Monthly Archives: April 2016

The monstrous failure of our bipartisan asylum seeker policy

‘Stopping the boats’ was a bipartisan policy and both sides of politics are responsible for its monstrous outcomes. Source: The monstrous failure of our bipartisan asylum seeker policy

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US troops disciplined over Afghan hospital bombing – AJE News

About 16 US military personnel are disciplined for missile strikes on civilian hospital in Kunduz that killed 42 people. Source: US troops disciplined over Afghan hospital bombing – AJE News

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‘Partly free’? The real state of Israeli press freedom is much worse | +972 Magazine

Freedom House has downgraded its ranking of Israel’s media from “free” to “partly free,” citing closer ties to the government and a spike in paid media content. But it has one flagrant omission: Israel’s poor… Source: ‘Partly free’? The real … Continue reading

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Bavaria may introduce Hitler’s Mein Kampf in schools to ‘immunize’ youngsters.

The Bavarian parliament has held a discussion on whether Hitler’s notorious ‘Mein Kampf’ should become a part of the school curriculum. The idea was blasted by the country’s Jewish groups who called the book an “antisemitic concoction of hatred.” Source: … Continue reading

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On Their Own Terms: Remembering History in a Changing Cuba – New Matilda

Cuba is a nation facing rapid change. Researchers Shannon Brincat and Samid Suliman found a people proud of their past, and optimistic about their future. The 7th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba was recently held amidst a profound … Continue reading

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American democracy is rigged – Al Jazeera English

The Republican and Democratic parties are functioning like two identical but competing Orwellian Ministries of Truth. Source: American democracy is rigged – Al Jazeera English

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The Canadian Plan That Could Help Australia Beat Neoliberalism – New Matilda

With other western democracies starting the challenge the dominating and devastating ideology, it’s time for the same to happen in Australia. The good news? There’s already a road map, writes, Liam McLoughlin. Neoliberalism has been named and shamed. A recent … Continue reading

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Wanting A Fair Society Has Nothing To Do With ‘Envy’ – New Matilda

OPINION: Envy is a deadly sin, but wanting your children to have a good education is nothing to be ashamed of. The politics of envy should not be confused with the politics of the fair go, writes Ian McAuley. Labor’s … Continue reading

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Greens Target High Income Earners With ‘Buffett Rule’ To Return Billions To Budget – New Matilda

The measure, once pushed by the White House, will today be backed by the Greens. They argue the funds raised could be used to help reverse cuts to health and education. Max Chalmers reports. The Greens are set to become the … Continue reading

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Budget 2016: Tim Pallas rides high while Scott Morrison dithers

Victorian treasurer Tim Pallas luxuriates in surpluses, but he’s also protecting his revenue base, unlike another treasurer in Canberra. Source: Budget 2016: Tim Pallas rides high while Scott Morrison dithers

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Winning in Losing: How Sanders pushed Clinton to the Left | Informed Comment

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – Bernie Sanders’ path to the nomination as the Democratic Party standard … Source: Winning in Losing: How Sanders pushed Clinton to the Left | Informed Comment

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North Koreans Fuck Up Again

Posted in international   SEOUL – (CT&P) North Korea failed to launch two intermediate-range ballistic missiles on Thursday, the South Korean Defense Ministry said, adding to a string of unsuccessful weapons tests in the past two weeks. The first attempted launch … Continue reading

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Has the time come to criminalise tax avoidance?

Has the time come to consider criminalising tax avoidance and making boards and senior officers liable for prison sentences, asks former ATO Assistant Commissioner John Passant. Source: Has the time come to criminalise tax avoidance?

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Five Federal Budget myths that refuse to die

In the lead up to the Federal Budget on 3 May, The Conversation asked five experts to dispel some of the most common myths associated with government budgets. Source: Five Federal Budget myths that refuse to die

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This is dedicated to all the people who maintain that the Libs are better at handling the economy.

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Drug testing the unemployed for God – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Source: Drug testing the unemployed for God – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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Israeli propaganda stunt exploits Gaza children | The Electronic Intifada

Apartheid South Africa tried and failed to use similar efforts to cover up its crimes and deflect pressure. Source: Israeli propaganda stunt exploits Gaza children | The Electronic Intifada   Number of Palestinian children in Israeli prisons soars

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Cheap red meat is helping kill off Glasgow’s poorest men 30 years before their time | Science | News | The Independent

The city of Glasgow has long been notorious for the astonishing gap in life expectancy between rich and poor. Men who can expect to die at the age of just 54 live within a few miles of those who will survive … Continue reading

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Manus Island detention: Peter Dutton says Nauru has room for 850 men who must be moved .What Dutton said was not Australia’s  Problem has become Peter Dutton’s act of Charity to PNG.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says Nauru has room for the 850 men who must be moved from the Manus Island detention centre. Source: Manus Island detention: Peter Dutton says Nauru has room for 850 men who must be moved – … Continue reading

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The diggers Australia almost forgot – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Tens of thousands of people have turned out across the country for Anzac Day services, but despite our collective pledge to remember, there are some diggers who were very nearly forgotten. Source: The diggers Australia almost forgot – The Drum … Continue reading

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A government in opposition and the media who put them there – » The Australian Independent Media Network

“Could it be that people are starting to question whether Miranda Devine and Ray Hadley and Gerard Henderson may not know quite as much as the experts?” Source: A government in opposition and the media who put them there – … Continue reading

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The emptiness of Tony Abbott | and his Team Australia

I’ve often wondered what it would be like to spend an hour or two inside Tony Abbott’s head. What’s going on up there? What does the world look like? What textures, meanings, memories and emotions flavour the broth of his … Continue reading

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Faces of Islam: Award-winning photographer snaps Brisbane Muslims for special project – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

More than 40 members of Brisbane’s Muslim community talk about their lives, ambitions, and beliefs as part of a special project, Faces of Islam. Source: Faces of Islam: Award-winning photographer snaps Brisbane Muslims for special project – ABC News (Australian … Continue reading

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Negative Gearing Used Most In Poorer Suburbs Like Toorak (Where Average Taxable Income Just $82.50)

By The Shovel on April 28, 2016 New modelling released by the Government shows that the nation’s poorest suburbs take advantage of negative gearing laws most, not wealthy suburbs as previously thought. Residents of Toorak in Melbourne’s inner suburbs are … Continue reading

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Trump Accuses Cruz Of Playing Dildo Card

Posted in politics   WASHINGTON – (CT&P) – At a press conference this afternoon GOP front-runner Donald Trump accused rival Ted Cruz of playing the “dildo card” in order to boost his chances of becoming the Republican nominee. After taking … Continue reading

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Coalition Of Scientists Takes Novel Approach To Grading Accuracy Of Climate Change Coverage

Source: Coalition Of Scientists Takes Novel Approach To Grading Accuracy Of Climate Change Coverage

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Colgate-Palmolive to pay $18m penalty for laundry detergent cartel – Another trusted corporate citizen

Colgate-Palmolive is hit with the equal third biggest penalty for cartel conduct in Australian history for price and supply fixing of laundry detergents. Source: Colgate-Palmolive to pay $18m penalty for laundry detergent cartel – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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IMEMC » International Middle East Media Center

This is an example page. It’s different from a blog post because it will stay in one place and will show up in your site navigation (in most themes). Most people start with an About page that introduces them to … Continue reading

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‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges, Tim DeChristopher Discuss Far-Reaching Effects of Climate Change – Truthdig

Source: ‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges, Tim DeChristopher Discuss Far-Reaching Effects of Climate Change – Truthdig

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Australian Genocide

  THE GAMILARAAY 500? Before Major Nunn set out on his evil killing spree in my sacred Gamilaraay lands. He was given orders by the governor of the time to get rid of the black problem in the Gamilaraay Nation. … Continue reading

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Danny Teece-Johnson: A lesson in racism care of the Australian Army | NITV

I joined the Australian Army in 1994 when I had just turned 18. It was a last-minute decision, and not something I had given much thought to growing up on Gomeroi country. I was finishing High School and had very … Continue reading

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Virginia McLaurin Danced With The Obamas, But She Can’t Get Photo ID [UPDATE]

She’s been seen online 66 million times, but the D.C. government still won’t let her get a new license. Source: Virginia McLaurin Danced With The Obamas, But She Can’t Get Photo ID [UPDATE]

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What are the submarines really protecting: Australia or federal seats? – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

With little in the way of strategic justification, it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that the $50 billion submarines project is actually about bailing out South Australia as a tight election nears. Source: What are the submarines really protecting: Australia … Continue reading

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Fact check: Do most negative gearers earn a modest income? – Fact Check – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Scott Morrison says the vast majority of Australians who use negative gearing earn modest incomes. ABC Fact Check investigates. Source: Fact check: Do most negative gearers earn a modest income? – Fact Check – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Tonight on 60 Minutes we present a story so shocking you will be really really shocked We have discovered that rather than doing research to track down a story, the best way to get a story is to pay someone to commit a crime and then report on that!

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The govt must be held accountable for Hamid Kehazaei’s death

A man in Australia’s care is dead, and the public servants who made it so need to be held to account. Source: The govt must be held accountable for Hamid Kehazaei’s death

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Manus Island detention centre to be shut, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Peter O’Neill says the Manus Island regional processing centre will be closed. Source: Manus Island detention centre to be shut, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Contrasting reactions to Manus decision

The PNG High Court declares the Manus Island detention centre illegal – and the government scrambles for a solution. Courtesy ABC News 24. Source: Contrasting reactions to Manus decision

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Obama May Be Preaching ‘Tough Love’ to Saudi – But Arms Sales Tell Another Story | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

When President Barack Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday for a meeting of Gulf leaders, he was greeted at the airport by the governor of Riyadh, instead of the Saudi king. Unlike his previous visits, Obama’s arrival was not … Continue reading

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Show these three headlines to anyone who says British Muslims don’t integrate

*Channel 4* recently filmed a controversial documentary called *What British Muslims Really Think* – it aimed to show Muslim attitudes to living in the UK. Source: Show these three headlines to anyone who says British Muslims don’t integrate

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Why Burqa Veils Are Illegal In Some Countries | Informed Comment

Laura Ling | (TestTube Video Report) | – – “Face veils are often viewed as a symbol of modesty in … Source: Why Burqa Veils Are Illegal In Some Countries | Informed Comment

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Now the 1% Live 15 yrs longer than the Poorest: The Death Gap’s Increasing

By Sam Pizzigati | ( Otherwords.org) | – – Rich people live longer than poor people. No big news there … Source: Now the 1% Live 15 yrs longer than the Poorest: The Death Gap’s Increasing

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Who’s to blame for demise of the Australian economy – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By Mark Clifford A picture tells a thousand words, so I’ll let the attached graph do all the talking. Briefly, the graph is based on ABS data on ‘hours worked in Australia’ from the first day of the Rudd term … Continue reading

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The tricky triangle of Iran, Russia and Israel | World news | The Guardian

On the complex regional chess board, Iran wants better relations with Moscow even as the Russians have extended their intelligence co-operation with Israel in Syria Source: The tricky triangle of Iran, Russia and Israel | World news | The Guardian

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BHS into administration: Former owner Sir Philip Green branded ‘unacceptable face of capitalism’ | Business News | News | The Independent

  Former BHS owner Sir Philip Green has been branded the “unacceptable face of capitalism” and accused of taking hundreds of millions of pounds from the high street chain before running off to “his favourite tax haven” by MPs after … Continue reading

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The CIA Waterboarded the Wrong Man 83 Times in 1 Month | The Nation

The allegations against the man were serious indeed. Donald Rumsfeld said he was “if not the number two, very close to the number two person” in Al Qaeda. Source: The CIA Waterboarded the Wrong Man 83 Times in 1 Month … Continue reading

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Knees and elbows | The Monthly

It is fair to say that the revenant candidate for the seat of Indi, Sophie Mirabella, would never win a nation-wide popularity contest. At the end of the 2013, the normally placid independent Tony Windsor bade her farewell from parliament … Continue reading

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Britain’s Modern Slave Trade – Al Jazeera English

Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit goes undercover to reveal the true scale of modern slavery in suburban Britain. Source: Britain’s Modern Slave Trade – Al Jazeera English

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Papua New Guinea court finds Australia’s detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island is illegal

PNG’s top court has ordered an end to one of Australia’s most controversial immigration policies. Source: Papua New Guinea court finds Australia’s detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island is illegal

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$7.7 Billion Fossil Fuel Subsidies ‘Like Being In Bed With Big Tobacco’ – New Matilda

Calls for an end to fossil fuel subsidies are growing louder in the lead up to Treasurer Scott Morrison’s May 3 budget, with a diverse coalition of advocates demanding an end to the $7.7 billion free ride they claim the … Continue reading

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