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Reporters Without Borders is celebrating its 30th birthday...

“These 30 years of struggle could not have been pursued without the community that supports us. We invite you to see how we have defended a cause for 30 years…”

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Right now we are getting constant requests for help from journalists in danger in Burundi, reporters in Syria under attack from both the dictatorship and barbarity, and Saudi bloggers who are jailed without any kind of trial. The needs are enormous and your support is necessary.’

To mark the 800th year of Magna Carta, the Australian Human Rights Commission has released an animation, interactive infographic and teachers resource on the story of our freedom.

Transcript is at https://www.humanrights.gov.au/magnacarta/video/transcript.html

Animation produced by The Explainers.

The 4 millionth refugee flees Syria

On a sweltering day in early July, UNHCR staff at a dusty crossing point on the Turkish border registered the four millionth refugee of the Syrian war. The tragic milestone confirms Syria as the single biggest refugee crisis in a generation, one that has left thousands of families living in desperate poverty with no end to the war in sight.

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15 Year of Australia for UNHCR

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We know what politicians from the U.S. to Israel think about the Iran nuclear deal. How about asking some opponents of Iran’s regime?

BY DANNY POSTEL

The rebels in Greece are waging a patient guerrilla war against financial occupation.

How to make Americans accept that their country was built and sustained on white supremacist plunder? Write like Ta-Nehisi Coates.

BY SALIM MUWAKKIL

How can we turn up the heat on Washington?

BY KATE ARONOFF

A collective in Saugerties, New York, is trying to live by the teachings of 19th century Russian anarchist Pyotr Kropotkin.
For the past two years, the Crown Heights Tenant Union of Brooklyn has used collective bargaining strategies to win victories around rent control and tenant protection laws.

BY ETHAN COREY

Before homes are even rebuilt in the ruins of the Gaza Strip, another war looms.

BY MAX BLUMENTHAL

Thanks to relentless student pressure, more than a year of rallies, protests and sit-ins proved too much to ignore.

BY DAYTON MARTINDALE

Corporate tax loopholes have been very effective at draining at least a billion dollars a year out of public funds and redirecting them into idle private profits.

BY JAMIE MERCHANT

Underneath the Laughs, ‘Trainwreck’ Is Just Another Regressive Rom Com

For all its wit and unabashed vulgarity, Amy Schumer’s film follows a tired formula.

BY EILEEN JONES

Trump is not the only presidential hopeful willing to make utterly mind-boggling statements.

BY DAVID SIROTA

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Did ICE Violate Its Own Deportation Guidelinesin Arresting Chicago-Area Unionized Meatpackers?

ICE apprehended immigrant workers after they went on strike, even though the agency has rules against interfering in workplaces that are in the midst of labor disputes.

BY YANA KUNICHOFF

RURAL AMERICA

Conflict between New Englanders and the region’s indigenous inhabitants runs deep into history.

BY DAYTON MARTINDALE

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“To move beyond the fossil fuel era is a matter of conscience, a matter of faith and indeed, a matter of our continued existence.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

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The Political Genius of Bernie Sanders’ Socialism

Bernie’s socialism isn’t a “charade.” It’s a provocation-and a brilliant one, at that.

BY THEO ANDERSON

To the Troika, the election of Syriza, the referendum vote and the basic principles of democracy are meaningless.

The message being sent by the U.S. government is that when frightened women and children come to America seeking sanctuary, we will imprison them.

Dr. Willie Parker is bracing for a week of potentially violent protests in his hometown of Birmingham.

BY STEPHANIE GILMORE

 

History will view drone warfare as the Obama administration’s signature approach to military engagement.

BY MUHAMMAD IDREES AHMAD

 

Which campaign matters more: Bernie Sanders’ or Jill Stein’s?

BY JOEL BLEIFUSS

America’s most dangerous nonprofit has a stranglehold on public policy.

BY SUSAN J. DOUGLAS

Our Neo-Confederacy

The flag may be wiped from state grounds and license plates, but its ideals live on in the GOP agenda.

BY SALIM MUWAKKIL

Activists who wanted Elizabeth Warren to run for president took a poll and decided to endorse Bernie. Should other progressive organizations do the same?

BY MICHAEL PAYNE

The Confederate general and KKK “grand wizard” was one of the most vile white supremacists in American history.

In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled that power companies can pump large levels of mercury and other toxins into the air.

A coalition of farmers and vintners, doctors and lawyers, clean energy companies and reluctant do-it-yourself activists are fighting for the future of the Finger Lakes region.

Despite the fact that retailers and political figures are calling for its removal, history might be too prominent for the extinction of the Confederate flag.

After Greece cuts a quarter of its budget, WaPo asks if it’s willing to ‘trim spending.’

BY JIM NAURECKAS

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Faced With I-9 Immigration Raid During Negotiations, Chicago Meatpacking Workers Walked Off the Job

Over 100 workers go on strike to protect their jobs.

BY YANA KUNICHOFF

RURAL AMERICA

The ill effects of partially hydrogenated oils are clear enough for the FDA that they will be removed from the food supply within three years.

BY MAIA WELBEL

Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Lecture presented by the Vancouver Institute. Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. Naomi Klein is the author of the critically acclaimed #1 international bestsellers, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism and No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies which have each been translated into more than 30 languages. She is a contributing editor for Harper’s Magazine, a reporter for Rolling Stone, and a syndicated columnist for The Nation and The Guardian.
Naomi Klein is a member of the board of directors for 350.org, a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. Her new book is This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate (September, 2014). This lecture is co-sponsored by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 350.org and Green College.

V.S. Ramachandran, PhD is looking to solve life’s big questions by taking a different path. In studying the oddities and anomalies of the brain he hopes to illuminate the mysteries of normal brain function. A pioneer in the study of phantom limbs, Ramanchandran joins William Mobley, MD, PhD to discuss his fascinating career and his scientific process.

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Elaine Chambers, a proud Kuku Yalangi/Koa Aboriginal woman from Brisbane, is this year’s winner of the prestigious National NAIDOC Poster Competition. Artists entering the competition were asked to submit an artwork which represented their interpretation of this year’s NAIDOC theme – We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate.

Ms Chambers’ artwork features four sets of feet standing on sacred ground. The most prominent set of feet are that of her father, Charlie Chambers Snr, who Ms Chambers says “hands down information to us about the sacred grounds we stand on”.

National NAIDOC Committee Co-Chair, Anne Martin, said “to me the depiction of the feet represents our families and communities standing together, strong and united on Country”.

Co-Chairs Anne Martin and Benjamin Mitchell congratulate Ms Chambers on her winning entry and thank all the talented artists who submitted their artwork in this year’s competition. “We really appreciate the work that the artists have put into their pieces.” Mr Mitchell said.

What is NAIDOC Week?

NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

What does NAIDOC stand for?

NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.

What is the history of NAIDOC Week?

Download and print the NAIDOC History Timeline (PDF version).

::: more @ www.naidoc.org.au :::

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For many shy people, online social networking sites have an obvious appeal – a way to socialise without the unpredictable immediacy of a face-to-face encounter. However, a new study finds that people who are socially anxious betray their awkwardness on Facebook, much as they do in the offline world. The researchers Aaron Weidman and Cheri Levinson said their findings could hint at ways for socially anxious people to conceal their nervousness and attract more online friends…

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Believe it or not, violence has been in decline for long stretches of time, and we may be living in the most peaceful era in our species existence. Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker presents the data supporting this surprising conclusion, and explains the trends by showing how changing historical circumstances have engaged different components of human nature.

Series: “UC Berkeley Graduate Council Lectures”

UCTV: recorded on 02/04/2014.

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Current issue: July 2015

Greece and the EU, what next? Russia re-enters the Balkans; Ukraine, inflating old fears of Russia doesn’t help; Mali, rebuilding a nation;South Africa, betrayal of a dream; radical Islam,Christianity of the poor; football, who pays for top clubs? the new Panama scandal; hooked on the Net…:

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Sobriety, not austerity — Philippe Descamps

The UN’s Paris climate change conference in November doesn’t hold out much promise. Since the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, fossil fuel consumption has gone on growing. The Green Climate Fund launched by the UN in 2011 has attracted only €10bn to date. In 2013 subsidies for fuels responsible for greenhouse gases totalled €400bn worldwide — four times the amount allocated to renewable energy sources.

Any international agreement will fail to keep global warming within 2ºC if governments insist on (…)

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The 14 Defining Characteristics Of Fascism


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Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and several Latin American regimes. Britt found 14 defining characteristics common to each:

1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism – Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights – Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause – The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

4. Supremacy of the Military – Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

5. Rampant Sexism – The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.

6. Controlled Mass Media – Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

7. Obsession with National Security – Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

8. Religion and Government are Intertwined – Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government’s policies or actions.

9. Corporate Power is Protected – The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

10. Labor Power is Suppressed – Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.

11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts – Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.

12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment – Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption – Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

14. Fraudulent Elections – Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

They Thought They Were Free

 By Milton Mayer

http://www.thirdreich.net/Thought_They_Were_Free_nn4.html

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Sanders’s laser-like focus on inequality is perfectly insync with the nation’s current political climate.

BY THEO ANDERSON

Soon the Right will have to abandon its head-in-the-sand strategy–but its next tactic may be more dangerous.

BY KATE ARONOFF

A hawk’s eye-view of global warming.

BY TODD MILLER AND ALEX DEVOID

Blumenthal offers an unembellished look at the misery on the ground in the Gaza Strip during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in 2014.

BY BEN LORBER

The New York Times is wrong: consumers eating grapes and mandarin oranges aren’t the ones really guilty of contributing to California’s water shortage.

BY JIM NAURECKAS

Jeb Bush’s Presidential Announcement Was Simultaneously Audacious and Underwhelming

Bush’s presidential campaign announcement was high on the rhetoric. Unfortunately, it was also inconsistent with everything we already know about Jeb Bush.

BY DAVID SIROTA

The activists behind the group are known for pranking big corporate and governmental institutions. Now they have created a tool to help others do the same.

BY MICHAEL PAYNE

The new black comedy about nuclear war misses its target.

BY EILEEN JONES

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Chicago Charter School Students Say UNO Teacher Was Fired for Union Activism

It’s not every day that students walk out of school to demand the reinstatement of a fired teacher–let alone one they claim was fired for helping unionize the school.

BY CRYSTAL STELLA BECERRIL

RURAL AMERICA

A new bill passed by the North Carolina Senate could prevent evidence of animal cruelty or labor violations on factory farms from ever leaving the workplace.

BY DAYTON MARTINDALE

Glenn Greenwald, best known for his series in “The Guardian” detailing classified information about global surveillance programs based on top-secret documents provided by Edward Snowden, spoke at the University of Utah on Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

Paul Ehrlich and others use highly conservative estimates to prove that species are disappearing faster than at any time since the dinosaurs’ demise.

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Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich calls for fast action to conserve threatened species, populations and habitat before the window of opportunity closes.

There is no longer any doubt: We are entering a mass extinction that threatens humanity’s existence.

That is the bad news at the center of a newstudy by a group of scientists including Paul Ehrlich, the Bing Professor of Population Studies in biology and a senior fellow at theStanford Woods Institute for the Environment. Ehrlich and his co-authors call for fast action to conserve threatened species, populations and habitat, but warn that the window of opportunity is rapidly closing…

::: click on through to Stanford Report for piece in full :::

 

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Two reports have undermined the Abbott Government’s rosy claims about the health of Australia’s World Heritage Great Barrier Reef. TheQueensland Auditor-General has released a scathing report on government efforts to improve the reef’s water quality, finding efforts to cut coral-killing runoff have been ineffective, and that information lacked transparency and misleading. A second report, by the Environmental Justice Australia and the US-based Earthjustice, has also found that the Reef’s current state meets as many as six of the eight criteria UNESCO uses in its “in danger” assessments. UNESCO only needs one for an “in danger” listing. Water quality and sediment issues are having a severe impact on the reef, but despite having knowledge of a report contradicting the government’s exaggerated claims of progress tackling these issues for several weeks, Environment Minister Greg Hunt pushed a misleading “report card” to UNESCO.

This move, part of a $218,000 lobbying effort detailed in documents obtained under FOI, resulted in a draft ruling not to list the natural icon as “in danger”, allowing massive coal projects to go ahead –assuming they don’t fall over economically first. The Federal government’s lobbying strategy may have avoided a negative listing for now, but UNESCO’s verdict was still not positive. The future of the reef and the $5 billion it contributes to the economy annually remains under serious threat if Australia keeps trying to export dirty coal to the world. Tourism operators are already being warned to stop using picturesque underwater photos of bright pink and yellow coral, as the reality is declining water quality is now so poor in places tourists cannot swim or snorkel…

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President Obama insists there’s “nothing secret” about the massive trade deal–yet we aren’t allowed to know anything that’s in it.

BY JOEL BLEIFUSS

 

What happens in Baltimore isn’t going to stay in Baltimore.

BY MARTHA BIONDI

 

The movements of the 1960s challenged the Leave It to Beaver values of American life, producing the culture wars. But those wars are now finished.

BY MICAH UETRICHT

The human tragedies The Water Knife chronicles are already happening today; they’re just not happening to us–yet.

BY JESSICA STITES

Bernie Sanders Isn’t a Crackpot–He Favors Policies the Majority of Americans Want

Despite what corporate Democrats and the Bernie-bashing mainstream media might tell you, Main Street America favors left-leaning policies.

BY BILL MOYERS AND MICHAEL WINSHIP

The most formidable challenger for Jeb Bush is his own brother’s legacy.

BY SUSAN J. DOUGLAS

The public and even Congress are acting against mass surveillance. When will President Obama get the memo?

BY DAVID SIROTA

 

May’s elections delivered the familiar thud of disappointment.

BY JANE MILLER

 

The austerity-on-steroids measures currently taking place in Michigan may soon be coming to a state near you.

BY LAURA GOTTESDIENER

 

The economists called their letter a “plea for economic sanity and humanity.”

BY MARTIN DE BOURMONT

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With Thousands Marching in the Streets, Chicago Teachers Union Declares ‘This Means War!’

After a successful citywide strike three years ago, the Chicago Teachers union is not giving an inch.

BY MARTIN DE BOURMONT

RURAL AMERICA

A war is underway between local farmers who support organic practices and want to ban GMOs, and the National Grange, which backs industrial agro-giants like Monsanto.

BY JOHN COLLINS

07 Jun 2015 | Scott Ludlam

Housing & Sustainable Cities

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“Low and middle-income Australians should not be forced to subsidise property investors through their taxes – it is fundamentally unfair,” Senator Ludlam said today.

“It is time to call an end to this skewed concession that has contributed to the housing bubble and provides a tax benefit ten times greater for the highest income earners than for the lowest.

“Independent costings from the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO), released today by the Greens, show that by ending negative gearing for new investments we will save $2.9 billion over the forward estimates.

“We propose to invest a substantial part of the savings in new housing supply; to take 15,000 families and individuals off the social housing waiting list over the next four years and directly fund construction of 7000 new homes for the homeless by 2020.

“This will lift employment in the construction sector and boost innovation in the modular housing industry.

“These costings from the PBO give Joe Hockey all the evidence he needs to take a look at negative gearing, rather than blindly ruling it out of their tax review.

“As part of a broader move towards restoring fairness to the tax system, we have also asked the PBO to examine capital gains tax concessions, which are overwhelmingly subsidised by low and middle income taxpayers.

“The Greens will work to deliver a fair and equitable tax system which helps everyone, rather than a system that uses unfair concessions to skew the property market,” Senator Ludlam concluded.

This statement in full @ scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/

And here’s a stat to provide a bit more context from Homelessness Australia – ‘Homelessness Australia is the national peak body for homelessness in Australia’ :

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To break from the program of brutal austerity that has been imposed on Greece, its leaders have no choice but to take radical action.

BY ALEXANDROS ORPHANIDES

The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians brought jazz back from the brink by connecting it to black struggle.

BY SALIM MUWAKKIL

A new documentary follows the weird subculture of Vietnam War reenactors–some of whom were actually there.

BY EILEEN JONES

If Jeb Bush wants to distance himself from the family name, he needs to reassess his brother’s actions in Iraq.

BY DAVID SIROTA

An existentialist Swedish movie occupies a completely original universe.

BY MICHAEL ATKINSON

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This Small Town Shows Why The Trans-Pacific Partnership Could Be A Disaster For American Workers

Galesburg, Illinois, residents saw their jobs disappear after the passage of NAFTA. The TPP likely won’t be any different.

BY PETER COLE

RURAL AMERICA

The bill could be a game-changer for Native populations, finally allowing them the same opportunities to vote as other Americans.

BY STEPHANIE WOODARD

+ 26 chapters of the TPP still secret…

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Jeremy Buckingham, NSW Greens Member of Parliament

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The real intent of these provisions is to impede health, environmental, safety, and, yes, even financial regulations meant to protect America’s own economy and citizens. Companies can sue governments for full compensation for any reduction in their future expected profits resulting from regulatory changes.

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UNHCR, OHCHR, IOM and SRSG for Migration and Development:

Press Releases, 19 May 2015

We, the undersigned*, strongly urge the leaders of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand, to protect migrants and refugees stranded on vessels in the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea, to facilitate safe disembarkation, and to give priority to saving lives, protecting rights, and respecting human dignity.

Grave events in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea in recent days involving migrants and refugees Rohingya and others from Bangladesh and Myanmar confirm that vulnerable people around the world are moving in search of safety and dignity, fleeing persecution, abject poverty, deprivation, discrimination, and abuse. Such perilous journeys, whether by land, sea, or air, have become a global phenomenon.

In Southeast Asia, more than 88,000 people have made the dangerous voyage by sea since 2014, including 25,000 who arrived in the first quarter of this year alone. Nearly 1,000 are believed to have perished at sea due to the precarious conditions of the voyage, and an equal number because of mistreatment and privation at the hands of traffickers and abusive smugglers. In the Bay of Bengal, migrants and refugees are fed only white rice and are subjected to violence, including sexual violence. Women are raped. Children are separated from their families and abused. Men are beaten and thrown overboard.

We are deeply concerned at reports that boats full of vulnerable women, men and children are unable to land and are stranded at sea without access to urgently needed food, water, and medical assistance. We urge States in the region to protect the lives of all aboard by allowing the passengers on these overcrowded boats to disembark safely.

We urgently call on leaders, with the support of ASEAN, to:

1. Make saving lives the top priority by inter alia significantly strengthening Search and Rescue (SAR) Operations.

2. Stop boat push-backs and measures to ‘help on’ boats to leave territorial waters, while ensuring that all measures taken are in strict accordance with the principle of non-refoulement and other fundamental human rights standards.

3. Provide for effective, predictable disembarkation to a place of safety with adequate and humane reception conditions.

4. Avoid the use of immigration detention and other punitive measures, and ensure that the human rights of all migrants and refugees are protected, and that all actions in regard to children are guided by the best interests of the child.

5. Set in place screening procedures staffed jointly by government and relevant international organization personnel to identify the individual circumstances of all those arriving, including a) individuals in need of protection as refugees, asylum-seekers, or stateless persons, b) victims of trafficking or persons at risk of torture or other cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment if returned to their country of origin, c) migrants with health conditions in need of emergency medical care and first aid assistance, and d) migrants or others interested in voluntary return home.

6. Expand avenues for safe and legal migration, including for labour migration at all skills levels.

7. Expand efforts to prosecute traffickers and smugglers for their crimes in full accordance with international standards for human rights, while fully respecting the rights of victims.

8. Redouble efforts, nationally and through strengthened international cooperation, to address ‘push factors’ and the root causes of refugee and migrants flows, including discrimination, deprivation, persecution, and violations of human rights.

9. Put in place dedicated measures to combat xenophobia and discrimination against any group on the basis of race, sex, language, religion, ethnicity, nationality and national origin, or other status.

*António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees; Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; William L. Swing, Director-General of the International Organization for Migration; and Peter Sutherland, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for International Migration and Development

See also Refugee Rights Action Network for Oz based info and events…

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Professor Alex Haslam speaking at 2014 Division of Clinical Psychology annual conference in Glasgow.

For more information about DCP events visit the DCP website http://www.bps.org.uk/dcp

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“…Climate change has become the premier environmental issue facing the globe. Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions continue to grow and accumulate in the atmosphere. The average global temperature in 2014 was the highest recorded over the last century and a half. Most scientists say that climate change is a “very serious problem.” Yet virtually no progress has been made in convincing the general public of its serious nature, nor have significant steps been taken to curb emissions and slow warming. Why has progress been so halting?

The risks of a warming world and potential policies to deal with these risks are the subject of a short book by Gernot Wagner and Martin Weitzman…”

(click cover pic for piece in full + gratis @ The New York Review of Books) 

Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet

by Gernot Wagner and Martin L. Weitzman
Princeton University Press, 250 pp., $27.95
Professor Mary Doyle speaking at 2014 Division of Clinical Psychology (BPS) annual conference in Glasgow.

For more information about DCP events visit the DCP website http://www.bps.org.uk/dcp.

Published on May 13, 2015
Scott speaks about the scope creep of data retention contained in the Australian Border Force Bill 2015, which sees the regime expanding just weeks after originally being passed through Parliament. For a transcript visit http://bit.ly/1AYiWj1

“Every time an agency sticks its hand up, either overtly or covertly, to be able to access the private records of ordinary people I am going to make an absolute point of pointing it out and putting it on the record so that maybe the government, once they are safely back in opposition, or the Australian Labor Party might want to rethink what they did to all Australian citizens when they waved through the data retention legislation upon all of us…”

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on behalf of the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council
for the Wangan and Jagalingou people :


When we rejected Indian mining company Adani’s offer to exploit our land, they took aggressive legal action to overrule our rights just six days later. Now we have to fight to protect our land in court.

They have betrayed our trust and are getting set to destroy our land and our culture. You’ve pledged your support, but now I’m going to have to ask you, if you can, to help me again.

We face losing everything that is our inheritance. But to mount this fight to protect our heritage, we need more than our conviction and courage. We urgently need funds to mount a legal challenge and appeal against Adani’s action. Can you please make a donation so we can fight Adani in court?

Adani is trying everything, and from the beginning have shown their arrogant, disrespectful treatment of our law and customs. They have misrepresented us, and they have betrayed us. They took action to remove our rights through a legal system designed to favour big mining over the rights of Indigenous peoples. It seems they’ll stop at nothing to get their mine, which will destroy our ancestral land and the underpinnings of our lore and culture.

If we can raise enough money, we will appeal the National Native Title Tribunal’s decision to allow the Queensland Government to issue mining leases to Adani, despite our refusal to enter an agreement with the company. The Tribunal even recognised that we have not given our consent or agreement to the mine, but still overruled our internationally recognised rights in favour of Adani.

The Tribunal has sanctioned the destruction of our ancestral lands and cultural heritage on the grounds that it’s in the ‘public interest’. We will contest the idea that building one of the world’s largest coal mines is good for the people and the country.

Our right to self-determination and free, prior, and informed consent is being trampled.

We have to fight back, but we can only do it with the help of our supporters. Can you please get behind us to fight for our rights and our land in court by donating to our fighting fund? http://www.getup.org.au/stand-with-us

The truth is we’re up against a multi-billion dollar company and a legal system that makes it very tough for traditional owners. We know we’ve got a strong, righteous case to run, but we’re not going to leave it at that.

We’ll continue to fight for our rights through the courts, and look to international law if need be. We will visit investment banks around the world to stop the project getting funding. And if it comes to it, we will take our fight all the way to the United Nations.

This fight will define our people and be a landmark moment for Indigenous rights and climate change in Australia. Can you help us defeat Adani by donating to our fighting fund?

Adani think they can walk all over us but they’ve never seen anything like this. Our lands and our way of life, and the legacy of our ancestors, mean too much to our people to rollover. We are here to fight and we won’t stop until our land is protected.

PS – After I first wrote to you and others, Wangan and Jagalingou people were overwhelmed by the response. To know that more than 90,000 people have chosen to stand with us as we fight to protect our land and our culture from Adani has given us real strength and confidence. On behalf of Wangan and Jagalingou people who are opposed to this mine, we sincerely thank you.

See also earlier interpretOr piece: Great Barrier Reef threat – Government of India report contains clear evidence that (Abbot Point) developer Adani Enterprises “violated environmental norms” at Mundra Port (India)

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