Monthly Archives: April 2012

Quote of the Moment: Asma al-Assad is glamorous, young and very chic – the freshest and most magnetic of first ladies. The 35-year-old first lady’s central mission is to change the mindset of six million Syrians under 18, encourage them … Continue reading

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Pupils at government-funded Catholic schools in Britain have been asked to sign a petition against gay marriage. The Catholic Education Service, which acts for Catholic bishops in England and Wales, contacted 385 secondary schools to highlight a letter read in … Continue reading

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Right-wing extremists are responsible for most terrorist incidents in the United States, despite a government concentration on Islamic fundamentalists. Figures compiled by the ThinkProgress website show that fifty-six percent of domestic terrorist attacks and plots in the U.S. since 1995 … Continue reading

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Suicide among survivors of clergy abuse could rise sharply if Victoria’s parliamentary enquiry is inadequate, according to victims spokeswoman Nicky Davis. Four of the six members of the committee have less than 18 months’ experience, and it is already conducting … Continue reading

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Victorian government departments have an attitude of “apathy and resistance to scrutiny”, the Auditor-General has found. Des Pearson’s review of responses to freedom-of-information requests found that the Victorian public sector had engaged in a “systematic failure” to support the public’s … Continue reading

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The Northern Territory Government is considering a plan to convert police watch houses into prison facilities to address chronic overcrowding in the Territory’s prisons. Jails are so overwhelmed that some inmates are serving their sentences in police cells with up … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: As president, I refuse to allow this problem to fester. Our security interests won’t permit it. Our courts won’t allow it. And neither should our conscience. President Obama, shortly before taking office, speaking of the detention … Continue reading

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A Sydney family has won a case against fast food giant KFC after salmonella poisoning left their daughter paralysed. The family of Monika Samaan says the then-seven-year-old became ill after eating a chicken Twister from a KFC store in western … Continue reading

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Northern Territory Police Commissioner John McRoberts says he can’t comment about why no disciplinary action was taken against police who hit and punched a prisoner at a police watch house in Darwin. The Supreme Court this month awarded Marcellus Majindi … Continue reading

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A black Englishman who tried to help police says that he was sworn at, dragged from his car and tasered by officers, then charged with obstructing police. Edric Kennedy-Macfoy was driving through London when he saw a young man hurl … Continue reading

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