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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.

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Radicalization in the South East:

This last two years have shown to be the radical Islamist terrorist’s most active years, with deadly attacks occurring in central locations in major European countries like France and Germany. While most media attention is directed towards first world countries in the EU, the threat of radical Islamic states has also been present in the South East Asian region. These include attacks dating as far back as 2002 with the Bali bombings in Indonesia, as well as terror attacks in Malaysia and Singapore. The most recent attack occurred on the 26th of April of this year involving a Canadian hostage executed by an Islamist militant group in the Philippines. A 68 year old man, John Ridsdel was taken hostage in September of last year and declared dead by Canada’s Prime Minister in “an act of cold-blooded murder”. While this may be one of few cases of a Western citizen being executed in this region, there have been several other cases of local citizens in being subjected to ongoing terror attacks following the 2002 bombings in Bali.

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Doctor Who finds its new Companion in Pearl Mackie’s “Bill”

And now things get exciting! For Doctor Who Fans, the wait in-between each series is one of the most tedious and testing times of the year, with the only relief being any major teasers of announcements regarding what’s to come.

2016 specifically, being the first “Who-Free” year since 2004, has felt ridiculously dry… that is until today. In the early hours of Sunday morning Pearl Mackie was revealed as Peter Capaldi’s new companion “Bill” for Series 10 which is set to air in Early 2017. “Bill” fills the void left by Jenna Coleman’s Clara who left at the conclusion of Series 9 last year, ending her record breaking 3 series run. Mackie was revealed to the world in the form of a 2 minute promotional video battling Daleks, which aired on on BBC One during half time of the FA Cup semi-final. Read more …

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Autism Awareness Month: Raising autism awareness through Snapchat

Snapchat show of an autistic teen is going viral for the awesome reason

The month of April is Autism Awareness Month. To celebrate this, an Irish man, James Kavanagh, and his 13-year-old nephew Sean, who is living with autism, made a funny yet touching video that was posted on Kavanagh’s Snapchat. This ‘Autism Awareness Snapchat Show’ talks about what autism is in a glimpse.

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Northlane, In Hearts Wake release joint ‘Equinox’ EP

Two of Australia’s biggest metalcore bands have teamed up for a joint EP in ‘Equinox’. Northlane and In Hearts wake unveiled the secret project ahead of their upcoming national co-headlining tour of the same name in June.

Announced at 8:30 this morning through the bands’ record label UNFD, the 3-track EP is a wholly collaborative effort, featuring all 10 members of the two bands. The bands’ said in their statement via UNFD today “This is a three track collaboration between Northlane and In Hearts Wake, which was written and recorded in January by Will Putney in Melbourne. All three tracks are designed to be played as one song, and they each feature both bands”

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The artwork, conceptualised by the two bands, depicts balance and unity.

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Vale Doris Roberts

Vale Doris Roberts: 1925 – 2016

This morning the world awoke to the sad news that comedy legend and five time Emmy Award winner, Doris Roberts, died on Sunday night of natural causes aged 90. An iconic figure in living rooms all around the world, the actress was best known for playing the “Everybody Loves Raymond” matriarch Marie Barone in the show, which ran for 9 seasons between 1996 and 2005.

From humble beginnings of being raised by her single mother in the Bronx, Roberts received her first big break performing in the 1955 Broadway show “The Time of Your Life”, before appearing on the Lily Tomlin Comedy Hour throughout the 1970s. In a career that spanned over half a century, Roberts appeared in over 35 films including 1961’s “Something Wild”, “The Honeymoon Killers” in 1969 and “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” in 1974.

“Everybody Loves Raymond” is a show that, despite having watched each episode around 700 times, has never lost its charm or ability to entertain. Robert’s performance specifically as the lovable and hilarious Marie Barone remains in rewatches as pitch-perfect as ever, from her impeccable comic timing to her mastered use of expression. The success and popularity of the show was a direct result of how sincere and relatable the storylines were, and of course the sheer likability and portrayal of each and every iconic character – of which Marie was no exception. There is a reason why the passing of Doris Roberts is going to make even those who only knew her from her TV appearances feel as though they lost a member of their own family.

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