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The Rise of Trussonomics

It’s impossible to know whether the new British Prime Minister is genuinely serious about constructive policy or not.  She is certainly interested in greasing palms and calming the storms, if only to delay the inevitable.  Having proven herself the shallowest of candidates to succeed her disgraced, not wholly banished predecessor, Liz Truss has leapt into […]

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Breaching Human Rights: Australia, Climate Change and the Torres Strait Islands

Australia has a mixed relationship with the United Nations Human Rights Committee.  Irritation, dismissal and even the occasional openly hostile comment, have registered.  But in 1994, the Toonen decision filtered through the Australian legal process, leading the federal government to remove archaically noxious provisions in the Tasmanian criminal code criminalising sodomy. The UNHRC has since […]

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South Korean Leader’s Foul-Mouthed Impulsiveness Encounters the US’s Short Attention Span

Zola not Hemingway at the White House According to the US State Department, President Joe Biden met with South Korean president Yoon Suk Yeol at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting on September 21st. The White House readout is worth quoting in its entirety: President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. met today with […]

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Will the United Nations Finally Deliver Justice for Palestine?

In his anticipated speech at the United Nations General Assembly on September 23, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is expected to, once more, make a passionate plea for the recognition of Palestine as a full member. Abbas’ ‘landmark speech’ would not be the first time that the President of the Palestinian Authority has lobbied for such […]

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Suppression of Contrarian Voices

In the US, we proudly point to the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights that was adopted in 1791: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, […]

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Shoddy Consultations: Santos, Drilling and First Nations Peoples

Federal Court Justice Mordecai Bromberg has been in the environmental news again, this time throwing a large judicial spanner in the works of Santos and its drilling efforts in the Timor Sea. On this occasion, the Federal Court found that the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority should never have approved the Barossa […]

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Offence by Another Name: Suppressing Anti-Royal Protest in Britain

The right to protest, fragile and meekly protected by the judiciary in Britain’s common law tradition, did not really hold much force till European law confirmed it.  In the UK, condemning other countries for suppressing rights to protest is standard fare.  So it was with some discomforting surprise – at least to a number of […]

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Mayor Peels Back COVID Mandate for Millions of NYC Private Sector Workers 

Note: See follow up statements at the bottom! New York Mayor Eric Adams announced yesterday (September 20) an end to his city’s sweeping vaccine requirement on roughly 184,000 private businesses with at least one employee. Adams stated that rescinding COVID vaccine mandates would provide more “flexibility” to parents and businesses. “It is time to move […]

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Time to challenge Pro-Apartheid Toronto United Jewish Appeal

Well healed individuals have the right to cheer on war criminals as they raise funds to promote apartheid and if anyone asks uncomfortable questions they are denounced as antisemitic. That about sums up the Canadian Jewish News’ position regarding a recent United Jewish Appeal of Toronto event with George W. Bush and Stephen Harper. Last […]

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