Month: November 2016

#DefineAboriginal: Pauline Hanson’s ‘no definition to Aboriginal’ comment sparks sharing of racism stories – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Indigenous people share personal stories of racism, after Pauline Hanson says there is no definition of Aboriginal.

Source: #DefineAboriginal: Pauline Hanson’s ‘no definition to Aboriginal’ comment sparks sharing of racism stories – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

South Sudanese parents in Australia sending kids to school in Africa to avoid crime –

Desperate mothers believe it is safer for their children to go to Africa.

Source: South Sudanese parents in Australia sending kids to school in Africa to avoid crime – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

‘See you in court’: Student rejects Labor MP Terri Butler’s apology and vows to continue lawsuit

A stoush between a Queensland law student and Labor frontbencher Terri Butler over claims of a “racist smear” is bound for court after he bluntly rejected her apology as a “sham” and vowed to press ahead with a $150,000 defamation lawsuit.

Source: ‘See you in court’: Student rejects Labor MP Terri Butler’s apology and vows to continue lawsuit

Record die-off of Great Barrier Reef coral confirmed by scientists, while some tourist areas improved – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Scientists confirm this year’s mass coral bleaching event resulted in the largest die-off of corals ever recorded on the Great Barrier Reef.

Source: Record die-off of Great Barrier Reef coral confirmed by scientists, while some tourist areas improved – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Clint Eastwood, still a jerk: His new Michael Moore threat, and the GOP’s Fox News derangement problem – Salon.com

Eastwood denies threatening Michael Moore, then does it again. The tough-guy act’s wearing thin for his whole party

Source: Clint Eastwood, still a jerk: His new Michael Moore threat, and the GOP’s Fox News derangement problem – Salon.com

Why adult children stay at home: looking beyond the myths of kidults, kippers and gestaters – Analysis & Opinion – ABC

The stereotype of a dependent generation who won’t leave home ignores the many reasons adult family members choose to live together in the one house.

Source: Why adult children stay at home: looking beyond the myths of kidults, kippers and gestaters – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Behind the Lines: Australia’s best 2016 political cartoons on show at Old Parliament House – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The works of Australia’s top cartoonists are exhibited at Old Parliament House — with Fairfax’s Cathy Wilcox taking the top gong.

Source: Behind the Lines: Australia’s best 2016 political cartoons on show at Old Parliament House – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Open Letter: Senate Press Gallery Should Reject Breitbart’s Application For Permanent Credentials

To the members of the Standing Committee of the Senate Press Gallery:Breitbart.com has reportedly come before the Standing Committee of the Senate Press Gallery seeking permanent Capitol Hill credentials. We urge you to reject the request based on Breitbart’s disqualifying inability to demonstrate editorial independence as required by your ru

Source: Open Letter: Senate Press Gallery Should Reject Breitbart’s Application For Permanent Credentials

US election: Donald Trump claims without proof illegal voting robbed him of popular vote – US election 2016 – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

US President-elect Donald Trump claims in a tweet that he won the popular vote in the November 8 election if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.

Source: US election: Donald Trump claims without proof illegal voting robbed him of popular vote – US election 2016 – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Trump’s Other Putin-Praising, Anti-Muslim National Security Pick Has Supported Torture And War With Iran

President-elect Donald Trump has named Fox News analyst K.T. McFarland as his pick for deputy national security adviser, joining frequent Fox guest and fellow anti-Muslim Putin fan retired Gen. Michael Flynn on Trump’s White House national security team. McFarland has repeatedly advocated for war with Iran and misled about its nuclear program, ex

Source: Trump’s Other Putin-Praising, Anti-Muslim National Security Pick Has Supported Torture And War With Iran

Trump Falsely Claims Millions Voted Illegally, Costing Him The Popular Vote – BuzzFeed News

There’s been no evidence of widespread voter fraud, though a recount effort — which Trump opposes — is being led by the Green Party in some states.

Source: Trump Falsely Claims Millions Voted Illegally, Costing Him The Popular Vote – BuzzFeed News

The era of the socialist experiment is over – but the nostalgia surrounding it is growing | The Independent

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From the fall of the Berlin Wall to the collapse of the Soviet Union we journalist first-drafters of history have rushed to declare the end of an era.

Source: The era of the socialist experiment is over – but the nostalgia surrounding it is growing | The Independent

Ordinary Cubans fear life after Fidel Castro with Donald Trump next door | The Independent

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From the Bay of Pigs invasion to a historic visit by President Barack Obama to Havana, Cubans have known for generations that whenever the United States turns its face to Cuba, Fidel Castro would be staring right back. But the death of “El Comandante” has added to worries among Cubans that US President-elect Donald Trump will slam the door shut on nascent trade and travel ties, undoing two years of detente with the United States under Mr Obama. Many Cubans believe they could do with their late leader’s charisma and way with words to counter Mr Trump’s bombast.

Source: Ordinary Cubans fear life after Fidel Castro with Donald Trump next door | The Independent

Bush, Blair and Howard – Three reckless adventurers in Iraq (Part 10) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Iraq Inquiry Report (2009-2016) documents how Tony Blair committed Great Britain to war early in 2002, lying to the United Nations, to Parliament, and to the British people, in order to follow George Bush, who had planned an aggression on Iraq well before September 2001. Australian Prime Minister John Howard conspired with both reckless…

Source: Bush, Blair and Howard – Three reckless adventurers in Iraq (Part 10) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Extreme Islam: What makes a young British woman turn to Salafism? | The Independent

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It’s two in the afternoon on a busy south London street. I’ve just arrived here with a photographer friend, Eleanor, and our “models” – two obliging young women. Both Layla and Rahima are wearing all-enveloping black gowns and niqabs – face veils that reveal only their eyes. They won’t be striking any poses; just walking casually along the pavement or crossing the street. Nothing to worry anyone. And so we begin. Suddenly, we notice a bald man in his sixties, just a few feet away, making unmistakably rude gestures at us.

Source: Extreme Islam: What makes a young British woman turn to Salafism? | The Independent

If you’re Palestinian in Israel, satire can land you in jail | Andrew Bolt would have been jailed long ago for vilification

Anas Abudaabes was arrested last week for publishing a satirical Facebook post criticizing Arabs who celebrated the wildfires raging across Israel. Three separate judges claimed he was inciting to violence. By John Brown* The Be’er Sheva District Court rejected an appeal on the detention of Bedouin journalist Anas Abudaabes on Sunday, after he was arrested last week over a Facebook post. The police, which claimed the post incited people to commit arson in the wake of the current wildfires blazing across Israel, decided to release Abudaabes from detention under restrictive bail conditions. [tmwinpost] Despite the stated reasons for his arrest, Abudaabes’…

Source: If you’re Palestinian in Israel, satire can land you in jail | +972 Magazine

Donald Trump: Fidel Castro is dead! – CNNPolitics.com

President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter initially on Saturday to react in only four words to Fidel Castro’s death before issuing a longer statement condemning the “brutal dictator” and yearning for a free Cuba.

Source: Donald Trump: Fidel Castro is dead! – CNNPolitics.com

Steve Wasserman: Reflections on the Death of Fidel – Truthdig

All previous socialist revolutionaries had seemed grimly puritanical; by contrast, Castro’s barbudos appeared almost to be bohemians with guns. Democracy and radical reform were poised to replace dictatorship and social misery.

Source: Steve Wasserman: Reflections on the Death of Fidel – Truthdig

Bush, Blair and Howard – Three reckless adventurers in Iraq (Part 8) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Iraq Inquiry Report (2009-2016) documents how Tony Blair committed Great Britain to war early in 2002, lying to the United Nations, to Parliament, and to the British people, in order to follow George Bush, who had planned an aggression on Iraq well before September 2001. Australian Prime Minister John Howard conspired with both reckless…

Source: Bush, Blair and Howard – Three reckless adventurers in Iraq (Part 8) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Bush, Blair and Howard – Three reckless adventurers in Iraq (Part 9) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Iraq Inquiry Report (2009-2016) documents how Tony Blair committed Great Britain to war early in 2002, lying to the United Nations, to Parliament, and to the British people, in order to follow George Bush, who had planned an aggression on Iraq well before September 2001. Australian Prime Minister John Howard conspired with both reckless…

Source: Bush, Blair and Howard – Three reckless adventurers in Iraq (Part 9) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The rise of political staffers: how people disappeared from policy advice – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By Ken Wolff In October Attorney-General Senator George Brandis got into a stoush with Solicitor-General Justin Gleeson which ultimately led to Gleeson’s resignation. At one point Brandis attempted to turn the issue into an argument about what constituted ‘consultation’ but the real issue was that Brandis had decided his office should have control of what…

Source: The rise of political staffers: how people disappeared from policy advice – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Peter Dutton’s Character Test – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Peter Dutton was born and raised in Brisbane. After graduating from the Queensland Police Academy in 1990, Dutton served as a police officer in the Drug Squad, the Sex Offenders Squad and the National Crime Authority. During the nine years he was in the Queensland Police Force, Peter Dutton did not achieve one single thing…

Source: Peter Dutton’s Character Test – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Average Arctic temperature in Svalbard ‘could end up above freezing for first time in history’ | The Independent

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The Arctic archipelago of Svalbard has seen such extreme warmth this year that the average annual temperature could end up above freezing for the first time on record, scientists have said.  Ketil Isaksen of the Norwegian Meterological Institute said that the average temperature in Longyearbyen, the main settlement in Svalbard, is expected to be around 0 Celsius (32 Fahrenheit) with a little over a month left of the year.

Source: Average Arctic temperature in Svalbard ‘could end up above freezing for first time in history’ | The Independent

Paul Street: How the Republican Party Rules a Nation That Hates It – Truthdig

The strange political dominance of the Grand Old Party can be explained by 12 factors, including the neoliberal agenda of the Democratic Party, gerrymandering, the politics of fear, and mass ignorance in much of the U.S. populace.

Source: Paul Street: How the Republican Party Rules a Nation That Hates It – Truthdig

Ivanka Trump Said What She REALLY Thought About Her Dad In 2006; Internet Doesn’t Forget (DETAILS) – US Uncut

Since the around the beginning of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, past comments regarding the President-elect’s questionable relationship with his daughter Ivanka managed to raise…

Source: Ivanka Trump Said What She REALLY Thought About Her Dad In 2006; Internet Doesn’t Forget (DETAILS) – US Uncut

Archived Article Shows That Donald Trump’s Slogan Is Straight From Adolf Hitler

Donald Trump’s well known for his “make America great again” slogan, but did you know Hitler was the one to get there first? Trump’s Hitler mimicry was discovered after the following article was found. It was part of a series on Modern Leaders of Men, and was syndicated in newspapers across the United States in 1934. According […]

Source: Archived Article Shows That Donald Trump’s Slogan Is Straight From Adolf Hitler

Bush, Blair and Howard – Three reckless adventurers in Iraq (Part 7) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Iraq Inquiry Report (2009-2016) documents how Tony Blair committed Great Britain to war early in 2002, lying to the United Nations, to Parliament, and to the British people, in order to follow George Bush, who had planned an aggression on Iraq well before September 2001. Australian Prime Minister John Howard conspired with both reckless…

Source: Bush, Blair and Howard – Three reckless adventurers in Iraq (Part 7) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Israel deems comatose Gaza man a security threat | +972 Magazine

Abed al-Karim Abu Haloub has been in a coma in Gaza for over 40 days, requiring treatment in the West Bank. Israel repeatedly refused to allow him to leave. Israeli authorities repeatedly refused to allow a Palestinian man from the Gaza Strip to receive medical treatment in the West Bank, denying his travel permit on security grounds, despite the fact that he has been in a coma for over a month. [tmwinpost] Physicians for Human Rights—Israel (PHR) attempted to intervene on the Abed al-Karim Abu Haloub’s behalf, twice appealing the decision to reject his permit request to no avail. The fact that…

Source: Israel deems comatose Gaza man a security threat | +972 Magazine