White South African farmers don’t need Australia’s help, UNHCR says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

 

Peter Dutton sitting in the House of Representatives glancing at the Speaker's chair

As pressure mounts within the Coalition to help resettle the farmers, the UNHCR has cast doubt on whether South African farmers can be classified as refugees and granted protection under Australia’s humanitarian program.

“The UNHCR Regional Representation in Canberra has not received any queries from South African farmers seeking protection from Australia,” said UNHCR spokesperson Catherine Stubberfield.

“Under the 1951 Refugee Convention, a person must be outside their country of origin in order to claim asylum.”

In contrast, she said the hundreds of refugees on Manus Island and Nauru have sought protection “directly from Australia” and deserve the Government’s attention.

“Those who have been forcibly transferred to Papua New Guinea and Nauru under the ‘offshore processing’ arrangement should be Australia’s first priority after almost five years,” she said.

via White South African farmers don’t need Australia’s help, UNHCR says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Australia needs to start recycling and reusing its own waste, says industry struggling under China’s ban – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

via Australia needs to start recycling and reusing its own waste, says industry struggling under China’s ban – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Why Does Trump Believe He Could Survive Murder But Not Peeing Prostitutes? | Crooks and Liars

I understand why Donald Trump rails against the Robert Mueller investigation for examining possible collusion between his campaign and the Russians. I understand why Trump is upset about investigations into his business dealings and possible obstruction of justice. There are serious consequences for Trump, his family, and his associates if more wrongdoing is conclusively demonstrated.

But why is he so worked up about the pee tape?

via Why Does Trump Believe He Could Survive Murder But Not Peeing Prostitutes? | Crooks and Liars

Anti-Semitism rears its ugly head once more

 

“Anti-Semitism is distinct from other forms of racism because instead of looking down on other races as inferior, it directs the venom upwards, towards an imaginary and evil elite. The “evil” — ever malleable historically as Bolshevism, “rootless” cosmopolitanism, capitalism, globalism, Zionism — has a new potency in this anxious, reactionary moment.”Julie Szego

I don’t know whether Julie Szego is Jewish or not but she certainly seems lost. To her if you do or don’t mention Jews your anti-Semitic. If you do or don’t mention Israel your anti-Semitic, If you are a Jew or aren’t a Jew your possibly anti-Semitic. Apparantly Netanyahu like Corbyn is anti-Semitic but neither know they are but in Corbyn’s case it’s inexcusable, in Netanyahu he’s just confused.

As my father married a Shitzka  it make me fully half or just my shadow anti-Semitic?  Jews don’t recognize me Nazis do and I ‘m deplored at what the State Israel is currently doing while being able to say some of my best friends are Jews without fear of lying.   What does Julie Szego say? “I don’t fear for the Jews. I fear for the world.” She says utterly nothing from her” I’m lost and alone” apartheid position of them and me which according to her makes me part of the World and her lamentably not. (OD  comment)

 

via Anti-Semitism rears its ugly head once more

2 Dead, 30 wounded: Israeli troops again Fire on Peaceful Palestinian Protesters at Gaza Border | Informed Comment

“Criticism of Israeli use of live arms has come from within the country as well. On Thursday a group of former Israeli soldiers, members of the sniper teams, wrote in an open letter “we are filled with shame and sorrow… Instructing snipers to shoot to kill unarmed demonstrators who pose no danger to human life is another product of the occupation and military rule over millions of Palestinian people, as well as of our country’s callous leadership, and derailed moral path.”

via 2 Dead, 30 wounded: Israeli troops again Fire on Peaceful Palestinian Protesters at Gaza Border | Informed Comment

A rising tide is great if you own a boat – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Coalition works on the theory that “a rising tide lifts all boats”, which is all very well if you happen to own a boat. The majority of the population is either bailing hard to stay afloat, treading water or drowning.

In the last five years, the world’s economies have made a strong recovery. Investment has returned, GDP is growing, profits are up and jobs are being created.

The problem is that all this extra wealth is going to the people who already own boats.

In 2017, the top ten percent owned 50.3 per cent of all wealth in Australia. The top one per cent’s share was 22.9 per cent while the bottom 60 per cent’s share was 15.3 per cent.

A rising tide is great if you own a boat – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: For an evaluation of what a splendid education can do, just look at the cabinet. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

 

PS For an evaluation of what a splendid education can do for you just look at the cabinet.

Even when it’s suggested that equality of opportunity in education is a noble pursuit and the right of every child, people like Christopher Pyne , when he was Education Minister, used to say it was class warfare and he ludicrously described the Gonski reforms as such. Mind you at the same time, he confessed to never having read the report.

Now years down the track we have the farcical situation where education is still a mess with the Coalition having a secret slush fund to top up the funding of the private school system while taking money from the Catholic School system.

Why is it so? Why do we deny every kids right to a decent education. You would think that even conservatives when they look into the eyes of the innocent child wouldn’t deny them an education equal to that of any child.

After all they could churn out capitalists who might vote for the. party. As it stands once my generation has passed on their voting pool will be very shallow.

via Day to Day Politics: For an evaluation of what a splendid education can do, just look at the cabinet. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Treatment of white South African farmers sparks protest clash outside Julie Bishop’s office in Perth – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A group of protesters stand shouting and pointing fingers while holding placards and Australian flags outside.

Both sides taunted each other from across the street, with the left-wingers holding signs saying “fight racism” while the right-wingers carried banners saying “let the right ones in”.

Treatment of white South African farmers sparks protest clash outside Julie Bishop’s office in Perth – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Peter Dutton’s department blocked white South African farmer’s asylum bid | Australia news | The Guardian

Peter Dutton

Peter Dutton’s department blocked a white South African farmer’s asylum bid because its evidence showed “the vast majority of crimes against whites are not racially motivated”.

A delegate for Dutton also shut down a second, separate asylum bid by a white South African woman who feared racially motivated persecution, arguing there was no evidence she “had been targeted because of her race or gender or that she would be targeted for this reason upon her return”.

To be granted refugee status, an asylum seeker must have a well-founded fear of persecution for one or more of a number of legislated reasons: race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.

The two decisions, both made by immigration authorities in 2015, appear to be at odds with Dutton’s recent stance in support of protecting white South African farmers.

via Peter Dutton’s department blocked white South African farmer’s asylum bid | Australia news | The Guardian

BBC ‘normalising racism’ by broadcasting Rivers of Blood speech

Australia’s Conservatives will love this

Public figures including a Labour peer have called for the BBC to cancel the programme, saying rebroadcasting the speech would work to normalise racism.

The original speech was delivered by then Conservative MP Powell to a Conservative Association meeting in Birmingham.

via BBC ‘normalising racism’ by broadcasting Rivers of Blood speech

Israeli soldiers open fire on Gaza protesters third week in a row | +972 Magazine

Update: 6:35 pm

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza is reporting that 701 people have been injured during the Return March protests. 17 of those injured are said to be medical personnel.

Update: 5:30 pm

The Palestinian Ministry of Health is reporting that over 500 Palestinians have been injured during today’s protests, 122 by live fire.

via Israeli soldiers open fire on Gaza protesters third week in a row | +972 Magazine

Jewish Labour Movement worked with Israeli embassy spy | The Electronic Intifada

Smearing Corbyn

The Jewish Labour Movement is one of the main organizations within Labour promoting claims that the party under left-wing leader Jeremy Corbyn has a major “problem with anti-Semitism.”

The group’s parliamentary chairperson Luciana Berger kicked off the current wave of the “Labour anti-Semitism” furore.

Rose herself has been running trainings on anti-Semitism to local Labour groups around the UK since 2016.

But many Jewish members of the Labour party do not accept the controversial definition of anti-Semitism offered in these trainings, which conflates hatred of Jews with criticism of Israel, or its state ideology, Zionism.

via Jewish Labour Movement worked with Israeli embassy spy | The Electronic Intifada

Blasts heard in Damascus as Donald Trump orders air strikes on Syria – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Australia supports strikes: Turnbull

“Australia supports these strikes, which demonstrate a calibrated, proportionate and targeted response,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said in a statement.

“They send an unequivocal message to the Assad regime and its backers, Russia and Iran, that the use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated.

“The use of chemical weapons by anyone, anywhere, under any circumstances is illegal and utterly reprehensible. The Assad regime must not be allowed to commit such crimes with impunity.

via Blasts heard in Damascus as Donald Trump orders air strikes on Syria – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

John Bolton’s Extremism Is Perfectly Aligned With the Most Bellicose Israeli Policies | The Nation

Bolton Gillerman

What few have pointed out is the fact that Bolton’s track record as a preemptive-war fiend and his contempt for much of the Muslim world are deeply rooted and maybe best reflected in his unflinching support for Israel’s military operations and posturing in the Middle East. Bolton has pointed to Israel’s 1981 bombing of the Osirak reactor in Iraq and its 2007 bombing of a reactor in Syria (which Israel just formally confirmed for the first time) as models of good practice. Bolton will presumably support whatever military action Israel wants to take in Syria and elsewhere, framing it as being in America’s national interests.

via John Bolton’s Extremism Is Perfectly Aligned With the Most Bellicose Israeli Policies | The Nation

Donald Trump labels former FBI director Comey a ‘slime ball’ as accounts surface of critical book – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

 

What seems to be the priority that preoccupies this President and world leader today

US President Donald Trump has attacked former FBI Director James Comey as a “weak and untruthful slime ball”, reacting to news accounts that cite Mr Comey as hugely critical of the President in a memoir due to be published next week.

via Donald Trump labels former FBI director Comey a ‘slime ball’ as accounts surface of critical book – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Fox News has spent years claiming that Scooter Libby’s conviction was unjust. Trump just pardoned him.

Government By Media: Trump’s pardon is because “what I’ve heard Libby was a nice guy”

In the past year, Fox hosts, contributors, and guests have repeatedly compared special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion of the Trump campaign with Russia with Libby’s case and subsequent conviction. Libby was convicted of four felonies including for obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI during an investigation into who leaked the identity of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame to journalists.

via Fox News has spent years claiming that Scooter Libby’s conviction was unjust. Trump just pardoned him.

Queensland Police’s Orwellian ‘Fixated Persons Unit’

According to the official brochures, the Queensland Fixated Threat Assessment Centre (QFTAC) is an agency staffed by Queensland Police officers and clinicians from the Queensland Forensic Mental Health Service to identify people who are thought to “fixate” on government officials and other public identities.

Thank goodness, the QFTAC assures us, all this is not just a means of locking away political agitators and the agency has no interest in people who merely hold dissident political opinions.

via Queensland Police’s Orwellian ‘Fixated Persons Unit’

Guy under pressure to allow gay ‘conversion’ therapy for kids

Other motions to be debated at state council include:

Calls for the Commonwealth Sex Discrimination Act to re-insert “man” and “woman” in the place of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity”. The aim is that a person will define their gender as either male or female, according to their biological and reproductive function.
Calls to ban the Safe Schools program from Victorian schools and any other curriculum teaching a person’s gender may be different from their biological sex or that people can transition.

Guy under pressure to allow gay ‘conversion’ therapy for kids

Liberal figure promoted alleged mafia don to Italian business chamber

 

Matthew the Mafia Guy’s Man delivered on a Liberal Roll

A Liberal Party figure appointed by Opposition leader Matthew Guy to lead the state’s property development agency personally promoted the alleged head of the Calabrian Mafia in Australia to a prominent business body.

Tony De Domenico used his position last October as president of the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Melbourne to make alleged mafia boss Tony Madafferi, a chamber member.

via Liberal figure promoted alleged mafia don to Italian business chamber

Finland has found the answer to homelessness. It couldn’t be simpler | Harry Quilter-Pinner | Opinion | The Guardian

A homeless man in London

Actually, no. The evidence from Finland – as well as numerous other pilot schemes across the world – shows the opposite is true. When people are given homes, homelessness is radically reduced, engagement in support services goes up and recovery rates from addiction are comparable to a “treatment first” approach. Even more impressive is that there are overall savings for government, as people’s use of emergency health services and the criminal justice system is lessened.

via Finland has found the answer to homelessness. It couldn’t be simpler | Harry Quilter-Pinner | Opinion | The Guardian

Donald Trump is exploring re-joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership, senators say – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Donald Trump signs withdrawal from TPP

He really is a Chump

US President Donald Trump has asked trade officials to explore the possibility of the United States re-joining negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, after he pulled out last year as part of his “America first” agenda.
Key points:

  • Mr Trump made the comments to farm-state politicians in a White House meeting
  • US farmers would get better access to overseas markets under the TPP
  • Australia played a key role in resurrecting the trade pact earlier this year

Australia and a group of 10 other nations resurrected the trade agreement earlier this year, despite Mr Trump’s decision to abandon the deal.

via Donald Trump is exploring re-joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership, senators say – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Showing They ‘Learned Nothing’ From Iraq, Corporate Media Help Beat War Drums for Trump Attack on Syria

“It’s incredible how readily the cable news channels have politicians on pushing for war in Syria with almost no questions asked about how disastrous it might be or the so-called evidence,” Uyger added. “They pretended to learn lessons from Iraq but have actually learned nothing.”

via Showing They ‘Learned Nothing’ From Iraq, Corporate Media Help Beat War Drums for Trump Attack on Syria

Israel’s arms exports: A decade of war and new markets | +972 Magazine

 

Israeli soldiers belonging to the IDF's Sky Rider unit seen during a training drill at the Tze'elim army base, August 5, 2013. The Sky Rider Unit operates unmanned aerial vehicles manufactured by Elbit Systems. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) recently published an updated report on international arms transfers, showing Israel’s numbers continuing to grow. While SIPRI only tracks the sales of leading companies in the arms industry — and there are many more sales, deals, and trainings that go unrepresented in these figures — the statistics give us a glimpse into the trends of Israel’s military exports.

Israel’s arms exports: A decade of war and new markets | +972 Magazine

via

Palestinians lose legs as Israel punishes them by denying medical care | The Electronic Intifada

Crowd of protesters carry injured man

The legs of two Palestinians were amputated on Wednesday after Israel refused to allow them to leave the blockaded Gaza Strip for treatment.

Human rights groups had appealed to the Israeli authorities to allow for the transfer of Yusif Karnaz, 20, and Muhammad al-Ajouri, 17, to a hospital in the occupied West Bank for surgery that would save their limbs.

via Palestinians lose legs as Israel punishes them by denying medical care | The Electronic Intifada

‘Protectionist tariff:’ Warning over tax hit coming for online shoppers

Australian consumers have less than three months until an online shopping tax, as experts warn the “protectionist tariff” will be passed on by businesses without any guarantee taxpayers will benefit.

From July 1, clothing, electronics and furniture bought overseas worth less than $1000 from companies such as Amazon and eBay will be slugged with a 10 per cent GST, as the volume of online shopping surges and local retailers struggle to stay afloat.

via ‘Protectionist tariff:’ Warning over tax hit coming for online shoppers

Richest private schools get payments from $7m government ‘slush fund’

Many of the country’s wealthiest private schools are receiving bonus payments from a secretive fund the Turnbull government claims is necessary to help schools transition to its Gonski 2.0 funding model.

On Sydney’s north shore alone, Loreto Kirribilli, St Aloysius’ College and St Ignatius’ Riverview are among the 102 independent schools – most of them in NSW – receiving top-up payments from the $7.1 million pool in 2018.

via Richest private schools get payments from $7m government ‘slush fund’

China-Australia tension as biggest trading partner gives us the cold shoulder

News Corp’s best anti- Australian work

China: The freeze in diplomatic relations between China and Australia is on, despite official denials – and business executives are clearly despondent about it.

via China-Australia tension as biggest trading partner gives us the cold shoulder

America’s Forever Wars as Spectator Sport

Any war failing to yield peace is purposeless and, if purposeless, both wrong and stupid.

War is evil. Large-scale, state-sanctioned violence is justified only when all other means of achieving genuinely essential objectives have been exhausted or are otherwise unavailable. A nation should go to war only when it has to — and even then, ending the conflict as expeditiously as possible should be an imperative.

via America’s Forever Wars as Spectator Sport

Labour Israel lobbyist deletes anti-Semitic “conspiracy” claims | The Electronic Intifada

IT TAKES ALMOST 2 YEARS TO DEFEAT A LIAR WHO THEN SIMPLY WALKS AWAY IN SILENCE. A TYPICAL AND DAILY TACTIC BY ANDREW BOLT A MURDOCH MAN DO

The former Israel lobbyist and high-profile Labour lawmaker Ruth Smeeth has deleted a statement from her website which alleged anti-Semitism in Labour.

In one of the most high profile instances of the supposed “anti-Semitism crisis” in the UK’s main opposition party, Smeeth in June 2016 claimed she had been “attacked by a Momentum activist and Jeremy Corbyn supporter who used traditional anti-Semitic slurs to attack me for being part of a ‘media conspiracy.’”

Activist Marc Wadsworth had in fact neither said nor implied anything about Jews. Neither did he use the word “conspiracy.”

Smeeth did not reply to a request for comment. You can read the deleted statement in full below.

via Labour Israel lobbyist deletes anti-Semitic “conspiracy” claims | The Electronic Intifada

The world’s richest 1% are getting richer – and it’s not going to stop any time soon

The world’s richest 1 per cent of people will control close to two-thirds of all global wealth by the year 2030, according to a report produced by the House of Commons library, the research arm of the UK’s parliament.

via The world’s richest 1% are getting richer – and it’s not going to stop any time soon

Immigration debate chips away at Coalition determined to self destruct

The prospect of constant sniping from Tony Abbott on migration is more proof of the lust for destruction within a federal Coalition that is struggling so badly to offer the “stable government” it promised at the last election.

No issue has the power to divide Australians like a call to turn away migrants. Anxiety about population growth is a force that cannot be contained once it is unleashed. Knowing this, the political leaders of the past agreed on bipartisan policy for decades.

The implications for Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership are plain. Abbott used energy policy to create constant friction within the Coalition last year and is using the population debate to intensify those tactics this year.

This is an irresistible issue for the conservative base but it could break the settled bipartisan approach to migration. What hope is there for an agreement in Canberra when the governing party cannot agree with itself?

via Immigration debate chips away at Coalition determined to self destruct

When industries come first, people die – » The Australian Independent Media Network

As we watch the ridiculous debate about coal unfold again, driven by the resources and manufacturing industries with nary a mention of the economic and social cost of climate change and pollution, governments around the world collude with another industry to cause even greater immediate harm and the death and displacement of millions of people.

In 2016, total world military spending was $1.69 trillion. Sales of arms and military services across the world totalled $374.8 billion.

via When industries come first, people die – » The Australian Independent Media Network

New Analysis of GOP Tax Scam Shows “Corporate Cheapskates” Not Sharing Windfall With Workers

It was a promise of trickle down Bullshit and Trump delivered

“President Trump and Republicans gave huge tax cuts to big drug companies, big oil, and other corporations, but corporations are giving back little—if anything—to working families.”
by

via New Analysis of GOP Tax Scam Shows “Corporate Cheapskates” Not Sharing Windfall With Workers

The Campaign to Exterminate Muslims

Mr. Fish / Truthdig

The Israeli army’s wanton slaughter of unarmed Palestinians trapped behind the security barriers in Gaza evokes little outrage and condemnation within the United States because we have been indoctrinated into dehumanizing Muslims. Islam is condemned as barbaric and equated with terrorism. The resistance struggle against foreign occupation, whether in Afghanistan, Iraq or Gaza, sees Muslims demonized as the enemy. Muslims are branded as irrational and inclined to violence and terrorism by their religious beliefs. We attack them not for what they do but because we see them as being different from us. We must eradicate them to save ourselves. And thus we perpetuate the very hatred and counterviolence, or terrorism, that we fear.

via The Campaign to Exterminate Muslims

Memo from a South African: Peter Dutton is entrenching racist white privilege | Shelley Davidow | Opinion | The Guardian

Peter Dutton

Running from Apartheid Dutton not to another Apartheid

I am a white former South African living in Australia, grateful every day for my citizenship. But I am here because, partly, of an unearned privilege. I’m a refugee with a gold-class ticket: I have white skin and I speak fluent received pronunciation English.

via Memo from a South African: Peter Dutton is entrenching racist white privilege | Shelley Davidow | Opinion | The Guardian

Inside the class divide – RN – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

James Guest, wearing shorts and a shirt, sits on a plush couch with a fireplace in the background of an ornate sitting room.

Depending on who you ask, class is a major barrier to social mobility — or it scarcely exists. Drive around Melbourne for a day and those conflicting views come to the fore.

via Inside the class divide – RN – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

AEMO confirms that AGL’s plan for Liddell will eliminate energy shortfall – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In March 2018, the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) sent Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg their assessment of whether AGL’s plan would meet our future energy needs.

AEMO’s analysis shows that an additional 850 MWs of resource capability are required to ensure reliability in NSW following the closure of Liddell. If all three stages of the AGL plan are completed, the resource gap will be eliminated.

In its current state, Liddell is more likely to be the cause of a power emergency because of what AEMO describes as the potential for ageing coal generators to fail in the heat – during the 2016-17 summer heatwave, Liddell was missing 1,000MW of its capacity due to problems with boiler tube leaks.

–– AD

via AEMO confirms that AGL’s plan for Liddell will eliminate energy shortfall – » The Australian Independent Media Network

There is a job with Tony Abbott’s name on it – only it’s not the one he wants

There’s a job for Abbott but one he doesn’t want yet he’s been doing it since he was a student

What short memories the rump chooses to have. Abbott’s prime ministership was hurtling out of control after the 2014 budget. The February 2015 spill was a desperate attempt to give him a second chance, a stay of execution, an opportunity to reset.

Effectively the backbench gave him about six months to clean up his office and management (specifically to fire his chief-of-staff, Peta Credlin, and draw more on the skills and experience of the likes of Arthur Sinodinos) and hopefully move Joe Hockey from Treasury, to be replaced by Turnbull, making it difficult for him to mount a challenge. Despite all sorts of assurances, Abbott ignored the warning and by September, in contempt of the voter, he was gone.

An essential element of a Turnbull reset is the release of his “attack dogs” on Shorten, and there is no better person to lead this than the master of the negative, Abbott himself. Give him such a role – have him direct his bile constructively.

via There is a job with Tony Abbott’s name on it – only it’s not the one he wants

The ACCC and Liddell: Just opinion and no facts

The Government and the ACCC

the confident assertions on the Liddell Power Station by the ACCC Chairman Rod Sims remind me of the surgeon having completed a brilliant operation to save the sight of an elderly patient — he removes his mask, smiles and acknowledges the admiration of his team when a junior nurse puts up her hand and says rather apologetically, “But Sir, the patient has died”.

There are economists on the ACCC Board who would have been expected to review the full life-cycle costs of coal before Mr Sims made his statement. Did they ignore or were they unaware of the work of eminent Yale economist William Nordhaus? Nordhaus demonstrated, using full cost accounting of all externalities, that coal now has no value to the community — work confirmed by other groups of economists.

Indeed coal is the most expensive energy modality apart from nuclear energy. It requires exceedingly good discipline by the government to do a “John Cleese” and not “mention the war” – the war being the word “health” – for to do so would undermine the ideology that coal is “good for humanity“.

via The ACCC and Liddell: Just opinion and no facts

Donald Trump hits out after FBI agents raid lawyer Michael Cohen’s office – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A photo of Michael Cohen looking back over his shoulder at Trump Tower.

US President Donald Trump says an FBI raid on the offices and home of his personal lawyer Michael Cohen is “an attack on our country”.

Federal agents raided the offices of Michael Cohen and seized documents, Mr Cohen’s lawyer Stephen Ryan said.

He said the search warrants were executed by the office of the US Attorney for Southern District of New York but they were “in part” related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

via Donald Trump hits out after FBI agents raid lawyer Michael Cohen’s office – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Going around in circles (Part 1) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Report seeks to raise awareness of, and calls for action to address, the disproportionate rates of Indigenous incarceration across Australia.

This gap between the rates of Indigenous incarceration and non-Indigenous incarceration is fundamentally unfair. On any given day, there are around 10,000 Indigenous adults in prison – including roughly 1,000 women, 500 Indigenous youth in detention and many more Indigenous People in custody in police cells. (ABS (2016). Corrective Services, Australia, June Quarter 2016. Canberra: ABS; AIHW (2017). Youth justice in Australia 2015–16. Table S85a: Young people aged 10–17 in detention on an average day by Indigenous status, states and territories, 2006–07 to 2015–16 (rate). AIHW Bulletin no. 139. Cat. no. AUS 211. Canberra: AIHW).

via Going around in circles (Part 1) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

What’s the value of the Commonwealth? Nearly $4 trillion in untapped trade

The predicted boost in the value of trade depended on the 53 member countries of the Commonwealth signing up to a series of proposals to lower the cost of trading goods, particularly in African nations.

via What’s the value of the Commonwealth? Nearly $4 trillion in untapped trade