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Doctors or activists? Who draws the line?

The Division of Paediatrics and Child Health of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) has released a strongly worded statement about the harm caused to children in immigration detention…
Jacques Derrida was the father of deconstruction.

In the Margins of Philosophy; Plato to Footnotes

Footnotes to Plato 2017 will mark fifty years since French-Algerian philosopher Jacques Derrida’s golden year of 1967. In that year, the classic studies Speech and Phenomena, Writing and Difference, and…
While most people would assume being the victim of racism can’t be good for us, being a perpetrator of racism is also bad for our health. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Does racism make us sick?

In highlighting the importance of retaining section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, shadow attorney general Mark Dreyfus said racial discrimination can make people sick.
Predicting whether a child will commit a crime before their 18th birthday is fraught with problems. Shutterstock/Tomsickova Tatyana

Can we predict who will turn to crime?

Machine learning is being used to see if it's possible to predict whether someone will commit a crime some time in the future. But does this risk condemning people for a crime they haven’t committed?
George Brandis, former NT chief justice Brian Martin, who will head the royal commission, and Malcolm Turnbull announce the commission’s terms of reference. AAP/Andrew Taylor

The NT royal commission: it’s a good start but more leadership is needed

The royal commission's terms of reference hold some promise, but more needs to be done about juvenile justice and child protection systems across Australia.
Following the failed coup in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ordered the sacking of nearly 1,600 deans, 21,000 teachers and 15,000 education bureaucrats. Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

Turkey coup: why have teachers and academics been targeted?

The sacking of Turkish education staff speaks to a broader agenda of control through removing educated dissident voices.
Street protests in Turkey are denouncing the ‘traitors’, but the government has offered little solid evidence against those it accuses of plotting a coup. EPA/Cem Turkel

Turkey’s almost coup and the need for perspective

The Turkish government is accusing the Gülen movement of being behind the recent coup attempt, but there are reasons to doubt the claim.
Idris Elba and Richard Madden in the terror thriller Bastille Day: the film has been pulled from French cinemas. Jessica Forde/StudioCanal

As life imitates art, how are we to read terror plots in film and TV?

The film Bastille Day – featuring a CIA agent trying to avert a terror attack in Paris – has been withdrawn from French cinemas after the tragedy in Nice. But what are we to make of Hollywood's fondness for these kinds of stories?
Attica from the Areopagus at dusk in July.

Greece 2016 — is there still no alternative?

A perfect storm ‘Perfect storm’ and ‘endless crisis’ are not phrases that easily come to mind as you sit atop the Areopagus Hill, just West of the Acropolis, and watch the orange sun disappear improbably…

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