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Tuesday, 20 February

00:56

Media Bol Episode 37: Media Coverage of Nirav Modi-PNB Fraud Case "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Urmilesh discusses the PNB fraud case and how the media covered it with Praveen Jha, professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University and Biraj Swain, consulting editor at Newslaundry.

The post Media Bol Episode 37: Media Coverage of Nirav Modi-PNB Fraud Case appeared first on The Wire.

00:19

PNB Will Need to Own Responsibility for Bonafide Transactions: Finance Ministry "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Morgan Stanley estimated if PNB had to assume all the liability from the fraud, it would need to dilute 14% of its capital at the stocks current valuation.

A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) official looks out from a closed door of a Punjab National Bank branch in Mumbai on February 19. Credit: Reuters/Francis Mascarenhas

New Delhi: Indias Punjab National Bank (PNB), which is at the centre of a probe into a $1.77 billion loan fraud scam, will need to honour the bonafide transactions that have occurred through the banks platform, a finance ministry official said on Monday.

In the case, diamond billionaire Nirav Modi and others are accused of colluding with bank employees to fraudulently obtain advances for payments to overseas business suppliers, in the countrys biggest ever bank scam.

Some banks have said that PNB was liable to make good on the credit extended, although PNB maintains other lenders share some of the blame as they should have more closely examined the requests for credit. Analysts have warned, however, that PNB may be left on...

00:15

Bhopal Gas Tragedy Victims Say MP Government, RSS Men Forced Them to Leave Poll-Bound Mungaoli "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Protestors were cautioning voters against 13 years of unkept promises made by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on compensation.

A 2017 rally demanding justice for the survivors of the Bhopal gas tragedy victims. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: Several organisations representing the survivors of the Bhopal gas tragedy have accused the Madhya Pradesh government, police and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activists of blatant abuse of power. They said they were forced to leave poll-bound Mungaoli assembly constituency as they were trying to educate voters about the false promises made by the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government with respect to compensation and rehabilitation. Stating that the Bharatiya Janata Party government had not fulfilled any of its promises despite 13 years of its rule having passed, the victims cautioned the voters to remain circumspect about the promises the ruling party was now making on compensation and minimum procurement price to farmers.

Do not vote for the liars campaign irks authorities

In an open message to voters in Mungaoli and Kolaras where bypolls are being held on February 24, the organisations representing Bhopal gas victims said 33 years after the lethal gas leak from the erstwhile Union Carbide plant on December 2-3, 1984 that had killed more than 25,00...

00:15

With One Nation, One Election, the Bugle for a Hindu Rashtra Has Been Publicly Sounded "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

In a federal democracy, the administrative convenience of the Union or the Election Commission cannot dictate the political processes of a state.

Women standing in queue to cast their vote during assembly elections in Coimbatore. Credit: PTI/File

India must probably be the only democracy where elected representatives treat the holding of elections at multiple levels of federal democracy, at different times, as a nuisance.

A few days ago, Baijayant Jay Panda, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) member of parliament from Odisha, who is out of favour with his own party, made precisely such an assertion in a TV panel discussion. He argued that with some or the other state always having an election and with every state election now being treated as a national referendum, governance was becoming a casualty. The one nation, one election proposal being advocated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was, therefore, a welcome reform and would save the country time, resources and energy and allow governance to proceed without distractions. It may require the constitution to be substantially amended but such an amendment was an eminently desirable measure of political reform, as per Panda....

00:15

So will the Turnbull Government come clean about ministers' VIP travel over the last eighteen months? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"



It would appear that Australian federal politicians have a long history of using RAAF VIP jets in an extravagant manner.

Take current Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals MP for New England  Barnaby Joyce as an example. 

News Mail, 28  December 2012:

One Coalition heavyweight, Queensland Senator Barnaby Joyce, racked up one of the highest percentages of ghost flights among non-government parliamentarians.
Senator Joyces travel bill totalled some $47,955 for 10 taxpayer-funded flights, primarily between Melbourne or Canberra and St George.
But he was only on board for three of those flights, with the remaining seven costing nearly twice as much as the flights he was on board for - racking up $31,395 worth of ghost flights.

BuzzFeed, 28 July 2017:...

00:00

Meet the New Renewable Superpowers: Nations That Boss the Materials Used for Wind and Solar "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The fossil fuel era wont last forever. And a new set of countries will find their reserves of lithium, copper and rare earth metals are in high demand.

Credit: Blue Planet Studio/Shutterstock

Imagine a world where every country has not only complied with the Paris climate agreement but has moved away from fossil fuels entirely. How would such a change affect global politics?

The 20th century was dominated by coal, oil and natural gas, but a shift to zero-emission energy generation and transport means a new set of elements will become key. Solar energy, for instance, still primarily uses silicon technology, for which the major raw material is the rock quartzite. Lithium represents the key limiting resource for most batteries while rare earth metals, in particular lanthanides such as neodymium, are required for the magnets in wind turbine generators. Copper is the conductor of choice for wind power, being used in the generator windings, power cables, transformers and inverters.

In considering this future it is necessary to understand who wins and loses by a switch from carbon to silicon, copper, lithium, and rare earth metals.

The countries which dominate the production of fossil fuels will mostly be familiar:

...

Monday, 19 February

23:59

How Did an All-Female Species Survive Sans Sexual Reproduction for Millennia? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

By all means, the Amazon molly should have gone extinct by now. Except it has not.

An AMazon molly (right) caught in action while seducing a male sailfin molly to steal sperm. Caption and credit: Manfred Schartl

An Amazon molly (right) caught in action while seducing a male sailfin molly to steal sperm. Caption and credit: Manfred Schartl

On paper, the Amazon molly should have been extinct by now. But it continues to thrive in diverse habitats. A new study has now found the secret to its reproductive success in its genome: a combination of genetic diversity and heightened immune responses has helped the Amazon molly defy evolutionary rules.

Sexual reproduction is important to sustain (most) life (as we know it). It enables the genetic diversity that helps ward off diseases and helps species adapt to new environments. Without such diversity, harmful mutations would could accumulate or organisms wouldnt be able to evolve new defences against new threats. Either way, the species would go extinct soon.

This said, there are advantages to asexual reproduction as well. A female that produces only daughters has a two-fold reproductive output than a female who produces equal numbers of daughters and sons. This is because, in the former case, all the progeny contribute to population growth whereas in the latter, only half of the population does so.

But the advantages...

23:48

Watch: Gauri Lankesh on the Lingayat vs Veerashaiva Debate "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

In Karnataka, Lingayats want to be recognised as a separate religion even as Veerashaivas claim that Lingayats belong to their faith and hence, to Hinduism. Gauri Lankesh breaks down this debate in her final op-ed for The Wire.


Also read: Making Sense of the Lingayat vs Veerashaiva Debate


The post Watch: Gauri Lankesh on the Lingayat vs Veerashaiva Debate appeared first on The Wire.

23:36

Man Who Hacked Muslim to Death on Camera in Rajasthan Makes New Hate Videos From Jail "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

In the videos, Shambhulal Regar makes it clear that he has no regrets over killing Mohammad Afrazul.

Shambhulal Regar in the new video. Credit: NDTV screenshot

Shambhulal Regar in the new video. Credit: NDTV screenshot

New Delhi: Shambhulal Regar, the man who hacked and burnt a Muslim migrant worker to death in Rajasthans Rajsamand on video, has now created more videos propagating communal hate.

Regar has made these new videos from inside Jodhpur central jail, and the fact that he was able to make them is being seen as a major security breach, according to NDTV.  Two such videos have surfaced, with Regar wearing a hoodie and sitting inside what looks to be a jail cell. He rants about Muslim jihadis, alleged a threat to his own life and asks all Hindus to unite to fight against Muslims. The video show him reading out of what looks like a predetermined script.

Regar also makes it clear that he has no regrets over killing Mohammad Afrazul. I couldnt bear threats to Hindu women. I have ruined my life and I don...

23:30

An Unpleasant Truth Underlies Gender Discrimination in India "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The plight of women in the country has its roots in Hindu traditions, and a Reformation may be needed to fix it.

The underlying reasons for the skewed sex ratio and gender discrimination lie elsewhere in some long-standing Hindu traditions. Credit: Riccardo Romano/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Nature ensures that roughly an equal number of boys and girls are born. This parity holds true for almost all countries. India, however, stands at odds with this natural order.

Selective abortion of female fetuses leads to fewer girls being born in the country (about nine girls per ten boys). Feticide and premature death of girls due to neglect add up to an estimated 63 million women missing from the population.

The oft-cited reason for this gender inequality is that Indian parents have a strong...

23:00

Media, Right-Wing Parties Linking Rohingya to Militant Attack Without Evidence, Refugees Allege "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Why would we be against the country that gave us asylum?

Rohingya refugees in Jammu. Credit: Raqib Hameed Naik

Rohingya refugees in Jammu. Credit: Raqib Hameed Naik

Jammu: Sitting along with a group of fellow Rohingya refugees in a makeshift tin shanty in the Narwal area of Jammu, Mohammad Younis is glued to a small TV and watching a national news channel, which is hosting a debate on the immigrants involvement in the local army station attack in Jammu on February 10.

Younis and his fellow refugees from Myanmar have been living in the area since 2009, and some others from 2012, when they fled the country following the violence perpetuated on them  called a human rights nightmare by the secretary-general of the United Nations a few months ago.

According to Younis, the Rohingya refugees are being portrayed as a threat to Indian security on media channels. They have been feeling insecure since ever since the fidayeen...

23:00

After Nirav Modi, a Look-Back at High Profile Indian Businessmen Who Have Skipped Town "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Time and time again, the CBI and ED have acted a little too late and have been frustrated by various procedural issues that get in the way of extraditing the accused back to India.

From left to right: Jatin Mehta, Sanjay Bhandari, Lalit Modi and Vijay Mallya. Credit: PTI, Reuters, Facebook.

From left to right: Jatin Mehta, Sanjay Bhandari, Lalit Modi and Vijay Mallya. Credit: PTI, Reuters, Facebook.

New Delhi: Indias list of high-profile businessmen who have quietly left the country on the heels of a controversy is getting longer as extradition cases linger in foreign courts, with little hope of early and favourable judgements for Indian agencies. This happens even as new scams continue to unfold, undermining the publics trust in the banking, regulatory and law enforcement system.

Needless to say, the public is feeling cheated as law enforcement agencies are often caught napping.  In less than a weeks time, new names Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and allegedly Vikram Kothari have added themselves to the fugitives list.

The Wire presents here the latest status of legal cases filed by Indian agencies to bring businessmen back to the country.

Jatin Mehta

Jatin Mehta, chairman of Winsome Diamonds and Jewellery, a listed company, and group firm Forever, owes Rs 6,800 cro...

22:47

PM Modis Hug for Nawaz Sharif in 2015 Cost India Rs 2.86 Lakh, RTI Reveals "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

At the request of then PM Nawaz Sharif, Modi had a brief stopover in Lahore in December 2015, for which Pakistan has billed India Rs 2.86 lakh as route navigation charges.

Narendra Modi Nawaz Sharif

The bills for the Prime Ministers visits are borne by the External Affairs Ministry. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: Pakistan has billed India Rs 2.86 lakh as route navigation charges for Indian Air Force aircraft used by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a stopover in Lahore and visits to Russia, Afghanistan, Iran and Qatar, an RTI response shows.

The data gathered by activist Commodore (Retd) Lokesh Batra through his RTI application, show that till June 2016, Indian Air Force aircraft were used for the Prime Ministers visits to 11 countries Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Qatar, Australia, Pakistan, Russia, Iran, Fiji and Singapore.

Batra gave a copy of the RTI responses, received from August last year to January 30, 2018, to PTI.

During one such visit on December 25, 2015, Modi had a brief stopover in Lahore at the request of then Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

The stopover took place when Modi was returning from Russia and Afghanistan.

For this, a bill of Rs 1.49 lakh has been issued as route navigation...

22:46

Gun-Toting America "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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Shoot first, ask questions later is a derogatory expression that reflects the fact that Americans are guaranteed the right to bear arms. Drafted as the Second Amendment of a constitution drafted in 1789, it was intended to ensure that slave-owners could legally shoot runaway slaves. The American Rifle Association, founded in 1871, a few years after the end of the Civil War, has made certain that Americans continue to believe that right applies to modern society. To achieve this, they donate huge amounts of money to each individual member of Congress, both representatives and senators.

There have been 30 mass shootings (defined as more than four people being killed) in the first month and a half of this year. In 2017, there were a total of 346, many of which occured in schools. The most horrific school shooting happened in 2012, in an elementary school in the small town of Sandy Hook, Connecticut. That tragedy brought tears to President Obamas eyes, however he failed to pressure Congress to pass stricter gun control laws. Connecticut senator Chris Murphy stood up in the chamber this week to state forcefully that the United States is the only country in the world where these things are permitted to happen.

The one good thing to come out of the medias relentless and unique negative attitude toward the current president is that it is daring to say what 94% of Americans think: that military style weapons that shoot many rounds a second must be banned from civilian life. A few newscasters are daring to repeat Senator Murphys forceful declaration that the US is the only country in the world where people are allowed to walk around with guns. However pro-gun personalities on news shows still go unchallenged, as the leader of the House of Representatives declares that depriving Americans of their constitutionally protected right to carry a gun is not the solution!

While the President went on TV to say that Americas children should not be afraid because they will never be alone, governors and mayors can only repeat like a mantra that we are going to figure this thing out, which means they are going to try to square the circle: protect citizens from gun violence while protecting the gun industry, in return for the phenome...

22:26

Former treasurer Joe Hockey seeks Chinese buyer for his $8m Hunters Hill mansion "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

JOE Hockey is trying to flog a Hunters Hill mansion to Chinese buyers in an ironic twist for the federal treasurer who crusaded against foreigners entering our housing market.

The Australian ambassador to the US once even referred a neighbour to the Foreign Investment Review Board.

Mr Hockey and his investment banker wife Melissa Babbage have listed the $8 million Te Roma federation house on the Chinese website myfun, which showcases prestige Australian listings in Mandarin.

The 40 million offering provides contact details in China to take buyer queries on the historic 1905 home before a March 1 deadline.

Questions put to Mr Hockeys office at the Washington embassy went unanswered yesterday. The former treasurer, like other prestige Sydney sellers, may find it hard to score a great price as the market has cooled, with local buyers facing reduced competition from foreigners.

The slowdown across most markets was largely caused by tightened regulatory measures and higher taxes on foreigners established during his reign as federal treasurer.

...

22:15

NCP Candidate, Surrendered Militant Leader Killed in IED Blast in Meghalaya "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

NCP candidate Jonathone Sangma with his supporters in Williamnagar in Meghalayas Garo Hills area. Credit: Jonathone Sangma/Facebook

NCP candidate Jonathone Sangma with his supporters in Williamnagar in Meghalayas Garo Hills area. Credit: Jonathone Sangma/Facebook

New Delhi: Perhaps for the first time in Meghalayas history, a candidate contesting an assembly election has been killed in a poll-related violence. Jonathone Nengminza Sangma, contesting the February 27 elections as a Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) candidate from the Williamnagar constituency in the states East Garo Hills district, died on February 18, along with three others, after his vehicle ran over an improvised explosive device (IED) placed on a road near the districts Samanda area.

A rally was held in Williamnagar town on February 19 against the killing, in which a large number of people took part to register their protest against the violence.

Sangma, 43, was returning home after his campaign in the Sobokgre area around 7:50 pm.

...

22:09

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22:08

Why Silicon Valley Billionaires Are Prepping for the Apocalypse in New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

How an extreme libertarian tract predicting the collapse of liberal democracies written by Jacob Rees-Moggs father inspired the likes of Peter Thiel to buy up property across the Pacific

By  and cross-posted from The Guardian

If youre interested in the end of the world, youre interested in New Zealand. If youre interested in how our current cultural anxieties climate catastrophe, decline of transatlantic political orders, resurgent nuclear terror manifest themselves in apocalyptic visions, youre interested in the place occupied by this distant archipelago of apparent peace and stability against the roiling unease of the day.

If youre interested in the end of the world, you would have been interested, soon after Donald Trumps election as US president, to read a New York Times headline stating that Peter Thiel, the billionaire venture capitalist who co-founded PayPal and was an early investor in Facebook, considered New Zealand to be the Future. Because if you are in any serious way concerned about the future, youre also concerned about Thiel, a canary in capitalisms coal mine who also happens to have profited lavishly from his stake in the mining concern itself.

Thiel is in one sense a caricature of outsized villainy: he was the only major Silicon Valley figure to put his weight behind the Trump presidential campaign; he vengefully bankrupted a website because he didnt like how they wrote about him; he is known for his public musings about the incompatibility of freedom and democracy, and for expressing interest as though enthusiastically pursuing the clunkiest possible metaphor for capitalism at its most vampiric in a therapy involving transfusions of blood from young people as a potential means of reversing the ageing process. But in another, deeper sense, he is pure symbol: less a person than a shell c...

22:05

World watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Monday GMT For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world.

22:02

David Leyonhjelm: Solar Subsidy not so Sunny "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Government subsidies are driving a boom in the installation of rooftop solar panels, paid for by those without panels. That perennial beneficiary of government largesse, Elon Musk, is now proposing many more should be added to roofs in South Australia.

The incentives to install rooftop solar are significant. The main one is a generous installation subsidy, funded through the electricity bills of those who buy power from the grid. The subsidy is delivered via Small Technology Certificates. For a typical home solar installation the Government provides about 150 Small Technology Certificates, currently valued at $40 each. This reduces the installation cost from around $12,000 to $6,000. Electricity retailers are then required to purchase a certain number of Small Technology Certificates, the cost of which is added to consumer electricity bills.

Another incentive is that the new owner now uses less electricity from the grid, thus reducing their regular electricity bill. Of course, this also means they pay less of the cost of the installation subsidy from which they have benefitted.

And finally, the excess electricity produced by the households solar panels can be fed into the grid where it is purchased by the electricity companies, whether they need it or not. This is known as a feed-in tariff, and its cost is also added to the bills of all electricity consumers.

It is little wonder that almost one in four Australian homes now have solar panels. Nor should it surprise anyone that the three in four households which do not have solar panels are paying a hefty price for those that do.

In 2017 the subsidy cost of rooftop solar was nearly $500 million. At the current rate of increase, the expected cost in 2018 will be at least $1.2 billion. Any chance of reducing electricity bills through the introduction of the National Energy Guarantee (whatever that is) will be swamped by the impact this growing subsidy has on household bills.

This impact is avoidable. When the subsidy was introduced by the Gillard government it included a provision to allow the minister to reduce the value of Small Technology Certificates if the cost of subsidies topped $240 million in a year. No minister has used this provision to date.

This is now a matter of priority. Of the three in four households that do not have solar roof panels, large numbers are renters, apartment owners, pensioners and low income households who do not own the property in which they live or cannot afford the upfront capital cost despite the subsidy.

Lower income people are copping a double whammy. Not only do they pay for solar panels for higher income households through the cost of the subsidies included in their electricity bills, they are also part of a diminishing pool of electricity consumers, wholly reliant on....

22:01

February 20 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1339 The Milanese army and the St. Georges (San Giorgio) Mercenaries of Lodrisio Visconti clashed in the Battle of Parabiago.

1472 Orkney and Shetland were left by Norway to Scotland, due to a dowry payment.

1547 Edward VI was crowned King of England.

1792 The Postal Service Act, establishing the United States Post Office Department, was signed by President George Washington.

1810 Andreas Hofer, Tirolean patriot and leader of rebellion against Napoleons forces, was executed.

1835 Concepcin, Chile was destroyed by an earthquake.

1839  Benjamin Waugh, English activist, founded the NSPCC, was born (d. 1908).

1866  Carl Westman, Swedish architect, designed the Stockholm Court House and Rhsska Museum, was born (d. 1936).

1872 New Yorks Metropolitan Museum of Art opened.

1873 The University of California opened its first medical school.

1887 Vincent Massey, Governor-General of Canada, was born (d. 1967).

1901 The legislature of Hawaii Territory convened for the first time.

1901   Louis Kahn, American architect, designed the Salk Institute, the Kimbell Art Museum and the Bangladesh Parliament Building, was born (d. 1974).

1902  Ansel Adams, America...

22:00

How Many Billionaires Will Get Away While Indias Chowkidar Looks On? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Under Narendra Modis rule, a string of well-connected businessmen have been able to escape legal consequences.

Nirav Modi at Davos. Credit: PIBNirav Modi at Davos. Credit: PIB

Nirav Modi in Davos. Credit: PIB

Has the Narendra Modi bubble burst? Was the spectacular Ponzi scheme run by Nirav Modi in which an estimated fraud of Rs 11,400 crore was committed in connivance with officials of the Punjab National Bank the final jab in his much-vaunted anti-corruption campaign?

Narendra Modi was the self-proclaimed chowkidar (guard) of the publics money on his campaign run as the BJPs prime ministerial candidate and had promised to end the loot of public money. Yet, even after Nirav Modi  and his family including his wife, younger brother Neeshal Modi and uncle Mehul Choksi left the country, he managed a photograph with the prime minister in Davos. The PMO had also not acted on a...

21:45

Dancing to US Tune: NATO Creates Military Schengen and Launches Iraq Mission "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The recent NATO defense chiefs meeting shows that we have the same old song and dance with the alliance remaining in full saber-rattling mode, Alex Gorka writes.

21:36

US-UK Accuse Russia of "NotPetya" Cyberattack, Offer Zero Evidence "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

February 19, 2018 (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - The US and European press have both published stories accusing the Russian government, and in particular, the Russian military, of the so-called "NotPetya" cyberattack which targeted information technology infrastructure in Ukraine. 


The Washington Post in an article titled, "UK blames Russian military for malicious cyberattack," would report:
Britain and the United States blamed the Russian government on Thursday for a cyberattack that hit businesses across Europe last year, with London accusing Moscow of weaponizing information in a new kind of warfare. 

Foreign Minister Tariq Ahmad said the U.K. government judges that the Russian government, specifically the Russian military, was responsible for the destructive NotPetya cyberattack of June 2017.

The fast-spreading outbreak of data-scrambling software centered on Ukraine, which is embroiled in a conflict with Moscow-backed separatists in the countrys east. It spread to companies that do business with Ukraine, including U.S. pharmaceutical company Merck, Danish shipping firm A.P. Moller-Maersk and FedEx subsidiary TNT.
British state media, the BBC, would report in its article, "UK and US blame Russia for 'malicious' NotPetya cyber-attack," that:
The Russian military was directly behind a "malicious" cyber-attack on Ukraine that spread globally last year, the US and Britain have said.
The BBC also added that:
On Thursday the UK government took the unusual step of publicly accusing the Russia military of being behind the attack. 

"The UK and its allie...

21:35

Lessons from Ranbaxy: Suffocating Silence Prevented Us From Questioning the Rot in the System "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Delhi high courts recent decision tells us that the righteous attempts at defending the drugmaker in 2013 were aimed at whitewashing the whole sordid affair.

A Ranbaxy office building is pictured in the northern Indian city of Mohali May 14, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Ajay Verma

The Delhi high courts decision to allow Daiichi Sankyo to enforce the monetary award adjudicated by a Singaporean arbitral tribunal against the former promoters of Ranbaxy Laboratories last week marks a significant milestone in Indias corporate governance and functioning of its regulatory institutions.

Several facts admitted by both sides in their respective legal arguments advanced in the high court as documented in the judgment enable us to ask some pointed questions of those in the know about their role and accountability in preventing the fraud so thoroughly documented and creating an impressio...

21:29

What Did You Just Say, Mr. Netenyahu? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

What did Israels Prime Minister mean by his statement about the Iranian threat To our world? Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel could act against Iran itself, not just its allies in the Middle East, after border incidents in Syria brought the Middle East foes closer to direct confrontation. In his first []

The post What Did You Just Say, Mr. Netenyahu? appeared first on Uncensored Publications.

21:15

There Is No Justice in Our World "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A gathering of rich oil Arabs pledged $30 billion this week at a meeting in Kuwait to start rebuilding war-shattered Iraq. Sounds nice but these kinds of conclaves are notorious for offering big but delivering little.

21:12

Dont it always seem to go, that you dont know what youve got till its gone UK generational trends in an international context "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Joni Mitchells lyrics may refer to her first trip to Hawaii, but they could just as easily apply to UK trends in generational living standards that the Resolution Foundations Intergenerational Commission has uncovered. Thats particularly so in light of new analysis comparing these trends internationally.

While there are huge living standards differences between high-income countries, there is also much shared ground, with the financial crisis and demographic patterns putting pressure on younger generations living standards everywhere. But the UK also stands out. With the partial exception of Spain, no other country in living memory has experienced as large a boom and bust in generation-on-generation progress across both incomes and home ownership rates.

On incomes, the millennials (born 1980-2000) who have reached their early 30s are just 6 per cent better off than generation X (born 1966-80) when they were the same age. This is very small progress indeed when compared with the progress older generations are enjoying baby boomers (born 1946-65) in their late 60s are 29 per cent better off than the silent generation (born 1926-1945).

These sorts of slowdowns have occurred in most countries, but not to the same extent. In the US, millennials in their early 30s are doing 5 per cent worse than their predecessors, but this compares to relatively modest 11 per cent gains for generation X relative to the baby boomers. In fact, in the US despite higher levels of income the absence of generational progress is what stands out. Typical incomes in the US for those aged 45-49 are no higher for those born in the late 1960s than they were for those born in the early 1920s.

Back to the UK, the had it then lost it story is also clear when we look at housing. Our previous research has shown that young people in the UK face much higher housing costs (relative to incomes) than older generations did when they were making their way in the world. In a large part this is driven by the rise and fall of home ownership.UK home ownership rates surged by 29 percentage points between the greatest generation (born 1911-1926) and the baby boomers but this generation-on-generation progress has been all but wiped out for millennials. Their home ownership rate in their late 20s, at 33 per cent, is 27 percentage points lower than the rate for the baby boomers at the same age (60 per cent).

This fall between generations is much smaller in other countries in which housing is a key areas of concern such as Australia (a 12 percentage points f...

21:05

How was the Nirav Modi Scam Allowed to Build Up to its Breaking Point? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

How did a bunch of rogue employees manage to subvert the banking system so fully, and continue to do so without being caught even once?

Diamond merchant Nirav Modi. Credit: facebook/Nirav Modi

The Nirav Modi controversy has captured the public imagination as very few developments have in recent months. Part of the fascination comes from the sheer size of the fraud, of course.

Also, the story has all the ingredients of a Bollywood blockbuster: a filthy rich protagonist, a pliant financial institution willing to bend every rule to please the boss, the supposed charms of a life lived in the twilight zone between legitimacy and downright thuggery and the high-octane drama of a vanishing act played to perfection. TV anchors have been breathlessly reporting on the breaking news bits of this humongous tamasha. Some of them seem to be gushing over the finesse with which Modi worked the system. There have been endless debates around how all this happened, who did what and when, who did not do what and when and why

The only thing missing amidst all this sound and fury has been a simple recounting of what actually happened. This is partly understandable, because some of the experts participating in the TV debates had an axe to grind here their brief was to obfuscate, so tha...

20:54

Commissioner Gamato announces the 2018 LLG Election Schedule "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato has officially announced the program for the 2018 Local-level Government Elections.

Minister for Inter-Government Relations Kevin Isifu has approved the dates for the conduct of the LLG elections on February 7, 2018.

Mr. Gamato outlines the 2018 LLG Elections program as follows:

Issue of Writs & Nominations Open:- Thursday, 26 July, 2018
Close of Nominations:- Wednesday, 1 August, 2018
Start of Polling:- Monday, 20 August, 2018
End of Polling:- Monday, 3 September, 2018
Return of Writs on or before:- Monday, 24 September, 2018

In terms of preparations, he said that PNGEC has already started preparation work for the conduct of the LLG elections.

Commissioner Gamato meantime clarified that confusion surrounding the election of LLG presidents in the 2018 LLG elections.

The National Executive Council in December 2015 had approved by way of a Cabinet decision that Ward Members will elect LLG presidents in their respective legislative assemblies.

That decision still stands. And unless theres a change in the decision, PNGEC will conduct one election for the Ward Members in the 2018 LLG elections using the Limited Preferential Voting (LPV) system.

20:47

PNG Media Workers Association condemns attack on Journalist "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Papua New Guinea Media Workers Association (PNGMWA) is extremely disappointed that Mr.Franky Kapin, a Journalist with Post Courier was assaulted by staff from the Office of the Governor of Morobe Province.
PNGMWA is very angry and we call on the Governor of Morobe to immediately sack the person(s) responsible. A high office that requires integrity such as the Office of the Governor of the Province must first learn to respect the people it serves, including Journalists who perform what is essentially a public/community service of disseminating information. Such office must employ people with integrity. NOT PEOPLE who lack understanding of their roles and whose actions are primitive and may bring the high office into disrepute.
Journalists play a vital role in ensuring news and events are reported for public consumption. This role is protected by the Constitution, so as the publics right to information. Media reports are, more often than not, based on the information that is available to the Journalist at that time. If you are aggrieved by a media report, there are proper and established processes to air your grievances, including demanding retraction and/or apology and even restitution through the Courts. Furthermore, you as an aggrieved person have the right to be heard and Journalists are there to facilitate that. In fact this is possibly the most civilized and democratic way the truth can be established.
PNGMWA therefore condemns the action by the staff from the Morobe Governors Office. PNGMWA also commends Mr. Kapin for reporting the matter to the Police. We must work with the relevant authorities, including the Police to put a stop to this kind of behaviour. To this end, we demand that the Police arrest and charge the person(s) responsible. We also demand the Court to ensure the Journalist be appropriately compensated for the physical and mental harm that he has been put through.
PNGMWA also supports the Media Statement by the PNG Media Council.

20:45

Trade with China and Britain"s Commercial Death Wish "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Having made the disastrous decision to leave the European Union, Britain is searching frantically for trade partners around the world, but if it is thought in London that there will be open-armed global welcome on that score, its legislators are showing themselves to be even duller than usual.

20:30

Photo Feature: Magic Is No Longer About Tricks "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Through a magic show in Allahabad, Nishanth R. and Sreedeep capture the radical transformation of an old form of entertainment.

Magic shows have moved away from the tradition of tricks.

Alongside the holy pilgrimage of Kumbh, where the dust of the river bed is constantly in conversation with the faith of the devotees, the city of Allahabad witnessed an abundance of eye-catching posters of O.P. Sharma (Jr/Sr), who ran three shows a day a month ago.

The imagery of the campaign offers a glimpse of visual spectacles to expect: simulated dinosaurs, gorillas, birds, melodramatic expressions and, of course, lots of women in sparkling tights.

With a team of 200 and equipment that can fill 20 trucks, it indeed has less to do with the tradition of tricks and more of a magical sangam of mass entertainment aesthetics.

Performances and stage styles have undergone radical transformations under the influence of global cultural forces. Some of the older forms of entertainment such as circuses and magic shows have increasingly attempted to incorporate elements of the filmy razzle-dazzle to lure the distracted audience with an ever-reducing attention span.

Magic shows have also moved away from the bigger cities, which are fully under the sway of multiplex chains and higher levels of simulated extravaganza such as Kingdom of Dreams....

20:15

Needed in Syria: Disengagement "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A comprehensive resolution of the Syria conflict may well be out of reach for the time being, but more feasible would be adjustments, redeployments, and tacit limitations that reduce the chance of explosive escalation...

20:07

MACKAY Moranbah man facing charges for alleged copper theft "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

MACKAY February 19, 2018 at 06:03PM ,

Moranbah man facing charges for alleged copper theft

February 19, 2018 at 06:03PM ,

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20:07

MACKAY Multiple charges, Moranbah "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

MACKAY February 19, 2018 at 05:41PM ,

Multiple charges, Moranbah

February 19, 2018 at 05:41PM ,

Police have opposed the male persons bail and he is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court later today. Detectives are continuing to investigate a number of offences of copper theft that have occurred in Middlemount, Dysart and Moranbah. If anyone has any information they can contact Crime

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20:00

My best friend "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

By Samad Abdul Thats such a moment of blessing when you are with your best friend but thats such a horrible moment when friends get separated forever. Being detained without any guilt in Manus prison camp where each day is equal to a month, every month is equal to a year and each year is equal

The post My best friend appeared first on The AIM Network.

19:45

The Three Global Super-Powers "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

While America thus spends itself into becoming increasingly a third-world country, China and Russia pursue different objectives, Eric Zuesse writes.

19:30

Job Creation in Organised Sector Dipped by 65% in April-June 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The number of new jobs created declined to 64,000 from 185,000 in January-March 2017.

The number of casual workers those earning daily wages declined by 23,000 in April-June, 2017. Credit: Reuters

The number of casual workers those earning daily wages declined by 23,000 in April-June 2017. Credit: Reuters

New Delhi: The pace of job creation in the organised sector fell sharply during April-June 2017 to a three-quarter low due to significant job losses in manufacturing, latest official estimates show.

The number of new jobs created declined by around 65% to 64,000 in April-June 2017 from 185,000 in January-March 2017, according to the Labour Bureaus quarterly report on employment. Job creation during April-June was even lower than the 77,000 reported in the same three months a year ago.

The Labour Bureau conducts an establishment-based job survey in eight sectors manufacturing, construction, trade, transport, education, health, accommodation and restaurants and information technology. These constitute 81% of the total number of factories in the country employing at least ten workers.

Finance minister Arun Jaitley, quoting an independent study, had said in the Budget speech earlier this month that various measures taken by the government had led to seven million jo...

19:23

The Gender Wars: Stop Press. Mass Murderer Is A Man! "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Another day, another mass shooting in the United States. Mental health has come up as a possible cause; extremist views; lax gun laws. But the elephant in the room, writes Ben Pennings is still not being discussed.

One essential ingredient has been ignored in the analysis of the latest U.S. school massacre. Again.

Nikolas Cruz is a man.

Cruzs mental health, ethnicity, political beliefs, school behaviour and access to weapons have all been critiqued. I have yet to see one politician, criminologist, law officer or media commentator highlight his gender.

This is despite 95 per cent of massacres in schools and universities having been committed by men, from Andrew Kehoe killing 44 people in a 1927 school bombing to the massacres at Montreal, Dunblane, Sanaa, Columbine, Osaka and Erfurt.

In fact, more than 90 per cent of mass murderers, serial killers, murderers, rapists, child molesters, and domestic violence perpetrators are male. The alarming level of mens violence towards women and children will not stop until men accept that it is their responsibility to prevent it.

If it was a woman who gunned down 17 people, her gender would be a central part of the narrative. How a woman ended up a killer, betraying the sex that gives life. Female violence gains added attention because it is an anomaly, not expected and therefore more shocking. Male violence gains less attention as it has become normalised, is expected, and on most occasions, fails to shock.

Imagine if our society had two equally represented ethnicities and one perpetrated more than 90 per cent of the violent crime. Would ethnicity be ignored as much as gender currently is?

In December 1989, Marc Lpine roamed through the buildings at the University of Montreal calling out, Bring me the women! I want the women! In each room he separated the men from the women and shot the women. He slaughtered 14 young women in total, and then killed himself. Australian singer/songwriter Judy Small wrote a powerful song about it that asks vital questions:

And dont you wonder why, as you try to make sense of this
Why is it always men who resort to the gun, the sword and the fist?
Why does gunman sound so familiar while gunwoman doesnt quite ring true?
What is it about men that makes them do the things they do?

So what is it about men? Why are they extremely more likely to rape women, children and other men, and to assault partners they are meant to love?

These questions lead to the age-old debate of nature versus nurture. Is masculinity and its associated behaviours socially constructed and changeable over time? Or are they bi...

19:13

Protests Erupt in Gujarat as Dalit Activist Self-Immolates; Two MLAs, 200 Others Detained "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Dalit activist Bhanubhai Vankar immolated himself on February 15, following which Congress MLA Naushad Solanki, independent MLA Jignesh Mevani and other protestors were detained.

Protesters burn a car at Vadaj, Ahmedabad on February 18. Credit: Twitter

 Ahmedabad: Protests and unrest rocked multiple districts of Gujarat on Sunday, on the eve of the states budget session and ahead of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeaus visit to the state. Congress MLA from Dasada Naushad Solanki and independent MLA Jignesh Mevani were detained along with about 200 other protestors, including women.

This came a day after Mevani had called for bandh in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar following the death of Bhanubhai Vankar. Vankar, a 62-year-old Dalit activist, immolated himself in front of the office of the collector of Patan district on February 15, following whi...

19:00

Data Set for Modis 7 Million Jobs Claim Badly Maintained, 30-40% Unclean "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Employees Provident Fund Organisation data analysed by researchers showed that in some cases, members have received contributions even before their joining date.

PM Narendra Modi. Credit: PMO India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Credit: PMO India

New Delhi: A presentation made by State Bank of India chief economist Soumya Kanti Ghosh and Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore professor Pulak Ghosh to the Prime Ministers Office (PMO) in January captured how subscriber data is shoddily maintained by the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) something that the recently released study on creation of seven million jobs in 2017-18 did not include.

Out of around 80 million accounts that the two researchers analysed, there were ten million records with only names and no other details about the subscribers, including their date of joining, date of birth and fathers name, among others, in the EPFOs records. Several records maintained by the EPFO had names such as A, a, xxx, 9, z, with provident fund contribution against them.

Soumya Kanti and Pulak briefed these facts to the PMO in a presentation made four days before making their report, Towards a Payroll Reporting in India, public on January 16. Top officials from the NITI Aayo...

18:58

A Question For Anthony Mundine: Am I Not Your People? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Aboriginal boxing legend Anthony Mundine was recently reported as suggesting gay people should be put to death. Comedian Steven Oliver weighs in.

So, here I am writing an article which, again, finds me defending my sexuality. Im not sure how many times (this year alone) I have had to say or write something in response to a statement that is one of belief and not fact (and by belief I dont solely mean religion).

If being black and gay has taught me anything from the constantly repeated negative experiences underpinned by racism and homophobia, its that there are a lot of beliefs out there that are misguided, wrong or just fucked.

Some are from people who come to a conclusion after filling in the blanks they didnt have answers to. Some are from people who just believe anything theyre told and dont question the validity because its easier to just believe than understand. Some are from people who say they dont judge me but theyre instructed by an all-powerful being to say things that judge me and that, in the end, the all-powerful being will judge me (where Im sure my non-judgemental friend, will be saying I tried telling your gay black arse).

Some (this would be the fucked, well, more fucked kind) are simply made up because people have an agenda that usually comes from fear and/or a need to control.

Speaking of agenda, I suppose it only fair I outline mine. Basically, it comes from a need for the queer community to stop being treated like shit. Its a need to stop those constantly repeated negative experiences. Its a need to pay respect to all who stood proudly even when judgement turned to hate, and that hate turned to violence. To let them know the strength I recognised when they refused to turn hateful, as the ones they loved turned them away. That what is right, is the act of treating others right.

Anyway, Im guessing youre guessing that Im talking about Anthony Mundine. After all, I write this article not long after his death penalty comments. But in truth, it starts with a guy called Mick (though Ill get to Anthony, eventually). See, Mick is a nice guy. Met him a few years back through an organisation we both worked for. Wed chit chat and joke whenever he rang my office and always had a laugh.

Mick had property in Townsville that he said I could use whenever I was home, and though I never took him up on it, it was a gesture...

18:30

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Would you like a hug?

Thats a question that a professional man these days might hesitate to ask.

Today Im grateful that there are still men who understand the therapeutic value of a hug and are willing to ask if one is wanted.

18:30

David Bidstrup: A very casual approach. "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

I saw an article the other day where it was claimed that 16,000 new jobs had been created in one month. Apparently 45,000 permanent jobs were lost and 61,000 casual jobs created.

At the risk of getting the free market capitalists and economists frothing at the mouth and murmuring socialism I thought I would tell of one example that I know of where this sort of bullshit is practised to the detriment of ordinary folk who are trying to make a living, realise some modest ambitions like living in a house with glass in the windows, (nothing flash), raising a family and saving enough for the occasional pie and beer when they are too knackered to work anymore.

They were originally employed as permanents. The work was at a remote site involving 12 hour days for 14 days in a row and conditions were challenging to say the least remoteness, time away from family, long hours, hard work, extremes of temperature, flies and mosquitos and very ordinary, (some would say inept), management.

In response to cost pressures the organisation decided to make all employees redundant and offer to re-employ them as casuals using a labour hire company to manage them and do the payroll.

Rates of pay offered were significantly lower than the previous full time rates and the security of rostered hours was replaced with an ad hoc arrangement where people might get 2 days on site and then be sent home only to be recalled a couple of days later for another few days or wait weeks between shifts.

Travel time used to be paid from the closest capital city to and from the site. Flights left at 6 a.m. and return flights arrived at 6 p.m. The new arrangements removed the travel time so people were paid when they set foot on site and it stopped as soon as they got on the plane to go home after 14 twelve hour work days.

How anyone is supposed to be able to make life out of this sort of arrangement mystifies me as does the uncaring approach to decent folk who might not be too sophisticated but are honest grafters who are prepared to do this rather lousy work.

There might be some people who find casual work to their liking but this situation forces those involved to lose any job security they might have had and have it replaced with uncertainty and reduced income.

Before anyone calls me a bleeding heart they need to know that I have been there and seen what goes on, and it is not pretty. The people are treated as a disposable commodity to be used for profit and chucked on the scrap heap when it suits.

And before anyone gets on their high horse and says that they should just get another job they need to see the reality of the labour market and the paucity of jobs on offer, the relentless cycle of job application, (on-line of course, through a recruiter of cou...

18:29

New Study on Hummingbird Flight Reveals Surprising Twists "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

All else being equal, a heavier hummingbird should be slower to accelerate and not as good at making tight turns but thats not what the study found.

A colour plate illustration from Ernst Haeckel's 'Kunstformen der Natur' (1899), showing a variety of hummingbirds. Full image available here. Caption and credit: Wikimedia Commons

A colour plate illustration from Ernst Haeckels Kunstformen der Natur (1899), showing a variety of hummingbirds. Full image available here. Caption and credit: Wikimedia Commons

It might seem like a brightly coloured insect just zapped by, but it is a hummingbird darting back and forth, weaving through bushes without crashing, doing aerial acrobatics. Watching a hummingbird flit and hover never ceases to amaze. Now, scientists have discovered some unexpected elements of hummingbird flight. Larger and heavier species are more agile and can accelerate and rotate faster then their lighter cousins. Understanding what makes these birds such great aerialists may help us design robots and aircraft with greater manoeuvrability.

Scientists have long studied these birds, found only in the Americas, to understand how they have such amazing flight...

18:26

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Change The Gun Laws! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

one of his (Trumps) first acts upon taking office was to do away with restrictions imposed by his predecessor on the availability of firearms to people with mental illness. Danielle McLaughlin, Sunday Star Times 18 February 2018 Its in the constitution By Roger Childs The names are a litany of school gun tragedies: Columbine, []

18:20

BEHIND BARS PART 3: Australias shocking cruelty to Aboriginal people with disabilities: Solitary confinement "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The abuse of Aboriginal prisoners with disabilities in Australian jails is confronting, and ongoing. In Part 3 of this special series for New Matilda, Michael Brull looks at the use of solitary confinement against disabled Aboriginal prisoners, exposed in a report written by Human Rights Watch. You can read parts 1 and 2 here and here.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) observes that under international law, solitary confinement means confining a prisoner for 22 hours or more per day without meaningful human contact. Prolonged solitary confinement occurs when solitary confinement is extended past 15 consecutive days.

HRW documents in its report that various specialists on international law from various United Nations human rights organisations have found that under international law, it is unacceptable to impose solitary confinement on people with disabilities under any circumstances.

As noted by HRW, Juan Mendez, the United Nations special rapporteur on torture, argued that the imposition of solitary confinement of any duration, on persons with mental disabilities is cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. He has called on governments to abolish it for prisoners with psychosocial or cognitive disabilities. Mendez observed that the longer the duration of solitary confinement or the greater the uncertainty regarding the length of time, the greater the risk of serious and irreparable harm to the inmate that may constitute cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment or even torture.

Juan Mendez, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture.

Likewise, the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment has said that prolonged solitary confinement may amount to an act of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and recommended that solitary confinement should not be used in the case of minors or the mentally disabled. Rule 45 of the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners pro...

18:10

Emergency in Maldives Likely to Be Extended by Another 15 Days "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

By asking parliament to extend the emergency, the Maldives government has gone against strong assurances given to India.

...

18:09

Himachal School Asks Dalit Students to Sit Outside During Modis Pariksha Par Charcha "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Dalit students, according to a written complaint, had faced discrimination during midday meals as well.

An enquiry committee is scheduled to visit the school today, February 19/Representative image. Credit: PTI

An enquiry committee is scheduled to visit the school today, February 19/Representative image. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: A government-run high school in Himachals Kullu district segregated its Dalit students on Friday, February 17, and told them to sit outside in a place used for horses during the telecast of Prime Minister Narendra Modis Pariksha Par Charcha.

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17:45

Economics in Two Lessons: Chapter 1 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Thanks to everyone who commented on the draft introduction to my book, Economics in Two Lessons. The revised introduction is here. Feel free to make further comments on it if you wish.

Moving along, heres the draft of Chapter 1. Again, I welcome comments, criticism and encouragement.

17:43

To Feb 19 these are all the published comments on ARPANSAs site about Code for Radioactive Wastes "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Amy Koch   I am from Kimba and I say NO!!
If there is no issue with this effecting our business then there is no reason that we cant get a guaranteed from our industry representatives that our profitable farming business will not be effected by the proposed sight?
A clear indication of Broad community support is a must. Minister Canavan stated support of 65% was needed to go forward into phase two and yet he put kimba through with Only 57% there is a huge difference there. Clear guidelines needed!

Brett Burnard Stokes  I denounce the covert administration of radioactive poisons to pregnant Australian women and their children.

I demand that production of radioactive poisons cease and that the perpetrators of these poisonings be brought to justice.

I challenge the perpetrators to actually measure the effects of their covert administration of radioactive poisons to pregnant Australian women and their children.

I denounce the current use of junk science to justify these covert poisonings.

Anonymous    I am strongly against this and this whole process. It has made my Community divided, my family stressed and finally my decision to leave this town.

Anonymous  ATLA Adnymathana Traditional Lands Association voted unamiously against the Radioactive Waste Dump proposal at Wallerbedina in the Flinders Ranges.ANSTO ignored the Media release by ATLA in 2016

Anonymous  Particle accelerators are providing a cleaner (no highly radioactive, long lived waste) alternative to nuclear reactors for producing medical isotopes.Download PDF

Justine Major  There is no mention of the impact of this facility upon existing industries when undertaking site selection. I feel there needs to be an inclusion of a clause (perhaps at 3.1.29 of the Code) along the lines of sufficient evidence is provided that the cohabitation of this facility with existing industries will have minimal negative impact on existing industries. This evidence needs to be relevant to Australia, not international equivalents.

Denise Carpentermember of the Barndioota Consultative Committee. This Committees role is to help determine which is the best site for a National Radioactive Waste Dump.) I am confident, after a lot or research on the subject, that ARPANSA is a regulatory body that will ensure that world best practice procedures will be stringently followed and adhered to and I am happy for a repository to go a...

17:30

ARPANSA draft Code for Disposal of Solid Radioactive Waste Comments deadline postponed to 2nd March "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

This process is about determining the nature of the material to be dumped in the proposed x3 SAust radioactive suppositories.

Currently there is no official determination about what is actually to be accumulated there hence the delay in remediating the leaking drums @ Woomera & failure to properly inform the local communities.

Also thereby wrongfully expecting them to sign off on an unknown quality/quantity.

ARPANSA is engaging in public consultation on the draft Code for Disposal of Solid Radioactive Waste (Radioactive Waste Disposal Code).

SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED until  Friday 2 March 2018 17:00
ARPANSA invites people and organisations interested in the disposal of solid radioactive waste to tell us their views on this topic. Have Your Say Now   more https://www.arpansa.gov.au/code-disposal-solid-radioactive-waste-rps-c-3
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17:30

Teens in Parkland call out adults for their hypocrisy and failure to curb gun violence "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From an article at The New Yorker on the Parkland massacre:

Emma Gonzalez, a senior at Douglas, had the most searing indictment:

The people in the government who were voted into power are lying to us. And us kids seem to be the only ones who notice and are prepared to call B.S.

Companies, trying to make caricatures of the teen-agers nowadays, saying that all we are are self-involved and trend-obsessed and they hush us into submissions when our message doesnt reach the ears of the nation, we are prepared to call B.S.

Politicians who sit in their gilded House and Senate seats funded by the N.R.A., telling us nothing could ever be done to prevent this: we call B.S.

They say that tougher gun laws do not prevent gun violence: we call B.S.

The crowd was now joining in.

They say a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun: we call B.S.

They say guns are just tools, like knives, and are as dangerous as cars: we call B.S.

They say that no laws would have been able to prevent the hundreds of senseless tragedies that occur: we call B.S.

That us kids dont know what were talking about, that were too young to understand how the government works.

17:15

Turnbulls metamorphosis "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

By Ad astra Once upon a time there was a boy christened Malcolm Bligh Turnbull. Bligh is a name the family uses in honour of Governor Bligh, of Mutiny on the Bounty infamy, the fourth governor of NSW. Greatly admired by the family, this moniker evokes the aura of a distinguished person. Born in 1954,

The post Turnbulls metamorphosis appeared first on The AIM Network.

17:01

All 65 Passengers, Crew Feared Dead in Iranian Plane Crash "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Relatives of passengers who were believed to have been killed in a plane crash react near the town of Semirom, Iran, February 18, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Tasnim News Agency

Dubai: All 65 passengers and crew were feared dead in a plane crash in central Iran on Sunday after the domestic flight came down in bad weather in a mountainous region.

A spokesman for Iranian carrier Aseman Airlines had told state television everyone was killed, but the airline then issued a statement saying it could not reach the crash site and could not accurately and definitely confirm everyone died.

The airline had also initially said 60 passengers and six crew were on board the twin-engined turboprop ATR 72 that was flying to the southwestern city of Yasuj. But it later said there were a total of 65 people on board, as one passenger had missed the flight.

The Aseman-operated plane crashed near the town of Semirom after taking off from Tehrans Mehrabad airport, emergency services spokesman Mojtaba Khaledi told ISNA news agency.

As night approached, bad weather prevented helicopters searching the probable crash site but emergency workers were scouring the mountainous area by land, the television said.

It is getting colder and darker and still no sign of the plane, said a television reporter accompanying rescue teams searching snow-covered areas in M...

17:00

Solomon Islands becomes first Melanesian country to publish public enterprise performance results online "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

In a first for Melanesia, financial results and other key information from Solomon Islands $230 million state-owned enterprise (SOE) portfolio can now be viewed online.

A website launched by the Government of Solomon Islands today provides profiles of each of the countrys eight SOEs featuring their financial performance, board members, and links to relevant legislation, as well as the overall performance of Solomon Islands SOE portfolio. The website, developed with the support of the Asian Development Banks (ADB) Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative (PSDI), makes this information readily available to the public for the first time.

This initiative is part of an ongoing program to reform Solomon Islands state-owned enterprises portfolio, which has seen it become one of the best performing in the region, said Emma Fan, Regional Director of ADBs Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office. This website demonstrates the Government of Solomon Islands commitment to transparency and accountability, which we are seeing reflected elsewhere in the Pacific as more countries commit to making key information about their public enterprises available online.

Harry Kuma, Permanent Secretary of Finance and Treasury, launched the website, which can be found at http://www.pacificsoedata.org/solomon-islands/

PSDI is assisting three other Pacific countries to establish similar websites and also supported Tonga with the launch of its SOE information portal in April last year.

Solomon Islands has achieved a dramatic improvement in the performance of its SOE portfolio since 2009 and is now the most profitable in the Pacific. Between 2010 and 2014, it produced an average return of assets of 6.7% and an average return on equity of 10%, far higher than neighboring countries.

PSDI is a technical assistance facility undertaken in partnership with the governments of Australia and New Zealand, and ADB. It works with ADB's 14 Pacific developing member countries to improve the enabling environment for business and to support inclusive, private sector-led economic growth.

ADB, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. Established in 1966, it is owned by 67 members48 from the region.

SOURCE: ADB/PACNEWS

17:00

Australia's housing market: Is the Turnbull Government in denial? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Australia's housing market: Is the Turnbull Government in denial?GDP, productivity, liquidity and loan criteria statistics don't seem to support Scott Morrison's confidence in Australia's housing market. read now...

16:59

PNG name team to defend Commonwealth Rugby League 9s title "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A 20 man squad for the Commonwealth Rugby League Games has been named following the successful PNG Super 9s tournament held in Goroka over the weekend.

PNGRFL Chairman Sandis Tsaka said the squad will be trimmed down to 15 before the team travels to Brisbane on Thursday.

The 20 man squad is:

1. Jar Hogan - Goroka Lahanis
2. Jordan Karo - Northern Confederate
3. Nicky Haea - Goroka Lahanis
4. Stafford Talita - Hela Wigmen
5. Yabra Kuk - Simbu Warriors
6. Emmanuel Herea - Gulf Isou
7. John Ragi Jnr - Rabaul Gurias
8. Epel Kapinias - Rabaul Gurias
9. Dickson Amba - Rabaul Gurias
10. Raven Johna - Mt Hagen Eagles
11. Ross Ravu - Gulf Isou
12. Paul Nelson - Hela Wigmen
13. Ilias Stanley - Rabaul Guirias
14. Rex Kaupa - Southern Confederate
15. Jordan Millie - Goroka Lahanis
16. Nemiah Joel - Simbu Warriors
17. Norman Braun - Goroka Lahanis
18. Schwazer Kandaki - Simbu Warriors
19. Joshua Jimmy - Simbu Warriors
20. Chris Taria - Southern Confederate
Coach : Colin Geno Gulf Isou
Assistant Coach / Trainer - Glen Nami

PNG will be defending the Gold Medal won at the last Commonwealth Games in 2014 in Glasgow.

16:53

NZ PM to visit Tonga, Samoa, Niue, and the Cook Islands "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says the governments Pacific Mission will take place from 4-9 March and travel to Tonga, Samoa, Niue, and the Cook Islands.


It will be an honour to have the Pacific Mission led by the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and is a further sign of the importance New Zealand attaches to our Pacific neighbours, says Peters.

The government carefully considered whether the Pacific Mission would impose a burden on Tonga and Samoa in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Gita.

However the government decided to proceed to allow the delegation to see first-hand the ongoing response. We will also discuss with the governments of Tonga and Samoa, as much as able to be learned at this point, what support is required for long-term recovery, he says.

The Pacific Mission delegation is made up of MPs, Pasifika community leaders, and NGO representatives. The delegation size is smaller this year with the mission changing focus because of Tropical Cyclone Gita.

New Zealands close ties with Samoa and Tonga are built on a deep bilateral partnership, and a shared commitment to Pacific regionalism. Niue and Cook Islands are constitutional partners for New Zealand and we share citizenship as well as a set of mutual obligations and responsibilities, says Peters.

SOURCE: MFAT/PACNEWS

16:39

Hillary Clinton to speak in New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

For those who are interested and have a few hundred dollars to spare Hillary Clinton is scheduled to speak in Auckland in May. AN EVENING WITH HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON Free from the constraints of running, Secretary Clinton will share the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party []

16:37

Mr Prime Minister, Contrary to Your Claims, the System is Still Being Gamed by Crony Capitalists "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The same set of businessmen, big and small, who were gaming the system earlier continue to thrive under the Modi regime.

The personal honesty of a prime minister does not matter if the system is not cleaned up. Credit: PTI

The personal honesty of a prime minister does not matter if the system is not cleaned up. Credit: PTI

When the system and institutional arrangements continue to be gamed by crony capitalists, it really doesnt matter if the prime minister is personally clean or free of corruption charges. This is not about the individual at all.

We learnt this when the system was being gamed under Manmohan Singh. We are seeing a repeat of it under Narendra Modi. The prime minister hasnt spoken a word on the bank fraud perpetrated by diamond merchants Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi whose companies now owe Rs 20,000 crore, if one adds to the bank fraud the amount of bad loans that they have to repay Punjab National Bank and other banks.

The prime ministers repeated claims that he was successful in cleaning the system of all its ills is proving more and more hollow as frauds and scams tumble out...

16:34

Another good piece by Adam Creighton "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

In todays Oz, Adam Creighton writes another top piece, this time on the costs and lack of benefits of political and ministerial advisors.  Cats should really read it:

Barnaby Joyce affair: political advisers cost too much

Spartacus has previously written on this august site (get stuffed Chris Mitchell) that the average cost of every MP and Senator is well over $1m per annum once you add in electoral and parliamentary offices, travel, staff, stationary, etc etc. (I cant find the link forgive me).  For the 150 MPs and 76 Senators, we are talking about close to $250 million per annum; and this does not include the cost of maintaining the white elephant on Canberra Hill from which they look down on us from.

Imagine how much the ABC would cost with that kind of productivity and cost structure.

One thing Creighton missed, possibly because of space constraint, is the complete lack of oversight and accountability of these advisors.  Notwithstanding their salaries being paid for by taxpayers, they have no accountability to the Parliament and to the citizenry.

If these people are really political apprentices for the parties, they should perhaps also be paid apprentice salaries.

There have also been ample cases of egregious advisor cockups with no sunlight or accountability.  Time for some change.  Well done Adam.

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16:29

Rubio, creature of the NRA, shape up or ship out look after the future and not gun nuts "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

 

16:25

More Than 40 Languages May Be Heading for Extinction: Officials "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Around 42 languages are spoken by less than 10,000 people and are considered endangered.

Indian languages need to get online. Credit: Wikipedia Commons.

According to a report of the census directorate, there are 22 scheduled languages and 100 non-scheduled languages in the country which are spoken by a large number of people. Credit: Wikipedia Commons

New Delhi: More than 40 languages or dialects in India are considered to be endangered and is believed to be heading towards extinction as only a few thousand people speak them, officials said.

According to a report of the census directorate, there are 22 scheduled languages and 100 non-scheduled languages in the country which are spoken by a large number of people one lakh or more. However, there are around 42 languages which are spoken by less than 10,000 people. These are considered endangered and may be heading towards extinction, a home ministry official said.

A list prepared by UNESCO has also mentioned the 42 languages or dialects in India which are endangered and may be heading towards extinction, the official said.

The languages or dialects which were considered endangered, include 11 from Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Great Andamanese, Jarawa, Lamongse, Luro, Muot, Onge, Pu, Sanenyo, Sentilese, Shompen and Takahan...

16:18

Syria: the War has Finished but the War is Continuing "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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On February 3, in Idlib Province a Russian Su-25 attack aircraft carrying out an inspection flight in the de-escalation zone was hit by an American-made portable surface-to-air missile. Its pilot, Roman Filipov, ejected from the aircraft and landed, and started to defend himself. For some time he fired shots from his service gun and finally blew himself up with a grenade to avoid being taken prisoner. He was posthumously awarded the title of Hero of the Russian Federation.

Certain reports in the international press claim that this was a carefully planned provocation intended to extend the conflict and cause the collapse of the Syrian Arab Republic as an independent state. All the indications suggest that the attackers deliberately lay in wait for the Su-25 at that particular location. Recordings from several different cameras were professionally combined and then simultaneously broadcast on Western television channels, with a gloating and ill-natured commentary. The identities of the people who took part in the attack on the Russian aircraft are also known, and there is a theory -as yet unproved- about just how they obtained, or were deliberately given, the anti-aircraft equipment. At present, it is believed that the Russian Su-25 was hit by an American-made portable surface-to-air missile fired by militants from the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham group (formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra the Syrian division of Al Qaeda), which is generously sponsored by Saudi Arabia. The terrorists who brought down the Su-25 from the airspace above Idlib on February 3 do not themselves have the resources needed to buy weapons, and experts are convinced that, without foreign support, they would not have been able to organize the attack on the aircraft.

It is worth reminding readers how just such American-made portable surface-to-air missile systems were used by Afghan mujahideen and their American trainers to bring down Soviet aircraft. When tragic events of 9/11 occurred (and it is still unclear who was responsible for those events) and when the United States unleashed all its might on Afghanistan- which, unlike Saudi Arabia, was entirely innocent of involvement- it was Russia who came to Americas assistance in her time of grief. And maybe Russia, as the Americans had done, should have filled Afghanistan with portable surface-to-air missile systems and seen thousands of American pilots return to their country in zinc coffins....

16:15

George Washington on Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The NY Times ran this article on how George Washingtons farewell address can be interpreted as foreseeing the problems caused by a #POTUS such as Trump. Note it is an Op-Ed not a piece by staffers as such.
When you work your way through the text, reproduced below it is clear that Washington had a clear view of what dangers might come to pass as regards the state of the nation.
Washington foresaw and considered:-

In elaborate and thoughtful prose, Washington raised red flags about disunity, false patriotism, special interests, extreme partisanship, fake news, the national debt, foreign alliances and foreign hatreds. With uncanny foresight, he warned that the most serious threat to our democracy might come from disunity within the country rather than interference from outside. And he foresaw the possibility of foreign influence over our political system and the rise of a president whose ego and avarice would transcend the national interest, raising the threat of despotism.

Washington certainly had great confidence, but in his address he didnt brag about his accomplishments. On the contrary, he beseeched the Almighty to soften the impact of his errors and expressed hopes that the country would forgive them. He established a standard for presidential self-deprecation out of the fear that a president of grossly inflated ego could become a threat to democracy.

So familiar and this paragraph which is so relevant:-

Sooner or later, he concluded, the chief of some prevailing faction, more able and more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purpose of his own elevation on the ruins of public liberty.

Then in perhaps the most telling piece, Washington wrote of one of his greatest concerns:

The ways in which hyperpartisanship could open the door to foreign influence and corruption, which find a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.

As the authors of he Op-Ed write:-

Washingtons goal was to ensure that the young country became stable enough to withstand th...

16:09

Labour jump in Colmar poll "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Labour have jumped up to 48% in the latest 1 News/Colmar Brunton poll. National has slipped a bit with Greens and NZ First struggling. Labour 48% (up 9) National 43% (down 3) Greens 5% (down 2) NZ First 3% (down 2) Maori Party 1% TOP 1% That will shake up the parties and pundits. Its []

16:08

After Nirav Modi Flees, Questions Arise Over Rotomac Pens Rs 800 Crore Default "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Allahabad Bank, Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, Indian Overseas Bank and Union Bank of India reportedly compromised their rules to sanction loans to Rotomac.

Vikram Kothari. Credit: Rotomac websiteVikram Kothari. Credit: Rotomac website

Vikram Kothari. Credit: Rotomac website

New Delhi: After billionaire diamantaire Nirav Modi, another defaulter Vikram Kothari, the promoter of Rotomac Pen has also allegedly gone abroad after swindling Rs 800 crore from various public sector banks including Allahabad Bank, Bank of India and Union Bank of India, sources said.

The Kanpur-based companys owner had taken loans worth more than Rs 800 crore from over five state-owned banks.

Allahabad Bank, Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, Indian Overseas Bank and Union Bank of India compromised their rules to sanction loans to Rotomac, the sources said.

According to local media reports, the promoter said speculation of his fleeing the country is baseless.

I am a resident of Kanpur and I will stay in the city. However, I do have to travel to foriegn countries for business purposes, Kothari said.

Kothari took a loan of Rs 485 crore from Mumbai-based Union Bank of India and a loan of Rs 352 crore from Kolkata-based Allahabad Bank.

A year...

16:04

Mark Mitchell confirms leadership bid "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

As signalled, Mark Mitchell has confirmed he is putting himself forward fort the leadership of the National Party.  This will put him up against Amy Adams, Simon Bridges and Judith Collins. Mitchell is 49, and has been the MP for the Rodney electorate since 2011 after taking over from Lockwood Smith. He has some interesting []

16:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

1.00 AUD = 0.00007 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.40 AUD
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15:46

Filling up "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Cranewatch redux

I've done lots and lots and lots and LOTS of posts about the statistics behind Brisbane's apartment building boom.

When all's said and done Brisbane construction and apartment pre-sales are slowing up, while population growth into Brisbane is picking up strongly.

All that remains to be seen is how quickly or otherwise the new supply is absorbed. 

Here's a short blog with no statistics at all, just some photos from a major construction hotspot: Newstead. 

What was previously a great big planning hole, is now home to apartments, a supermarket, shopping centre, bars, and restaurants, all within easy walking distance of the Teneriffe ferry terminal, and a very short distance of the Central Business District (CBD) of Brisbane. 

I go to Newstead for a coffee most mornings these days - there's quite a bit going on around the gasworks area, not least in terms of cranes and construction! 

While other cities already have many attached dwellings, this style and scale of development is relatively new for Brisbane, and is resulting in a record uplift to apartment stock. 


There is still a fair amount of construction work ongoing, although the bulk of the new volume is either now completed or close to being completed. 

The large tower block in the centre of shot - Haven Apartments - only completed in October, so there are still plenty of rentals available here.  

...

15:46

Horowhenua Rates to Rocket "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Council let $100 million go down the plughole to please developers. Ratepayers suffer the consequences By Veronica Harrod, Horowhenua correspondent Rates are set to skyrocket in Horowhenua with plans by Horowhenua District Council to spend up to $52.5 million on new waste water systems and $54.3 million on water systems at Waitarere, Hokio, Ohau, Manakau []

15:40

Mark Mitchell maiden speech to Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Thanks to Homepaddock, who did the research and thought about the issue, Adam is able to bring you the maiden speeches of each of the known contenders for Nationals Leadership Mark Mitchell

MARK MITCHELL (NationalRodney) : I stand before you today filled with pride at being given the opportunity by the people of Rodney to represent them in this, our 50th Parliament, and I am honoured to be addressing the House for the first time. Mr Speaker, I congratulate you on your reappointment to the high office of Speaker. You have already been recognised across this House for your sound judgment and fairness, and I look forward to being under your guidance in this Chamber.

Mr Speaker, you have been Minister of Education, Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Tourism, and Minister for International Trade during your career, and oversaw the producer board reform that ultimately led to the creation of Fonterra and Zespri Group Ltd. You launched our successful 100% Pure marketing campaign, which was a global success. But perhaps most important, you were the original instigator of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. You are also renowned for your singing voice, and your annual concert in Rodney is an event constituents look forward to every year. I have made a commitment to continue with this concert, and although I feel my own voice is pretty good I have been assured by those closest to me that I need to find another way of keeping that tradition alive.

I live in rewa, in the heart of the Rodney electorate. Rodney is a wonderful part of New Zealand, stretching from Albany Heights, Wainui, and Dairy Flat in the south, to Warkworth, Matakana, and Leigh in the north. We have been blessed with the beautiful Hibiscus and Kowhai coasts, stunning regional parks like Shakespear Regional Park, Wenderholm, and Mahurangi, and we are home to two marine reserves, one of which, Goat Island, was the first in New Zealand. The new Northern Motorway has brought Auckland closer to Rodney, and our towns in the south of the electorate are experiencing strong growth while still retaining their unique character. Further north, our communities are more rural. Some have become famous, like Phoi for its pub and cheese factory, or Waiwera for its geothermal hot pools. We have the charm and history of Warkworth, world-class wine trails, great schools, strong communities, and a real pride in our beautiful part of New Zealand.

However, there are challenges ahead and I am focused on finding solutions that will allow us to develop our infrastructure and services in step with our population growth. This includ...

15:39

Judith Collins maiden speech to Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Thanks to Homepaddock, who did the research and thought about t he issue, Adam is able to bring you the maiden speeches of each of the known contenders for Nationals Leadership Judith Collins

JUDITH COLLINS (NZ National-Clevedon): Since this is the first time that I have spoken in Parliament, I take this opportunity to congratulate the Speaker on his
appointment, an appointment, I note, that was made with the full support of this House.

I am proud to represent the electorate of Clevedon on behalf of the New Zealand National Party. Clevedon is a diverse electorate, located both to the south and to the east of Auckland. It is 80 percent urban and 20 percent rural. Included in its boundaries are the historic township of Papakura, the rural areas of Clevedon, Orere Point, Kawakawa Bay, Brookby, Alfriston, Whitford, and Ardmore-which, incidently, is home to the busiest airport in New Zealand. It encompasses the coastal townships of Maraetai and Beachlands, and to the north, New Zealands fastest-growing residential areas: Dannemora, Somerville, Shamrock Park, Point View, and Shelly Park.

The people of Clevedon are ethnically diverse. The population includes European New Zealanders. Maori New Zealanders, Pacific Island New Zealanders, and, increasingly, New Zealanders who have migrated mainly from Taiwan, Korea, India, China, South Africa, and Fiji. It is an electorate of schools with the highest decile ratings, and schools with the lowest decile ratings.

Clevedon is an electorate of old and new traditions, of Christian churches and Buddhist temples. On the one hand it is the home of the present Minister of Justice; on the other hand it was the home of Michael Choy until he was brutally slain. It is New Zealand as it is today.

I am the youngest of six children born to Percy and Jessie Collins of Walton in the Waikato. We were dairy farming people. We were not wealthy people but we were not
poor. We were and are middle New Zealand. In a way, we were very privileged. We had two parents, discipline, responsibilities, plenty of love, and, more than anything else, we had security-a family in reality, not just in name. I decided to become a lawyer. I did not know any, but I had seen them on television and I knew that lawyers could, if they wanted to, do a lot of good for people.

That vague ambition was made solid when someone made the mistake of telling me that I could not do it. The exact words were: You wont be a lawyer. Youre a nice girl; youll get married. Well, at uni...

15:38

Simon Bridges maiden speech to Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Thanks to Homepaddock, who did the research and thought about the issue, Adam is able to bring you the maiden speeches of each of the known contenders for Nationals Leadership Simon Bridges

SIMON BRIDGES (NationalTauranga) : Nearly every maiden speech that I have read has begun with the member congratulating Mr Speaker on his appointment to high office, and I congratulate you, Mr Deputy Speaker, and also Mr Speaker, the Hon Lockwood Smith. I congratulate the Hon Lockwood Smith not only as a matter of professional courtesy but because of our personal friendship, going back to a beer we shared at Auckland Universitys Shadows bar when he was getting a hard time as education Minister and I was a pimply young Nat.

Indeed, I joined the National Party at a young age, not because of any longstanding family connection to the greatest political party in the history of our nation but because then, as now, I believed in less not more government, in individuals doing as much for themselves as possible, and in reward for hard work and enterprise. Then, as now, I was generally economically dry and socially conservative, but never unthinkingly or uncaringly so. We need to do what works, not what sounds good in theory. In human affairs matters are often shades of grey, and not simply black or white. In economic times like these, rigid adherence to orthodoxies may not solve things for ordinary Kiwis. World-class health and education systems are essential. New Zealanders clearly understand this, and voted on 8 November for a John Key led Government and the fresh approach to our nations challenges that it brings; they voted to move away from a slavish adherence to ideology, towards a new style of politics that is inclusive, dignified, and decent, and that believes that politics can be noble and deliver greater justice.

Can I today in this hallowed hall acknowledge my wonderful family and my amazing wife. My mother is from Waih dairy-farming stock and my father from Frankton in Hamilton. Like so many in this nation, my mothers ancestors came from England, while my fathers mother, Naku Joseph, was Ngti Maniapoto and came from rural prure, near Te Kiti. She remained in an unhappy relationship with her hard-living husband, Alf Bridges, because in those days early last century she thought that marriage to a Pkeh man was bettering herself and her childrens prospects. She continually told my father that she wanted her children and grandchildren to have letters behind their names, without really understanding what that meant. The dysfunctio...

15:36

Amy Adams maiden speech to Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Thanks to Homepaddock, who did the research and thought about the issue, Adam is able to bring you the maiden speeches of each of the known contenders for Nationals Leadership Amy Adams

AMY ADAMS (NationalSelwyn) : It is with a great deal of respect that I rise to present my maiden speech in this Chamber, and I offer my congratulations to you, sir, on your election. I stand before this House as the representative for the newly formed Canterbury seat of Selwyn, and I am conscious of the great debt that I owe to the people of my electorate for the faith they have shown in me. I would like to begin today by pledging to them my commitment to work in their interests and for their advancement for the time I am here.

I would also like to pay a personal tribute to the Prime Minister, the Hon John Key. Our Prime Minister is a man of great honour and real charisma, and a man with a heartfelt empathy for the people of New Zealand. He has been an inspiration to me, my electorate, and all New Zealand, and I am especially honoured to be serving in his Government.

We seem to raise strong politicians on the Canterbury plains. I come from the same part of the country as the great Sir John Hall, a farmer, and former Premier of New Zealand, who in the 1870s formed and maintained a Government in a period of great change and instability. Sir John is particularly to be remembered for one of his final acts of public life, which was to successfully shepherd the womens suffrage bill into the House in 1890.

In the passage of time we seem to have lost sight of the enormous contribution Sir John made, and, as a woman now representing his home area, I take a moment to acknowledge his legacy. As a farmer, he and his brothers formed one of the first large-scale sheep runs in the South Island, which later became Terrace Station. As a politician for the original Selwyn seat, he was respected for his integrity and huge contribution to the developing nations landscape. Sir John was a staunch conservative who felt that women would bring more decorum and civilised behaviour to politics, and who would be least likely to countenance official extravagance. Women, he noted, instinctively possess a far keener insight into character than men, and the result of giving them a vote would be that a candidates chance at election would depend more on his character, for trustworthiness, for ability and for straightforwardness than on mere professions made on the hustings. He said: A clever ready-tongued political adventur...

15:34

Chief Executive Officer "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Balranald Local Aboriginal land Council

15:30

Lets talk "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Discuss: If you could become immortal on the condition you would NEVER be able to die or kill yourself, would you choose immortality?

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15:27

COVER UP! The dark past of disgraced Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle in The Valley of the Dolls "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

EXCLUSIVE: Having recently resigned as lord mayor of Melbourne following a number of sexual harassment claims, it can now be revealed that Liberal Party heavyweight Robert Doyle once got a teenage girl to sign a confidentiality agreement after she was sexually harassed by another sleazy politician who made crude remarks to her in person and over the phone. [READ MORE]

15:00

Hindutva Politics in Command at DU, Complaints Mount of Teacher Dis(Orientation) "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

With resource persons drawn from various front organisations of the RSS, the training programme has become a vehicle to indoctrinate teachers who had assembled from around the country.

Participants at an orientation course. RSS ideologue Govindacharya can be seen in the front row. Credit: CPDHE

New Delhi: Under the rules of the University Grants Commission (UGC), all assistant professors in Central and state universities and affiliated colleges are required to attend one orientation course and two refresher courses in order to be eligible for promotion at different stages in their career.

These courses are conducted across the country by UGC-run Human Research Development Centres (HRDCs, also known as academic staff training colleges) in different universities.

Orientation courses are broad-based programmes meant to introduce teaching skills and interdisciplinary perspectives to faculty persons. The aim of the refresher courses is to upgrade the teachers knowledge of themes and issues in her field history, sociology or womens studies, for instance.

The usual practice has been for these centres to draw on locally available intellectual resources. In particular, orientation and refresher programmes offered by HRDCs in Delhi attract applicants from across India, primarily on account of their ability to source experts from top-tier institu...

14:56

Boris: The price of nationalism? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Many people on the right love nationalists. Especially East European nationalists, and especially ultra-conservative governments of Poland and Hungary, who stand up to the hegemony of the EU on issues ranging from judicial activism to immigration.

But there are some problems. Prior to WWII, European nationalists were often openly anti-Semitic, while the left stood up for Jewish rights. Remember the Dreyfus affair in the 19th century France, the Beilis affair in southern Russia in 1913, and in numerous other cases. Why? Because Jews, without a home country of their own and scattered among many nations, were perceived by nationalists to be inherently internationalist and cosmopolitan in nature, or worse, representative of a trans-national body, the world Jewry. Nazism was a culmination of these sentiments.

This all changed after WWII and establishment of the State of Israel. Jews established a state of their own, and indeed asserted their own nationalism. From then on, nationalists around the world gradually embraced Israel and Israeli nationalists as partners against internationalists and cosmopolitans. At the same time, the left became increasingly hostile to Israel and the Zionists, and by extension to the Jews, precisely because they, the left, opposed nationalism. This is the big picture, if somewhat oversimplified.

It so happens that nationalism is nowadays particularly strong in Eastern Europe, and, naturally, Eastern European countries are some of the strongest supporters of Israel. Yet old habits die hard. This was highlighted last week, when the Polish parliament approved a law that essentially criminalises any suggestions that Poles were complicit in the Holocaust. Israel and Jewish groups call this Holocaust denial (or distortion) , and the US State Department expressed concern. When confronted, Polish nationalist political leaders say that the law is needed to protect the truth and the good name of Poland. That is, we must conclude, the price of nationalism.

The Polish example is by no means unique. Minimizing or denial of complicity of their nationals in the Holocaust is common in Eastern Europe . Polands example is moderate by comparison. After all, the Nazis considered Poles and all other Slavs as sub-human and subjected them to brutal oppression. It is estimated that up to two million non-Jewish Polish nationals died as a result of Nazi occupation. Thus Poland may try to minimize the role of its citizens in the Holocaust but it certainly does not celebrate the Nazis or Nazi collaborators.

The situation is different in c...

14:49

Federer Simply The Best "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The goal at start of week was to make it to the semi-finals, Federer said. Its unbelievable to be number one again. This is one of the best weeks of my life. On top of the world By Roger Childs With his victory over-night in the Rotterdam Open, Roger Federer displaces Rafal Nadal as world []

14:47

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14:47

Poll Roundup: Barnaby 1, "Momentum" 0 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

2PP Estimate By 2016 Preferences: 53.3 to ALP (same as end of last year)
With historical One Nation adjustment: 52.8 to ALP
Labor would win election "held now"

With six new federal polls released in 2018 so far it's time for another federal Poll Roundup, a series which I issue roughly every second Newspoll.  As noted in a piece I did about second-term Opposition Leaders, the year began with widespread predictions of a painful year for Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and many people reading a lasting Coalition recovery into, well, a single Newspoll really.  However it has taken the Coalition just two weeks to hit another speedbump in the form of a multi-faceted scandal involving Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce.  The scandal, involving both his relationship with a staffer and various arrangements arising from it, escalated into an exchange of insults between the Prime Minister and his Deputy late last week.

In all this Joyce's behaviour has been that of the ultimate entitled politician, who has even claimed that he himself would never comment on Liberal Party leadership matters when in fact he's been doing so, and frequently, for years. Some of Malcolm Turnbull's comments in response to Joyce's situation have agitated Joyce into retaliating and encouraged Tony Abbott supporters to do their usual thing.  However, the idea that Joyce's lack of moral standards and spectacular political hypocrisy should cause the Liberals to replace their own leader with someone better able to work with such a person is ridiculous.

Polling And Aggregation Changes

There has been a significant change over the break with Essential switching from weekly to fortnightly.  This will mean less frequent polling data and that in some weeks there may not even be any federal polls, but it will also be a lot less work for my aggregate as I will no longer need to be alternately deleting and reinstating successive Essentials to prevent the same datasets from influencing the total twice.  Also following the acquisition of Galaxy by YouGov, the pre-existing YouGov-Fifty Acres poll (which persistently produced extremely strange 2PP results) has yet to reappear, and I would not be too surprised if it has gone.  Some people have been confused about this and have thought the characteristics of the YouGov-Fifty Acres poll would now carry on into Galaxy and Newspoll, but this is not the case - YouGov's ownership of Galaxy has so far had no impact on its polling methods.

There has also been a significant change in polling aggregation land with Bludger Track going over to a...

14:40

What EVERYONE is Missing About Russiagate "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Yes, America interferes in elections all the time. And yes, the Russian ad buys happened after the election. And yes, the DNC really did rig the primaries for Hillary. But if you believe the truth then you're a dirty Russian!

14:30

What Lies Behind the Resistance to Indias Highest Dam? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Not only has the government failed to do a cost-benefit analysis of the Pancheshwar Dam in Uttarakhand, it is also not addressing the growing concerns of locals.

Credit: Sumit Mahar

The Mahakali river is a source of socio-cultural and religious identity for the people of the region. Credit: Sumit Mahar

Exactly a year ago, our prime minister, in his campaign speech just before the Uttarakhand state elections, declared from the podium in Pithoragarh town that he was going to make sure that he brought development to the region through the long-pending Indo Nepal project building Pancheshwar Dam on Mahakali river, which forms the border between the two countries.

In the last 365 days, every authority concerned with the project that was first conceptualised in the 1960s has gone into overdrive to ensure that the prime ministers words are kept. The detailed project report was said to be final, the environment and social impact assessment reports were submitted, public consultations in three affected districts were rushed through, the environment ministrys expert committee visited the area and submitted a report, the forest clear...

14:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Celebrification the introduction of celebrity as a factor in a field or discipline; the transformation of ordinary people and public figures into celebrities.

Hat tip: Fran OSullivan

14:30

Labor and the Greens: Putting foreign criminals first. Again. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The left and refugee advocates would have us believe that the detainees in processing centres are all poor, trembling waifs, brutally mistreated by the heartless Australian government. Yet for years, regular reports including from refugee advocates themselves have shown that the detention centres are rife with rape, sexual assault and child abuse among []

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14:28

Absolute Divine Simplicity and Hellenic Presuppositions Jay Dyer "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

When God was conversing with Moses, He did not say, I am the essence, but I am the One Who is. Thus it is not the One Who is who derives from the essence, but essence which derives from Him, for it is He who contains all being in Himself. -St. Gregory Palamas, Triads in Defense of the Holy Hesychasts, III.ii.12

By: Jay Dyer

In my own journey, when first discovering this issue when challenged some 10 years ago, it involved taking the time to delve deeper into works like On the Trinity, Denzinger, Ottt, Catechism of Trent, etc., for assumptions about Thomism I previously took for granted.  In this article we will examine first the official Roman Catholic teaching on divine simplicity from their dogmatic sources, then show how it is a confirmation of the Augustinian and Thomistic ideas (that unfortunately had their origins in Platonism and Origenism), and then the Orthodox response.  It will become evident there is a clear, undebatable Roman Catholic view of a dogmatic absolute simplicity, as well as vindicating my argument in the Filioque as Arian Subordinationism article, as well as showing the Roman Catholic position leads to modalism (if consistent) and simultaneously a heretical Christology.

First, it should be pointed out that the only response so far to my article was an attempt to argue that St. Athanasius speaks of the Son as the will of the Father.  This is true, and St. Gregory Palamas also speaks of the Spirit as manifesting love.   However, in both cases in Orthodox theology, we believe those descriptions are true and real descriptions of the eternal manifestation of the Triad, and not propositions about the hypostatic origins of the Persons.  St Athanasius and later Orthodox theology explains this notion to mean a mode of hypostatic manifestation, much like saying the Son the Wisdom of God, it is not meant to be a strict identification between hypostasis and attribute or operation (wisdom).  To strictly identify the Son of God with the will of God would lead to massive errors and heresies, such as the absurd notion the Son generates...

14:05

Four Years On, It is Clear that Modis Foreign Policy is Merely a Blip in Indias Timeline "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The unprecedented churn in South Asia and East Asia calls for imaginative solutions from India but the prime minister has nothing to offer.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Credit: Reuters

At the turn of the 21st century, policy planners in India made a conscious decision to deepen her engagement with the United States.

Historians of the future will quibble over the precise moment this decision was made: one could peg it to the years of the United Progressive Alliance-I, although it was probably midwifed by official Indias interaction with the Bretton Woods institutions like the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in the early 1990s, and its subsequent run-ins with the Clinton administration over the Pokhran tests in 1998.

This decision did not bear the unanimous imprimatur of the establishment in New Delhi. As a matter of fact, it did not enjoy consensus even within the Indian National Congress (INC). It was orchestrated by a small group of politicians led by Manmohan Singh and aided by a group of able diplomats and negotiators in the Prime Ministers Office and the Ministry of External Affairs.

The jury is out on that decision and it is by no means an uncontroversial one. Indias substantive embrace of the US chipped away at the central tenets of its foreign policy, such as non-alignment, and was manifested most egregiously in unprincipled decisions like...

14:00

A belated Recognition and a new policy (Part 2) "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Part Ten of a history of European occupation, rule, and brutal imperialism of Indigenous Australia, by Dr George Venturini.  There could be no better way to express the firm view that for the last 229 years the Indigenous Peoples and Australians meaning by that all those who began to arrive with Captain Phillip in

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14:00

Addressing the Heffalump in the room "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guest Post: Jim Bunny Rogers Rabbits SunLive.co.nz newsie.co.nz This week, Jim Bunny ventures out of the warren to share his thoughts on an issue that keeps on growing. It must be coming. Surely. I sense, because of all the fomenting over Rogers Rabbits two weeks ago, a cynical, insensitive assault by a skinny person on on []

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13:45

Top athletes snub CWealth Games "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

AFN battles to get best available   may release team list today   There are strong indications that some of the countrys top athletes might snub the forthcoming Commonwealth Games scheduled to take place in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia from April 4 to 15. Reports have it that red-hot Divine Oduduru and Tobiloba Amusan are []

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13:44

$195 for "An evening with Hillary" Clinton in Sydney. Want more? Pay more..................... "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

$195 the cheapest seats for Hillary Clinton in Australia Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will visit Australia in May. AAP 12:43PM February 19, 2018 Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is coming to Australia to talk about her future plans after losing the 2016 US election to Donald Trump. Mrs...

13:42

The consequences of a job not done "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

By Andrew Chambers Dear Barney, You have my sympathy. An ordinary bloke should be able to navigate the complexities of the heart and the trousers in privacy and with respect, for this is one mans business, one mans life to lead as he sees fit. But Barney, youre no ordinary bloke. Youre the Deputy Prime

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13:33

Defending Turnbulls bonk ban "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Yesterday I was commissioned by the Sydney Morning Herald to write an opinion piece on the PMs bonk ban  in it I argue the new requirement reflects modern workplace standards and the communitys expectations.     Dont forget you can receive analysis like this on a daily basis during parliamentary sitting weeks by signing up to []

13:32

MORE ON THE 'PRESERVATION OF WINSTON PETERS' BAUBLES OF OFFICE' BILL "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

One of the reasons James Shaw gave for the Greens support of Winston's Electoral Integrity Bill (so called) was that for an MP to be expelled from Parliament it would require a two-thirds vote from his/her caucus to trigger the expulsion and that was democracy in action.     Straightforward ... not on your nelly.

Since the late 1970s there have been many occasions when a Party has been represented in the House by just two members (started with Socreds Bruce Beetham and Garry Knapp while in the 51st Parliament it was the Maori Party).   Under the Peters' Bill a member of a two member party can walk free because you can't get a two-thirds vote from a two person caucus.   Under Peters' Bill we end up with the situation where parties having three or more members in their caucus can expel MPs and parties with only two members can't.    Perhaps James S can tell us just how that represents democracy in action.

The Bill is both fatally flawed and fatally compromised.     It's in the name of the Minister of Justice and Andrew Little should seek to withdraw it ... but he won't because Winston Peters will never admit that he got it so horribly wrong.    That leaves the Greens who were sandbagged into supporting it to first reading.  Now that it's shown to have holes big enough to drive a truck through will they have the gonads to withdraw that support?    I think not ... their track record is of a Party prepared to sacrifice their principles for the baubles of office.  


The Bill is a shambles; it's undemocratic and it confers privileged status on MPs belonging to a two member caucus over all other MPs ... and all this because Winston First doesn't/can't trust his own caucus.



13:30

Another great candidate for a Prime Ministers scholarship unless "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

   A 12-year-old girl who dropped out of school for a year says a charter school turned her life around. Luciana Wheeler, who at one time hated school, said Middle School West Auckland helped her fall in love with learning again. [..] Luciana said enrolling at a charter school was the best decision her family ever []

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13:30

Fifteen Years Since Muthanga, Promise of Land to Keralas Adivasis Remains Unfulfilled "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Land redistribution measures in the state need to move beyond merely parceling out land.

A Paniya colony in Wayanad. Credit: Sudheesh R.C.

A Paniya colony in Wayanad district of Kerala. Credit: Sudheesh R.C.

February 19, 2018, marks 15 years of the Muthanga incident, when the police clashed with Adivasis protesting under the banner of the Adivasi Gothra Maha Sabha (AGMS) in Muthanga, Wayanad district. Jogi, an Adivasi protestor, and Vinod, a policeman, were killed in the clash. The incident became a turning point in the history of Kerala, etching the Adivasi voice in the public sphere like never before.

The protest was launched after the Congress-led government failed to act on its promise of giving land to Adivasis, reached at the end of a 48-day long struggle by the latter in the state capital Thiruvananthapuram in 2001. Every landless Adivasi household was promised one to five acres of land.

Gopalan, a resident of Noolpuzha panchayat in Wayanad district and a participant of the protests, recently received an acre 15 years after the incident.

The land is in Meppadi. Really good soil. It will take us about six months to clear the land and prepare it for farming, but we will do it, said Gopalan who is positive about rebuilding his life and moving out of the colony that he curre...

13:19

Mark Mitchells maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Rodney MP Mark Mitchell is standing for leader of the National Party.

I posted the maiden speeches of the other three candidates on Saturday.

Here is Marks:

MARK MITCHELL (NationalRodney) : I stand before you today filled with pride at being given the opportunity by the people of Rodney to represent them in this, our 50th Parliament, and I am honoured to be addressing the House for the first time. Mr Speaker, I congratulate you on your reappointment to the high office of Speaker. You have already been recognised across this House for your sound judgment and fairness, and I look forward to being under your guidance in this Chamber.

Mr Speaker, you have been Minister of Education, Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Tourism, and Minister for International Trade during your career, and oversaw the producer board reform that ultimately led to the creation of Fonterra and Zespri Group Ltd. You launched our successful 100% Pure marketing campaign, which was a global success. But perhaps most important, you were the original instigator of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. You are also renowned for your singing voice, and your annual concert in Rodney is an event constituents look forward to every year. I have made a commitment to continue with this concert, and although I feel my own voice is pretty good I have been assured by those closest to me that I need to find another way of keeping that tradition alive.

I live in rewa, in the heart of the Rodney electorate. Rodney is a wonderful part of New Zealand, stretching from Albany Heights, Wainui, and Dairy Flat in the south, to Warkworth, Matakana, and Leigh in the north. We have been blessed with the beautiful Hibiscus and Kowhai coasts, stunning regional parks like Shakespear Regional Park, Wenderholm, and Mahurangi, and we are home to two marine reserves, one of which, Goat Island, was the first in New Zealand. The new Northern Motorway has brought Auckland closer to Rodney, and our towns in the south of the electorate are experiencing strong growth while still retaining their unique character. Further north, our communities are more rural. Some have become famous, like Phoi for its pub and cheese factory, or Waiwera for its geothermal hot pools. We have the charm and history of Warkworth, world-class wine trails, great schools, strong communities, and a real pride in our beautiful part of New Zealand.

However, there are challenges ahead and I am focused on finding solutions that will allow u...

13:12

MACKAY Dysart man snaps after stolen car smashes into his ute "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

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13:00

Mental health break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a video suitable for the Mental Health Break please e-mail it to video@whaleoil.co.nz and put MHB in the Subject line.

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13:00

In which the pond can't escape the polar Barners' vortex ... "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


How the pond wishes that the Barners affair was done and dusted. 

The reptiles are completely distracted look, there's the bromancer at it, when he should be doing a normal day's work, finding gold in the doings of the Donald

Oh sure the Terrorists tried, thanks to good old jolly Joe wanting to sell off the Hunters Hill farm


but the opinion pages were full of it, with the Bolter hoping that either Barners or Malware had to go and oh frabjous day, call ooh, cal lay, he chortled in his joy, perhaps he could persuade Malware to take the long walk, and do the high jump



In the old days, the pond would have reverted to the Major Mitchell, that squawking galah, the man who keeps talking about his deep understanding of capitalism, while running a newspaper at a substantial loss for years, propped up by pay television

12:35

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

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"Ocean Defender - A Visit With Leilei Shih"

Once you meet her, youll see she was born an activist. Both a marine geochemist and the O`ahu Sierra Clubs Conservation Chair, Leilei Shih is definitely a defender of the worlds oceans. But not only oceans as she also created a community farm which grows land to table fresh food for people. Join us in our amazing visit with Leilei at beautiful Kane`ohe Bay and youll see why shes so passionate about all things living -
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12:32

Cartoons about Judith Collins "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Below are various cartoons published about Judith Collins over the last two years. For earlier cartoons, see: Cartoons about the comeback of Judith Collins. Emmerson - NZ Herald 17 February 2018 Tremain - Dominion Post 19 February 2018 Body - NZ Herald 19 February 2018 Scott - Dominion Post 16 February 2018 Nisbet - The Press 19 February 2018 Chicane - Southland Times 16 February 2018 Hodgson - Dominion Post 6 November 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 20 September 2017 Hubbard - 7 July 2017 Bromhead - NZ Herald 5 March 2017 Hubbard - 6 March 2017 Chicane - Southland...

12:30

US Students Plan Protests, Washington March, to Demand Gun Control After Mass Shooting "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Local students, including some from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, hold up their phone lights as the congregation responds at the end of a vigil for victims of the school shooting, at the Church By The Glades megachurch in Coral Springs, Florida, US February 18, 2018. Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Drake

Parkland, Fla.: Stunned by the deadliest...

12:30

The courage of the yellow Greens "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If there were ever any doubt that the green-left simply despise the West and its most valued institutions, no clearer proof is needed than Australian Greens leader, Richard di Natales extraordinary and disgusting attack on the new senator, Jim Molan, former Major-General with the ADF. Even while Di Natale frets about the racist and hurtful []

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12:30

Oxfam Reveals Haiti Director Admitted to Using Prostitutes "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

An Oxfam sign is seen on a kiosk that was used to distribute water in Corail, a camp for displaced people of the earthquake of 2010, on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, February 17, 2018. Credit: Reuters/Andres Martinez Casares

London: Oxfams country director in Haiti admitted to using prostitutes at his residence during a relief mission before resigning in 2011, according to an internal investigation into allegati...

12:30

Sudan Says Will Release Over 80 Political Prisoners From Khartoum Jails "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Arrested politicians and journalists shout inside the National Prison before their release after demonstrations in Khartoum, Sudan February 18, 2018. Credit: Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdal...

12:30

Barnaby, Turnbull and #BonkBan: Parliament is now officially a joke "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Barnaby, Turnbull and #BonkBan: Parliament is now officially a jokeTurnbull's #BonkBan is beyond parody but the general lack of accountability among our politicians is no longer funny, says Noely Neate. read now...

12:05

Doctors not convinced on medical cannabis "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Doctors have been warned against rushing to prescribe medical cannabis despite Australians acceptance of its use. To date, the evidence on the effectiveness of medical cannabis remains limited, write Jennifer Martin and Associate Professor Yvonne Bonomo in an editorial for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP).

Published in the Medical Journal of Australia, they say the usual regulatory processes designed to protect patients from potential serious harms caused by medicinal cannabinoids must be adhered to.

The pace and scale of the introduction of medicinal cannabis are unprecedented and have raised challenges for health professionals, not so much because of its known addictive and psychoactive properties, but because its introduction has not followed the usual research-based safety and effectiveness processes, they wrote.

They argue there is a need for stronger and more streamlined guidelines in administering and supplying medical cannabis

.In Australia, medicinal cannabis is legal but patient access is still very difficult.

The Therapeutic Goods Administrations (TGA) Special Access Scheme (SAS) provides patient access to cannabis on compassionate grounds without the usual quality and safety data requirements.

This means approval is granted on a case-by-case basis provided the correct documentation is given by the prescribing doctor, says Dr John Lawson, a paediatric neurologist and conjoint senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales.

The prescribing medical practitioner has several responsibilities, including providing informed consent and a treatment plan and monitoring, and complying with reporting requirements including reporting any adverse event to the TGA, Dr Lawson said.

In the case of a child with epilepsy, this means that general practitioners or paediatricians can only successfully apply via the SAS scheme with supporting documentation from a paediatric neurologist.

He says there needs to be a balance between compassion and careful assessment for patients for whom cannabis products might be beneficial.

Already there is a body of evidence to support the use of medicinal cannabis for those suffering from chemotherapy-induced nausea, epilepsy, MS and Parkinsons disease.

A recent trial published in The New England Journal of Medicine, led by Australian neurologist Professor Ingrid Scheffer, found cannabidiol one of at least 113 compounds found in the cannabis plant significantly reduced the severity and frequency of seizures in children with a rare, yet devastating form of epilepsy known as Dravet syndrome.

Last year, the Medical Cannabis Council called for more robust research to be done to ensure patients greater acc...

12:01

EX-CIA Director: We interfere in other countries elections (81 times), but only for a good cause. "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

EX-CIA Director: We interfere in other countries elections (81 times), but only for a good cause.

https://steemit.com/russia/@caitlinjohnstone/ex-cia-director-thinks-us-hypocrisy-about-election-meddling-is-hilarious

This article explains how the CIA overthrew the Australian government and restored Australias servile puppet state status which continues to exist today. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/23/gough-whitlam-1975-coup-ended-australian-independence

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12:00

Map of the day: Legal status of Jews around the year 1500 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The map above gives a very general overview of the legal status of Jews in various major European countries around the year 1500. Interestingly, the two European countries with the largest Jewish populations today (France: 465,000; UK: 270,000) both had Jewish bans in 1500. In modern times Jews are fleeing France now in record numbers []

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12:00

Time to lock the revolving door "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Stuff reports that former National Chief of Staff Wayne Eagleson has become a lobbyist within months of quitting. He's the second high profile public official to do this recently, with former Labour Chief of Staff Neale Jones joining Australian lobbyists Hawker Britton in November. In both cases, these former public officials are seeking to leverage the knowledge and contacts they built up in their highly paid public careers for private profit.

Why do we allow this? Many other democracies don't. Australia, Canada, the USA and the European Union all have cooling off periods for public officials, preventing MPs and senior public servants from seeking to use their networks for private gain for up to five years. Such cooling off periods can be specific to issues in which the official worked (e.g. generals can't go and work for defence contractors, but can work for tobacco companies), or a general prohibition. The justification is to prevent the distortion of democracy, to prevent conflicts of interest and the abuse of knowledge and networks gained in public service for private gain, and to prevent post-retirement payoffs. All of which seem like something we need here.

(In fact, we have one provision: s15(2) of the Immigration Advisers Licensing Act 2007 prohibits former Immigration Ministers and officials from working as immigration advisors for 12 months after leaving office. So we recognise that there is a need)

Regulation of lobbyists was another key demand of the Open Government Partnership consultation which was ignored by the government. They're supposed to be working on a new OGP action plan this year, so this is an opportunity to get them to commit to it.

11:57

FixedIt: Sexual assault is not sex "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Yahoo reported on a sexual assault allegation against Devin Patrick Kelley, the man who shot and killed 25 people in a church in Texas.

The woman who reported the sexual assault was not given a forensic examination and little effort was made to contact her after she gave her statement. When detectives did eventually speak to her, four months after she made the statement, they claimed they couldnt find Kelley and let the case drop.

In her signed statement the woman said, he told me would hurt me when I didnt do what he said. The records also include a statement from Kelleys first wife, Tessa Brennaman, who said the alleged victim told her about the incident a day later.

By the time of the shooting, Kelley had been court-martialed and removed from the Air Force on allegations that he abused his then-wife and a child. The following year, deputies were called to his home to investigate a domestic violence complaint, and he was accused of misdemeanor animal cruelty in Colorado.

All of this goes to show the strong connection between men who commit violence against women and men who commit mass shooting in America. It also demonstrates the casual approach law enforcement has to mens sexual crimes against women. And for the FixedIt project, it is yet another example of sexual assault being misnamed as sex.

Its almost like theres a relationship between all these things.

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11:49

Leith van Onselen tackles the growth lobby monster - by Leith van Onselen "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Tonight, [Feb 18, 2018] I appeared on the ABCs National Wrap to debate the Migration Councils CEO, Carla Wilshire, on Australias mass immigration program. Below are notes from the debate explaining my position and refuting Ms Wilshires key lines of argument.

By Unconventional Economist in Australian Economy at 11:01 pm on February 18, 2018. First published at https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2018/02/leith-van-onselen-tackles-growth-lobby-monster/.

Economic modelling on immigration is unflattering and does not reflect real life:

During the debate, we got into an exchange over the purported economic benefits of immigration, as noted by the various Productivity Commission (PC) modelling.

Ms Wilshire argued the modelling shows unambiguous benefits to Australians because GDP per capita is increased, whereas I argued that incumbent Australian workers are made worse-off from falling wages (let alone broader impacts like congestion, higher infrastructure costs, smaller and less affordable housing, etc).

At the outset, it is important to note that economic modelling around immigration is inherently limited and often does not reflect real life.

First, it is generally assumed in these models that population ageing will result in fewer people working, which will subtract from per capita GDP. However, it is equally likely that age-specific workforce participation will respond to labour demand, resulting in fewer people being unemployed, as we have witnessed in Japan, where the unemployment rate is below 3%.

Even if this assumption holds true, the benefit to GDP per capita would only be transitory. Once the migrant workers grow old, they too will add to the pool of aged Australians, thus requiring an ever increasing immigration intake to keep the population age profile from rising.

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11:47

Courts refuse to protect Australian private property rights "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Last week, the Federal Court confirmed that property rights in Australia are held at the whim of governments.  The Court was hearing an appeal in the Peter Spencer case.

This is an issue I covered on several previous occasions, for example here, here, here and here.

In a nutshell, Peter Spencer was a NSW farmer whose land was devalued from a worth of $9 million to $2 million by the regulatory actions of the NSW government which progressively reduced what he might do on the land.  In the end, the NSW government offered to buy his land for the $2 million its devalued worth stemming from its regulatory actions but Mr Spencer rejected this.  The governments actions were unquestionably takings of Mr Spencers property rights.  But, according to the original judgement, he was due no compensation and the offer by the NSW government was therefore generous!

The whole case has far reaching ramifications.  Many of those 19th Century jurists discussing the establishment of the Australian Constitution were of the view that property rights were so enshrined in the common law that no explicit provisions, akin to the US Bill of Rights, were necessary to attest to this.  Provisions against uncompensated takings of property are not in state law but the Commonwealth constitution had Article 51 (XXIII) saying the Commonwealth could not take property without offering just terms to its owners.

Mr Spencers strategy was to seek compensation from the Commonwealth on the grounds that the actions by the NSW Government were taken at the behest of the Commonwealth, which sought to prevent land clearing in order to suppress the emissions of greenhouse gases.  This allowed Australia to meet the terms of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol (which was ratified with Kevin Rudd in 2007 but which the Coalition Government had signed and were seeking to meet).

Under the Kyoto Protocol Australia agreed to limit its emissions of greenhouse gas to an eight per cent increase by 2012.  Land clearing restrictions reduced Australian emissions by 110 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (about a fifth of total emissions), without which Australian emissions in 2012 would have seen a 21 per cent increase.

Some other governments (notably Japan and Canada) failed to meet their own commitments and gained some international opprobrium as...

11:43

Censorship, the central bank independence ruse and Groupthink "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

A few things came up late last week which demonstrate the neoliberal Groupthink is alive an well at the highest levels of policy in Australia (and elsewhere). First, there was a story that a report from an Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) journalist on the Australian governments corporate tax cuts was withdrawn after publication by the ABC after receiving several complaints from senior government ministers including the Treasurer and the Prime Minister. The story was not even radical. The journalist who I have had dealings with is a neoliberal herself when it comes to understanding macroeconomics. Second, one of the claims that the neoliberals make is that central banks are now firmly independent and not part of the political process. This is all part of the depoliticisation process whereby governments absolve themselves of political responsibility for policies that harm the citizens by appealing to independent external authorities (such as the IMF, or central banks). Well we know that the claim about central bank independence is not true both in terms of the way the monetary system operates but also in the conduct of various central bankers over the last few decades. Last week, the Reserve Bank of Australia governor once again demonstrated how politically independent he is NOT by invoking key mainstream neoliberal myths about deficits and grandchildren. And then an old hack and largely failed British Labour politicians got in on the act. The Groupthink is powerful but becoming increasingly desperate under the increasing pressure from citizens for more accountability.

ABC Report

I wont deal with this issue in detail.

The UK Guardian article (February 17, 2018) Turnbull, Fifield and Morrison wrote to ABC boss before tax cut analysis was removed reported that an article by an ABC economics reporter analysing the Coalitions proposed corporate tax cuts that was taken down (the Australian government is the Coalition), after the Prime Minister, the Treasurer and the Communications Minister in one form or another wrote to the ABC demanding that the article be removed.

The ABC claimed it had:

removed her analysis piece about the governments proposed corporate tax cuts because the pieces did not meet ABC editorial standards.

They denied they had bowed (excuse my laughter) to any pressure from outside the organisation.

I have dealt with the journalist in question on several occasions. She is no radical. Her understanding of macroeconomics is limited and she continually rehearses all the usual myths governments can....

11:42

How SABLs are disrupting communities and creating conflict "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Source: Scott Waide, My Land, My Country

Chief William Ape Hawa is a straight shooter and a wise old fella who presents me with a shell necklace used as the local currency during important ceremonies. He apologizes for not giving me the gift the day before when I arrived at his Tavolo village on the border of East and West New Britain.

When new visitors come, he says in Tok Pisin, We give them a tanget headdress. That tells you that you shouldnt be afraid or shy. It means you are welcome.

Then before you go, we give you the necklace which means, go in peace.

Chief William speaks with a lot of wisdom and understanding spiced with wicked, truthful humor. He talks a bit about life and marriage of the young and then our conversation leads on to the Special Agriculture Business Leases (SABL) issued by the Government.

Tavolo is in the Melkoi LLG area of Pomio District, East New Britain. For the people here, the term Special Agriculture Business Lease triggers a lot of anger.

What kind of laws do we have? says Chief William. They tell us that our land is part of a SABL and we had no part in that decision!

Like many other SABL areas, other people signed on their behalf.

The Tavolo people who number about 600 own 18 thousand hectares of land. They have no intention of giving up the pristine rainforest over to the Malaysian company that intends to log their land and plant oil palm.

But Chief William and his people are under immense pressure to surrender their land.

There is oil palm development in neighbouring West New Britain. In the next local level government area which includes the district headquarters of Palmalmal, large areas of customary land have been logged out. Landownership is now being disputed in court. Much of trouble has come about because of agreements that were hastily signed.

Over the past 20 years, the people of Tavolo developed a conservation area over the 18 thousand hectares of land. The government recognised this. The decision has come with its benefits. Fish numbers have been rep...

11:37

FixedIt: Who tried to sexually assault a teenage girl? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

ITV News reported that a young man followed a teenage girl, filmed or photographed her and attempted to sexually assault a her on the grounds of Cheadle Hulme High School.

Once again, the man who alleged committed crimes against a woman is erased from the headlines.

Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. This is not a trivial issue. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit against women and those men are invisible, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story.

Also, most people dont consume news by reading a print newspaper from cover to cover. Only some people go directly to the home page of a news outlet. Most people get news links from social media, and the most likely source is Facebook. But regardless of the source, we see far more headlines than we click on.

Something like 80 percent of the headlines we see, we never click through to read the article. Were not necessarily thinking very much about the headlines we dont click on, but we see them. And without being consciously aware that its happening they are still describing something to us. When they fit our subconscious bias or when theyre underpinned myths about violence and repeat them over and over again, they reinforce them in our minds, but we dont really notice that its happening.

The things we dont notice are far more dangerous than the things we do notice.

Clarity in reporting and avoiding the passive voice and are among the first things journalists are taught. Which is why the constant use of passive voice and unclear reporting on violence against women stands out so much.

If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.

We are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.

Headlines matter and this is why FixedIt exists.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider...

11:32

Jordan Peterson and his misunderstood lobster tale "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Thank you for your patience regarding the possibility of extra events during Dr Petersons Australian tour. I have been advised by Dr Petersons office today, that Dr Peterson will not be giving any additional talks on this tour due to his work committments.

Jordan Peterson is coming to Australia and his lectures are sold out. He was asked if he would put on additional lectures but the note above has been sent out along with the picture below it.

If you understand the point of the lobster story in his 12 Rules for Life, it is that both humans and lobsters seek dominance due to both of our psychologies being pushed along by serotonin. You are always going to have alpha-male lobsters just as you do with human societies. So my guess is that the people who are organising his tour havent actually read his book.

11:31

FixedIt: Another headline, another invisible perpetrator "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The Fraser Coast Chronicle reported that a 46-year-old man has been charged with one count each of grievous bodily harm, suffocation strangulation in a domestic relationship, threatening violence and wilful damage. The woman he allegedly assaulted was hospitalised with fractures to her face.

Once again, the man charged with crimes against a woman is erased from the headlines.

Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. This is not a trivial issue. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit against women and those men are invisible, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story.

Also, most people dont consume news by reading a print newspaper from cover to cover. Only some people go directly to the home page of a news outlet. Most people get news links from social media, and the most likely source is Facebook. But regardless of the source, we see far more headlines than we click on.

Something like 80 percent of the headlines we see, we never click through to read the article. Were not necessarily thinking very much about the headlines we dont click on, but we see them. And without being consciously aware that its happening they are still describing something to us. When they fit our subconscious bias or when theyre underpinned myths about violence and repeat them over and over again, they reinforce them in our minds, but we dont really notice that its happening.

The things we dont notice are far more dangerous than the things we do notice.

Clarity in reporting and avoiding the passive voice and are among the first things journalists are taught. Which is why the constant use of passive voice and unclear reporting on violence against women stands out so much.

If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.

We are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.

Headlines matter and this is why FixedIt exists.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a m...

11:30

Tripura Records 78% Voter Turnout in Assembly Polls "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

In the last assembly elections, the voter turnout was 91.82%.

People wait in a queues to cast their votes for the Tripura assembly election in Agartala on Sunday. Credit: PTI

People wait in a queues to cast their votes for the Tripura assembly election in Agartala on Sunday. Credit: PTI

Agartala/New Delhi: In Tripura, 78.56% of over 25.73 lakh voters exercised their franchise in the assembly polls on Sunday, where the BJP is trying to dislodge the Left Front after an unbroken 25-year stint in power, officials said.

The polling for 59 seats of the 60-member assembly was peaceful, with thousands of central paramilitary forces fanning...

11:30

female Mandarin Duck (assumed escape) at Brisbane River, between Aranui St and Esplanade, Yeronga reported by Rob Elvish and M Hurwood on 17-02-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

This bird was reported as 'unknown'. Seen while kayaking. It stuck close to cover along the Yeronga bank and when pressed seemed unable to fly [moulting?] [I'm 99.9% sure it's a female Mandarin Duck which has escaped from somewhere. The only other female duck that I've seen like this is American Wood Duck but it doesn't look quite right. (Eds RPM).]

Are female-led companies the answer to sexual misconduct? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Are female-led companies the answer to sexual misconduct? The Weinstein Company thought it had found a path to survival. A group of investors led by a respected businesswoman offered to acquire the company, rebrand it and install a female-led board of directors. It was an eye-catching idea in a country where men dominate corporate boards []

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11:22

Supporting voluntary euthanasia "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Have you written your submission yet supporting David Seymour's bill, which supports your right to voluntary euthanasia -- his End of Life Choice Bill?

Submissions close on March 6, so get going. (No excuses! It's not hard to write one.)

Here, as today's guest post, is Mark Hubbard's:

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11:21

How the elite profit while a nation suffers their incompetence "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Port Moresby, a city where the elite profit while the rest suffer the consequences of their incompetence

Imagine a company that is in debt, heavily in debt and still racking up more losses.

Imagine a company that in 2016 alone lost over K354 million.

Imagine a company where the total liabilities exceed the total assets by more than K218 million.

Imagine that this is a company set up by the government to manage a nations interests in its abundant mineral resources.

Now imagine no more and say hello to Kumul Minerals Holdings Limited, formerly Petromin PNG Holdings Limited.

The two numbers above are from Kumul Minerals Holdings latest Annual Return, which is for the 2016 financial year.

How could a company that,...

11:18

to Senate Standing Committee -Stop nuclear waste threats in South Australia "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

 Stop nuclear waste threats in South Australia    https://www.facebook.com/StopNuclearWasteThreatsInSouthAustralia/posts/398850867208130to Senate Standing Committees on Economics
via email economics.sen@aph.gov.au

Subject Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia

Terms of Reference addressed:
e) whether wider (Eyre Peninsular or state-wide) community views should be taken into consideration and, if so, how this is occurring or should be occurring;
======================================
Dear Committee Members

I am one of hundreds of South Australians who have signed the following Online Open Letter calling for police action against illegal threats to import nuclear waste and to establish nuclear waste dump(s).

Please take note of this community rejection of nuclear waste importation into South Australia.
Please take note of this community support for the laws which prohibit nuclear waste importation into South Australia.

Please cease this process which threatens present and future South Australians and shows contempt towards South Australian law.

Best wishes
from Brett Stokes

Dear Commissioner of Police,

We are citizens of Australia who want action take...

11:00

The most calculated way to destroy ambition? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guest Post: $54,528 that is 60% of the average household income in New Zealand. Official figures show that incomes below that sum are counted as being in Poverty. Reading that, and taking into consideration the new Labour (well, coalition) Government here,  I should be out on the street with a begging bowl, because MY income is []

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11:00

Mark of Caine "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Aussie TV interview with Michael Caine.

10:51

In Our Names: The West Has Slaughtered 329 People In The Orient Every Day For The Past 27 Years "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

As a scientist, its Jakob Reimanns job to calculate things. But learning to calculate the reaction kinetics of enzymatic processes, while obviously challenging, is nothing compared to adding up the number of people killed in our name. Get ready for your safe western bubble to be burst.

 

The Gulf War 1991

In the Iran-Iraq War (First Persian Gulf War) between 1980 and 1988, Saddam Hussein was a close ally of the West, even when he was conducting genocide against the Kurds in northern Iraq with poison gas made in Germany.

However, when he subsequently raided oil-rich Kuwait, he became persona non grata and provoked a massive US bombing campaign where over 110,000 air strikes against Iraq have been launched in 43 days, destroying vast quantities of civilian infrastructure big-time. Welcome to Operation Desert Storm, the Second Gulf War.

In the single most lethal incident for civilians in modern air warfare, US stealth bombers dropped two laser-guided smart bombs on a protective bunker in Baghdad on the night of February 13, 1991, killing 408 civilians.

The US government refused to investigate the victim statistics of the Gulf War. We have no way of knowing precisely how many casualties occurred, Defence Secretary Dick Cheney said after the war, we may never know.

Former US president George W Bush declares victory in the illegal war against Iraq. (IMAGE: Peter Stevens, Flickr).

However, Beth Osborne Daponte, a young demographer with the University of Chicago, compiled these very numbers for the US Census Bureau and was eventually fired from public service due to her results.

In her solid scientific study, Daponte assessed data from UNICEF, the US State Department, and Harvard University among others and concluded that 205,500 people were killed, including 74,000...

10:45

Government nets next to nothing from Tolukuma mine sale "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The government sold the Tolukuma gold mine to a Singapore company, Asidokona, in 2015, for a reported price of K81.35 million. However, Mine Watch can reveal, the government has only ever received K700,000.

Despite Petromins claims Asidokona would invest heavily in the mine infrastructure, a new road and restart production, the whole deal looked dodgy from the very start.

Then Mining Minister, Byron Chan, described Asidokona as reputable, committed but  Asidokona is not a mining company, it is a front for Singaporean speculator, Philip Soh Sai Kiang     .

In 2016 Mine Watch revealed that Asidokona was trying to offload the mine for US$ 212 million to a Singapore nightclub company, LifeBrandz. That deal fell through.

All the while the government has been trying to convince landowners that mining will soon recommence...

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