Rape – Why do men sexually assault women?

This  The actions behind the Dutch backpacker’s brave escape are sadly familiar  is an unfortunate article for at least two reasons: firstly that the reality of rape and attempted rape gave cause for it to be written at all, and secondly because its extensive generalisation tends to reinforce the notion of females as victims and males as grossly deviant and prone to sexual assault of women, often accompanied by aggression…

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Northern Territory abuse reflects OUR ‘blame’ culture.

BLAME! Sadly, in Australia today we have a culture of blame. When things go wrong, usually the first response is to start pointing fingers. We have to have a culprit. Not only that but, far too often, we then seek revenge. That revenge can take many forms. It may mean public shaming, imprisonment, excessive claims for “compensation”, calls for harsher penalties or longer sentences. Whatever its nature it reflects the…

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Report Shows How War Profiteers Are Now Refugee Profiteers, Too

As Europe comes to terms with a Brexit vote fueled in large part by anti-immigrant hate-mongering, a new report exposes how war profiteers are influencing EU policy to make money from unending Middle East conflicts as well as the wave of refugees created by that same instability and violence. Source: Report Shows How War Profiteers Are Now Refugee Profiteers, Too | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the…

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Leonard Bernstein on the Only True Antidote to Violence and His Moving Tribute to JFK

Human beings have been making war on one another and persecuting one another throughout recorded history. During that time, human beings have also made enormous strides in understanding their world and the how, why and what of the environment in which they live and the the universe in which our planet revolves. One wonders at this contradiction. Why have we accomplished the incredible achievements in science that we have and…

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Icac: the NSW Liberal party scalps claimed so far – full list of MPs

OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM IS IN STRIFE. Corruption is rife. Deceit is commonplace. Lies are so ubiquitous they become accepted as reality. The electorate has no say in what happens to it – it is told what will happen to it. Accountability is claimed as existing through the calling of elections each 3 years. In fact, once elected, each government does what it wants, even abandoning or doing a complete about…

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7 Things You Should Know About The Death Penalty, Even If You Support It

No one with a developed and exercised intellect will support the death penalty. The death penalty is simply legalised murder. The death penalty is vengeance – not sanction. For the religious, it is just more hypocrisy for: “Vengeance is mine”, said the Lord and “Judge not others lest you be judged” For the non religious, it is no less a hypocrisy for: Many, many, completely innocent people have been convicted…

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Panama Papers and Mossack Fonseca explained

This scandal is nothing new. Anyone remotely interested and aware of current affairs and what is happening in the World, let alone anyone who explores capitalism and its afficionados, has long been aware of the actions of the “respectable” and “upstanding” citizens that are actually on the fringes of legality and very often far beyond them. No, this is not new. This is disguised and hidden and not talked about…

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Post-Karadzic Bosnia and Herzegovina: The End of the Criminal Justice Era | International Center for Transitional Justice

I fully understand that this proposition may be dismissed as naïve in view of the current reality shaped not only by Karadzic’s crimes but also by the violent plunder that has over the last 20 years created a Hydra of intertwined political, criminal and business interests. Likewise, an increasingly chaotic regional and broader geopolitical context is far from conducive to the political will necessary for such changes, to say nothing…

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