Society

Yusra Mardini delights with butterfly heat win for Refugee Olympic Team

There will be plenty of inspiring swims in the Rio pool this week but few to match the personal odyssey completed by Yusra Mardini on the opening day of competition. Last year the Syrian teenager was battling in the sea for survival with fellow asylum seekers while trying to reach the Greek island of Lesbos. To go from there to winning the opening heat of the 100m butterfly at the Olympic Games is the ultimate illustration of drawing strength from ... Read More »

Why Self-Help Guru James Altucher Only Owns 15 Things

It was around 10 a.m. on a sun-drenched summer morning, and James Altucher, perhaps the world’s least likely success guru, was packing his worldly possessions, about 15 items, into a small canvas carry-on bag. “If I were to die, my kids get this bag,” Mr. Altucher said sardonically as he packed away his laptop, iPad, three sets of chinos, three T-shirts and a Ziploc bag filled with $4,000 worth of $2 bills (“People always remember… Source: Why Self-Help Guru James ... Read More »

Child sexual abuse inquiry: Rudd vows to press on after Dame Lowell Goddard resignation

Home secretary pushes ahead with finding new leader, saying ‘success of this inquiry remains an absolute priority’.. The chair of the public inquiry into institutional child abuse has resigned, saying it was beset with a “legacy of failure” that was hard to shake off… Source: Child sexual abuse inquiry: Rudd vows to press on after Dame Lowell Goddard resignation | Society | The Guardian Read More »

Sharing economy will have dramatic effect on workplace conditions, says law firm

In a world of digital disruption with the likes of Uber and Airbnb, the focus is now turning to how rapid changes to business and lifestyles could translate to the workplace. In a report released today, law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth said there would be likely challenges to legal rights for both employers and employees given the move to contracting and more flexible work arrangements… Source: Sharing economy will have dramatic effect on workplace conditions, says law firm – ABC ... Read More »

Teach teenagers about sexting and not how to preserve their virtue

Casual sex is the new normal and teenagers are not being armed with the tools to deal with it.. Netflix and chill, shift, dank, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, bae and fam: buzz words for the modern teenager. The language is changing so rapidly that parents are googling the urban dictionary But how different is 2016 teenage etiquette? Source: Teach teenagers about sexting and not how to preserve their virtue Read More »

Rethinking youth justice: there are alternatives to juvenile detention

The recent exposure of the abuse inflicted on child detainees at the Don Dale facility in the Northern Territory has shone a much-needed light on youth justice in Australia. Important questions are being asked about why these children were treated this way in detention. But we also need to ask why children are being detained at all… Source: Rethinking youth justice: there are alternatives to juvenile detention Read More »

Gülen and the claim of ‘moderate’ Islam

“At a time when Western democracies are searching for moderate Muslim voices, I and my friends in the Hizmet [Service] movement have taken a clear stance against extremist violence, from the Sept. 11 attacks by al-Qaeda to brutal executions by the Islamic State [of Iraq and the Levant – ISIL] to the… Source: Gülen and the claim of ‘moderate’ Islam – MURAT YETKİN Read More »

Mainstream News Media Culture Gives Progressive Ideas No Chance

And you thought our parliament was toxic. Trying consuming our mainstream media. James Rose looks at the decline of progressive ideas in a fetid sea of sensationalism. Many are looking with trepidation across a world which seems filled with hate and self-loathing, a dangerous place not fit for sensible people. While we can make our judgements on the… Source: Mainstream News Media Culture Gives Progressive Ideas No Chance – New Matilda Read More »

Israel Knesset’s Education, Culture, and Sports Committee Recognizes Armenian Genocide

Urges Israeli Government to Also Formally Recognize the Crime JERUSALEM, Israel (A.W.)—Israel’s Knesset’s (Parliament) Education, Culture, and Sports Committee announced on Aug. 1 that it recognized the Armenian Genocide and urged the government to formally acknowledge the crime as such. “It is our moral obligation to recognize the Armenian genocide,” said committee chair Yakov Margi… Source: Israel Knesset’s Education, Culture, and Sports Committee Recognizes Armenian Genocide | Armenian Weekly Read More »

Protest against abuse of children in detention shuts down Melbourne intersection

Four women who locked themselves into a makeshift metal cage were preparing to spend the night on the corner of Flinders and Swanston streets to protest against the abuse of children of prisons. On Saturday, police closed the intersection to all traffic, maintaining only a minimal presence to oversee the crowd of about 100 peaceful agitators… Source: Protest against abuse of children in detention shuts down Melbourne intersection Read More »

Former bankers sentenced to jail over Anglo fraud scheme

Willie McAteer and John Bowe of Anglo and Denis Casey of Irish Life convicted of fraud Ruadhán Mac Cormaic, Joe Brennan, Ciarán Hancock Three former bankers were in Mountjoy Prison in Dublin last night after receiving jail sentences for their roles in a €7 billion fraud committed at the height of the banking crisis in 2008… Source: Former bankers sentenced to jail over Anglo fraud scheme Read More »

IMF admits disastrous love affair with the euro and apologises for the immolation of Greece

The International Monetary Fund’s top staff misled their own board, made a series of calamitous misjudgments in Greece, became euphoric cheerleaders for the euro project, ignored warning signs of impending crisis, and collectively failed to grasp an elemental concept of currency… Ambrose Evans-Pritchard The Telegraph This is the lacerating verdict of the IMF’s top watchdog on the fund’s tangled political role in the eurozone debt crisis, the most damaging episode in the history of the Bretton Woods… It describes a ... Read More »

Minister wants to tackle excessive alcohol consumption at UK airports

Tariq Ahmad is to review how bars, restaurants and duty free stores in airports sell alcohol, following concerns about alcohol-related incidents.. A crackdown on the sale of alcohol at British airports is being considered by the new aviation minister amid a spate of incidents involving drunk passengers… Source: Minister wants to tackle excessive alcohol consumption at UK airports | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Grattan on Friday: Turnbull should move to add justice to Closing the Gap targets

When he became prime minister Tony Abbott brought the Indigenous affairs portfolio under the umbrella of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C). It was a mark of the priority he said he wanted to give the area. It’s questionable how well the bureaucratic reshuffling has worked. Certainly not well enough, it seems, for a red flag to be raised when the… Source: Grattan on Friday: Turnbull should move to add justice to Closing the Gap targets Read More »