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Gough Whitlam dies at age 98

theguardian.com — Gough Whitlam, who was prime minister for just three years but became a defining political figure of modern Australia, has died aged 98. The election of his government on 2 December 1972, with the famous "It's time" election campaign, ended 23 years of conservative rule and its dismissal by the governor general Sir John Kerr on 11 December 1975 remains one of the most controversial events in Australian political history.
Oct 20, 2014

RT @tom_watson: Australia mourns the loss of a remarkable man. RIP former PM Gough Whitlam. What a legacy he leaves. theguardian.com/world/2014/oct…

Oct 20, 2014

RT @tom_watson: Australia mourns the loss of a remarkable man. RIP former PM Gough Whitlam. What a legacy he leaves. theguardian.com/world/2014/oct…

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Julia Gillard on Gough Whitlam: a giant of his era, he will live on in our nation

theguardian.com — Among the many changes I lived through last year was the physicality of moving house. The sorting of possessions, the packing and unpacking of boxes. Whether or not you welcome it, moving house requires you to make choices about the past as you move into the future.
Oct 20, 2014

Julia Gillard on Gough Whitlam: a giant of his era, he will live on in our nation gu.com/p/3mf28/tw via @guardian

Oct 20, 2014

RT @JuliaGillard: Gough. A giant of his era. He will live on in our nation's heart. gu.com/p/3mf28/tw JG

Oct 20, 2014

RT @JuliaGillard: Gough. A giant of his era. He will live on in our nation's heart. gu.com/p/3mf28/tw JG

Oct 20, 2014

RT @JuliaGillard: Gough. A giant of his era. He will live on in our nation's heart. gu.com/p/3mf28/tw JG

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Private Violence: up to 75% of abused women who are murdered are killed after they leave their partners

theguardian.com — There is a toxic question that surrounds abused women: "why didn't she just leave him?" The answer, too often, is that many women that do leave get killed.
Oct 20, 2014

RT @PrivateViolence: "She had done exactly what we think they’re supposed to do & she dies. And her children die.” theguardian.com/money/us-money… h…

Oct 20, 2014

RT @moorehn: Right now on HBO: the documentary "Private Violence" about domestic abuse. @kasperka's coverage: theguardian.com/money/us-money…

Oct 20, 2014

Right now on HBO: the documentary "Private Violence" about domestic abuse. @kasperka's coverage: theguardian.com/money/us-money…

Oct 20, 2014

RT @GuardianUS: Private Violence: up to 75% of abused women who are murdered are killed after they leave their partners trib.al/1mpCTTI

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Return of the pauper’s funeral

theguardian.com — At 9.30am, seven family members gather in the south chapel at the City of London crematorium to celebrate the life of a mother and grandmother who has died at the age of 77. The minister reads through The Lord's My Shepherd and a granddaughter struggles through tears to make a speech recalling a shared love of bingo.
Oct 20, 2014

Amelia Gentleman on top form. Return of the pauper’s funeral gu.com/p/42e2g/tw via @guardian

Oct 20, 2014

Devastating piece on impact of rising costs and falling help RT @ameliagentleman: Return of the pauper’s funeral gu.com/p/42e2g/tw

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Death at sea: Syrian migrants film their perilous voyage to Europe - video

theguardian.com — How five friends - Moaaz, Majd, Rasha, Kinan and Khalid - fled war-torn Syria to embark on a dangerous trip to Europe
Oct 20, 2014

Death at sea: Syrian migrants film their perilous voyage to Europe – video #Syria theguardian.com/world/video/20…

Oct 20, 2014

RT @guardian: Death at sea: Syrian migrants film their perilous voyage to Europe – video gu.com/p/42tbz/tw

Oct 20, 2014

The journey taken by young Syrians from Damascus to Europe via Algiers and Libya. Organised routes now used by 1000s theguardian.com/world/video/20…

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Protestors disrupt The Death of Klinghoffer opera at New York’s Lincoln Center

theguardian.com — The theatres of New York City's Lincoln Center are usually home to the sounds of opera and orchestras, but on Monday night the centre echoed with the words of famous Jewish politicians and protest chants.
Oct 20, 2014

Protestors disrupt The Death of Klinghoffer opera at New York’s Lincoln Center gu.com/p/42tzg/tw

Oct 20, 2014

RT @moorehn: Intense RT @KathViner: Protestors disrupt live performance of The Death of Klinghoffer opera at the Met in NYC theguardian.com/music/2014/oct…

Oct 20, 2014

Intense RT @KathViner: Protestors disrupt live performance of The Death of Klinghoffer opera at the Met in NYC theguardian.com/music/2014/oct…

Oct 20, 2014

Protestors disrupt live performance of The Death of Klinghoffer opera at the Met in NYC theguardian.com/music/2014/oct…

Oct 20, 2014

Protestors repeatedly disrupted The Death Of Klinghoffer opera tonight at The Met theguardian.com/music/2014/oct…

Ukip does deal with far-right, racist Holocaust-denier to save EU funding

theguardian.com — Ukip has struck a deal with a Polish MEP whose far-right party leader casually uses racial slurs and questions the Holocaust following fears that its grouping in Europe would lose millions of pounds in taxpayers' funds.
Oct 20, 2014

RT @Hugodixon: Ukip does deal with far-right, racist Holocaust-denier to save EU funding gu.com/p/42ty3/tw via @guardian

Oct 20, 2014

RT @Hugodixon: Ukip does deal with far-right, racist Holocaust-denier to save EU funding gu.com/p/42ty3/tw via @guardian

Oct 20, 2014

Ukip does deal with far-right, racist Holocaust-denier to save EU funding gu.com/p/42ty3/tw via @guardian

Oct 20, 2014

OMG. UKIP does deal with Polish MEP, branded as too-extreme by Marine Le Pen, to restore EU funding. theguardian.com/politics/2014/…

Oct 20, 2014

UKIP forms alliance with Polish MEP, who's too fascist for Marine Le Pen, to keep £1m EU funding goo.gl/5lnWtS

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Get Mike Read’s Ukip calypso song to number one, urges Nigel Farage

theguardian.com — Nigel Farage has backed a new Ukip calypso theme tune sung in a fake-Caribbean accent that criticises political leaders for allowing "illegal immigrants in every town". The Ukip leader endorsed the song on Twitter and called on his party's supporters to help get the song to number one in the UK charts.
Oct 20, 2014

Get Mike Read’s Ukip calypso song to number one, urges Nigel Farage gu.com/p/42t98/tw Erm...

Oct 20, 2014

If u ve resisted watching UKIP's calypso tune in an awful Caribbean accent thus far, do succumb. It's well worth it. theguardian.com/politics/2014/…

Oct 20, 2014

Can @Independent sue over this chronic UKIP calypso by so-called 'The Independents'? Not exactly Mighty Sparrow theguardian.com/politics/2014/…

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I volunteered to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone with MSF. Here’s what happened

theguardian.com — I've volunteered to go to west Africa because I heard that Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) was getting desperate for people. When I tell Mary in HR, she says she has three questions: "1) Do you know that you don't have to go? 2) Do you know that if you get sick, we won't bring you home?
Oct 20, 2014

I volunteered to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone with MSF. Here’s what happened | Natasha Lewer gu.com/p/42t56/tw via @guardian

Oct 20, 2014

'Do you know that if you die, we won’t bring your body back and you’ll be buried there?' Volunteer's account #Ebola gu.com/p/42t56/tw

Oct 20, 2014

I volunteered to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone with MSF. Here’s what happened | Natasha Lewer gu.com/p/42t56/tw

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Former Australian PM Gough Whitlam dies - the world reacts

theguardian.com — Gough Whitlam, who served as Labor prime minister from 1972 to 1975, dies at 98
Oct 20, 2014

@bairdjulia shares a letter from spike to gough: Former Australian PM Gough Whitlam dies - the world reacts gu.com/p/42tn4#block-…

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Victims of Isis: non-western journalists who don’t make the headlines

theguardian.com — Last week, Islamic State militants released a fifth video of the British freelance journalist John Cantlie, wearing a Guantánamo Bay-style orange jumpsuit and appearing to read from a script. The film's release was widely reported.
Oct 20, 2014

RT @bbclysedoucet: In past 10 months, 17 #Iraqi journalists were executed by #IS. Many others kidnapped, fate unknown ow.ly/D3NFX @jonhenley

Oct 20, 2014

RT @bbclysedoucet: In past 10 months, 17 #Iraqi journalists were executed by #IS. Many others kidnapped, fate unknown ow.ly/D3NFX @jonhenley

Oct 20, 2014

RT @bbclysedoucet: In past 10 months, 17 #Iraqi journalists were executed by #IS. Many others kidnapped, fate unknown ow.ly/D3NFX @jonhenley

Oct 20, 2014

RT @bbclysedoucet: In past 10 months, 17 #Iraqi journalists were executed by #IS. Many others kidnapped, fate unknown ow.ly/D3NFX @jonhenley

Oct 20, 2014

In past 10 months, 17 #Iraqi journalists were executed by #IS. Many others kidnapped, fate unknown ow.ly/D3NFX @jonhenley

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Gough Whitlam remembered: gallows humour and monumental rages

theguardian.com — Gough Whitlam believed that the proper business of politics was to secure public consent for necessary change, through objective information from trusted sources. I first met Whitlam at a Fabian Society meeting in early 1961, when I was the society's secretary.
Oct 20, 2014

Gallows humour and monumental rages ... Gough Whitlam remembered by his principal private secretary Race Mathews gu.com/p/42tnc/tw

Prison whistleblowers being threatened with dismissal

theguardian.com — Whistleblowers in the Prison Service are being threatened with dismissal for raising serious concerns about their ability to keep inmates safe and their fears over soaring levels of violence.
Oct 20, 2014

Whistleblowers being threatened with the sack for raising concerns about mounting violence in prisons, acc to Tory MP theguardian.com/society/2014/o…

Oct 20, 2014

@TroupyTRFC fyi - Prison whistleblowers being threatened with dismissal gu.com/p/42tkf/tw

Oct 20, 2014

RT @sandralaville: Prison whistleblowers being threatened with dismissal bit.ly/1r2n3oZ

Oct 20, 2014

RT @davidtpegg: As suicides soar, prison whistleblowers are threatened with disciplinary action theguardian.com/society/2014/o…

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Whitlam's memory was demonised by conservatives to excuse his dismissal

theguardian.com — A few great events in the history of this country are known simply by their year: 1788 means European settlement, 1915 means Gallipoli. And 1975 is the name we give to the ruthless clawing down of Gough Whitlam. Scarcely any constitutional lawyers left alive applaud Sir John Kerr for what he did to the Labor prime minister on 11 November that year.
Oct 20, 2014

RT @emilyhwilson: V strong... David Marr on Gough Whitlam's dismissal, and how far conservative oz will go to get its way gu.com/p/42tpj/tw

Oct 20, 2014

V strong... David Marr on Gough Whitlam's dismissal, and how far conservative oz will go to get its way gu.com/p/42tpj/tw

Panic: the dangerous epidemic sweeping an Ebola-fearing US

theguardian.com — Panic is less a side-effect of Ebola than its own sort of infectious disease, spread by misinformation and fear, a sickness that frays and tears the ways people usually get along. Hysteria shuts down schools and airports, paranoia undermines health workers and law enforcement, and fear encourages some of people's worst instincts.
Oct 20, 2014

RT @acarvin: Panic: the dangerous epidemic sweeping an Ebola-fearing US gu.com/p/42tdb

Oct 20, 2014

Panic: the dangerous epidemic sweeping an Ebola-fearing US gu.com/p/42tdb

Oct 20, 2014

RT @mccanner: Stories from Maine, Syracuse, Georgia – all over the US Ebola panic is replacing Ebola facts theguardian.com/world/2014/oct…

Spice - the synthetic drug gaining a grip on Russia

theguardian.com — Valentina sifts a flaky mixture from a purple sachet into the end of a small pipe, holds a lighter to it, and inhales. Her voice becomes tense and high-pitched for a moment, then she relaxes. A faint, almost Christmassy odour of lightly stewed fruits wafts through the room.

Gough Whitlam dies aged 98 - his life in pictures

theguardian.com — The life of Gough Whitlam, who was the Australian prime minister from 1972 to 1975. He led the government that brought in universal healthcare, fee-free university education and ended military conscription

RIP ‘RIP’: we need to be more creative with mourning in the digital age

theguardian.com — Rest in peace. That three-word phrase, expressing a sincere hope that the dead will find peace in the afterlife, is a fitting inscription for a tombstone, and now a very popular hashtag on social media. The deeply sad news this morning that the actor Lynda Bellingham had died was met with a flood of tributes from friends and colleagues.
Oct 20, 2014

Bella Mackie on "RIP" & why we need to be more creative w/ mourning in the digital age gu.com/p/42tbk/tw (PREACH! RIP makes me cringe)

Oct 20, 2014

Wrote a piece about why I hate the template tribute that is 'RIP' gu.com/p/42tbk/tw

Oct 20, 2014

RIP #rip: we need to be more creative with mourning in the digital age - well said @bellamackie gu.com/p/42tbk/tw

Oct 20, 2014

Agreed. Be more creative about your mourning in the digital age if you mean it... theguardian.com/commentisfree/… (via @guardian)

Oct 20, 2014

RIP ‘RIP’: we need to be more creative with mourning in the digital age | Bella Mackie gu.com/p/42tbk/tw

Andrew Quilty tells the story behind his Nikon-Walkley photo of the year

theguardian.com — The observation room was empty but for a group of medical staff congregating near the entrance, chatting away during a rare quiet period in their daily rounds. They seemed oblivious to the small, golden bundle on the hospital bed at the far end of the room.
Oct 20, 2014

Andrew Quilty tells the story behind his Nikon-Walkley photo of the year gu.com/p/42tzj/tw via @guardian

Oct 20, 2014

Andrew Quilty tells the story behind his Nikon-Walkley photo of the year gu.com/p/42tzj/tw via @guardian

Oct 20, 2014

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