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Indefinite detention formalised in US — and the world is a war

A new bill in Washington formalises the power of the US military to abuct and imprison anyone, anywhere in the world.

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The race to be ‘tough on crime’: police enforcing the NSW election

The NSW Police continue to exert power over the government and opposition as both parties fight to be seen the as the “toughest on crime” with an election imminent. There is now criticism both sides of politics are now beholden to its police force, writes Sophie Cousins.

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Words, sticks and stones…

One of the great achievements of the post-World War II consensus — the moderation of political language — is starting to unravel a little bit, writes Noel Turnbull.

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Shanghai hosts China’s first gay pride festival

China’s first ever Gay Pride festival was a victory for Shanghai activists and, they hope, a step toward gay rights in China. But it is not, as one observer put it, the great leap forward.

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SA Labor government: “screws civil rights”

New legislation presently consuming our country under the guise of anti-biker laws is no more than a deliberate attempt to destroy our civil rights, writes Mark Aldridge.

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WA’s Corruption and Crime Commission under fire

Over recent days there has been such concerted criticism of the CCC that it seems inevitable there will have to be a wide-ranging review of its operations, writes Lawrence Apps.

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Comments, corrections, clarifications, and c*ckups

The Haneef fiasco … the resignation of Steve Bracks … John Howard and the Donkey vote … double standards and Crown lager … housing affordability …

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