Month: 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

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 Trump – US election 2016 – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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

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 compiled information on the biggest, most important cities globally, taking into account how many hours per week and per year people work as well as how many days holiday they take, before creating the ranking.

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

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 need a treaty now | Paul Daley | Australia news | The Guardian

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)

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

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

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

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

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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 gets worse after terrorist attacks | People | News | The Independent

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

 

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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 Graduate School of Education student speech.

 

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

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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 the Legatum Institute considers more than that in its ranking.

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

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 father calls you a Nazi | +972 Magazine

PCHR Weekly Report: Palestinian girl killed, 5 civilians wounded by Israeli military this week

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 the special to the state-run media of a dictatorship. This is what the special looks like when you

Source: Fox News’ Obscene And Ridiculous Trump Infomercial

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 that has helped positively steer Australia’s place in the world in the Asian century. Although…

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

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

Bill Shorten visits Maningrida 500km east of Darwin on Friday

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

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 which the United States had invested, or perhaps wasted, US$25 billion, fled in fear. Shortly after, the group announced the restoration of the Muslim caliphate, which had been dissolved in 1924 by the leader of the Republic of Turkey, Kemal Atatürk.

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

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. Unless they were actually transported as convicts (could Bolt have crim-heritage?) his heritage is oneMore

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

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

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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 community, who feel vilified and belittled. As one tomato said today, “What the fuck”.

It may have been a throwaway line from the Pirates Of The Caribbean star, but the damage has been done. How you would feel if you had been likened to a man who can hardly string together a sentence, much less provide a tasty complement to a pasta dish or antipasto plate?

It is unfair to compare the two. As one food expert said today, “I don’t see the resemblance. One is a plump, red vegetable. The other is a tomato”.

But it’s the word ‘inbred’ that hurt the most. To think that a tomato would … well, you get the drift.

Mr Depp has used his position of power to slander all tomatoes. The comments are hurtful and irresponsible. He should apologise.

[Editor’s note: in an earlier version of this article we said Barnaby Joyce was ‘as mad as a cut snake’. We apologise unreservedly to the cut snake community].

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

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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 described his tenure as a sensible balance of continuity and continuity.

“Some things we’ve kept from the Abbott era, other things we’ve maintained. So I think that’s the right balance,” he told the ABC last night.

“When I came to office, there was a real sense that people wanted a fresh start. But they didn’t necessarily want to throw everything out either. So we’ve delivered on that. The second bit.

“The bottom line is, it would be bad governance to all of a sudden undo all of the work of the previous Government. But equally it would be reckless to change anything,” he said.

Ryan Still Hesitant To Endorse Giant Orange Turd For President

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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.

“Look, I don’t have a timeline in my mind, and I have not made a decision,” Ryan (R-Wis.) told reporters summoned to his Capitol office suite. “Nothing has changed from that perspective, and we’re still having productive conversations as part of our agenda project.

“You have to remember that this is the first time in the history of the United States that any party has nominated a turd for president, much less an orange one.

“The Republican Party is brimming with scat of various shapes and sizes. Take the Freedom Caucus for example, it’s loaded with feces, and let’s not forget the elder coprolites who have retired from politics like Newt Gingrich, so we in the GOP know a thing or two about excrement. I’m just having a hard time wrapping my head around supporting a giant bipedal stool sample for president, that’s all.”

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He added, “I think it’s important that we discuss the principles we all share in common and the policies that come from them and get a good understanding on those. And that’s the kind of conversations we’re having, as well as trying to teach the dumb son of bitch some basic civics.”

What has made Ryan’s hesitation so profound is the gravity of the issues on which he does not believe he and Trump are simpatico — issues like the constitutional limits on executive powers, which is a focus of the agenda project. “We want to make darn sure that that huge pile of orange poop understands, appreciates, respects and supports the Constitution and the kinds of principles that come with it, and those are some of the conversations we have been having,” he said.

Ryan was pressed on whether the House was preparing plans for the mass deportation of illegal immigrants — a key plank of Trump’s platform. Ryan, who opposes mass deportation and supports a path to legal status for the undocumented, noted that immigration is not part of the agenda project, but like any good Republican he wished there were no minorities in the United States at all, so he believes common ground can be reached.

Issues like trade and immigration that were cleaving the presidential field months ago were deliberately left out of the agenda project, in favor of issues where GOP unity is easier to find, like denying poor people health care, spending as much as possible on the military-industrial complex, and abolishing all regulations on anything other than abortion.

Ryan offered no definitive date as to when he would make a decision.

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 shocking police brutality | +972 Magazine

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 – Your Middle East