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Australia: Rugby players say anthem does not represent Indigenous peoples


NSW Blues player Cody Walker has criticized the lack of Indigenous representation from the song. | Photo: NRL.com

Australia’s first Aboriginal Minister for Indigenous Affairs Ken Wyatt says changing the anthem is not something he supports at this stage because there are more pressing problems.

A second Indigenous player who is scheduled to participate in the upcoming State of Origin series – an annual rugby league series – has spoken out against the composition of the country’s national anthem. Continue reading

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How a fake story about Cristiano Ronaldo donating €1.5 million to Palestinians for Ramadan spread

Poster of Real Madrid footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and Palestinian Ahmed Dawabsha, 5, who met in Spain in 2016 one year after Dawabsha survived an arson attack on his West Bank home in Duma, in which both of his parents and infant brother were killed by Israeli extremists. The poster reads in Arabic, ““Thanks Madrid .. Thanks Ronaldo,” Yarmouk Stadium, Gaza City, March 27, 2016 | Ashraf Amra

By Nicolas Sawaya*

Did Cristiano Ronaldo really donate €1.5 million to Palestinians for Ramadan? The short answer: no. The long answer, however, is more interesting. Continue reading

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This day. The Black Power salute

1968.Black Power salute

October 16 marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Black Power protest at the 1968 Olympics 200m medal ceremony by African American athletes Tommie Smith (centre) and John Carlos (right), the gold and bronze medalists. Peter Norman (left), the silver medalist from Australia and an opponent of the White Australia policy, displayed the badge of the Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR). This was – and is – a powerful example of defiance in the face of racist oppression, in particular, and for human rights for all, in general. Continue reading

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The fight for women’s hockey

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Durant to boycott White House

Kevin Durant believes his teammates will join him in rejecting the President’s invite following his controversial comments regarding the Charlottesville protests this week | Jack de Menezes in The Independent

(August 18) – The Golden State Warriors are set to snub President Trump and reject an invitation to visit the White House following their NBA championship success, according to Finals MVP Kevin Durant. Continue reading

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University of Wisconsin point guard says Change the Mascot

Bronson Koenig is using his newfound national platform to speak out against mistreatment of Native Americans | BRIAN WARD in The Nation

University of Wisconsin point guard Bronson Koenig | AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

(March 16) – On January 11, 2015, Bronson Koenig, backup point guard for the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team, was thrust into a starting role for the NCAA basketball’s sixth-ranked team after senior point guard Traevon Jackson went down with a broken foot. “I’m obviously going to have to start being more vocal as a leader,” Koenig, a sophomore, said following the announcement. “One area of improvement I need to really start working on is my leadership and being more vocal, but I’m confident that I’ll step into that role.”  Continue reading

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Major junior hockey player cut for not publicly supporting Canadian aggression in Afghanistan

The New Brunswick Saint John Sea Dogs, a hockey team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, cut player Dave Bouchard for not signing a Canadian flag to be sent to troops engaged in the aggressive war of occupation in Afghanistan. The hockey team is a subsidiary of Maple Leaf Foods, which forms part of the McCain family Empire. Continue reading

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