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What Would Happen to Foreigners in a Non-English Country in Case of Emergency?

Regardless of what languages are spoken, people live various overseas places in the world to work, to study, and to travel. It is often the case that these people would be out of reach from crucial information when emergencies occur, such as earthquakes.

Japan is no exception. According to the statistical data of the Ministry of Justice, there are more than 2.5 million foreign expats living in Japan, the number of whom has been slightly increasing every year. Furthermore, the number of tourists visiting Japan has been increasing drastically for a few years. When an earthquake – or any emergency for that matter – happens, what would be the major outlet for them to reach the necessary information? Read more …

SUICIDE

Speak up about Suicide

Suicide is the largest killer of young people in Australia, killing more of our youth each year than car accidents. Yet it is increasingly misunderstood and largely closeted.

 

People commit suicide for a range of different reasons. Often, suicidal people believe they are not wanted anymore or think that no one would notice if they were no longer there. Others may suffer from depression or other mental health issues.

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New & Improved: The Day the Shapes Died

Arnott’s, Arnott’s, Arnott’s…

Today, the world mourns the loss of Australia’s most underrated product. Sharing a shelf with Vegemite, Tim Tams, Milo, WeetBix and the Victa Lawn Mower, the Shape has become a staple of the Australian household. Their signature pentagonal and hexagonal “baked not fried” biscuits with little red bursts of flavour are one of the great inventions to come out of our country. 53 million boxes of these babies fly off Aussies shelves yearly. Read more …

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THEATRE EVENT: Someone Has To Pay For It

A verbatim theatre piece performed Sunday the 24th April provided a striking snapshot into the tragedy of those involved in Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza Collapse three years ago.

The Rana Plaza Collapse on the 24th of April 2013, caused by the negligence of officials and lack of proper conditions for workers creating ‘fast fashion’, killed thousands and left many more injured. The third commemoration of the collapse involved a piece of street theatre depicting the stories of those involved in the collapse. I spoke to those involved with the production and performance of this piece. Read more …

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Monash Agrees to 20% Government Budget Cut in Exchange For Rare Pokémon Cards

Plans for a 20% budget cut to universities have been a cause for a lot of controversy since the news leaked. Students especially have been vocal about the financial infringements on their education. However, it was recently leaked on social media that the deal was sweetened by the inclusion of rare trading cards from the popular anime series “Pokémon”.

 

“Look, it wasn’t a hard decision to make. Do you know how much these cards could hypothetically make in the trading card market?” justified the Vice-Chancellor via the Monash twitter handle. “This trade is a positive step towards our pride as a university and shows just how much we value individuality. I doubt there’s another card like this one in the world.”

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Racism scandal rocks the UK Labour party

In the past week Labour MP for Bradford Naz Shah and former Ken Livingstone were suspended by the Labour party for anti-semitic comments in a continuation of Labour’s anti-Semitism scandal on the eve of local elections in the United Kingdom. 

The parties associated with the left of politics be it in Australia, Germany or the United States are ideologically close to the ideas of minority rights and anti-racist policies, however in the United Kingdom the British Labour party, which has a proud history of anti-racism and policies that protect minorities has come under scrutiny for anti-Semitic remarks coming from its members and elected officials.

Many critics of the party argue that this recent scandal is in part the fault of Jeremy Corbyn, the labour leader who was elected in a shock victory against more traditional candidates last year. He has been accused of being soft on anti-semitism in the past and for being too close with islamist groups.

Corbyn’s election has given more space for individuals associated with the very hard left of British politics with anti-imperialist stances that tend to ally themselves ideologically with radical groups such as Hezbollah or the IRA.

While anti-Semitism emerging from this side of the left is nothing new it’s reached unprecedented new heights last week when an elected Labour Member of Parliament Naz Shah and former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone were implicated in the affair.

On April 27th it came to light that the MP for Bradford Naz Shah had shared images on her personal Facebook account calling for the deportation of all Jews in Israel to North America, while she was suspended by the party for those views several key members still rose to defend her.

Ken Livingstone former Mayor of London from 2000 to 2008 gave an interview on BBC Radio London where he defended Shah’s tweets by stating “well-orchestrated campaign by the Israeli lobby to smear anybody who criticises Israeli policy as anti-Semitic” and at the same time equating Zionism with Nazi ideology. “He was supporting Zionism – this was before he went mad and ended up killing six million Jews”.

While both Shah and Livingstone were suspended from the party due to their comments Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn continues to deny that there is any sort of crisis in the UK Labour Party despite the fact that MPs from the same party are denouncing another as racists and a handful of members have been suspended for anti-Semitic remarks.

“The party is the biggest it has been in my lifetime… I suspect that much of this criticism about a crisis in the party actually comes from those who are nervous of the strength of the Labour Party at a local level.”

Polls for Thursday’s elections look bad for the Labour party, and comments from his close political allies that equate to veiled racism certainly haven’t helped. Corbyn suspending his close political allies Livingstone and Shah for their comments within hours of them being made public shows how dangerous this controversy is for both Labour in the local elections and for Corbyn politically as calls for a new election on Labour leadership have been made in recent days.