Rise of the right: Austria’s election results & their implications for Europe — RT News

So now Brussels in fact stands before a simple but at the same time difficult choice, the analyst believes: either to keep its liberal asylum policies and to “see Schengen going down” or to shift to the right and “save Schengen.”

Source: Rise of the right: Austria’s election results & their implications for Europe — RT News

Austria’s neo-Nazis find friends in Israel | The Electronic Intifada

Austria’s ambassador in Tel Aviv sees nothing wrong with Arab parties being excluded from Israel’s government.As his own country looks set to put neo-Nazis in power in Vienna, this is yet another remarkable demonstration of the racist values shared by European and Israeli elites.Just as in Germany, there are clear indications of ties between Austria’s neo-Nazi far right and Israel’s right wing

Source: Austria’s neo-Nazis find friends in Israel | The Electronic Intifada

The world is going slow on coal, but misinformation is distorting the facts | Environment | The Guardian

This is a story about how misinformation can take hold. It’s not always down to dishonesty. Sometimes it’s just a lack of time, a headline and the multiplying power of ideological certainty.Last week, China announced it was stopping or postponing work on 151 coal plants that were either under, or earmarked for, construction.Last month, India reported its national coal fleet on average ran at little more than 60% of its capacity – among other things, well below what is generally considered necessary for an individual generator to be financially viable.Tony Abbott needs to explain U-turn on climate change, Julie Bishop saysRead moreNeither of these stories gained much of a foothold in the Australia media. But one story on global coal did: that 621 plants were being built across the planet

Source: The world is going slow on coal, but misinformation is distorting the facts | Environment | The Guardian

Peter Greste: Australia ‘succumbed to the rhetoric around terrorism’

“The far greater threats are from things like nationalism and xenophobia, where we turn inwards and away from the rest of the world. I think that’s doing far more damage.” We are in danger of moving our society towards that end of the spectrum and doing the job extremists want us to do Peter Greste

Source: Peter Greste: Australia ‘succumbed to the rhetoric around terrorism’

Man faces court over alleged marriage equality assault on Kevin Rudd’s godson | Australia news | The Guardian

Craig Hoelscher, 48, is accused of punching Sean Foster in Brisbane, leaving the 19-year-old with a forehead wound

Source: Man faces court over alleged marriage equality assault on Kevin Rudd’s godson | Australia news | The Guardian

Netanyahu compares human rights groups to Russian election interference | +972 Magazine

 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at an event in Jerusalem, October 15, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90, cropped)

The aim — and the result — has been to portray of human and civil rights as subversive ideas being used by foreign, presumably anti-Semitic powers to undermine the State of Israel itself. That last feat is accomplished by conflating the State of Israel with its occupation of the Palestinian territories, and the right-wing ideology that demands its transformation into an immutable reality.

Source: Netanyahu compares human rights groups to Russian election interference | +972 Magazine

‘Volcanic’: Evidence of Queen’s involvement in the 1975 dismissal uncovered

Professor Hocking believes the Queen knew what might happen to the government well before it happened – unlike Whitlam, who was caught completely off-guard by the actions of November 11, 1975.

Source: ‘Volcanic’: Evidence of Queen’s involvement in the 1975 dismissal uncovered

Elbaradei: Trump Propaganda on Iran Nuclear Deal like Run-up to Iraq War | Informed Comment

Ominously, the former head of the IAEA, Mohammed Albaradei, who pointed out in spring of 2003 that the George W. Bush administration’s case for going to war against Iraq was bogus has weighed in on this new warmongering ploy:

Source: Elbaradei: Trump Propaganda on Iran Nuclear Deal like Run-up to Iraq War | Informed Comment

More civilian Airstrike Deaths under Trump than in 8 years of Obama | Informed Comment

Trump would be wise to heed this warning. Even as U.S. forces continue to turn the tide on IS, the trail of destruction left in the campaign’s wake is unsettling. The specter of massive civilian casualties will remain a rallying point for new terrorist organizations long after anti-IS operations conclude.

Source: More civilian Airstrike Deaths under Trump than in 8 years of Obama | Informed Comment

What is a worker? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Amongst credible economists and political leaders (so, not including Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison), it is universally accepted that Australia, like most other developed economies, has a wealth and income inequality problem. There are books and essays being written and read every minute about why this problem exists, but let me simplify in the words…

Source: What is a worker? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Perth’s Anglican ​​church offers ‘heartfelt apology’ to LGBT community | World news | The Guardian

Diocese says it is ‘deeply sorry for any harm we have done’ by words and behaviour ‘that have not displayed the love of God’

Source: Perth’s Anglican church offers ‘heartfelt apology’ to LGBT community | World news | The Guardian

Letting Craig Kelly dictate energy policy is as stupid as letting Tony Abbott destroy the NBN – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The head of the misnamed Coalition backbench environment committee, Craig Kelly, has been all over the media with ever more strident calls to stop all subsidies to renewable energy. His argument, which has been adopted by that jellyfish Frydenberg, is that, if renewables are cheaper then they don’t need subsidies. On June 25, Mr Kelly…

Source: Letting Craig Kelly dictate energy policy is as stupid as letting Tony Abbott destroy the NBN – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Climate Change Insurgent: Tony Abbott’s Crusade – » The Australian Independent Media Network

He is the inimitable, true political ugliness, the bad boy with a mistimed punch. While not quite professorial in his lunacy (that honour will have to go to Pauline Hanson of One Nation, whose sincere bigotry remains pungent), he aspires to it with a greater sense of reason. This Exocet missile of Australian politics continues…

Source: Climate Change Insurgent: Tony Abbott’s Crusade – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Tony Abbott has lost touch with reality on climate change

In fact, given the patent inaccuracy of his remarks, it’s no surprise he had fly 10,000 miles to find an audience sufficiently receptive, or adequately ignorant of Australia’s climate record, to actually listen.

Source: Tony Abbott has lost touch with reality on climate change

It’s personal: The only way the Abbott v Turnbull vendetta will end

Abbott, ever the Jesuit, parsed his breezy, idiosyncratic summary of the crapness of climate science, all in terms of religion, natch. We live in a post-Christian world, he said, and climate science is the new religion, but it’s also like a primitive cult because carbon abatement measures are akin to the goats the pre-Christian savages used to sacrifice to the volcano gods.

Source: It’s personal: The only way the Abbott v Turnbull vendetta will end

Universal Credit doesn’t go far enough – work won’t pay until people are running naked through stinging nettles to get their benefits | The Independent

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To understand the success of the Universal Credit scheme that benefit claimants now depend on, you only have to look at the wise people who created it. The scheme was devised by Lord Freud, a city banker, and therefore ideally placed to understand the trials of living on benefits.It was carried forward by Iain Duncan-Smith, who had to struggle himself – but instead of wallowing in self-pity, he got off his backside and was given use of a Tudor mansion by his father-in law, the fifth Baron Cottesloe, which proves rewards come to those prepared to make an effort.Now that the scheme has run into trouble, the government should put together a team who similarly comprehend the emotions at the heart of poverty in modern Britain, such as Prince Harry, Simon Cowell and the Sultan of Brunei.

Source: Universal Credit doesn’t go far enough – work won’t pay until people are running naked through stinging nettles to get their benefits | The Independent

Statues are not history. Here are six in Australia that need rethinking | Paul Daley | Australia news | The Guardian

Unless history strives for truth it is nothing more than propaganda. There is nothing intrinsically educational about a statue, memorial or place name

Source: Statues are not history. Here are six in Australia that need rethinking | Paul Daley | Australia news | The Guardian

Stan Grant compares Indigenous cultural sites to the Sistine Chapel | Australia news | The Guardian

Stan Grant has compared Indigenous cultural heritage sites such as Lake Mungo to the Sistine Chapel and said the depth and breadth of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art “punctures” the conception of Terra nullius.The ABC broadcaster made the comments at the opening of the Tarnanthi festival of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art at the Art Gallery of South Australia on Thursday night.

Source: Stan Grant compares Indigenous cultural sites to the Sistine Chapel | Australia news | The Guardian

Day to Day Politics: I repeat … our most gutless PM ever. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

It has to be said that if Tony Abbott was the worst Prime Minister we have ever had then Malcolm Turnbull has to be the most gutless. What kind of leader would allow some right-wing ultra-fanatics to ride rough shod over his every decision? Decisions that, when as Opposition Leader, he felt strongly about.

Source: Day to Day Politics: I repeat … our most gutless PM ever. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Richard Branson bets on the future with Hyperloop One investment

British billionaire Richard Branson has placed another bet on the future with an investment in Hyperloop One, which is developing super high-speed transportation systems.

Source: Richard Branson bets on the future with Hyperloop One investment

Is Fox News Trying To Start A War With Iran Or Just Sell Iran Deal Decertification? | Crooks and Liars

Just in time to help Donald Trump, Fox News has come up with an article claiming, “Iran’s nuclear program is far from halted.”

Source: Is Fox News Trying To Start A War With Iran Or Just Sell Iran Deal Decertification? | Crooks and Liars

Is going to university really worth it for most people? – RN – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Universities no longer broaden mindsHistorically, attending university had a broad social component: making new friends, sitting in a common room arguing about the world’s ills with strangers.

Source: Is going to university really worth it for most people? – RN – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Catholic Church ‘hiding behind the law’ over historic abuse compensation claims – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A man who was raped and beaten by priests and brothers as a 12-year-old says he felt like a beggar when he asked the Catholic Church for money to pay for medical bills for treatment of the mental and physical illness he suffered as a result of his abuse.Russell Clark is just one of many survivors of abuse who signed deeds of release, which prevent them from taking further legal action or requesting more compensation.

Source: Catholic Church ‘hiding behind the law’ over historic abuse compensation claims – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Vindicated in UK, Al Jazeera to reveal secrets of US Israel lobby | The Electronic Intifada

A statement from Al Jazeera said that the Qatar-based broadcaster feels “vindicated by the rulings and ever more committed to exposing human rights violations by anyone – regardless of geography, religion or the power of their lobbies.”

Source: Vindicated in UK, Al Jazeera to reveal secrets of US Israel lobby | The Electronic Intifada

The rise of antisemitism in Australia has a distinctly American tone | Alex Ryvchin | Opinion | The Guardian

Australian far-right discourse, while also targeting other minorities, has maintained an obsessive focus on the ‘Jewish problem’

Source: The rise of antisemitism in Australia has a distinctly American tone | Alex Ryvchin | Opinion | The Guardian

Tony Abbott’s climate frolic is strange and sad – and all about politics | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

The pitch behind the London speech was that a climate ruckus aids the Coalition. He should have been laughed out of the room

Source: Tony Abbott’s climate frolic is strange and sad – and all about politics | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

Tony Abbott dares us to reject evidence on climate, but reveals a coward | Graham Readfearn | Environment | The Guardian

The former Australian prime minister’s misleading speech to a London thinktank was full of climate denial mythology

Source: Tony Abbott dares us to reject evidence on climate, but reveals a coward | Graham Readfearn | Environment | The Guardian