Politicians should listen to educators and employers – standardised testing is a waste of time – » The Australian Independent Media Network

NAPLAN and PISA are not the be all and end all. In fact, slavish preoccupation with standardised test results is stultifying the attributes students need most to succeed – creativity, initiative, innovation, agility, teamwork and good communication skills.

Source: Politicians should listen to educators and employers – standardised testing is a waste of time – » The Australian Independent Media Network

After AI, automation and robots, we can have a working future, says tech guru

if the country is to prosper from the huge social and economic changes ushered in by artificial intelligence, machine learning and automation, businesses must stop merely modifying overseas models and instead create unique, world-leading innovations.

Source: After AI, automation and robots, we can have a working future, says tech guru

Trump’s family hits back at Johnny Depp’s assassination joke

Not even Johnny Depp is trying to defend Johnny Depp’s comments to a laughing crowd at a festival last week: “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president? . . . It’s been a while, and maybe it’s time.”

Source: Trump’s family hits back at Johnny Depp’s assassination joke

Trump CIA director blames ‘worship of Edward Snowden’ for rise in leaks | US news | The Guardian

Mike Pompeo said more needed to be done to stem what he called an increase in the leaking of state secrets to ‘undermine the United States and democracy’

Source: Trump CIA director blames ‘worship of Edward Snowden’ for rise in leaks | US news | The Guardian

Trump suggests he bluffed about tapes to keep Comey honest — RT America

President Donald Trump revealed that he kept ousted FBI Director James Comey guessing about the existence of recordings of their interactions so that Comey would “tell what actually took place” when he testified on Capitol Hill.

Source: Trump suggests he bluffed about tapes to keep Comey honest — RT America

Why Does the Far Right Hold a Near-Monopoly on Political Violence? | The Nation

League’s Center on Extremism, told NPR that “when you look at murders committed by domestic extremists in the United States of all types, right-wing extremists are responsible for about 74 percent of those murders.” The actual share is higher still, as violence committed by ultraconservative Islamic supremacists isn’t included in tallies of “right-wing extremism.”

Source: Why Does the Far Right Hold a Near-Monopoly on Political Violence? | The Nation

Imam Mohammad Tawhidi: The problem with the media’s favourite Muslim – RN – ABC News | Andrew Bolt’s regular Muslim spokesperson

Mohammad Tawhidi appears on Network Seven's Sunrise program above a banner reading: 'Australia's Muslim leaders speak out'.

In just 12 months, Mohammad Tawhidi has become one of the most prominent Muslim voices in the Australian media. But is Imam Tawhidi all he seems?

Source: Imam Mohammad Tawhidi: The problem with the media’s favourite Muslim – RN – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Climate forces consolidate as coal backers rush for government help

As the Turnbull government struggles to convince internal dissenters of the need for tougher carbon reduction measures, forces on the green energy side are positioning for a renewed climate change debate in coming months.

Source: Climate forces consolidate as coal backers rush for government help

Pauline says segregate, I say integrate. Who would you trust? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By Jane Salmon Piling on against Hanson is hard to resist. She’s under-educated and holds the entire nation back. There is not a vulnerable or minority group she hasn’t tried to isolate or turn the white middle Australian bogan pack on. This is more of the same. However, disability parents owe her thanks for this…

Source: Pauline says segregate, I say integrate. Who would you trust? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

What to do when anti-Muslim Hate Speech now passes the Dinner Table Test? | Informed Comment

There can be little doubt that one of the main contributors to this “white noise” has been far-right groups such as the English Defence League (EDL) and Britain First. Without any constraints being placed on them, they were only allowed to become ever more confrontational and aggressive towards Muslims and mosques. The mainstream media gave them a platform from which to voice their explicit and divisive message about Muslims and Islam.

Source: What to do when anti-Muslim Hate Speech now passes the Dinner Table Test? | Informed Comment

After Legalizing Weed, Unemployment in Colorado Lower Than Rest of Country

(ANTIMEDIA) Colorado —Three years after legalizing cannabis, Colorado has the lowest unemployment rate in the country. “While the national unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent in May, the lowest since 2001, Colorado’s jobless rate is the nation’s lowest at 2.3 percent,” CNBC reported Monday. According to Governor John Hickenlooper, multiple factors have contributed to Colorado’s …

Source: After Legalizing Weed, Unemployment in Colorado Lower Than Rest of Country

Gaziur (Gazi) Rahman – the brutal treatment of a worthy New Australian. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By Keith Davis “I have never had to flee my country in order to save my life. How lucky am I? I have never had to fear being returned to a country where the likely consequence of such an unwanted move would be my death. How lucky am I?” I wrote those words many months…

Source: Gaziur (Gazi) Rahman – the brutal treatment of a worthy New Australian. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Constitutional recognition: Australia’s founding document should not embody ‘racist past’, Pat Dodson says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Labor senator and Aboriginal leader Pat Dodson demands the stubborn stains in our racist Constitution be removed.

Source: Constitutional recognition: Australia’s founding document should not embody ‘racist past’, Pat Dodson says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

‘Racism’ in child welfare and justice system | NITV

There would be a national taskforce to fix the crisis in child protection and youth justice if it involved white rather than Aboriginal children, Australia’s only indigenous children’s commissioner says. Victorian Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People Andrew Jackomos says there is institutional racism and bias in the child protection and youth justice systems, in which indigenous children are significantly over- represented.

Source: ‘Racism’ in child welfare and justice system | NITV

Australian whistleblowers could get access to bounties worth millions

The Turnbull government is considering a bounty style reward worth millions of dollars for those who blow the whistle on corruption or unethical behaviour at the hands of multi-billion dollar corporations.

Source: Australian whistleblowers could get access to bounties worth millions

US seeks to ‘milk’ terrorism sponsor Saudi Arabia – Iran’s Revolutionary Guard to RT — RT News

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As the US influence in the Middle East wanes, it increasingly associates itself with dictatorships like Saudi Arabia, whose “dark face” and “role in supporting terrorism is known to everyone in the region,” a high ranking Iranian Revolutionary Guard official told RT.

Source: US seeks to ‘milk’ terrorism sponsor Saudi Arabia – Iran’s Revolutionary Guard to RT — RT News

NT intervention a ‘debacle’ and second attempt should be made, commission told | Australia news | The Guardian

Danila Dilba Aboriginal health service CEO says new attempt with Indigenous involvement ‘couldn’t do any worse’

Source: NT intervention a ‘debacle’ and second attempt should be made, commission told | Australia news | The Guardian

NT child protection files end up at Alice Springs dump after mix-up | Australia news | The Guardian

Filing cabinets full of confidential information mistakenly end up in recycling shop, with inquiry finding ‘consistent’ evidence of chaos in families department

Source: NT child protection files end up at Alice Springs dump after mix-up | Australia news | The Guardian

Betrayed … by the mainstream media – » The Australian Independent Media Network

We also have a problem in governance in Australia. The two major parties are now polarized between Capital Economics and Social Economics, and the problem has arisen that the application of one is seen to compete to destroy the other. This is a foolish beat-up used to belittle Labor’s capability to successfully meld the two to bring about great social and financial security for the nation. The AAA credit rating, the saving from the GFC, and the implementation of fantastic social necessities like Carbon Trading, NDIS, the NBN and Gonski are proof positive that social economics can be done with negotiation and respect.

Source: Betrayed … by the mainstream media – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Surprise! The discourse of Anti-Muslim Hatred led to attack on Mosque-Goers in London | Informed Comment

Worshippers pray on the street after the attack

The Finsbury Park attack occurred just after the murder of a teenage Muslim girl in Virginia and an attempted vehicular attack on Iraqi migrants in Sweden. There is little doubt that this incident targeted the Muslim community, and while we cannot speculate as to what exactly motivated this violence, such an incident demands that we reflect on the harm that Islamophobia can cause.

Source: Surprise! The discourse of Anti-Muslim Hatred led to attack on Mosque-Goers in London | Informed Comment

What’s the story with the siege on Doha? | +972 Magazine

It is very difficult to accept at face value this newfound determination to defeat terrorism by the Gulf states by humiliating a smaller neighbor whose differences consist primarily of alternative choices of distasteful proxies. By Gary Sick There are several things that I find confounding about the current conflict within the GCC: First, as a member of the US policy team that first applied sanctions against Iran when our diplomats were being held hostage in Tehran, we drew the line at food and medicine. That has remained true in the succeeding 37 years. Despite all the onerous sanctions that the…

Source: What’s the story with the siege on Doha? | +972 Magazine

US rebukes Saudi Arabia over Qatar embargo in reversal after Trump comments | World news | The Guardian| But it’s business as usual nevertheless

Rex Tillerson, the US secretary of state. The department has raised doubts about Saudi Arabia and its allies’ actions over Qatar.

State department says it is ‘mystified’ by lack of clarity from Gulf states in latest sign of gap between Trump’s comments and foreign policy

Source: US rebukes Saudi Arabia over Qatar embargo in reversal after Trump comments | World news | The Guardian

Captagon: The Jihadist’s Drug

The drug is called Captagon, and it’s being used by all sides of the Syrian conflict.

The production of the drug, which keeps fighters awake over long periods of time, is said to be providing income for all factions involved in the Syrian war.

During the last year, shipments of Captagon have been seized on the way to the West Bank, Jordan, Sudan, Syria and the Gulf. In October, Anti-Media reported on a Saudi prince who was arrested for trying to smuggle two tons of the drug onto a plane.

Source: Captagon: The Jihadist’s Drug

Rick Perry Just Said Carbon Dioxide Doesn’t Cause Climate Change | IFLScience

Here’s a fact for you – carbon dioxide is the primary driver of climate change. Now here’s another fact – the Trump administration knows as much about the

Source: Rick Perry Just Said Carbon Dioxide Doesn’t Cause Climate Change | IFLScience

10 must-read articles for World Refugee Day | +972 Magazine

A selection of articles and stories about asylum seekers and refugees in Israel on the occasion of World Refugee Day. (Full disclosure, I couldn’t include just 10) It has been more than a decade since refugees from Darfur first began making the dangerous journey across the Sinai desert in order to seek asylum in Israel. Since those early years, Israeli society and successive Israeli governments have become increasingly hostile toward the asylum seekers from Sudan, Eritrea and elsewhere who sought safety and dignity in the country. On the occasion of World Refugee Day, here is a selection of articles about…

Source: 10 must-read articles for World Refugee Day | +972 Magazine

Shooting yourself in the foot – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By their own admission, Coalition politicians don’t bother reading reports to inform their opinion before they shoot their mouths off – Abbott with the BHP Olympic Dam report, Pyne with the original Gonski report, MacDonald with the Forgotten Children report, Kelly with the Finkel report – they have their ingrained ideological views that will not…

Source: Shooting yourself in the foot – » The Australian Independent Media Network

10 years after the intervention, it’s time to admit it has destroyed Aboriginal communities | Melinda Hinkson | Opinion | The Guardian

A decade of punitive government attention has brought a loss of knowledge and authority that is keenly felt in remote communities

Source: 10 years after the intervention, it’s time to admit it has destroyed Aboriginal communities | Melinda Hinkson | Opinion | The Guardian

Macquarie bank faces class action over advice on worthless Brazilian mine project

Macquarie Group faces a major class action over allegations some of its investment advisers artificially inflated the price of a small mining company before a sudden collapse wiped out many of its investors.

Source: Macquarie bank faces class action over advice on worthless Brazilian mine project

‘US becoming de facto defense shield for Islamic State in Syria’ — RT Op-Edge

The US is increasingly accelerating the tempo against Syrian government forces, and this doesn’t bode well for US prestige around the world, explains political scientist and author Kaveh Afrasiabi to RT.

Source: ‘US becoming de facto defense shield for Islamic State in Syria’ — RT Op-Edge