Staircase in Ukraine mall decorated with giant swastika

Head of Jewish group notes Nazi symbol appeared in Kiev ahead of march there Saturday by torch-carrying nationalists by Cnaan Liphshiz A shopping mall in Ukraine that is located on a street More »

Venezuela says plane from Miami delivered weapons for use by enemies of Maduro

Venezuelan authorities say a U.S.-owned air freight company delivered a crate of assault weapons earlier this week to the international airport in Valencia to be used in “terrorist actions” against the embattled More »

Zero Dollars For Detention, Zero Dollars for the Border Wall!

Interview with Immigrant Rights Activist E.J. Esperanza on the Meaning of the Border Wall Agreement (reprinted from the February 2019 issue of The Organizer newspaper) [Note: The following interview with E.J. Esperanza, More »

British military presence near Venezuela ‘extremely concerning’

BRITAIN’S navy and marines are conducting military exercises close to Venezuela, the Morning Star has discovered. The Mounts Bay, a giant Royal Fleet Auxiliary landing ship, spent New Year in Miami embarking More »

Greek Parliament ratifies ‘North Macedonia’ accord

Greece on Friday ratified a landmark accord that changes the name of the neighbouring Former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia(FYROM), ending a decades-old dispute with its neighbour and opening the way for the More »

 

Australia | UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi calls on Australia to end harmful practice of offshore processing

Australia’s policy of offshore processing in Papua New Guinea and Nauru, which denies access to asylum in Australia for refugees arriving by sea without a valid visa, has caused extensive, avoidable suffering for far too long.

Four years on, more than 2,000 people are still languishing in unacceptable circumstances. Families have been separated and many have suffered physical and psychological harm.

Australia | Escaped pet birds are teaching wild birds to speak English

Across parts of Australia, reports have been pouring in of strange voices chattering high in the treetops — mysterious, nonsensical conversations in English. But while this phenomenon is certainly quite odd, its explanation isn’t paranormal. It turns out that escaped pet birds, namely parrots and cockatoos, have begun teaching their wild bird counterparts a bit of the language they picked up from their time in captivity — and, according to witnesses, that includes more than a few expletives. Jaynia Sladek, an ornithologist from the Australian Museum, says that some birds are just natural mimickers, able to acquire new sounds based on things they hear around them. For birds kept as pets, these sounds tend to mirror human language — but that influence doesn’t cease even after said birds escape or are released back into the wild.

Australia | Iranian refugee’s film shot on mobile phone shows life inside Australian detention centre

by Eric Tlozek

Audiences around the world will soon have the chance see what life is like inside one of Australia’s offshore detention centres.

An Iranian refugee in the Manus Island detention centre has released a feature film he shot from inside its walls.

Australia | Refugee Trauma on Nauru: the Leaked Incident Reports

“Do I have to kill myself to go to Australia?”

Australia | MH17: Australia Say Russia Not To Blame, Evidence Tampered With

The official Australian investigation into the cause of the crash of Malaysian Airlines MH17 have accused the Dutch Safety Board (DSB) of failing to provide “conclusive evidence” of what exactly destroyed the aircraft, and say that Russia did not shoot down the plane despite accusations to the contrary from DSB. 

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