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Intelligence review recommends new electronic surveillance Act for Australia

ZDNET It would repeal the existing parts of three Acts to form a new one that covers the use of computer access and surveillance devices powers. By  Asha Barbaschow  |  December 4, 2020 -- 06:46 GMT (22:46 PST)  | Topic:  Security A review into Australia's intelligence community has recommended comprehensive reform of electronic surveillance laws, one that would repeal existing powers and combine them to avoid duplication, contradictory definitions, and any further ad hoc amendments to the existing three Acts. Electronic surveillance powers enable agencies to use electronic or technical means, which would otherwise be unlawful, to covertly listen to a person's conversations, access a person's electronic data, observe certain aspects of a person's behaviour, and track a person's movements. Currently, these powers are contained within the  Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979  (TIA Act), the  Surveillance Devices Act 2004  (SD Act), and the  Australia

Watching China in Europe with Noah Barkin

GMF Asia Watching China in Europe - December 2020 Welcome to Watching China in Europe, a new monthly update from  GMF’s Asia Program . Now more than ever, the transatlantic partners need clarity and cohesion when it comes to China policy. In this monthly newsletter, Noah Barkin—a veteran journalist based in Berlin and a senior visiting fellow at GMF—will provide his personal observations and analysis on the most pressing China-related developments and activities throughout Europe.    We hope you find it useful, but if you would like to opt out at any time please do so via the unsubscribe button below.   If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter please sign up  here . Transatlantic China Signals Transatlantic cooperation on China was never going to be easy. Europeans have been traumatized by four years of Trump, are determined not to “choose” between Washington and Beijing, and have begun taking their first tentative steps down the path of strategic autonomy—even as  Fr

Bill Bishop at Sinocism : Australia-China

Bill Bishop at Sinocism :  Australia-China Australia-China UK and US lock in behind Australia in China row | The Guardian The British government has vowed to stand with Australia to “protect our key interests and values” and push back at “disinformation” amid a deepening rift in Canberra’s relationship with Beijing. The American ambassador to Australia also accused a Chinese foreign ministry official of spreading “disinformation through fabricated images and disingenuous statements” about Australia. Kevin Rudd on Australia-China relations — ABC Labor abandons unity on China - The Australian Anthony Albanese, describing the publication of a fake image of an Australian soldier holding a knife to an Afghan child’s throat as “disgusting and offensive”, warned the federal government it needed to “work on the relationship” with China. It was “extraordinary” that senior ministers were unable to reach their counterparts in Beijing, the Opposition Leader said. Mr Albanese’s comments — and talki

The 2020 Arctic Yearbook

The 2020 Arctic Yearbook is now published, and TAI’s Senior Fellow Andreas Østhagen, Senior Fellow Sanna Kopra and Research Assistant Mariel Kieval have all contributed to different articles. Click ☝ to access the Yearbook

Why some Asian countries keep building coal plants

Axios Generate : China's coal finance — OPEC+ meeting drama — Battery storage surge Ben Geman   Data: Gallagher et al., 2021,  "Banking on coal? Drivers of demand for Chinese overseas investments in coal in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and Vietnam" ; Chart: Axios Visuals Coal-fired   power's  persistence in Asia is a big climate problem, but the reasons some countries can't quit coal — even as other parts of the world are gradually breaking up with the fuel — aren't always so obvious. Driving the news:  Enter a  new paper in  Energy Research & Social Science   that explores what's driving demand for China's financing of coal-fired power plants in the region, even as other power sources are cost-competitive. Why it matters:  It notes   building coal plants that lack CO2-trapping tech is "incompatible" with holding global temperature rise to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels — the very longshot goal of the Paris agreement. And the Internat

Nehruvianism: Revisiting Visions of India in 1947

‘The Discovery of India’  has lessons India could use while it grapples with COVID-19 and rising communal tensions. Vibhav Mariwala Published:  03 Dec 2020, 8:11 AM IST India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. | (Photo:  The Quint ) Member's Opinion Get notified on latest news This article has been authored by a member of The Quint. Our membership programme allows those who are not full-time journalists or our regular contributors to get published on The Quint under our exclusive 'Member's Opinion' section, along with many other benefits. Our membership is open and available to any reader of The Quint.   Become a member today   and send us your articles on Jawaharlal Nehru’s vision of India helped guide the country through the crises of 1947. His book,  The Discovery of India,  his letters and speeches, and excerpts of debates from the Constituent Assembly of India, show us how he grappled with the challenges India faced in 1947, and can


Dear  Friend, # GIVING TUESDAY Over the past few months,  a team of concerned citizens of the world has been working to build a long-term institution to research and advocate for the rights of under-represented communities across the world, and build a coalition of such communities. This is the International Commission for Human Rights and Religious Freedom (ICHRRF).   The field of human rights and religious freedom is usurped by vested interests against the interests of unorganized religions and weaker communities. The lens through which 'religion', 'justice' and 'equality' are understood is also biased in favor of certain religio-philosophical entrenched systems that are unable to look at the issues through an objective prism. As a result, these under-represented and marginalized communities are constantly harassed and shamed about their value systems, or when their tribulations are addressed, it is with some condescension at their 'primitive' beliefs

An Overview of Traditional Rice Beer From North-East India

Rice beer is an ethnic symbol of North-East India’s rich and diverse culture. Brewed using traditional methods, rice beer is consumed by the natives of North-eastern tribal communicates that inhabit the mountains, especially the foothills of Himalayas. These fermented rice beverages go by various names in different tribal communities, for example, it is called Chubitchi by the Garo tribe of Meghalaya, Choko by the Rabhas tribe of Assam and  Zutho by the Angamis tribe of Nagaland to name a few. And depending on the land habitats, the rice beverages are brewed using ingredients local to the tribes. Preparation Process Though the ingredients may vary, the traditional method of brewing rice beer is the same in each state and are as follows: Step 1: One kilogram of local rice (glutinous or non-glutinous) is taken for brewing beer. Step 2: The chosen rice varieties is half-boiled and cooled in banana leaves. Step 3: The rice is then mixed with about 30-50 grams of starter cake. Every tribe h

Pakistan Army set to gain sweeping Belt and Road authority

Bill grants military-linked body carte blanche over $50bn CPEC projects The Pakistan Army's construction and engineering unit is to be a big beneficiary of a controversial bill expected to pass in December, analysts say.   © Reuters MIFRAH HAQ, Contributing writer November 30, 2020 15:02 JS KARACHI -- Pakistan is set to pass legislation that would place a supranational body that oversees the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, part of Chinese President Xi Jinping's flagship Belt and Road Initiative, under control of a Pakistan Army that would also gain sweeping powers. A parliamentary committee earlier this month passed the CPEC Authority Bill 2020 despite strong opposition from some lawmakers. According to Junaid Akbar, chairman of the parliamentary committee, the bill will be presented to parliament for a final vote in the second week of December. Pakistan's government under Prime Minister Imran Khan and the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, considere