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Australian Law Forces Facebook, Google to Pay for News Content

Australia has passed a new law that mandates big tech companies like Google and Facebook to pay publishers for accessing news content. The tech firms will have to negotiate a payment scheme with specific publishers within three months, failing which the government will intervene with an independent arbiter. Once both parties submit their final deals, […]

European Navies Increase Presence in Indo-Pacific to Safeguard Against Communist China

European governments are increasing their naval presence in the Indo-Pacific to contain Communist China’s growing assertive stance in the region. These military actions come amidst growing discontent in Europe against China for unfair trade practices and human rights abuses. The focus on China is also a significant shift from Europe’s traditional military thinking post World […]

The Journey From Being a Bullying Victim to a Life of Fulfilment, Hope, and Compassion

Hope springs eternal, as the saying goes. It was such hope that brought sunshine back into the life of Kon Karapanagiotidis. Bullying of children did not just arrive on the scene with the digital age. It is ages old. Kon was the victim of merciless bullying as a child and at school. He shares how […]

Italy Blocks Vaccine Shipments to Australia

The Italian government has blocked the export of an AstraZeneca vaccine shipment containing 250,000 shots to Australia by invoking European Union powers. The shipment, produced at AstraZeneca’s Anagni plant near Rome, was stopped after the company failed to fulfill its contractual obligations with the EU. The Anagni plant, owned by a U.S. company, Catalent, handles […]

CCP’s Forced Confessions: Australian Broadcaster Suspends Chinese Media Outlets

Australian broadcaster SBS, which airs programs showcasing its multiculturalism, has suspended Chinese media outlets CGTN and CCTV after receiving a complaint against the channels from the human rights organization Safeguard Defenders. The complaint states that the state-backed media outlet CCTV has broadcast around 56 forced confessions between 2013 and 2020, thereby directly being part of […]

Regenerative Agriculture: The Right Way Forward for Humanity

Like most industries, agriculture has reached a fork in the road. Farmers and supply chains are left with the option to continue marching forward into oblivion with the high input doctrine of agriculture, or instead move toward a not-so-new method of farming called regenerative agriculture. This agricultural system is a methodology and styles of agriculture […]

Australia Targets China’s Tungsten Supply Domination With New Project

Australia is taking a dig at China’s dominance in the global mineral supply chain, with King Island Scheelite announcing that a $10 million loan has been secured from the government. The 10-year loan aims to help reopen a tungsten mine located on King Island in the Bass Strait, which has been lying dormant for roughly […]

Australia Challenges China’s Dominance of Mineral Supply Chain

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison unveiled the AU$1.5 billion (US$1.1 billion) Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI) to help businesses capitalize on the country’s abundant natural resources and exploit opportunities in a de-carbonizing world to challenge China’s dominance in the mineral supply chain.  The MMI will provide co‑funding for large manufacturing projects that have broad sectorial benefits […]

Containing Big Tech: Canada to Follow Australia’s Lead on Facebook News Content

Steven Guilbeault, Canada’s Heritage Minister, recently revealed that his country plans to join Australia’s fight against big tech by making platforms like Facebook compensate Canadian news publishers for content. Canada might model its law on the one proposed in Australia or France’s approach, which had mandated Google to pay French publishers for media content. Guilbeault […]

China Emits More Carbon in 16 Days Than Australia Does in One Year: Report

A recent report by the think tank Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) finds that China emits more carbon in 16 days than Australia does in one year.  The IPA describes itself as “an independent, non-profit public policy think tank, dedicated to preserving and strengthening the foundations of economic and political freedom.” It has done multiple […]

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