote and called for fresh elections. Mr Jammeh, who came to power in a… Gambia leader Yahya… Read More »

Romanians vote in the shadow of corruption

Elections in Romania this weekend will test whether the country intends to clean up its political system. Politico By CARMEN PAUN Romania’s parliamentary elections on Sunday will test the country’s determination to clean up its political system a… Romanians vote in… Read More »

Policemen killed in Cairo blast

Bomb was placed in a bin beside a security checkpoint, sources say, in attack that also hurt several civilians. Al Jazeera News Six policemen were killed and three wounded on Friday when a bomb placed in a rubbish bin exploded at a security checkpoint in Cairo, security sources and state media said. Egypt’s state run news agency MENA said the… Policemen killed in… Read More »

More than 1,000 Russian athletes involved in doping conspiracy, investigator says

The World Anti-Doping Agency says there is evidence of tampering involving 12 Russian medallists from the Sochi Olympics. The Star LONDON—A new report into systematic Russian doping has found that more than 1,000 Russian athletes from summer and winter sports were involved in or benefited from an organized conspiracy over a four-year period. World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren released… More than 1,000 Russian athletes involved in… Read More »

Don’t divest from Emerging Markets: dollar highs won’t last

Long-term outlook for emerging markets with good economic freedom isn’t helped by a strong dollar – but a strong dollar isn’t what Donald Trump wants Asia Times Jerry Bowyer The question going forward for Emerging Market investors is this: “What will be the cost of being well diversified globally?” Is EM to be zeroed out, as… Don’t divest from Emerging… Read More »

Buenos Aires fines public sex harassment

Authorities in the Argentinian capital will fine people up to $60 for sexual harassment in public places under a new law. Hurriyet BUENOS AIRES – Agence France-Presse The bill was passed in the city legislature on Dec. 7 in Buenos Aires, where casual sexual harassment is common and traditionally widely tolerated. It sets fines for “direct or… Buenos Aires fines… Read More »