Monthly Archives: February 2016

PCHR Weekly Report: Israeli troops kill 4 civilians, wound 21 this week. – International Middle East Media Center

In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 18- 24 February 2016, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that Israeli forces continued systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian … Continue reading

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PHOTOS: What it’s like to ‘commute’ through an Israeli army checkpoint

Thousands of Palestinians who have entry permits, along with residents of East Jerusalem cut off by the separation wall, must pass through the Israeli military’s Qalandiya checkpoint every morning and evening in order to go… Source: PHOTOS: What it’s like … Continue reading

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Team Pfizer

Last month the Peterson Institute for International Economics released a new study that projected the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on the U.S. economy. The study projected that whe… Source: The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Team Pfizer

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Californian Gas Leak Confirmed As The Largest In U.S. History | IFLScience

It belched methane into the sky over Los Angeles for 16 weeks straight until it was finally plugged on February 11. Now, a new study has confirmed what many thought was the case, that the Aliso Canyon gas well blowout … Continue reading

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The trouble with Donald Trump

It’s time to start seriously worrying: he might win. Source: The trouble with Donald Trump

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Thor Benson: The Disenfranchisement of American Felons: Caught Once and Left Behind for Good – Truthdig

Source: Thor Benson: The Disenfranchisement of American Felons: Caught Once and Left Behind for Good – Truthdig

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A 50-50 Newspoll, but Coalition’s position better in other polls

This week we had a shock 50-50 Newspoll result, a 3% gain for Labor since the last Newspoll three weeks ago. However, other polling this week has been better for the Coalition. Here is this week’s poll… Source: A 50-50 … Continue reading

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Defence white paper shows Australia’s ‘Cold War mentality’, says China

While the Chinese government’s response to Australia’s defence white paper was forcefully delivered, state media coverage was low-key. Source: Defence white paper shows Australia’s ‘Cold War mentality’, says China

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Government Surpluses Threaten Consumers’ Savings. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In politics today, there is too much misinformation associated with economics and too many opportunities for politicians to hoodwink people into believing something because it sounds right, rather than something else, which is right. If people understood the principle of the … Continue reading

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Day to Day Politics: Was Abbott right? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Sunday 28 February 20161 1 Who said this? ‘I am a reformer by nature, very much so’ ‘Everything, every single element, is on the table. And I know that always means that someone can then run a scare campaign, but … Continue reading

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Why The Safe Schools Coalition Is So Important

The school LGBTI program, the Safe Schools Coalition, has become such a political football in recent weeks, as politicians and lobby groups on both sides of the fence aim to score cheap points through Source: Why The Safe Schools Coalition … Continue reading

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Australia And China Don’t Have ‘Shared Set Of Values’: Abbott Pillock of the Pacific

Former prime minister Tony Abbott has hit out at China, saying Australia and the Asian superpower do not share common values, despite being closely linked by trade.Speaking in Japan overnight, Abb Source: Australia And China Don’t Have ‘Shared Set Of … Continue reading

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home australia world opinion selected sport football tech culture lifestyle fashion economy travel media environment browse all sections Australian politics Opinion Senate voting reforms sort of explained – by First Dog on the Moon Sadly, the voting reforms will mean no more Ricky Muirs, which is a pity because he seems like a nice sensible fellow, but is that a basis for a system of government?

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Nearly half of Australia’s workforce at risk of computerisation and automation, CSIRO report finds – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

In 20 years, you will probably be a casual worker and your office will be shared with strangers … that is if a robot isn’t doing your job. Source: Nearly half of Australia’s workforce at risk of computerisation and automation, … Continue reading

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War, What Is It Good For? Absolutely Nothing. | Common Dreams | Breaking News Views for the Progressive Community

It may be hard to believe now, but in 1970 the protest song “War,” sung by Edwin Starr, hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. That was at the height of the Vietnam antiwar movement and the song, … Continue reading

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The United States Has Blocked a Plan by India to Expand Solar Power and Create Local Jobs – Truthdig

Source: The United States Has Blocked a Plan by India to Expand Solar Power and Create Local Jobs – Truthdig

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Clive smells a deal as Turnbull fails to make captain’s call

Could Malcolm Turnbull have a secret leadership deal with Abbott? This may explain the change of prime minister without a change of policy, writes Peter Hartcher. Source: Clive smells a deal as Turnbull fails to make captain’s call

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Day to Day Politics: Tax reform cannot be done because the rich might suffer, – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Saturday 27 February 2016 Never in the history of this nation have corporations, rich individuals, and the Government that supports them, been so openly brazen. The Australian Tax system is absolutely riddled with rorts for corporations and the privileged. The … Continue reading

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Tony Abbott says he would have won election, defends ‘fundamentally fair’ budget –

Former prime minister Tony Abbott says he would have won this year’s election, while defending his 2014 budget. Source: Tony Abbott says he would have won election, defends ‘fundamentally fair’ budget – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Sonali Kolhatkar: India’s Right-Wing Hindu Supremacy Rises in Parallel With Donald Trump’s Bigotry – Sonali Kolhatkar – Truthdig

Source: Sonali Kolhatkar: India’s Right-Wing Hindu Supremacy Rises in Parallel With Donald Trump’s Bigotry – Sonali Kolhatkar – Truthdig

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The WTO Just Ruled Against India’s Booming Solar Program | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

On the heels of the recent global summit in Paris to tackle climate disruption, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled against an important piece of the climate solution puzzle: India’s ambitious program to create homegrown solar energy. The ruling … Continue reading

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How Australian households became the most indebted in the world

The results are in: Australian households have more debt compared to the size of the country’s economy than any other in the world. Economist Philip Soos reports. Source: How Australian households became the most indebted in the world

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Public debt is not the issue — that’s just a neo-con scare campaign

Source: Public debt is not the issue — that’s just a neo-con scare campaign

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Uber’s Total Tax Bill Last Year Was Only … Wait, PUPPIES!

By The Shovel on February 26, 2016 Uber, the Silicon Valley tech giant valued at over $60 billion, paid an astonishingly low tax rate of just … hang on a second! Is that a little puppy? It is! Oh my … Continue reading

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Will Syrian Kurds defeat ISIL , helping Democrats win White House in 2016?

Source: Will Syrian Kurds defeat ISIL , helping Democrats win White House in 2016?

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63,756 Reasons Racism Is Still Alive in South Carolina | The Nation

Larrie Butler, a 90-year-old African-American man, was born in Calhoun County, South Carolina, at a time when the South was segregated during Jim Crow. He moved to Maryland after serving in the military and attending college, but returned to South … Continue reading

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The rape of East Timor ‘sounds like fun’ — RT Op-Edge

Secret documents found in the Australian National Archives provide a glimpse of how one of the greatest crimes of the 20th century was executed and covered up. They also help us understand how and for whom the world is run. … Continue reading

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Cutting Climate Science, Funding Fossil Fuels’ Growth: Welcome To The Age Of Innovation – New Matilda

Just weeks after we learned budget cuts to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) will force the loss of 110 climate researchers at the agency, the Federal Government is funding a new ‘growth centre’ for the fossil fuel industry. Christopher … Continue reading

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The $12.5 billion submarines – what else could we buy?

The government will build a fleet of 12 new submarines over the next 30 years, but what else could the $12.5 billion price tag for each vessel pay for? Source: The $12.5 billion submarines – what else could we buy?

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Incensed By Its Irrelevance, The Coalition’s Far Right Is Running Riot – New Matilda

ANALYSIS: The eruption of the Safe Schools crusade in the right-wing of the Liberal Party is the last thing Australia, or Malcolm Turnbull needs, writes Ben Eltham. On the face of it, you’d think a program that helps address bullying … Continue reading

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Australia found to have breached the rights of David Hicks

Hicks has been treated abominably by both the U.S. and Australia. The UNHRC decision is a measure of vindication for him, reports Sarah Joseph (via The Conversation). Source: Australia found to have breached the rights of David Hicks

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A Government of Amateurs – » The Australian Independent Media Network

You have to laugh when you look at the economic record of this government. Either they just can’t win a trick or they really are economic imbeciles. I’m backing the latter because no one with an ounce of credibility could … Continue reading

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Day to Day Politics: The Abbott/Turnbull Government – give credit where credit’s due – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Friday 26 February 2016 1 Its only fair, regardless of one’s political ideology to give credit where credit’s due. The Abbott/Turnbull government has done something truly remarkable. At the last election it accused the Labor party of being the worst … Continue reading

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Facebook Adds Cory Bernardi Emoticon To Its List Of New Reactions

By The Shovel on February 25, 2016 Facebook launched its new range of ‘Reactions’ around the world today, giving people the chance to label a post as ‘Sad’, ‘Wow’ or ‘Fucking Crazy’. “Nothing says ‘Love’ like a heart, and nothing … Continue reading

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Australian military to receive $30 billion boost in long-awaited Defence White Paper

Today’s long awaited Defence White Paper will outline $30 billion of additional spending over the next 10 years. Source: Australian military to receive $30 billion boost in long-awaited Defence White Paper – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Russia sends 10,000 automatic rifles to Afghanistan as a gift to fight insurgency .

Afghan officials receive 10,000 automatic rifles and millions of rounds of ammunition as a gift from Russia. Source: Russia sends 10,000 automatic rifles to Afghanistan as a gift to fight insurgency – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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The US Dollar Just Became the Official Currency of ISIS AnonHQ

  By John Vibes at theantimedia.org   It was reported this week that the terrorist group, ISIS, recently mandated U.S. dollars be the legal tender in their occupied territories. From now on, the U.S. dollar will be the only form of currency ISIS … Continue reading

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Arbitrary: Egyptian Military Court Sentences 3-Year-Old to Life | Informed Comment

Human Rights Watch | – – (Beirut) – A life sentence apparently handed down by mistake to a 3-year-old boy … Source: Arbitrary: Egyptian Military Court Sentences 3-Year-Old to Life | Informed Comment

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Nazi genocide and “girls in bikinis” failing to sell Israel, experts say | The Electronic Intifada

Just 31 percent of US Jewish students view Israel as a democracy. Source: Nazi genocide and “girls in bikinis” failing to sell Israel, experts say | The Electronic Intifada

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Chomsky: Trump is Popular for Same Reasons Fascism Rose in Europe in the 1930s

Noam Chomsky thinks Donald Trump’s rise in the polls are due to similar factors that gave Germany Hitler in the 1930s. Source: Chomsky: Trump is Popular for Same Reasons Fascism Rose in Europe in the 1930s

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The Reverse Robin Hood: Tax ‘Reform’ In The Age Of Oligarchy – New Matilda

Liam McLoughlin is ‘calling bullsh *t’ on sustained government efforts to increase the gap between rich and poor.  I do not believe we are living in a democracy anymore. We are living in a plutocracy in Australia. That is, government … Continue reading

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How To Overcome The Major Argument Behind Australia’s Refugee Policies – New Matilda

While Australian Border Force officers hover in hospital corridors waiting to spirit away infants into offshore detention, political leaders continue to argue that these egregious acts are somehow necessary. Sometimes the reason given is border security, prompting critics to ask … Continue reading

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Coalition MP Denies Existence Of Homophobia In Australia As NSW Parliament Apologises For Just That – New Matilda

  Today is a tale of two houses. In NSW’s Parliament House, MPs have gathered for an apology. In 1978, 500 people met in Sydney’s Taylor Square in support of gay rights, a watershed moment that gave birth to the … Continue reading

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A tissue of lies: Paul Sheehan and “Louise” | The Monthly

“When she gave me verifiable facts, they were verified,” wrote Paul Sheehan, in the article that was teased on the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday morning. Source: A tissue of lies: Paul Sheehan and “Louise” | … Continue reading

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March of the Wankpuffins – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Safe Schools Coalition Australia is a national coalition of schools dedicated to creating safe and inclusive learning environments for same-sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, school staff and families. The aim of the program is to prevent bullying. Hard … Continue reading

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The Future is Flooded: Seas Rising Faster Than They Have In 28 Centuries | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

When it comes to swelling oceans that threaten coastal communities around the world, it’s bad, and it’s going to get worse. Sea levels are rising faster than they have in the last three millennia, and that rate continues to accelerate … Continue reading

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Can Morocco Create a New Middle East through Green Energy? | Informed Comment

By Moha Ennaji | ( Project Syndicate) | – – FEZ – The global oil-price bust has devastated economies across … Source: Can Morocco Create a New Middle East through Green Energy? | Informed Comment

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Fredo Suspends Campaign To Manage Greyhound Track

  MIAMI – (CT&P) – After a poor performance in Saturday’s South Carolina Republican primary, Jeb Bush suspended his campaign and told supporters that he would be headed back to Florida to help manage a greyhound track close to his … Continue reading

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Terrified on tax: why Malcolm Turnbull will squib it

So much for big reforms. Don’t expect Malcolm Turnbull to present a bold tax plan. He’s too scared of putting voters offside. Source: Terrified on tax: why Malcolm Turnbull will squib it

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White Lies And Black Lives: Malcolm Turnbull Just Widened The Credibility Gap – New Matilda

ANALYSIS: There’s a few simple reasons why yet another Close the Gap report chronicles endemic government failure. Amy McQuire explains why governments still don’t get it. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull may not have the arrogance of the man he dethroned … Continue reading

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