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‘Thou shalt not kill’: Chris Hayes MP on the death penalty and extrajudicial killings

‘Thou shalt not kill’: Chris Hayes MP on the death penalty and extrajudicial killings

Both the Indonesian and Philippines presidents invoke populist rhetoric in the use of the death penalty, especially against drug related crime. They say it acts as a deterrent—an argument long debunked by most credible authorities and certainly not supported by any credible evidence. One only has to look at the United States to see that the threat of execution does not deter gun or other serious crime.

Ten questions for Omar Musa – Ubud Writers Festival diary

Ten questions for Omar Musa – Ubud Writers Festival diary

Omar Musa: Where do we go when we are dead? I have no idea. I cannot even begin to fathom it. I understand this idea of heaven and hell because I was raised in a strict Muslim family but...I know where I want to be buried though. I want to be buried next to the Molongolo River in Queanbeyan. I have such a strong connection to where I grew up in Queanbeyan. I guess that is spiritual.

The wild bird trade in Indonesia has a cultural perspective – Part 1

The wild bird trade in Indonesia has a cultural perspective – Part 1

While it is easy to have a knee-jerk reaction to the fact that thousands of birds are kept in appalling conditions purely for human exploitation, profit and enjoyment, it is important to note that, as with most of the relationships between people and birds, things are a bit more complex than that.