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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Movement Against Police Violence Condemns Violence Against Police

America has a violent history, a racist history, and a gun culture. All of these factors contribute to the current unhealthy climate of prejudice, hatred, discrimination and mindless violence. The police have many dedicated officers who are sincere in their belief that they are an asset to the community and that enforcing the law is a positive, even essential asset for a civilised society. The black community and the poor…

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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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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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The case of serial rapist police officer Daniel Holtzclaw tells us so much about 2015

Is there a difference in the way police treat black people as opposed to the way they treat whites? Has society in the “free world” actually matured to the extent that prejudice and discrimination are disappearing and no longer tolerated by those in control and those whose role it is to protect us? Do politicians at local, State, and Federal level really act in the interests of “the people” or…

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Police are Killing Native Americans at Higher Rate than Any Race, and Nobody is Talking About It

Why is it that indigenous peoples the World over seem to be over-represented in prison populations and under-represented in health, lenght of life, employment and social status? The First Australians endure this fate in the same way, it seems, as do the native Americans and indigenous people of many other countries. We know that non-white indigenous peoples, despite having apparently not evolved to the same degree in technology and science…

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ABBOTT & CO. ON THE ATTACK – Paramilitary Border force to have thousands of weapons-ready officers

FORCE Tony Abbott & his wealth backed LNP Government have made yet another move against democracy and civil liberties with the formation of the new “Border Force.” A stealthily conceived amalgamation of Customs and Immigration departments, this new paramilitary force will introduce around 5000 to 6000 armed officers with widely increased powers. This is a continuation of what has been a steadily continuing campaign of the Abbott government to restrict…

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