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Politics – Page 2

Building Trust in Afghanistan

Here in Kabul, I read a recent BBC op-ed by Ahmed Rashid, urging a “diplomatic offensive” to build or repair relationships with the varied groups representing armed extremism in Afghanistan. Rashid has insisted, for years, that severe mistrust makes it almost impossible for such groups to negotiate an end to Afghanistan’s nightmare of war. Glancing […]

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Safe Schools makes schools – wait for it – safer

by Seb Starcevic Who wants to play Monopoly, the Safe Schools edition? Every time someone mentions “radical gender theory,” “leftist agenda” or “social engineering,” advance one space. Do not pass go. Bonus points whenever an ultra-conservative senator appears on an ABC program to rail against the program. Watching the drama unfold over the past few […]

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Yet another Australian based Neo-Nazi group emerges

Where does it stop? Another day in paradise and the emergence of another Australian based Neo-Nazi group. This one is named Battalion 88. I have written before as to why these groups use numbers such as 88 and 14 in their names. Some combine the two and get additional “bang for their buck” by having […]

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DiEM 25: A movement to take Europe back from authoritarianism, corporate rule and austerity

2015 saw a surge of  leftist and radical movements and the rise of anti-austerity forces across Europe. So it is interesting to see this week’s launch of DiEM 25 (Democracy in Europe Movement 2025), a new left-wing cross-European progressive movement to democratise Europe and present alternatives to austerity and authoritarianism. The purpose of DiEM is to act as […]

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Are good intentions enough? The Abbott/ Turnbull Government and mental health reform

Writing in the ABC Online magazine  The Drum, John Mendoza has described the Abbott/Turnbull Government’s recently announced mental health reform package as ”the most transformative reform package in a generation”. Mendoza, who was previously chair of the National Advisory Council on Mental Health and CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia, is a respected figure in […]

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Australia Day or Invasion Day

Some weeks ago there was an article in The West Australian newspaper written by Dr Ameer Ali. The essence of the article was a suggestion from him that Mosques in Western Australia fly the Australian flag for Australia Day. This is a part of that article and it can be accessed in its entirety here: […]

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Bastardry in Australian migration – particularly in relation to disability

“Disability is often framed, in medical terms, as the ultimate disaster and certainly as a deficit.” – Stella Young. I have written often of the sheer bastardry of the rules and regulations pertaining to migration into Australia and particularly in the disability sector. Many cases have been highlighted which demonstrate the hypocrisy we practice in […]

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It’s Time to Have a Conversation

Trigger warning – abuse, hate speech, offensive language Freedom of speech advocates say that society will regulate itself, and that hate speech against disabled people has no impact upon those people. They should turn the other cheek. I do not think this is true. ‘People kill abortion providers not simply because they believe abortion is […]

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Breaking bread in Kabul

Here in Kabul, over breakfast with Afghan Peace Volunteers, (APVs), we easily recalled key elements of the conflict resolution and peer mediation “train the trainers” workshops that Ellis Brooks, with Voices for Creative Nonviolence-UK, had facilitated a week ago. Peer mediators make promises before beginning a session: We won’t tell you what to do, we […]

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The need for religious vilification laws in Western Australia

By now everyone in WA and elsewhere would be well aware of the story about the severed pig’s head that was dumped in the toilets of the Mosque at the University of WA. The story was well covered by a number of media outlets. We, here at The Stringer, were among the first to break […]

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