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Cultural Feminism Betrays Women — Quadrant Online

The left will use any weapon at hand to wage the culture wars even to the extent of betraying what they say they believe in. “..Since cultural identity is said to play a more pervasive role in the lives of certain minority groups, cultural feminists argue that the individual members of such groups should be accorded special rights (privileges) lest their minority status be endangered by the dominant culture. Any criticism of cultural or religious practices—including female genital mutilation and forced marriage—is summarily dismissed as a form of “colonialist imperialism..”

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What Thinking Australians Are Thinking

Australians are being taken for a ride by identity politics and its bedmate political correctness. Together, these comprise a fatal disease that is destroying our great society and other democracies around the world.

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Le Pen ‘far right’? Mon Dieu, such liars! — Peter Smith, Quadrant

You would think that French deplorables would want to put France first. You would think that they might want to try something new. Things are not exactly going well. Unemployment in France is 10 per cent. Youth unemployment is over 23%. The ratio of government debt to GDP is running at 96% and the budget is in deficit by about 3.5%. Economic growth is anaemic at about 1%. The deficit on international trade is wide. All is not well on the economic front. Then there is the Muslim front.

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Forget the fake patriotism and get working on debt — Jennifer Oriel, The Australian

Numerous polls demonstrate Australians’ desire for debt reduc­tion and fiscal repair. However, when government tries to reduce spending, the ABC’s fake news pushers frame spending cuts as unneeded or ideologically ­driven. The public broadcaster is often criticised for bias but it is ­unconscionable to mislead the public about the desperate need to reduce government spending and pay down debt.

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The rise and rise of Erdogan — Zero Hedge

Things are working out well in Turkey I see. “..Erdogan decided to take his newly decreed powers for a spin and overnight in rapid succession surprised foreign observers when Turkey decreed that it would ban TV dating shows, fire an additional 4,000 public officials and also ban Wikipedia..”

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The newly established Paul Ramsey Foundation is in the frame of the hard left — Keith Windschuttle, Quadrant

Still don’t believe that our universities have been taken over by the hard, hard, hard, Marxist left who are out to trash Western Civilisation? With the announcement of the creation of the Paul Ramsey Foundation a month or so ago, charged with the promotion and teaching of Western Civilisation, I wondered just how long it would take before it was infected, infested and captured by the hard left. Guess what??
Keith Windschuttle bells the cat. “..If the Paul Ramsay Foundation funds the University of Sydney to run its Western civilisation program, Professor Jagose is one of the key personnel who will appoint lecturers to teach it and decide how it will be administered and assessed. The foundation should also note that her speciality, queer theory, has no connection whatsoever to any traditional Western academic discipline. It is a recently concocted ideology from identity politics..”

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Former Australian of the Year finalist Eman Sharobeem exits boards, SBS amid fraud investigation — Sun Herald

This reads like the cv for Yassmin Abdel Magied except it’s not. It’s another, similar one, from a woman who has been able to oil her way on to a number of multi culti government boards, commissions, councils and committees with what is apparently a fake cv of her background, experience and qualifications (two PhD’s. Psychology and business admin) Her alleged exploits, including credit card fraud and phony qualifications are now the subject of an ICAC investigation.

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