Monthly Archives: December 2016

Inequality Is Only Getting Worse | The Nation

Source: Inequality Is Only Getting Worse | The Nation

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US expels 35 Russian diplomats, closes two compounds over election hacking

The United States has expelled 35 Russian diplomats and closed two Russian compounds in New York and Maryland in response to a campaign of harassment by Russia against American diplomats in Moscow, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday. Source: … Continue reading

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Confessions of an Isis killer: British jihadis shunned frontline in favour of torture squads | The Independent

“When I shot the rafidi it was easy. He was kneeling in front of me, sobbing. He was a big man: his body was shaking. I thought ‘why are you crying, you are a killer yourself, you are going to … Continue reading

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When Jews light the Hanukkah candles, they should remember their own history and stand up to Israel over illegal settlements | The Independent

    Christmas may be over, but for Jews celebrating the festival of Hanukkah festivities still are in full swing. Though the story of the Maccabees fighting their oppressors took place thousands of years ago, disputes over who should control swathes … Continue reading

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Fake News 2016 Video

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We are not living in a ‘post-truth’ world, we are living the lies of others | The Independent

We do not live in a “post-truth” world, neither in the Middle East nor in the West – nor in Russia, for that matter. We live in a world of lies. And we always have lived in a world of … Continue reading

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Should Australian whistleblowers earn multimillion-dollar bounties?

A number of cases have shown career oblivion often follows corporate whistleblowing. Source: Should Australian whistleblowers earn multimillion-dollar bounties?

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Julie Bishop backs Israel rather than the US over UN resolution

Australia has broken ranks with the United States and New Zealand over Israel, indicating that it would most likely have opposed the UN Security Council resolution condemning its settlements on Palestinian land. Source: Julie Bishop backs Israel rather than the … Continue reading

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‘Conservative Party could win up to 10%’: Tony Abbott hits out at Cory Bernardi over breakaway

Former prime minister Tony Abbott says Cory Bernardi could pick up 10 per cent of the vote and Senators in every state if he quits the Liberal party. Source: ‘Conservative Party could win up to 10%’: Tony Abbott hits out … Continue reading

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Israel warned New Zealand that UN resolution was ‘declaration of war’: report

Israeli leader personally phoned New Zealand’s foreign minister to warn him that Wellington’s co-sponsorship of a UN resolution was a “declaration of war”. Source: Israel warned New Zealand that UN resolution was ‘declaration of war’: report

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The cruel experiments of Israel’s arms industry | The Electronic Intifada

The occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip are Israeli weapons manufacturers’ laboratories, and Palestinians are their subjects. Source: The cruel experiments of Israel’s arms industry | The Electronic Intifada

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Israel punishes the world after UN vote | The Electronic Intifada

UN resolution may boost BDS movement, Israel fears. Source: Israel punishes the world after UN vote | The Electronic Intifada

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Palestine documentary stirs controversy in Germany | The Electronic Intifada

Film by anti-Zionist Israeli challenges dominant German narrative. Source: Palestine documentary stirs controversy in Germany | The Electronic Intifada

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Bush, Blair and Howard – Three reckless adventurers in Iraq (Part 34) – » 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 … Continue reading

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History suggests Australia could be left behind by next industrial revolution – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

There’s a new industrial revolution just around the corner, and deterioration within the key institutions of suffrage, education and land policy indicate that Australia may be one of the countries left behind this time. Source: History suggests Australia could be … Continue reading

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Bob Hawke says abolish state governments and think big to fix the nation

Former prime minister Bob Hawke believes he has the recipe to fix the nation – think big, get better candidates, abolish state governments Source: Bob Hawke says abolish state governments and think big to fix the nation

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Breitbart Leads Smear Campaign Against Professor Who Mocked White Supremacy – Truthdig

Instead of coming to the aid of George Ciccariello-Maher, who has received death threats, Drexel University issued a statement on Christmas condemning the associate professor’s tweet. Source: Breitbart Leads Smear Campaign Against Professor Who Mocked White Supremacy – Truthdig

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Ron Tandberg

Some of his best work. Source: Ron Tandberg  

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Cartoons by Michael Leunig

A look at the follies, foibles and joys of the human race through the eyes of cartoonist Michael Leunig. Source: Cartoons by Michael Leunig  

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Misinformer Of The Year: The Ecosystem Of Fake News And The “Alt-Right”

An anti-intellectual alliance of misogynists and white nationalists is using cult tactics to harass and abuse Americans. They systematically attempt to discredit reputable sources. They replace logic with paranoia. They horrifically harass perceived political opponents. And this campaign, which has … Continue reading

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Accusing your enemy of that which you are guilty – The CIA and the “fake news” conspiracy. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply … Continue reading

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Refugees Take Us Inside Their Fight For Survival In This Harrowing Film | The Huffington Post

Displaced people use camera phone footage to highlight life on the run in “Exodus.” Source: Refugees Take Us Inside Their Fight For Survival In This Harrowing Film | The Huffington Post

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Yes, the Arctic’s freakishly warm winter is due to humans’ climate influence

The end of 2016 has brought balmy Arctic temperatures and record low ice extent for the time of year. It’s a freak event even by modern standards, and climate models point the finger firmly at humans. Source: Yes, the Arctic’s … Continue reading

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Bush, Blair and Howard – Three reckless adventurers in Iraq (Part 32) – » 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 … Continue reading

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Bush, Blair and Howard – Three reckless adventurers in Iraq (Part 33) – » 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 … Continue reading

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Muslim Public Affairs- Video

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Person of the Year – Video

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Cold Truths of Homelessness- Video

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Fake News – Video

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Best of 2016: Six times John Oliver made us all smarter this year – Salon.com

The long-form reports on “Last Week Tonight” kept us all informed abut the election, opioids and pyramid schemes Source: Best of 2016: Six times John Oliver made us all smarter this year – Salon.com

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This American Fought ISIS. Now He’s Trying to Get Washington to Untangle Its Syria Policy | Mother Jones

“Obama, Trump, none of them know what’s going on over there.” Source: This American Fought ISIS. Now He’s Trying to Get Washington to Untangle Its Syria Policy | Mother Jones

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Weekend Roundup: The Berlin Attack Has Sealed The Political Fate Of Europe | The Huffington Post

The blow to German Chancellor Angela Merkel could spell the beginning of the end for a union with open borders. Source: Weekend Roundup: The Berlin Attack Has Sealed The Political Fate Of Europe | The Huffington Post

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Donald Trump to dissolve his charitable foundation after mounting complaints | US news | The Guardian

President-elect released statement saying he would dissolve Trump Foundation to avoid ‘even the appearance of any conflict with my role as President’ Source: Donald Trump to dissolve his charitable foundation after mounting complaints | US news | The Guardian

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Thoughtful Christmas messages from prominent Australians, brought to you by First Dog on the Moon | Opinion | The Guardian

Please enjoy these season’s greetings from Peter Dutton, Fiona the Unemployed Bettong, Ian the Climate Denialist Potato, Stiff Buttlint, Brenda the Civil Disobedience Penguin and rescue dogs, Roy and Beyonce Source: Thoughtful Christmas messages from prominent Australians, brought to you … Continue reading

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Bjorn again – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In December 2015, Australia made a commitment to the global goal “to hold average temperature increase to well below 2°C and pursue efforts to keep warming below 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.” Then in March 2016, the Turnbull government signed an … Continue reading

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Victorians are most anxious about crime

Victorians are more anxious about crime than any other state. Source: Victorians are most anxious about crime

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The pioneering Aboriginal team that took cricket by storm

Boxing Day is the most important day on the Australian cricket calendar. Source: The pioneering Aboriginal team that took cricket by storm

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Refugee pleaded with doctors on Manus Island for help before his death | Australia news | The Guardian

Detainees’ letter claims medical staff ignored months of escalating complaints before Faysal Ishak Ahmed collapsed Source: Refugee pleaded with doctors on Manus Island for help before his death | Australia news | The Guardian

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Manus Island detainees rebel against guards after death of refugee | Australia news | The Guardian

Inmates ‘kicked the officers and staff out in a serious way’ for a night of protest, says Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani Source: Manus Island detainees rebel against guards after death of refugee | Australia news | The Guardian

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Best of 2016: 10 times “Saturday Night Live” nailed this year’s election insanity – Salon.com

The cast and writers of “SNL” made us laugh and cry in its coverage of the 2016 presidential election Source: Best of 2016: 10 times “Saturday Night Live” nailed this year’s election insanity – Salon.com

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Fake News Is Not the Real Media Threat We’re Facing | The Nation

From all the recent hand-wringing about “fake news,” you would think that the hand-wringers had never stood in a supermarket checkout line, surrounded by 72-point headlines about alien abductions and miracle cures. Source: Fake News Is Not the Real Media … Continue reading

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Video: Israeli soldiers tear gas Santa | The Electronic Intifada

Christmas protest called for freedom of movement between Bethlehem and Jerusalem. Source: Video: Israeli soldiers tear gas Santa | The Electronic Intifada

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Photographer captures images of uncontacted ancient Amazon tribe | The Independent

Bird’s-eye view photographs of an entirely isolated Amazonian tribe have revealed a rare insight into a lost Neolithic way of life. Brazilian photographer Ricardo Stuckert captured these high-resolution images from a low-flying helicopter above members of the indigenous tribe in a jungle in Jordao, close to … Continue reading

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Top Five ways Jesus was not White | Informed Comment

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – Given the alarming rise of white nationalism in the United States … Source: Top Five ways Jesus was not White | Informed Comment

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The predictable Muslim ‘good news stories’ have arrived | And it’s a Merry Xmas from Andrew Bolt’s and Rowan Dean’s London Speccie. The magazine that keeps on giving

Since my Tuesday piece on the Berlin attack – when, as the BBC is still saying, a lorry ‘went on a rampage’ in… Source: The predictable Muslim ‘good news stories’ have arrived | Coffee House

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Muslim-owned restaurant offers elderly and homeless free meals on Christmas Day so ‘no one eats alone’ | The Independent

A Muslim-owned restaurant in London is offering a three-course meal to homeless and elderly people on Christmas Day so that “no one eats alone”. Shish Restaurant, in Sidcup, is asking local residents to spread the word of its offer and … Continue reading

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This Political Theorist Predicted the Rise of Trumpism. His Name Was Hunter S. Thompson. | The Nation

I n late March, Donald Trump opened a rally in Wisconsin by mocking the state’s governor, Scott Walker, who had just endorsed his Republican opponent, Ted Cruz. “He came in on his Harley,” Trump said of Walker, “but he doesn’t … Continue reading

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The Science of Why Cops Shoot Young Black Men | Mother Jones

And how to reform our bigoted brains. Source: The Science of Why Cops Shoot Young Black Men | Mother Jones

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11 Charts That Show Income Inequality Isn’t Getting Better Anytime Soon | Mother Jones

Here’s why it feels like the economy isn’t getting better. Source: 11 Charts That Show Income Inequality Isn’t Getting Better Anytime Soon | Mother Jones

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The emptiness of Tony Abbott | The Monthly

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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