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Sunday, 07 February

01:01

Commonwealth Bank’s Brendan French. Is he Australia’s biggest bank fraudster? Kangaroo Court of Australia

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s senior executive Brendan French, who is one of Australia’s biggest fraudsters, recently won a defamation case against a whistleblower. This is quite amazing given that it is French’s role at the Commonwealth Bank to cover-up multi-million-dollar fraud and theft by Commonwealth Bank staff and others and Brendan French should be […]

01:00

How Sugar Destroys Your Liver and Brain… Plus Tips to Help You Break Free from Sugar Addiction Wake Up World

7th February 2016 By Dr. Joseph Mercola Guest Writer for Wake Up World At one point in time, sugar was a delicacy, a condiment that was difficult to come by. If you were lucky, you may have added it to your coffee or tea. But according to Dr. Robert Lustig, professor of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of ...Continue Reading - How Sugar Destroys Your Liver and Brain... Plus Tips to Help You Break Free from Sugar Addiction

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The Unexpected Effect of Decriminalizing Drugs in Portugal, Fifteen Years Later Wake Up World

7th February 2016 By Carolanne Wright Contributing Writer for Wake Up World Whenever the idea of decriminalizing illicit drugs in the U.S. is raised, there are always those who rant that such a measure would be the downfall of society, drug use would sky rocket and our moral fabric as a country would be irreparably ...Continue Reading - The Unexpected Effect of Decriminalizing Drugs in Portugal, Fifteen Years Later

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Saturday, 06 February

23:21

UN text: The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Deems the deprivation of liberty of Mr. Julian Assange as arbitrary (We) can do better

On 4 December 2015, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) adopted Opinion No. 54/2015, in which it considered that Mr. Julian Assange was arbitrarily detained by the Governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. In that opinion, the Working Group recognized that Mr. Assange is entitled to his freedom of movement and to compensation. The application was filed with the Working Group in September 2014. The Opinion 54/2015 was sent to the Governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on 22 January 2016 in accordance with the Working Group’s Methods of Work.

In addition to this short working group statement, Download the inedited text of the opinion and legal argument.

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23:06

UN rules: "Julian Assange arbitrarily detained by Sweden and the UK, UN expert panel finds" (We) can do better

Inside is the text of the public statement issued by the UN expert panel on Arbitrary Detention, which you will not find in most mainstream publications, which are seeking to obfuscate the UN opinion and its importance, with their own opinions. Julian Assange is a Victorian-born Australian citizen and asylum-seeker, recognised as a refugee by the UN. The Ecuadorian Embassy in London granted him refugee status, but the UK government stopped him from going to Ecuador by taking his passport and surrounding the embassy with police, day and night. What did Assange do? Assange famously published, on his Wikileaks, authentic film of US soldiers hunting down civilians with helicopters and machine guns as if they were in a video game. (Film: 'Collateral Damge' inside this article.) The US was so furious at this (and other very relevant exposures of its criminal secrets) that it mounted an international persecution of Assange. The mass media helped the criminal US by defaming Assange and they are still doing it because their owners support war and propaganda. Assange has been openly threatened with assassination by at least two US politicians. It is clear that in the biased US justice system, he does not stand a chance. To their great shame, successive Australian Governments have done nothing to help Assange. To my knowledge, only Senator Scott Ludlam in South Australia has criticised this abject failure to defend a great leader in the fight to stop wars by forcing transparency in government. (Please let me know of any other politician who has spoken up.)

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22:34

Aussie WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arbitrarily detained by Sweden and the UK, UN panel finds (We) can do better

5 February 2016 – The founder of the WikiLeaks website, which published confidential diplomatic information, has been arbitrarily detained by Sweden and the United Kingdom since his arrest in London in December 2010, as a result of the legal action against him by both Governments, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said today.

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19:22

From Hell to Hell – poetry from Nauru The Stringer

Poetry is often born out of the harshest of circumstances. Periods or events of extreme adversity can lead writers to cogitate and reconsider their positions in respect of the mundane and elevate these to the status of the sublime. And so it is for S Nagaveeran or Ravi as he is better known. Ravi is […]

01:03

Cannabis Legalization: The Time Has Come for Evidence-Based Cannabis Policy Wake Up World

6th February 2016 By Dr. Kelly Neff Guest Writer for Wake Up World It is certainly an exciting and unprecedented time to be a cannabis activist/enthusiast, as the public support for the legalization of cannabis is higher than ever! Here in my home state of Colorado, the benefits of legalization to the people and to the state ...Continue Reading - Cannabis Legalization: The Time Has Come for Evidence-Based Cannabis Policy

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The Health Benefits of Hemp Seed … and 6 Delicious Hemp Milk Recipes! Wake Up World

6th February 2016 By Elisha McFarland N.D. Guest Writer for Wake Up World Hemp seeds are a tremendous source of protein, vitamins and minerals. With a wonderful creamy and nutty flavor, this superfood is amazingly versatility; hemp seeds can be used to make butter, milk, protein powder, salad dressings and desserts, they can also be used in smoothies, ...Continue Reading - The Health Benefits of Hemp Seed ... and 6 Delicious Hemp Milk Recipes!

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Friday, 05 February

04:46

Protestors hit Auckland's streets as TPP is signed AFTINET

4 February 2016

As TPP trade ministers held a ceremonial signing in Auckland, thousands of protestors jammed the streets, including Maori performing the traditional Haka. Watch the video here 

02:50

Minister Robb shoots the messenger, refuses independent TPP assessment AFTINET

MEDIA RELEASE, February 4, 2016: Trade Minister Robb today rejected calls from 59 community organisations representing over two million Australians for an independent assessment by the Productivity Commission on ABC national radio this morning. He claimed  that the broad alliance of public health, church, environment, aid and development and union organisations were just ‘the usual suspects opposed to all trade agreements’. 

AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said that Mr. Robb was shooting the messenger, and failing to address genuine community concerns, also expressed by bodies like the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Productivity Commission.

“The TPP locks in stronger monopoly rights for global corporations over medicines and copyright, and gives all foreign investors special additional rights to sue governments over domestic laws. This is the opposite of free trade,†said Dr Ranald. 

 “We are not opposed to trade. We are making the point that the TPP is not mainly about trade at all. Australia already has free trade agreements with nine of the 12 TPP countries, and a World Bank study shows there will be minuscule trade gains after 15 years.â€

 “Mr Robb’s claim that independent assessments are not needed because the government is tabling a National Interest Assessment in Parliament fails to mention that this document is produced by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which negotiated the agreement. This is not an independent assessment.â€

Dr Ranald said that the TPP will be reviewed by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties over the next few months before Parliament votes on the implement...

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Thursday, 04 February

13:27

Anglican church offers #refugees sanctuary from @PeterDutton_MP’s “black shirts”: @jansant reports No Fibs

Churches have stepped up their campaign to end Australia’s harmful refugee policies by offering sanctuary to 267 people including 37 babies, facing imminent removal to Nauru. Refugee advocates had hoped for a change in the harsh and punitive government policies under new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm), this has not eventuated. The move will draw […]

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Wayne Jansson is an Australian citizen journalist and photographer. He covered the seat of Indi during the 2013 federal election which saw Independent Cathy McGowan unseat Liberal Sophie Mirabella. His interests are politics and social justice.

07:13

We must fight to stop “worst trade deal ever", says MSF AFTINET

4 February 2016

International medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has called on  ll citizens of TPP countries to fight back against the “worst trade deal ever for access to medicines†ahead of the TPP signing to be held in New Zealand today.

MSF says that while high medicine prices will hit all countries, people in developing countries - and organisations like MSF who serve them - will be the hardest hit.

06:59

TPP Canberra forum a success AFTINET

4 February 2016

AFTINETjoined the ACTU, GetUp and the Public Health Association in Canberra yesterday at a forum hosted by Labor, Greens and independent MPs.

The groups outlined different concerns but were united in calling for an independent review of the TPP before any vote on its implementing legislation.

You can view media coverage of the day here: ABC news: Concerned community groups call for independent assessment of Trans-Pacific trade deal

AFTINET presented a letter endorsed by almost 60 organisations (representing 2 million Australians) and GetUp presented a petition with more than 300,000 signatures.

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Wednesday, 03 February

02:39

TPP forum to be held in Canberra today amid strong community opposition AFTINET

3 February 2016
 
Fifty-nine community organisations - representing more than two million Australians - have endorsed AFTINET's letter to parliamentarians calling for an independent assessment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership before Parliament votes on the TPP implementing legislation.
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Tuesday, 02 February

23:59

TPP faces a rocky road through Parliament AFTINET

3 February 2016

Originally published by Fairfax media, including The Canberra TimesSydney Morning Herald and The Age

By Dr Patricia Ranald, AFTINET Convener

 

Trans-Pacific Partnership faces a rocky road through Parliament

The signing ceremony on February 4 in Auckland for the Trans-Pacific Partnership is mainly a public relations exercise.

It masks the fact that for Australia and most TPP countries, the public debate and parliamentary process to pass implementing legislation, leading to final ratification of the deal, is just beginning, and it will be a rocky road.

After six years of secret negotiations, the 6000 page text was released on November 5, 2015, but was still subject to "legal scrubbing". The scrubbed text was only released last week, with not enough time to check it before the ceremony. We do know that US corporate interests had been furiously lobbying to get last-minute changes. No wo...

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Monday, 01 February

21:50

With rising emissions Australia applies Kyoto credits to meet 2020 #climate target reports @takvera No Fibs

The latest analysis from Reputex energy consultancy shows that Australia will not meet our 2020 emissions reduction target, except by using carry over credits from the Kyoto Protocol first commitment period (2008-2012). Reputex highlights that the Government’s own figures indicate Australia will continue on a new upward emissions trajectory, with forecast growth of 6 per […]

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John Englart has always had a strong social and environmental focus and over the past 10 years climate change science, climate policy and climate protest have become an increasingly important and primary focus of his work as a citizen journalist.

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Sunday, 31 January

11:01

Aunty through @TurnbullMalcolm’s independent looking glass of #auspol’s realpolitik: @Jansant comments No Fibs

Last week, New Matilda published explosive details of a secretly recorded private conversation between Nick Ross, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) former Games and Technology Editor, and Bruce Belsham, the Head of ABC’s Current Affairs division. They later published the full transcript. The recording made by Ross (@NickRossTech), reveals political pressure being exerted over editorial […]

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Wayne Jansson is an Australian citizen journalist and photographer. He covered the seat of Indi during the 2013 federal election which saw Independent Cathy McGowan unseat Liberal Sophie Mirabella. His interests are politics and social justice.

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Friday, 29 January

20:59

Vietnam reviews #coal expansion in wake of #ParisAgreement reports @takvera No Fibs

In the wake of the Paris agreement, Vietnam has announced a review of all it’s new coal power stations in the planning pipeline and under contruction. Vietnam is currently the third largest builder of coal plants in the world. In a statement (vn) released on 19th January, Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung stated the […]

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John Englart has always had a strong social and environmental focus and over the past 10 years climate change science, climate policy and climate protest have become an increasingly important and primary focus of his work as a citizen journalist.

07:58

TPP VOTE COMING SOON AFTINET

Ask your MP and Senators to VOTE NO

This year our MPs and Senators will be asked to vote on the TPP’s implementing legislation.

If they pass the TPP legislation they will be paving the way for the deal to come into force – meaning we’ll be vulnerable to lawsuits from foreign corporations and locked in to high medicine prices.

Despite all the downsides of the TPP, there has been no independent assessment done of the costs and the benefits of the deal.

Parliament should not vote on this legislation until the economic, health, environment, and labour rights impacts of the TPP have been properly examined.

In the absence of a proper, unbiased study to shine a light on this deal, we’re calling on MPs and Senators to vote no to the TPP legislation.

Will you join us?

Send a message to your MP and Senators here

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Thursday, 28 January

00:43

NZ Labour says TPP threatens sovereignty AFTINET

26 January 2016

The New Zealand Labour Party has released a statement expressing its concern that the TPP threatens sovereignty for little economic gain.

Opposition leader Andrew Little told the media:

“This analysis confirms the Trans Pacific Partnership will prevent future governments making laws in the interest of New Zealand.

“The public is still in the dark over what this deal means for Pharmac and the future cost of medicines.â€

He also emphasised that many Kiwis are opposed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal.

Read NZ Labour’s full media statement here.

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Wednesday, 27 January

00:01

Canada will sign but may not ratify TPP AFTINET

25 January 2016

Canada’s new Government is still treating the TPP with caution. They have now agreed to sign on to the TPP at the official ceremony scheduled in New Zealand in the first week of February - but the Canadian Trade Minister is insisting that this doesn’t mean that they will actually ratify the agreement.

According to the Globe and Mail, Trade Minister Freeland said:

“Signing does not equal ratifying. Only a majority vote in our Parliament can allow the agreement to take force. Signing is simply a technical step in the process, allowing the … text to be tabled in Parliament for consideration and debate before any final decision is made.â€

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Tuesday, 26 January

06:12

Thousands of Malaysians protest TPP AFTINET

23 January 2016

Thousands of Malaysians have turned out to protests urging their government NOT to sign the TPP.

Protesters say the TPP will lead to higher prices, a loss of sovereignty and more unemployment in Malaysia, and are urging their parliament to vote no to ratifying the deal when it is debated later this month.

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Saturday, 23 January

18:35

Abbott handshake not enough to bring optical fibre to the bush: @Qldaah #qldpol #auspol No Fibs

Out in Western Queensland a handshake is a done deal. In May 2015, the then Prime Minister Tony Abbott toured the shires of Barcoo and Diamantina in Western Queensland and inadvertently committed the Federal Government to a $16 million fibre optic project. It was sealed through a handshake with Diamantina Mayor Geoff Morton and Barcoo Mayor Julie Groves. Also present […]

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David is a full time carer for his son and in quiet times contributes to the Fifth Estate. He believes that the role of citizen journalists is to question and collate mainstream media stories through social media and blogging.

17:29

Keeping #MarriageEquality off the record: @burgewords comments on #NeverMarried No Fibs

It felt like a cold label for what was a beautiful love affair. WHEN the South Australian government was caught out by the world’s media for its lax approach to recognising overseas same-sex marriages on death certificates, the justifiable outrage about Marco Bulmer-Rizzi being documented as “never married” to husband David resonated with many readers. One small voice of […]

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Michael is a writer, editor and journalist who lives on the beautiful island of Coochiemudlo. He is passionate about LGBTI equality and emergent forms of online publishing, marketing and access for writers and artists.

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Thursday, 21 January

18:05

Coming out in the cold: @burgewords reviews #Carol No Fibs

The wait for enlightenment will be long, and the darkest, pre-dawn hour lies ahead. WITH nothing more complex than a series of firmly-closed doors, the film Carol takes a powerful dramatic turn that subtly gives two women the space to explore their attraction. When Therese (Rooney Mara) slips into the passenger seat beside Carol (Cate Blanchett) […]

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Michael is a writer, editor and journalist who lives on the beautiful island of Coochiemudlo. He is passionate about LGBTI equality and emergent forms of online publishing, marketing and access for writers and artists.

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Sunday, 17 January

21:33

Occupation of #Santos #Pilliga #CSG site by traditional owners, local farmers reports @takvera No Fibs

Santos plans for a Coal seam gas field in the Pilliga region of western NSW has met stiff opposition from local farmers and traditional owners. A Santos test site was occupied today by 120 people in a mass civil disobedience action. 120 people joined traditional owners from the Gamilaraay / Gomeroi mob in occupying the […]

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John Englart has always had a strong social and environmental focus and over the past 10 years climate change science, climate policy and climate protest have become an increasingly important and primary focus of his work as a citizen journalist.

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Saturday, 16 January

00:52

Qld Employment Minister Grace Grace hits back at Courier Mail accusations she’s given up: @Qldaah #qldpol No Fibs

Queensland’s new Employment Minister Grace Grace has denied claims by The Courier Mail that she has given up on youth unemployment across the state. In a Tweet published on Friday night, a defiant Ms Grace said, “I will never give up on jobs for Qld young unemployed.” Ms Grace also stated that she was, “completely quoted out of context”. Completely […]

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David is a full time carer for his son and in quiet times contributes to the Fifth Estate. He believes that the role of citizen journalists is to question and collate mainstream media stories through social media and blogging.

Friday, 08 January

20:37

Town of Yarloop destroyed in #Waroonafire maelstrom #WAfires – @takvera No Fibs

Australians woke up on Friday 8 January hearing another bushfire tragedy: the total firestorm devastation of the Western Australian town of Yarloop south of Perth. This comes after 60 homes were destroyed along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria on Christmas Day. John Englart (@Takvera) provides a brief introduction and summary to a curated story […]

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John Englart has always had a strong social and environmental focus and over the past 10 years climate change science, climate policy and climate protest have become an increasingly important and primary focus of his work as a citizen journalist.

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