Monthly Archives: May 2016

Kurdish forces in big push against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria | World news | The Guardian| Will the the world support Kurdistan or turn their backs again?

Peshmerga fighters tighten noose around Mosul as Iraqi forces target Falluja and Syrians advance north of Raqqa stronghold Source: Kurdish forces in big push against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria | World news | The Guardian

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US Election: Trump University case documents released by ‘hater’ judge criticised by Donald Trump – US election 2016 – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A judge, called a hater by Donald Trump for his handling of a lawsuit related to the businessman’s Trump University, unseals documents related to the case. Source: US Election: Trump University case documents released by ‘hater’ judge criticised by Donald … Continue reading

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Australia’s censorship of Unesco climate report is like a Shakespearean tragedy | Environment | The Guardian

Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef is clearly at risk from climate change, so why would UNESCO agree to censor its own report? Source: Australia’s censorship of Unesco climate report is like a Shakespearean tragedy | Environment | The Guardian

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Paying a high price for embarrassing the government

None of the politicians are talking about it, but threats to freedom of speech have emerged in three different guises in the first three weeks of the election campaign. First there was the assailing of… Source: Paying a high price … Continue reading

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The 13 cities with the best work-life balance in the world | Lifestyle | The Independent

Online business-to-business marketplace Expert Market has put together a ranking of the global cities where people have the best balance between their work and leisure time — the so-called “work-life balance.” Using data from Swiss banking group UBS, the site … Continue reading

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There are lots of ways to say sorry, but Indigenous Australians need a treaty now | Paul Daley | Australia news | The Guardian

Sorry Day is an important if not yet sufficient moment of symbolism. Australia has a lot more to do to. And that means a treaty first, recognition second Source: There are lots of ways to say sorry, but Indigenous Australians … Continue reading

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Nick Xenophon Team to attract 22pc of votes, opinion poll finds – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

More than one-in-five South Australians plan to vote for the Nick Xenophon Team, an analysis of the opinion poll Newspoll finds. Source: Nick Xenophon Team to attract 22pc of votes, opinion poll finds – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Politicians’ perks: High Court will hear former MPs’ bid for bigger pensions

A group of retired politicians trying to claw bigger pensions and more free travel from the taxpayer will get their day in court next month. Source: Politicians’ perks: High Court will hear former MPs’ bid for bigger pensions

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These are all the countries that still have nuclear weapons | World Politics | News | The Independent

Barack Obama has called for a “world without nuclear weapons” during a historic speech in Hiroshima, Japan. There are around 15,850 nuclear warheads spread between nine nations, according to a report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Source: These are … Continue reading

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The anti-racism rally that brought Nazis to the streets of Coburg

The Melbourne suburb of Coburg became a no-go zone for residents on Saturday as rival protest groups clashed on the streets. Source: The anti-racism rally that brought Nazis to the streets of Coburg

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Brenda the Civil Disobedience Penguin loses her mind over the Great Barrier Reef | First Dog on the Moon | Opinion | The Guardian

Every reference to the Great Barrier Reef was removed from a UN report on the impact of climate change on tourism and World Heritage sites after ‘intervention’ from the Australian government. What is going on? Source: Brenda the Civil Disobedience … Continue reading

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Millions for the Boss, Cuts for You!

More is never enough. By now we really don’t need yet another statement of inequality, but here goes anyway: The average ratio of chief executive pay to employee pay has reached 335-to-1 in the Uni… Source: Millions for the Boss, … Continue reading

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Silencing America as It Prepares for War

Returning to the United States in an election year, I am struck by the silence. I have covered four presidential campaigns, starting with 1968; I was with Robert Kennedy when he was shot and I saw … Source: Silencing America … Continue reading

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Nadiya Hussain recounts Islamophobic abuse and claims it gets worse after terrorist attacks | People | News | The Independent

Nadiya Hussain says she has been shoved and had things thrown at her as part of Islamophobic abuse, which she claims gets worse after every terrorist attack committed by Muslim extremists. Source: Nadiya Hussain recounts Islamophobic abuse and claims it … Continue reading

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Sanders: “Tough Guy Trump” is afraid to Debate me

TeleSur | – – Trump initially told reporters he would “love to debate Bernie.” The Republican nominee flip flopped from … Source: Sanders: “Tough Guy Trump” is afraid to Debate me

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Havard student gives emotional graduation speech that goes viral | Americas | News | The Independent

  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/havard-student-gives-emotional-graduation-speech-that-goes-viral-a7053841.html A Harvard graduate’s inspiring commencement speech has been called “one of the most powerful, heartfelt student speeches” by Harvard University. Donovan Livingston, a master’s graduate from the university, performed his spoken word poem “Lift Off” for the Harvard … Continue reading

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Is this the end of the political cartoonist? – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

As dozens of journalists depart Fairfax, veteran cartoonist Rocco Fazzari reflects on what’s at stake for Australian artists. Source: Is this the end of the political cartoonist? – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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The 16 happiest, richest, healthiest, and safest countries in the world | World | News | The Independent

Every year, the Legatum Institute, a London-based think tank, releases its annual global Prosperity Index, a huge survey that ranks the most prosperous countries in the world. The amount of money a country has is one factor of prosperity, but … Continue reading

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Political donations: new fears over shadowy Liberal fundraising groups

Legal and governance experts raise concerns in wake of new allegations of cash for access and undue influence. Source: Political donations: new fears over shadowy Liberal fundraising groups

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When your own Jewish father calls you a Nazi | +972 Magazine

Once upon a time you could vote for Netanyahu or Meretz and move on with your life. Today even a conversation about the occupation can end relationships between loved ones. By Su* Like the very… Source: When your own Jewish … Continue reading

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Afghanistan: No Country for Women – Al Jazeera English

In war-torn Afghanistan it is not the Taliban that poses the greatest threat to women – it is their own families. Source: Afghanistan: No Country for Women – Al Jazeera English

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The Superbug Nightmare We Always Feared Is Upon Us | Mother Jones

A new discovery “heralds the emergence of truly pan-drug resistant bacteria,” researchers say. Source: The Superbug Nightmare We Always Feared Is Upon Us | Mother Jones

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The Soul of the Tea Party | The Nation

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Fox News’ Obscene And Ridiculous Trump Infomercial

On May 26, Fox News aired an hour-long special, Meet The Trumps, in which On The Record host Greta Van Susteren spent the hour asking flattering questions of presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump and his immediate family. Multiple critics compared … Continue reading

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Melbourne race rally: seven arrested as rival protesters clash in Coburg

Seven men arrested after a violent brawl erupted between rival protesters at an anti-racism rally in Melbourne’s inner-north on Saturday. Source: Melbourne race rally: seven arrested as rival protesters clash in Coburg

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The Shockingly Simple, Surprisingly Cost-Effective Way to End Homelessness | Mother Jones

Why aren’t more cities using it? Source: The Shockingly Simple, Surprisingly Cost-Effective Way to End Homelessness | Mother Jones

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Louisiana Just Made It a Hate Crime to Target Cops | Mother Jones

It’s the first state to do so. But critics say it’s unnecessary. Source: Louisiana Just Made It a Hate Crime to Target Cops | Mother Jones

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Labor’s Legacy Shines Through – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By Callen Sorensen-Karklis The 21st century Labor Party has a lot to offer Australians, despite being written off in recent times as a party of disunity during its 2007 – 2013 period of government. Labor still has a profound legacy … Continue reading

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Labor pulling further ahead of Coalition, new poll shows | Australia news | The Guardian

Election 2016: ALP picks up 52% of two-party preferred vote as latest ReachTel poll suggests Coalition’s economic attack is not working Source: Labor pulling further ahead of Coalition, new poll shows | Australia news | The Guardian

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Election 2016: Liberal candidate Chris Jermyn implodes at Bill Shorten event

A Liberal candidate’s plan to gatecrash one of Bill Shorten’s campaign events has backfired spectacularly with a car crash media interview. Source: Election 2016: Liberal candidate Chris Jermyn implodes at Bill Shorten event

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Choice and Truth: Saudi Arabia Says 9/11 an Inside Job To Create War on Terror – U.S. Gov and the; Mainstream Media Silent

Source: Choice and Truth: Saudi Arabia Says 9/11 an Inside Job To Create War on Terror – U.S. Gov & Mainstream Media Silent

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The mind of the Islamic State: An ideology of savagery | The Monthly

Two years ago, the armies of the group that would soon call itself the Islamic State, a group that already controlled large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, entered Mosul, the second city of Iraq. The Iraqi Army, in … Continue reading

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The Calibre of Australian Liberals

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Sorry Day 2016: Saying sorry is nowhere near enough

On Sorry Day 2016, David Donovan recollects growing up in the bush and becoming aware of the struggle and pain of Indigenous Australians — and his unwitting part in it. Source: Sorry Day 2016: Saying sorry is nowhere near enough

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Andrew Bolt, Nova Peris, And The Politics Of ‘Walkabout’ – New Matilda

In attacking the outgoing Senator in the way he did, Bolt tapped into an old dual standard, writes Dr Liz Conor. Andrew Bolt has Bolter heritage. If his ancestors are European I’m afraid they did a runner from their homeland. … Continue reading

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COMMENT: Johnny Depp’s Claim About Barnaby Joyce And Tomatoes Is Unfair On Tomatoes

By The Shovel on May 25, 2016 Comparing a harmless salad item to the Deputy Prime Minister – as actor Johnny Depp did last night – is both unwarranted and unfair. It has led to an understandable outcry from the tomato … Continue reading

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Turnbull Says His New Government Is An Appropriate Mix Of Continuity & Continuity

Saying it was important to maintain a common thread with the previous Abbott Government while at the same time looking ahead to what the Abbott Government would have done if it were still in power, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today … Continue reading

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Ryan Still Hesitant To Endorse Giant Orange Turd For President

Posted in politics   WASHINGTON – (CT&P) – House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Wednesday he will not be rushed into an endorsement of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, tamping down speculation that he was moving toward a declaration of support. … Continue reading

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Every Picture Tells a Story

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Every Picture Tells a Story

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Palestinian woman shot dead at checkpoint | The Electronic Intifada

More than 200 Palestinians have been killed since October. Source: Palestinian woman shot dead at checkpoint | The Electronic Intifada

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» Israeli human rights organization stops working with military; says “We won’t be used to whitewash”– IMEMC News

Source: » Israeli human rights organization stops working with military; says “We won’t be used to whitewash”– IMEMC News

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Israelis’ heartwarming response to shocking police brutality | +972 Magazine

The brutal police beating of a young Bedouin man outside his Tel Aviv workplace, where he was working to save money for university tuition, leads hundreds of Israelis to pitch in and pay his tuition.… Source: Israelis’ heartwarming response to … Continue reading

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Morocco’s Imam academy leading the way in combating radical Islam – Your Middle East

Mohammed VI is quite a taciturn monarch in comparison to his late father Hassan II, the eloquent orator; keen on public speaking and giving interviews to foreign pre Source: Morocco’s Imam academy leading the way in combating radical Islam – … Continue reading

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BDS is free speech, says Dutch government | The Electronic Intifada

Israel’s attack on boycott activism is prompting governments, civil society to declare that movement is legitimate Source: BDS is free speech, says Dutch government | The Electronic Intifada

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The Pentagon’s War on Accountability: At 600 Bn a Year, Why aren’t any Wars being Won?

By William D. Hartung | (Tomdispatch.com) | – – Now you see it, now you don’t. Think of it as … Source: The Pentagon’s War on Accountability: At 600 Bn a Year, Why aren’t any Wars being Won?

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Election 2016: Former Liberal nominates against Fiona Scott in Lindsay

Liberal MP Fiona Scott’s battle to retain her seat of Lindsay is under mounting pressure after a Penrith councillor and former Liberal nominated against her. Source: Election 2016: Former Liberal nominates against Fiona Scott in Lindsay

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Three weeks in, it’s still an election about nothing in particular

There are flashpoints – negative gearing, maybe some health funding, possibly even boats – but there’s no central, definitive theme. Source: Three weeks in, it’s still an election about nothing in particular

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Turnbull Government acts on leaks to hide the mess of its NBN

Source: Turnbull Government acts on leaks to hide the mess of its NBN

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The future of public transit? China unveils model for its elevated bus that rides above the traffic: Shanghaiist

  China, a country infamous for its hellish traffic and inexperienced drivers, Source: The future of public transit? China unveils model for its elevated bus that rides above the traffic: Shanghaiist

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