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Insulting Barack Obama made the headlines, but Rodrigo Duterte’s remarks referred to a long and dark history of US interference in the Philippines. Narendra Shresthma, Mast Irham/EPA

He may have insulted Obama, but Duterte held up a long-hidden looking glass to the US

The people of the Philippines and their president know all too well the hypocrisy of being lectured by the United States about violence, human rights and democracy.
Until 2013, laws in every Australian state and territory allowed people to be forced to have psychiatric treatment even if they competently refused it. from shutterstock.com

Should we be forcing people with severe mental illness to have treatment they don’t want?

Until 2013, Australian state and territory laws allowed forcing people into psychiatric treatment if it was thought necessary to protect them from serious harm – even if they competently refused it.
A blueprint for ISIS – and for a video game? Camp Bucca, Iraq. Atef Hassan/Reuters

Playing at torture, a not so trivial pursuit

Does including torture or other human rights violations in video games trivialize the actions? Or might it force us to think more critically about them?
People protesting offshore detention of asylum seekers interrupted Malcolm Turnbull’s speech to CEDA on Wednesday. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

Manus Island centre set to close – but where to for the detainees?

It has taken more than three months for the Australian and PNG governments to jointly announce the Manus Island detention centre will close. But the detainees’ fate is now even more uncertain.
Human rights experts in Indonesia have repeatedly called for the government to stop the use of capital punishment. Reuters/Beawiharta

Why executions in Indonesia must stop

Not only does the death penalty violate human rights, executions in Indonesia are carried out under a deeply flawed justice system.

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