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September 22nd, 2016 By Tracy Kolenchuk Guest writer for Wake Up World Have you heard the latest âŹÜmedical wisdomâŹ"? ItâŹ"s become a mantra for chronicÂ diseases, from arthritis, to diabetes, to depression to dementia. âŹSLearn to live with your disease.âŹ But itâŹ"s a lie. What is really being said is âŹSAccept the fact that you are ...Continue Reading - Learning to Live (Die) with Your Disease
September 22nd, 2016 By Makia Freeman Contributing writer for Wake Up World The Pivot to Asia, which is really the US militarization of the Pacific Ocean in preparation for war with China and Russia, is a highly disturbing trend. Not so much attention has been paid to it, yet it is an arena which will determine the future ...Continue Reading - Pivot to Asia: Ongoing U.S. Militarization of Pacific an Alarming Trend
September 22nd, 2016 By Pao L Chang Guest writer for Wake Up World The legal name game is one of the greatest âŹScon gamesâŹ everÂ invented. The controllers of the New World Order use the legal name to trick you into (unknowingly) consenting to giveÂ away your natural rights,Â to federal government. Once you do this, everything that ...Continue Reading - The âŹÜLegal NameâŹ" Game âŹ and How It's Used Against You
Look, let me point the OBVIOUS out. Angela Power Disney- Sabine McNeil- Neelu Berry- THESE ARE ALL BAD GUYS working DIRECTLY with HoaxteadResearch to seek out survivors and kill their support. They ingratiate themselves into victims lives- do all kinds of crazy stupid shit- which the Hoaxtead people then LOUDLY PROCLAIM- and suddenly ALL THE VICTIMS SUPPORT DISAPPEARS. Angela whined after I blocked her- but let me tell you why.
She would Skype me- and she ALWAYS wanted me to talk about Aquino. Two things happened at the end. She called me on Skype but I didn’t answer with video- basically because I was sitting on the toilet and didn’t want to be on video taking a shit. As a result- she FREAKED THE FUCK OUT. Second- she suddenly wanted to get me in touch with Doug Dietrich.
Dietrich and Aquino were best friends. Aquino wouldn’t give me the public debate that I was asking for- so I then focused on Dietrich. Yeah- he might mention my name- but what he DOESN’T say is that he REFUSED to publicly debate me. So anyone who thinks this guy is “supporting” me and my efforts is a moron.
So I did my interview with Shatter Boys UK and GUESS WHAT GROUP HAS SUDDENLY GONE OUT OF THEIR WAY TO INGRATIATE THEMSELVES INTO THEIR LIVES. These men are actually DOING SOMETHING- and MAKING A DIFFERENCE. OF COURSE this group of government trolls would like to fuck that up. But the Shatter Boys UK men aren’t stupid- and I have already explained to them in detail my concerns.
So for those of you who are wanting to reach out to this group- DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK. And when the shit goes down- and you find yourself standing alone- just remember one thing- I FUCKING TOLD YOU SO.
The nonsense is flowing thick and fast from the mainstream news media. Still haunted by the psychopathic performance of Samantha Powers screaming that Russia was to blame for what America had done in Syria, next I hear that the US is categorically blaming Russia for explosive attacks on aid trucks to Syria. Now I have discovered that François Hollande, possibly the most unpopular French President ever, an undignified, unrepresentative globalist, anti-socialist socialist, and general little fat fraud, has been awarded (not by the French of course) but in New York, the 'World statesman Award' by the Appeal of Conscience Foundation. Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, 1999 World Statesman honoree, delivered an address and the laudation at the Awards Dinner." (See http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/french-president-francois-hollande-honored-by-appeal-of-conscience-foundation-with-world-statesman-award-300330937.html)
This is probably the best that Hollande can hope for before he loses the next election. A prize from world bullies for Hollande's odious actions in depriving his countrymen of their hard-won civil and industrial rights.
Comments from the French about the award demonstrate disbelief. Here is a typical one from Hennir33: "Grotesque! It is as nonsensical as it would be to give the Nobel Peace Prize to the president of North Korea." See http://www.atlantico.fr/pepites/francois-hollande-recoit-prix-homme-etat-mondial-2016-2711962.html
But then, dear me, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Barack Obama, who has gone on to pulverise the Middle East and taunt Russia. So why not to Kim Jong-un, who says, anyway, that he's only responding to the threat from U.S. military bases all around South Korea.
As an indication of Hollande's outrageous perfidy, he was recently spotted slipping a 'legion d'honneur' to Saudi Prince Mohamed ben Nayef, the Crown Prince responsible for the terrible war on Yemmen.
"The awarding by François Hollande two days ago of the Légion d'honneur to the Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed ben Nayef, was roundly criticised by several politicians.
It was condemned particularly by the far right but also by the socialist deputy of Haute-Garonne, Gérard Bapt, who wrote that 'political-commercial realism should not lead to two different speeds on moral positions.' Mediapart journalist, Laurent Mauduit, condemned the award of the medal and, at the same time, new arms deliveries from Paris to Ryad."
"The invocation [for François Hollande's award] was delivered by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York and the benediction by Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of Greek Orthodox Church. Rupert Murdoch, Executive Chairman of News Corporation, Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman and CEO of Blackstone, and Jerry Speyer, Chairman of Tishman Speyer, are the Chair...
How do you tell a man, detained for almost two years in Australia for entering the country for not telling the authorities that he is a convicted murderer, that in Australia, the individual can decide his own fate by the things he does in mitigating the circumstance of the crime he had committed? How do […]
New Delhi: Australia, Canada and the UK have issued fresh advisories to their citizens travelling to India to avoid visiting parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Assam, Nagaland, Tripura, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and the India-Pakistan border, barring the Wagah border.
On September 16, the FCO updated its travel advisory cautioning its citizens “against all travel to Jammu and Kashmir with the exception of travel within the city of Jammu, travel by air to Jammu and travel within the region of Ladakh.” It also advised “against all but essential travel” to Srinagar and travel between the cities of Jammu and Srinagar on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway.
The advisory said, “The tourist destinations of Phalgam, Gulmarg and Sonmarg fall within the areas to which the FCO advises against all travel.”
The same day, Global Affairs Canada also advised its citizens against travelling to “Jammu and Kashmir, with the exception of Ladakh via Manali or by air to Leh, due to sporadic terrorist activity and violent demonstrations.” Besides, “areas within the immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, in the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Punjab, due to the possibility of landmines and unexploded ordnance, as well as unmarked border areas.”
It said, “The Wagah border crossing and towns farther from the border, such as Amritsar in Punjab and Bikaner and Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, are excluded from this advisory.” FCO also kept Wagah out of the advisory.
In the case of the north eastern state, the countries’ advisories have asked their citizens to either cancel or reconsider their visit to these states citing recent militant attacks: the shooting of 14 people in a market in Assam’s Kokrajhar district this past August and the killing of 18 soldiers in Manipur’s Thoubal district last year.
Global Affairs Canada advised against “non-essential travel” to “Manipur and the areas of Arunachal Pradesh that border with Myanmar, due to the threat of insurgency” besides advising travelers to also avoid areas in Assam bordering Bangladesh and Nagaland bordering Myanmar “as they are significantly affected by insurgency.”
A large number of tourists from these three countries visit the north east every year, particularly Assam’s Kaziranga National Park, home to the one-horned rhino.
In 2013, a similar travel advisory was issued by Australia. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said, “We continue to recommend Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in India overall because of the risk of terrori...
Rioters’ ethnicity must be exposed
Andrew Bolt writes: SATURDAY night’s race riot at Moomba proves our refugee program has made our streets unsafe, and the police and media cover-up must end.… Read More
by Dee McLachlan The idea that Donald Trump might become President of the United States frightens most Australians. I was at a script meeting last week, and during a brief segue from our fictional story, someone mentioned Trump. When asked, I suggested that both Presidential candidates were a poor choice, but I’d reluctantly tick “Trump.” […]
The American people are again fully enthralled in the puppet show of national elections, and while arguments grow ever-more heated and partisan, the fact remains that no matter which way we vote there will remain a deeper state which represents the real and unchanging forces driving the destiny of this country and of the world.… Read More
Do you want to study in Australia with 2 years post study VISA or other countries like Canada, UK, USA, UAE and New Zealand? You can start your own inspiring journey to success by attending the PFL International Education Exhibition in October 2016. Do not miss this opportunity to meet one on one with seasoned […]
Today National Congress of Australia's First Peoples and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Bodies met with Minister Scullion to workshop progressing the Redfern Statement. The meeting provided an opportunity to develop a greater degree of understanding and mutual appreciation of the complexity of the Indigenous Portfolio which requires a whole of government approach.
First Peoples called on the next steps to include:
We’ve had a huge response to our callout to Pip Readers to show us their Pip Issue 6! It’s not too late to share your pic: use the hashtag #pipmag6 and you’ll go into the draw to win a fab pack of Honey Bee Wraps. We’ll be picking the winner soon though, so hop to it!
Thanks to these wonderful folk who’ve shared their beautiful snaps so far…
Mendilauta Kalea 13
Cost: About €1.80 for a Spanish-tasting coffee. That’s all we bought.
You might think that a review of an obviously-placed waterfront cafe signals the beginning of the end for Global Hobo’s edge. Hold your horses, discerning readers. As you will know, the #digitalnomad lifestyle can be a hard one to sustain. The search for a venue with both reliable wifi and accessible powerpoints is liable to see you visiting McDonald’s every time you need to circle-jerk over each other’s Instagrams. Zarautz has no McDonald’s, but we found the next best thing – Karlos Arguinano (jk, he’s actually a Spanish celebrity chef). Lunch with the well-dressed locals, survey the beach-goers and practise your Spanish/Basque/social skills with the staff as you work on your latest protein-powder-sponsored vlog. Di nada.
Back to Zarautz
Don’t let accommodation in Basque country bleed you drier than a dead dog’s foreskin – trade the hostels for glamping at Gran Camping Zarautz. There’s surfer babes of myriad nationalities, hot showers, and the cleanest toilets you’ve seen in a while (toilet paper included – your bikini bottoms need not stink of urine any longer!). Perched atop the headland, Gran Camping offers sunset and ocean views far superior to those at any hotel you can afford. Zarautz beach is a leisurely scenic stroll down the hill, and the waves are appropriate whether you’re actually talented or just wobble around on a longboard trying to keep your tits in your bikini. The walk back up to camp is treacherous, but the calf-burn provides an excuse to stop for surf-backed selfies. Stay away from the BoardX surf camp plot, those cheeky groms are mostly jailbait.
It was 6 August, the inaugural Feast Day of Santonatron, the artist’s saint. Largely unheard of outside a small group of artists in Puebla, Mexico, the saint has already sparked controversy. Despite historically being known as a bastion of conservatism, Puebla already has its fair share of unofficial folk saints, with the Catholic Church often condemning their followers as heretics at best, cults at worst. At first glance, Santonatron may look no different.
India goes into its 500th Test match tomorrow against a combative but not frightening New Zealand XI. The national expectation is that Virat Kohli and his lads will win, making it India’s 130th Test victory. A cooperative pitch is expected to play its part: it’s not called “home advantage” for nothing. In Indian cricket at least, ‘atithi devo bhavah‘ – the Upanishadic principle that says the guest is God – is blithely ignored. It’s more like ‘Ashwin devo bhavah’, in homage to India’s sharpest spin bowler.
India’s being at number one in the International Cricket Council’s Test rankings from November 2009 to August 2011 has led the younger generation of fans to be starry-eyed about their team in Tests. The team was briefly number one again in January, February and August of this year; and but for last month’s foul weather in Port of Spain – and the fouler drainage at the ground – it would still be at the top. India currently sits in second place, a point behind Pakistan, and would return to pole position if it beats New Zealand in the forthcoming series.
Recent Test performances should not blind us to the truth that India has historically been a mediocre, and often poor, Test side. It has a better head-to-head record against only four out of the nine other Test-playing countries. Two of those are Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, teams largely undeserving of their Test status. Sri Lanka and New Zealand are the other sides against which India has prevailed more often than it has lost; but of those two, the Kiwis have the worst overall win percentage – 20.68% – of any major Test team, so they don’t provide a basis for a boast. And Sri Lanka’s total win percentage against all sides is actually better than that of India. So while India is superior head-to-head, the islanders fare better on average, against everyone else, than India does.
The point of this short piece, therefore, is an appeal for modesty. Let us not thump our chests in the modern Indian manner, but remember that for long stretches of its Test history, India has been a soft opponent. Its overall percentage of victories is a mere 25.95%, the second-worst among the major Test nations (comprising England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies, New Zealand, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka). Only New Zealand has a poorer record. Australia has won a dazzling 47.20% (or nearly half) of its Tests and every other team has won a third, or thereabouts. India wins only one match in four.
We need a word, here, about the West Indies, and the manner in which its recent decline has inflated India’s Test record. The two have played each other in 94 Tests since 1948, of which the West Indies has won 30 and India 18 (with the rest drawn). But a whopping 11 of those Indian wins have come after 2002, the last time the West Indies won a Test series against India. Put aside the single Test India won in...
Henrik & Lana discuss the hysteria over the first all hijab runway show during New York Fashion Week and the push to get White European women to wear a hijab.… Read More
â€œItâ€™s completely disingenuous for anyone who is truly concerned about this nationâ€™s sustainability and carrying capacity to continue to ignore the jet engine driving U.S. population growth: immigration.â€ - Dan Stein, President of FAIR
(September 20, 2016, Washington, D.C.) â€“ One of the most important factors in achieving environmental sustainability in the U.S. is to reduce immigration, finds a new report,â€œU.S. Immigration and the Environment,â€ by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).Â Americaâ€™s rapidly growing population is one of the biggest impediments to meeting critical environmental goals, and immigration is by far the largest factor driving U.S. population growth.
â€œItâ€™s completely disingenuous for anyone who is truly concerned about this nationâ€™s sustainability and carrying capacity to continue to ignore the jet engine driving U.S. population growth: immigration,â€ said FAIR President Dan Stein. â€œImmigration fueled more than half of U.S. population growth in the last 50 years, and will generate three-quarters of it in the next 50 years,â€ he added.
The U.S. has the largest ecological footprint in the world, measured by emissions of greenhouse gases and resource consumption. Adding to that footprint is the growing number of human feet, largely a result of mass immigration, which continues to undermine our efforts to minimize Americaâ€™s impact on the global environment. All of the gains that have been made through conservation and improved efficiency have been wiped out by continued immigration-driven population growth.Â
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In order to do this we need to look at what it takes to be a writer, and admit that some writers advantage from a ridiculous amount of privilege, while upholding several myths around being a writer – myths that help us all pretend that the writing world has an open-door policy, even as it shuts the majority of people out.
A survey by the NSW pricing regulator has revealed some interesting data about rooftop solar households in the state, and has confirmed what the battery storage industry has been predicting for months now – that the market for residential energy storage is set to boom in NSW as a huge percentage of solar households come of premium feed-in tariffs.
The survey – conducted by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal in 2015 and the results published on Tuesday – found that an average of 20 per cent of NSW homes had installed rooftop solar.
The highest uptake of rooftop PV in the state was in the state’s Riverina and North Coast regions, with penetration as high as 30 per cent in those areas. Uptake was recorded to be lowest in eastern Sydney, at just 12 per cent of households.
Interestingly, a vast majority – 75 per cent – of NSW’s solar systems were found to have been installed more than 18 months before the 2015 IPART survey.
And of all the households that have solar in the state, between 40 and 60 per cent of NSW them were found to be on a subsidised feed-it tariff of somewhere between 20c/kWh and 60c/kWh under the now closed state Solar Bonus Scheme. According to IPART, “significantly more households said they received 60c/kW than 20c/kWh.’
It is this sort of statistic that Australia’s battery storage industry has had its eye on, with many players predicting a surge of residential battery adoption in the state as these households come of the premium FiT and experience the shock of getting just 5-6c/kWh for their solar exports, after years of getting paid as much as 60c/kWh.
(As a side note – and as you can see in the chart below – an alarming proportion of the IPART survey respondents “didn’t know” what rate they were getting for the solar they exported to the grid, ranging from 22 per cent in Eastern Sydney to 9 per cent on the North Coast.)
The IPART survey notes, those NSW solar households not on the premium FiT – between 22 and 43 per cent of households – are receiving a voluntary unsubsidised tariff of between 6-8c/kWh.
As RenewEconomy has reported, NSW has the dubious honour of having some of the lowest solar FiTs in Australia after a series of cuts by IPART, taking the voluntary recommended retail rate to as low as an average 4.8c/kWh in August last year.
This rate was nudged up by IPART in June this year, however, from 4.7-6.1c/kWh to 5.5-7.2c/kWh – a rate that is still not compulsory and that is...
With a single headline, The Daily Mail turns an alleged child murderer into a loving father protecting his son, and an alleged child abuser into a romantic lover.
STOP MAKING EXCUSES FOR MEN’S VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
Killing to “protect” someone is self defence, killing a child to cover up your son’s crime is murder.
Rape is not sex.
Abuse is not a relationship
A Liberal Democrat councillor has told a party conference that schools could suggest prostitution as a career to pupils.… Read More
NEW YORK – [AAP]
Australia will take refugees from Central America as part of a US-led program, and maintain its plan to increase overall resettlement numbers to almost 19,000 in two years.
Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull will make the announcement during a speech to US president Barack Obama’s invitation-only high-level summit on refugees and migration in New York on Tuesday.
The initiative will be revealed alongside a commitment by Australia to maintain its increased refugees resettlement intake at 18,750 from mid-2018, up from about 14,000 now.
‘We will also participate in the US-led program to resettle Central American refugees currently in a resettlement centre in Costa Rica,’ Mr Turnbull will say, on the sidelines of a United Nations meeting.
Australia will also commit a further $130 million dollars over three years to support peace building and assistance to refugees, forcibly displaced communities and host countries.
This will build on an already announced $220 million commitment to humanitarian and resilience needs in Syria and its neighbouring countries.
In his speech, Mr Turnbull will urged world leaders to do more to address the underlying causes of displacement, including providing more assistance in home countries.
He reiterated Australia’s successful attempts to halt stop asylum seekers trying to reach the country by boat, saying it paved the way for one of the world’s most generous humanitarian regimes.
‘Allow public trust to erode and the mutual trust that binds us will similarly falter,’ he will say.
‘As leaders, we must always choose laws and policies that develop strength and unity over weakness and division.’
Australia’s humanitarian intake will to rise to 18,750 in 2018-19, in addition to 12,000 places from Syria and Iraq.
The government doesn’t have medium term plans to increase that figure, but could if circumstances change.
President Obama wants the gathering to agree to increasing
funding for humanitarian organisations and global appeals by at
least 30 per cent, boost resettlement options and increase
opportunities for refugees through education.
NEW YORK – [AAP]
Malcolm Turnbull has had a ‘frank discussion’ with Saudi Arabia’s deputy prime minister about how to fight Islamic State and its propaganda machine.
The prime minister and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif discussed IS during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the United Nation’s general assembly in New York on Tuesday.
Mr Turnbull raised the need to challenge extremist propaganda, especially on social media.
The discussion also focused on the difficulties of creating a clear path towards a political settlement in Syria.
The prime minister also reiterated Australia’s commitment to negotiating a free trade agreement with the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Earlier, Mr Turnbull told reporters he would be discussing a range of issues with the crown prince.
“In recent times I’ve had very detailed, frank discussions with President el-Sisi of Egypt, President Erdogan of Turkey,” he added.
CANBERRA – [AAP]
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says there’s no point in prematurely pointing the finger of blame over the deadly bombing of a United Nations aid convoy in Syria.
The UN has suspended all aid missions in the beleaguered nation after 21 people died in what UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called a ‘sickening, savage and apparently deliberate attack’ on vehicles delivering aid.
Ms Bishop said the incident was appalling and shocking.
‘However, as was indicted by Russia and the United States, we must allow investigations to take their course – there’s no point in making accusations until the facts are known,’ she told Sky News on Wednesday.
The minister represented Australia at the International Syria Support group meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations in New York on Tuesday.
The sit-down, co-hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, comes after the Syrian army declared an end to a week-long ceasefire.
It also followed significant air strikes in Aleppo and the bombing of an aid convoy carrying UN-supplied food.
‘There was a unanimous view in the room that the ceasefire must hold in Syria,’ she later told reporters.
Ms Bishop said there was an acknowledgement some people in Syria want to see the ceasefire fail.
‘However, there was an absolute resolve of all present that we must do whatever we can to cease hostilities in Syria so that humanitarian work can be undertaken.’
She said Australia’s view was all options should be on the table to ensure a ceasefire is in place so humanitarian relief can be supplied.
The group will reconvene later in the week to put a plan in place.
Mr Kerry and Mr Lavrov met prior to the broader gathering and resolved their differences so there was an united front to support the cessation of hostilities, Ms Bishop said.
As investigations into recent attacks get underway, neither was laying blame at the other, she added.
Two Russian Sukhoi SU-24 warplanes were in the skies above the aid convoy at the precise time it was struck, two US officials now say, citing US. intelligence that has led them to conclude Russia was to blame.
Russia has denied its aircraft or those of its Syrian government allies were involved in the incident.
The strike appeared to deal a fatal blow to Syria’s fragile week-old ceasefire.
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The first thing I notice about Athens is the dogs. They roam the streets in packs while old men sit in front of souvlaki shops drinking coffee and arguing. In Monastiraki, African migrants offer bracelets and flowers in the name of “peace and love”. They also want money. People park wherever they feel and the streets are filled with politically charged street art. The police just stand around smoking and chatting to women. Anarchists rule these streets, or so I’ve heard.
The sun was setting on a warm spring day when I met Athens university students Anny, 20, and Nefeli, 18, at a rooftop bar of a dingy hostel in Monastiraki. The former is a political science student and the latter is a journalism student. Both are disillusioned with the present economic crises plaguing Greece; both are Greek goddesses with iPhones. We chatted over some cheap beers.
The current eco-political climate is spawning a generation of politically disenchanted Athenian youths – some are quietly disgruntled while others actively gather to fight the powers that be. I had heard of a place in particular where the more radicalised youths congregate – the “anarchist district” of the city. After a few beers at the rooftop bar, I decided to ask the girls if they knew anything about this supposed anarchist district. “Exarcheia,” they both responded in unison. Apparently it was well known. Apparently it was only two stops away on the metro. Apparently it was best to stay away.
We finished our beers and headed for the notorious neighbourhood. It was dark by now and the girls seemed nervous, more for me than for themselves. I strode confidently, figuring it couldn’t be that bad. After all, I’d been to Broadmeadows before. As we walked from the metro station we passed a few interesting pieces of street art. One wall particularly grabbed my eye, it featured the face of a young boy.
“Here, on 6th of December of 2008, the youthful smile of innocent 15-year-old Alexios Grigoropoulos was eliminated by the bullets of unrepentant killers,” says Anny, solemnly translating the Greek script. “That’s why cops don’t come here,” adds Nefeli. “Exarcheia is the place where Alexis was shot and killed by police for no reason,” she adds. I ask Anny to translate another piece of graffiti. She examines it for a while and looks me in the eye. “The police will pay with blood.”
The slaying of Alexis triggered massive protests in Exarcheia which soon escalated into riots in many Greek cities. Demonstrations were held in other cities across the world as far reaching as Sao Paolo. The Greek newspaper Kathimerini labelled the riots: “The worst Greece had seen since the restoration of democracy in 1974.” The shooting of Alexios was the spark the anarchists needed to start actively voicing their discontent at the economic woes afflicting the country. The protests turned violent as demonstrators confronted police with Molotov cocktails and trashed the streets. The protesters were fighting blatant corruption within the country’s state institutions and a rising youth unemployment rate.
“Every 6th of December people demonstrate for Alexios,” Nefeli tells me. The protests are rarely peaceful and it is not uncommon for local stores to get trashed amongst the clas...
Murdered schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer’s foster father is still expected to face a Queensland court, accused of killing the 12-year-old, despite being hospitalised after his arrest.
The foster father was arrested on Tuesday, but admitted to hospital in the night with an undisclosed, non-life-threatening medical condition.
The 56-year-old’s condition improved overnight and he will either appear at the Beenleigh Magistrates Court or be subject to a bedside hearing on Wednesday, police say.
Tiahleigh was last seen alive on October 30 when she was dropped off at Marsden State High School, south of Brisbane.
A missing person alert was only issued six days later, hours before an unidentified body was found by three fishermen on the banks of the Pimpama River.
Her foster father was one of the pallbearers at her funeral and a registered foster carer at the time.
Three other people, including Tiahleigh’s foster mother, were also taken into police custody on Tuesday.
A 20-year-old man related to the foster parents was arrested on charges of perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
The foster mother, 54, was in custody on Tuesday night and later charged with perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
‘She will be a key witness,’ Detective Inspector Damien Hansen said earlier on Tuesday.
‘All three of them are expected to be witnesses.’
A 19-year-old man was also arrested on the same charges as well as one count of incest.
Police knew Tiahleigh was planning to meet someone on the morning she disappeared but the breakthrough in the case happened last week when they seized a blue Ford sedan for forensic examination.
The revelation that the car was previously owned by Tiahleigh’s foster father came after her biological mother Cindy Palmer posted about it on Facebook.
The investigation was described by Det Insp Hansen as one of the most difficult cases he had ever worked on.
‘It was a real ‘whodunnit’ type of investigation,’ he said.
BRISBANE – [AAP]
A friend of Greg Dufty says the father of two physically ‘withered away’ in the weeks leading to his disappearance and suspected murder in July last year.
Mr Dufty’s body has never been found, despite a search at a property at Rappville, south-west of Casino.
Brothers Lionel and Nelson Patea were on Tuesday committed to stand trial for the suspected killing of Mr Dufty in July on the Gold Coast.
The Pateas are among six people who have been charged with murdering the 37-year-old, and faced Southport Magistrates Court on Tuesday in a brief committal hearing.
Reece Price, a friend of Mr Dufty’s for more than a decade, told the court while he never witnessed Mr Dufty use drugs, his appearance and behaviour had changed dramatically.
‘I noticed he was looking a bit skinnier and drawn,’ Mr Price said.
Police suspect Mr Dufty was murdered over an unpaid drug debt.
Mr Dufty’s de-facto partner Sharni Miller said she had once witnessed Mr Dufty using the drug ice.
Ms Miller said she’d split with Mr Dufty after leaving their Darwin home last January and had also witnessed a change in the time leading up to his disappearance.
‘He wasn’t sick but he wasn’t the way he used to be,’ Ms Miller said.
Tuesday’s committal means four of the six accused are now set to stand trial.
The remaining two accused – Aaron Crawford and Ethan Clarke – have had their matters adjourned until later in the year.
Lawyer Campbell MacCallum said outside court the Pateas intended to fight their charges and would most likely seek a separate trial from their co-accused.
‘Our view is the evidence against the Patea boys is particularly weak,’ Mr MacCallum said.
‘It relies on statements given by others who are obviously in a position where they’re trying to get sentences for their involvement which would be lighter than normally imposed on them.’
A date for the Pateas trial at Brisbane’s Supreme Court is yet to be determined.
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Ministry of Defence confirms British involvement in US-led airstrike that killed at least 62 Syrian government troops RAF Reaper drones were involved in the weekend airstrike that killed at least 62 Syrian government troops and threatened the fragile truce in the country, the Ministry of Defence has said. An unspecified number of weapons were fired from the drones capable of firing 500lb laser guided bombs and Hellfire missiles, it added. The British military said it was cooperating fully with an investigation by the US-led coalition into the incident, which led to dozens of soldiers being killed and injured, according to Syrian government reports. Australian, Danish and US air forces were also involved in the raid.
(ANTIMEDIA) Over the weekend, the United States did the unthinkable and targeted Syrian troops on the battlefield, killing over 60 servicemen and injuring at least 100 others. Outraged, Russia demanded a full explanation, noting that the aerial bombardment conveniently coincided with an ISIS offensive, further confirming to the Russian establishment that ISIS and al-Qaeda receive air support from the United States coalition.
Making the story even more unseemly, it was revealed shortly after the attacks that the planes conducting the strikes on Syrian targets were not only American and British — the bombing campaign also employed Australian jets.
Due to its support for U.S.-led wars in the region, Australia has experienced some blowback in the form of lone terror attacks. One could argue, therefore, that it is understandable why Australia would want to partake in the current military activity led by the United States — so they can eradicate the threat ISIS poses to Australian national security.
If that is the case, however, one is forced to ask how on earth Australian jets ended up bombing Syrian troops who were fighting against ISIS. The Australian air force essentially acted as air cover for ISIS militants battling the Syrian army, running absolutely contrary to the coalition’s stated goals and risking an all out war with Syria, Russia, China, and Iran.
What is Australia really doing in Syria? Are they merely a pawn of American foreign policy?
No one really knows the answer to these questions, but there is one person who is determined to find out. Kellie Tranter, a lawyer and human rights activist, is investigating Australian involvement in Syria based on the notion that Australians should have the right to know why their troops are fighting inside that country. She acknowledges that the Australian government’s decision to carry out airstrikes in Syria in September of 2015 was made without any U.N. Security Council mandate. Tranter decided to issue a Freedom of Information request to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to find out how this has happened.
The department responded by issuing some heavily redacted documents, which, in turn, pointed to a somewhat summarized explanation of Australian motives in Syria...
The sinkhole appeared at the Mosaic phosphate fertilizer plant about three weeks ago, and 215 million gallons of water containing sulphate, sodium and gypsum, which contains low levels of radiation have drained into the aquifer since then, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The aquifer is the state’s main source of drinking water.
— Bay News 9 (@BN9) September 18, 2016
The 45 foot wide sinkhole appeared under a “gypsum stack” of Mosaic waste material, which is created during the process of producing fertilizer from phosphate.
Mosaic claims there is no risk. “Groundwater moves very slowly,” David Jellerson, Mosaic’s senior director for environmental and phosphate projects said. “There’s absolutely nobody at risk.”
200+ million gallons of 'slightly radioactive' water leaked from the fertilizer plant Mosaic in central Florida & opened a massive sinkhole
— OsvetaJeSabur (@bosnianglilly) September 18, 2016
The company says it started to divert the water as soon as the alarm was raised. The company became aware of the the sinkhole in late August, but kept it from the public as they said there was no risk. It did inform the Florida Department of Environmental Protection(DEP), but the DEP did not tell the public either.
“The department’s focus at this time is on the oversight of Mosaic’s first-response efforts in order to safeguard public health and the environment,” DEP spokesperson Dee Ann Miller told the Tampa Bay Times.
Mosaic, the world’s largest phosphate mining company,says it has been draining the contaminated water from the aquifer.
— RT (@RT_com) August 2, 2016
Locals say Mosaic – who only last year paid...
As a child- I was designed to be a shell. So that when the day came when I was needed- I could house what was to inhabit me. But Shamanism showed me how to transform myself from a shell into a DOORWAY. And I have opened that which can never be shut. How do you fight someone who can go on the other side- seek out your victims- and enlist them to completely fuck you? Because THAT is EXACTLY what I have done. And since the doorway is ALWAYS open and NEVER shut- they are able to come and go at will- with the one provision that they are too inflict as much pain and humiliation upon you as possible. Let me remind all of you that what you are fighting are PRINCIPALITIES- and this just happens to involve ALL OF HEAVEN. You are all completely fucked- and the most humorous aspect in all this for me is that YOU ALL KNOW IT! Mean- manipulative- overbearing- with no idea how fucking stupid sons of bitches you all really are. Deny what you taught me all you want- it will not change the truth. And it CERTAINLY won’t change the fact that I am going to completely fuck you in more ways than you could ever imagine- AND HAVE ALREADY.
A health board member has broken ranks to accuse his colleagues of pushing through what he calls a “rubber-stamp” statement supporting water fluoridation.
Andrew Buckley unsuccessfully opposed the re-adoption of the Waikato District Health Board’s position statement on fluoridation, dubbing it “flawed decision-making”, but chairman Bob Simcock said the board was simply following the science and Buckley was a lone voice.
Local councils, not the health board, decide whether or not to put fluoride in the water. But many, including Hamilton City Council, have been the subject of campaigns to remove it and have looked to the DHB for a stance on it when making their decision.
The government has signalled a move to give the decision to DHBs and Waikato’s current policy is based on Ministry of Health guidelines.
Buckley claimed the policy was presented at a recent board meeting without any supporting evidence.
“I was elected to the board [for the first time] in 2010 and the first challenge I faced was when I asked for discussions around [fluoridation],” Buckley said.
“But I was told that it had already been discussed before and that was that. We were told we were not there to discuss it, we were there to endorse it.
“I believe that attitudes and statements like this are a serious threat to our democracy and move us closer to a place where faceless bureaucrats make major decisions without taking into account the voice of the community.”
Simcock said the policy was not pushed through and the board clearly took a position reflecting the consensus of health science.
“The reality is that there was some debate. The board members were very clear about re-supporting that position.
“I’m not sure if rubber-stamping meant that people don’t agree with him (Buckley), well, if it does then that’s the case.
“They were obviously of the view that that is the policy statement of the board and they’re comfortable with it. If they weren’t they would not have voted for it.”
“People of Hamilton have also expressed a similar view,” said Simock in reference to the 2014 city referendum where 70 per cent of respondents backed fluoridation.
The Waikato DHB resolved to “support fluoride, at accepted safe levels being introduced into non-fluoridated reticulate drinking water supplies to increase access to fluoridated water. Fluoride should be maintained in already fluoridated supplies.”
DHB’s director of public and organisational affairs, Lydia Aydon, said a renewed position statement was needed as it had expired and it gave the public health team the ability to advocate on the issue in the name of the DHB.
In April, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said putting water fluoridation decisions in the hands of district health boards, rather than local councils, should lead to more water supplies being fluoridated.
And in the same month, Hamilton City Council agreed to provide fluoride-free water at the Taitua Arboretum and the Claudelands Events Centre. The tap at the events centre cost $70,000.
The most comprehensive survey of research on fluoridation yet done was released in Australia this month and found it was safe.
The report from Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council found fluoridation reduced tooth decay by 26-44 per cent in people in areas where it was conducted, with the only side effect minor tooth discolouration in some.
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September 21st, 2016 By Carolanne Wright Contributing writer for Wake Up World Dr. Andrew Wakefield is largely known for the firestorm created by his 1998 Lancet paper, which found evidence of a possible association between the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine, inflammatory bowel disease and autism. Critics of Dr. Wakefield are quick to point out ...Continue Reading - The Doctor Behind Autism MMR Vaccine Controversy Speaks Out
September 21st, 2016 By Katrin Geist Contributing writer for Wake Up World Shit Happens, Easily âŹ Or Does It? It may come as a surprise: your intestines play a vital role in your good health. If somethingâŹ"s amiss there, youâŹ"ll know it. Sometimes malfunction expresses as mere inconvenience, other times it points to severe imbalance ...Continue Reading - Why a Healthy Gut is Essential to Your Wellbeing âŹ and How to Restore It!
September 21st, 2016 By Sayer Ji Contributing writer for Wake Up World According to the FDAâŹ"s legal definition, a drug is anything that âŹSdiagnoses, cures, mitigates, treats, or prevents a disease.âŹÂ The problem with this definition is that there are numerous substances, as readily available and benign as found on our spice racks, which have been ...Continue Reading - Why The Law Forbids The Medicinal Use of Natural Substances
The Syria Solidarity Movement unequivocally condemns and denounces the vicious US bombing attack on the Syrian army defending Deir ez-Zour, and we wish to make the following observations.
The attack killed at least 62 Syrian soldiers and wounded more than 100. This is larger than the number of casualties inflicted in any US bombing on any terrorist target in Syria since the US announced its "war on ISIS".
The bombing inflicted no known casualties on ISIS, which the US says was its intended target.
The US has produced no evidence that it notified its Russian counterparts, as required by agreement. In fact, joint action against ISIS was not expected for another two days. This leads to suspicions that the US attack was intended to preempt the provisions of the agreement.
Syrian soldiers report seeing reconnaissance drones the previous day.
ISIS fighters were poised to begin fighting the Syrian army units as soon as the US bombing raids ended. How did they know what constituted the end of the bombing?
Although the Russian military presence in Syria is legal because it came at the invitation of the sovereign Syrian state, the US presence is illegal and was never approved, either by the Syrian government or by the United Nations. All US military actions in Syria therefore constitute an illegal invasion of Syrian territory, and must end now.
We find the US explanation of "unintended" targets, and especially the belligerent performance of Ambassador Samantha Power at the United Nations Security Council, to be false, disingenuous and counterproductive. The only credible explanation is that the US attack on Deir ez-Zour was intentional. The US has never seriously tried to fight ISIS other than to defend Kurdish fighters, with rare and largely ineffectual attacks against ISIS fighters in their strongholds, and none during the ISIS campaign against Palmyra, when they were very vulnerable by air.
We believe that the US intention is to dismember the sovereign Syrian state, and that the Syrian army base at Deir ez-Zour constitutes an obstacle to this plan, and is therefore a US target. In accordance with this plan, the US does not mind if ISIS continues to occupy a large portion of the Syrian Euphrates valley, and in fact prefers to maintain ISIS as a destructive force that weakens Syria and is available as a proxy fighting force for other US regional designs, in partnership with their Israeli allies.
We are doubtful that the US intends to honor its agreement with Russia, and implicitly with Syria. US strategists are seeking to weaken and threaten Russia and not to form cooperative and mutually beneficial agreements. Accordingly, the only option may unfortunately be to make the cost to the US too high to be acceptable, and thereby to force a change in its priorities.
There is another and more constructive alternative, as follows.
The US should immediately issue a formal apology to the government of Syria and offer restitution for damages, both to the Syrian government and to the families of the dead and wounded.
The US should withdraw completely from all Syrian territory and end its support for all fighting forces there.
The US should enforce its end user agreements on the use of its arms supplied to Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and other countries, to prevent their use in non-defensive roles outside their territories, and in particular to prevent supplying them to subversive forces in Syria.
The US should use its influence in international banking and commerce to prevent the transfer of funds to ter...
On 18 September US-Australian-Canadian-Danish airstrikes killed 80 or more Syrian Arab Army soldiers who were attempting to combat ISIS from a Syrian military base. There seems little doubt that this was a war-crime, but it has already been displaced by media-saturation cover of a single act of terrorism in Manhattan where 29 people were injured. Well, the western media may believe it can hide the truth, but Eastern media and the alternative media cannot let this go. Inside this article there are two video debates on the motives and consequences of the US-Australian-Canadian-Danish airstrikes that killed 80 Syrian Arab Army soldiers two days ago. In the first video, "U.S. Bonus for Terrorists," Press TV conducts an interview with Brian Becker, with the ANSWER Coalition from Washington, and Frederick Peterson, a US congressional defense policy advisor from New York, to discuss these US airstrikes in Syria. This debate was originally published by Iranian Press TV at http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/09/18/485337/US-bonus-terrorists on Sunday, September 18, 2016.
In the second video debate, "Tenuous Truce" [see video below] there was another debate on the same matter conducted with Scott Bennett, a military expert and former US army psychological warfare officer from San Francisco, and Michael Lane, the founder of American Institute for Foreign Policy from Washington, to discuss the failed ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia in Syria. This was originally published at http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/09/19/485484/US-Russia-Syria-ceasefire.
What can we do when the United States keeps on pulling more and more shocking stunts in the Middle East. It seems to be proving that it is the maddest and the baddest, and that anyone trying to stop it would risk a nuclear war. And Australia and other countries are stupidly being sucked in. Scott Bennett in the second debate, suggests that the world needs to demand a UN inquiry into the US airstrike as a war-crime and that the alternative media and the non-western media - like Rt and Press TV - have to try to raise the profile of that demand to get through the block of fizz that issues from the mainstream western media, which simply puts any challenge to US warmongering to one side:
SCOTT BENNETT: "Secretary Kerry and Obama and the political powers right now, I think, [...] they're off the chain. I think the military is doing its own thing in its own time in order to create fires that the next administration will have to put out. They're seeding their own future job applications. But the facts are - if you're arguing this in court - if you were arguing this to the United Nations Criminal Court - you simply could say, 'The United States engaged in targeting operations and the Russian intelligence forces will provide the appropriate electronic surveillance that will prove that the United States was engaged in chatter and conversations in targeting that resulted in the murder of 80 Syrian military personnel. In order to roll back the Assad military that was attempting t...
You know- it JUST occurred to me that, although they may have “solved” the Jacob Wetterling abduction- the Ricky Chadek old case abduction and murder has YET to be answered for- and since that is MUCH CLOSER TO HOME- and it would be WAY OBVIOUS if I began speaking about this case and IT TOO got solved immediately after- I have realized that THIS CASE needs to be my new focus.
Esp. considering when I went to Det. John Pankonin who worked at the Nebraska State Patrol in the cold case department and demanded that he take my DNA and compare to the DNA that was left in Ricky’s murdered corpse- he sent his sister Tru Pankonin into BOTH mine and my sister’s lives. Interesting- isn’t it- that after going after this case- SUDDENLY the detective in charge’s SISTER would befriend my family?
Guess the ball is in MY COURT NOW.
Shatter Boys UK is a group of men who have come together because they have had enough of being silenced by taboos that exist in society myths that exist and the universal misconception that this doesn’t happen to boys and men.
We came together because we knew we would be stronger together as Survivors and unity was key a collective voice needed to smash this thing apart.
We knew from our own experiences that there is a distinct lack of support services for adult male Survivors of Childhood sexual and adult male rape.
This had to change as people are dying out there. People we knew, our peers , have taken over doses and committed suicide because they had no where to go.
We realized that mutual aid was the key what worked for us was one Survivor helping another.
We decided to plant Peer support groups across the UK so support would be available for free and accessible to men.
We are all about supporting men to empower them selves to move forward with there lives and have a voice.
We understand unity is the answer we aim to plant Peer support
groups across the UK in areas where there is no support of which
there are many.
by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB How did Australia get to where she is today? I’ll play-act three scenes here of some 1990s “planning meetings.” The setting for this is a foreign land. I’ll pretend I am the boss, giving out assignments for an event to take place in Port Arthur, Tasmania in 1996. […]
Anzacs and War – Considering a Syrian Perspective by Susan Dirgham, July 2015 PART ONE Introduction Australians have had a connection with the people of Syria since the First World War, when…
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US-Led Strike on Syrian Army Included British, Danish, Australian Jets British, Danish and Australian warplanes took part in the U.S.-led coalition’s airstrike Saturday that reportedly killed more than 60 Syrian government troops and threatened to unravel the “cessation of hostilities,” military officials said MondayFiled under: Al Qaeda, Australia, Denmark, ISIL, Syria, UK, US Congress, US […]
The introduction of regulatory measures to reward local energy generators for their contributions to the grid could unlock savings of more than $1 billion in avoided network costs, a major Australian study has found.
The study – which was led by the University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Sustainable Futures, and funded by ARENA – found that paying ‘local network credits’ to local generators for their role in reducing overall investment in the electricity network could reduce network expansion costs by 59 per cent, representing an overall positive economic benefit of approximately $1.2 billion by 2050.
The findings are based on the results of five virtual trials conducted by the ISF in five different locations around Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, which modelled the benefits of local network credits and local energy trading (also known as virtual net metering).
As we reported in May, early results from the modelling found that the current National Energy Market structure not only offered little financial incentive to export distributed energy generation, but created a strong incentive for customers and product developers to keep generation “behind the meter”, and a “perverse” incentive to duplicate network infrastructure.
The final findings, published on Tuesday, tell much the same story: “Results of four out of five virtual trials of Local Network Charges and Local Electricity Trading completed to date indicate there is potential for distributed generation to meet local consumption, which is unlikely to be realised under current market conditions,” the ISF says.
The Willoughby trial results, in particular, said the ISF, “demonstrate that even a relatively low Local Network Charge can send a meaningful signal to operate dispatchable generation when the network is most likely to need support.”
The report finds that offering a Local Network Charge for the cases investigated would keep solar and other distributed generation on the grid, “in an era of increasingly locally derived supply.”
Such an incentive would also maintain the network charges paid by the proponent, the report notes, “relative to a significant increase in behind the meter consumption using a private wire approach, even taking into account payment of the Local Network Charge itself.”
The result, it says, leaves the proponent and other customers better off, due to the fact that money is not wasted on more and more poles and wires.
After Beijing staged the G-20 Summit political show (which is becoming increasingly popular after superseding the long defunct political number a.k.a the G-7 Summit), the wandering troupe of political actors of various levels of importance and talents moved on to Vientiane, the capital of Laos.
What caught the attention of these masters of the global political game and drew them to this more humble place? The fact is that on September 6 through 9 this year, it was here where a few equally interesting and dramatic performances were scheduled (with elements of a particular sense of humor), which invariably included the ASEAN acronym.
The aforementioned acronym denotes the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which includes ten nations in the region and is increasingly becoming the center of attention in real world events. It is in this reality that the participants of these world games try to respond to the event mentioned above, as well as other political platforms.
Firstly, Vientiane hosted the regular summit of the member-countries of ASEAN itself. Secondly, several summits were held in the format of ASEAN + 1, where the world’s leading players, including China, Japan, India, participated as “plus ones”. It is worth recalling that the last ASEAN + US summit (with its grand entourage) took place in February this year at the Californian ranch, Sunnylands.
Following this, there was the ASEAN + 3 summit, which included China and Japan, as well as South Korea. Finally, the holding of the 11th summit of the ASEAN + 8 forum was the apotheosis of the series of events held in Vientiane. The United States, China, Russia, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea and New Zealand all participated. This forum is also referred to as the East Asia Summit (EAS).
All the events of recent years at various international platforms (including the most important one in New York) can be reduced to the following maxim: it isn’t the official well-attended events on stage that are important but the negotiations amongst the actors that take place on the sidelines on the eve of the big performance and during its breaks.
As a rule, an outside observer can only guess the content of such negotiations. But they are the ones that are motivated by the realities of life and define the really important parts of the final documents that are formulated at the end of official events.
The essence of the real events in Southeast Asia and in the South China Sea in the region can be reduced to the fact that it is here that the global political game waged by the world powers is being stoked....
Having your work of journalism sidelined into a memoir – a genre, nonetheless, worthy of good writing – still demonstrates that women’s personal writing cannot be commercially seen as journalism or ‘serious’ documentation. When women writers seek to share 'truth' – not confessions – it shouldn’t be sold off as memoir when those stories are about collective human experiences.
It was 2011 and I was in the Hunter Valley. I’d just had a very expensive indulgent meal and was ungrateful, scribbling furiously in my journal about how my family didn’t understand me. This is pretty standard fare for a seventeen year-old nearing the end of their high school life and dating a girl living …
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ANTaR, national advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, today called on all governments to listen to First Peoples in order to address crisis levels of incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.
National Campaigns Manager, Ms Jane Powles said that “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders have been calling for the implementation of Justice Reinvestment since 2009 to address high incarceration rates.”
“It's about time governments started to listen”
Last night’s episode of ABC’s Four Corners featuring one of the first Justice Reinvestment trial sites in Australia, highlighted the common sense approach that Justice Reinvestment supports.
“Driver licence programs that keep young people and the roads in Bourke safe make a lot of sense,” said Ms Powles
In NSW, over half the children in jail are Aboriginal. This costs $800 per child per day. In 2014 NSW taxpayers spent an average of $293,200 on each child in custody.
“Bourke is showing us that there is a much better way to invest tax payers money that will create stronger and safer communities.”
Despite multiple reports and inquiries into the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the justice system incarceration rates continue to rise. It’s time to think differently to address this crisis and create sustainable solutions.
“Last night we saw a whole community stepping up and collectively developing practical solutions that address the drivers of crime.”
Ms Powles said “With youth detention on the next Council of Australian Governments agenda, the Prime Minister has the opportunity to take the lead on developing a nationally co-ordinated approach to addressing the incarceration crisis and forging a collective commitment to Justice Reinvestment.”
“It’s time for governments to act, and start listening to and working with First Peoples so we don't lose another generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to the justice system.”
By Amanda Froelich
Starting July 2017, Australia will ban cosmetics which have been tested on animals as well as any products containing ingredients that have been tested on animals.
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With its first shipment of residential battery storage systems set to be delivered to customers in October, RedFlow has announced the first round of accredited installers for the ZCells.
The Brisbane-based company has revealed an initial list of seven companies in states around Australia who are trained and approved to install the 10kWh zinc bromine flow battery.
Further installer training sessions are being conducted – as we reported last month, these are being done by RedFlow CEO Simon Hackett, himself – for a number of additional companies, which will be added to the website as they are approved.
The companies named on Tuesday include Geographe Electrical Communications (WA), Off-Grid Energy Australia (SA, VIC, ACT, NSW, TAS and southeast QLD.), SolarQuip (VIC), Standard Solar (national), Suntrix (SA, VIC, NSW, QLD), The Solar Depot (SA, NSW) and WES Group (QLD, NT, WA).
The ZCell, which was officially launched to the market in March, is described as a flow battery that can ‘timeshift’ solar power from day to night, store off-peak power for peak demand periods and support off-grid systems.
Some of the benefits of the battery chemistry and design – which are both Australian made – include a long cycle life, reusable parts and a better depth of discharge and storage capability than some of its main competitors, including lead acid and lithium-ion batteries.
“ZCell has natural advantages over lithium in terms of its recyclability and reusability, better depth of discharge and storage capability,” said Ian Grayson – managing director of newly accredited installer WES Group, a Sunshine Coast-based electrical and mechanical contracting company.
“I believe energy storage will be a long-term growth story, like solar PV, and it will also be a game changer for the major electricity suppliers, especially with the advent of aggregation,” Grayson said.
Another ZCell installer, Troy Ryan from Solar Depot described the ZCell as a low maintenance and long-life battery system that would integrate easily into the company’s projects.
“ZCell’s well-suited for grid-hybrid and larger standalone applications and also answers safety concerns that plenty of people have about lithium batteries,” Ryan said.
The full list of ZCell installers can be found here.
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The Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science, Medicine and
University of Wollongong
19 September 2016
Dear Professor Alison Jones,
As I await your response to my previous email (16 September 2016) I would like to address the comments about immunisation that have been promoted by the University of Wollongong (UOW) on its website. I note that you have signed your name, with 60 other academics, to the personal opinion made by Heather Yeatman in her professional capacity. However, it is necessary to point out that Heather Yeatman’s expertise is in nutrition, as President of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA), and not immunisation, and she has made misleading and unsupported statements about immunisation in her comment.
Heather Yeatman’s comment was published on the UOW website on the 18 January 2016 – one week after my PhD was published on the UOW website. My PhD is a critique of the Australian government’s immunisation policies and yet her comment does not address the evidence I have presented in my in-depth study of Australia’s immunisation policies. I also note that you have supported her comment without reading my thesis. You have stated:
“From what I’ve seen of the thesis it doesn’t represent the views of a science evidence-based approach” (Australian Skeptics Inc lobby group website).
Again, you have not provided any evidence for your claim that my research is not evidence-based and this is contradicted by the examiners and professors supporting my research. I will outline below the unsupported statements made in Heather Yeatman’s personal opinion of immunisation that you have supported. Unless these comments can be supported with evidence UOW academics are endangering human health by signing their names to this comment. This political strategy of UOW in promoting this comment has enabled lobby groups, such as the Australian Skeptics Inc group, to promote personal opinions of immunisation instead of researched information.
Here are the incorrect or unsupported statements made by Heather Yeatman (in bold below). The evidence for my comments is provided in my PhD thesis:
Australia will continue its air operations in Syria, despite a review into how coalition forces allegedly killed more than 60 Syrian troops in a bombing raid.
RAAF aircraft were involved in air strikes on what was believed to be an Islamic State fighting position in eastern Syria on Sunday.
The strikes were called off when Russian officials told air operations controllers the targets may have been Syrian military personnel. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Australia regretted the loss of life and injury to Syrian personnel.
“It is a very complex environment and as soon as the coalition commanders were advised by the Russians that Syrian forces were being affected, the operation discontinued,” he told reporters in New York.
He said it remained to be seen whether it impacted on the already brittle ceasefire. Defence Minister Marise Payne said Australia would never intentionally target a known Syrian military unit or actively support Islamic State.
She said Australia would cooperate with an international review, however operations would continue.
“We will continue in an appropriate and measured way with the international coalition to do what is required, but there has been no hold put on Australia’s activity,” she said in Sydney on Monday.
“Our commitment is to eliminate the threat of Daesh.”
She said Australia was seeking an end to hostilities, access for humanitarian aid and a path to a political solution in Syria.
The minister declined to say what Australian aircraft were involved, but it is known the RAAF operations involve Super Hornet bombers, a refuelling aircraft and a Wedgetail early warning and control aircraft.
RAAF personnel would not be exposed to any legal action as the target had been assessed as legitimate under the laws of armed conflict, Senator Payne said.
A Pentagon spokesman said Russian officials had not voiced any concerns about the operation, in the Dayr Az Zawr area, when first notified of it.
Acting Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said the loss of Syrian soldiers is tragic but the greater tragedy would be letting Islamic State extremists win.
“We have to make sure we beat these people.” Australia Strategic Policy Institute director Peter Jennings said he did not recall a similar incident over the past two years.
“We’ve been extremely careful over two years to make sure that we don’t engage in any strikes which lead to civilian deaths or the deaths of non-combatants.”
He said a communications failure was the likely cause, as the Russians had issued their advice half an hour into the air strikes.
“I think this is the result of the lack of trust which seems to be created between the Russians and in particular the US right now.
“We have come to the end of the ceasefire as a viable moment in the war.”
The Greens and South Australian senator Nick Xenophon have called for a separate, independent review into Australia’s role.
“We need to know what went wrong and why because if we don’t learn from the mistakes of this botched operation then there is a risk it may be repeated,” Senator Xenophon said.
Independent MP Andrew Wilkie said it was in the publ...
The federal government’s acceptance of less than a third of what it was seeking in compensation for a coal carrier accident on the Great Barrier Reef has left conservationists outraged.
Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg this week announced the government had reached a $39.3 million out of court settlement from the operators of the Shen Neng 1, which ran aground 100km east of Rockhampton at Douglas Shoal in 2010.
The money will be used to remove polluted rubble in a clean-up operation expected to begin next year.
But the government had been seeking at least $120 million from Shenzhen Energy Transport Co Ltd. Greenpeace Australia say the settlement is inadequate.
“While we welcome the end of this six-year saga, it has to serve as a reminder that accidents happen,” spokeswoman Shani Tager said.
“It’s clear that coal and the reef don’t mix and the government needs to do more to protect this precious place.”
Maritime insurer The London P&I Club again expressed regret over the spill and said it had always wanted to reach a “fair and justifiable settlement”.
Personal trainers are being traded in for tablet workouts with the simple click of a button an easy and cheap means for fitness inspiration, new research has found.
More than half of Australians surveyed by nbn say they would use the internet to help improve their training techniques, research nutrition and map out their fitness progress.
Almost two thirds of those who hop online for fitness inspiration watch online video tutorials and 48 per cent find themselves drawn in to researching the latest fitness trends.
Whether it is a stiletto aerobics workout streamed in from Brazil or the latest Hollywood trend in soul-cycling, Aussies are opting for a wealth of online information ready at their fingertips.
The research also found 62 per cent of Aussies prefer to train in their own living room than at the gym, with the majority admitting cost is a major influence.
Broadband network nbn is teaming up with fitness expert and chiropractor Tim Robards to create a series of virtual trainer training films.
The 30-minute long routines, ranging from animalistic moves to Bollywood inspired dancing, are designed to be streamed from the comfort of home living rooms.
“The workouts are designed to give busy, on-the-go Aussies no matter where they are, the chance to connect with health and fitness expertise online from the comfort of their home,” Mr Robards said.
“They will get you growling, stretching and sweating all at the same time.”
Yoga, weight training methods and pilates are the top three online fitness clicks with millennials, survey respondents aged 18-34, the most inclined to get their hearts racing with technology.
Mr Robards said the workouts are fit for any age and are adaptable for all fitness levels.
“Whether you’re stuck behind a desk all week long, you’re an exercise novice or fitness junkie, there’s something for everyone to adapt to their own level.”
“The most important thing is to keep challenging your body with new skills and routines, as well as keeping it fun and fresh in ways that work for you.”
All I could think to do was cup my hands over my head as I tumbled around in the ever-changing rotations of the waves. The saltiest water I’d ever tasted was rushing into my mouth and painfully stretching my sinuses. I was increasingly sure that this was too risky, that I needed to breathe that instant, that this might even be the end. A short way out from Old Man’s Beach in Canggu, Bali would be the place of my imminent death; any minute now a blow to the back of the head and the bright turquoise would become black.
I was probably underneath the surface for a total of about six seconds.
A moment earlier I had been perched on a chunky beginners’ foam board trying to take a group selfie with a borrowed GoPro. Determined not to be the frightened little girl from England, I hadn’t taken much convincing that trying an hour’s surf lesson was a good idea. I’d even convinced myself I’d be good at it. Filled with visions of myself sporting the beach hair and body I don’t have, I saw myself slicing up enormous waves in images that looked suspiciously like old RipCurl adverts.
It wasn’t until I was ankle deep in water that I realised just how far from the beaches of Cornwall and South Wales I had come. The force of the waves wasn’t anything I’d experienced before, and it was fucking terrifying. When I broke the surface with a panic-filled, fish-like gasp (or 12), I collapsed onto my board and felt exhausted. I suddenly realised I’d spent my first week in Bali piling first upon first, and in the pursuit of valuable new experiences and traveller’s cool points, I had spent a good percentage of that time nervous enough to soil my knickers too.
But no one really talks about the fear involved in travelling. I’d spent the week in a hostel dominated by 30 or so other twenty-something crunchy nomads. In amidst the swapping of stories, retelling of crazy experiences, and general spirit of one-upmanship, if fear was ever mentioned it had simply become something funny. That time you were “absolutely bricking it” as the police chased you through the streets of Hanoi, or you were “totally freaking out” when your shroom guy pulled a knife because your haggling skills weren’t working, or that “pretty fucking crazy” time you were hospitalised for internal bleeding. You can tell all these stories with a cheeky grin on your face and the assurance that all your new mates know precisely how intrepid, wild and cool you are.
Very quickly, the interactions with other travellers can start to feel like high school – particularly when you’re dealing with young travellers and those who weren’t raised in the British spirit of prim suburban hedges, mortgages, and conservatism. The currency is coolness and rebelliousness, two things I have never been particularly rich in. And when I try them out, I find that life deals me a swift reminder: remember how that RipCurl surfer babe morphed into a kneeling, screaming, and inevitably face-planting mess?
There are, of course, those who just don’t feel afraid when they travel. Not phased by severing ties with home cooking and the-devil-you-know, these lucky ones get to skip the fun pre-trip activity of reading through each clause of your travel insurance policy and gaining a hundred new ideas of creative ways you could die. But the real danger comes when this nonchalant crowd joins forces with those just feigning fearlessness. Suddenly, us fearful ones are left feeling like the worthiness of our trips and our ballsiness (or lack thereof) are in direct correlation.
The encouragement we receive from other travellers often requires a lot of boldness: to immerse ourselves in local cultures, to try...
Australians stuck in the welfare trap could soon be forced into new rules and programs to help them break the cycle of dependency.
A long-awaited report into the impact of long-term welfare reliance is set to be released on Tuesday by the federal government.
The result of years of analysis, it will show how 4370 young parents will remain on benefits for long periods of time because they will have more kids, costing the taxpayer some $2.4 billion over their lifetimes.
Most of those young mothers getting welfare for the first time had a parent who also received benefits at some stage of their life.
On students, the report shows that almost 30 per cent of those who have received study payments will draw on the system at some point over the next 60 years.
About 594 students who have moved onto payments such as unemployment benefits straight out of study will continue to seek benefits each year for the rest of their lives.
On young carers, almost half of the 11,000 getting welfare are predicted to remain on benefits over the next 70 years, costing $5.2 billion.
Social Services Minister Christian Porter, who will release the report at the National Press Club in Canberra on Tuesday, is set to use the data to call for a revolution in the way social security is paid.
While welfare has long been considered a helping hand to those in times of need, it wasn’t good enough that passively giving money to people turned some into dependents.
“For too many people inside the system the money flows but nothing changes and lives are not improving,” he said.
No longer would welfare be a “set and forget” payment.
“Instead we will target new programs and rules and then measure rigorously what works and what doesn’t,” he said.
“The helping hand of welfare should wherever possible be a helping hand out of the system, not help that sees people stay in the system for life.”
Donald Trump as US president could unleash a trade war, plunge the US economy into recession and disrupt alliances with nations including “longtime ally Australia”, according to new analysis by a Washington DC-based think tank.
The Peterson Institute for International Economics report released on Monday assesses the trade agendas of presidential candidates Mr Trump and main rival Hillary Clinton.
Both are criticised for their opposition to the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal between 12 nations including Australia, the US, New Zealand, Japan, Canada and Singapore.
But Mr Trump’s “belligerent trade policies”, according to the report’s analysis, would devastate viable American businesses and be disastrous for US economic well-being and national security.
“Make no mistake, the proposed trade policies of both Hillary Clinton and Donald J Trump, the 2016 Democratic and Republican Party candidates for president, would deeply harm the American economy,” Adam Posen, president of the self-described non-partisan Peterson Institute, wrote.
Mr Trump has threatened to “rip up” existing free trade agreements with Australia and 19 other nations and “make really good ones” and slap a 35 per cent tariff on Mexican imports and 45 per cent on China’s.
“Withdrawal of support for TPP is bad enough but the ramifications of Trump’s trade policies go much farther, threatening to inflame relations with China and disrupt existing alliances with free trade partners, including South Korea, Singapore, a critical partner in Southeast Asia, and longtime ally Australia,” the report states.
Export-reliant US industries that manufacture machinery used in the information technology, aerospace and engineering sectors are forecast as being worst hit by a trade war incited by Mr Trump.
“Trump goes much farther than Clinton on trade and investment policies,” according to the report.
“He threatens to slap punitive (and possibly even firm-specific) tariffs on products imported from China and Mexico, withdraw from the World Trade Organisation and abrogate existing preferential trade agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement.
“If implemented, these proposals would provoke retaliation by US trading partners, unleashing a trade war that would send the US economy into recession and cost millions of Americans their jobs.”
Ms Clinton’s proposed trade and international economic policies “would damage American well-being” primarily due to her opposition to TPP.
“While Clinton’s stated trade policy would be harmful, Trump’s stated trade policy would be horribly destructive,” the report states.
The report’s release comes as Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week and lobby US leaders to move forward on the TPP.
Game of Thrones has conquered the Emmy kingdom, honoured as top drama for the second consecutive year and becoming the most honoured TV series ever on a night of surprises.
Veep repeated as best comedy series and its star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, won a record-breaking sixth Emmy as best comedy actress.
Jeffrey Tambor’s trophy as top comedy actor for Transparent also was his second.
But the top drama acting trophies were far from predictable: Rami Malek of Mr. Robot and Tatiana Maslany of Orphan Black were the winners, both overcoming heavyweight competition.
“Oh, my God. Please tell me you’re seeing this too,” said a stunned Malek, who plays an emotionally troubled engineer caught up in a dangerous hacking conspiracy.
Games of Thrones, the fantasy saga based on George R.R. Martin’s novels, received a total of 12 awards and at last weekend’s technical arts ceremony for a cumulative 38, beating Frasier by one to claim most prime-time series awards ever.
The Emmys proved more adroit than the Oscars at recognising and honouring diversity in Hollywood’s top ranks, with trophies going to minority actors and behind-the-scenes artists including writers Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang of Master of None.
But Viola Davis of How to Get Away with Murder failed to repeat her 2015 best drama actress win, the first for a woman of colour.
Tambor, who plays a transgender character on Transparent, called on Hollywood to make him the last non-transgender actor to get such a role.
A shaking Louis-Dreyfus ended her speech by dedicating the trophy to her father, who she said died on Friday. Before that, she honed in on GOP contender Donald Trump’s campaign.
“I’d also like to take this opportunity to personally apologise for the current political climate,” she said.
“I think that Veep has torn down the wall between comedy and politics. Our show started out as a political satire but it now feels more like a sobering documentary.”
Her victory gave her six best comedy wins – five for Veep, one for The New Adventures of Old Christine – and broke her tie with Candice Bergen and Mary Tyler Moore.
Maggie Smith was honoured as best supporting actress in a drama series for the final season of Downton Abbey.
It was her third win for playing the formidable dowager but she did not attend the awards. Australia’s Ben Mendelsohn of Bloodline won as best supporting drama actor and also was a no-show.
John Oliver captured the top variety talk series award for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, beating competitors including Jerry Seinfeld and host Jimmy Kimmel – who received barbed consolation on stage from Matt Damon, his longtime faux nemesis.
The loss “makes a lot of sense,” Damon said.
The People v. O.J. Simpson, which earned the second-highest number of nominations, converted five to trophies.
Louie Anderson was honoured as best supporting actor in a comedy series for his portrayal of a loving but tough mum in Baskets.
In Europe, oppression is never really called by its true ugly name. It is constantly concealed by lofty slogans such as culture, even tolerance. Repression, discrimination and harassment are administered in order for the ‘entire society to be free’.
Or so at least the official narrative goes.
In France, a recent and ugly row over so-called burkinis, a swimsuit used by many Muslim women all over the world, has demonstrated how little tolerance there really is in today’s Europe for other cultures and for different ways of life.
Recently, France’s highest administrative court has ruled that “burkini bans” being enforced on the country’s beaches are illegal and a violation of fundamental liberties. Still, more than 90 percent of French people are supporting the ban, which is thoroughly illogical and philosophically as well as ethically indefensible.
What is suddenly so shocking about a woman wearing a wetsuit on some French beach? And let’s face it: burkinis are nothing else but a wetsuit, which is commonly used on countless beaches of California, Australia, and Europe, in fact all over the world, by surfers and other water sport enthusiasts.
According to Wikipedia, a wetsuit is:
… A garment, usually made of foamed neoprene, which is worn by surfers, divers, windsurfers, canoeists, and others engaged in water sports, providing thermal insulation, abrasion resistance and buoyancy.
If courts manage to resurrect the ban (and actually some municipalities have already declared that they will uphold it no matter what), are the French police going to interrogate women on public beaches, while trying to determine whether they are wearing these plastic garments simply because they are planning to go surfing, or because of their religious beliefs? Would the first reason be allowed, while the other one forbidden?
Are we heading towards an era when people will be forced to confess to the authorities, why they are choosing to cover their bellies and shoulders? And is this going to re-define the meaning of ‘freedom’?
Who would be free to cover and who would not? Would the French state be permitted to decide what is the legitimate menace from which a woman should be allowed to protect herself from?
For instance, would the cold be okay? Imagine Paris, in January or February; 100 degrees Celsius below zero… Most of the women you pass on the streets (Christian, Muslim and atheist) are “fully covered”, aren’t they? What can you see of them? Nothing, almost nothing! Their entire bodies are covered; their heads are covered, even their feet and hands are covered (unlike the hands and feet of women wearing burkinis). You travel to Grenoble in the winter, and the chances are that women will even be covering their faces with scarves. You know why, right? Because they are cold! Is this reason OK, or should the French authorities demand that they expose their bellybuttons or shoulders or legs, in order to prove how “European”, how “French” they are?
Fine, so covering yourself up from the cold is most likely admissible; it is not ‘un-European’.
But what about the heat; is it OK to protect yourself from sun? In almost the entire Southeast Asia, but also in some parts of Latin America and the Sub-Continent, women want to be as white as possible. Unlike Western women, they hate suntan. I used to live in Vietnam and in Indonesia, as well as in many parts of Latin America, so I know… In the...
The hacker group known as 'Fancy Bears' has released its latest list of WADA drug test results of well-known athletes, including those from Great Britain, Denmark, Australia, Spain and Germany. The most high-profile names on the list are Great Britain's 'double-double' Olympic champion Mo Farah and Spanish tennis great Rafael Nadal. They appear on a 26-name list alongside athletes from Argentina, Belgium, Burundi, Canada, Denmark, France, Hungary and the USA. The country that features the most athletes is Great Britain with eight, including Farah and Rio 2016 golf gold medalist Justin Rose.
The hacker group known as 'Fancy Bears' has released its latest list of WADA drug test results of well-known athletes, including those from Great Britain, Denmark, Australia, Spain and Germany. The most high-profile names on the list are Great Britain's 'double-double' Olympic champion Mo Farah and Spanish tennis great Rafael Nadal. They appear on a 26-name list alongside athletes from Argentina, Belgium, Burundi, Canada, Denmark, France, Hungary and the USA. The country that features the most athletes is Great Britain with eight, including Farah and Rio 2016 golf gold medalist Justin Rose.
The British Air Force has admitted to helping the US conduct airstrikes on the Syrian army, which Russia say has ignited World War 3 in Syria. Britain’s military helped the US to kill 60 Syrian army troops, by deploying a MQ-9 Reaper drone in eastern Syria. Rt.com reports: The strike in the area of Deir el-Zor was originally attributed to Australian, US and Danish forces operating as part of the US-led coalition but the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) tweeted on Monday that it had been involved. MOD statement on involvement in recent #Syria air strike. pic.twitter.com/DyPxE8rmiL — Ministry of Defence (@DefenceHQ) September 19, 2016 An MoD spokesman said: “We can confirm that the UK participated in the recent coalition air strike in Syria, south of Dayr az Zawr on Saturday, and we are fully cooperating with the coalition investigation. Today’s Defence news includes coverage of air strikes in Syria and IHAT https://t.co/T86PCtXceT pic.twitter.com/rr0juRtCbw — Ministry of Defence (@DefenceHQ) September 19, 2016 “The UK would not intentionally target Syrian military units. It would not be appropriate to comment further at this stage.” On Monday afternoon Defence Command Denmark, the headquarters of the Danish military, also admitted it’s involvement in the deadly [...]
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RT: The UK Ministry of Defence has confirmed to RT it took part in the deadly coalition airstrikes in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor province on Saturday. Earlier Australia and Denmark did the same. The US is investigating with all of these countries involved. Will it be difficult to identify who was actually responsible for the strikes that lead to the killing of over 60 Syrian troops? Will we ever get to the bottom of what went wrong?
Peter Ford: I am doubtful we will get to the bottom of it. But what is clear is that there has been an enormous blunder. Those of us who opposed Britain’s involvement in the bombing of the so-called ISIS from the beginning have been vindicated, as mistakes in judgment and professionalism have occurred on a massive scale. If Britain and America wanted to help ISIS they would not have gone about it any other way than doing what they have done shamefully in Deir ez-Zor. If Britain and America wanted to undermine the ceasefire painfully negotiated and teetering already on the brink, they would not have gone about it any other way than doing what they did. What should be first and foremost on the part of the British government – an open disclosure of the facts, a formal apology to the Syrian government and people, an offer of reparations to the hundreds of family members now left bereft, the whole thing reeks of being a shambles.
RT: Should the buck stop with the US, as they are leading this coalition?
PF: The buck must stop with Theresa May. She is the British commander-in-chief; Americans like to call that head of the government. As the commander-in-chief, she must take responsibility for this crass blunder. The truth must be given to the public.
RT: There were some harsh words coming from US officials who accused Russia of exaggerating the problem. The US Secretary of State even went on to say that it’s Russia and Syria that should take the ceasefire seriously. Was it a suitable response for him, do you think?
PF: The Americans are trying to mask the fact that they have failed to deliver clients for the ceasefire. They were supposed to put pressure on the jihadists and other Islamists to respect the ceasefire. That has not happened. Almost all the ceasefire violations have been from the jihadi side, virtually none from the side of the Syrian government. The Russian government did apply the necessary pressure; but that has not been reciprocated. The ceasefire now is probably in its last hours. I don’t see how it can recover from the mortal road in Deir ez-Zor.
RT: What’s your prognosis for the ceasefire in Syria? Do you think it is going to last?
PF: I am very doubtful now after what has happened and the absence of signal from the American-Islamist side that they are going to respect the ceasefire…
Asylum policies in Europe and Australia eroding global refugee rights - reportReuters AfricaLONDON, Sept 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Poorer countries are following the lead of Europe and Australia in tightening asylum policies, eroding protections for refugees on a global scale, according to a report on Tuesday. The British-based ...and more »
Junk food consumption is on the rise around the world, even though processed foods that are low in essential nutrients and high in salt, refined carbohydrates, and fat aren’t necessarily part of a healthy diet. And as it turns out, junk food like cookies, ice cream, and potato chips isn’t very good for forests, either. A key ingredient in junk food is vegetable oil, and 60 percent of edible vegetable oil is produced from oil palm and soybeans — crops that are currently associated with massive deforestation in Southeast Asia and South America, respectively, as well as the loss of biodiversity and release of sequestered carbon that comes with that forest destruction. “Often when agricultural development occurs at the expense of tropical forests, food security is used as a reason to support such development,” Princeton University’s Janice Lee, the lead author of a study published earlier this month in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, told Mongabay. “However, food security encompasses more than just food availability and must take into consideration food nutrition.” Lee and a team of researchers from Princeton, Adelaide University in Australia, and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore estimated the amount of land — and the potential amount of forests — required to produce the palm and soybean oil used in junk foods, “which have little or no nutritional value to people,” as Lee noted. “Therefore, our findings highlight a problem in our global food system, where land is used in a manner that is…
by Jonathan Azaziah
Weekend massacre executed against Syrian troops atop Deir Ezzor’s Thardeh Mountain now looks like some kind of a murderous colonialist get-together as Australia, the UK and Denmark have all admitted their role in the unspeakable atrocity. Their statements on the crime read just about identically, with each respective Imperialist stain on humanity claiming that they, like the American regime, didn’t “intend” to hit the SAA, that they “regret” what took place and that they offer their “sincere condolences” to the families of the innocent souls whom they had butchered. The reason why this, also like Washington’s bullshit, does not hold even the weight of a termite, is because these are some of the bloodiest regimes to ever grace the stage of geopolitics.
The Australian settler regime wiped out hundreds of thousands of Aboriginal people and played a key role in the overthrow of Indonesian revolutionary Sukarno as well as the Suharto coup regime’s aggression against Eastern Timor. Canberra is also in thick with the usurping Zionist entity and its intelligence services and foreign affairs institutions have literally been outsourced to the Mossad, making it complicit in every criminal act ‘Israel’ carries out. Not to mention, Australia has allowed large numbers of Takfiris to flock to Syria in service of the Oded Yinon balaknization agenda. Denmark, for its part, once ran a hideous colonialist empire, with colonies of theft and mass murder in Africa, India and notably, the Caribbean, where the Jewish-dominated Danish West India Trading Company ran cruel schemes of slave-trading and sugar-thieving. And Britain? Does one really need to enumerate how many countries that the London ZOG colonized, raped and ruined at the height of its colonialist dominance? How much suffering that the London ZOG has inflicted–and continues to inflict–on the entire Global South? As Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei once remarked, the British regime is the “most evil” of all the Western powers. Thus, such regimes cannot feel “regrets”. Such regimes cannot offer “condolences”. Because such regimes are inhuman.
Mark it down and adjust the narrative ladies and gentlemen: Syria and its Hizbullahi, Iranian, Iraqi, Palestinian and Russian allies are not just fighting a foreign mercenary invasion, with terrorists descending upon Bilad al-Sham from 100 different countries. They aren’t merely battling the Najdi-Dönmeh-originated, Khaleeji-financed backwardness of Wahhabi-Takfirism. They are in fact standing their ground and defending the Syrian Arab Republic against a unified colonialist alliance, the likes of which has never been seen before at any other point in history, as this Old Joint Colonialist Conglomerate is attempting to manifest its supremacist bloodlust into a New Zio-Imperialist World Order spearheaded by ‘Israel’ and its main ZOG, i.e. Washington.
Makes the sacrifices of the Syrian Arab Army soldiers on Thardeh Mountain that much more heroic; that much more significant; and that much more inspiring, doesn’t it? These men didn’t die to “prop up a regime”. They didn’t give their lives to simply fight “Islamists”. They didn’t depart this world to “serve a dictator”. And they sure as hell didn’t fall whilst “repressing a revolution”. They were martyred,...
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The U.S. is trying to distribute the blame for its air support of ISIS against the Syrian Arab Army in Deir Ezzor.
“Today at 17:00-17:50 Moscow time, international anti-Daesh coalition (two F-16 and two A-10 jets) carried out four strikes on Syrian government forces’ units encirled by Daesh near Deir ez-Zor airport. The coalition’s aircraft entered Syrian airspace from the side of the Iraqi border,” Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.
As a result of the attack, 62 Syrian soldiers were killed and some 100 others were injured, according to information received from the Syrian command in Deir ez-Zor, he said.
The Syrian government now says some 82 soldiers were killed in the attack which also destroyed 3 T-72 tanks, 3 infantry fighting vehicles, an anti-aircraft gun and at least 4 mortars. Following the attack the Islamic State troops stormed the Syrian government position on the Jabal Thardeh hill. They are now able to harass the airport of Deir Ezzor, the only supply line for the ISIS besieged city and the 150,000+ civilians living there under government protection.
We note that this was not the first U.S. attack on Syrian government forces in Deir Ezzor. Back in December 3 Syrian soldiers were killed in an air raid. In June a U.S. air attack on Manbij killed some 100 civilians. No U.S. attack on any ISIS target in Syria ever came near such casualty numbers.
It is very doubtful that this was not an intended attack. Even Human Rights Watch recognized Saturday’s mass murder as “signal” to the Syrian government (before deleting its tweet).
Now the blame has to be spread.
Early Sunday Australia jumped in claiming its jets had taken part in the attack:
Australian aircraft were involved in a US-led coalition operation which killed dozens of Syrian soldiers stationed near Eastern ISIS stronghold city of Deir Ezzor, the Australia’s Defense Department confirmed.
“Australian aircraft were among a number of international aircraft taking part in this Coalition operation,” the Defense Department said in a statement.
Late Sunday the Danes followed:
“Two Danish F-16 [fighter aircraft] participated in these attacks along with the aircraft of other nations. The strikes had been stopped immediately after the Russian side reported that the positions of the Syrian servicemen had been hit,” the military command authority of the Danish Armed Forces...
By Filip Karinja
Before today’s explosion in Manhattan, the news for the day was of the United States airforce conducting four separate airstrikes on the Syrian army in Syria killing 62 soldiers and injuring 100 more.
The soldiers, representing the elected Syrian government, where in battle against ISIS when the US war planes came and were essentially acting as air support for ISIS by bombing the Syrian soldiers near the city of Deir ez-Zor, Syria.
Russia called for an immediate UN meeting to find out why the US had once again acted on behalf of ISIS in Syria.
The United States’ only response was to accuse Russia of grandstanding, avoiding the actual subject as to why they had bombed soldiers of an elected foreign government, a clear act of war.
However, western media has done it best to coverup the latest Syrian incident and when it does talk about it, like all the other times the US has killed innocent people, language such as ‘may’ ‘allegations’ ‘reports say’ ‘could’ is used rather that labelling it as fact.
Australian media has completely buried the story, the same way they didn’t even report on the news in July of this year when US and French planes bombed a Syrian village killing over 85 civilians. Apparently this was not newsworthy either, but news on what some celebrity did that day apparently was.
Hence if you speak to people who get their information from the mainstream media about the incident they will tell you that they have never heard about it, the same people who still don’t know about things like WTC building 7.
Perhaps this is why trust in the mainstream media is at its lowest point in history against all demographics, as people are beginning to wake up to see the bigger picture of what’s going on and why.
This video says about itself:
13 July 2016
Balancing parenting with foraging can be difficult, but birds such as these Blyth’s Paradise-Flycatchers seem to have the schedule worked out. To ensure that both parents have an opportunity to feed without leaving their eggs unsupervised, many passerine parents will take shifts on the nest incubating their eggs.
Blyth’s paradise-flycatchers live in Asia.
This video from England is called Don’t Bomb Syria Protest- London, 2015.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
Britons also involved in attack on Syrian army
The British air force was also involved in an air raid by the international coalition in which dozens of Syrian soldiers were killed. It had already become known that Denmark and Australia participated in the attack on Saturday south of Deir al-Zor.
The British Ministry of Defense speaks of a mistake ….
In the attack also Danish F-16s, Australian Hornets and US American aircraft were involved. According to the BBC, the British contribution to the attack was a Reaper, an unmanned aircraft. Which can fire Hellfire missiles and laser-guided Paveway bombs.
At least sixty-two Syrian troops died and 100 were wounded on Saturday when US jets bombed a Syrian government base on Al-Tharda mountain near Deir ez-Zor. Remarkably, the US Central Command has still not apologized for the attack, even though its bombing allowed the Islamic State (IS) militia to storm and capture the base shortly afterwards. This massacre is a flagrant act of war that threatens to escalate the Syrian conflict into an all-out war pitting the US-led NATO alliance against Syria and its allies, including Russia. Everything suggests that the attack, coming in the initial days of a US-Russian ceasefire in Syria openly criticized last week by the US army brass, was deliberately committed by forces inside the US government hostile to the ceasefire: here.
In a front-page article entitled “Errant strike impairs effort to calm Syria,” the New York Times Monday provided an unconditional alibi for the air strikes carried out by US and allied warplanes two days earlier that claimed the lives of some 90 Syrian army soldiers, while leaving over 100 more wounded: here.
By Christina Sarich
Queensland, Australia — A rare, cancer-fighting compound has been found in nature, and it only grows in one place in the entire world.
This cancer-fighting blushwood berry, also known as Hylandia dockrillii, has been uncovered in a far northern part of Australia, known for its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and over 70 national parks, in the rainforests of North Queensland. The phyto-active compounds in this berry, namely a molecule which scientists are calling EBC-46, are so potent that they’ve killed cancerous tumors in lab experiments in as few as seven days. Other cancers were eradicated within only 48 hours.
Numerous clinical trials have already shown promise for treating cancer in laboratory animals, including horses, rats, and dogs, and the first human trials on a drug made from blush berries may have kept one woman from having to undergo an amputation of her arm. In a shocking twenty minutes, she says the tumor, “went purple, then black, and within a couple days, the tumor just shriveled up and died.”
The compound causes no side effects, and works faster than almost anything doctors have ever seen. It works specifically on spot-melanomas, like skin cancer.
EBC-46 seems to trigger an immune response when injected into cancerous tumor sites. Our white blood cells then attack the tumor and shrink it so that the body can completely dispose of the cancerous cells which formed it.
Blushwood berries seem to be chock-full of this tumor-fighting compound. QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Queensland, Australia, recently conducted a study on the blushwood berry and found that in over 70 percent of cases, when the compound was used, cancerous tumors die.
Dr. Glen Boyle, who led the study, says, “There’s a compound in the seed — it’s a very, very complicated process to purify this compound and why it’s there in the first place, we don’t know.”
Boyle explains that the tree is “very, very picky” about where it will grow. He says, “It’s only on the Atherton Tablelands at the moment and they’re trying to expand that to different places of course because it’d be nice to be able to grow it on a farm somewhere.”
Though Dr. Boyle says the blushwood berry compound could be used to augment chemotherapy treatment, there is a possibility that the drug could help cure cancer simply through ingesting the fruit, itself, or applying it topically. No clinical evidence has yet proven the blushwood berry to work in its whole, natural form, but if the compound gained from its flesh is so effective, might not the fruit itself prove efficacious in healing non-metastatic cancers?
Blushwood berry compounds are thought to...
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The British military has confirmed that it participated in the coalition airstrike that killed dozens of Syrian government troops. The strike near Deir el-Zor was originally attributed to Australian forces operating as part of the US-led coalition but Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) say that it had also been involved. MOD statement on involvement in recent #Syria air strike. pic.twitter.com/DyPxE8rmiL — Ministry of Defence (@DefenceHQ) September 19, 2016 The Ministry of Defence said that RAF reaper drones took part in the strike which ‘accidentally’ killed more than 80 Syrian soldiers An MoD spokesman said: “We can confirm that the UK participated in the recent coalition air strike in Syria, south of Deir al-Zour on Saturday and we are fully co-operating with the coalition investigation. The UK would not intentionally target Syrian military units. It would not be appropriate to comment further at this stage.” The BBC reports: The attack is likely to endanger an already shaky ceasefire deal, which was agreed by the US and Russia and came into effect in Syria on 12 September, but important terms of the deal, such as the safe passage of aid, have still not been fulfilled. The Pentagon said it was targeting what [...]
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