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March 2013

It ain’t funny!

Over the many years (38 of them), that I have made Australia my home, I have been accused of many things! In recent years the most common accusation has been one of stifling the larrikin in Australians by impeding their natural sense of humour. The most recent occurrence of this was when I publicly criticised […]

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Awá tribe’s desperate call to evict loggers

Earth’s most threatened tribe has sent an urgent appeal to Brazil’s government to evict invaders from their forest, as Brazil soccer fans lend their support for the tribe. Despite a federal judge’s ruling ordering Brazil’s authorities to remove all invaders on Awá land by the end of March, not a single person has yet been evicted. […]

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Tanzania: Land grab could spell ‘the end of the Maasai and the Serengeti’

By Survival International The Tanzanian government this week announced a new ‘conservation’ area on Maasai lands, which community leader Samwel Nangiria says will spell ‘the end of the Maasai and the Serengeti ecosystem’. The Maasai have been bitterly opposed to the grabbing of their village lands in Loliondo division by the government and have sworn […]

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Australia’s pathway to poverty – bridging visas

The Australian Government’s hard on refugees policy is creating an underclass of people – many condemned to an itinerant lifestyle and many condemned to living on the streets. According to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship since November 25, 2011, 12,765 people have been released from the detention centres and into community on bridging visas. […]

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Homeless agreement welcomed as only a short-term fix

Mission Australia’s CEO Toby Hall has welcomed today’s $320m announcement by Federal and State and Territory governments for a one-year extension of the current National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH). “This is positive news for homeless individuals and families – and those at risk of homelessness – the nation over,” said Mr Hall. “But let’s […]

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Former Inspector of Custodial Services slams jail rates

Professor Richard Harding was the WA Inspector of Custodial Services in Western Australia from 2000 to 2008 and today he has come out criticising incarceration rates. This week the Western Australian prison population reached 5,000. “This is the highest in the State’s history,” said Professor Harding. This is a 27 per cent increase in four […]

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Students take over History faculty and amphitheatre in Bucharest University and Babeș-Bolyai University and call for free-thinking

In the evening of March 26 students began to occupy the History Faculty of Bucharest University as well as an amphitheatre at Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca – Romania. It is intended as indefinite occupation. One student, Razvan Dragoi has contacted The Stringer. He said with this action the students aim to create an open space […]

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National Convergence to Yongah Hill Detention Centre

The Refugee Rights Action Network (RRAN) Perth is coordinating a national convergence of the refugee rights movement to the Yongah Hill Detention Centre, Northam (one hour northeast of Perth), April 26 to 28. Hundreds of rights advocates will gather and camp nearby the Detention facility. On the Prime Ministerial website Prime Minister Julia Gillard stated […]

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The Death of Kristel Tejada

A week of black armband protests at public and private universities and colleges across the Philippines took place between March 18 to 22. The death of Kristel Tejada on March 15 has touched many throughout the nation. University fees had risen. Another hike is expected. Ms Tejada could not pay her university tuition fees in […]

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Five arrests at University of Sydney protest

Five people were arrested yesterday during a protest at the University of Sydney during a 48 hour strike by staff over wages and conditions. Scores of staff and students together had been picketing the university’s entrances. Protestors entered a Chemistry building lecture theatre to distribute information about the staff’s call for improved pay and working […]

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