Tag: 2016

From the Northern Beaches of Sydney to the Northern Beaches of George Town, Cayman Islands – Michael West

Barack Obama once described it as “either this is the largest building in the world or the largest tax scam in the world”. That was in 2009. The building was Ugland House in George Town on the Caribbean island of Gran Cayman.

Ugland House was then home to 18,857 corporations. And Ugland House is soon to be home to another one, along with the profits of 43 Australian hospitals, unless Treasurer Josh Frydenberg blocks the deal on grounds of national interest.

No sooner had the Northern Beaches Hospital in Sydney been built at a cost of $2 billion to taxpayers, its operator Healthscope opted to sell it, along with another 42 Australian hospitals also subsidised by taxpayers, to a shadowy group which has a large presence in tax havens.

via From the Northern Beaches of Sydney to the Northern Beaches of George Town, Cayman Islands – Michael West

Climate change, power and coal – » The Australian Independent Media Network

You may have noticed it’s been a bit hot lately. In fact, if you were born after 1985, you have never experienced a cooler than average month. Let’s just read that again so it really sinks in – if you were born after 1985, you have never experienced a cooler than average month. The UK…

Source: Climate change, power and coal – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Record-breaking extreme weather in Australia in 2016 devastates ecosystems | Australia news | The Guardian

Bureau of Meteorology’s annual climate statement cites unprecedented bushfires in regions that don’t usually burn and worst coral bleaching on record

Source: Record-breaking extreme weather in Australia in 2016 devastates ecosystems | Australia news | The Guardian

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 experience? How did he feel when his daughter called him a “lame, gay churchy loser”? Why did he eat that onion?

Source: The emptiness of Tony Abbott | The Monthly

The 2016 Progressive Honor Roll | The Nation

Yes, the election results were generally awful. But the untold story of 2016 is that grassroots activists, bold campaigners, and the movements they embraced frequently prevailed—and their successes showed progressives how to press forward even in the most frustrating and difficult of times.

Source: The 2016 Progressive Honor Roll | The Nation

Themes of 2016: across continents, autocrats take control | Ian Buruma | Opinion | The Guardian

Putin, Xi, Modi, Assad – welcome to the world of the strongmen as western will to act begins to crumble

Source: Themes of 2016: across continents, autocrats take control | Ian Buruma | Opinion | The Guardian

It’s 2016 — let’s say goodbye to Zionism once and for all | +972 Magazine

Zionism today is the fence that encircles the Jewish people, granting it supremacy over the other people of this land.  By Noam Rotem The State of Israel is a Zionist state. All of us, graduates of the Israeli educational system, knows this. Our first prime minister said it, Ehud Barak said it, even Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it. This declaration can be found in our educational curriculums, and even in the IDF’s educational curriculum. That is all good and well, but nowhere have I been able to find a formal definition put forth by the Israeli government for the…

Source: It’s 2016 — let’s say goodbye to Zionism once and for all | +972 Magazine

The New Ministry – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Most people agree that if Malcolm Turnbull is returned with a reduced majority, he will be under threat from the right wing of his party.  He turns 62 this year and is wealthy enough to never have to worry about money even without his very generous parliamentary retirement allowances. Julie Bishop will turn 60 shortly. …

Source: The New Ministry – » The Australian Independent Media Network