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Jihadist-backed rebels take Syrian army command post

Jihadist-backed rebels take Syrian army command post | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it

Syrian rebels backed by radical Islamists captured a northern regimental command center of President Bashar al-Assad's army, activists said on Sunday, as Russia dismissed speculation that it is preparing for its ally's possible exit from power.

 

'Rebels have made a series of advances in recent weeks, partly due to help from radicals such as Jabhat al-Nusra, a group linked to Al Qaeda in Iraq which has been excluded from a newly-formed rebel military command.'

 

[However] 'Rebels have been targeting Iranians in Syria, many of whom it accuses of belonging to Iranian security forces. Iran has been Assad's main bankroller and backer in the region. Rebels are also holding 48 Iranians which Tehran says were pilgrims.'

 

'Washington and its NATO allies, who have thrown their weight behind the opposition, are pressing for Assad's departure to end the conflict in Syria, which has taken more than 40,000 lives.'

 

'............Western officials have recently cited intelligence reports that Assad may turn to chemical weapons.'

 

'Russia and China have blocked U.N. resolutions against Assad, saying they oppose foreign intervention in the conflict.'

 

'Russia, Syria's main arms supplier, dismissed suggestions from observers that its support for Assad might be softening.'

 

 

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Defamation laws in a 'parlous state': leading judge speaks out after Joe Hockey case

Defamation laws in a 'parlous state': leading judge speaks out after Joe Hockey case | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Joe Hockey's defamation case is a microcosm of the problem with defamation laws - and they must be fixed, a leading judge warns.
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Sirens of the Potomac: Think Tanks and Torture

Sirens of the Potomac: Think Tanks and Torture | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Recent findings of the independent report into the American Psychological Association ‘collusion’ in torture are not shocking. This is a symptom of a larger infestation that is eating away at the i...
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Sherlock Holmes' house is at the centre of an ownership mystery

Sherlock Holmes' house is at the centre of an ownership mystery | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
It is a mystery that would test the skills of the famous literary detective himself: who owns 221B Baker Street?
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Bronwyn Bishop's expensive love affair with charter flights began nearly two decades ago

Bronwyn Bishop's expensive love affair with charter flights began nearly two decades ago | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Bronwyn Bishop's love affair with charter flights began nearly two decades ago when she was a junior minister in the Howard government, with the now Speaker amassing a near $140,000 bill over four years.
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Australia set for housing oversupply by 2018: BIS Shrapnel

Australia set for housing oversupply by 2018: BIS Shrapnel | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
A leading economic forecaster is warning that Australia's housing shortage could evaporate by 2018, putting downward pressure on property prices.
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Global Financing Facility Launched with Billions Already Mobilized to End Maternal and Child Mortality by 2030

Global Financing Facility Launched with Billions Already Mobilized to End Maternal and Child Mortality by 2030 | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
New partnership to raise resources from private capital markets to help close global financing gap for investments in maternal, adolescent and child health.
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Having a job transformed my life. More companies have to help close the gap | Nicole Jenkins

Having a job transformed my life. More companies have to help close the gap | Nicole Jenkins | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Young Indigenous Australians need role models in the corporate sector. The best way to achieve that is for companies big and small to commit to targets
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Tony Abbott lines up double-dissolution election over workplace relations

Tony Abbott lines up double-dissolution election over workplace relations | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
The Abbott government plans to give itself the option of calling a double-dissolution election based on trade union corruption when Parliament resumes in mid-August.
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Is Greece Worse Off Than the U.S. During the Great Depression?

Is Greece Worse Off Than the U.S. During the Great Depression? | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
The economy has been in disarray. People have been out of work for years. The banks have been running out of money. It sounds a lot like the Great Depression in the United States. But it is Greece – and in some ways, the situation is worse.
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The return of Helen Demidenko: from literary hoaxer to political operator | Jeff Sparrow

The return of Helen Demidenko: from literary hoaxer to political operator | Jeff Sparrow | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Revisiting the Demidenko affair, one of the defining culture wars of the 1990s, can help us understand the return of its protagonist to public life
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The Undercurrent: Forget the TPP, does a secret global court spell the end of democracy?

The Undercurrent: Forget the TPP, does a secret global court spell the end of democracy? | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
With a series of murky international trade agreements like the TPP being negotiated, will a secret court give corporations the power to erode the rights of nation states?
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John Pilger - Episode 12

John Pilger - Episode 12 | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it

Debt as a neocolonial weapon

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The inimitable John Pilger discusses the role of the corporate media in manufacturing narratives, its relationship to capitalism and commodification, and the importance of independent media to pierce through the propaganda.

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Racism is a Moral Issue – Opinion – ABC Religion & Ethics (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Racism is a Moral Issue – Opinion – ABC Religion & Ethics (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Fear and anxiety; envy and resentment; ignorance and arrogance. The psychological roots of racism all involve a withholding of sympathy or compassion from those who are subjected to racist behaviour.
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Australia’s veil of secrecy

Australia’s veil of secrecy | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
The effect of the Border Force Act is to throw a veil of secrecy over what is happening in Australia’s immigration detention system.
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Most-disadvantaged communities in NSW not showing improvement: report

Most-disadvantaged communities in NSW not showing improvement: report | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
The most disadvantaged communities in NSW have shown little sign of improvement over the past 15 years, a report shows.
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Anne Aly: Reclaim Australia is the product of rising rightwing extremism

Anne Aly: Reclaim Australia is the product of rising rightwing extremism | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
George Christensen may believe Reclaim Australia isn’t racist, but the narrative that underscores the movement is shared across extremist groups
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Action Learning Associates :: Action learning chosen by major European cultural project |

Action Learning Associates :: Action learning chosen by major European cultural project | | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Action Learning Sets; A powerful way for leaders to learn from other leaders.

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Obama Calls for Sweeping Criminal Justice Reforms in NAACP Speech

Obama Calls for Sweeping Criminal Justice Reforms in NAACP Speech | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
“Justice is not only the absence of oppression, it’s the presence of opportunity.”
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Tales of the unexpected

Tales of the unexpected | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
WEIJIA is a typical Chinese seven-year-old. He loves riding his bike and anything to do with cars; he is a badminton fanatic and has lessons twice a week. In a few...
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Health Insurer of the future - an EY insight

Health Insurer of the future - an EY insight | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
http://www.ey.com/Publication/vwLUAssets/EY-the-future-of-health-insurance/$FILE/EY-the-future-of-health-insurance.pdf
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Srebrenica: The massacre that forced America to act after years of bloodshed

Srebrenica: The massacre that forced America to act after years of bloodshed | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Two decades on from the mass killings at Srebrenica, Tom Switzer asks why the international community left it so late before stopping the carnage.
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