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Nov 30, 2012 Does Google the Link Lister Equal Google the Publisher?

QUOTE: s Google a publisher? Or is Google simply a displayer of links? Are these two things the same?...An Australian high court has found Google liable for libelous content tying a man to organized crime. Of course, Google didn’t create the article that made the references, it simply provided a link to it within its search results.

Mar 28, 2012 News Corp in fresh storm

QUOTE: The emails, said to be from the hard drive of a former head of security at NDS, a former News Corp subsidiary, appear to show that the company paid computer hackers to work with its "operational security" unit....The Australian Financial Review claimed that NDS's activities in Australia in 1999 caused millions of dollars of damage to Mr Murdoch's rivals in the country's nascent pay-TV market. The business models of Austar, Optus and Foxtel were all damaged by a wave of high-tech piracy at that time.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jun 29, 2011 The Fear of a Toxic Rerun

QUOTE: A $230 million refinery being built here in an effort to break China’s global chokehold on rare earth metals is plagued by environmentally hazardous construction and design problems, according to internal memos and current and former engineers on the project. The plant, which would be the world’s biggest refinery for rare earths — metals crucial to the manufacture of a wide range of technologies including smartphones, smart bombs and hybrid cars — has also become the target of protesters who fear that the plant will leak radioactive and toxic materials into the water table.

New York Times
Jul 04, 2009 Facing a Crisis, Aborigines Stage Interventions of Their Own

QUOTE: Four decades after a constitutional amendment guaranteed equal rights for Australia’s Aborigines, including the right to legally drink, an increasing number of indigenous towns and smaller communities deep in the outback are curtailing the sale of alcohol.

New York Times
Jun 02, 2009 Australia Feels Chill as China’s Shadow Grows ("Uneasy Engagement: Seller's Remorse" Part 1)

QUOTE: ...Three state owned Chinese companies said they would buy stakes in Australia’s storied mining industry .... Some of this nation’s 21.3 million people have reacted with aggrieved nationalism.

New York Times
Oct 11, 2007 Australian Leader Proposes ‘New Reconciliation’ With Aborigines

QUOTE: The indigenous population constitutes some 2.7 percent of Australians, and many live in abject poverty in isolated rural communities, grappling with the connected challenges of lack of education, unemployment, alcoholism and health problems.

New York Times
May 01, 2007 Global Psyche: Aussie Check Mate: In Australia, the proudest man in the patch gets mowed down. Why success and power are frowned upon.

QUOTE: Ask any Australian or New Zealander about "tall poppies" and the answer will have nothing to do with flowers...the backlash is known as tall poppy syndrome—the tendency to want to "cut down" the ostentatious or merely successful.

Psychology Today
Oct 20, 2006 Taking on the veil: West looks to assimilation

QUOTE: The longer the cultural dissonance generated by 9/11, the "war on terror," and suicide attacks ensues, the harder it is getting to ignore the semidetached status of Muslim communities.

Christian Science Monitor
Nov 15, 2005 An E-Cycling Nightmare

QUOTE: Under the guise of bridging the digital divide, affluent nations are using developing countries as toxic waste dumps for their unwanted electronics.

Apr 30, 2004 Study Finds 25 Nations Hindered by Corruption

QUOTE: A survey of government accountability and openness in 25 countries around the globe has found that each one is challenged by corruption and lacks sufficient protections against electoral abuses, including developed democracies such as the United States, Germany and Japan.

Washington Post
Aug 14, 2003 Indonesia to tighten terror law

QUOTE: "If the security forces were more professional and implemented the powers they already have, there would be no need for this debate," [a human rights official] said.

Guardian Unlimited
Apr 07, 2002 Paying Out Isn't the Same As Owning Up

QUOTE: Reparations are not pollution credits to be purchased in advance. The weight of crimes against humanity ought to create something more meaningful than a windfall to actuaries, lawyers and distant descendants.

Washington Post
Sep 03, 2001 Australia Begins Transferring Asylum Seekers

QUOTE: Australia's refusal to accept the asylum seekers after the cargo ship Tampa rescued them Aug. 27 sparked widespread censure...

New York Times