The World’s top criminals, psychopaths and megalomaniacs of 2016

I can’t say it any better than has Sarah Gill.  This piece should ignite the ire of every caring, compassionate, clear-thinking, knowledgeable and intelligent This piece should ignite the ire of every caring, compassionate, clear-thinking, knowledgeable and intelligent person on this planet. Over the last day or two, I’ve been reading woeful commentary and postings which express deep concern for Queen Elizabeth II having a cold. The concern is that,…

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Women: We need more to run for office.

We need PEOPLE in public office. Men have predominated in most of these roles. Some have been empathetic, compassionate, intelligent, and genuinely sought to improve the lot of all. Far more have been narcissistic, prejudiced, ideologically static, and about self-interest, Of the women who *have* achieved rolls of status and power, we have had a similar mix. We have seen the bad in such as Indira Ghandi, Golda Meir and…

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LNP derision of ABC is succeeding.

I dislike the use of expletive-ridden abuse and hateful criticism on social media. However, Chris Uhlman does not report objectively, far too often offering extremely superficial, flawed, and even apparently intentionally biased views. Virginia Trioli is guilty of a similar inability to report objectively, as are many others. Chris Uhlman,Virginia Trioli, and others will, of course, have their own take on issues and they are entitled to do so. However,…

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Politicians v Electorate: The Political Divide.

Our political system is in an extreme state of disrepair. There is no doubt that many of our politicians are not only self-serving and self-indulgent but corrupt as well. The collective of those elected to office is replete with individuals who have little or no regard for the average citizen and apparently also have little or no conscience. They show no shame when caught out in lavishly indulging themselves on…

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From Populism to Nationalism: The Highs and Lows of Democrats’ Big Finale

The final night of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) saw highs, lows, and abundant examples of party propagandizing. Here are some takeaways from Night Four:’Our enemies will fear us’Retired four-star Gen. John Allen was flanked by military officials as he offered one of most neoconservative speeches of the evening, promising “our enemies” that “we will pursue you as only Americans can.” Source: From Populism to Nationalism: The Highs and Lows…

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Backing for Indigenous treaty grows as constitutional recognition loses support

The First Australians are ENTITLED to a Treaty. Constitutional recognition will end up as, at best, a symbolic move and, in all probability, will actually diminish the status of the First Australians and weaken or negate their legitimate claim that they are the rightful owners of this land. So, the people who “owned” it ALL [and I recognise that such was not the same concept as the ownership that non-aboriginal…

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Asylum-Seekers – How inconvenient for our politicians…

Grattan on Friday: The Manus issue intrudes on carefully crafted pre-election scripts Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra It is a shocking truth that, for the most part, the politicians are leaving their humanity at home as they debate the future of the men on Manus Island. They give little sense that they are talking about people who – whatever their particular motives in getting on boats – have been in…

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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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