Betrayal

Eloquent and articulate. Noel Pearson offers a heartfelt glimpse into the hypocrisy, cowardice and deception brought by the political right and its leaders to a valid recognition of the First Australians. Within the eloquence that describes the struggle, there is an almost palpable pathos underscoring the betrayal that so many First Australians must feel both as individuals and as a collective. For me, this essay underlines what I have long…

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Populism Politics : The Defeat of Reason

This is one of the most terrible days I can remember of my almost 70 years alive. I have long been disturbed by the dumbing-down of the population and the impact of neoliberal economics and globalisation on our own and other nations. We have seen the 1% reach ownership of over 50% of the World’s wealth and their piece of the pie continues to grow. At the same time, in…

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Sports role models: “just not cricket”

There are many wrongs that accompany the mounting of every Olympics, not least being the almost inevitable displacement of the homeless and those living in poverty and least able to resist or gain recompense of justice for their appalling treatment, which often includes dispossession from their homes and relocation miles away. Sport, itself, is clearly riddled with corruption. Governing body officials, venue organisers and managers, Team owners, managers and officials,…

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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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Hanson’s Rise A Double Insult For Australian Muslims – New Matilda

Those who have made a life in Australia are forced to watch atrocities against Muslims in their homelands, while simultaneously fending off the bigotry of the anti-Islam movement here, writes Sarah Ali. Australia faces a problem. The election has seen the return of Pauline Hanson, who used the fear surrounding international terrorism to oversimplify complexMore Source: Hanson’s Rise A Double Insult For Australian Muslims – New Matilda

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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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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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As an Aboriginal teen I thought about killing myself every day

The teenage years are difficult and confused times for most of us. For children whose heritage and lifestyle does not match the mainstream social and cultural norms, that time must be even more difficult than most of us can imagine. Instead of producing a synthesis of indigenous and invader/immigrant cultural mores and traits and growing as a society to one of greater tolerance and understanding and in which compassion and…

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Exclusive extract from Stan Grant’s new book, Talking to My Country | Australia news | The Guardian

Guardian Australia’s Indigenous affairs editor describes how he grew up ashamed of his background, in a land where his people were treated as a ‘prehistoric relic’ – and tells why inspiration from his ancestors has now driven him to stand up and speak out. ‘Everything we have won has come from dissent’ Source: Exclusive extract from Stan Grant’s new book, Talking to My Country | Australia news | The Guardian

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